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Monday, December 18 2017

In the world of technology that brings to us movies, powerpoints and virtual reality, why does God still use low tech, traditional preaching?  Why can the church not transition to skits and technology to relay the gospel?  Well, the world changes, but God does not.  

The preacher is not just a person that stands in front of the congregation and speaks.  Preachers are not motivational speakers.  They are men and women of God speaking the Word of God to the church. The prophet Ezekial spoke of the preacher as a watchman on the wall...

 Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

If the preacher does not preach, God holds them accountable.  What a responsibility?  

The preacher is called.  They are not appointed or should not voted on, but they answer the voice of God to preach the gospel.  The Apostle Paul said...

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

The greatest reason that preaching is still absolutely necessary in the church today is because it is the intrument that God uses to convict the people.

Acts 2:37-38 KJV
[37] Now when they heard this , they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

[38] Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

Paul further explains this when he wrote...

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Those outside the church will consider that preaching is foolishness, but it will be the preaching that will bring conviction unto salvation.  Why preaching?  Because it what God chose to bring salvation unto man.  Man may change, but preaching will always be effective.  Isaiah wrote...

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Have a Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

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Monday, December 11 2017

How important is it to study the Bible?  Obviously, that is a rhetorical question, but we should understand the importance of details.  Currently, I am reading a fantastic book and the writer has some fantastic thoughts on the word of God, but he talks about how Joseph’s brother sold him into slavery.  This is what I learned in Sunday school and this is what I taught.  We should take a closer look at the scripture...

Genesis 37:27-31 KJV
[27] Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.

[28] Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

[29] And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

[30] And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

[31] And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

The Bible clearly states that the Midianites drew Joseph out of the pit and sold him to the Ishmeelites.  Dr. J.H. Hertz writes in his Pentateuch commentary writes that Joseph’s brothers were eating and could see the Midianites many miles away.  As they contemplated selling Joseph, the “Midianite merchants, casually passing by and hearing human cries from the pit near the roadside, carry off Joseph and sell him.”

Why is this important?  It is important because every word of God is important and therefore it is important that we do not just take what others say and run with it, but study the scripture for ourselves.  The details matter.  It has been taught for generations and it is still taught that Joseph was sold by his brothers, but it was the Midianites.  When we study, we are prepared to speak the truth of God’s Word. 

1 Peter 3:15 CEV Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.

We​​​​​​may not always know everything about the Bible “off the top of our head”, but we should know where to find it it scripture and “rightly divide” it.  

If you tell people that Jospeh was sold by his brothers, I am sure that lightning will not strike you, but it should be a wake up call to study more and get a greater understand His word and what God is telling us.

Have a great week!

 

 

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Monday, December 04 2017

The first mention of God resting is found in the book of Genesis:

Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

The word “rested” in Genesis 2 is defined in the Hebrew as “to cease”.  God stopped the process of Creation.  

In Acts 7, Stephen was preaching to Sanhedrin Court and he quoted Isaiah 66:1:

Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

When Stephen preached this sermon, he used the Greek word “katapausis” and according to Dake’s Study Bible it refers to the “complete putting down of enemies where one can rest secure from any danger of further uprising.”

The enemy of our soul/the accuser of the brethren will come against you in your Christian walk, but if we stay in His presence during our trial we will abide in His rest that will subdue the enemy.  It was Isaiah that prophesied:

Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

God does not dwell in temple or churches.  God does not dwell in buildings, but He dwells in us.  When we pray, fast and study the Word, God  will protect His people from the enemy.   The enemy will try to destroy you, but if you stay faithful - God will protect you in His rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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