Monday, May 26 2014
As a native of the Washington, DC area, I have been blessed to have visited Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier many times. In fact, it is the one thing that I recommend for people to visit during their vacations to the area. It is moving and somber making you remember the sacrifice of those that have laid their lives down for freedom.
I believe that on Memorial Day that we should remember the man and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice, but it is necessary to remember why they died. Our country is at a crossroads. We are leaving our Judeo - Christian values and the freedom of those that claim Christianity is under attack. Morality is considered old fashioned and tolerance of what the scripture calls sin is preached. Tolerance is compromise in a different package. The First Amendment says:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
From the Revolutionary War until today, men and women have sacrificed for the cause of freedom and the "free exercise" of religion and the "freedom of speech". For the sake of those that we remember today, Christians need to have their voices heard. We need to preach the Gospel while teaching the boundaries and commandments of God's Word. This should be accomplished with a spirit of wisdom and not the spirit of fear. Jeremiah wrote in chapter 23:
29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
The Word of God changes lives. We hold the key to eternal life and preaching the Gospel boldly can break the rock of political, immoral and Satanic movements. The early Christians turned their world upside down and we can do the same.
As we remember those that sacrificed on Memorial Day, we need to recommit ourselves to the cause for which they died. They also fell for those that do not agree with us, but we should not cower in our message as we face opposition. The boldness of every Christian should become apparent through a louder voice proclaiming the truth of the Gospel. We have the hammer of the Word of God and we should use it.
Wednesday, May 14 2014
The social media world is full of small biographical statements of people describing themselves as "disciples" or "followers" of Christ. Those particular titles outside scripture were never on my radar until after the social media movement, but they make perfect sense to me. To call oneself a "disciple" is a bold statement that should not be taken lightly. Those that carried the term disciple in the scripture did not claim it for themself but found themselves in the position of a disciple.
1. Disciples are called. The disciples were a handpicked group of people picked by God to be used for His purpose.
Mark 1:17 KJV
2. Disciples are obedient. They are obedient to their calling and willing to leave their "old lives" behind.
Mark 1:18 KJV
3. Disciples operate under the authority of their master.
Matthew 10:1 KJV
Matthew 10:24 KJV
4. Disciples minister.
Matthew 10:7-8 KJV
5. Disciples live by faith.
Matthew 10:9-10 KJV
6. Disciples use wisdom.
Matthew 10:16-17 KJV
Matthew 10:31 KJV
 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
8. Disciples sacrifice.
Matthew 10:22 KJV
 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Being a disciple is difficult, but the reward for those that endure is heaven. Calling oneself a disciple should not just be in your Twitter bio, but a lifetime commitment to cause of Jesus Christ. Of the 11 disciples that were left after Judas, 10 died at the hands of an executioner. Those that are true disciples do not need to declare themselves one, but their fruits will reveal to the world their position in the Kingdom of God.
Acts 4:13 KJV
 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.