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Wednesday, June 26 2019

It has been awhile since I posted a blog, but I am in a very slow fireworks stand and it is a good time to reflect on the goodness of God. God has been to me (and you) and we should take a time to ponder His blessings.

It ws the Psalmist that declared...

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

This declaration reveals that God is always with us and that His nature or characteristics will be evident in our lives.  It is often said that God is good.  This is just more than a statement said to comfort another, but it is putting the goodness of God into the atmosphere.  When turmoil surrounds you, it is amazing to think on the goodness of God.  

The song states, When I think of His goodness and what He has done for me....I want to dance, dance dance.

How has God revealed His goodness to you?  What has He done to make you want to dance?

Has he delivered you through a sickness, financial problem or the loss of a loved one?

Take some time and ponder His goodness.  

Our church has seen several receive the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus name in recent months.  God has been so good.  We look to Him to continue to change lives in our community because it is in His nature to be good and extend mercy.  

In addition, we have seen lives blessed and changed by the power of God.  We have had tremendously Apostolic services and our guest speakers have been anointed with a amazing prophetic word for our church.

God sure is good!

 

 

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Wednesday, March 27 2019

As we journey through life, we will face struggles.  Perhaps these problems seem overwhelming and unrelenting especially when it involves other people.  As a human-person, we want to seek revenge using whatever means necessary, but that is our human nature at work.  As a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must operate at another level.  We must allow God to fight our battles and defend us.  As David faced a giant on the battlefield, he insured that his enemy and everyone present knew the source of his courage and faith...

1 Samuel 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's , and he will give you into our hands.

When in a spiritual battle, we must understand our source of faith to wait and allow God to defend us is from God.  We must take our hands off the situation and allow God to fight our battles.  We must pray and fast as we proceed, but not allow our humanity to interfere with what God is doing.

As a Christian, we must understand that if people lie about us that that lie is formed in a demonic kingdom.

John 8:44 KJV
[44] Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Furthermore, you will be defended by God against those that come against you with their words.

Isaiah 54:17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord .

The point of this short blog is simple.  God fights our battles.  We do not wrestle with humanity, but are in a spiritual battle.  People may attack you with their words and lie about you.  They may do their best to destroy you and employ others to do their bidding.  Jezebel had her eunichs, but remember that ultimately God has the final word.  He will defend you.   

As you endure your battle, ask yourself, who is fighting my battle...me or God?

 

 

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Tuesday, February 12 2019

Our church has been studying through the Book of Hosea the past couple of months. In reading and studying, it seems that God was contantly threatening them as if He were a wrathful and vengeful God.   As you look through the book, it says...

Hosea 1:2 KJV
[2] The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord .

Hosea 2:6 KJV
[6] Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

Hosea 4:6 KJV
[6] My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

I think you get the idea, but if you read the entire book and put all the scripture into context it reveals God’s love.  God is giving Israel many chances to change their sinful ways before He would allow the Assyrians to invade.

Peter summed it up in His epistle...

2 Peter 3:9 KJV
[9] The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God loves each of us and is longsuffering.  He is giving us time to repent and love Him back.  We make mistakes.  We mess up. God is patient as He waits for us to return to Him.  The father of the prodigal son was watching for His son because he loved Him.  It was the big brother that represents the church that had the attitude.  The church does not need to point out the mistakes of others, but love them as they look to love Jesus.

God is longsuffering.  Thank God for that longsuffering because you may be the one that needs it in the future.

Have a great week!

 

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Friday, November 09 2018

Have you ever had a time in your life where everything seems upside-down or out of whack?  The adjectives could continue, but I think you get the idea.  Perhaps, you look at your life and wonder how you arrived at this location.  It is okay because most people find themselves at this place at some point.  It could be life or spiritual warfare.  Maybe, it is a combination of both.  Things happen.  People lie.  Satan lies.  Disaster occurs.  Sickness kills.  Destruction appears.  The world just seems upside-down and hope fades.

As a pastor, this is where I sermonize and tell you that everything will turn out and you will walk on clouds while dancing on the devil’s head.  The truth is...if you are faithful, God will carry you through.  The result may not be how you envision it, but God has spoken to me in the last year or so as I went through some things in my life.  He said “wait and pray” and “stand”.  These two seem synonomous  I can stand against lies and against the wiles of Satan while I just wait on God to handle the situation.  One thing that I can be assured of is that God will prevail.  Truth will not be hidden and the tactics of the enemy will be revealed.  

As you make your journey, please keep your eyes on Jesus.  The devil operates in your emotions or humanity, but prayer and fasting allow the fruit of the Spirit to be evident.  When you world seems upside-down learn to pray and fast.  It was John the Baptist that said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  

Please do not suffer through your journey alone.  I encourage you to pray, but call on others to pray with you.  Surround yourself with Godly people that will lift you up in prayer and give you positive fellowship.  Eliminate the negative people from your life and attach yourself to the church family.  

There will be times in your life that life is just plain crazy.  Do not navigate that wilderness by yourself, but look to God and his church.  Pray...Pray...Pray and then pray some more.  God will take care of you are you will emerge better despite what the devil tries to tell you.  The devil is a liar.

 

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Friday, October 19 2018
The War was of God

I found an old book at the used book store on the books of Chronicles.  It is a Jewish commentary that is read from what we would consider the back because the scripture is written in Hebrew and English.  In studying I Chronicles, I have found many “nuggets” of truth even in the geneaology or “the begats”.  These nuggets include:

  • The very first verse of I Chronicles simply says, “Adam, Sheth (Seth), Enosh”.  The genealogy does not include Cain and Abel because they had no impact on the geneaology of Israel.  We need to be careful that we do nothing that removes us from the legacy of the Apostolic church.  In addition, we cannot allow outside influences to keep us from our destiny in Jesus Christ.  
  • According to the commentary, the literal translation of the beginning of Jabez’s prayer, “Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed” is “If to bless, thou wilt bless me”.  Jabez knew that God blesses and was asking that a blessing would come to him.  

In I Chronicles 5, the Bible documents a war between three tribes of Israel and the Hagarites, an Arab tribe that decended from Hagar.  During the battle, the scripture says that “cried to God in battle” and “they put their trust in Him”.  It was because they cried out to God and trusted Him in the midst of the battle that God helped them.

When in the battle, pray and trust.  God will help.

The writer of I Chronicles further states that “the war was of God”.  This means that the war was commanded by God.  While in the trenches of battle our view is very limited.  We cannot see beyond the next thing that we feel is going to kill us, but the big picture is that God is in command of our war.  The Israelites had to fight the battle, but because they were faithful they were blessed.  

1 Chronicles 5:21-22 KJV
[21] And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand. [22] For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.

 

Pray, trust and be blesssed!

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Friday, September 14 2018

The career that I chose at 18 was amazing, exciting and fun.  It simply was the best job in the world.  There is no doubt in my mind that many firefighters and paramedics feel the same way.  There is great job satisfaction in driving away from a hospital knowing that you saved a life while it is heartbreaking to be a witness to death and destruction.  In addition, fighting fires is an adrenaline filledtime of many small decisions that is aimed at saving lives and property.  It was an amazing occupation.  After my career of over 20 years, I walked away with an education limited to the very few people that work in public safety.

The following is a list of some things that I learned.  There may be others that read this and disagree, but this is strictly from my perspective.

  • All men are created equal
    • Okay, I realize that this has been said before, but we all emerge the same (I learned this after delivering 10 babies) and nobody dies a more glamourous death than another.  We may become self-important and even hold a job of great influence, but it is important to remain grounded, humble and loving.  Our greatest gift after our death is that our legacy is one of loving others and not one of destruction.  The term "edify" comes from the Greek word for "house builder".  Let us build up and protect others.  They are our equal.
  • There are two sides to every story
    • It seems that every drunk laying on the sidewalk that wanted to go to the hospital had drank only had "two beers".  Yes, this was either a partial truth because they drank a fifth of something else with it or it was a just a flat lie.  What we would often see is a smelly human being that had urinated on themselves, but these people had family and friends that cared for them.  I would never know what caused them to reach toward a bottle and begin the path to hopelessness, but they are humans and should be treated with respect.  Plus, when you talk to them, they can be entertaining.
  • Communication goes far to fix problems
    • When operating on a fire or a medical emergency, it is essential to communicate.  The lack of communication can cause the loss of life.  Therefore, we carried portable radios to give instructions and respond to commands.  It eliminated any doubt about what needed to be done or what was expected.  "Radio silence" can be deadly.  If you hold a leadership position, do not shut people out, but communicate with them.  This will build trust so that two way commuincations can be effective.
  • Work to fix problems at a local level
    • Many problems are made bigger than they have to be because leaders are unable to deal with problems at a local level.  All problems that could be fixed within the four walls of a firehouse should stay there.  There are certain issues that need to be taken care of at a higher level, but this should be done as a last resort.  Basically, keep the problem solving as simple as possible unless absolutely necessary.  If you are a leader, "man-up" (or woman-up) and deal with a problem rather than punting it to someone else unless somene's life is in danger or it is criminal.

This list is not comprehensive, but they are leadership lessons that I learned in a firetruck and ambulance.  Look around and learn from your situation.

 

Be blessed!

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Wednesday, August 08 2018

As a “middle-aged” man, I have been under the leadership of many people.  In addition, I have been observant of leaders.  A philosophy that I have adopted since I was a teenager was to watch leaders and take on qualities that I deem good leadership while shunning the characteristics of poor leadership.  

This does not have to be a long blog, but I want to list some qualities that I have observed as good characteristics of leadership:

  • Prayerful
  • Always a student/growing
  • Good communications
  • Transparent
  • Willing to own mistakes and apologize
  • Work to help build others despite their current weaknesses (see the potential in people)
  • Protect your subordinates
  • See the best in people
  • Be decisive and stick to the decision
  • Know that there are two sides to every story
  • A listener

There are some things that I do not like in leaders:

  • Political (this means playing politics, not having political opinions)
  • Vengeful
  • Indecisive (don’t stick your head in the sand either)
  • Making decisions based on little information
  • Lacking common sense
  • Not willing to apologize
  • Micromanaging
  • Thinking your opinion is the only opinion

What kind of leader so you want to be?  Look around and adopt the good characteristics of great leaders.  Learn from bad leaders by shunning their poor leadership characteristics.  This does not mean that you only look at people that have “position” because their rank may have not been earned but they may have achieved their spot because of who they are or know.  Understand that some leaders may be a leader of one or informal leaders that influence from the bottom up.  Learn from the best leaders!

Be blessed!

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Friday, August 03 2018

Much of the ministerial training that I have has come my dad.  My dad has never preached at a conference to thousands (that I know of), but he did establish a fantastic and anointed Apostolic church.  His spiritual legacy is amazing having his grandkids and children serving God.  There are three ministers including two pastors in his immediate family.  Furthermore, he was a legend as a leader and a fireman during a 27 year career.  He has earned two gold medals for valor and has done things that most just read about, but there is one thing that I have learned from him that has stuck with me in everything that I do.  He has taught me to be ethical.

As a student, I learned and studied ethics including taking an entire class on the subject.  Ethics has been defined many ways, but it is simply doing the right thing.  Furthermore, it is doing the thing that is most correct when there are two correct answers.  In the fire service (yes, I was a firefighter/paramedic), someone once said to “do right in the do right zone”.  It is a simple but amazing saying that are words to live by.

My questions that I used to title this blog post is obviously provocative.  As Christians, we should want to do the right thing and our question to ourselves when we act upon somehting is, “Am I doing the right thing?”  More importantly, are we treating people as Jesus would treat others?  Are we being forgiving or seeking revenge?  Are we being humble or proud?  The questions are infinate, but our actions toward each other should be filtered through the Bible.  

As leaders, ethics should be a standard that should not be crossed.  Yes, we will make mistakes, but own them and move on.  Communicate with others in a respectful way to build trust.  Ethics does not include revenge or silence.  It does include helping where help is needed.  Are you working to build or destroy?  The church is not immune to not doing the right thing, therefore we should be deliberate and prayerful in our decision making.  We need to be careful to not have notches on our gun, if you will, marking the people that we have destroyed.  Love one another is a commandment.  

Ethics are not dead in the church, but we need to be sure that we take responsibility that we are ethical.  We as the church should love and communicate while building lives.  

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Wednesday, July 18 2018

It is an amazing gift to be able to lead others.  When an individual is honored enough to have people submit to your leadership, it should be done with love as a default position.  As a leader, it is a fantastic feat to have people that follow you because they want to and not because they have to or receive a pay check.  It has been a blessing that I have been able to be a leader in secular employment and as a shepherd of a wonderful group of people that call me “pastor”.  

The groups of people that I have been privileged to lead has never been large, but I have learned how to best treat them.  First, I am not afraid to communicate and there are two sides to every story.  It is best to give people the “benefit of the doubt”.  If you are going to err, please err on the side of your people.  

It is sad that many people gain titles because of who they know or are related to, and not because they have an ounce of leadership ability.  Please never abuse your position. It is possible to learn to lead.  Sadly, people do not always learn to lead because of their position of entitlement. They learn to manage.  The head usher of the church with one other usher must learn to lead and love and protect that one person.  Paul said:

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
[1] Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. [2] And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. [3] And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor , and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

 

That one other person on the usher’s staff is not to do the head ushers bidding, but the head usher must lead by example.  The same principles apply if you are leading 3, 30 or 300.  

Leaders can be a blessing, but they can also curse or kill their people.  Yes, leaders make mistakes, but own them and move on.  Leaders can be transparent and vulnerable.   Do not try to manipulate a situation to make your self look good or to save face.  Lead from the front.  Leaders don’t play games.  

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Monday, June 04 2018

These are some random thoughts concerning leadership that I am thinking about while sitting at our church fireworks store...

  • If you are going to lead be transparent and vulnerable. 2 Corinthians 11:16-17
  • Your position means nothing if you do not treat others well. 1 Peter 5:2-3
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate! Romans 11:13
  • Protect those that you lead. John 10:14
  • Love those that you lead. Leviticus 19:18
  • You are not perfect. Romans 3:23
  • Never “talk down” down to anyone. Hannah prayed, “Let not arrogancy come out of your mouth.”
  • Be humble. 1 Peter 5:6

There are mnay great leaders in the church.  Learn from them.  If a leader is subpar or is making poor decisions, it is possible to learn from them also.  Do not do what they do.  Leaders bless, they do not curse.  They help, they do not hurt.  Leaders do not ignore, they listen.  Leaders communicate, because a lack of communication will cause a lack of trust.

When you lead, be like Jesus!

Have a great week. 

Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr.

 

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