Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rest In Peace, Reverend Nathan M. Bickel

It is with a heavy heart that I commence work as custodian of Nathan Bickel's The Christian Message. In March 2012, at perhaps our second conversation, he asked if I would carry on with his work at his passing. Friday, as he was laid to rest in his beloved Bay City Michigan, respecting his wishes, I did so.

Please offer prayers for him and his grief-stricken family. You may sign his guestbook here:
http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/baycity/nathan-m-bickel-condolences/187429779?cid=full

The hundreds of thousands of lives he touched online - and in person - fared far better for his moral leadership, his wisdom, and his courage. May Almighty God grant us the determination to carry forth in Nathan's spirit, ever-seeking to honor and bear witness to The Triune God with all we think, feel, and do.

Martha Trowbridge
10 December 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Genesis 1 History: Professing Christians Discard Creator God

Genesis 1 History: Professing Christians Deny Creator God

Three Specific Ways Professing Christians Deny Creator God And His Living Genesis 1 Word

Professing Christians are sadly and pathetically, prime recipients (adherents, aka, "believers") of the sinful culture's brainwashing. They reflect the perpetual ungodly indoctrination; especially in one specific huge area. That major area is the incorrect (even heretical) understanding and acceptance of the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1.

Scientism is the perversion of  science. "Science" is a process of discovery whichis rife with assumptions, hypothesis and theories. Science is not a declaration of truth. It is a quest to explain the natural world. Scientism, sadly, has become the belief and
acceptance of science as the sole discoverer and curator of reality and truth. As a pathetic result, no longer do most professing Christians believe, "Thus saith the Lord." Rather, they pathetically believe: "Thus saith science!"

But, sadly and pathetically, scores if professing Christians cast aside Biblical Scripture's clear work of Creator God and His documented description of Earth's creation. They sinfully and egregiously replace that clear teaching and description of creation for scientism's opposite view. In so doing, they insult, diminish and denigrate Creator God, His physical and His human creation. They buy-into evolution's "Big Bang" godless theory, which proclaims that human existence is no more than a type-of cosmic (godless) happenstance.

Willingness by professing Christians to believe and accept scientism's erroneous teaching of Earth's beginning, leads them to egregiously disobey the First Commandment: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." [Exodus 20] Note also: Isaiah 42:5-8.

Yet, professing Christians still (hypocritically) claim to believe and accept that Biblical Scripture is without error. They profess to know Lord God and praise Him, but at the same time they disbelieve what He has proclaimed to be reality and truth.

Many professing Christians claim to believe the Bible to be God’s authoritative Word. They can readily point to various Biblical Scriptures, which proclaim itself to be Creator God’s Divine Revelation. Yet, these same professing Christians cannot accept the first chapter of the book of the Bible without grossly molesting God’s Word.

This pic (above) is the best and simplest description (this Christian emeritus 
pastor author has found) of what Genesis 1:6-10 describes as the “firmament.” 
This pictorial description of the Creator’s work dismisses spherical Earth, as in
 "globular." Biblical Scripture describes the Sun as rotating around stationary 
Earth. And, the language is not “poetical” or “metaphorical.” Genesis 1 
correlates with Exodus 20:8-11 and Psalm 113:1-4. The reference to the Sun
 rising and setting, in relation to time as in a normal 24 hour day, is unmistakable. 
Pic source: – “The Firmament” – 
concordiaabchao.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-firmament/
(1) Professing Christians deny the creation and function of the firmament:

Professing Christians fail to recognize a fundamental aspect of the world in which they live. Creator / Savior God fashioned the Earth with a barrier atop it, designated, the “Firmament” (aka, “expanse” / “dome”). That covering barrier separates the waters above from the waters below. And, within that protective barrier, is enclosed the Sun, Moon and Stars.

Firmament: What Is It? - moralmatters.org

(2) Professing Christians fail to accept what the Bible plainly says about the six days of creation:

Many professing Christians do not rightly understand the plain sense of what Biblical Scripture relates when it says that Creator God called the world into existence within six normal days. These weak-kneed “Christians” fall prey to Satan’s repeated age-old, temptation, “Yea, hath God [really] said?” [Genesis 3] These professing Christians sadly listen to an incorrect non-contextual interpretation of the Hebrew word for “day” which also is contextually translated as “a period of time.”

What professing Christians sadly fail to recognize, is that Genesis 1 makes it unmistakably clear, what is intended by a “day.” It repeatedly says: “…and the evening and the morning” was the specific day in which Lord God created what He created for that particular day, (24 hour) time period. 

Pic source: Truth About Creation - Creation Days -
truthnet.org/creation/creationdays/
Furthermore, when comparing Scripture to Scripture (in its own context) we find in Exodus 20, the analogy of the six days of creation with that of what Lord God expected His children to mirror (practice). Work 6 days and then rest on the 7thday as Creator God did in the beginning. It was never Lord God’s intention that his children work six days, each day lasting long periods of indeterminable time, and then resting for another long period of indeterminable time.

We also can utilize Scripture to interpret itself without outside scientism help, by taking a look at Psalm 113:1-3. That Scripture relates that Lord God’s human creation is to reverence Him daily, as the Sun rises upon its designated daily cycle and as it sets upon its daily (24 hour) cycle.

When we allow Holy Scripture to interpret itself, taking Genesis 1, Exodus 20, Psalm 113 and other many Biblical passages, referencing the Sun rising and setting, we have for ourselves the correct “picture” and “mechanism” of what Creator / Savior Christ, fashioned, when He said: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Professing Christians are sinfully arrogant to dismiss the above specific Biblical Scriptures and other Biblical Scriptures throughout the Old and New Testaments that clearly (without poetry or metaphor) speak of the Sun (physically) rising and setting upon stationary Earth. (Note specifically, Joshua 10).

3) Professing Christians fail to accept what the Bible plainly says about the heavenly luminaries; specifically, the Sun and Moon 

Biblical Scripture's description of Earth in relation to the Sun and the
Moon is illustrated in the above motion pic. People have been brainwashed to believe that they live on a spherical (globe) surface. Biblical Scripture relates opposite of the cult of scientism. Please note: "Stationary Earth: Biblical References From The Divine Revelation" moralmatters.org - Also: "Scientism And The Failure Of Professed Christians To Embrace Biblical Scripture" - Pic source: theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=58365.0

Professing Christians also molest the first chapter of the first book of the Bible with their misunderstanding of the Sun and the Moon. Genesis 1 clearly references the Sun and the Moon as principle luminaries. the Sun to shed its light during the day and the Moon to shed her specific light during the night. Sadly professing Christians have swallowed scientism’s unproven theory that the Moon’s light is only reflective of the Sun’s light. This malarkey is clearly debunked by Christ’s own words recorded in the Gospel of Mark 13:24-25. Also (word) etymology has “Sun” as masculine and “Moon” as feminine.

When You Deny What Creator God Has Created And Fashioned, You Deny Lord God 
Pic source:

Just like my Father -inthebegin.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/just-like-my-father/

It is a grave sin to detract from God’s documented Word and also to add to it. [Revelation 22:19; Psalm 119:140 ; Proverbs 30:5 ; John 5:46-47 ; John 8:47] When one denies what His Creator has created, fashioned and continues to operate; that denial is a direct (denial) “hit” upon Lord God.

Discarding what Creator / Savior God has accomplished and still accomplishes, is a direct refusal to receive Lord God. When a priceless soul which claims (professes) to be a “believer” in the Author of the Biblical Scriptures, arrogantly casts aside and compromises those same Scriptures, that priceless soul is discarding his Creator / Savior. Does it not say in Holy Scripture that Lord God has elevated (“magnified") even His Word [Biblical Scripture] above His Holy Name? [Psalm 138:2] Note also the author of Holy Scripture's own words: The Gospel of John 8:47.

When a professed Christian knowingly, willingly and arrogantly disregards God’s Word and replaces that same Word of God (Biblical Scripture) for that of the culture’s cult of scientism, that same professing soul is dangerously living on heresy’s “thin ice.” Christ’s Words in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 7, and elsewhere, are not to be disregarded and dismissed. Lord God will not be mocked.

Related Informational Links To The Above:

🔬 SCIENTISM EXPOSED 🔭 Full Documentary HD 🚀 (2016) – youtube.com/watch?v=AeIGrEtPMmE


Christmas Christians: Scrap The Savior For Scientism – moralmatters.org

 NASA Deception – moralmatters.org

Fake New NASA Earth Image – moralmatters.org

Also:

The Christian Message - thechristianmessage.org

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“A thinking person will question what he hears; examine what he sees; and evaluate what others would have him believe. When did big government and its mainstream media tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” – [Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel]
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Christ's Resurrection: The Historical Treasure Of Christ's Disciples


1 Corinthians 15:1f lays out the rationale for the
historical fact of Christ. This chapter of the
Scriptures illustrates how the resurrection of
Christ is the foundational basis for the Christian
 Faith. And, all this is based upon the historical
 God-authored divine revelation as found in the
 Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
Christ’s Resurrection From the Dead -- The Christian believer’s certification of the truth and assurance of eternal life, as opposed to that of eternal death

“……For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37

“…..I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…” John 11:25-2

“….Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

People display their foolishness

This emeritus Christian pastor is no stranger to some online forums. I find that if a person wants proof of human foolishness, all one has to do is access some web forums; better yet some Facebook comments. There exhibited, are more often than not, comments by people who defy human logic and scatter sound reasoning to the four winds. The minority comments are those whose forum personalities think through their responses and clearly and  sanely communicate.

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940's
testified to the historical accuracy of the Old
Testament (Biblical) manuscripts.
Recently, there was a comment on this one national forum that illustrated an erroneous universal conception of the Lord Jesus Christ. The forum personality stated that Christ never existed and that there was no evidence of him on the historical scene. And, this foolish forum personality brazenly went on to illogically assert that because we have no personal writings of Christ, - that, (in itself) was evidence for his non existence.

Of course, we know that few (by comparison in number) people, who lived in the past, personally left little in the way of historical documentation about themselves. [Relatively few people keep a daily diary].  And, unless they have made provisions while they lived – and their family members didn’t destroy personal writing provisions – there is none of that particular "proof" that these people ever existed. But, as I just stated, if you desire evidence of human foolishness, just go and visit, online forums.

The Gospel of John in the Christian New
Testament Scriptures is just 1 of 4. The  Old
and New Testament Scriptures testify about the
promised, prophesied and historical Christ.
Of all people who have ever lived, Jesus Christ is more evidenced by human history:

It is fallacious reasoning to insist that people from the past must have personal writings to establish their existence. Foolish people who accept this false premise are very quick to dismiss both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. They refuse to accept these historical documents at face value and to recognize that the major theme in its composite 66 books is the person of Christ. People who will find their souls damned in hell forever with death everlasting, will have refused to accept the testimony of history of the Christian Faith being spread in all corners of the world by groups of Christians who worship Christ. They fail to understand that history was, and still is, (by many) to be divided by BC and AD.

The historical documents of the Hebrew Old
Testament and Christian New Testament
Scriptures are second to none. People who cast
aspersions upon the testimony of Scripture do so
because of their sin. Their unbelief and sinful
lifestyle subdue any spiritual perception on
their part. [1 Corinthians 2:14]
Refusing to accept the historical person of Christ is a smoke and mirrors excuse:

As I stated in a previous message, people refuse to accept divine Scripture, God, Christ, and His saving sacrifice for their souls because they love to live with their sins and sinful lifestyles. They would rather give their souls to the devil and all of hell’s eternal damned rather than humbling themselves and accepting that they are sinners who have offended a just and holy God – and, who, must, according to his holy nature prohibit them from His holy heaven, except they be covered with the forgiving holiness of Christ, who was sacrificed on their behalf. Philippians 3:8;9 ; Matthew 22:1-14

People who refuse to accept Christ, who He claimed to be, prefer to go it alone in eternity. They would rather dismiss the Scripture’s prophetic message of Christ and His God revealed Scriptural biography:

“……For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Gospel of John 18:37

“…..I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…” Gospel of John 11:25-26

“….Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The sinful soul will attempt to understand God.
That same soul will try to make its "peace with
God." But, no peace with God can be made apart
from God-given faith. No one can bargain or earn 

his way into God's good favor.  Simple trust (belief) 
in Christ is the only way to experience genuine 
peace with God. John 3:1-21 ; Ephesians 2:8-9
The Gospel Good News of the Christ being your sacrifice for your offensive sins against God and fellowman takes on new meaning when we consider that He now lives, having been risen from the dead:

Not too long ago I talked with someone who was bothered about his hereafter existence. He knew that his time here was very limited. I told him that I don’t believe in those 4 or 5 point prescriptions that are used to convince a person that they are one of God’s children. Rather, I pointed him to some basic Scripture realities about human sin; God’s wrath and displeasure over sin; His judgment of sin and the sinner – but also, His love in Christ, who came to be the holy and just God’s “Lamb” sacrificed for sin, in order to allow the sinner to be accepted by God and His heaven. I explained about the thief on the cross next to Jesus, and said to this fairly young man – “Look to Jesus Christ whose work for you, was to be God’s cleansing for all of your sins. Trust Him and His sacrifice for you.”

Friend, it is not that complicated – especially when you are able to leave your sinful excuses behind and come as the Prodigal [Lost] Son who had nothing to offer, except a contrite “sorry” for having sinned against God commandments and his fellowman. Luke 15:1f

Friend, I would be wasting my time to attempt to convince you of evident realities, except it be for the grace of God. Only through the grace of God will you come to the knowledge of the truth. May the Christ who claimed to be total truth and, who, history testifies to His resurrection from the dead, -- may He by God’s grace and mercy, (by His Holy Spirit) lead you to encounter the Truth and lead you to life everlasting. May you expose yourself to the Lord's written revelation. It is by that written Scriptural revelation of God [His Word] that faith can be had in your sinful soul. Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; James 1:18 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Acts 8:26-39

My father taught me the following declaration every Easter morning, as he would go room to room waking up his sons. He would declare: “He [Christ] is risen!” And then he would expect the following reply: “He is risen, indeed!” Such was the declaration and response of the early Christians every year commemorating the death and resurrection of the Christ of history.

"He is risen!" "He is risen, indeed!"

Amen.


Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Old Testament:

Isaiah 53:1f ; Psalm 16:10 -- Prophecies hundreds of years before His birth, Christ’s life, suffering, death and resurrection

New Testament:

Matthew 27:1f – 28:1f – The fulfillment of Hebrew [Old Testament] Scriptural prophecy about Christ

1 Corinthians 15:1f – The Resurrection chapter


Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3


Note: This message, (with the exception of some minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan Bickel

Also note: This topical message was previously posted on Easter 2012 by the title, "He Is Risen"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Christian's Confidence Focused On Creator Sustainer Savior Christ

Christ speaks to His disciples of every generation:

"........If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me......... - Gospel of John 15:18-21 - NKJV

".........yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.........These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.........” - Gospel of John 16:2;33 - NKJV

Psalm 23:1f is often quoted as a comfort to souls in distress. That Psalm highlights the all-sufficiency of the Triune God as the leader / provider "Shepherd" for His children who believe His Divine Revelation (Scripture) promises.

Please take the time to reflect upon the following ageless hymn. Note the 3 verses sung (link below) in the 3 minute video and the three verses (in script) that follow. Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel is sorry that he was unable to link the youtube box to this posting. However, you can easily access the video by simply clicking onto the hymn title:


1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

4 Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

- http://www.hymnary.org/text/be_still_my_soul_the_lord_is_on_thy_side

Following Links And Video related to the above:

Once to everyman - youtube.com/watch?v=xlLFtKTZfcw

Christian Persecution:Christianity sweeps China as Government Police Crack Down (Sept 16, 2014) - youtube.com/watch?v=FPFjoKgMVPc


Also Related: 

How God Is The Creator Sustainer Savior Christ - The historic Apostle's Creed and Luther's explanation of it:

A Concise Explanation of the Apostle's Creed

CREATION:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, [bodily parts] and still preserves them; also clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and home,wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life; that He defends me against all danger, and guards and protects me from all evil; and all this purely out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which it is my duty to thank and praise, to serve and obey Him.

This is most certainly true.

REDEMPTION:

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, [Spirit] born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick [living] and the dead.

What does this mean?

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned crature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.

SANCTIFICATION:

I believe in the Holy Ghost; [Spirit] the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean?

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ , my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost [Spirit] has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all sins to me and all believers, and will at the Last Day raise up me and all the dead, and give unto me and all believers in Christ eternal life.

This is most certainly true.

[Source for the above explanation of the 3 articles of the Apostles Creed -- Dr. Martin Luther [b. 1483; d. 1546]

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Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel

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