Tuesday, September 30 2008
My son is homeschooled. Some of you may or may not know that, but my wife and I have had to make a decision concerning his education and we chose to educate him ourselves. This decision was driven more by the public education or lack thereof in our community, than our religious or philosophical views, but one of the many benefits to homeschooling is the opportunity to instill the Word of God through his education. I found this video on www.foxnews.com and it should be of interest to all those that educate at home...
Saturday, September 27 2008
In just a few days, we will be hosting Glory 2 Glory....Blessed in His House. This is a Gospel Concert/Tent Revival with Evangelist Cortt Chavis to take place October 3 - 5. Please visit www.cornerstonechapel.cc for more information. We are very excited and await anxiously all that God is going to do. Below is a youtube video of Evangelist Cortt Chavis and a small taste of what you can expect...
Thursday, September 25 2008
The headlines are scary. The content is even more frightening. It seems that our economic ship is sinking and hundreds of billions of dollars will needed to possibly fix the problem. So, where do we go from here?
Where YOU go from here does not depend on the economy nor does it rely on the rhetoric of a politician. Your direction does not depend on your boss, bank or buddy. Your direction depends on one simple question...
DO YOU TRUST GOD?
In times such as we live now, it is not enough to quote scripture and say I believe that God is able. We must put our money where our mouth is....
James 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). (Amplified)
The promises of God are true and He is able. We must be willing to place our faith in Him and take that leap into His arms knowing that His plan is not always our plan. So, when you pray, do a little gut check and determine if your trust for Him is greater than the fear of the unknown.
Tuesday, September 23 2008
I have embedded the first part of a sermon that was preached by Bishop NA urshan in 1999 at Because of the Times. He was the Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church as I grew up within the church so I was privileged to hear him preach many times. He was a pioneer of this Apostolic message and I feel it is important to hear the ministry of those that have gone before us and we are blessed to have the technology to do so (If you want to hear the rest of the sermon, search Urshan on www.youtube.com) ....
Monday, September 22 2008
Sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel on 9/21...
Galations 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. To the Galatians written from Rome.
The Amplified versions reads like this…
18 The grace (spiritual favor, blessing) of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah) be with your spirit, brethren. Amen (so be it).
The cliché today is the first day of the rest of your life is a foundation of all great graduation speeches…or so it seems. I suppose in the natural world there is some truth to the statement today is the first day of the rest of your life…for we read of those that pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, if you will. They are downtrodden and in despair and one time on one day, they make a decision that will change their lives. Their stories are riveting and like a phoenix, they raise themselves from their desperate situation to overcome the odds that are stacked against them to accomplish some seemingly unattainable feat.
Then we write books and make movies about them…
It was Jesus that said…
John 3:6 What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. (Amplified)
In the spiritual, today is the first day of the rest of your life. It is not because you suddenly have the ability to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps or you receive strength from a friend, but because Jesus has extended His grace to you.
Grace is defined as…the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
Grace is freely given by God and even in the worst of sinful situations…grace is an overcomer…
Romans 5:20 … But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
There are several examples of grace within the scripture, but perhaps the one that speaks to the sinful nature of the world today is the woman spoken of in John the 8th chapter…
The Scribes and Pharisees (the in crowd religious people of the day) brought a woman caught in the very act of adultery and sat her in the midst of the temple where Jesus was teaching the people
In their effort to tempt him, they tried to use the Word of God so that they could accuse Him of some crime….
Leviticus 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Jesus’ reaction to the men that brought this woman was simply to act as if they were not there as He wrote in the dirt on the ground.
The Scribes and Pharisees continued to ask Him what they should do and Jesus full of the unmerited favor and blessings of God answered them in John 8:7…
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
• It was then that Jesus again stooped again and began to write on the ground.
The last three verses of this story reveal a woman that was given a new lease on life. That day was the first day of the rest of her life. John 8: 9 – 11 states….
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
The grace of God shown to this woman is the same grace that God shows used so that you might be saved…
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
The Amplified says it like this…
For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
Each of us have sinned…
1 John 1: 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
But today is the first day of the rest of your life (if we have been a Christian for 50 years or this is the first day to step foot in a church)
1 John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
In several books of the New Testament that were written by the Apostle Paul, he opened and closed his writings with Grace be unto you. He was extended unto those that he wrote to the very blessings of God and it is those same blessings that you can experience today through the grace of Jesus Christ because today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Thursday, September 18 2008
I have no intentions of becoming political on this blog. I think it is irresponsible for churches to become part of the political process. It is important and imperative as Christians to vote, but it is not the responsibility of the church to endorse a candidate or encourage the congregation to vote for a particular candidate...
Now that I have said that, I came across an editorial on the Free Lance Star of Fredericksburg (www.Fredericksburg.com). This opinion piece is written by Michael Gerson and can be found in newspapers across the country. What caught my attention was in the printed version of the Free Lance Star, the tagline above the article said Oh, those Pentecosatals. Of course, I had to read it and the link is below...
Wednesday, September 17 2008
God has been speaking to me about obeying his commandments. There is no doubt that as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I would have an unending desire to be obedient to the commandments of God and I do. Through prayer, study and preaching, God has been dealing with me concerning his commandments and the importance of obedience. I was recently given a prayer journal written by E.M. Bounds and over the last couple weeks, it has been speaking of obedience.
The commandments of God are found throughout the scripture and obviously should be adhered to by every Christian. These commandments often rub against the grain of our flesh, but our necessary to show our love to God and ultimately make it to heaven.
Although, the Word of God may not be in unity with our flesh, the commandments of God are not difficult to obey. It may seem easy that I say that through this blog, but it is the Word (God's Word Version)...
1 John 5:3 To love God means that we obey his commandments. Obeying his commandments isn't difficult
1 John 5:4 because everyone who has been born from God has won the victory over the world. Our faith is what wins the victory over the world.
We are victorious and can walk this earth as overcomers through the power of the Word of God. This confidence can be found through prayer, fasting and the study of the Word. When we follow the commandments of God while maintaining constant communication with Him then His commandments are not difficult to follow and obedience becomes as natural as breathing.
Monday, September 15 2008
Sermon at Cornerstone Chapel (9.14.08)...
I Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
(God’s Word Version) God faithfully keeps his promises…
Standing on the Promises of God
When I was a child and we sang hymns from a songbook, we sang a song that said…
Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
I'm standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God
The message of the song is simple. He is God…He has made promises and you can be assured that His promises are true. Throughout the scripture, the men and women of God understood His promises to be real and genuine. Hebrews 11 states…
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
The promises of God are as real as all that you can see and stronger as the most powerful force. His promises cannot be broken by man or demon and no matter your circumstances remain true. David wrote in the 23rd Psalms…
4 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.
Our world is full of those that have no direction or hope. Their lonely existence is exacerbated by the sin that binds them. They seek hope in a needle, in a bottle or in the arms of a stranger, but do not realize that their hope is found in the promises of God for the Word states…
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
From Genesis 1 through Revelations 22, the Bible is full of the promises of God. It is the pleasure of every Christian to read these scriptures with an understanding that that God Almighty, the Holy One of Israel, the King of kings and the Lord of Lords has wrapped us in His promises giving us the hope that all men and women desire. He promised the love of a Savior as He hung on a cross dying and guaranteed joy unspeakable through His resurrection. Jesus stated in John 10…
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Booker T. Washington describes meeting an ex-slave from Virginia in his book Up From Slavery : "I found that this man had made a contract with his master, two or three years previous to the Emancipation Proclamation, to the effect that the slave was to be permitted to buy himself, by paying so much per year for his body; and while he was paying for himself, he was to be permitted to labor where and for whom he pleased.
"Finding that he could secure better wages in Ohio, he went there. When freedom came, he was still in debt to his master some three hundred dollars. Notwithstanding that the Emancipation Proclamation freed him from any obligation to his master, this black man walked the greater portion of the distance back to where his old master lived in Virginia, and placed the last dollar, with interest, in his hands.
In talking to me about this, the man told me that he knew that he did not have to pay his debt, but that he had given his word to his master, and his word he had never broken. He felt that he could not enjoy his freedom till he had fulfilled his promise."
When we stand on the promises of God, we can be certain they are true. His Word is His bond and He has promised us eternal life, if we follow His commandments…
Revelations 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
The commandments of God are intertwined into the promises of God. Obedience to God’s word is a prerequisite to His promises, but His Word gives us the strength to be overcomers and ultimately we can walk trough the gates of the city…
In the book of Acts the 2nd chapter, another promise was given…
(Amplified) 37 Now when they heard this they were stung (cut) to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles (special messengers), Brethren, what shall we do?
38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself. [Isa. 57:19; Joel 2:32.]
Tuesday, September 09 2008
I have a prayer journal. It is simply a leather bound book that stays with me and I take it into my prayer closet. It gives me structure when I pray and also it includes lists of churches, ministries and people that I pray for everyday. This helps when you tell someone that you will pray for them (and really do it).
Within in the pages of my journal are two scriptures (among many) that I pray each day. They are prayers that someone thousands of years ago prayed so that God would bless their lives and the lives of their families and each day I continue to pray them for my family. I challenge you to pray these scriptures upon your family, so that your family can live within the blessings of God...
2 Samuel 7:29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
1 Chronicles 4:10 ...Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
God's Word Version of Jabez's prayer..."Please bless me and give me more territory. May your power be with me and free me from evil so that I will not be in pain." God gave him what he prayed for.