It seems like people are always quitting. you used to hear about people working for a company and retiring after 40 years of service. That does not happen very often anymore. People do not seem to stick with anything for that length of time these days. I remember a time when it was uncommon to meet someone who had worked for more than three companies in their careers, now it is unusual to meet someone who hasn’t worked for more than three companies during their employment career. This also applies to Christians as well. Christians quit in the ministry far too often. Let’s look at what I believe are the six main reasons that Continue reading Six reasons that people quit
Asking for help isn’t something that most people enjoy doing. We like to think that we can do it ourselves, whatever “it” is. You notice this even in small children as they are learning to do things for themselves. They often don’t want help, saying “no Mom! I can do it!” even when they are actually doing “it” wrong. More often than we would want to admit though, we do need help. Pride says to do it yourself, but wisdom would tell you to find someone that can help. We are going to look at an individual who realized that he needed help and decided to ask for Continue reading Help for the Blind
Sometimes, it will be necessary for you to deliver what would be considered, unpopular news. At times you will find yourself in a situation where you have no other alternative but to deliver news to certain individuals that they don’t want to hear. As a Christian, we are commanded to tell people, thus saith the Lord, whether they want to hear it or not.
And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. – Ezekiel 2:1-10
Ezekiel was called to a rebellious nation
In the Apostle Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesians, he gives us a template for what the required characteristics are for the New Testament Local Church:
- A Teaching Church
- A Testifying Church
- A Preaching Church
- A Feeding Church
- A Building Church
These are the things that Paul emphasised during his ministry at the church of Ephesus for the three years that he was present with them. Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, and we are to follow his example. Continue reading Required Characteristics of the Local Church
An anchor is that which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety. We have some anchors in the faith that help to keep us rooted and grounded and keep us from being tossed to and fro when the storms of life assail us. We are going to look at the four anchors of the faith, that we have as demonstrated by the life of the Apostle Paul, that will keep us rooted and grounded as we journey through this life.
1) The presence of God (Acts 27:23)
The first anchor that we will look at is the Anchor of the Presence of God in your life. If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, then the Bible teaches that you have the presence of God within you: Continue reading Four Anchors of the Faith
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
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O LORD God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the LORD God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. - Ezekiel 37:1-10
Sometimes it can feel like nothing can go right. Like all hope is lost.
Israel was now in Babylonian captivity, Their home had been Continue reading Can Defeated, Dead, Dry Bones Live?
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?