Passion is defined as an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. It is a willingness to do what needs to be done and a desire to reach peaks not yet climbed. It is a faithfulness that is created by knowing, understanding and believing the promises of God.
Our passion to reach the lost should be a driving force behind our actions. 1 Peter 1:18 states ... if the righteous scarcely be saved, then what separates those that are and are not saved. Could it be passion? Could it be a willingness to sacrifice when nobody else does, or preach the gospel when it is not popular? Acts 20:31 states... Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
If we are to reach the lost of our community, there has to be a fire within us that burns with a passion for those without hope and direction. Jeremiah 20:9 states...
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
The passion for Jesus Christ must be reflected in our prayer lives, giving and faithfulness. Our actions must reveal the passion that we have for Jesus simply because it may be the difference between heaven and hell.
I realize that the preaching of sin and hell is somewhat taboo among all Christian groups including Pentecostals. I find this sad because it is the passionate preached Word that convicts and changes. The Psalmist wrote...
Psalms 119:11Thy wordhave I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
It may be old time religion, but it is relevant to the world today. We need to work, teach and preach with passion so that a world without direction can have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Have you ever wondered where you fit in the body of Christ? I believe that everyone that has a true relationship with Jesus Christ should have a desire to be used of Him and therefore utilize their talents to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. This principle is illustrated in the parable found in Matthew 25:14 - 30 where Jesus taught concerning the three servants that received talents according to his ability. (I encourage you to read this parable).
This parable reveals that our production as a Christian and our willingness to use our talents is essential to our salvation. The two servants that doubled their talents were told...
...Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
The servant that failed that buried is talent became fully aware of the expectations of his master and his fate became apparent in Matthew 25:30...
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
We have the ability to find the will of God through prayer, but perhaps the most revealing scripture to our responsibilities as Christians is found in Acts 1:8...
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
We must further understand that we labor together and that no man is an island. We work shoulder to shoulder, lifting, helping and praying for each other for the Word states 1 Corinthians 3...
7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
I came across this video on www.youtube.com. As many of you know, Cornerstone Chapel hosted a concert in October with Bro. Cortt Chavis and we appreciate his ministry and his humble spirit. We have already booked him for September 12, 2009 for a concert to take place on Town Hill in Colonial Beach, Virginia.
The X that is pictured above sits on a shelf in my office. I received it while at Direction '08 in St. Louis. It is made of wood and is painted red. There is nothing spectacular or beautiful about this X, but it represents something that is powerful and meaningful.
My wife and I have the privilege of home schooling our son. My wife does 99% of the instructing, but once in a while I will substitute and have the opportunity to teach my son the principles of math. We speak of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Recently, we spoke of using multiplication rather than addition. I told him that multiplication would allow him to reach his answers in certain problems with less mathematical equations and to reach his goal faster and more efficient. If the church were to think in terms of multiplication and not addition then our growth would be faster and more efficient. Acts 16:5 states...
And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
If we are to multiply, then we must multiply the amount of leaders, saints and churches. We must broadcast our vision beyond the walls of the church building and preach the Gospel with a renewed desire to reach the lost. We need to multiply ourselves and our church. Our desire should be to see churches in every town, county and city. The passion for souls should consume us and our prayer life should reflect our desire to reach the lost.
This is the sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel on November 16th...
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
In writing my blog this week, I thought I would try to post some good news. In looking for good news, I came across articles on…
• Riots over not allowing gay marriages
• Forest fires
• The economy is crashing
• Atheists advertising on the sides of buses
• Murder and Mayhem
When I think of the news, as it has been recently, my thoughts are brought to the scripture found in…
2 Timothy 3:1 (Amplified) BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
But, this morning, I want to bring you some good news. The scripture that I read as my text, Mark 16:15 is found in the Amplified Bible as stating…
And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].
No matter how bad the world becomes there will always be good news. I realize that most people would want their pastor to be optimistic, but the good news that I declare until you this morning is not that the economy is better or somehow peace has overtaken the world. The good news that I preach unto you this morning is not limited to governments or even generations. It is not controlled by time or current events. It brings hope to the masses and joy to the world. Paul wrote in Romans 1:16…
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin not just to be a good person, but He came with a purpose…
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ came and died on a cross that we might live…
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ was buried and that He rose again…
Romans 6:4 (Amplified) We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
The good news of the gospel is that we have an opportunity through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to have life and have it more abundantly. No more do we have to be bound by sin, but can stand tall on the promises of God. For Jesus stated…
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
I had first heard of Atheists advertising their ideology in Europe, but not they have started a campaign in our own backyard. Am I concerned? My answer is simple and I will yell it from the highest peak in King George County (little joke, a really little joke...King George is pretty flat)..."NO". Why am I not worried? I am not worried because John 8 states...
12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Light pushes back darkness and the darker the world becomes the brighter the light of Jesus shines.The brighter the light of the church shines. Jesus spoke if the church in John 5...
14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
There is no doubt the world is evil, but this the opportunity for the church to have revival. We cannot cower behind our pulpits and pews scared of the boogey man, but should become offensive in nature tearing down the strongholds that have been built to stop the gospel. 1 John 4:4 states...
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I have checked other versions of the Bible for this scripture and this is what they say...
You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
This scripture has always fascinated me. It is a word picture written by the Psalmist to reveal the protection that God places upon His people. Matthew Henry's Commentary states He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all in him that he needs or can desire. I can imagine the Psalmist writing these as he stared at something casting a shadow. His heart jumped as he realized that God almighty shadows those that live in His presence. The shadow is protection from heat and pressure of life. It provides relief while fighting the fight of faith giving us continued rest and hope in Him...
Psalms 16:9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
This is purely speculation on my part, but we have seen a shift in the political climate that may favor a more global economy. The proof is in the pudding and Christians should be keenly aware of the world we live in. The following Reuters headline and partial article is interesting and may very well put us on course for the endtime...
UK's Brown: Now is the time to build global society
LONDON (Reuters) - The international financial crisis has given world leaders a unique opportunity to create a truly global society, Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown will say in a keynote foreign policy speech on Monday.
In his annual speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, Brown -- who has spearheaded calls for the reform of international financial institutions -- will say Britain, the United States and Europe are key to forging a new world order.
"The alliance between Britain and the U.S. -- and more broadly between Europe and the U.S. -- can and must provide leadership, not in order to make the rules ourselves, but to lead the global effort to build a stronger and more just international order," an excerpt from the speech says.
You can view the rest of the article by clicking here.
This was the sermon preached on Sunday, November 9 at Cornerstone Chapel...
Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
Status Quo is a Latin term meaning the current, or existing state of affairs. It was Ronald Reagan that stated…
Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in.
Each of has a status quo. It is our habits, lifestyle and routine existence. We breathe and eat our status quo and each time that we look in the mirror, we stare at what we currently are.
For many people, they are satisfied with their current state of affairs. They have no dreams and ambitions to be more than what they are at any one moment. In their minds, they have achieved all that life has for them. Their rhythm of life has flat lined.
It is the dreams of an individual that pushes them passed the status quo so that they can achieve the greatness that is hidden within them…
The dream of two brothers and bicycle mechanics, named Orville and Wilbur, that gave us flight
The passion of a man that failed fourth grade, named Thomas Edison, that gave us the light bulb
The ambition of Abraham Lincoln, allowed him to overcome his many failures to become our greatest president.
The approval of our current situation or status quo is an attitude that precludes us from achieving the greatness for which we are destined. It is what causes us to remain in a rut without the hope of change. Living in a constant state of affairs without a change of scenery.
I have introduced this sermon using concepts of the physical man. I believe that we should set our goals in this world at high levels and work to achieve them. It is important to gain education and reach for our career goals, but it was Jesus that stated…
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
As we live our lives, we are presented with choices that destine us to what we are to become. These choices include…
• Where do I go to school?
• Who will I marry?
• How many children will I have?
• Where will I work?
• When do I retire?
But, I stand before you today and can tell you with full confidence that these are not the most important decisions that you make in your life. The most important decision that you will make in your life is a fork in the road literally between heaven and hell. Matthew 7…
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Each of must make a decision whether we will serve God. This decision constitutes a change in our status quo. Matthew 6:24 states…
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
If I can for a moment, tell you about Moses. Moses was a prince of Egypt. He had all that he wanted including the best education, but his situation was complicated because he was a Jew living in the house of Pharaoh as Pharaoh held Moses’ people as slaves.
Moses had to make a decision. There is no doubt that this decision was not easy and Moses probably lay in bed at night debating the pros and cons, but the Bible documents what Moses decided. Hebrews 11 states…
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Moses came to understand that his status quo needed to change. His life was not what it should be and although he had accomplished a lot in the physical… there was something missing.
He did not have a relationship with God.
A relationship with God is something that each of us should strive to achieve. We know from the scripture, that a relationship with Jesus Christ brings…
1 Peter 1:8 Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.
Psalms 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
If you are in need of a change in your status quo, then Jesus is here to meet you. Habakkuk 3:19 gives us the promise to walk in mine high places. We can move to higher levels in Jesus saying no to status quo. In shedding the shadow of our status quo, we must look to Jesus. We need to seek Him and He can fill you with His wonderful Spirit.
The Psalmists wrote in Psalms 139…
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
This is the first sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel (August 6, 2006). It is being posted as a reminder of our vision...
Matthew 16:13 And coming into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say Me to be, the Son of Man?
Matthew 16:14 And they said, Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Matthew 16:15 He said to them, But who do you say I am?
Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Matthew 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.
Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
It has often been said that "Rome was not built in a day", but if you travel to Italy today there stands a magnificent city named Rome. I am not sure the history of Rome, but I am sure that it began with one brick.
We can also appreciate the concept that "A journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step". Surely, it would be wonderful and grand if we were able to reach our destination within blink of an eye, but we are governed by the laws of time and physics.
We are part of a brilliant beginning to a chapter in apostolic history that will document a church that experiences the power of Pentecost. This chapter will be filled with those experiencing the infilling of the Holy Ghost and baptism in Jesus name as in the book of Acts. It will document the healing of the sick, the deliverance of those bound by sin and the preaching of the apostolic doctrine. Cornerstone Chapel will be a church that impacts its community while carrying the burden for the lost around the world. It will be a place that will build leaders, pastors, evangelists and missionaries. Cornerstone Chapel will preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to those that hunger for the Word and pray for those that need a touch from the Master.
Cornerstone Chapel will be a giving church. It will sacrifice its time and money to reach those that have not felt the love of Jesus Christ. We will support with prayer and finances missionaries that have been called to foreign countries and North America.
Cornerstone Chapel will be a place of refuge for the people of our community. A place that the love of Jesus Christ will flow freely with the joy and peace found through the Holy Ghost. It will be a place that friends, families and neighbors can experience Psalms 36:7
How precious is Your loving-kindness, O God! And the sons of men take refuge under the shadow of Your wing.
I do not say these things because I will them, but because I believe them. They are not "sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal", but the promises of God written in the scripture. Jesus stated in
Matthew 16:18 ...and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The church is not built on shifting sand, but on the Rock that is Jesus Christ.
Psalms 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress;
There is no principality, power or ruler of darkness that can triumph over the church for the Bible states in
I John 4:4 ...because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
The power given to us through the Holy Ghost is well documented throughout the scripture. The church of the New Testament witnessed miracles and according to the scripture we can still see the same healings and blessings that the first church witnessed:
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Cornerstone Chapel is a Spirit - filled church that believes in the power of the Holy Ghost. It is a church that will preach the new birth experience from this day until the rapture of the church. It is not enough to feel the Spirit of God, but we want you to experience the Holy Spirit. The church is not a building or a physical place, but the people of God. It is written.
1Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
How do we experience the New Birth? Jesus was approached by a man named Nicodemus in the 3rd chapter of John. While speaking to Nicodemus, Jesus told him in
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
This was an Letter to the Editor written by Pastor Eaby and published in the November 11th edition of of the Journal Press ...
Sarah Palin comes from a church that speaks in tongues and there is a thought that she has experienced this phenomenon herself. The media has written editorials and drawn cartoons poking fun at Governor Palin and the many Christians that speak in tongues. Their concept of this Biblical experience is based on their ignorance and like many that are bias lash out at what they do not understand.
Speaking in tongues is something that has not just emerged from the Christian world, but occurred at the birth of the church. This event was documented in Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The New Testament church experienced the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues as part of the salvation experience as documented in book of Acts. Jesus prophesied this experience as something that His believers would practice. Mark 16:17 states “And these signs shall follow them that believe…they shall speak with new tongues”.
Those that experience the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues come under the umbrella term of Pentecostal. The media portrays those that speak in tongues as out of the norm but also documents that Pentecostalism is spreading throughout the world faster that any other Christian movement. The Ledger.com published an article on April 24, 2006 entitled Pentecostals Celebrate World's Fastest-Growing Religion. This may seem extraordinary to those on the outside of Christianity, but to those that know the scripture understand the prophecies found in Joel 2:28, "And that's just the beginning: After that—I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people…”
The Holy Spirit is life changing. The key to the Pentecostal movement is not the programs that a church offers, but the power of God that is evident in the life of the person that has received it. Pentecostalism is not a religion, but an experience with God. It is no longer “back woods”, but has come to the center of the religious and political world.
It is sad that in America one can use the freedom of the press to try to influence and degrade those that exercise freedom of religion. The lack of knowledge that the media has concerning religion reveals a generation that is moving away from God, but according to Romans 14:11, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God”.
Although, I have my own political views, they are not brought into the pulpit. In light of yesterdays events, I do want to say a couple things.
We are first Christians and stand on the principles of scripture. The ideas of politicians and government are a distant second to the Biblical principles that are taught each Sunday in the pulpits across America.
We need to continue to live and preach the gospel...
1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
We must continue to preach against sin. Please consider the following headlines...
"FBI examines pastor's sermons on abortion & homosexuality" (www.bpnews.net)
"Swedish Pastor Sentenced to Month in Prison for Preaching Against Homosexuality" (www.lifesitenews.com)
The ideas of our new government have the potential of being in line with many of the ideas of the liberal thinking of Europe. This can be dangerous to the doctrine of the Christian church. The first church faced down the government and preached the doctrine..
Acts 5:27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Acts 5:28Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
Please pray for our country...
2 Chronicles 7:14If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
This was the sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel on 11/02/08...
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
A London businessman told the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior.
As he showed a prospective buyer the property, Clegg took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage.
"Forget about the repairs," the buyer said. "When I buy this place, I'm going to build something completely different. I don't want the building; I want the site."
The story of this building is the story of every man. On the outside we look damaged, broken and in disrepair. Isaiah 64:6 states…
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Perhaps, we have the scars to show that we have tried to fix ourselves, but like many things in our lives we have continuously failed. We have failed and our hopelessness, loneliness and despair become overwhelming. Simply put, our building has been ravaged by the vandals of life. The Bible states in Psalms 39:11…
…surely every man is vanity.
According to Strong’s Concordance the word “vanity” means emptiness. Every man is born with an emptiness that they cannot fill, but the Bible is a book of optimism and hope for it states Psalms 39:7 states…
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
The Bible tells of a man named Saul. He was murderous and evil killing those that preached Jesus Christ. He thought that he was right as he watched many die for the cause of Christ, but one day he met Jesus. Acts 9 states…
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
It was this same man that wrote…
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul went from murderous thug to the greatest missionary and apostle writing much of the New Testament. His life is a testimony to the grace and love of Jesus Christ that is life changing. Nothing was ever the same.
Testimony: Cornerstone Chapel sent out mailers last year offering prayer. On Sunday, a lady came to the church from those mailers and received the Holy Ghost. She was praying at the altar and when I asked if she had the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, she said "no". When asked if she wanted it, she said "yes" and instantly started speaking in tongues. God is doing miracles in our community.