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No Wonder If Satan Gets Into The Saddle!

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C2TV ministry is designed to strengthen your spiritual walk. This ministry newsletter began in 1999, first known as the Family Tree Ministry. The goal is to be a connection builder, serving as a spiritual connection between people and matters of faith. Our mission is simple: Connecting men and women to life-changing faith in Jesus – encouraging them to impact their community with His values, ethics and love. In the age of technology the newsletter has transformed into a blog with many more features that the old paper format couldn't provide. In November 2012, The Family Tree Ministry was renamed to "Connect to the Vine - (C2TV)" based on the Book of John, Chapter 15, where we are told to remain connected to Christ. In October 2016, this blog was renamed to "Connecting Champions to the Vine - C2TV." This change came about with the adding of the ADVOCARE bar at the top of the blog site. Originally focused on a ministry outreach to family members, C2TV has expanded to reach all those whom we come into contact with. Our prayer is that this blog becomes a means of illuminating God's work in our culture and encouraging one another to stand firm in Him! At the heart of the spiritual journey is the understanding that it is a journey. None of us are perfect. Once we become believers, we are not expected to achieve instant spiritual maturity. Rather, the Christian life is a process involving both our attention (2 Corinthians 7:1) and God’s work in us (Philippians 1:6). And it has more to do with opportunity and intentionality than with age (1 Timothy 4:12).

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“Avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22

He who now gives way to the least sin–may yet be given up to the greatest sins. We are never far enough from lust–while we are on earth; or near enough to Christ–while we are out of heaven. O, stand far off from the devil’s mark–unless you would be hit by his arrows!

The drawing near to the appearance of evil–is the first step to the accomplishment of the most enormous evil. A spark–will easily catch a box of tinder on fire. Little streams–will find a passage to the great sea. Christian reader! Why should you venture on slippery places–when you can scarcely stand upon the firmest ground? Who will pity that man whose house is blown up with gun-powder–if he stores it in the chimney corner?

Such is the monstrous wickedness of men, that though the streams and currents of their own lusts carry them too swiftly already–yet they hoist up sails to catch the devil’s winds!

The fowler spreads his net–but the wings of the bird carry her into it! If you would not step into the harlot’s house–you should not go by the harlot’s door! If you would not gather the forbidden fruit–then beware how you look on the luscious tree!

To pray against temptations, and yet to rush into occasions to sin–is to thrust your fingers into the fire–and then pray that they might not be burnt! If you hold the stirrup for him–no wonder if Satan get into the saddle!

“Watch and pray–so that you will not fall into temptation.” Matthew 26:41. That man who is the most watchful–is the least sinful. A soul without its watch–is like a city without its wall, exposed to the attack of all its enemies!

Those who would not fall into the river–should beware how they approach too near to its banks. He who crushes the egg–need not fear the biting of the serpent. He who would not drink of the wine of divine wrath–let him not touch the cup of sinful pleasure.

A person who carries gun-powder with him–can never stand too far from the fire. If we accompany sin one mile–it will compel us to go two. Sin swells like Elijah’s cloud, from the size of a man’s hand to such an expansion, as to cover the whole sky.

“Let him who thinks he stands–take heed, lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12. You will quickly lose your standing–if you are fearless of falling.


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