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Wait Patiently

tract-70429-993-1502085067-0For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the Law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14

Be careful of judging others trials and tribulations as their measure of Grace according to one’s own opinion.  Job’s friends are a dime a dozen.  We know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28).  If the Believer is in fact being chastised, it is because the Lord loves them and His chastisement is meant for correction and not judgment.

We often see those whose sin has dominion over them and declare them unworthy.  I speak here of Believers who truly love the Lord and not those who use God’s Grace as a license to sin.  To see a Believer standing in the miry clay and declare they MUST abstain from that heavy clay which has them bound in order to follow the Lord exhorts them to place their faith in their strength get out of this miry clay.  If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no!

Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Instead of pointing the bound to their strength for dominion over sin, point those who are bound in the muck and mire to the One Who can remove them from the bondage and set their feet on higher ground – Jesus Christ.  The One Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross and now sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God looking to and from to show Himself strong in those whose heart is perfect toward Him…Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe; THE ONE Who paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and broke the power of sin for the Saint – Jesus Christ.

Looking unto the Cross of Christ, our faith is authored as the Holy Spirit superintends the work of God in the Believer’s heart.  The circumcision of our heart without hands is done by and through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Our faith is authored as sin’s dominion is removed and it’s desire taken away.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, old things pass away and all things become new.  We are a new creature in Christ Jesus and are now afforded the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature because we know in Whom we have believed.  When Jesus Christ declared It Is Finished, the veil was rent in the Temple and the throne of God made available to whosoever will believe.

Stop condemning those who truly love the Lord Jesus but are standing in the miry clay trying to get out on their own strength because some religious pharisee told them to “just say no” to that miry clay and it would go away.  Instead of cursing the clay, bless the Lord and HE will bring them out.

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” Psalms 40:1-2

Bless the Lord oh my soul…oh my soul!  He is worthy to be praised.  He has brought this believing sinner out of a horrible pit and has established my goings…and He will do the same for whosoever will believe – wait patiently.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

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Carnal Minds

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For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:6-7

Many who attempt to live this Christian life outside of God’s Prescribed Order which is faith in the Cross of Christ, daily walk in enmity against God.  With the sincerest of hearts they worship Him, yet with all of THEIR might they daily attempt to live for Him in their flesh.  For them there is no life nor peace but an ever ending condemnation of death; spiritual death.

 “And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

One cannot follow Christ Jesus until they deny themselves.  Self efforts, self will, abilities, talents and education are laid to utter waste by the Cross of Christ which divides asunder the soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12).  Because so many of those who truly love the Lord have not the understanding of denying ourselves, the cross of which we bear is heavy…too heavy.

28 Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

The Cross of Christ was a place of great suffering for our Lord Jesus but for us it is a place of great blessing.  All that we receive from God comes through the Cross of Christ.  Jesus Christ is, was and will forever be the Way, the Truth and the Life.  His eyes roam the earth to and fro searching for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him; to strengthen them for His Glory and not our own (2 Chronicles 16:9).  The finished work of Jesus is sufficient for whosoever will believe.  Precept upon precept and line upon line, His strength is perfected in our weakness and our faith authored when humbly submitted unto God through faith in His Prescribed Order for our Salvation AND our Sanctification…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

And He said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

The good fight of faith, faith in the Cross of Christ, is not just for ‘others’ but for you, for me and for every Saint of God who draws breath.  This is not a one time fight at Salvation but a fight to be fought daily.  No, we don’t get Saved daily.  No one, no not a one, can pluck us from the Palm of God’s Hand when our faith remains in the Cross of Christ.  We must, however, deny ourselves daily, pick up our cross and follow Jesus which requires that this fight of faith must be ever present within our lives…otherwise we will be carnally minded and at enmity with God.  God forbid no!

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

Sinners are called to believe and Believers are called to follow Jesus.  I would like to kindly remind my Brothers and Sisters in Christ that we cannot follow Jesus until we have denied ourselves.  We must all prayerfully consider daily whether we have denied our own abilities to walk in the footsteps God has ordered for our lives or have we embraced our abilities while on the mountain only to be stricken with fear while in the valley.  The yoke of which we carry is better recognized in the valley.  Trials and tribulations will remain but so too will the peace which passes all understanding when we follow Christ Jesus and partake in His Yoke and His burden…for it is easy and light.  Recognize the yoke.

-Donna Clark Warren

Consented Unto The Law?

Unknown15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.” Romans 7:15-16

Those religious rules of penance, vain philosophies and methods of man presented as biblical doctrine by the modern church to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life will only result in doing that which the Believer would not and should not do…consenting unto the law that it is good.

Sin has no more dominion over the born again Believer who remains under Grace but for those who consent unto the law, any law given for victory over sin, the Cross of Christ is made of no effect.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

We cannot resist the devil by consenting unto a law.  The incantations given by the word of faith group to make the devil flee is nothing more than white witchcraft vainly attempting to manipulate the righteous spirit world rather than the evil spirit world and are themselves laws given as biblical doctrine and do not make the devil flee.  Make no mistake, such is still witchcraft and is rampant in the modern church.

The born again Believer, submitted unto God through faith in the Cross of Christ to break the power of sin in their lives is afforded the ability to resist the devil…not because they said no to the devil but because they said yes to God and submitted unto His Will and His Way for their victory – Jesus Christ and Him crucified; be determined to know nothing else.

For by Grace are ye Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8

-Donna Clark Warren

Dead to the Law

PZB9nMUSDadhMkeUH6Yp4DsurhoiborEi7zSN066So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the Law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Romans 7:3-4

Because of Adam’s fall, each and every person born of man is born with a sin nature.  We are married to this sin nature and the sin nature rules and reigns in the heart of the unregenerate man.  The “good” which the lost may do is not done to glorify God but mostly themselves in one way or another.  It is the leaven which leavens.  The result is a hardened heart is always and without fail a hardened heart.  Their righteousness is self righteousness and motive evil because it is done for the wrong reasons.  Please don’t misunderstand, often these are lovely people and their good works are indeed beneficial but if they are not born again Believers, their good works are working death in their heart because they are ruled by their sin nature which is driving them constantly to do that which appears good in their own eyes…irregardless of what the Word of God says. It is the lusts of the flesh which the sin nature seduces and our emotions become our moral authority instead of our God give conscience.

Once the believing sinner accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they (we) are buried into His Death at Calvary’s Cross and are now dead to our sin nature.  To be sure, our sin nature is not dead but we are dead to it AS LONG as we are IN Jesus Christ; buried with Him through faith in His Atoning work which gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do – isolate our sin nature and breaking it’s power.

Being dead to sin through the Cross of Christ, we are now alive unto God; married to Jesus and not to our sin nature.  Because of our union with Christ, we are afforded the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature through the Cross of Christ.  This is the cross of which WE bear; our cross which is laden with liberty from sin.

Sadly, after Salvation many will quickly turn to methods of man for victory over sin and that to which they were once dead (their sin nature) they quickly become alive to again.  One stumble in our walk with God and we tend to make a “law”; a rule or a method to avoid that stumble again.  Because we have now placed our faith in that “law” and not the Cross of Christ to break the power of that sin; our sin nature is quickened and that to which we were once dead now revives and we die (spiritually).

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” Romans 7:9-11

When we stumble, and we will stumble, we do not make a rule not to stumble again but we look unto our Lord, Jesus Christ, and ask forgiveness for our transgressions.  The repentant Saint will ask the Lord to remove that evil desire from our heart.  We cannot produce fruit unto God through self will or foolish discipline but the Spirit of God, Who dwells in us, produces His fruit in our heart and God is glorified.  Not by that which we have done through a man made method being taught as biblical doctrine but by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in the Son of God Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to give us power over sin.  We say yes to His Will and His Way and He orders our footsteps.  There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus but there is conviction of the Holy Spirit which continues to lead us unto Holiness and Righteousness through out our entire Christian walk.  As long as we draw breath, the Holy Spirit will continue to lead us unto Christ-likeness.  If we find ourselves comfortable in that which God has declared sin, we are not being led by the Holy Spirit but by demon spirits.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:1-2

I ask you this morning to examine yourselves; each and everyone of you (myself included).  Are you alive unto your sin nature? Is there something in your life that needs to be given to the Lord and buried with Christ Jesus?  Every born again Believer should be consecrated to the Word of God.  Do not mistake ambition for consecration.  Many a preacher called by their Mama’s or man but not God have ambitiously pursued ministry under the banner of “consecration”. Not so.  The excuse given by the laity that they are not called to preach so they do not have to be consecrated to God’s Word is ignorance.  The truth is they do not WANT to be consecrated to God’s Word because they would have to turn away from the sin which they love.

23 For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.” James 1:23-24

Those who have ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches; they hear Jesus knocking on the door and are led by the Holy Spirit unto Righteousness and Holiness are coming back to their First Love – Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done.  They are being set free from the bondage of sin.  Because they have heard the Truth through the preaching of the Gospel and Jesus Christ has been lifted up among them as the answer to the sin which has so easily beset them, they are doers of the Word and not hearers only.  They are doers not because of what they do but because of what He (Jesus) has done.

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Hear and you will do.  One cannot do without first hearing.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

 

What Shall We Say Then?

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What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that Grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2

Shall we, those who are buried with Christ through the baptism into His Death and are spiritually born again making us dead unto the sin nature which reigned in our hearts before Salvation, continue to live in sin?  God forbid no!

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?

Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4

Walking in the newness of life is not the universal acceptance of sin’s dominion in the Believer’s life but being buried with Christ; denying our self efforts and self will and picking up our cross, the newness of life Jesus afforded whosoever will believe and following Him all the days of our lives.  Daily walking in newness of life by Grace through faith in the Cross of Christ.  This is not a lingo nor a fad.  It is not that “Jimmy Swaggart thing” as one proposed friend referred to it.  This IS the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Be determined to know nothing else.

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

As for me and my house, we will stand in the power of God…the Cross of Christ.  If such seems foolish unto you, make no mistake…you are perishing.

-Donna Clark Warren

The Cross of Christ

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6

Born of water, which speaks of natural child birth, represents a child; a baby being born of their mother’s womb.  On the other hand, born of the Spirit, that which occurs when one decides to receive the reconciliation unto God through the Cross of Christ, which is the only Sacrifice God will accept for the sin of man and is freely given to whosoever will receive this spiritual birth.

While a baby, born of the flesh, is but a child who looks unto their parents for all that they need.  So too does the babe in Christ look unto God the Father for all that they need. The Cross of Christ afforded us this ability.  If not for Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross, no one would be reconciled to God.  We would remain spiritually dead unto God because of Adam’s fall.  Before the Cross of Christ, Old Testament Saints were reconciled unto God through the blood of bulls and goats but Adam’s sin was still imputed unto them.  Once they died, they went to “Paradise” a place in hell separated by a great gulf where they were comforted until Jesus came and “led captivity captive”.

Wherefore He said, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

(Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.)” Ephesians 4:8-10

As Jesus Christ descended unto the hell (NOT the burning part of hell) and led satan’s captivity (the Old Testament Saints) captive, Jesus then ascended up and made a show of the devil’s principalities and powers openly…triumphing over them.

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:14-15

The absolute blasphemous teaching of those who declare Jesus died spiritually and suffered the devil’s torments for 3 days on the burning side of hell is heresy to the uttermost and is proclaimed behind many pulpits in the modern church is the reason for the condition of the modern church.  They truly have no understanding of the Atonement and have preached another Jesus and another gospel which has ministered death to the people.  Instead of faith in Jesus’ victory at the Cross, of which the born again Believer is to be buried with Him, into His Death, their faith is directed to His Resurrection which is indeed PROOF that every sin was atoned but if we know Who Jesus is and what He did, the victory of which was won on Calvary’s Cross, by default we have no doubt unto His glorious Resurrection.  He is alive and we know that we know that we know because we as born again Believers, born of the Spirit of God, have been buried with Him on Calvary’s Cross and the power of sin has been broken in our lives which  We are able to live unto God.

Believe God

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What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found?

For if Abraham were Justified by works, he has whereof to glory; but not before God.

For what says the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for Righteousness.” Romans 4:1-3

Those who have their faith placed in the Cross of Christ AND water baptism, church membership or any other various work presented by religion has their works whereof to glory.  Even if their faith is 95% in atoning work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross and 5% in their particular religious work, the Cross is made of no effect.  One cannot have faith in two events for Salvation nor can they have faith in two events for Sanctification.  Victory over sin is not of the Law, the Mosaic Law or any other religious law, but under Grace.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14

Under Grace, the power of sin is broken in the Believer’s life and we no longer have to live in sin.  While under law, the power of sin remains even as the law reveals our transgressions.  The Law (Mosaic or any law given for victory over sin) does not give us the power to overcome sin but works wrath because of the penalty incurred for its transgression.

13 For the Promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the Law, but through the Righteousness of Faith.

14 For if they which are of the Law be heirs, faith is made void, and the Promise made of none effect: 15 Because the Law works wrath: for where no Law is, there is no transgression.” Romans 4:13-15

Jesus Christ satisfied the entirety of the Law for whosoever will believe upon Him as their Lord and Saviour.  Every sin was and is atoned for by His finished Work on Calvary’s Cross as the Lamb of God. Through the Believer’s faith in His Work and His Work alone, there is no transgression of the Law.  Grace abounds for those who believe…but is made of no effect for those whose boast is of works as well.  The reward of their work is not of God’s Grace (which breaks the penalty of sin) but of debt as to the law (Romans 4:4).

For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

And just like that, man’s works are laid waste by the Word of God…yet so many hold so tightly to their religious and denominational rules.  How long will you allow these religious laws to work wrath in your life?  Jesus overcame.  Just believe.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

Discern the Fruit

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Because the modern church does not deem what God has declared as sin and have chosen to accept sinful lifestyles into their fold, they see no need for a Sin Offering.  The modern church does not preach a crucified Savior because they no longer believe homosexuality is a sin.  They do not believe fornication is a sin.  Their prideful ways are not sinful because it is their prideful ways and not that of others.  Their moral authority is that of a seared conscience where their love is greater than their sin.   God’s Love is greater than sin…not ours.  Our love for one another cannot overcome sin.  True love will speak Truth to the lost and hurting, not coddle them in their sin.  God sent His only begotten Son to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer.

Spiritual death of mankind died on Calvary’s Cross when Jesus Christ gave up the Ghost and made Salvation available for whosoever will believe.   Redemption is the purpose of man’s Sin Sacrifice Who was and is Jesus Christ.  The born again Believer is bought with a price…a very high price and for the modern church to deem the Cross of Christ as unnecessary simply because they have accepted sin is blasphemy.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:15-20

The Bible says you will know them by their fruit.  Have they accepted sin and called it good? There are many denominations who have called sin good and good evil.  Their’s is another Jesus and another gospel because they do not see the need for a crucified Savior to Save them from their sin.

Discern the fruit.

-Donna Clark Warren

The Secrets of Men Judged

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13 (For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law shall be justified.

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the Law, do by nature the things contained in the Law, these, having not the Law, are a Law unto themselves:

15 Which show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel.”  Romans 2:13-16

The hearing of the Law saves no one.  Knowledge of the Law saves no one. Hearing nor a mere knowledge of the Gospel saves no one unless the hearer believes the shed Blood of Jesus paid the penalty for their sins and that He is alive today sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro for those whose heart is perfect toward HIM (Who HE is and what HE has done for whosoever will believe).

The Law of God is written on the heart of mankind and our conscience bears witness.  The good that is done by the lost does not bring them Justification; just as the hearing of the Law does not bring Justification.  There are untold thousands who sit among the congregation weekly believing that they are indeed justified before God because they are hearers of the Gospel and doers of good according to their conscience alone.  Never have they opened the Word of God for themselves, seeking to ensure their conscience not be seared by the commandments of men being declared as biblical doctrine but have gone about accusing or excusing one another according to their own conscience.

It is one thing for the lost to do that which is good because of the Law of God written on their heart.  Their conscience will indeed bear witness but their vain thoughts will go about accusing and excusing.   It is another thing all together for those who claim Christianity; those who may indeed hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and do that which is good because the Law of God is written on their heart but they too allow their vain thoughts to become their religious doctrine. Their banner may be Christianity but their doctrine is that of a seared conscience which serves as their moral authority instead of the Word of God being their moral authority.   They are hearers who have not believed and are therefore not Saved, while at the same time doers who have not believed and sadly are again not Saved either.

We are saved by Grace through Faith, not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Those who profess the banner of Christianity but have not yet believed with their heart are lukewarm Christians and bring reproach to the work of God.  God says He would rather them be cold than lukewarm.  The cold are those who don’t profess Christianity; those who may or may not do that which is “good” but in either case they do not profess to be followers of Christ.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are held accountable to the Word of God…to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  If we point to, lean on or partake in any other method for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil, we will give an account.  This Gospel of which we preach will bring the lost to the Cross of Christ for repentance; It will set the captives free and heal those which are bruised.  There is no sugar coating necessary.  Lift Him up, Jesus Christ, to a lost and dying world so that they can choose for themselves in Whom they will believe.

The secrets of which we keep will be judged by God according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; not how often we heard or how many good works we performed but that of which we believed with our hearts unto Salvation.  Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

God’s Goodness

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4 Or despise you the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:3-4
Jonah sat atop the hill under the gourd upset that the Lord did not punish Nineveh once they repented of their sin, when he could have been praising the Lord with them.  The same Goodness of God that brings us to Repentance, brings others to Repentance as well.  When God’s long-suffering and forbearance is witnessed toward those who we have deemed guilty and unworthy, beware of the judgment we cast upon them lest we think we too shall escape the judgment of God.
Stop trying to disqualify others and start trying to qualify them.  Tell them Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to deliver us from the sin which so easily besets us.  He is alive today searching to and fro for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.  We don’t back away from declaring sin as sin but we give the answer to sin as well – Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren