Monday, July 31, 2006

an interesting thing

I was reading Psalm 83 yesterday and today i came across this website. I did not have time to read over the whole website, but i did read their breakdown of Psalm 83. So check it out and see if you agree with their views, or not.

Lord bless!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Seems like time

Time sure does move quickly, so we need to use it wisely. One of the men at the Center came into my Bible study tonight and i realized he has been there over 4 months already. Seems like he just came in the otherday. Then i look at the blog and see i have not posted since Tuesday...where did the week go? Some weeks seem like a blur and if you are in ministry you know what i mean, crisis (family, marriage, emotional), sickness, death.

So let us use our time efficiently to get the most out of what we have left!

Eph. 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
Eph. 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Who are you in Christ?

Who are you are in and through Jesus Christ, prayerfully you are walking in a newness of life. We can not be the same people we were before Christ, because we are born again into a living hope. Do not let the devil lie and beat you up! The enemy constantly tries to tell you who you use to be, not who you are in Christ.

Read these words;

Titus 3:4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
Titus 3:6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Titus 3:7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Regeneration: only found in Matt. 19:28 and Titus 3:5. This word literally means a “new birth.”

In Titus 3:5 it denotes that change of heart elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life (1 John 3:14);
becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17);
being born again (John 3:5);
a renewal of the mind (Rom. 12:2);
a resurrection from the dead (Eph. 2:6);
a being quickened (2:1, 5).

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Are you running away?

Unfortunately when we sin it draws us further away from Jesus. What did Adam do in the garden? He tried to hide from God, but we can not hide from God. The truth is at that very time we should be seeking Jesus, not running from Him.

Remember this, His arms are wide open!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Lord is in control!

We as people tend to be impatient about a lot of different things. So when circumstances in our life take a rough turn we start to wonder...why me Lord.

The truth is, He in working something out in our lives for His good purpose.

John 9:1 ¶ As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
John 9:2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
John 9:3 ¶ “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

Take a look at how God worked things out in Job's life.

The following paragraphs are taken from Easton's Dictionary of the Bible.

"Job: persecuted, an Arabian patriarch who resided in the land of Uz (q.v.). While living in the midst of great prosperity, he was suddenly overwhelmed by a series of sore trials that fell upon him. Amid all his sufferings he maintained his integrity. Once more God visited him with the rich tokens of his goodness and even greater prosperity than he had enjoyed before. He survived the period of trial for one hundred and forty years, and died in a good old age, an example to succeeding generations of integrity (Ezek. 14:14, 20) and of submissive patience under the sorest calamities (James 5:11). His history, so far as it is known, is recorded in his book".

"the trial of Job, its occasion, nature, endurance, and issue. It exhibits the harmony of the truths of revelation and the dealings of Providence, which are seen to be at once inscrutable, just, and merciful. It shows the blessedness of the truly pious, even amid sore afflictions, and thus ministers comfort and hope to tried believers of every age. It is a book of manifold instruction, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16)".

"Revelation: an uncovering, a bringing to light of that which had been previously wholly hidden or only obscurely seen".

"Providence: literally means foresight, but is generally used to denote God’s preserving and governing all things by means of second causes (Ps. 18:35; 63:8; Acts 17:28; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3). God’s providence extends to the natural world (Ps. 104:14; 135:5-7; Acts 14:17), the brute creation (Ps. 104:21-29; Matt. 6:26; 10:29), and the affairs of men (1 Chr. 16:31; Ps. 47:7; Prov. 21:1; Job 12:23; Dan. 2:21; 4:25), and of individuals (1 Sam. 2:6; Ps. 18:30; Luke 1:53; James 4:13-15). It extends also to the free actions of men (Ex. 12:36; 1 Sam. 24:9-15; Ps. 33:14, 15; Prov. 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1), and things sinful (2 Sam. 16:10; 24:1; Rom. 11:32; Acts 4:27, 28), as well as to their good actions (Phil. 2:13; 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9, 10; Eph. 2:10; Gal. 5:22-25)".

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The lesser of two evils?

I was watching the t.v. show intervention Sunday night and there was a girl on who was addicted to herion. They did an update on her and she was now in a methadone program and her mother was saying how happy she was to have her daughter clean & sober....clean & sober?

I live around the corner from a methadone clinic and let me tell you people come out of there high, not clean or sober. I know the thought is to wean them off eventually, but i have seen some of the same people for several years now.

What about medically supervised detox and then just staying clean. I know herion detox is about the toughess there is, other than (would you believe it) methadone.

The lesser of two evils is still evil.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Powerful Word

I had someone ask me if i truly believe that a right relationship with Jesus would help them stay sober. I said...absolutely!

2Pet. 1:3 ¶ His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
2Pet. 1:4 Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Titus 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
Titus 2:12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
Titus 2:14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

2Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2Tim. 3:17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

What a joy!

Our new Major/Senior Pastor is a good preacher who preaches the text in context. Today he preached from 1 John and it hit home for a lot of the men. I thank the Lord that He sent the White's to us.

In Bible college my hermeneutics professor Dr. Beatty would say "any text preached without context is a pretext".

BTW, Expository preaching is the most effective preaching.

1John 1:1 ¶ That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

1John 1:2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

1John 1:3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

1John 1:4 We write this to make our joy complete.

1John 1:5 ¶ This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

1John 1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1John 1:8 ¶ If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1John 1:10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Following Directions

It seems easy to write and just as easy to say, but we would all be better off if we would follow directions. It all starts with taking the time to read first. Yes, men & women both need directions. I watch some of the guys in our computer lab having problems navigating the web. Most of the time the trouble could be solved by just reading over what they are doing.

So let's use this as an encouragement to read the Bible daily. So we move in the right direction.

Matt. 19:4 ¶ “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’

Matt. 21:16 ¶ “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. ¶ “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”

Matt. 21:42 ¶ Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

Matt. 22:31 But about the resurrection of the dead — have you not read what God said to you,

Mark 2:25 ¶ He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?

Mark 12:26 Now about the dead rising — have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?

Luke 10:26 ¶ “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

Acts 13:27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The neglected ones?

As church leaders, pastors, ministers, we sometimes have a tendency to neglect the saved. Sometimes a real how are doing is more important than a hello. Everyone has daily struggles...everyone. Yet we tend to be more concerned with those that do not know the Lord, That is cool, do not get me wrong, i know we need to reach the lost and there is no doubt about that. Just remember this, when Jesus was talking about the one lost sheep the other 99 were secure.

Friday, July 07, 2006

What does Jesus think?

After checking out my buddy Bob Franquiz's blog yesterday and seeing what happened there (the Rick Warren post) it made me think about this. Even thought it was Paul who was the human author of Philippians and it is the Holy Spirit that is speaking to us as the body of Christ in Chapter 2.

Phil. 2:1 ¶ If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
Phil. 2:2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Phil. 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

We need to remember as believers that the world is on the outside looking in, so if you were on the outside...would you want to be joining in?

Like minded is Christ minded!