Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Cost of Membership


Why is the marks of present day churches casual, frivolous, and lack a spiritual commitment? I came across this response: The answer is discipline. Are the members spiritual people? Then they will want to come to prayer meeting.
Their lack of desire to come is symptomatic of something very seriously wrong with them. It is this which must be dealt with. Those who wish to join church membership must be spiritualy-minded people.

Prospective members must know from the outset that a full participation in all spiritual life of the church is expected of them, whatever the cost. And that is how it is; that is how it is going to be. If they do no like it, they should not be allowed to join. They should not even want to join. Spiritual people have spiritual appetites, and they take steps to satisfy them.

The Psalmist said, 'How lovely is your tabernacle O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out of the living God'. (Ps 84:1-2. David stressed God, saying, Lord, I have loved the habitation of your house, and the place where your glory dwells. (Ps 26:8) He could declare: 'I was glad when they said to me: 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.' (Ps 122:1)

Bearing in mind that 'house' in the new covenant speaks of the body of believers, not a building, do professing believers mean it when they sing the very words of that Psalm? (David Gay, The Battle for the Church, p. 159)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Sometimes it Hurts!


Sometimes my devotions are just too down right convicting. Basically Paul warned Timothy about the degenerating attitudes and actions of false teachers and evil men in the days leading up to Christ's return. OK, got it.

But, the convicting part derived in the application process is that many times we (me) as believers are more concerned, or fear, how these evil men/false teachers will affect us (me) rather than how they will affect God's people and cloud God's character and nature. (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

You (me) see this today in light of COVID, 2020 election, and the political process; we (me) are more afraid of how those things will negatively affect us (me) and our (my) way of living rather than on the destructiveness of evil men and their evil hearts.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Yes, Blessed Are the Peacemakers

At the risk of giving what is holy and/or throwing pearls, the bible student in me is compelled to comment: as much as the accomplishments of Trump's peace accords are, this is not the peace nor peacemaker spoken of in Matthew 7:6.

I am not denigrating his accomplishment or his person but I have a hard time when Scripture is misquoted/applied. He will not be called "a son of God" because of his record.
That which is spoken of in Matthew 7 is concerning those who share the gospel and are used by God to reconcile sinners with a holy God, those who know the gospel are sons of God and thereby share the gospel with those in need of being reconciled.
Those who have been reconciled share the truth with those estranged from God and thereby are called the sons of God because they experience the favor/approval of God.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Live Free to the Glory of God!


I know that the un-redeemed will be sent a strong delusion and they will believe the lie. My heart is grieved by wondering if the church is being deluded?

1. We are not citizens of this world. We are pilgrims waiting and searching for the heavenly city of God.
2. We are children of a sovereign God who has already determined the means and the moment of our death. Stop worrying about those two things and live every moment as if it is your last moment. Covid-19 will not take your life one nano second sooner than God has already determined.
3. Stop hanging on to a world that is decayed, destructive, and doomed. Hold possessions lightly. Live for and long for heaven.
4. Set your affections on things that are above.
5. There is no need to fear disease or viruses. God is sovereign over them. Common sense precautions yes! Fear? No! Fear is bondage.
6. Pray for all men, particularly those who are in governmental authority in order for us to live quiet, holy, and productive lives, peacefully sharing the gospel, not muzzled, in fear, locked down, separating us from those who need us most.
7. Remember, whether we live or die, it is for the glory of God! (Romans 14:8). What is the worst that could happen to us? We will be translated into the presence of the living God, to experience the lavish grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ forever!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Do Not Be Dismayed!

Believers, as Paul reminded the Thessalonians, do not be, 1) deceived, 2) dismayed, or derailed in these last days. The events of today should not surprise any genuine believer, nor should they give you cause for alarm or fear, and especially, they should not cause you to be inactive or unfaithful to

your Lord. The prevailing wickedness that is developing faster than we can comprehend, the persecution of the body of Christ, and prevailing opposition of anything moral, holy, or Godly by gross immorality, filthiness, and godliness is right on time in God's calendar of events as the time of His Son's return to this earth and the establishment of His Kingdom of Righteousness approaches. Therefore, do not be soon shaken in mind or troubled, let no one deceive you by any means. Before Christ can be revealed there must be the removing of the church, the rebellion of the created, and the revealing of the corrupter. May the Lord of peace give you peace always and in every way. Amen!


Monday, September 28, 2020

Do No Harm

 As shepherds we must strive to never wound the precious lambs of God. If we find it necessary to wound a dear child of God, we must not neglect, nay, we must rush to bind up those wounds. We must never leave a wounded, bleeding, or injured precious one until the lamb we found necessary to wound has been treated and on its way to mending. Wounds are at time necessary for the good of the these precious ones and for the glory of God.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

No Escape