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
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
The unintended consequences caused by the persecution of the early church. In life, we find that with whatever we are attempting to accomplish, often times we end up with some unintended consequences. For instance:
In the 1950s, a malaria outbreak occurred among Borneo’s Dayak people. The World Health Organization (WHO) tried to alleviate the problem by spraying the Dayak people’s thatch-roofed huts with DDT. The DDT killed the malaria-bearing mosquitos but also killed the parasitic wasp that kept thatch-eating caterpillars under control. At nightfall, the buzz of the malarial, bloodsucking mosquitoes was stilled, but sharp cracks and then wild screaming followed as people’s roofs caved in.But this was hardly the end of the problem. The geckos ate the toxic mosquitos. Normally these lizards can race over water for yards. They reeled like drunks on a DDT Saturday night. The neighborhood cats, after seeing all these drugged geckos couldn’t help but stuff themselves full of geckos.Then the cats died.Thus the rats rejoiced. With their primary predators gone, their population exploded. Rats were everywhere and they were all scurrying over and through the Dayak’s roofless hut. The rodents were a greater threat than the mere skin-crawling, toe-biting mosquitoes. The rats are known to carry diseases like bubonic plague – a condition that’s more serious than malaria. (hundreds of millions of people in Europe died because of this plague.)So what was the World Health Organization to do? They were afraid of additional disasters that might occur if they poisoned the rats.Someone finally had the bright idea that what was needed was to reintroduce the natural predators of the rats. They needed cats. New cats. A lot of new cats. But how could the WHO transport thousands of cats into a remote section of Borneo?Introducing: Parachuting cats!
In some areas of life, a small margin of error won’t really make much of difference in the outcome; however, when it comes to your faith, even a small margin of error is unacceptable. For instance, in 1983, an Air Canada flight ran out of fuel above Gimli, Manitoba. Canada had switched to the metric system in 1970, and the plane is reported to have been Air Canada’s first aircraft to use metric measurements. The plane’s onboard fuel gauge was not working, so the crew used measuring “dipsticks” to check how much fuel the plane took on during refueling. Things went wrong when they converted this measurement of volume into one of weight. They got the number right, but the unit wrong – mistaking pounds of fuel for kilograms. As a result, the plane was carrying about half as much fuel as they thought. Luckily, the pilot was able Continue reading Infallible Proofs
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