Monday, November 7, 2016

The Day I Became: Born Again, Saved, In Christ, The Righteousness of God, A New Creature, Eternally Secure, A Child of God, The Bride of Christ, Baptized by the Holy Spirit, Redeemed!

The year was 1971, and it must have been a wintry month, as I was wearing the bright pink flowered flannel nightgown my mom made me. There were three things my mom did regularly; sew, cook and pray. This night we were praying. 
Several times a week I would kneel beside my mom in her green and blue bedroom and pray the rosary with her. I was a little concerned that my older siblings would tease me, but it’s where I wanted to be. 
This particular night, as my little illustrated booklet informed, we were supposed to meditate upon the ‘Sorrowful Mysteries’. (Each day of the week presented a different focus.) I knew in my head what the Passion of Christ was all about, and believed every bit of it. Before we started, my mom said to me, “Tammy, tonight think about how Jesus died on the cross for all of your sins, and thank him for it; he would have done it if you were the only little girl in the world.” 
At the tender age of 7, I had already added plenty of sin to my account. Out of jealousy, I used to beat on my younger brother. I knew it was wrong and that it was sin. I also knew that even if I could quit sinning, these sins I already committed would never go away on their own.

I thanked Jesus with all of my being that night, for erasing these and all my future sins from my record. It didn’t matter that in my hand was a set of beads designed to direct prayer to a person that would never receive them. I was simply thanking my God for what he did for me. Unbeknownst to me then, at that very moment, I received eternal life.  

Marvel not that I said unto thee, 
Ye must be born again.
- Jesus @ John 3:7


Friday, August 5, 2016

Jesus is indeed our Hope!






































Someone put this note on my husbands car while it was parked in the Children's Hospital lot. Most likely from a parent with a very sick child. If you want to remind people that there is Hope for them, and that His name is Jesus, 100% of your donation will go to missionaries who have given their lives to spread this very message! http://tamaraschmitz.blogspot.com/…/jesus-is-our-hope-bumpe…

Monday, June 6, 2016

Rewriting the Bible is a Full Time Job

As I was reading my email-verse of the day... I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV) ... I recalled with anguish how the NIV changed I live by the faith of the Son of God to I live by the faith in the Son of God. 

That's no small change. So I wondered what they possible could have done with 1 John 5:13... These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. This clearly states that once we believe on the name of the Son of God, that we may believe on the name of the Son of God. When I first read this verse I did a double take and thought it was a typo. (KJV humor in case you missed it. : ) Without a doubt, God is telling us that we live by HIS faith, not ours. Our faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:5) Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith; (Hebrews 12:2)

So what did they do with 1 John 5:13? They just deleted the second half. It couldn't simply stop there though; they had to then drop the 'our' out of Hebrews 12:2 (the last verse mentioned) to fall in line with their program.  Words are dropping like flies out of our new bible versions. The NIV takes over 5,000 words out of the new testament alone. (Including the words new testament!) Who could possibly have the nerve to throw God's words in the trash? Does anyone smell a rat? Or is that a serpent I smell?
Ye shall not add unto the word 
which I command you, 
neither shall ye diminish ought from it, 
that ye may keep the commandments 
of the LORD your God 
which I command you.
Deuteronomy 4:2




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Jesus Is Our Hope Bumper Sticker

If my hope was in man, there would be nothing left of me but a helpless heap of quivering worry. I thank my God above that He gave me the eyes to see Him, and the ears to hear His comforting words of redemption. Redemption not only from an eternity of torment in hell, but deliverance from the bondage of man as well. 
One cannot listen to the news, whether propaganda or truth, and not see the oncoming oppression of our natural rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Almost daily (if we are awake) we witness a new freedom being slithered out of our atrophied grips: bondage no doubt.
Thankfully, those of us in Christ hold very near to our hearts a truth taught to us by the teacher of teachers, Jesus, the son of God: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28.) God again assures us through the Apostle Peter, “And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” (1 Peter 3:13) For believers, there is no fear of man; precisely why we are such a threat to those who wish to dominate.
The opposite of fear and despair is hope. Hope is not wishful thinking, but the highest degree of expectation of good, grounded on substantial evidence. To a Christian who has been born again (John 3:3), the Lord Jesus Christ is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1) and the very essence of our faith. "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;" (Hebrews 6:19) 
This hope that dwells in every Christian is not to be confused with a superficial desire for the protection of our flesh. If this were the case, our hope would have been nullified with the senseless murders of the very first Christians. (Every apostle save John was martyred.) Today, it is estimated that a Christian dies for his faith every five minutes. 
Exceedingly richer, the hope we speak of is of eternal joy, unspeakable and full of glory! (1 Peter 1:8) Christians will continue to suffer from one end of the earth to the other.  “But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1Peter 3:14&15) 
Are you ready to give a reason of the hope that is in you?


ABOUT THE “JESUS IS OUR HOPE” BUMPER STICKER
"And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)
This is the passage I always show my kids when they tell me I’m a walking, talking Bible, or roll their eyes when I wear my Christian t-shirts or attach a Jesus sticker to my car. It gives me such joy to pass along the reason of my hope, which is Jesus my Lord and Saviour. He told us to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). 
The purpose of this bumper sticker is to take this command seriously, and is twofold. They will uphold the name of Jesus and the truth that He is our hope AND fund missionaries who are preaching this very message. One hundred percent of your entire donation will go to our church-supported missionaries, many of whom I am blessed to know personally. We are not all called to be missionaries, but we are all called to support them - most importantly by prayer, but it is essential to fund them as well. They cannot get to the harvest fields without our help. A list of their names and the countries they reach out to are listed below.


Not a bumper-sticker-on-your-car kind of person? Get creative! God will bless you for it… “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;” (2 Corinthians 9:10)

STICKER STATS
  •   Vinyl
  •   6" x 4" 
  •   Made With Removable Adhesive. 
  •   Only $5.00 each, or a huge donation of your choice! 
TO ORDER

Send a check or money order written out to: Branch Hill Baptist Church ATTN: Missions
and mail to: inspire! P.O. Box 37875 Cincinnati, Ohio 45222-0875 

Apologies for the old-fashioned method of payment.
If you would like a receipt for tax deduction purposes, please note so in your order.
Don't forget to send the address you want it mailed it to! 
For questions email schmitztamara@mac.com

LIST OF MISSIONARIES

Angela Wheat 
Australia

Aric Kroupa 
Russia 

Chris Rue 
Ukraine 

CLA 
USA 

Chuck Harding 
Washington DC 

Cliff Taylor 
Missionary/ Evangelist 

Dan Bardwell 
Ukraine 

Dan Tribuzio 
Australia 

Dana Vogelpohl 
Scotland 

Daniel Fetter 
Micronesia 

Dave Fetter 
Micronesia 

David Lethert 
Philippines 

Derrick Goette 
Canada 

Fellowship Tract League 
World 

J. Matacchiera 
Zambia 

Jason Hines 
Canada 

Jean Kruse 
Brazil (widow) 

Jeff Demarest 
South Africa 

Jeff Williams 
New Zealand 

Jerry Collins 
Mexico 

Jim Taglialeta 
Spain 

John Allen 
Papua New Guinea 

John MacLennan 
Scotland 

John Walz 
Taiwan 

Jose Gomez Jr. 
Mexico 

Keith Reedy 
Bibles for the Blind 

Kenneth Murphy 
Germany 

Kevin Kendell 
Papua New Guinea 

Lonnie Brooks 
Kenya 

Manny Rodriguez 
Puerto Rico 

Manuel Gomez 
Mexico 

Marguerite Vella 
Philippines (retired) 

Mark Norman 
England 

Matt Bernsdorff 
Trinidad 

Mike Ford 
Greece 

Milton Martin 
Mexico 

Paul Gray 
Ukraine 

Paul Pierucki 
Romania 

Phil Gabbard 
USA 

Richard Maher 
Ukraine 

Robert Mickey Jr. 
Kenya 

Roberto Arellano 
Mexico 

Stella Mayo 
New Zealand (retired/ widow) 

Ted Mullins 
Papua New Guinea 

Thomas Castellaw 
Germany 

Thurston Mounce 
Belize 

VBP\Jim Fellure 
Bible Printing 

VBP\Shawn Dunn 
USA reps for VBP 

Worth Worley 
Russia (retired) 

Jim Showers
Paraguay

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Proverbs of Solomon, to the Young Man

The first seven chapters of Proverbs are directed to sons. My son is going off to college in the fall - what better words to send him off with than God's, spoken through Solomon. 

"And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men; and his fame was in all nations round about. And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom." (1 Kings Chapter 4)