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Thursday, May 29 2008

In Luke 5, Jesus is with Simon Peter on his boat and Jesus gives Peter a simple command...


Luke 5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.


The word nets is in bold font because we all have an obligation to be a soulwinner. That is our mission and purpose in life...


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.


If you read further into Luke 5, you will find what Simon Peter did...


Luke 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.


Luke 5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.


Jesus commanded to Peter to throw nets, but Peter threw but one net. Simply, he lacked faith and found that he could not do it alone. We are in this Christian walk together and we cannot reap the harvest by ourselves and therefore people will be lost through broken nets.


We are to create disciples through the teaching and preaching of the Word. That's why churches exist. It brings people of the faith together to strengthen each other while building resources to reach the lost...


Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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Wednesday, May 28 2008

In reading in Luke chapter 4, we find Jesus being tempted by Satan.  The exchange between them reveals several things including...

The Power of the Word

Three times within this chapter Jesus refers to the scripture against the temptations of the adversary...

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Luke 4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Satan knows the Word

Luke 4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

Luke 4:10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:

Luke 4:11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

He is quoting Psalms...

Psalms 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psalms 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

With this knowledge, if we look further into this chapter, we see an exchange between Jesus and a demon possessed man.  The demon claims to know who Jesus is ...

Luke 4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

When praising, the psalmist wrote the following...

Psalms 71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

Of course, we know that even Satan knows that there is only one God...

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

We must understand the power of the word and also fully comprehend that we should study it so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy.  Our need to understand that Jesus is God is paramount in our Christian walk...

John 8:24 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.

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Tuesday, May 27 2008

I realize that it has been a couple of weeks since I have posted...some things are just out of my control, but I am going to give it every effort to try to post again consistently.  I appreciate the time that each of you take to read this blog.

The following is an article that I wrote for the newsletter for Beacon Ministries.  Beacon Ministries is a ministry to help homosexuals to come to know the love of Jesus Christ.  This article was published in their May 2008 edition and it speaks to the vision of Cornerstone Chapel...

What would Jesus do?

Pastor Robert P. Eaby,Jr.

Cornerstone Chapel

 

A few months ago, a friend that had recently been elected to pastor a large church said something that has become a compass for which I use to steer my attitude in everything I do as a pastor.  In our conversation, he spoke of his established church that he had recently begun to pastor and the church plant that I began in 2006.  He stated that a home missions church takes on the attitude of the pastor.  Perhaps, this is true of all churches over time, but I realized that everything that I do can affect Cornerstone Chapel of King George, Virginia for many years. 

 

If my attitude sets the tone for the church then my priorities and vision become the direction for which the church moves.  The rhetorical question what would Jesus do creates a fork in the road for each decision and our support for Beacon Ministries was one such fork.  I knew what Jesus would do.

 

My introduction to Beacon Ministries was through a phone call one evening while in prayer.  On the other end was a young man that grew up on an Apostolic pew, but now battled the sin of homosexuality.  His life was in shambles and I learned later, he was contemplating suicide.  What would Jesus do? I spoke with him then we prayed.  He did not live in our area, but I connected him with a church that was and soon became aware of Beacon Ministries. 

 

My understanding of the gay lifestyle is limited. I do have a couple friends that are openly gay, and I do believe that perhaps the lack of understanding creates tension among the gay community and the church.  Our stance on homosexuality should reflect the love of Jesus Christ.  There are several examples of Jesus dealing with those involved in sexual sin and John 4:4 reflects His desire to reach out when it states and he must needs go through Samaria.  Samaria was a place that the Jews avoided and the woman that Jesus needed to see was an outcast among the Samaritans.  She had been married five times and was living with a man that was not her husband, but Jesus loved her and revealed to her eternal truths. 

 

It is my desire that Cornerstone Chapel be a church that understands that people need Jesus.  That may sound simplistic, but we must comprehend that the love we show sinners must be without prejudice.  Many employers post policies suggesting that employees will not be discriminated against based on race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national origin, age, or disability.   Our outreach should show the same commitment as these employers so that everyone has an opportunity to feel the love of Jesus Christ.

 

Our attitude toward the lost dictates the direction of the church.  Beacon Ministries allows Cornerstone Chapel an opportunity to express its desire to reach those that have fallen into homosexuality.  Our monthly check and daily prayers will help to produce saints that are without prejudice and understanding of those that need Jesus.  Always remembering, what He did.

 

 

 

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Monday, May 12 2008

There has been some discussion at Cornerstone Chapel on the ten commandments.  Primarily, it is that most people do not know them.  A video was showed that revealed that statically the man on the street can not name them.  It is quite sad that these Godly principles can be so easily forgotten.  I have copied and pasted the scriptures below....

Exo 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,

Exo 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Exo 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Exo 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Exo 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

Exo 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Exo 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Exo 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

Exo 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Exo 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

Exo 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Exo 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

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Saturday, May 10 2008

Just for fun...enjoy!

 

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Friday, May 09 2008

Sorry for the few days in between posts, but some things are out of my control. I hope you understand...

When I read my Bible, I use a color pencil to mark scriptures that I want to highlight. The Bible is a working book and should be thought of as so.  It is helpful to maintain your Bible as long as possible (they often can become family heirlooms), but it should not be treated as a photo album in that it comes out only when family or friends are present.  I write notes in the margin, highlight scriptures and even write names of preachers, sermon titles and dates next to the scripture text of sermons that I may hear.  The Bible is your weapon and you should know it best.

In reading the book of Luke this morning, a particular scripture caught my attention (I highlighted it).   It simply says...

Luke 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

I have often written of the importance of studying God's word.  This scripture once again reiterates that point.  It is not my intention to be repetitive, but I believe that it is important to really understand this principle. 

This scripture is simply Luke writing to Theophilus and saying that I am writing this so that you have a greater understanding of those things that you have been taught already.  Perhaps, Theophilus was in the I believe stage and Luke wanted to take him to I know...

There are many of Christians that can say I believe, but how many can say I know....It is simply a matter of study.

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Thursday, May 01 2008

In reading in Mark 14 today, I read something that amazed me.  You may say that I am easily amazed, but I found this scripture to be an example to us....

Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

This scripture is Jesus praying just prior to His betrayal by Judas.  Perhaps, you are asking how this scripture applies to us...well...if Jesus is our example then I believe this is something that we should pray.

In your prayer life, do you pray that His will be done and not yours.  If you pray this, I hope that you do not take it lightly and understand that telling God that His will be done and not yours requires a level of dedication that few are willing to give.  Perhaps, that is why the Bible states...

1Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

We must be so dedicated to the cause of Jesus that we must be willing to lay aside our will, our desires, our needs and our wants and clothe ourselves in His will, His desires, His needs and His wants.  This means that we must be faithful in serving Him by....

  • Prayer

1Thesselonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

  • Bible study

2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • Church attendance

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

  • Holiness

1Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

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