Thursday, February 26 2009
The debate of separation of church and state continues with the latest victim being the coach of a high school football team leading his team in prayer. I am truly amazed by this continued fight against all things positive (although I should not be). As Christians, we know that prayer works and that God answers our prayers. I have personally witnessed many miracles and have experienced the healing power of God . I could give you many scriptures that speak of the power of prayer, but today I choose to give you something from a December 22, 2008 article written by Christine Larson on www.usnews.com. It reads as follows...
In recent years, a growing number of rigorous studies have shown that spirituality—including prayer, meditation, and attendance at religious services—benefits health in ways that science hasn't fully explained. Among other effects, regular worship and other spiritual acts appear to lengthen life expectancy, strengthen immunity, improve the body's response to stress, and boost other measures of physical health.
The coach in the Fox News video is helping the young men on his football team to understand the positives of prayer and a relationship with God while helping to make them to live healthier, happier lives. How is this terrible or detrimental to the teenagers of this high school football team?
Tuesday, February 24 2009
My wife and I recently purchased and watched the movie "Fireproof". I do not want to give the movie away, but I highly recommend it for all that are married. It has a terrific message that speaks to all married couples including those that do not consider themselves "having trouble".
The movie is based around the concept of the love dare. I bought The Love Dare as a Valentine's Day gift for Angel and we have started to work through the dare. It is a difficult journey, but we are committed to following each day together. We have only completed a few days, but I have already learned some important lessons. They are as follows....
Pastor Robert Eaby
P.S. I bought the book The Love Dare at the Family Christian Bookstore. The book that I purchased has a leather cover so I was able to have it inscribed (like a Bible) with our names and anniversary date.
Thursday, February 19 2009
There are many things within the scripture that we often overlook or pass off as "not for us today", but it is to our advantage to understand the details of the Word. It was David that wrote....
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
In studying today, I came across a scripture that I found interesting. It does not change the doctrine, but it gives us insight into the Apostle Paul. The scripture is...
18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
Why did Paul shave his head? We do not shave our heads as a religious practice as 21st Century Christians. Why would Paul do something so dramatic for just making a vow? We can come to some understanding through his writings to the Corinthians..
1 Corinthians 9
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
Paul was a Jews that became Christian. He did not leave the culture for which he was raised, but maintained many of the practices of Judaism including the Nazarite vow for which he practiced in Acts 18:18 and can be found in Numbers chapter 6.
It is essential as 21st Century Christians to be careful making vows unto God. Although, we may not practice the Nazarite vows, we often make vows to God. In making those vows, please be reminded of...
21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
Wednesday, February 04 2009
This is the transcript of the sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel on Sunday, February 1st...
1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
There is an old song that simply says…
OH, How I love Jesus
OH, How I love Jesus
OH, How I love Jesus
Because He first loved me
This simple song has a very strong message and it is the message of that song that I want to speak with you about this morning.
Love has many definitions…
The dictionary defines love as a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
I have heard that love is when you are willing to die for someone else.
Perhaps, the most beautiful definition of love is found in the scripture…
1 Corinthians 13:1 -8 (The Message Bible)
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
We so often concentrate on the fact that Jesus loves us. We have bumper stickers and tee shirts that proclaim loud and strong the love of Jesus Christ for each of us. We love to quote scriptures that says…
1 John 4
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
We understand that Jesus loves us because He died for you and I on the cross.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
But, what about our love for Jesus Christ? When it is not about us, but Him….how much do we love Him.
Do we love Him enough to be committed to Him?
Do we love Him enough to love another?
Do we love Him enough to pray to Hom?
Do we love Him enough to study His Word?
Do we love Him enough to die for Him?
Jesus in the scriptures puts the action behind our love for Him…
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.