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You have to learn contentment

Contentment is not something you simply obtain.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

You do not wake up one day and find that you are suddenly content.  Neither do you just get old enough and that makes you content.  Contentment is something that is learned.

Paul said, “…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil. 4:11).  Paul admits that he had to learn contentment.  It was not one of his personality traits, nor was it a special ability that he had.  It was something that he had to learn from the time he was very young until the day that he wrote these words to the Philippians.

As a young man, Paul sought his fortune and fame, as do other young men.  He thought he found it in the profession of a Pharisee.  As a young Pharisee during the time of the first persecution of Christians, he excelled.  He was poised for greatness because he was in on the movement from the “ground floor.”  He had been recognized for his zeal and was commissioned to root out and destroy Christians wherever he could.  But even though he made a name for himself, he still found no contentment.

He found no contentment when he finally met Jesus face to face on the road to Damascus, but this is where his lessons in contentment began.  He was blinded after the encounter and did not know if he would ever get his sight back.  He needed to learn to accept his blindness.  He could either have felt pity on himself, or make use of his life as he could.  But God had another plan.  And so the trials, troubles, sufferings and persecutions began until one day, in a letter to his friends, he writes, “…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

Contentment begins with knowing God (Matt. 6:31-34.)  A person will never be content living in this world if they do not first learn how to live a Godly life.  If you come to the point in your relationship with God that you seek Him first, then you learn how to live Godly.  But it doesn’t stop right there.  You must learn not only how to seek Him first, but to depend on His love for you; that you will be okay under His leadership, love and care.  In short, you must learn not only how to seek God first, but to give Him your problems and stop worrying over them; depend on Him being bigger than any problem you could ever have.  These are hard lessons to learn.  Oh, it is not so hard to take our troubles to God, but it is difficult for us to leave them with Him.  We show this by worrying about our troubles.  You can already see how to live a stress free, content life when you have nothing to worry about anymore.

Contentment benefits living in this world (1 Tim. 6:6-9).  We must understand that we absolutely own nothing.  We must have the higher view of our life; that we brought nothing into this world, and when we go, we will take nothing out.  Even our legacy is not in our hands, it is in the hands of those left behind.  It is a false understanding to think you have made a difference in the world because any difference you made or not, is in the hands of those you leave it with.  It is not under your control.  We are on a pilgrimage that is preparing us for heaven.  Yes, God can miraculously make us prepared for entrance to heaven when the time comes, but in His infinite wisdom, He has seen fit to teach us about our upcoming life in heaven now.  The sooner we see that life does not surround ambitions of the world, the sooner we will live a content life.  This way, we can go to our jobs and places of work with joy and not stress.  In fact, we can be happy all day long because we realize that the things now trivial, were once big things to us.  You can easily see how contentment is learned by just having the proper perspective on life in general.

Contentment comes from seeking first a life with Jesus. (Heb. 13:5-6)  It comes by understanding that He means what He says and says what He means.  He says, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  You cannot get any more content in life than to live a life understanding that the one who holds you in His arms is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He won’t drop you or let go.  Babies trust their mothers all the way up to the time that mommy makes them do something that they don’t like.  They are content in their mothers arms until mommy does something that they don’t like.  It may be giving a bath, or changing a diaper, but whatever it is, this is where the trust is lost.  When they realize that mommy just did something for their overall good, even though it was uncomfortable for a spell, then the trust is returned.  The baby learns how to trust their mommy.  Likewise, Christians should learn how to learn contentment by growing up in the Lord; communing with Him and learning how to trust Him.  You can easily see that the closer and more often you are with the Lord, the easier it is to be content.

So Paul says that he had to learn contentment.  He is no different than any other man.  We all must learn how to be content.  Is your life troubled?  Do you feel so overwhelmed that you think you need to see a counselor to help you get your life back on track?  Do you have the tendency to turn to drinking or drugs to give you peace?  Then you are seeking an instant, microwave portion of contentment, but it does not exist.  You must learn how to be content.  God will make sure that, one way or another, you will learn how to be content with Him.  The only question is: just how much tribulation, trials or suffering you must go through to learn contentment.

 

Why the King James Bible Teaching

king james bibleIt doesn’t matter to us which Bible you use, but we teach King James Bible doctrine.  There is a big difference between the King James Bible teachings and the teachings of other bibles.  The Psalmist says: “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Ps. 119:160).  In Jeremiah 23:36, the Bible says, “For ye have perverted the words of the living God.” So, God’s word will last forever, but there will be people who make perversions.  This is the case that we have in the Christian world today.  Someone is taking living words from the living God and perverting it.

This all has to deal with the subject of final authority.  This the most crucial thing going on in the world today. Why?  Because the issue of final authority determines—absolute truth.

Today, people are being taught that all truth is relative.  Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity digests down to this destructive premise.  It subtly teaches that everyone can have their own truth.  Of course this lends to chaos as everyone becomes their own authority and god.  A christian however, places himself in subjection to the Bible.  However, Jeremiah said somebody took those words and perverted them.  Therefore, it is crucial for the Christian to find the right words of God so he can live by them, and reject the perversions.

The King James Bible is the word of God for several reasons.  These reasons should be looked at and analyzed very carefully.  No true lover of God would want to follow a perversion, or become his own authority for that matter.  The King James Bible is the word of God because:

  • It’s the only bible that doesn’t have a copyright.  If you have a King James Bible in your hand, you have a Book with no copyright on it. You may see a copyright on the notes, references, maps, index, etc., but not on the word of God itself.  Anybody can get a plain King James Bible and there’s no copyright in it.  When King James endorsed it, he placed the Crown Copyright on it, but you don’t have to ask the Crown today for the right to print it. The Crown copyright is different from present day copyright.  King James didn’t copyright it to make money off of it.  he wanted the world to have it freely.  The Crown copyright showed that King James endorsed it, and in Ecclesiastes 8:4 it says, “Where the word of a king is, there is power.” It was copyrighted under a king, showing a king endorsed it.  This is much different than the copyright of today, which involves making money.
  • It is the only Bible which is “Authorized.”  The term “Authorized” is applied to the King James Bible alone.  It is the only Bible which the Holy Spirit has blessed.
  • It was translated under a God-Ordained King (Ecc. 8:4).  AND, the king under whom the Bible was translated has a Jewish name–James.
  • God promised to preserve His word.  He said, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever” (Psalm 12:6-7).  No one can hide God’s true words from man.  If man wants to find it, there is certainly someplace it can be found. Christ said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words” (John 14:23).  How do you keep His words if you don’t have them? Christ said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). How do you get a prayer promise if you don’t keep His words? Christ said, “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” (John 8:47). How do you hear them, if you don’t have them? The Bible says to the preacher, “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2).  How can a preacher preach something he doesn’t have? If God can preserve us unto the day of salvation, then He can certainly preserve what He wrote.
  • It gives preeminence to the Lord Jesus Christ.  All other Bibles attack the deity of Jesus Christ.  Some bibles are quite obvious in their attack on the Lordship of Jesus Christ, while others are more subtle.  For example: the New King James Bible attacks the deity of Christ in Acts 4:27. It says that Jesus Christ was not God’s “child;” He was just God’s “servant.”  Other versions have come up with more blatant and dangerous changes to the scriptures.  The frontal assault is launched against such doctrines as: The Virgin Birth (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:34; 2:33), The Blood Atonement (Col. 1:14; Acts 20:28; Eph. 1:7; Rev. 1:5), The Resurrection (Acts 1:3; Luke 24), His Deity (Acts 10:28; John 9:35; 1 Tim. 3:16), the Second Coming (Rev. 11:15; Titus 2:13).  These are just a few of examples of the many changes that show the devil’s handiwork in perverting the word of God.  Other “bibles” consistently attack the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is no way they can have any merit.  The King James Bible, on the other hand, never attacks the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:39).  It does the exact opposite–it EXALTS the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Because the vast majority of all manuscripts validate the King James Bible.  The Textus Receptus (received text) comes from Antioch, Syria, where the disciples were first called Christians.  At times it is called The Majority Text.  This is because there are a vast number of fragments collected from many locations that are all in agreement.  There is a huge amount of these manuscripts (all in agreement) because the early church would copy the writings and distribute them to other believers, who would in turn, copy them and distribute them.  Since the early church did not have the monetary resources of Rome, they were not copied onto sheets of vellum, but onto inferior paper, so they didn’t last the test of time.  The other manuscripts (LXX) come from Alexandria, Egypt, where Rome had great influence.  The LXX comes from only two corrupt manuscripts, known as “Vaticanus” and “Siniaticus.” These manuscripts are full of alterations to meet the demands Rome. They have been determined to be older, but again, they are only few.  Rome having influence in Alexandria, Egypt at that time, these are the adopted manuscripts of the Catholic church.  All new versions are direct translations from these corrupt Catholic manuscripts.  The King James Bible is the only one translated from the Textus Receptus (The Majority Text) which came from Antioch where Christianity began.
  • The honesty of the Translators.  The translators use of italics in the Bible shows the honesty of the translators.  They italicized words they put into the text that do not appear in the original language. Perverted Bible translations do not do this. The translators had the integrity to let us know what was added and what was original.  God says in Revelation 22:18-19, “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”  Proverbs 30:5-6 says, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Because It Exalts the Lord Jesus Christ.  The translators honored God.
  • It is a perfect translation. The words “translate” and “translated” only occur three times in the Bible (2 Sam. 3:10; Col. 1:13; Heb. 11:5.  Note: The number 3 is God’s number of perfection.). Each time, God is the Translator. Each time, something is going from one situation to a much better situation.  Since God inspired “holy men of God” (II Pet. 1:21) to write down His words in the first place,  He is certainly capable of guiding the translators to keep the words which Jesus told us to keep (John 14:23). It is also apparent by the character of God, that the translation became better than originally penned.
  • It’s fruit is good.  The Lord Jesus said that every good tree will bring forth good fruit, and we can know them BY their fruits (Mt. 7:17-20). God had the bible translated to bring forth good fruit. The perversions produce EVIL fruit. They produce infidels who profess to know God, but in fact they do not.  They spit out spiritual babies one right after the other who completely blind to basic Bible doctrine. However, the King James Bible is validated by the Holy Spirit who bears witness of the truth.
  • All perverted Bibles compare themselves to the King James Bible. They don’t compare themselves with each other.  They all compare themselves to the King James Bible.  This proves there is something special about the King James Bible. Why does everyone oppose the King James Bible and not the others? Satan has no desire to divide his own kingdom (Mt. 12:26). His desire is to discredit the word of GOD, not himself; so he attacks only one Book, God’s Book, the KJV.  Those who join the Devil in opposition to the King James Bible have no Final Authority.  They become their own authority.  I know they look like Christians.  They act, smell, talk, and dress like Christians, but they depend on their own judgment too much, thus becoming their own authority.

Let’s not accept the idea that the Authorized King James is outdated and needs to be replaced for a new translation. Satan knows that newborn babes in Christ will not have the real milk that they need in order to grow because they’ll have a watered down version of the truth. He figures that if he can’t kill the babes, he’ll do the next best thing-stunt their growth. At the same time the world will point to “Christianity” and say, “They don’t even have the same Bible.”

 

 

How much do we really know about God’s character?

It is God’s character to be a forgiver of sin.  Most of the time, when we hear this statement, we think about the forgiveness that WE GET and not about God’s character–THE FORGIVER.  God’s character is to think about others.  Man’s character is to think about Himself (Eph. 5:29).  We know all about ourselves, but how much do we really know about God? It is difficult to find Bible teaching that teaches with this very premise as it’s core.  You don’t very often find teachers who try to teach about God’s character and how He feels about things.  Most teaching falls into the trap of human need for satisfaction.  Man likes to know that he gets what he needs to make himself feel better about being a Christian.  However, teaching about the Bible, from God’s point of view, is out there; although it is difficult to find.  Most teaching is motivated by the need for money or popularity.  The teachers know this and that is why most extremely popular, media induced, Bible teaching is popular–because people hear what they want to hear to nourish and cherish his own self. There is nothing wrong with feeling good.  After all, it is an emotion that God put in us.  But He didn’t put it inside of us to be abused.  He put it in us so we can understand how He can feel, just as He put: hate, fear, remorse and sadness.  We are made in all of the image of God, not just the ones that we want to claim.  Man has abused the emotions that make us feel good by popularizing “feel good” churches.  So, he says, “if I feel good, and everything is positive, then I am identifying with God, but if it is negative and I feel conviction for my sin, then I am not identifying with God.”  This kind of thinking comes about from not grasping the truth that man is just a created being and God is the Creator. Man is nothing without God.  There is not even a thought that man can have without the awesome guiding, and direction of God.  Man is totally subject to God in everything.  There is not a breath our body takes without God moving the lungs.  There is not a beat of our heart that does not receive it’s power from God.  We are unabatedly subject to God. Why then did God give us the Bible?  We thought it was because He was giving us instruction on how to live.  True, but it is much more than that.  The Bible reveals  God’s character. New Tribes Missions author Trevor Mcllwain described it best when he said, “it is God’s love letter to us, telling us about Himself.”  Yes, He is instructing us about Himself, but all we see is how much we are not like Him.  He is showing us how He originally intended the relationship of Creator–creation to be.  It was supposed to be a wonderful relationship of God with man (the image of God) who could completely understand and identify with Him.  But man does not see it that way.  Man sees God as some kind of magic Genie who comes out to grant his wishes when he calls for him, then goes back into his bottle until he is needed again. God’s forgiveness of sin, especially this sin, speaks loudly about His character.  If we just consider ourselves as nothing, and God as everything, we can see God’s character.  If we can put ourselves out of the way long enough to learn something about God’s character, we will be much better off.  Then, we can begin living the Christian life.  Not the “Christian life” as the world supposes it to be.  The Christian life as God indented it to be.

Books by Pastor Coale

CCS2The Chinese Character Story is an amazing story of how God embedded the gospel and the story of Creation right inside the Chinese language. The Chinese communist do not believe in God, but the language that they use daily, holds the story of God. This booklet by Pastor Coale clearly shows how God could do such a thing as to turn Satan’s work around on himself.

 

 

Have you ever thought, “What other gospel addresses this same event?” The Parallel Gospels not only aligns the gospels in parallel with each other, It also organizes them in chronological order. Pastor Coale wrote this book to help him in his own study and he is sure It will be a great help to you as well.  This book is a great help in studying the life of the Lord Jesus Christ and will be referred to over and over.

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts and Tongues: The Charismatic Catastrophe will help all seekers of truth to know the mind of God concerning speaking in “tongues” and spiritual misuse of “gifts.” It is for this purpose that Pastor Coale brings this work to us. All too often, Christians are approached by super-Charismatics who prey upon them. They seek converts among innocent Christians trying to learn about God. When new Christians are told they are not really saved until they speak in tongues, they become rightfully concerned. Since they want to please their new Lord, they naturally want to speak in tongues, but something holds them back; something tells them things are not right, but they can’t put their finger on it. This booklet is written for those Christian brothers and sisters. If they follow where this booklet leads them in God’s word, they will clearly understand God’s teaching on this subject.

God is not a god of Gimmicks

Motives for “getting people in.”

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

The modern, progressive church has failed on many fronts because they have failed to think of GOD.  While they are busy changing to keep up with the times, God still remains the same.  When the church changes their approach on worship they’re doing so to accommodate themselves not God.  There are actually thinking about themselves.  This is wrong!  Since He is the creator, and man is the created, it is up to man to conform to His image, not the other way around.

God is not a god of the gimmicks.  He does not need to appeal to the flesh in order to try to get some people to like Him.  Man needs to satisfy the flesh, but God does not.  God’s plan for the flesh is to burn it up when He burns the entire world (2 Peter 3).  He loathes the flesh of unrighteousness and will give new bodies to all of His saints.

When the church continually tries new things just to “get people in,” you have to question their motives: Do they want to actually reach more people for Christ?  Or do they want to build their congregations so they can be thought of as “successful” according to the world’s standards?

The only thing that God needs for people to fall in love with Him is His word: the Bible.  The flesh doesn’t want to read it, and no wonder why; guess who else would not want you to read it?