I am sorry that I am posting so late, but I was a little preoccupied this afternoon. I am posting a video of Rev. Anthony Mangun from Because of the Times 2008 (It is a conference for ministers). This video came recommended...
I am sorry that I have not posted in a week or so...but I am back. I hope that everyone did not abandon me.
In reading today, I noticed that Jesus stated...
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
Of all the commandments in the scripture, why is this one the first? Jesus is referencing Deuteronomy 6:4 and this is the foundation for salvation...
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
If we do not know who Jesus is and that He is the one true God than we have no basis for our faith. Throughout the scripture, it is apparent that the Almighty God is one...
I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
The Basic Bible English version says....
I, even I, am the Lord; and there is no saviour but me.
We must have a grasp of the nature of God. It is essential for us so that we can understand the scripture. Perhaps, the best example of having faith and an understanding of who God is as the first step in salvation is found when Saul was knocked down on the road to Damascus...
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.
It is essential that we understand how important it is that we believe in God and who He is. I challenge you to search the scripture so that you can have an understanding that...
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.
I think that I have used this video before, but I feel it is important to understand why Jesus name baptism is essential. Simply, it is Bible. Please watch the video and study the Word to ensure your own stance...
Prayer is the foundation of our Christian walk. It is essential for our survival and I have blogged on this subject in the past. Obviously, whole books have been written on the subject of prayer and it is apparent I cannot cover everything the scripture speaks of prayer in this one blog entry. I simply want to encourage you to pray and give you some simple ideas to assist you in your prayer life.
Set aside time each day that you can be alone
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Use a structure. You may want to use a prayer journal which can be a simple composition book with subject titles such as praise, thankfulness, forgiveness, prayer for the church, pray God's will, pray for your family, etc... Within the journal, you may also consider using scripture such as Psalms 51 (forgiveness). The book of Psalms is filled with scriptures praising God.
Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Sing. It is ok to sing a song in prayer especially when you are praising. The Bible speaks of singing and it is a good tool to assist you enter into the presence of God and relieve your mind of anything that would keep you from giving your full attention to the Almighty.
I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
Have a great and wonderful day. May God bless each of you.
The world is full of negatives...the violence, the economy, the politics and the list can go on and on. In writing this blog, it is easy to comment on the negative aspects of our society while preaching repent or perish. I believe that we are born into sin and shapen in iniquity(Psalms 51:5) and that we need to come humbly before God and repent, but I am also reminded of the joy that only Jesus can bring. The Bible uses the term joy a total of 165 times in 155 verses and I have posted a few to remind you that even if the world looks bleak, Jesus still brings joy...
... for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
...ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Have a wonderful and joyful day always mindful ...
But be glad that you are given a part in the pains of Christ; so that at the revelation of his glory you may have great joy. (BBE)
I try not to go too heavy on the videos, but if a picture speaks a thousand words than a video speaks a million. The video that I am highlighting today should speak to every Christian. Perhaps, we should check where we are in our walk with Jesus and if we need to make something right than we should find ourself in prayer. We need to check our attitude, motives and life and find a place of repentance before it is too late...
Mark 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
Many years ago, I was walking around the Washington Monument and some protesters had handcuffed themselves (then covered their hands with a metal sleeve) to the flag poles that surround the monument. They were protesting the issue of the week and were being removed by the police using a cherry picker. I found the whole thing amusing and determined that if you left them alone that they would probably eventually uncuff themselves and leave, but they were being arrested and had to be removed. I was struck by their dedication to a cause that had nothing to do with them at all, but they were willing to make enough noise that someone would perhaps listen. For them, it was all about the dedication to the cause.
It was David that said...
... Is there not a cause?
Dedication to the cause of Jesus is the highest calling. It is a sacrifice and often humbling, but rewarding. It is fighting for a cause with every cell in us often leaving behind our own desires and needs while reaching toward Him. Dedication and commitment to the cause is spending time in prayer, fasting and studying the Word. It is being in church when the doors are open and it is allowing God to speak to us through the man of God. I am reminded of Jeremiah...
The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Are we committed enough to leave our comfort zone and allow God to use us as He did the disciples. We need to leave our nets and become fishers of men because we have a cause to reach the lost of our community as we continue to allow God to mold us into something that seemed good to the potter to make it.
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
These scriptures give us a snapshot into that last few minutes or hours of the life of Judas. Perhaps, you are wondering where I am going with this thought, but I believe that there is a definite leadership lesson here.
First, Judas was a leader that was hand chosen by God as one of the twelve disciples. He obviously had qualities and talents that made him someone that God knew that he could use to further the gospel. In looking at Judas, we see something that has plagued Judas and every leader since...LEADERS MAKE MISTAKES.
There I said it...I make mistakes, but those that consider themselves leaders will also make mistakes. Our ability to overcome our mistakes and move on while learning is a quality that Judas did not possess although we see it very clearly in Peter.
It is imperative that we as leaders recover while paying the consequences of our actions. Perhaps, we need to repent to God and to any other that we may have offended, but it is important that our mistakes do not define us.
It is also imperative that as leaders that we do not quickly point out the shortcomings of others. Simply, a critical spirit is not of God and cannot be tolerated in the church. Leadership is a balancing act of using the skills and talents of those that are subordinate so that the mission can be accomplished. This can be difficult and sometimes missteps are made. It is at this time that a Christian is supportive through prayer and encouraging words.
Judas had an opportunity to repent. I believe that Judas could have stood with the others on the day of Pentecost, but he could not forgive himself and chose suicide. This is a tragic story because the Bible states...
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
I received an email asking me about the following scripture...
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
The writer of the email stated that they were confused by the language because it is written as if the Son was the creator.
I do have one simple answer and that is...He is the creator and I give you the following...
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Another scripture states....
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
We must understand that the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just that...titles. The Bible states in Matthew 28:19...
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
The disciples were obedient to this scripture and throughout the New Testament church they baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. There is no record in the scripture of any baptized in the titles of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The simplest answer that I can give is that my wife calls me her husband (a title), my kids call me dad (a title) and Cornerstone Chapel calls me pastor (a title), but my name is Robert P. Eaby, Jr.
In the minds of the writers of the New Testament (and this is backed by historical data), Jesus was God and titles were used interchangeably. Paul wrote...
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
He also wrote...
1Timothy 3:16 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.
Jesus claimed to be God when being tempted by satan...
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Jesus claimed to be the Father...
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
The claim of Jesus of being the Father is supported in the Old Testament...
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The oneness of God is integrated throughout the scripture and as Paul wrote to the Romans...
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
I could write for hours using scripture to prove the oneness of God, but I do not have to reinvent the wheel. I recommend a book entitled The Oneness of God by Rev. David Bernard. It can be found by visiting our bookstore through our website, http://www.cornerstonechapel.cc/, and searching.
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