Christmas is not about the trees, it’s not about the lights either; no matter how much you can relate to Clark Griswold. Personally, I don’t have any desire to do a bunch of decorations, but I know that a lot of people do. That is not what Christmas is about though. It’s not about all the presents and family get-togethers either. Christmas is a time that all of these things occur, but Christmas, for a Christian, is all about the fact that God became flesh, and in fulfillment of prophecy was born of a virgin in Bethlehem to live a perfect life that he could sacrifice that life so that we could have eternal life. Continue reading The worship of the wise men
A good leader will lead from the front, a good leader does not push from the rear. A good leader will lead by example, they will demonstrate the behaviour that they want from their followers. Leaders who are respected and considered to be good, typically do not ask anyone to do something that they are not willing to do themselves. The Apostle Paul was such a leader. He leads his followers by example not just by command. In First Thessalonians, we will look at the Three Marks of a Good Leader by examining the example that the Apostle Paul left for us.
Paul gives us the example of what the characteristics of a good leader should be: Continue reading Three Marks of a Good Leader
I have had my own issues in the past with not handling anger very well. In fact, my wife will tell you that at one time, she was pretty sure that I held the world record for broken Television remote controls. To this day, I don’t know what they ever did to me, but I bounced them off of the wall, the floor, coffee-table or anything else that I could find. I had real anger management issues.
Anger, when it is misused, may come and go quickly, but so does a tornado, and just like the aftermath of a tornado, it takes a lot of effort and time to clean up the mess that is left behind.
We tend to believe that anger is always a bad thing, but sometimes it is a sin to not be angry. In John chapter 2 we see a time that the Lord Jesus Christ got angry. Angry enough to make a weapon, and we know that Continue reading Four ways to handle anger
We all know someone who always has to have the last word in a conversation. If you are struggling to think about who always gets the last word in your conversations; It’s probably you! I’ve had conversations with someone even over a test message where they have to get the last word. Even when a further response isn’t necessary. For instance, they may wish you a happy birthday or something, and you respond with a thank you, and then they say you’re welcome, just to make sure that they get the last word in the conversation.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 13, the Apostle Paul had some departing words for the local church, that are crucial for us to follow today:
- Be Perfect
- Be of Good Comfort
- Be of One Mind
- Live in Peace
If we will earnestly strive to accomplish these four things, then our
Stay the course is a phrase that originated as a nautical metaphor on maintaining a constant, unaltering course while navigating the Sea. It was also a recurring phrase used in the Mel Gibson film The Patriot. Mel Gibson played a former soldier, turned farmer and then Colonel of the local Militia during the Revolutionary War. Throughout the movie Two of his sons were killed, his friends and supporters were burned out of their homes and killed. He almost quit. He decided to Continue reading Stay the Course
The difference in a contribution and total commitment is usually the difference in failure and success. A chicken and a hog were walking past a church building one day when they noticed the Sunday morning sermon posted on the outside bulletin board, “Helping the Poor. ” They walked a ways when the chicken suddenly came across with a suggestion. “Say, Brother Hog, why don’t we give all the poor people a nice breakfast of ham and eggs?” The hog thought a moment and replied, “That’s all right for you to say because for you it is only a contribution, but for me, it’s total commitment!”
The Lord is looking for some people to be committed. In Ezekiel 22 we find the Jewish people in exile to Babylon. Ezekiel’s message to them is focusing on the fall of Jerusalem and the cause of the fall. As we read Chapter 22, we see that the sins that they were guilty of included:
- Disrespect of Parents
- Sexual Perversion
- Contract Murder
- Forgetting the Lord
It is plain to see our society, Continue reading Are You Standing in the Gap?
No-one likes to admit a weakness. We go to great lengths to hide our weaknesses. When interviewing people for a new position or job, one of the most likely questions that will be asked is, what are your strengths? What talents or abilities will you bring to our company? Most people rather enjoy answering this question. It gives them the opportunity to brag on themselves, and even though most people would deny it, they love talking about themselves. In most conversations that you find yourself in, the other party isn’t listening to what you are saying; they are just simply waiting for their turn to talk and usually about themselves or some experience that they have had. On the other hand, probably the most disliked question in an interview is, What are your weaknesses? Who wants to talk about weaknesses in an interview? In an interview, you are attempting to put your best foot forward, not talk about where you are weak! Most people have covered up their weaknesses so well and often, that they forget that they even have any. For instance, just yesterday, I was reminded of how easily a small weakness can completely dominate your actions. Yesterday I was moving a gas grill down some steps (with help) and somehow managed to twist and pull in exactly the wrong way, and pulled a muscle or something in my lower back. Today, I can hardly stand up straight. Before that happened I was just like everyone else, thinking that I didn’t have a weakness to worry about.
In this podcast, we are going to look at a few things that can Continue reading What Makes You Weak?
The subject of hidden treasure is fascinating; it has prompted numerous books, movies, theories and actual treasure hunting expeditions. Two of the most popular hidden treasures are:
- The Knights Templar Treasure
- Captain Kidd’s Buried Treasure
The Knights Templar’s have been surrounded by a shroud of mystery for years. They were founded in 1118 during the Crusades state of Jerusalem by a French Knight by the name of Hugues De Payne. De Payne started the order with eight fellow Knights. They were quartered at the Temple Mount by King Baldwin II. The original function of the Knights Templar was to protect pilgrims as they traveled the dangerous road from the Port of Jaffa to Jerusalem. They were the most formidable fighting force in “Christendom”, and they also possessed immense wealth and political power.
On October 13, 1307 (Friday the 13th) the King of France, Phillip the Fair, along with the Pope, Clement V conspired to destroy the Templars. Theories for their reasoning abounds; however, three stand out: Continue reading The Four Incredible Hidden Treasures
The title of the first Star Wars movie released in 1977. It opens up with the “good guys” being overtaken by the Evil Empire. The Empire had just developed a weapon that no one could combat. There was No Hope of surviving the destruction that this weapon (Death Star) would bring.
But then you see, that there is Hope. There is a way to defeat their adversary. There was a plan delivered and a way to obtain the victory. They now had:
A New Hope!
This film as all others is based on one of only a handful full of different themes that are found in the Bible:
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
In this podcast we are looking at one of these themes:
- The Empire is represented by the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). The weapon is sin; In the first four chapters of Romans, we see Man’s need for Salvation. That man is a sinner and under the wrath of God. We’ve Also seen that man can do nothing to battle this weapon.
Then God’s plan shows up! In Romans 4 we see how that God will impute his righteousness onto us by Continue reading A New Hope
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
This phrase “If any man have ears to hear, let him Hear” is only spoken eight times by the Lord Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry. This phrase is also used eight times in the book of Revelation, Seven times by Jesus and once by the Apostle John. All seven times, Jesus says “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the spirit saith, unto the churches”..
We should pay attention to what the Spirit says to us; according to John 14:16-26, the Spirit will teach us all things, and bring to remembrance the Lord’s Words.
But we have to listen! Jesus often spoke and taught using parables, using what they knew, to explain to explain what they did not know. For instance, Jesus taught his disciples with 7 different parables in Matthew chapter 13:
The Parable of the Sower
The Parable of The Wheat and the Tares
The Parable of The Mustard Seed
The Parable of The Leaven
The Parable of The Hidden Treasure
The Parable of The Pearl of Great Price
The Parable of The Drag Net.
In this podcast, we are going to take a look at the parable of the sower as found in Luke 8:5-15. We will take notice of the Four Continue reading Can you hear me now?