Holiness - Living a Holy LifeI think we can all agree that we live in a crazy world. I can’t begin to understand all the complexities and the craziness that surrounds us everyday. But I do know that Jesus told His disciples to remember that they are IN the world but they are not OF the world. Jesus was trying to create a distinct separation between His disciples and this world. He was telling them that it is possible to live in this world without taking on the characteristics and mannerisms of the world. This is what the Church must understand. Although we live in this world, when we are born-again, we are no longer “citizens” of this world. We are now “citizens” of Heaven. This, of course, is in a spiritual sense. We must learn to wear this world like a loose garment. We are bodily attached to this world, but spiritually we are to become attached to Heaven, which is God’s eternal kingdom. Read more...
It’s that time of year again. It’s summertime! That means warm weather, barbeques, bike rides, sunny days and NO MORE WINTER COATS! It also means an increase in activity from those pesky little critters: flies, mosquitoes, bumble bees … yikes! A nice sunny day seems to bring happy days and goodwill to all.
Summer also means shedding those extra layers of clothing, which provide warmth and protection from the cold. But as Christians, we need to make sure we do not get carried away when shedding our extra layers. Read more...
They saw that, despite what they told themselves, they just didn’t quite measure up to Jesus.
Where He was strong, they were weak. Where He was holy and righteous, they were self-righteous (which amounts to nothing in the kingdom of God). Where He was a chosen vessel of God, they were rejected … because of their self-inflicted scars, made more visible by sin.
It’s also hard for us to look at ourselves through the lens of truth. When we read the Bible, it is like holding up a mirror to our face and seeing ourselves as God sees us. The image reflected back at us does not represent the image we try and portray of ourselves (one of being inherently good).
When God looks at us, He sees us as we really are. No mirrors. No smokescreens. Just raw and unfiltered. And this bothers many people. Read more...
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The Church - God's Ambassadors on Earth
My dear fellow Christian, are you still in love with sin? Sin can be deceptive. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves wrapped up in it. It can consume us and take over our lives.
Sin also defiles us. God said we must be holy because He is holy. But, we cannot be holy if we are still living in, and practicing sin. It’s time for the people of God to come out of sin, for God hates sin and will one day stand in judgment of sin once and for all.
What is sin? Sin is any unrighteousness. In fact, the Bible says that “all unrighteousness is sin” (1 John 5:17). To be righteous means that we are in right-standing with God. So unrighteousness is wrongdoing, wickedness, sinfulness, and evil. To be unrighteous means we are not righteous. When we are unrighteous, we are not in good standing with God.
What happens to those who are not in good standing with God? First of all, this is not a place we want to be. We want to make sure that we are always on God’s “good side.” In other words, we do not want to incur His wrath.
Just ask Aaron’s sons: Nadab and Abihu. Aaron and his sons were the priests God had chosen to be intermediaries between God and the people. They were chosen specifically to offer up the sacrifices that the people brought to the Lord.
God gives detailed instructions to the people how these sacrifices are to be conducted. Read more...
There used to be a time when the wolf had to dress up in sheep’s clothing to fool his prey to get close to him. The sheep, busy grazing on lush green grass to notice, with only a fleeting glance would think that the wolf was one of their own.
Today, the wolf doesn’t even need a disguise. He’s become a part of the flock. The wolf just walks boldly up to the sheep baring fangs and flicking his tail and the sheep don’t even bat an eye. Why? Because the wolf is a master-disguiser (a trickster, a master manipulator). He’s now able to blend into the flock of sheep without needing a disguise.
The sheep have lost their fear of the “big bad” wolf. They’ve become blind to the wily ways of those who have a predator spirit. Read more...
We are becoming more and more distracted these days. There are so many things vying for our attention that if we are not careful we can quickly become disengaged.
It’s hard to walk down the street without being bombarded with signs and billboards trying to sell you something. These people are trying to convince you that their product(s) will actually save your life, save you time, or save you money.
And how about the gossip magazines, and the last-minute ‘must have’ items that are strategically placed where you can see them while you wait in the checkout line at the grocery store. Read more...
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Prayer - Living a Prayerful Life
Does God hear me? Does He care?
How can you be certain that your prayers are being heard by God?
The Prayers that God Hears
Do you want to be certain that God not only hears your prayers, but answers them?
Did you know that there are certain prayers that are guaranteed to get a response from God? It’s true. If you pray these prayers, you can be confident that God hears you, and will respond. What are these prayers? Read more...
It’s time for the “Church” to stand up!
The forces of darkness are ravaging the earth. Satan’s forces are stealing, killing, and destroying, while the Church is asleep. The Lord is calling us to do battle against the forces of evil — In Prayer!
There’s so much happening in the world today because, as we know, we are living in the last days. The Bible warned us about things to come in the last days, and those things are clearly evident now.
But, just because the Bible foresaw it, doesn’t mean that we should take a back seat, and do nothing. There IS something we can do. We can pray.
Instead of praying, we’ve become distracted. We are often distracted by the things that are not profitable to the mind, or the spirit. We’ve become lukewarm, much like the church of the Laodiceans in Revelation 3… and God said because they were neither cold or hot, He would spit them out of His mouth.
We must restore the Holy Ghost fire in us. And that will only happen with fervent prayer. We CAN make a difference with Intercessory prayer. Read more...
We need to make sure we are covering our children in prayer everyday.
There is so much going on in the world today — you hear about it in the news everyday. School shootings, bullying, kidnappings… The world has changed considerably since we were children.
There used to be a time when parents could send their children outside to play — we would be out there all day playing (and getting into mischief!). Parents would often tell their children to be home by the time the street lights came on.
But today, parents are too afraid to send their children out alone, without keeping a wary eye on them at all times. Because, you just never know…
Kids are also feeling the strain. They suffer from a lack of physical activity, and stimulation; and the robust imagination that comes from being able to explore their world through play. Read more...
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people,
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers;
17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].
18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know andcherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), Read more...
Take this quick 2-question quiz. How well do you know Genesis?
On the first day, God... [Genesis 1:3-5]
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The firmament was... [Genesis 1:6-8]
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"...I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth." (1 Timothy 3:15 NASB)
Serving - Having a Servant's Heart
God is looking for a different kind of Christian. Not the kind we see day-to-day. Not the kind that promotes himself … his ministry … his gifts and talents.
Not the kind who seeks notoriety and elevation among men. Not the kind of Christian who seeks top billing for a preaching gig at the International Convention … where his name, and picture, are prominently displayed on a flyer for a preaching assignment at the convention.
This is when one thinks he has really “made it.” When everyone knows his name…. when he is sought after… when men and women pat him on the back – “You sure did preach today, brother!” “Yes sir, you preached my soul happy!”
God is looking for the Christian who is willing to humble himself so that God can get the glory.
God is looking for the Christian who will stand flat-footed and say, “It’s not I, but Christ who lives inside.”
God is looking for the Christian who, when men try and elevate him, he pushes back and says, “Not so. The God I serve, He alone deserves the glory.” Read more...
So what does ministry mean to you? Preaching across the pulpit?
Seeing your name in “lights” (on a flyer for a speaking engagement at the national convention)?
Having the title of minister or pastor?
Having people know your name?
Being acknowledged by people as a minister?
I’ve heard the word ‘ministry’ being thrown around a lot. People don’t think they’re in ministry unless everybody knows and acknowledges their ministry.
Jesus’ ministry included ministering to the poor … the sick … the blind … the weak … and washing His disciples’ feet. His ministry resulted in dirt on His knees, as He regularly communed with God through prayer.
Jesus brought glory to God through His ministry, rather than to Himself. Read more...
The line is looong for those desiring to be leaders, but few people today want to be servants. Whenever there is any type of leadership training, people come in droves. People everywhere desire to be better leaders.
Leaders are highly valued and respected in society. They are often those who are the most influential in society – those who can easily enlist the aid of people to accomplish a task.
Servants, on the other hand, are often considered to be the less desirables in society. They are the least influential and the least respected. No one wants to be a servant … as this class is looked upon with disdain and contempt.
While leaders walk with their heads held high, servants often exhibit a disposition of humility — they carry themselves in a manner as to not be seen or heard.
Servants fear that drawing attention to themselves could potentially lead to a volley of verbal and/or physical abuse by those whom they serve. So, why would anyone want to be a servant? Read more...
Take this quick 2-question quiz. How well do you know the book of John?
Jesus drove the traders and the money changers from the temple with a... (John 2:14-15)
How did Jesus drive out the money changers?
John the Baptist compared himself to a... (John 3:28-30)
Who was John the Baptist?
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Faith - It's Impossible to Please God Without Faith
Faith is one of those things where you either get it or you don’t. There is no in between with faith. You either have it or you don’t.
The concept of faith can be complicated to some while others have no problem grasping the concept and the very nature of faith.
What is faith? Faith is the unwavering assurance and confidence in God.
With faith, we have complete trust in God. In His existence. In His omnipotence. In His sovereignty. In His unlimited power.
Faith believes that God is who He says He is, and that He can do everything He says He can do – no questions asked. Read more...
There are times when our leaders can’t be trusted. By now everyone across the country has heard about the Flint water crisis. Flint, Michigan is going through a rough period right now where the residents don’t have clean drinking water flowing from their taps.
While this crisis is just becoming national news, the people of Flint, Michigan have been dealing with this issue for quite some time now.
In 2014, the emergency manager that had been placed over the city made the fateful decision to approve switching the city’s water source from the Huron River to the Flint River (which is a filthy water source that remains untreated to remove harmful chemicals and pesticides).
The welfare of the residents were not taken into consideration with this decision to change the city’s water source. The decision was made to save money: purely economics. Read more...
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