Monday, July 28, 2008

Leaving this World as They Came: LOST

Leaving this World as They Came: LOST!
And this also is a severe evil; Just exactly as he came, so shall he go. And what profit has he who has labored for the wind? All his day he also eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and sickness and anger. Ecclesiastes 5:16-17

Darkness, sorrow, sickness, anger, and perishing, is as Solomon called it, a severe evil. When you really consider the fact that those in this condition do not know nor can they know what we, who have been saved by God's grace, have in Christ Jesus. Twice in the book of Proverbs a startling and sobering message is manifested about those who feel and think that their life is right, yet is anything but right. Both Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25, reveal that “There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” How do these two passages relate to Ec. 5:16-17? Notice how Solomon describes the life of a man who is born and dies LOST, as laboring for that which can not be grasped. This picture of toiling for the wind is metaphorically speaking of useless labor. It is describing a life that has no eternal value. A life that is eternally good for nothing. We could call it a life nothingness. Jesus affirmed this thought of uselessness and utter destruction and devastation in Mark 8:36 by asking these two questions, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?. To leave this world as you came is an eternal tragedy that can never be reversed or redeemed.
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To fully understand and appreciate the value of this passage we must reflect upon the condition of a child at his or her conception and birth. King David knew he was “Brought forth in iniquity, and in sin his mother conceived him” (Ps 51:5). He also described the wicked or those who are wrong and not right, as being “Estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear, which will not heed the voice of charmers, charming ever so skillfully” (Ps. 58:3-5). Those who perished during the worldwide flood recorded in Genesis were of this type. They entered the world LOST and perished LOST forever. Moses described them as being a people of great wickedness and that every intent and thought of their heart was only evil continually (Gen. 6:5). A child is born a sinner. We all were born sinners. And apart from being supernaturally interrupted by Jesus we all die as lost sinners separated from God for eternity.
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Have you ever noticed how babies are always in want? They can’t verbally communicate what they want with clear intelligent words but their actions SCREAM that they are in desperate want. The LOST man lives his entire life in wantonness. His lifestyle SHOUTS to a world around him that he is governed by his lustful wants. He may not be willing to verbally communicate his deepest desires to those in his life but how he lives gives it away. Babies are always self-centered and they require that we give them our full attention from day-to-day. The same mindset belongs to a LOST man who dies after living a self-centered life. His way of living unveils his way of thinking. He thinks that life is about him and everything in life should revolve around him. Babies must always be pampered, or they will quickly let you know. They want it their way even when they don’t know what their way is. The LOST man must be continually pampered either by us or himself. He want his toys, his comforts, and his belly always full. If it does not go his way, he’ll pout like a big baby. Babies are most often always takers and not givers. Yes they make us laugh and cry. They smile when we talk their language, giggle at their reactions, and feed them their favorite meal but they are babies. This is what babies do. They are takers. As much as we’ll give they will take. They are babies and we understand that they need our nurturing care so we continually give and give and they continually take and take. The LOST man lives a life as a taker and not a giver. He takes to live. He knows no other way of living. The sad thing is that characteristically the LOST person dies as they were born, in want, living a self-centered life, while being pampered, and always taking what he can to live life his way. Proverbs accurately describes this generation of lost men and women who live and die just as they were born.
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There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. [12] There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. [13] There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. [14] There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. [15] The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. Proverbs 30:11-15a
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What is the great evil that surrounds this person? They think and feel that their way of living is right because they know no different. They have always lived this way from birth. They were born into a fallen and broken world that can not profit them eternally. They could gain everything this world had to offer and it would never be enough. Jesus told Nicodemus that “one must be born again to see or even enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:3-5). LOST people live and die in the same condition they were born in, DECEPTION. They have never been Permanently Interrupted by God’s Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. They have never been Powerfully Invaded by God’s Conquering Grace. They have never been Profoundly Influenced by the Lord or His ways. They have never been Personally Invested in God’s Kingdom They have never been Progressively Interested in God’s Purpose. They never been Purposely Involved in the Lord’s cause. They have never been Providentially Identified as a Disciple of Jesus Christ. LOST men and women live an uninterrupted life of deception from birth to death. If you have been Permanently Interrupted by Jesus, thank God for it today by giving up your rights to His cause and for His glory. (2 Cor. 5:14-21) Pray and ask the Lord to use you as a deliverer of souls. Ask Him to open the eyes of those you know personally who are perishing in their own deception. Ask Jesus for His power to be an authentic witness to rescue the perishing for His glory. Why ask these things? They are as they were born: LOST

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Message: "Desperation! Are We Desperate?" (Part 2 of 2) by Nick Holden

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Message: "Desperation! Are We Desperate?" (Part 2 of 2)

Text: Rev. 3:14-22 ; Psalm 199:33

Preacher: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries. A comparison of what is written about the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:14-22 and the heart of a man living in desperation in Psalms 119:33-40.

Psalm 119:33-40 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. [34] Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. [35] Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight. [36] Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. [37] Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou me in Thy way. [38] Stablish Thy word unto Thy servant, who is devoted to Thy fear. [39] Turn away my reproach which I fear: for Thy judgments are good. [40] Behold, I have longed after Thy precepts: quicken me in Thy righteousness.

Nick has written several articles on this blog under the Label "Revival Praying" that expounds Ps. 119:33-40 through praying for revival. Take some time to read these articles and they will help you with understanding regarding this text.

Message: "Desperation! Are We Desperate?" (Part 1 of 2) by Nick Holden

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Message: "Desperation! Are We Desperate?" (Part 1 of 2)

Text: Rev. 3:14-22 ; Psalm 199:33

Preacher: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries. A comparison of what is written about the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:14-22 and the heart of a man living in desperation in Psalms 119:33-40.

Psalm 119:33-40 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. [34] Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. [35] Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight. [36] Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. [37] Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou me in Thy way. [38] Stablish Thy word unto Thy servant, who is devoted to Thy fear. [39] Turn away my reproach which I fear: for Thy judgments are good. [40] Behold, I have longed after Thy precepts: quicken me in Thy righteousness.

Nick has written several articles on this blog under the Label "Revival Praying" that expounds Ps. 119:33-40 through praying for revival. Take some time to read these articles and they will help you with understanding regarding this text.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Message: "The Priority of Two Masters" Part 3 of 3 (Nick Holden)

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Message: The Priority of Two Masters (Part 3 of 3)

Text: Pr. 10:3 : 15:14

Preaching: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries

What our heart seeks our mouth will eat!

What is our heart seeking?

We just need to look at the table we're sitting at on a regular basis. What are we feeding on daily. Those who know us best could easily describe to the world what we prefer on our dinner table. They know what we like to eat. They also know what we feed on to thrive in life. (TRUTH or FOOLISHNESS) Just because something is real or an undeniable fact does not mean that it is true. We can have real thoughts, emotions, and circumstances in life but if they are not rooted in and the result of truth they are a lie.

What are we consuming the most?

Psalm 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me Thy law graciously. Psalm 120:2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

What a prayer for us today!!

Proverbs 10:3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteh away the substance of the wicked. Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

May God use this word to help you grow in grace, and invest His truth in the lives of others.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Message: "The Priority of Two Masters" Part 2 of 3 (Nick Holden)

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Message: The Priority of Two Masters (Part 2 of 3)

Text: Pr. 10:3 : 15:14

Preaching: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries

What our heart seeks our mouth will eat!

What is our heart seeking?

We just need to look at the table we're sitting at on a regular basis. What are we feeding on daily. Those who know us best could easily describe to the world what we prefer on our dinner table. They know what we like to eat. They also know what we feed on to thrive in life. (TRUTH or FOOLISHNESS) Just because something is real or an undeniable fact does not mean that it is true. We can have real thoughts, emotions, and circumstances in life but if they are not rooted in and the result of truth they are a lie.

What are we consuming the most?

Psalm 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me Thy law graciously.
Psalm 120:2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

What a prayer for us today!!

Proverbs 10:3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteh away the substance of the wicked.
Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

May God use this word to help you grow in grace, and invest His truth in the lives of others.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Message: "The Priority of Two Masters" Part 1 of 3 (Nick Holden)

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Message: The Priority of Two Masters (Part 1 of 3)

Text: Pr. 10:3

Preaching: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries

What our heart seeks our mouth will eat!

What is our heart seeking?

We just need to look at what we're feeding on. (TRUTH or FOOLISHNESS) Just because something is real or an undeniable fact does not mean that it is true. We can have real thoughts, emotions, and circumstances in life but if they are not rooted in and the result of truth they are a lie.

What are we consuming the most?

Psalm 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me Thy law graciously.

Psalm 120:2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

What a prayer for us today!!

Proverbs 10:3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteh away the substance of the wicked.

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

May God use this word to help you grow in grace, and invest His truth in the lives of others.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Message: "Lost, Disciplined or Delivered unto Death" (Nick Holden)

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Message: "Lost, Disciplined or Delivered unto Death"

Text: 2 Cor. 4:7-12

Preaching: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries

What position are we in?

2 Cor. 4:7-12 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. [8] We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; [9] Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; [10] Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. [11] For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. [12] So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

2 Cor. 1:8-10 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: [9] But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: [10] Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

Message: "Pitching OR Building Our Alters" (Nick Holden)

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Message: "Pitching OR Building Our Alters"

Text: Gen. 26:25

Preacher: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries

Genesis 26:25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Message: "Responding Like the Angels of Heaven (Nick Holden)

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Message: "Responding Like the Angels of Heaven"

Text: Ps. 103:20 ; Mat. 6:10

Preaching: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Minisitries

Psalm 103:20 Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Message: "Uncovering the Wells of Salvation" (Nick Holden)

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Message: "Uncovering the Wells of Salvation"

Text: Gen. 26:12-33 ; Isaiah 12:3

Preacher: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries.

A picture of what takes place when God removes the dirt of this world out of our lives and releases the life of Christ out of us or we could say revival.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Genesis 26:18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

Message: " A Hindrance to Revival: A COVERED WELL" (Nick Holden)

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Message: "A Hindrance to Personal Revival: A COVERED WELL"

Text: Gen.26:12-17

Preacher: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries.


Isaac lived in fear while being in a fruitless condition for 15 plus years as a direct result of UNBELIEF and a COVERED WELL. He had a "behind the scene romance" with his wife because he considered his limitations and brought them into Gods solution for his life, and he had dirt covering the well his Father had dug. Many today are living in unbelief and are afraid to be a compelling witness for God's glory before a hostile and rebellious culture. May God use this word and those to follow to bless your life and UNCOVER your WELL.

Genesis 26:12-17 [12] Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. [13] And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: [14] For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. [15] For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. [16] And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. [17] And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Message: "A Hindrance to Personal Revival: UNBELIEF" (Nick Holden)

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Message: "A Hindrance to Personal Revival: UNBELIEF"

Text: Gen.26:1-17

Preacher: Nick Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries.

Isaac lived in fear while being in a fruitless condition for 15 plus years as a direct result of UNBELIEF. He had a "behind the scene romance" with his wife because he considered his limitations and brought them into Gods solution for his life. Many today are living in unbelief and are afraid to be a compelling witness for God's glory before a hostile and rebellious culture. May God use this word and those to follow to bless your life.

Genesis 26:1-17 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. [2] And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: [3] Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; [4] And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; [5] Because that Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws. [6] And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: [7] And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon. [8] And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. [9] And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her. [10] And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. [11] And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death. [12] Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. [13] And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: [14] For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. [15] For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. [16] And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. [17] And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Message: "Who Can Be for Me WHEN God is AGAINST ME?" (Nick Holden)

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Message: "Who Can Be for Me WHEN God is AGAINST ME?"

Text: 1 Samuel 1-16 ; James 4:4-7

Teaching: Nick Holden at Faith Baptist Church during a Saul Syndrome Conference in April 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Message: "A Living Sacrifice, What is IT?" (Nick Holden)

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Message: "A Living Sacrifice, What is IT?" What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? May God use this word to bless and propel your life into His excellent will.

"Our daily lives should be the direct result of an intimate encounter with the Lord, and a revelation of what God embraces with great delight." This life principle is based on Romans 12:1-2

Text: Romans 12:1-2 ; 6:13 ; Phil. 1:9-10

Preaching: Nick Holden at Faith Baptist Church during a Saul Syndrome Conference in April 2008

Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield (present, 12:1) yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Message: "Four (4) Things To Pray For When..." by Nick Holden

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Message: "Four (4) Things to Pray for When..." (We have a duty to correct or admonish each other as believers in Christ. Yet correction does not happen unless God works in the heart of those we're attempting to bring back to the Lord. This message will help you help others in the coming days. May God use this word in your life and bless your ministry of delivering souls for His glory.) (Pr.14:25)

Proverbs 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

Text: 2 Tim. 2:24-26

Preaching: Nick Holden at Faith Baptist Church during a Saul Syndrome Conference in April 2008

2 Tim. 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, [25] In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; [26] And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Song: "I Will Sing Of My Redeemer" (Fernando Ortega)

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Song: "I Will Sing Of My Redeemer" (Fernando Ortega)

What a beautiful song.

What a precious life to live.

Will we sing for His glory?

Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Message: "Godly Sorrow" (2 Cor. 7:10-11) by Nick Holden

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Message: "Godly Sorrow"

Text: 2 Cor. 7:10-11

Teaching: Nick Holden at Faith Baptist Church during a Saul Syndrome Conference in April 2008

Message: "The Remedy for Backsliding" (Jer. 3:12-15) by Nick Holden

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Message: "The Remedy for Backsliding"

Text: Jeremiah 3:12-15

Teaching: Nick Holden at Faith Baptist Church during a Saul Syndrome Conference in April 2008

Poems (4) written by Nick and Stephanie Holden

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Poems: Theses 4 poems were written by Nick and Stephanie Holden of Truth Impacts Ministries (1) Why Do You Watch (by N.H.) (2) The Mountain (by S.H.) (3) What a Gift (by N.H.) (4) Why do You Look at One Another? (by N.H.). These poems and other thoughts were used in a pre-revival conference called *The Saul Syndrome Conference at Faith Baptist Church in April 2008

*For more information on this conference and material visit us at http://www.truthimpacts.org/ and go to the "For Backsliders Only" page or contact us at truthimpacts@comcast.net . May God grant unto His people grace repentance and bless our efforts as we seek His face for revival and reformation in our day.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Message: "What do You think of When..." by Nick Holden

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Message: "What do you think of When..."

Text: 2 Cor. 6 ; Eph. 2:10

Teaching: Nick Holden during a Saul Syndrome Conference at Faith Baptist Church in April 2008

Message: "Our Whistle Blower" (Is.32:17 ; Col. 3:15) by Nick Holden

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Message: "Our Whistle Blower"


Text: Isaiah 32:17 ; Col. 3:15


Teaching: Nick Holden at Faith Baptist Church during a Saul Syndrome Conference in April 2008

Message: "For Backsliders Only" (1 Sam. 16:14 ; Heb. 12:1-11) by Nick Holden

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Message: "For Backsliders Only"

Text: 1 Sam. 16:14 ; Heb. 12:1-11

Teaching: Nick Holden at Faith Baptist Church during a Saul Syndrome Conference in April 2008

Message: "Messengers of Misery" (Luke 21:34-36) by Nick Holden

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Message: "Messengers of Misery"

Text: Luke 21:34-36

Teaching: Nick Holden at Faith Baptist Church during a Saul Syndrome Conference in April 2008