Friday, June 29, 2018
Let’s talk about the misused book of Malachi for a bit...
In Malachi 3:7-11 we find, “(7) Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (9) Ye (are) cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, (even) this whole nation. (10) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that (there shall) not (be room) enough (to receive it). (11) And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Friday, January 26, 2018
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Are you tempting God?
Matthew 4:5-7 "Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
The bible is just a book, it’s not God! It’s not even the Word of God! Through the bible, I’m introduced to the Word of God.. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God and the Word became flesh and walked among us." God is the author of grace, not the bible. The bible reveals that grace, but can never give it. My faith is in the One whom the bible reveals, not the bible.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016
In this world we live in, that which is broken is without value. We generally try to avoid conditions of brokenness with our finances, our emotions, and our relationships with others. But carefully note this about God's kingdom, there is a large contrast here between the will of God and the will of man. And unfortunately, in this world we establish our own pecking order. We tend to place people in social levels based upon their wealth, education, or status. We think we know “our place” and we unconsciously place some people below us in the social order, and a few above us. But the ground is level at the foot of the cross.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
As I was reading in the book of John chapter 20 verses 19-23, I’m fascinated. I’m fascinated not only by the fact that Jesus again performed another feat of ‘out of this world proportions’ when He walked through not only closed doors but doors that were locked to show Himself to the disciples.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
It’s a remarkable fact that when God saved Jericho, He spared only one family, not the priest’s or the ruler’s or the great religious leaders of that time but the city whore’s. Did you hear that? Out of all the city He chose to save a whore, a prostitute!
lled a hole large enough to put a banana in. Then they fastened the coconut to a tree. Soon a smart (or not so smart) little monkey came along and, smelling the banana inside the coconut, reached into the hole to grab the fruit. But then the monkey was caught in a dilemma. It could not withdraw its fist while holding onto the banana. It could drop the banana and escape but he chooses instead to hold on to the banana and be trapped.
I wanta' share an interesting story I read on the internet somewhere…. back in the 80‘s there was a song recorded, “We Are the World”, whose proceeds went to help famine victims in Africa. Recording artists from a wide variety of fields all got together to sing the song. Now Quincy Jones, the producer, had been in the business a long time, and he knew very well what drama queens and drama kings stars and celebrities are. But he also knew that the project they were working on was important, and that if they did it well, the whole would be greater than the sum of its parts, their cause was bigger than any one star, or even than all of them put together. And so he put a note at the entrance to the recording studio when all the stars came: “Check your ego at the door.”
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.”Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
2 Corinthians 6:14 in the King James Version: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” The New American Standard Version says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” Some, well most, equate this with relationships or marriages. Some people (mostly women) will marry someone (non-Christian) thinking they can change him and bring him into the body of Christ but statistics shows that more often than not, it’s the opposite. Instead of bringing them into the light they draw you into their darkness. And I believe that may be why God is so adamant about Christians not being unequally yoked. I once heard it said, it's easier to pull someone down and than to pull someone up.