Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, we set aside a day and a time of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not just a national holiday where you don’t have to go to work; it is not just the day that proceeds Black Friday when people forget all about being thankful and are willing to trample one another over for the best deal. You will likely find yourself in a setting that involves friends, family, and a lot of good food. But Thanksgiving is more than that; It is a day to reflect on being thankful. Thankful for the good things that have transpired in your life over the last year, and if you are a Christian, it is time to be thankful for everything that the Lord has brought you through.
As a Christian, you are commanded Continue reading How to be Thankful in Suffering
As Christians, we need to take spiritual threats seriously. The thoughts that we dwell on are what will dictate the choices that we make. There is not enough emphasis placed on the thought life and mindset in society today. Most people are passive in their response to their thought life. That is, people don’t protect themselves from their thoughts. Most Christians believe that they don’t need to worry about what they put in front of their eyes, or what they allow themselves to think and to dwell on, not realizing that your mind is the battlefield between choosing to walk in the spirit or to walk in the flesh. In order to be victorious in this daily battle you must:
- Identify the enemy (your mind)
- Expose the strongholds of that enemy
- Execute an action plan to defeat that enemy
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
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas find themselves in the prison of pain and suffering. In that prison, they experienced the grace of God. This article will point out, by examing this passage, that God can turn pain into praise. In this podcast, we will discuss Three things to notice about this prison of pain that Paul and Silas experienced.
1. A place of discomfort
This prison of pain and suffering is a place of discomfort. Paul and Silas were in the will of God, doing what they were called to do, saying what they were called to say, but still found themselves in a place of discomfort that manifested itself in three different ways: Continue reading Breaking Free
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. - Luke 5:1-11
In this podcast, we will look at the five things that every Fisher of Men needs to do:
- Follow the right person
- Make the right preparations
- Know the right process
- Fish in the right place
1. Follow the right person
In the Gospel of Luke chapter 4, we find recorded, the return of Jesus to Nazareth, the town where he grew up. First, it is important to note that the scriptures teach us that it was the custom of Jesus to attend Synagog on the Sabbath. As a Christian, it should also be your custom to attend church (Hebrews 10:25) on the appointed day, which is Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:2). Your friends, neighbors, and family, should know exactly where you will be each and every Sunday.
When Jesus arrived at the service, he stood up to read out of the Book of Isaiah, and once finished he sat down, and told them all that “today this prophecy is fulfilled in your ears.” The people in attendance knew full well that this passage was about the Messiah, and by saying this Jesus did in fact claim to be the Messiah.
Jesus delivered them some Good News and some Bad News. What makes the news good or bad, Continue reading Good News and Bad News
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