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Is obedience optional or necessary for salvation?
Is obedience necessary for salvation or is it an option that we can take or leave? What exactly is required of us to be eternally saved? Some say that we don't need to be obedient but only need to believe, just know, that Jesus died for us because John 3:16 simply says that if you believe you will be saved. Let’s apply this same logic to three other verses that speak of salvation and see the result.
1) In Acts 15:11 only grace is mentioned regarding salvation so, using the same logic, it would mean we don’t need to believe, have faith or repent to be saved. 2) In Luke 7:50 only faith is mentioned so that would mean we don’t have to believe or repent or need God’s grace to be saved. 3) In 2 Cor. 7:10 only repentance is mentioned so that would mean we don’t need to believe, have faith or need God’s grace to be saved. Full Story
What is the heart? - We may not understand our own hearts, but God does. He “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21; see also 1 Corinthians 14:25). Jesus “knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Based on His knowledge of the heart, God can judge righteously: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).
Jesus pointed out the fallen condition of our hearts in Mark 7:21-23: “From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” Our biggest problem is not external but internal; all of us have a heart problem.
As a youngster, Milton sang on the Boys Choir at the “Star”. He had a love for all things western and the western lifestyle, including horses and cowboy clothing. He thought himself that of a “Black Cowboy” and he loved country music. He was known for marching to the beat of his own drum, caring not what others thought of him.
Milton was a devoted and loving single father, grandfather and care taker of his mom Mary Selby. He was preceded in death by his father Milton Selby Sr.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his mother, Mary Selby, two sisters, one brother a son; two grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of relatives and friends.
This narrative highlights a problem that has troubled man for many centuries, namely, how does one properly judge between “the commandment of God” and that which is mere “tradition”?
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Church Announcements & Upcoming Events
EVENT | Tea Time At The Star
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Theme: 125 years of the Women’s Movement: An African American Perspective
The 125th Anniversary committee presents a delightful pampered afternoon of tea and information. Come and experience an exhibit of photographs and memorabilia showcasing the life and times of African American Women in fashion, at work and at play.
Speaker: Claudia A Withers, Chief Operating Officer, NAACP
Ms. Withers as COO is responsible for the day-to-day management of the NAACP. She is formerly Chief Operating Officer of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the Obama Administration and also served in the Clinton Administration as a Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Education.
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EVENT | Men’s Day
Sunday, June 28, 2015 8:00 a.m. Service & 11:00 a.m. Service
Morning Star will celebrate Men's Day. Come and be a part of this joyous celebration.
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