Mt. Moriah Holiness Church, Kingstree, S.C. 


    "And now abideth faith, hope, charity,these three; but the greatest of these is charity".


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Faith's Checkbook

Posted by mtmoriahchurch on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (6)

September 17

Like Palm And Cedar

"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon." Ps. 92:12

These trees are not trained and pruned by man: palms and cedars are "trees of the Lord," and it is by His care that they flourish; even so it is with the saints of the Lord, they are His own care. These trees are evergreen and are beautiful objects at all seasons of the year. Believers are not sometimes holy and sometimes ungodly: they stand in the beauty of the Lord under all weathers. Everywhere these trees are noteworthy: no one can gaze upon a landscape in which there are either palms or cedars without his attention being fixed upon these royal growths. The followers of Jesus are the observed of all observers: like a city set on a hill they cannot be hid.

The child of God flourishes like a palm tree, which pushes all its strength upward in one erect column without a single branch. It is a pillar with a glorious capital. It has no growth to the right or to the left, but sends all its force heavenward, and bears its fruit as near the sky as possible. Lord, fulfill this type in me.

The cedar braves all storms, and grows near the eternal snows, the Lord Himself filling it with a sap which keeps its heart warm and its boughs strong. Lord, so let it be with me, I pray thee. Amen.

Faith's Checkbook.

The word for today:

Posted by on October 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.


The Holy Bible: King James Version. (1995). (electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version., Tt 3:1–8). Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Your life is getting better!

Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

You are special in God's eyes.



Mercy unto you, and peace,and love, be multiplied.  

Jude 2:

Our Heavenly Father desires for you to enjoy his mercy upon your life and experience his grace each day of your life.  Mercy  which you or I do not and cannot earn.

God's peace is the Father's desire for you, peace that only come when we receive his Holy Spirit into our lives.

God's love is security in this life that cannot be found anywhere else.  This love is powerful in our lives.

Pastor Joseph A. Woods

God is

Posted by on March 31, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

57–60. Thou art my portion, O LORD (cf. 73:26; 142:5; see also Num 18:20; Josh 13:33). If the Lord God is all we have, fear not: He is all we need. Martin Luther used to counsel every Christian to answer all temptations with the words, “I am a Christian.” That is equal to saying to temptation, Thou art my portion, O LORD. Temptation flees from us when we find in God everything we need. I entreated thy favor with my whole heart. The Hebrew expresses great earnestness, humility, and supplication. I thought on my ways … I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.


Hindson, E. E., & Kroll, W. M. (Eds.). (1994). KJV Bible Commentary (p. 1150). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Working for Christ

Posted by on December 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: 33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.


The Holy Bible: King James Version. (1995). (electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version., 2 Co 11:22–33). Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Prayer for Believers

Posted by on March 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God

Phil 1:9-11 (KJV)

Surviving in this world

Posted by on March 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink. 7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.

Deut 2:6-7 (KJV)


Posted by on February 18, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)


859. ἄφεσις áphesis; gen. aphéseōs, fem. noun. from aphíēmi (863), to cause to stand away, to release one’s sins from the sinner. Forgiveness, remission. This required Christ’s sacrifice as punishment of sin, hence the putting away of sin and the deliverance of the sinner from the power of sin, although not from its presence, which will come later after the resurrection when our very bodies will be redeemed (Rom. 8:23). See Matt. 26:28; Mark 1:4; 3:29; Luke 1:77; 3:3; 4:18; 24:47; Acts 2:38; 5:31; 10:43; 13:38; 26:18; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; Heb. 9:22; 10:18; Sept.: Lev. 25:11; Deut. 15:3; Esth. 2:18; Is. 61:1. Distinguished from páresis (3929), the temporary bypassing of sin (only in Rom. 3:25).

Of the 17 times áphesis occurs in the NT, it is followed on 12 occasions by the word hamartiṓn (266), of sins; therefore, sins are the cords whereby man is bound away from God. Man became a slave of sin because of the fall of Adam (Rom. 5:12; 6:17, 20), and thus in his fallen state is presented as a prisoner. In Luke 4:18, where the Lord Jesus declared His ministry on earth, quoted from Is. 61:1, man is presented as aichmálōtos (164), a prisoner of war, a captive. His captivity is due to the sin of Adam and to his own sin in that he continues in sinfulness.

It is interesting indeed that in Luke 4:18, the word áphesis is used without any designation of what this deliverance or forgiveness is from. The Lord said: “He hath anointed me to . . . preach deliverance to the captives [the word is the same, áphesis] . . . to set at liberty [again the word is the same, en {1722}, in; aphései, at freedom].” The work of Christ, therefore, is designated as deliverance from everything that holds man a prisoner away from God. However, setting sinful man free would have been a very dangerous thing if God did not simultaneously change man’s nature (2 Cor. 5:17; 2 Pet. 1:4). Man’s freedom is not one that permits him to continue in sin (1 John 3:6), but binds him in Christ. What Christ does is not simply to take man from prison and set him free, but also to change him radically (katallássei [2644]), giving him power over sin.

Áphesis involves the new birth of man spiritually or in his inner self (John 3:1–12). Man’s spirit, therefore, is transformed through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1). Man with a new spirit within him is given the ability to have power over sin, having been delivered from the guilt of sin: “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:17, 18).

Áphesis is part of a larger process which does not involve simply the freedom of the sinner, but the change of the sinner from being a slave of sin to becoming a slave of God. With that freedom from sin, he acquires freedom of action because of his changed nature and spirit. He acquires that ability to follow after God instead of fleeing from God, the desire to flee from sin and pursue it. Forgiveness, therefore, must never be understood as the permission for the sinner to continue in his sinful condition.

In the same manner, we must not misunderstand the use of the verb aphíēmi (863), to forgive on the part of the Christian in regard to another, as meaning the forgiving Christian is supposed to allow the sinner to continue in his sinful condition. Forgiveness is not condoning sin but rather doing everything possible to see that the particular sin or sins of the sinner are removed from him by God who is the only One who can deliver and cleanse him. Forgiveness, therefore, is never freedom in sin but freedom from sin by God (italics added).

Heb. 9:22 contains an absolute statement, “without shedding of blood is no remission [áphesis].” As animal sacrifices gave OT sinners relief from the guilt of sin, so Jesus Christ’s shed blood (His sacrificial death) gives believers not only freedom from the guilt of sin, which in the NT is called justification (dikaíōsis [1347]) (Rom. 4:25; 5:18), but also katharismós (2512), cleansing or purification (Heb. 1:3; 2 Pet. 1:9). This is why in Rom. 3:25 in speaking of the OT sacrifices, Paul calls the result páresis (3929), which unfortunately is translated “remission,” as if it were the same as áphesis. If Paul meant it to be áphesis, the permanent remission of sins without the need of further sacrifices, he would have called it that. The blood of Christ provided the removal of the guilt of sin as well as the cleansing from sin on a permanent basis. Páresis (3929), occurring only in Rom. 3:25, must be translated the “bypassing” of sin and not the “remission” of sin, for where there is forgiveness of sins there is no more offering for sin (Heb. 10:18).

Syn.: apolútrōsis (629), redemption; ánesis (425), a relaxing, letting loose; aníēmi (441), to stand up or to provide liberty or rest; eleuthería (1657), freedom, which is the resultant effect of forgiveness or áphesis; hilasmós (2434), atonement, propitiation; cháris (5485), grace (indicating the disposition of the one forgiving, while áphesis expresses the result of the acceptance of that grace); sōtēría (4991), salvation, deliverance; dikaíōsis (1347), justification, being more than acquittal since it also renders a person just.

Ant.: kríma (2917), verdict pronounced; katákrima, condemnation, sentence followed by a suggested punishment; krísis (2920), the process of judging, judgment; katákrisis (2633), the



Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

So let it be done in Jesus Name

Posted by on January 13, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.


11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.


15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Titus 2:1-15 (KJV)

Focus II

Posted by on December 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. 56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Luke 1:39-56 (KJV)