salv08 Your Testimony: Impacting Others

Your Testimony: Impacting others for Christ

By David Cox
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1Pet 2:11-12 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

How is your testimony? How does the example of your life impact the lives of others around you? This is your testimony. Continue reading

pc10 Sexual Purity

Sexual Purity
By David Cox
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It is not an impossible fight!

1Pet 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

With the increase of pornography and the constant lowering of standards, sexual temptation has become one of the principal problems for Christians. It is a spiritual fight so intense that almost every Christian has it. This fight is not impossible to win, but it is very difficult.




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calv02 Did Christ Die for the Whole World, or only part of it? Limited Atonement

Limited Atonement

Did Christ Die for the Whole World, or only part of it? Limited Atonement

[calv02] By David Cox v1 ©2011 www.coxtracts.com You may freely reproduce this tract for non-profit purposes




Limited AtonementCalvinism teaches that Christ died for only the redeemed. For them, the decision of each person’s eternal destiny happened before the creation of the world. They promote this concept because it goes hand in hand with their concepts of man’s inability to repent, to believe in Jesus, and to act in any way in order to be saved. Practically, these concepts disturb and discourage the unsaved to come to Christ in place of motivating them to accept Christ. Clearly the Calvinist declares “no man can accept Christ as his Savior because God has not given him the ability to do so. He is actually uncapable.

The Bible exhorts us constantly to repent of our sins and to follow the way of justice in order to be saved. Moreover, God exhorts us to believe in and receive (an action presented as completely within our ability and power) Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. According to the Calvinist, Christ died only for the sins of the redeemed, not for the sins of the whole world. Because this is not very popular (nor can one defend this position from Scripture) many Calvinists try to smooth this position by saying Christ died for the whole world, but the death of Christ was “effecacious” (effective grace) only for the elect. Calvinists propose “another gospel” and “another doctrine” which was not given by the Apostles. Continue reading

ch18 Supporting your Pastor

Supporting your Pastor

Supporting your Pastor:

Suggestions for churches and members about supporting their pastor
By David Cox
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And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 1Th 5:12-13 Continue reading

ch15 Congregating because we Love

Congregating because we Love

Congregating because we Love is a tract about why we attend church. Our relationship with our brethren in Christ is highly integrated with our salvation. This tract, Congregating because we Love, explains part of that. Congregating because we Love

By Pastor-Missionary David Cox
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Psa 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. 

Psa. 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

Salvation is often misunderstood. When God saved us, He made us part of the redeemed and the body of Christ. Salvation unites us with the community of the redeemed, the community of faith, with the saved by Jesus Christ. Believers get together the day God chose (Sunday) for the purposes He chose. Salvation is not something isolated from the present until after death, but is something that is active, dynamic, and fills our life from the moment of salvation until our death and for all eternity.

The life of every believer should be centred in communion with the other redeemed in the church, and afterwards in heaven. Heaven is to live together with God and the rest of the redeemed. God had his purposes in saving us, and the main purpose is to form us into part of His work (extending the kingdom of God) for His glory. We should shine our best for God before the world. Continue reading

ch45 Grading a Bible Teacher

Grading Your Bible Teacher

Grading a Bible Teacher is a guide for understanding the false or bad teacher of the Bible from a true man of God.

Grading a Bible Teacher

By David Cox v1 © 2011
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For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 2Tim 4:3

Today it is in fashion to reject the traditional local church and a good pastor in order to sit under expert Bible teachers. Typically these are charismatic personality teachers, that people just love to hear. From hearing their followers, “everybody should leave their local churches and come study with these great teachers.” The Bible has a response to this, and it is the model for learning which God has given us, in a local church with a qualified pastor. Continue reading

Cat15 The Sexual Immorality of the Catholic Clergy

The Sexual Immorality of the Catholic Clergy

By David Cox

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This tract, CAT15 The Sexual Immorality of the Catholic Clergy, deals with the fatal errors in Roman Catholic practice and doctrine requiring their priests and ministers to be celibate. THEMES: Husband of One Wife | @No to Celibacy | Do not be a Fornicator | Pedophilia is an Abomination | Homosexuality is an Abomination | A Family Man | The Problem behind Immorality — Cat15 The Sexual Immorality of the Catholic Clergy



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doct10 Theodicy: Problem of existence of evil

Theodicy
by David Cox
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“Theodicy” is a concept which tries to explain how evil can exist in a world where God has everything in the palm of his hand, and this God is good, generous, all powerful, and has a good disposition toward human beings.

The Bible clearly plants the idea that God is in total control of everything, and that God is good. So, accordingly the logical question is: How can evil exist then? Why doesn’t God intervene to stop all evil?

The answer that one gives to this will come from his understandings about God, and this will basically model his reaction to “bad things” that happen in his life.




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pc06 Suicide: A solution or something worse?

Suicide: A solution or something worse?
by David Cox
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Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; Ecc 12:1

The Rock group called “The Suicide Girls” make money by promoting the concept of suicide. In fact, there are fads among our youth like the Emus which also promote this concept among our youth as something really great. These elements are floating around among our youth which glamorize suicide, such as a game where they actually hang themselves in their closet, and then remove the rope before actually dying to see how close to death they can get. Many times they err and actually die before they can free themselves. The culture among these groups is a study of suicide to worship it and promote suicide pacts making it romantic and desirable.

In 1995 in the United Status, the CDC in Atlanta did a study on suicide among 10,904 high school students. In the 12 months before the study, 24% had seriously thought of suicide, and 17.7% had actually a specific plan of how to do it, and 8.7% had tried to do it, and 2.8% had been somehow injured in their attempts. There is a suicide in the US every 17 minutes. It is the 11th cause of death in the general population, and it is the 3rd cause of death among youth (15-24), after accidents (1st), and homicide (2nd). There are more suicide deaths in the general population than homicides. ((http://www.suicide.org/suicide-statistics.html))




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pc15 How to fight against depression

Depression and the child of God
How to fight against depression
By David Cox
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Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Depression is probably one of the worst problems of mental health in our day. Scientists say that everybody will at some time be affected by depression directly or by someone close to them. Approximately 15% of the general population will have a strong problem with depression needing medicine and treatment, and 80% of these people will not receive any medical treatment.



What is depression?

Medically speaking, depression is defined as being sad, worrying, or losing hope, feeling empty and pessimistic, feelings of guilty, personally feeling you have no worth or dignity, being under a mental stress or fatigue, an inability to function normally, or being irritable and unstable. Nothing suits you, and you simply cannot be happy with life. It is being discouraged. Depression always begins in the mind, and then if it is not treated with success, it has a tendency to manifest itself with physical effects in the body which grow more serious with time, and finally it affects the soul.

Depression is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of Satan to attack the soul of every human being, in other words, it is first and foremost a spiritual problem. Satan opposes God, and he advises us to leave God, and to find another “better” road. But when we take this other road, we get lost, and find ourselves in endless problems and conflicts, condemned and suffering for our own stupidity. Satan then returns to accuse God of having abandoned us in our time of need, saying God does not exist, or if He does exist, He doesn’t want us or care about us, or even worst that God actually hates us. Depression is simply the lack of realizing how much God really does love us. It is a spiritual state that affects everybody at some time, and depression is always a very short step away from suicide.

Depression is when we pay attention to Satan, when we ignore God, and when we are convinced that God no longer loves us, or has interest in us. But all of this ignores how God functions. God leaves us in desperate situations because we have left God out of our lives, and God never really leaves us, but we always are the ones who do the leaving (of God). Desperation and depression should call us back to the fact we are leaving God out of our daily lives, and then we should redouble our efforts to seek God, and place Him in the center of our lives.



Drugs used for Depression

According to doctors and medical researchers, the drugs used in the treatment of depression only work in 35% to 40% of patients, and according to some studies, this number can be as low as 30%, and almost all these drugs (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc) have dangerous side effects (suicide, violence, psychosis, bleeding, and brain tumors). Moreover when this medicine is successful in helping the depressed, 80% of these patients will have the same ailment in the near future. Even in cases when they appear to function, there is not much difference between their effects and placebos (sugar pills given to patients who think it is real medicine). Depression has its roots in the spiritual, and the remedies which make it hard for people to even think, or just make them extremely sleepy is not going to solve any of their real problems, just cause more complications.

The Peace of God

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

If we accept that depression is a spiritual problem, then it will never be healed with drugs but only with the Word of God which is trusted and well applied to your life, because it is actually a spiritual sickness, a problem of the soul. Because of this, doctors cannot even study it well, neither can they understand it; much less can they treat it. It is of the soul, not of the body. Many of their suggestions will be almost exactly what spiritual advice a good pastor would recommend. The weakness that allows depression to enter our lives is the lack of spiritual interest and obedience. Truthfully, the human solution to depression is simply to leave our problems and worries in the hands of the Lord (1Pet 5:7), and do not carry that burden ourselves. People with depression typically take drugs and alcohol, or if they go to doctors, the doctors prescribe strong drugs that put that person in euphoria or cause a strong sleep (like Valium for example). The avoidance of dealing with the root problems or just not thinking about the causes of depression IS NOT A REAL SOLUTION! Depression is caused by problems that the person has to understand and correctly deal with. But many problems in your life are simple situations which are not caused by errors in your character (for example like the problems Job had), but are just what God has decided in divine providence you should bear. For example Hannah in 1Sam 1:10-18, had a problem with not getting pregnant. She carried her problem to the Lord in prayer. David had a situation where the people he governed wanted to kill him, and 1Sa 30:6 saysDavid was greatly distressed… but David encouraged himself in the LORD.” The secret of getting out of depression and winning over the problems that caused it, is in our God, to pay careful attention to Him, and trust in Him. God gives you work to do in relation to your problems, and equally He gives you promises in which you must trust and obey, and then be content with what God decides and gives as an answer.



Steps for Winning over Depression

An Intense Spiritual Relationship with God

If depression is caused from lack of communion and fellowship with God, then the solution is the just opposite, to seek God intensely and to daily live with God. Never allow a day God is not in the center of everything in your life, where you depend and confide in God, (we say, he “has faith in God”), and God takes care of you (always if we walk in His will).

Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psa 31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Heb 13:5 be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Now we know that God loves us a lot (John 3:16), and that God cares for us 1Pet 5:7 (just as He has promised us), but this is not without some conditions. First, this security is only for those who have their faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Moreover we must be walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh. We must seek the will of God (through Bible study, meditation on the Word, and attending a good church that explains the Scriptures). We must do our part. But in the end, it is trusting in God.

Service to Others

2Co 8:4 Praying us … (to) take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. Part of the problem with depression is an introspection (always thinking about one’s own self, and never seeing the needs of others). We should “lose ourselves” in service to God and to the saints. God wants us to focus on service and being a blessing to others rather than constantly focusing on our own lives. God has commanded us to do this, but many simply don’t see it as important.



The Word of God

The best remedy comes from saturating oneself in the Word of God.

Psa 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. We should “rest” from worries and cares about our daily lives and problems. We should do what God commands us to do, and then leave them in God’s hands from there.

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Isa 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Hope

Psa 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. We should not lose hope in the help of God.

Prayer to God

Without asking help from God, we will never receive of His help. Prayer gives us spiritual strength and peace (quietness and tranquility).

Psa 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
Isa 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

Within salvation, there is “peace” that is a type of rest and refraining from worrying about our problems, trusting that God will take care of you.



Take Control of our Thoughts.

This is refusing to think in things that cause you to be depressed. We should add that music has an especially strong effect upon the soul, and worldly music, like Rock, will in itself cause spiritual problems and depression. Hymns and spiritual songs, on the other hand, give us peace and tranquility, helping us to trust more in our God. Get out a hymnal and sing hymns when you are depressed. It is an excellent remedy.

Praises and Worship of God.

Part of the spiritual condition of depression is the feeling (just a feeling because it is not true) that God is not interested in us. Make a notebook and write everything you can think of that God does for you every day in your daily devotions. Take it out and read it when you are depressed and it will work better than any drug. To be reminded of God’s profound love of us is what fights strongest against depression. A good church will help in this aspect by dedicating part of their services for praises and thanksgiving, where the brethren will share God’s goodness towards us. Hearing this will reinforce also God’s love to you. Worship is reflecting on God’s good character towards us. Praise is publicly identifying God’s hand in your life in an individual way. Never take lightly the importance of these elements in your spiritual life. They protect you from spiritual depression.



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