Category: Theology

Honor Everyone

1I Peter 2:17 instructs us to “honor everyone”.  This includes honoring with our submission to the king and governors (our governmental leaders) – verse 13-14; our masters (employers) – verse 18; wifes to husbands – Ephesians 5:22; the church to Christ – Ephesians 5:24; to one another – Ephesians 5:21; and to our Father and Mother – Ephesians 6:1.  As slaves of God we are commanded to submit to our earthly masters and authority figures even if they are wicked – I Peter 2:18.  It brings God’s favor upon us  if we endure grief from suffering unjustly and God’s favor is worth the suffering!

It is distressing… 

Release of the Spirit

cln-lee-street-worshipSome day the Holy Spirit will reclaim a prominent place in His church.  Currently the church is focused on teaching alone.  Teaching is promoted while operation of other gifts of the Spirit are quenched and stifled; worldly thinking and natural means are relied upon, rather than the Holy Spirit.  Teaching is an important gift and most teachers are believers, but they are operating in the natural; their doubt and lack of faith in God, limit what is done.

“You study the Scriptures…

Blessed Are the Meek

meeknessOne of the most important traits that a Christian can possess is meekness or humbleness.  Mathew 5:5 states that “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  Titus 3:2 – “to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”  Proverbs 16:19 – “It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.”  James 4:6 -“God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

William MacDonald…

Subjects of the Higher Powers

imagesRomans 13: 1-2 states “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers (governments/rulers).  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”  It is interesting that Paul wrote this passage while the wicked Nero was Emperor who was persecuting the Christians.

This passage reminds us that all authorities and powers…

Noble-Ness

bereans-searching-scriptureNoble is used in the Bible several times, yet the single reference I remember first is of the Berean Jews.  “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11).  It is a noble and virtuous characteristic to verify whether what is heard is true, by testing it against scripture.  Here for example, is a statement made by a famous person.  Does it stand the test of a noble verification?

“In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I  read through the passage which tells…

Keep The Faith

romans9-18From my youth I knew God, having a child’s faith that there was a God in heaven who had made the world and everything in it.  From that time God has drawn me closer to him and given me more revelation of Him, mostly through His word, the Bible, but all proceeding from His Holy Spirit. God is Spirit and those who seek Him must do so in spirit and truth. Moreover, God Is the Author and finisher of our faith.  It surely is inconceivable to the natural mind that God grants faith to us, although He states it is impossible…

You Are Doing This Wrong

tailgatingMost of us are well acquainted with our deficiencies. Simply telling someone they should be patient, or kind or whatever is not apt to do anything but increase guilt and frustration.  Recently, I was driving my truck with a load that was hanging beyond the tailgate by about three feet.  The load was really well secured by straps and ropes, as well as having a flag to alert other drivers.  As I turned at a light I noticed a car behind me very close.  I slowed down so it could pass me, but I was merging…

Lying Tongues

imagesLately we have seen much dishonesty documented by many of our country’s leaders and even by members of the news media.  This dishonesty is not unique in our history for our establishment leaders but it never ceases to be disturbing to a God-fearing person. Proverbs 6:16 reminds us that God hates a lying tongue.  Psalm 5:6 states that “Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing (lies): the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.”  God’s holiness demands…

A Place Near Your Altar

aaron-with-incense-altarGod allowed a sparrow to come near His altar and build her nest. (Psalms 84:3).  He also killed Uzziah instantly for reaching out to steady the altar and keep it from falling. (2 Sam 6:6).  He would kill any but the high priest for coming in the Holy of holies where the Altar was in the Temple.  He caused tumors to come upon the inhabitants of the Philistine city of Ashdod, when they carried off the altar, and He destroyed their idol. (1 Sam. 5:9).  Woe to those who approach God – beware.   All believers approach God…

Principles of the Kingdom

6ac5f78274499b5ae126993fd33bdc6c-2Jesus tells us a principal of the Kingdom of heaven in Matt. 19 and explains it in chapter 20.  Simply put the last will be first and the first last.  The context is to those entering eternity or the kingdom of God. God’s Kingdom is based on His principles, not those of the world.  The greatest in His Kingdom is the servant of all rather than the strongest or most handsome or rich.  Whoever loses his life will save it but whoever saves his life will lose it. The Son of God came to earth in all meekness, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, rather than as the king and Lord of all, not robed in majesty, but riding into Jerusalem…

Good Things Have Happened

downloadMany people are saying that the end of America may be near; both sides in the presidential election claim the end will begin if their opponent is elected.  Movies and TV shows have been produced recently depicting a post America world.  As bad as the society has become, there are some very good things that have developed, here is my list, in no particular order, with explanation, because many good things go unnoticed:

–  Television is not watched nearly…

Wonders of Marriage

bible-verses-about-marriage“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew: 19: 4:6).

What an amazing revelation Jesus gives us in this answer to the religious leaders of his day.  The concept of male and female cannot be explained in evolution theory, it is so fundamental, so marvelous in design and interrelated with so much in our being, our identity, our behavior, our thinking and our desires.  Jesus tells us it is even…

In the Small Things

do-not-despiseDoes God care about the small things that we deal with in this life.  By small, I don’t mean insignificant or material necessities of living; He promises to give us food and clothing, things we need.  No, I’m referring to small decisions regarding matters that affect us and the others around us, over which we have authority and responsibility to dispose of in our own ability.  The Bible is full of instances of such items in Jesus life.  They range from where to go next, or when to go there, or what to do in certain situations and encounters.   

Jesus shows us…

Be of Good Cheer

 

meme-bible-john-peace-1342009-wallpaperIn reading the Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxas, I was struck by how Bonhoeffer maintained his joy and basic Christian goodness even in the midst of persecution while in prison.  Like Joseph in the Bible, even the prison authorities were drawn to him, finding him genuinely kind and generous – even those guards who were despised by the other prisoners.  Metaxas says that “He was a genuinely good man, a living rebuke to the forces that oppressed them and over which they (both prisoners and guards) had little power.”  He became a confessor to those in the prison – even the guards. Afterward prisoners wrote about…

The Prodigal Son

clip_image002_thumb1In this parable, (Luke 15: 11-32) the younger son asked for his share of the estate.  He took his share, left, and squandered all he had received; ultimately he found himself starving in a foreign land during a severe famine.  In his desperation he decided to return to his father’s house, asking for nothing, but to be only a servant in the household.  Upon his return he was welcomed by his father as a fully accepted son, given the best robe for clothing, a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.  The father celebrated and gave him all fullness as his recovered son. Now that the younger son had received the father’s grace and restoration, I believe, he understood the true worth…

Fruit Bearing

grapebranchThe parable of the sower, (Matt. 13: 18-23), includes an alarming and critical category of failed seeds; the first is taken by the enemy from the path; the second has no root and quickly falls away when rocks of trouble or persecution come; the third produces no fruit because of the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth.  This seed germinated and grew with roots, but bore no fruit, which is no better than the dead seeds, perhaps worse.

By their fruit…

Accusations

11327095_1680424062187557_88332089_nHave you ever heard accusations in your mind?  Are they immediately after some interaction with someone or as a consequence of your own thoughts or actions?  Are they out of the blue almost random accusations pointing out your weakness, things you have already confessed from the distant past, or things that you could never make right or even address in a reasonable manner.  If you are a believer, the enemy is set on destroying, stealing or killing your faith.  Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10.

The enemy is…

Innocent Wise and Sophisticated Foolish

imagesMatthew 10:16 instructs us to be “wise as serpents, and innocent as doves.”  Romans 16:19 instructs us to be “wise unto that which is good, and innocent concerning evil.”  Ephesians 5:12 instructs us that “it is shameful even to mention what is done (by the wicked) in secret.”

It is certainly not fashionable today to be considered        “innocent” in regard to evil.  Many people…

Myths on Earth

49f1f2489cce182e5e7663e9725c185c-2When we enter into the afterlife we will be  free of many lies, conjecture, assumption, misunderstanding, and deception that we held while on earth.  For many, the most obvious will be the existence in which we enter, but this will be of no surprise to Christians, as we look forward to it from the beginning; although not so much the it of it, but rather the whom of it.  But there will be many other, less subtle falsehoods that will be gone, for example, the class distinctions among people, everyone will be treated the same, not equally, but each with justice and righteousness. 

The powerful will…

Don’t Boast of Victory if You Haven’t Won the War

drunk_king_benhadad_1_k_20_-_c-1021In the news and other media outlets, we are fed a daily dose of victorious boasts by radical Islamists and other unbelievers against Christians.  Moreover, current and future “victories” in the political arena by anti-Bible activists on social issues against religious liberties are loudly trumpeted.

These bullying tactics remind me of a premature boasting by an enemy of God’s people in the Old Testament.  In 1 Kings 20 we learn of Ahab, King of Israel, being challenged…

God’s Care Sovereign and Particular

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To fear God, and to stand in awe of his justice; to trust and depend on him in all conditions; to submit patiently to his will under all afflictions; to pray to him for the supply of our wants, for the relief of our sufferings, for protection and defense; to love and praise him for the blessings we enjoy, for peace and plenty, and health, for friends and benefactors, and all prosperous successes:  I say, these are not the acts of reasonable men, unless we believe that God has the supreme disposal of all events, and takes a particular care of us.

For if any good or evil…

The Correct Position

three-men-in-fiery-furnace-39474-wallpaperI was recently reading Daniel 3:16-18 which tells the story about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  They told King Nebuchadnezzar that they would not bow down and worship his golden image and further that they had a God who could save them from the furnace of fire – which was the penalty for refusal.  They went on to say “But even if he does not (save us), let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you  have set up.”  These godly men were so different from many we see today as they did not follow the “politically correct” way, as all but them and Daniel…

Wisdom in Reply

romans-1-20-since-creation-men-are-without-excuse-brown-1A response to some proclaimed Atheists is ill-advised, particularly if they are merely trolling for replies, and considering the substance of their arguments and the scriptures.  As long as they have breath, there is still hope that God in His mercy will open them to the truth of Yeshua, Messiah through whatever means He may deem appropriate and best.

They typically use…

The Greatest Thing Sought

05_28_1_webEternal life…..movies and books have fantasized about its attainment, Cortez searched the new world for “The fountain of youth”.  People are seeking to live longer lives and life expectations for populations are increasing.However, who can deliver on such a promise. 

God alone promises eternal life…