Have you ever wondered why Jesus told the disciples the following?
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
The details of God's Word is so enlightening and powerful. We spoke of this in a Bible study held last night that is sponsored by Cornerstone Chapel at the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad. The idea of shaking off the dust on your feet was a sign and according to Easton's Bible Dictionary it revealed the following...
To shake off the dust from one's feet against another is to renounce all future intercourse with him
Fausset's Bible Dictionary explains it like...as in Mark 6:11
To shake off dust from one's feet against a city or person implied a solemn refusal to take anything away, even the very dust of their ground, but to leave it to witness against them;
shaking off all connection with them, and all responsibility for their guilt and consequent punishment for rejecting the gospel.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
It is essential for each of us to minister the truth of the Word. There will be those that reject it to their demise, but our responsibility to them is ended. It may seem harsh, but we read of it in the New Testament church...
But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
I am sorry that I have not posted in a couple of days...
I wanted to update everyone on Impact 2008. God is so good and He revealed His greatness through the services that we held this weekend.
<A Psalm of Asaph.> Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
I believe that Cornerstone Chapel has been impacted and was blessed by Impact 2008. The sweet presence of God filled the sanctuary as we worshipped and His Word was preached with authority. The anointing flowed with its life changing power throughout the services.
A little change of subject...
I read an article today in the Free Lance Star and this is the headline...
Half of U.S. adults changing or dropping religious affiliation
It is interesting that this may come as a surprise to people, but it reveals that religions are not offering what people need. Simply, people want an experience with Jesus Christ and they are not getting it through tradition, but they can find it when the anointing is felt in a Spirit- filled church. The anointing is the number one outreach tool.
We are a privileged people. We have the ability to step into the presence of God and worship Him in Spirit and in truth as we do each week, but there are many that continue to search to fill the emptiness in their life. We need to reach them and tell them how Jesus can change their lives. This may sound simplistic, but the Word states...
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
As I sit to write this entry,we are a little more than 24 hours from Impact 2008. I am excited about what God is going to do to impact our church and the community. God is always faithful and we have spent time in prayer and fasting for this revival and now we can move mountains and strongholds...
...If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
It is time that we walk in the miraculous knowing that we worship the one true God that has all power...
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Impact 2008 is offensive not defensive. We are lifting the banner calling together all those that want to impact our community and claiming this territory for Jesus Christ. We do not accomplish anything in ourselves, but through Jesus Christ...
...and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Cornerstone Chapel will be hosting Impact 2008 this weekend. As I was praying this morning, the scripture came to me...
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The law of the harvest is an important principle in the Word and it is necessary to understand how this applies to the church. This weekend when we are in service, we will be reaping what we have sown. We have spent time praying, fasting and outreaching and I believe that God will open the doors of heaven that we will be blessed.
Revelations 13:16 - 18 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.
I suppose I just want to point out the technology that is available to fulfill Biblical prophecy, but the important thing is to be prayed up, churched up and fired up.
I would like to publicly thank Pastor Buddy Thompson and and Rev. Akil Thompson (Student Ministries Pastor) of Life Church in Richmond for opening their church to allow us to use their baptistry. It was very kingdom minded of them and it blessed Cornerstone Chapel. The Bible states...
<A Song of degrees of David.> Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is such an honor to be a part of an organization like the United Pentecostal Church where there is such a desire to reach the lost. The vision matters and it will push us to impact our community.
In reading in Matthew, I came to realize something that although not profound or deep it really made me think of the importance of the obedience to the Word of God.
Joseph is often a supporting character in the story of the birth of Christ. He was not the father for the Bible states...
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Although, Joseph found himself in an interesting and historical situation, he was man of character...
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
In reading further, it was Joseph's obedience to the Word of God that allowed the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies concerning Christ...
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Matthew 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:
Matthew2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Joseph was obviously a good man, but it was his obedience while in a situation that he may not have fully understood that allowed him to see ancient prophecies fulfilled and be a part of the salvation of mankind.
We may not always know why we are being obedient, but God has a plan. Remember, the scripture states...
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Last night, I had the privilege to attend the 50th anniversary service of Bible World Church and also fellowship with Pastor Scottie Jackson and Bro. John Tarnovska. Bible World Church is the United Pentecostal Church in Chesapeake, Virginia and is pastored by Pastor J. Cunningham.
Although, the trip was very long, I enjoyed the three hours down and two and half hour return trip, but most of all the Word preached at the service was supernatural. TF Tenney was the evangelist and he preached Nothing but Victory. What comes to mind is WOW.
Apostolics do not have to live defeated lives. Why? We have nothing but victory and can walk in the miraculous. Bro. Tenney preached from from II Kings and it speaks for itself...
2Kings 6:11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?
2Kings6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.
2Kings 6:13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
2Kings 6:14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
2Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
2Kings 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
2Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
The Archbishop of Canterbury was facing a crisis of confidence in his leadership yesterday after calling for parts of Islamic law, or Sharia, to be introduced into Britain.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the leader of the Church of England. They are a Christian based group and if my history is correct kissing cousins to the Catholic church. Apparently, the archbishop regrets his speech after receiving an enormous amount of criticism, but none the less his thoughts have at least pondered the very thought of introducing Islamic law into a democratic nation.
This may not seem significant and it very well may not be, but it should raise the eyebrows of those that have any understanding of the endtime. As I have stated prior, I am not a self proclaimed prophecy preacher nor do I have great understanding of prophecy . I do know the Bible states...
And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
and it says...
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
It is essential that we are prepared and watching, but the article raises some questions that include are we moving quickly to a one world religion. This is simply some food for thought and also a challenge to keep watch. He is coming.
I recently authored an article for a ministry newsletter (I will post it after the ministry uses it) and I used a scripture that I have used while preaching at Cornerstone Chapel and it simply says...
And he must needs go through Samaria.
This scripture is speaking of Jesus and his need to go to Samaria. His desire to go to Samaria was not because it was pleasurable for the Bible states...
....Jews have nothing to do with the people of Samaria.
It was necessary because Jesus needed to speak to a particular person. An outcast among the outcasts, but someone that Jesus chose to speak eternal truths. He did not concern himself with the opinion of others and their ideas of who should hear the truth.
The church has an obligation to follow the example of Jesus and feel the need to reach those that have no hope and society has rejected. Simply, we need to remember the parable...
And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
We need to sow the seed...teaching Bible studies and preaching the Word.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
There should be an urgency (like Jesus felt to go into Samaria) to reach our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
The question I raise is...what is grace? We preach and teach about it, but it is necessary that we comprehend the goodness of Jesus Christ and His grace.
According to Strong's Concordance, the word grace means graciousness. Truthfully, I do not find that definition to be satisfying, but the dictionary defines grace as a favor rendered by one who need not do so. It is a gift from God...
For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
The grace becomes apparent in our lives because we have the sentence of death upon us and Jesus took our place in death...
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What a wonderful and awesome God that would manifest himself in flesh to take our place that we might have eternal life...
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
He did not have to come, but he came and taking our place in death so that we might be saved...now that is grace.
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
The Bible states the:
Lord is good - seven times
God is good - two times
This does not include references to His goodness, but the message is clear and when we experience difficult times...God is good. His goodness extends to His being our protection and knowing those that have hope in Him. (trust translates to have hope in the Hebrew).
In a world that seems upside down, Jesus is our hope,but it is not enough to just say he is our hope. We must truly put our faith in Him. Remember...
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
and, by the way...I want the Giants to win tomorrow.
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
These scriptures offer hope to a troubled and sinful world. God is so wonderful and marvelous. He is willing to forgive our sins because he delights in mercy while throwing our sins into the depths of the sea. This is the same awesome God that David wrote...
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
If you are struggling to find something inyour life that is merciful, faithful and just...try Jesus.