Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Coming to Jesus Pt.1-2/29/2012

"...after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” Mark 5:27-28

There are many reasons people make their way to Jesus. Some come because they are called. Some come out of intellectual curiosity followed by what they feel is a logical decision. Others come out of need. In order to maximize our evangelistic efforts, it is important that we as Christians understand the motivations people have for coming to the Lord. The best place to research this (other than the Bible) is to consider first our own reason for coming to the Lord and then, through fellowship, understanding the testimony of those with whom we worship.

The story is told of the woman with the issue of blood. She had suffered for more than a decade, spent all that she had on doctors and was only made worse by their treatments. Having exhausted all that was within her means, she turned to the one about whom she had heard. She knew the stories of Jesus' miraculous deeds and thought within herself that if she could just touch him, all of her physical woes would be cured. To be sure, some may call this desperation. Jesus would later call it faith.

Beloved, this woman came to Jesus out of need and that is alright. We all have needs. Despite whatever reason with which we may label our own conversion, need is at the root of it. Recognizing this will allow us to help conduct those who are seeking (whether they realize it or not) to the great physician and lover of our souls. And if they should approach us, whether individually or as a visitor to a bible study or worship service, we can respond with compassion based on this knowledge.

Let us remember that the harvest is plenteous as we go about as workers in the kingdom.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


P.S. Some of you may know that I am pursuing a Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. For this I humbly request your prayers. As part of an assignment, I was required to study, develop, write, preach and record a sermon on a specific text for a grade. I chose Mark 5:25-34. Realizing that some of you have never seen or heard me speak, I am making the link available to you. If you so choose, you may view the sermon at I pray that you will be edified and encouraged.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What Would You Do With More Time?-1/28/2012

"Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 'Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, 'I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’”” 2 Kings 20:4-6

God sent Isaiah to inform King Hezekiah to set his house in order because his life was being required of him. In response, he turned his face to the wall, wept bitterly and asked the Lord to remember his faithfulness to Him. In short, he begged for more time.

Beloved, if we found ourselves in a similar situation and God found favor with our request, what would we do with the additional time? As it is, much can be known about a person by how they spend their resources and their time. It is time for us to examine ourselves. Is Christianity just lip service? Is it something that we just do on Sunday mornings and perhaps Wednesday nights? Is it just a label we wear or a heavenly expectation that we have?

If we were in Hezekiah's position and we were granted more time, would we do things differently than we are doing them now? Or shall we be like the man who rested in the comfort of his possessions, planning to tear down barns to build greater ones to store more stuff? "But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’" Luke 12:20.

If we would do things differently, why are we not doing things differently now? None of us knows when our souls will be required of us. Should we not all live every day like it is our last? Should we not all be busying ourselves in the harvest of the Lord where the workers are but few? Jesus said, "I must work the works of Him that sent me while it is day: the night comes when no man can work" John 9:4.

The only time that we can take for granted is the moment we are in. The very next one is un-promised and unsure. If you had more time, what would you do?

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Monday, February 27, 2012

Is Anything Too Hard For the Lord?-2/27/2012

"Is any thing too hard for the Lord?" Gen 18:14

The Lord had just appeared to Abraham on His way to Sodom and Gomorrah. As He enjoyed Abraham's hospitality, He informed him that despite his age of nearly 100 years that He would indeed give him a son by his nearly 90 year old wife. Sarah overhead this exchange and was clearly amused. The Lord inquired about Sarah's laughter.

Many of us fail to understand the might and power of our God. Sarah thought she was far beyond her child bearing years. Her amusement quickly gave way to another emotion when God called her on it. The point here is that the greatness of God is certainly seen in creation, but the significance is seen in our daily lives. God made a promise to (a) man and fully intended to keep it. The expression of His power is most seen when ordinary things happen under the most extraordinary circumstances. It was common for a woman to have a baby, but at nearly a century old? It was common to have wine at a wedding but made from water? It was common for storms to rise up, but to be able to walk on them?

Beloved, we often despair in our various situations and circumstances despite our status as children of the Almighty. When told that God will deliver us, we may even, like Sarah, laugh and simply point out the impossibility of our situation. It may very well be that the response, whether spoken or not, will be the same that Sarah received: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Friday, February 24, 2012

A Matter of Time-2/24/2012 (rp)

"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

Time is an amazing concept. It is not tangible and is wholly theoretical. Though it exist as an indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another, we rely upon it to regulate our very lives. It exists to relate sequences to each other in order to consider them past, present or future. We measure our lives in relation to both our birth and anticipated death; our beginning and our end. Eternity is a difficult concept to grasp because it represents either the absence of time or infinite time.

In this passage, time is highlighted for two reasons. First, Peter is addressing the mockery of non-believers who, question the faith due to the as yet unseen second coming of the Lord. We are reminded that God is not constrained by time and that He operates on a different scale than we do. You will recall that, "with the Lord, a thousand years is like one day and one day like a thousand years." Second and more important, God is not negligent in His promises. He said that the Lord will return and he will. Any delay, real or perceived, is designed to give us time to come to full repentance thereby developing and maintaining a healthy relationship with our Creator.

Beloved, be assured that God will do what He said He would do. It is just a matter of time. The sad tragedy is that when that moment comes, it will be as a thief in the night, which is to say, by the time we realize what has happened, it will have been too late. And if we find ourselves on the outside looking in after this great moment has occurred, the one thing we will wish we had is just a little more time.

We have time now. We have this very moment. Nothing else is promised. Nothing else is assured.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Blessedness in Things We Do Not Do-2/23/2012

"How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night." Ps 1:1-2

In Christ, we are to be known both internally and externally as much for the things we do not do as the things we do. Observe the progression of things that lead us away from God.

Walking is our manner of life. It is the combination of things that make us who we are. For example, in Col 1:10, we are encourage to "walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God." The wicked, also called the ungodly, are those who have failed to embrace the Almighty and live according to his word. They are dedicated to walking their own path without seeking the face of He who made us.

Once this path has been taken, ones feet become planted in a sinful life. Since God is not a factor in the lives of the godless, the barometer of morality becomes irrelevant and seeking after the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life become a pattern and thus, its own way of life.

Once an individual becomes rooted in a way of life, a home is made there. All things are brought in to support the decision and the likelihood of change, though not impossible, is unlikely. Not only do the scornful not embrace God, but actively reject Him. These are the atheists (in word and deed) among us. Not only do they not accept the Great Lover of our souls, they actively oppose (scorn) him.

But all praises to our Father, beloved, who has made a way for us to avoid this reprehensible progression of soul destruction. He has, through the Holy Spirit, given us His word. The more we read, study, concentrate on and live by the words of life, the less likely it is that we would ever need concern ourselves with the slippery slope that leads away from him. This is why the language used regarding the blessedness of those who avoid that walking, standing and sitting is emphatic. What a TREMENDOUS blessing it is to not do such things! Further, it is to be read, "How very blessed is THAT person..." indicating that not everyone avoids the pitfall, but the very fortunate and few who pursue the right path.

Let us always be aware of both the right way and the wrong way. With the grace of God and the constant pursuit of His word, let us be careful to choose the right and enjoy the very blessedness thereof.

Rejoicing in the Lord,

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Whose Are You?-2/22/2012

"In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory." Eph 1:13-14

Beloved, as parents, we know that there is a difference between those that are our children and those who are not. One of the first identifiable characteristics is the family resemblance. When a child is brought into our family, comparisons immediately ensue regarding who the baby looks like more, the father or the mother. Even in the case of children who may be adopted, the family name is given and the difference between them and those who have not been brought into the family becomes an identification by association.

As children of God, we have been likewise marked (sealed, identified). This is accomplished by and through the Holy Spirit. Though it is not based on visual cues, as is similarly the case with those who have been brought in, it is nevertheless the truest indicator of our son-ship and daughter-ship. We have been set apart and a difference has been made between us and those who are not His.

As with our own children, there are both privileges accorded and expectations imparted. We must therefore walk worthy of our calling, exemplifying our Father and His family values in all that we do. He has already promised us an inheritance. The Holy Spirit is His guarantee.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Tuesday, February 21, 2012


"And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground." 1 Sam 17:49

There are few who are not well familiar with the story of David's triumph against Goliath. He was a child with 5 smooth stones and a leather sling shot prevailing against a 9 foot armored giant who had put immobilizing fear into an entire army of soldiers and their king. How could this boy have the temerity to even think such a thing let alone attempt it and accomplish it? Observe what the word says about what took place before this famous event:

  • Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the LORD be with you.”

Beloved, David was confident and able for two reasons: God had prepared him and God was with him. Often when troubles come our way, we bemoan our situation and ask, "Why me Lord?" To be sure there may be a variety of answers, however, we must consider that the Lord may be preparing us to prevail at a bigger challenge down the road. Teams do not win championships without painful and exhausting preparation. Individuals do not succeed without testing themselves against lesser obstacles for extended amounts of time. There is no strengthening without effort against resistance. This is why James encourages us to "Count it all joy when we enter in to diverse trials; knowing that the proving of your faith produces perseverance," Jas 1:2-3. Life is filled with struggles. Each is an opportunity to grow and learn in order to be able to prevail against the next. When you again see obstacles, issues, circumstances and situations that fill you with fear and dread, think of little David fighting lions and bears and Goliath. His God is your God and is likewise with you.

Rejoicing in the Lord,

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recognition-2/20/2012 (rp)

"Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus." Acts 4:13

Historically, it was the Gnostics, those that espoused the supremacy of knowledge, that were the biggest opponents of the gospel. As is typical with our God, He gets more done with less and builds the great with the humble. He sent His son, not high born into a palace, but of commoners in the dwelling place of livestock. Christ's forerunner, John, was not some well known speaker but one who cried out in the wilderness, ate bugs and wore animal skins.

Likewise, those who were closest to Christ were mere fishermen, revolutionaries and tax collectors. None of them were educated in the post secondary system of the day. All of them were, however, given the best education possible in that they learned directly from the source.

Beloved, more critical than this, however, is that his disciples were recognized as having been with him! What an incredible badge of honor. What an incredible privilege. What speaks loudest is that it clearly had to be their actions that earned them this recognition. As we go through our daily lives, can the same be said of us? Let us endeavor to make it so if it is not already.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Not Forsaking the Assembly-2/16/2012

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near." Heb 10:23-25

While it is true that none can get to heaven simply by virtue of knowing or associating with people who are on their way, doing so can help us along our way. Each of us is responsible for our own relationship with Christ, however, Christ would have us relate to (love) one another as well as himself. The Christian life is designed to be lived in fellowship with fellow believers. The benefits for doing so are countless.

One important benefit is the availability of help in times of need. This need can be just about anything, but perhaps the most important need is when faith begins to waiver. We have all been there. We have all wondered what life is all about, what it means when bad things happen to good people and if all of this is really real. The help available from stronger members of the body in times like these is surely represented in the proverb, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity" Prov 17:17.

The fact is, at one time or another, in one way or another, we need each other. This is why the Hebrew writer encourages us to avoid missing the appointed times of assembly, be it worship, bible study, prayer meetings or what have you. When the saints gather, it is most surely for a purpose designed to encourage, edify and educate all who are present. What effect do you suppose that the activities a person is doing instead of assembling with the saints has on their eternity?

Beloved, it is wonderful that we show up for Sunday morning worship services. Unfortunately, that is often the only time we see some of the family. Of course it is understood that not everyone is going to be able to make it to every event held at the building, or every single small group meeting, but the difference between the attendance on Sunday and the other times of gathering is astounding. Absences during non worship times are a way of life for most, rather than an occasional incident and even absences from worship are a way of life for some. Failure to establish the relationships and receive the teaching available during the assembly can be a dangerous thing. It is often these that complain that no one comes to "check on them" when in many cases, not enough presence was established to realize that 1 was missing from 100.

We are not just the "called out" but the called together. When one misses, not only do they deny themselves others but they deny others themselves. Let us endeavor to be together on earth as we will one day be together in heaven.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

No Salvation by Association-2/15/2012

"For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness." 1 Cor 10:1-5

It seems that more and more these people are concerned with appearances. Perhaps it is human nature to wear a mask and protect that which is behind it with all of one's might. Sadly, we are not nearly as consumed with having the inner man and woman and the outer man and woman be reflections of one another or better, of Jesus. Sometimes the masks we wear are made up of the religion in which we clothe ourselves. Far too often however, it is just that, clothing.

Beloved, there is no such thing as salvation by association. Each of us must develop our own relationship with the Lord and cultivate it as no other. Showing up at worship on Sunday, dropping large sums of money in the collection, quoting scripture and the like, are all useless and fruitless displays without the inner love, obedience and truth of Christ. Jesus himself said, "Not everyone that says unto me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" Matt 7:21.

This may appear to be a judgment of others. In fact it is a call for each to judge self. The word surely does. The Lord surely shall. Let us all endeavor to be what we have been called to be: true children of God.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hard Work, Easy Rest-2/14/2011 (rp)

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going." Eccl 9:10

Our lives are gifts from God. During the brief time we have on the earth, there is much to learn, know and then do. It is during this wisp of time that our eternity is decided. Will we be obedient to the God that made us or will we reject His salvation?

To be sure, we are very busy constructing our eternity, whatever it may be. Either we are leading lives that our pleasing to God or leading lives that are pleasing to the Adversary. As much as we might try, we cannot please both (Matt 6:24).

Beloved, we must, as Noah did, work as hard as we can for as long as God allows in order that we might be prepared for the coming conflagration. As it was with Noah, it will not be our hard work that will save us, but God who equips us. Our salvation is His gift and cannot be derived by our own works. But it is our works that honor God and make salvation known to others through Him. And this we must do today, for there surely will come night when no one can work. It is then that the workers will enter His rest.

Loving Like Jesus,


Monday, February 13, 2012

A Loving Response-1/13/2012

"Treat others the same way you want them to treat you." Luke 6:31
"Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ." Gal 6:2

Beloved, I would like to personally thank you for your outpouring of love resulting from last Friday's devotional. Whether you offered good thoughts, prayers, or financial assistance to a Christian brother whose identity you did not at that time know, it was surely a Christian response. You are to be commended for your expression.

And to my revealed brother, thank you for your heart of selflessness. Even in the midst of your valley, your thoughts are of others. In the face of their outpouring, you exemplified Gal 6:5, "For each man shall bear his own burden."

God never meant for us to get through this life alone. To be certain, it is only He that has truthfully said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." That said, He has called us together into one body, in which we all contribute to and benefit from the gifts and efforts of others. We are a family and family takes care of family. Let us remember the latter of the two greatest commandments: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matt 22:39

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Friday, February 10, 2012

When it Feels Like Satan is Targeting You-2/10/2012

"Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." 1 Peter 5:6-10

Beloved, there are times in all of our lives that it seems Satan is hard upon us. No one needs to tell us what that is like. I offer (with permission as you will see) the testimony of a brother who is struggling. In it, I hope that you will see not on the struggle that afflicts all who are attempting to lead lives pleasing to God, but the firmness of the fight he is wageing to stay close to the Father. Your prayers are requested for him. Your prayers are requested for us all.

"Lee it is like satan knows I am saved but thinks he has a fighting chance at getting me to turn my back at the LORD but he doesn't because GOD is the only father I have ever known.

I have a conscience given to me by my father. When I'm off track he sends my brothers in Christ to help me and sometimes he even blesses me with new brothers. But Satan tries and tries like he did Wednesday night to prevent us from coming to you and sometimes he even wins the little battles with me and then I have to repent.

But Lee as messed up as my past is and as troubled as I am at times I love my GOD and FATHER and he is precious to me. I ask him in prayer often to help me be the man he made me to be and to help me to lead a life that brings him honor and praise.

As for counselling, I will go but I have to wait until I can afford it. I know thirty dollars doesn't seem like much but some times it may as well be a million. Still I expect that Satan won't want me there either because he does not want me to live a life that brings honor and glory to my heavenly Father. So please take no offense in us not making it wednesday But pray the Father will put a hedge around us at least till a certain amount of healing takes place.

Much Love,

P.S. If sharing this e-mail with another person will benefit them go ahead.

Rejoicing in the Lord (no matter what),


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Deserving Nothing But Receiving Everything-2/9/2012 (rp)

"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:5-7

God has always had a plan for you and I and it has little to do with anything we have done to "deserve" it. He loved us enough to create us. He loved us enough to provide all things pertaining to life. He loved us enough to continue caring for us even when we sinned against him. He loved us enough to send His son to pay a debt on our behalf that he did not owe.

There is nothing that we could do or have done to deserve this type of love. It is the very nature of God to love us and He does so passionately, even as we love and provide for our children despite their occasional indiscretions and mistakes. Even at their worst, we love them most.

Beloved, God has provided everything that is needed for us to spend an eternity with Him. He provided the blood of His son to cleans us. He willingly takes up residence inside of all who ask Him in the form of the great gift of the Holy Spirit. In so doing, He makes us part of His family. What could any of us do, provide or even claim that would be deserving of such love?


Nevertheless let us make every effort to live lives worthy of such a gift.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Knowing What They Desired to Know-2/8/2012 (rp)

"It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven — things into which angels long to look." 1 Peter 1:12

The bible is God's love letter to mankind. It is full of historical accounts, poetry, genealogies, correspondences, songs and proverbs, all inspired by Him to communicate with us. Among these writings are stories of God's people and his interactions with them. Even as God interacted with the prophets, priests, writers, kings and people during the period we have come to know as the Old Testament, they themselves desired to know what lay ahead. "The prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating..."1 Peter 1:10-11

Beloved, our spiritual (and physical) genealogy includes those we read about in our bibles. They longed to know what we take for granted. As they looked forward to Christ with many questions, we can look back to his life, wherein are found many answers. We are truly blessed among all that have ever lived, because we are the recipients of God's grace delivered through the sacrifice of His son and the revelation of His great mystery. Even now, we have the privilege of having an active, living relationship with our Savior. As we endeavor to live lives worthy of our calling, we join our spiritual ancestors in anticipating the day when we will see him face to face.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Monday, February 6, 2012

Walking Worthy-2/6/2012

"Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Eph 4:3

When I was growing up, my mother always impressed upon me to "act like you have home training" or to "act like you have people who love you." What Mom was really saying was, "Do not embarass me. You know better!" This reminder usually came when I acted like I did not or when we together observed someone behaving as if they did not. There were a wide variety of actions that could draw this reproof, but overtime, I learned what was acceptable and what was not which resulted in having to hear it less and less.

Beloved, the same admonition is given to us as children of the Almighty. There should be an observable difference between those who are Gods' and those who are not. Jesus discussed one way that this difference can be seen when he said, "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35. Our behavior, both when the spotlight shines and when no one at all is looking, should be representative of the fact that we belong to someone who loves us and has taught us to know better and do better. We must always remember that it is our learned values and beliefs that make us family. When we reflect these values and beliefs in our actions there is surely peace between us and our Father.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Friday, February 3, 2012

Who is Your God?-2/3/2012

“Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you." Acts 17:22-23

The apostle Paul found himself in Athens, Greece, the one time center of the civilized world and the home of things such as democracy, the world's prevalent language and perhaps most importantly, philosophy (which literally means "love of wisdom"). It was a popular thing for intellectuals and want to be intellectuals to sit around thinking about and discussing many things, such as existence, logic, aesthetics, morality and religion. As was his custom, Paul began share with all who listened, the way of God. The people were inclined to hear because they were always interested in hearing something new. Some believed and some did not.

Beloved, humanity has changed little. Everyone still has an opinion about everything and it is not difficult to attract followers to just about anything. There is no credible way to accurately quantify the number of religions practiced on the planet. Suffice it to say, most everyone is looking to believe in something higher than themselves that will eventually answer all of our questions. For this dilemma, Paul offers the one true living God.

Even in Christ, we must ask ourselves what we truly believe. It is true that we may claim Christianity and even attend worship in a church building, but whom do we truly serve? Is it our possessions? Our relationships? Our vocations? Our habits? If you are unsure, examine where you spend most of your time and resources. This may very well be a strong indicator.

Surely God wants us all to have life, and that more abundantly. But let us always remember who provides that life. Let us remember that, "The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation," Acts 17:24-26.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sharing Eternity-2/2/2012

"So faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ." Rom 10:17

This first day of the rest of our lives, let us ponder how we became believers and subsequently Christians. Did you come seeking for him as was said by Isaiah: "I was found by those who did not seek me. I became manifest to those who did not ask for me?" Or was it a friend, neighbor, co-worker, relative or clergyman that planted the seed of an idea about Christ that germinated and grew over time? Have you ever contemplated what your life and even eternity might be like if that person had not taken the time and that conversation had never happened? Is it possible that someone else's eternity hangs on whether or not you share the word?

Beloved, Paul once wrote: "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" Rom 10:13-15. In this case, a preacher is simply someone who brings the good news of Christ. That is all of us. And according to the scripture, we are all sent. Surely we were made for a purpose and sent to a people, just as those were who shared with us.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Wednesday, February 1, 2012


"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." Gal 2:20

The decision to follow Christ should be an all encompassing one. It is true that we are but fleshly creatures still subject to the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, however, that decision should lead us further and further away from those issues and closer and closer to full surrender. Recently, a Christian I was talking to about his walk said, "Like David, God knows my heart." My response was, "Like David, God knows your actions too." One is indicative of the other.

Beloved, Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me" Lk 9:23. We were bought with a price. We no longer belong to ourselves but to him who sacrificed all for us. We are to make our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God. If this sounds a bit much, consider the alternative. Think about why you made the decision in the first place. Examine the many benefits of being a child of the King. Paul recognized his life was no longer his own (if it ever was). He willingly surrendered himself to do the will of He who gave him life.

As we go about our daily lives, let us consider the fact that Jesus gave his life for us. We certainly can give our lives to him.

Rejoicing in the Lord,