Tuesday, July 15 2008
Our country is in economic hard times as you can tell from all the news articles (one is posted above!) and each of you are effected by this downturn. Although, our economy runs in cycles as anyone that has ever taken Economy 101 understands it is never easy. The negative news can be disconcerting and often overwhelming, it is essential that we understand the Biblical principles that govern our lives...
Psalms 121:1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Psalms 121:2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Our priorities set our direction. The Bible does not promise prosperity, but it does require us to be good stewards of our money and being a Christian does not mean that we do not have to pay our creditors when we purchase something we could not afford in the first place. The word does say that when we seek Him first that He will provide for us...
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.I do want to say that we cannot expect God's helping hand if we do not fulfill His economic plan for the church found in Malachi 3...
In these tough economic times, it is not time for the Christians to become defeated nor downtrodden because we worship the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords who said in Psalms 50...
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
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.
Friday, July 11 2008
I have written several times on the doctrine of the Oneness of God and I want to do so again today. It is essential to understand the nature and Godhead for Romans 1 states...
20 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:
The Amplified Version reads like this...
20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification], [Ps. 19: 1-4.]
Easton's Bible Dictionary defines the word Godhead as the essential being or the nature of God.
John the 1st chapter opens up with a very matter of fact statement...
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
We must understand the nature of God or the Godhead. This scripture reveals to us the eternal nature of God and that He is the creator. John writes more on who the Word is in the 14th verse...
14 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.
This scripture is confirmed by Paul writing in 1 Timothy 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.
The scripture is filled with confirmations that Jesus is God. His nature is one and the doctrine is monotheism starting with Deuteronomy 6...
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Thursday, July 10 2008
As I stated in a previous post, Cornerstone Chapel is in the midst of a 30 day prayer and fasting chain. We are praying for a higher level of dedication and commitment. This is not a fast so that we can become "busier" because that is not what God is looking for as we can see in Luke 10...
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
We are praying that we have a boldness in looking for opportunities to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community. We are looking for Peters and Johns that looked at the man at the gate called beautiful and extended their faith knowing that Jesus would heal him...
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
I do not want to be just a busy church, but a church that is described as bold knowing that we have been with Jesus as in Acts 3...
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.