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Earnest Shackleton

​“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success.” Earnest Shackleford (Polar Explorer)

THE UNCHANGEABLE CROSS
Matthew 16:24-26 “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his Cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  
Ease, safety, and security get in the way of the bold fearless message of the Cross 
The benefits of the Cross are not available to those without a commitment to its message
Matthew 10:32-33 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”
Jesus never made the Cross easy or seeker-friendly
John 6:66  “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.”
Luke 9:62 “Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

THE UPARDONABLE SIN 
Matthew 12:31-32 “I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”(KJV)

Grieve the Holy Spirit “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 
Quench the Holy Spirit “Do not quench the Spirit.” I Thess. 5:19
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit 

THE UNSTOPPABLE CHURCH 
Matthew 16:18-19 “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 

Where are the Gates (plural) of Hell?

Why have many Keys (plural) to Unlock Power and Authority

We are the church, the Body of Christ 
We are the Church, Victorious 
We are the Church, Glorious 
We are the Church, we have the Word of God
We are the Church, we stand against the powers of darkness
We are the Church, clothed in robes of righteousness
We are the Church, death has no power over us
We are the Church, we avail the gates of hell
We are the Church, we live in the power of the resurrection
We are the Church, triumphant in battle
We are the Church, no weapon formed against us will stand
We are the Church, we will rise to meet Christ in the air
We are the Church, we lift life’s burdens
We are the Church, we stand to our feet and cry holy
We are the Church, we sing the praises of Christ 
We are the Church, we hold the shield of faith 
We are the Church, we use the Sword of the Spirit
We are the Church, we know the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof
We are the Church, we will sit at a table prepared before us 
We are the Church, we have mansions prepared
We are the Church, we see Him as He is and be like Him
We are the Church, will walk on streets of gold
We are the Church, we bring a message of hope and love
We are the Church, not perfect – but forgiven
We are the Church, We rise to our feet and give glory to God – His praises will forever be our lips.

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