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We believe that God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God eternally exists in three Persons: “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”. The three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:26-27 Deuteronomy 6:4 Hebrews 1:8 Colossians 1:15-17).

We believe God the Son became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. He lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. All who believe in Him are declared righteous based on His death. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to the earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 5:8-10; 1 Corinthians 3-42 Corinthians 5:14; Acts 1:9-11).

We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us and the final authority for all matters of our faith and life. The Bible tells us the truth about God’s love, the sinful condition of humanity, and God’s provision to bring us into relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. It was written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and consists of the books of the Old and New Testaments. (Psalms 19:7-11 Psalms 119:105 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty: eternal separation from God in the form of hell. When we turn from our self-ruled life and become a follower of Christ, we begin the journey of eternal life with God. This journey of Christian Fellowship is characterized by Spiritual Growth and Maturity. (John 3:16; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).

We believe the church is to take the Gospel message of Jesus to the world and is made up of those who have placed their faith in Christ, repented of their sin, and have been baptized. (Matthew 28:18-201 Peter 1: 9-10).

We believe the Holy Spirit is presently ministering through the Christian Community, empowering lives for Godliness and service. (John 14:26; Romans 8:14).

Bottom line is this:

  • We all know were Evil came from and, how it started.
  • We all know that Christ gave us a “Free Will” to choose right from wrong, what we want to believe in and,  how they what too live out their Life here on earth.

But most people, in this generation, will not accept the fact that Christ is the only “True Way” by which we have to have the hope of Eternal Life.

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Two Choices In Life

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We all have chooses in all areas of life to will determine a wide verity of outcomes. Most choices are easier than others. When it comes to one’s Spiritual Life, we need to give it great consideration. For we know that we only have one opportunity to enter our final destiny.

If we choose the quick and easy way, the end result will not be good, to say the less.

Mat 7:13  —”Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it”.

If a person truly wants to get to Heaven, one needs to highly consider what path they are willing to go down. Each of us, myself included, needs to bear in mind that all of us will be held accountable to what we have done while on earth and will be judged by Gods’ word. Rev. 20: 11-15

We need to keep in mind there are Two God’s.

2Co 4:3 — But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4  whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

 The god of this world hath blinded their minds, 2Co 4:4. They are under the influence and power of the devil, who is here called the God of This World, and elsewhere the “Prince of This World”, because of the great interest he has in this world, the homage that is paid to him by multitudes in this world, and the great sway that, by divine permission, he bears in the world, and in the hearts of his subjects, or rather slaves. 

If a person TRULY believes is the “True and Living God”: Hebrews 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Ask yourself, who will you believe in,  Doctrines of man which comes from; “The God of This World” or will it be “The True and Living God?”

1Ti. 4:10  — For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

 Heb. 10:31  — It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

– Don Blackwell  Where do we go When we Die? 

The Birth of Christ Jesus

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No one knows precisely when Jesus was born. Even His year of birth is only an educated guess based on the information available. The intention of the medieval creators of our calendar was to set the date of Jesus’ birth at A.D. 1.

They simply miscalculated. The Jewish historian Josephus places the death of Herod the Great in 4 B.C., and both Matthew (Matt. 2: 1) and Luke (Luke 1: 5) presume that Herod was king at the time of Jesus’ birth. But it is not clear how much before Herod’s death Jesus was born.

A date of about 5 B.C. could fit with Luke’s note that Augustus, who reigned from 27 B.C. to A.D. 14, was the Roman emperor when Jesus was born (Luke 2: 1). Luke’s mention of Quirinius (Luke 2: 2), however, it creates a problem.

It really doesn’t matter the Lord has not told us to celebrate the birth of Jesus rather we celebrate the crucifixion the death of Jesus we don’t do that once a year, we do it every week on the first day of the week (Sundays) we remember, and celebrate that sacrifice that was made so that we can have the hope of Eternal Life but there are some clues in the Bible.

All though we cannot know the exact date, when Christ was born, we can have a good indication according to the birth of John the Baptist. Jesus Christ is six months younger than John. The account of the John’s birth can be found in (Luke 1: 5-26).

If you start at the first month of the Hebrew calendar which is Nissan that corresponds almost exactly to our month of March he would be serving right about Early May (see Luke 1: 23) says it came to pass to watch as carefully as soon as the days of his administration work accomplished he departed to his house and after those days Elizabeth can see so he went and he served in early May.

When his time was up he went back home his wife became pregnant.  Now follow this of course the priest begins in the month of March the eighth course which is the ninth week put Zachariah serving in May.

Soon as he gets done he goes home to his wife she conceives and she is carrying John the Baptist our Lord is conceive six months later which would put his conception about the month of November then Mary carries the Christ child for nine months which would have him being born sometime around August.

Some have even tried to specify Jesus’ birth date by appeal to astronomical phenomena that might explain the star of Bethlehem (Matt. 2: 2, 7, 9, 10). Halley’s comet appeared in 12 or 11 B.C. and another comet in 5 B.C.

But in antiquity comets were thought to forecast evil, not blessed, events. In 7 B.C. rare (once every 794 years) conjunction of the planets Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn occurred in the constellation Pisces.

Whether Matthew’s star was any of these is pure speculation. For ancient people the star confirmed again that Jesus was the Messiah who fulfilled Balaam’s star prophecy (Num. 24: 17).

If God wanted us to know when Jesus was born, He would have told us through His teachings, in the New Testament.

Recent Ruling of the Supreme Court

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1. The Supreme Court violated it’s authority. The founders of our great Nation, and Country put safeguards in the Constitution to assure we would be a Republic, and NOT a Monarchy. They provided for three branches of Government.

The Executive Branch; made up of the President, his VP, and his fifteen member cabinet, and whose duty it is to enforce the laws of the land;
The Legislative Branch; made up of a Congress consisting of the Senate, and the House of Reprehensive, and whose duty is to pass, and found laws for this Country;
Judicial Branch; made up of nine judges whose duty is to interpret the Constitution in light of any legislating by Congress.

First, the Supreme Court violated it’s authority from the bench. Second, it violated the law of God by lifting the ban on Same Sex Marriage which is “Un-natural” (Romans 1: 26) and, it’s an Abomination to God (Lev. 18:22).

 2. What will the outcome by? America has taken another step down the slippery slope of immorality and has demonstrated that our Nation has departed further from the intentions of the Founding Fathers.
 
3. Are those who oppose this action intolerant bigot, who do not love others? We are to love the people and hate the sin. We have values we hold dear, and we can hold them just like those who oppose our views. Standing for the truth, and standing by our convictions in a gentle yet firm way does not make us intolerant are bigots any more than those who differ with us, and hold their views. Our Country permits one the freedom to believe what he likes, but when we disagree with a decision made by our Government, we may speak out against that decision, and the law of love and Tolerance does NOT demand that we Condone or agree with behavior that violates God’s law.

 And that’s the inside Edition by;
~Jay Lockhart      
Whitehouse

 

 

 

 

With all that being said, here are some other scriptures that refers to on this topic. Don’t take my word; check out what God has to say about, not only this issue but all aspects that are corrupt, according to the Doctrine of Christ.

John 12:48  “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day”.

 
• Leviticus 18: 22-25 / 20:13
• Mark 10: 6-9  
• Romans 1: 26-28
• 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 / 7:2
• 1 Timothy 1: 10, 11
• Jude 1:7
• Ezekiel 16: 49, 50
• Daniel 4: 32
 
As children of God, heirs to our heavenly home, all we want to do is to teach the truth in love, and strive to help save people from certain Condemnation when Christ returns. For those who still believe the Bible, the issue is clear and decisive.  

 Homosexual intercourse is condemned as immoral sexual behavior in every period of Bible history. It was condemned implicitly at the beginning of human history in the creation of a man and a woman to form marriage and the home (Genesis 2:24). It was condemned as “wicked and sinful” and “very grievous” in Sodom and Gomorrah during the pre-Mosaic age (Genesis 13:13; 18:20; 19:1-11; cf. 2 Peter 2:7-8; Jude 7). It was condemned under the Law of Moses (Leviticus 18:22-30; 20:13), even to the point of being described as “wickedness,” “outrage,” “vileness,” “lewdness,” and “evil” (Judges 19:23-24; 20:3,6,10,12,13).

With the arrival of Christ and Christianity on the planet, the New Testament is equally definitive in its uncompromising and unquestioned condemnation of same-sex activity (Matthew 19:9). Paul summarized the “unrighteous” and “ungodly” behavior of the Gentile nations, and declared:

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;…who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them (Romans 1:26-32, Cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-10).

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Life In The Church–Church Organization

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Audio Study about “Church Organization“ and, what God has to say about how we should conduct our-self.

~By; Jay Lockhart

WhitehouseTHIS YEAR’S THEME

…choose for yourselves this day
  whom you will serve…Joshua 24:15

Life In The Church –Public Worship Part 2

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Audio Study about Public Worship (part 2) and, what God has to say about how we should conduct our-self.

~By; Jay Lockhart

WhitehouseTHIS YEAR’S THEME

…choose for yourselves this day
  whom you will serve…Joshua 24:15

Life In The Church–Public Worship Part 1

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Audio Study about Public Worship (part 1) and, what God has to say about how we should conduct our-self.

~By; Jay Lockhart

Whitehouse Church of Christ     THIS YEAR’S THEME

…choose for yourselves this day
  whom you will serve…Joshua 24:15

God’s House Has a Pattern

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The goal; of these two lessons, is to help people and, teach us the proper Conduct in God’s House.

God’s House By; Jack Dodgen

The Decisions that we make will determine our destiny.

The Choices We Make By; Jay Lockhart

WhitehouseTHIS YEAR’S THEME

…choose for yourselves this day
whom you will serve…Joshua 24:15

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

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Jack Dodgen Background on our 2015 theme

:…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…Joshua 24:15
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TAX DOLLARS FOR CALIFORNIA
I just heard last week that California, the most politically liberal state in the Union, is no longer debating the abortion issue—it has already decided it will join with others in the slaughter of 1,000,000 preborn babies each year. The issue in California is now how it will be done. Some want to perform abortions by chemicals, in which case the baby is burned to death.

Others want to take the life of the unborn child by pushing a sharp object (a knife) into the back of the head, in which case the baby is cut up. Yes, I know that this is quite gruesome. And, guess what. California wants federal tax dollars to pay for the performance of these abortions. Do you support this? If not, those who do support it will say you are a bigot.

Also, we were told that our health insurance dollars would not be used for this, but we wait to see. I am reminded of some Scriptures: “Woe unto those who call evil good” (Isa. 5:20); among the seven things God hates is “they who shed innocent blood” (Prov. 6:17-18); “You shall not kill” (Rom. 13:9).

What can a Christian do? He can go the polls and vote against any candidate who supports such atrocity. Or, we can support candidates who support abortion. Or, we can stay at home and talk about how bad things are.

What will you do? If someone says, “I don’t know where my candidate stands on this issue”, it should be remembered that we are responsible for not only what we know but also for what we could have found out (Matt. 11:20-24).

HOUSTON, TEXAS MAYOR BACK TRACTS
The mayor of Houston recently asked some selected preachers of that city to submit to her copies of sermons they had recently preached to see if they had said negative things about homosexuality, same sex marriages, and related matters. The request soon drew national attention and the outcry was so great that she withdrew her request. There is something in the United States Constitution about free speech, and the mayor’s request was in violation of the Constitution, so she dropped it. Interesting.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION
When the Founding Fathers of this country drew up the Constitution they said that the government would “establish no religion”. By this they meant that the government would support no single religion. They had in mind the freedom of religion, but they never intended that the country be free from religion.

However, when the name of God or prayer or religion is mentioned in the public arena, we are told by some that this cannot be done because our Constitution stands for “Separation of church and State.” This is far from the intention of the Founding Fathers and anyone who knows our history as a nation knows that this is true. Perhaps this is the reason that our public schools do not teach that part of our history. Mark it well: many in this country are not practicing the freedom of religion, but what they are practicing is anti-religion. If we continue to listen to these folks, we will not like where they will lead us.

And that’s the inside edition
By: Jay Lockhart

The Last Generation

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Our Nation is in trouble! Morally, Religiously, Economically and, Politically—we are in trouble. When the Constitution, the document upon which the Republic was built, is called a “Living Document”, i.e., it must be change with the culture and be politically correct, and is no longer interpreted but ignored by some in high places, we are in trouble!

When the morality of the Nation is at an all-time low and, national debt is at an all-time high, we are in trouble. When “congress shall establish no religion” is interpreted to mean that God is removed from the fiber of our nation, we are in trouble. Will this be the last generation of Americans who were a part of the greatest nation on earth?

“Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people”— (Proverbs 14:34).

The church is also encountering difficulties in many places, here and abroad. From the outside the church ever faces the temptation to be overly influenced by the culture. This is called the “Emergent/ Emerging Church” movement.

“The emerging / emergent church movement falls into line with basic post-modernist thinking—

Becoming like the world silences the voice of conviction that should characterize the church. The church is in the world and does its work in the world, but must be carefully separated from the world. We are not to conform to this world but are to have a transforming influence in the world.

“And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. (Romans 12:2)

From the inside we face the “Change Agent” a movement which seeks to remake the church into a denomination. “Change Agents” have affected countless congregations as well as administrators and teachers on the campuses of Christian colleges and, universities. If this movement has its way, we wonder if this is the last generation to “Stand Strong” upon Biblical truth, and to call for the restoration of New Testament Christianity.

This is certain: the church will be here when Jesus comes! “Not even the power of death can defeat it”—(Matthew 16:18).
However, local churches and individual members must make a choice. Where are the churches at Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi, Colosse, and what happened to the seven churches of Asia? We may continue to exist, but will we exist as a church that seeks to be the church of the New Testament?

In our families, the most important influence in the lives of children is their parents. If today’s young people are as strong, or weak, spiritually, in the coming years as their parents are today, we wonder if this is the last generation that will seek to be the church of the New Testament. We look to the future optimistically but, realistically and wonder what the future holds for us. It is worth pondering! Could this be the last generation to hold to the real, the true, and the lasting in matters affecting us Nationally, Religiously, and Domestically?

And that’s the Inside Edition
From Jay Lockhart

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