Tuesday, January 27 2009
There seems to be a move within the country to ban the use of prayer in the name of Jesus. The most recent evidence of this was at the inauguration of President Obama. The name of Jesus apparently offends some and therefore conspired against by those that do not want it said in the public arena. This is a distinct movement away from what our founding fathers envisioned for our nation for George Washington said...
It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
The Christians of this nation must resist this push to limit our ability to pray in the way that was commanded by the Word of God. Colossians 3 states...
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
I do not believe that we need to march in the streets, but we should certainly not back down from doing what we know is right according to the Word of God. When we are given the opportunity to pray then we should pray in Jesus name without fear. It is the name that will separate us for the Bible states Luke 21...
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
Compromise is not a Biblical principle. We need to be ever vigilant to the tactics of the enemy and not allow ourselves to be caught in the net of compromise. When you pray, do so in the name of Jesus.
Wednesday, January 14 2009
What do you want your legacy to be? When your eulogy is delivered, what do you want to be said? This may sound a bit morbid, but I imagine all of us think about it at sometime. Do you want said that he (or she) was a nice person that made everyone smile or a when they entered the room they were the life of the party? Do you want to be remembered for giving or receiving? When you life is over, is it enough that you are remembered by the next generation or that you put some mark on society that will last for generations to come. Obviously, these are rhetorical questions that are only going to be answered at some point in the future.
In my studies today, I came across something that caught my attention. Of course, I have read this particular scripture before, but today it grabbed me. It is not a well known or often quoted scripture, but a compliment to a man that obviously stood tall in the ministry. He was a generous man with patience that helped restore a young minister that had made some mistakes. Luke, the writer of Acts, gave Barnabas a wonderful compliment that speaks to all generation when he wrote...
Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
Barnabas' legacy will forever be set with a compliment from Luke. He has set the standard for the ministry to follow and I hope that someday that people will remember me as a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and that many people were added because God used me.
Wednesday, January 07 2009
God is good and His promises are true. God has already poured out his blessings on Cornerstone Chapel in 2009. Tonight, we had our inaugural community Bible study in King George with 10 in attendance. We have had a Bible study in Colonial Beach on Tuesdays for about a year and a half, but doors have opened recently that we can have a Bible study in King George at Uncle Dave's Restaurant at no cost to the church. It is our desire to see our community based Bible studies grow so that they impact our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I would like to thank Uncle Dave (I also thanked him at the Bible study) and his wife for the generosity and hospitality. They are a blessing to Cornerstone Chapel and we will pray that God will bless their business.
Saturday, January 03 2009
I am sure that there is not a Christian in the world that would want to face persecution. The Apostolics of North America cannot understand the persecution that the first church faced. In the seventh chapter of Acts, we read of the stoning of Stephen. Why was Stephen stoned? Simply, because he preached Jesus. This is something that we take for granted and do on a daily basis. After Stephen was murdered, the church faced persecution and there are two verses that describe the persecution and the results. It is the results that I find interesting. It is found in Acts 8...
3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
It is amazing to see the chronology of the events leading up to the conversion of Paul. It appears that God used persecution of the church to force the first Christians from Jerusalem to everywhere to preach the Word. They did not give up nor hide, they simply moved while continuing to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have often heard that the persecution of the church is like stomping out a fire. You cause it to spread. I am not advocating persecution nor desire it anyway, but perhaps the lesson to be learned is that if we do not preach the gospel to the whole world fervently and with passion then God has historically and scripturally used persecution to move it along.
Friday, January 02 2009
I preach, teach and speak on vision through this blog, communiques and over the pulpit. It is vision that keeps us focused on the task that is at hand and it helps in guiding us through every situation. If we have no vision then we will simply have no direction.
It is the vision of Cornerstone Chapel to impact our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We do that through the preaching and teaching sound doctrine over the pulpit, in our Sunday school and in our community based Bible studies. We strive to fulfill our vision in teaching of personal Bible studies of all lengths and ministering to the residents of our nursing home. Our vision requires work and stamina realizing that doing what God has called us to do should be our passion which requires personal sacrifice.
Our vision is our lighthouse in the storms of life. It allows us to stand on the promises of God throughout the many up and downs of life. When I was a child, we would sing a hymn titled Standing on the Promises of God. It is one of the verses that speaks to every situation and it simply says...
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
As we move into 2009, we should have a renewed vigor with the knowledge that God will give us an increase in souls. It is our desire to baptize more people people than we ever have before and to see people filled with the Holy Ghost at our altars. Let us move forward with some now faith and turn this community upside down for Jesus while always maintaining the vision.
when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
by the living Word of God I shall prevail,
standing on the promises of God.