Tagged Peter

Helping God Get It Done

If this were possible, has it actually been attempted?  In the Bible there are several examples: ▪ Sarah gave her servant to Abraham has a means of fulfilling God’s promise that he would have descendants. (Gen 16: 1-4). ▪ Moses killed an abusive Egyptian when he joined his Hebrew people’s struggle for freedom considering his call as a deliverer. exodus 2: 11-12. ▪ Korah and 250 other leaders in the counsel concluded that Moses had misinterpreted God’s intent for Israel saying, “You have gone too far!  The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with…

Mind Your Own Business

I was an adolescent when I was listening to my Mother and Father commending a practice seen in our friend and pastor. They agreed that he never spoke about a third party and this way avoided gossip, inappropriate disclosure, and presumption.  Somehow, hearing that conversation impacted me deeply, so I decided to implement this practice.  I know I have had lapses, but I can remember checking myself on many occasions.  Even if you complement a third party it serves no good purpose as they are not there to hear it.  Of course there are rare exceptions to this rule, but…

Disappointment

This is the most crushing weight of emotion, to be let down, frustrated from things that seem vital.  It could be an appointment or a promise or an event associated with much preparation or anticipation.  There is quite a lot of it about in life.  Regarding property, we take measures to avoid it with warranties and insurance that have their appeal in countering disappointment.  Some things are personal and depend on people.  These can be highly invested and anticipated with our hopes, dreams, and desires, but there is no warranty for specific service, only remuneration which is rarely an adequate…

Living in Yeshua

“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4: 13). This is an answer to a commonly asked question, that arises again and again, though we may know it at some level.  David, begged the Lord, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51: 11).  This was after his sins associated with Bathsheba, that required the prophet’s conviction saying, “You are the man.” (2 Sam. 12: 1-13).  It is entirely possible that David was the one who…

Actual Historical Events

I just clicked open my Bible App and started reading: Peter was arrested and put under the guard of twelve soldiers, bound with two chains, behind a locked iron gate.  An angel appeared and led Peter out of his cell, chains dropped off, guards saw nothing, and the iron gate opened by itself.  I believe this is an accurate account of real events in history.  Do you?  Just before this account we are told, “It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.  He had James, the brother of John,…

Believers Driving Cabs

The skies were sunny amid a light warm breeze as we disembarked our cruise ship.  At port in Roatan we caught a cab to the West End beach.  Our driver was very friendly and shared with us how many believers were on the island in various churches. As we drove by the small houses most Americans would consider shacks, our driver expressed his gratefulness for being able to live in a tropical paradise.  He had a six month old baby girl and life was good because God is a loving merciful God. The next day our ship stopped at Belize…

That’s Hard to Believe

This is a phrase we have all uttered upon hearing certain tales.  My wife and I have discovered that movies based on true stories are usually our favorites because truth is stranger than fiction.  Men may be particularly interested in hearing and telling stories that make credibility difficult to attain, but I’m not talking about exaggeration.  The nature of the infinite Lord God almighty, who is Spirit, invisible, and exalted far above everything in creation causes us to stretch beyond our senses and grasp the reality of His word and deed with faith.  Just to offer one poor illustration, the…

True Confession

The Bible teaches and proves that nothing is impossible with God. (Mark 10:27). Evolutionists believe anything is possible with enough time and chance.  Flying enough flags for long enough will cause the threads of a flag to unravel and re-weave itself into a three-piece suit.  Given enough time a sunken ship will dissolve and rust down to produce  twenty-four lawn jockeys, three flying saucers, five golden rings, and a partridge in a pear tree. I dreamed that my grand-daughter came up to my wife; she was about four years old and had curly dark auburn hair long and thick.  Since this…

The Gift of Discerning of Spirits

“For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” I Corinthians 12:8-10. The Gift of Discernment of Spirits is the capacity to distinguish the source of a spiritual manifestation – whether it emanates from a good or evil spirit.  All…

Feelings Show Our Beliefs

  When we examine our feelings, or we cry out in emotion overflowing from feelings of hurt, anguish, disappointment, loss, etc., we are expressing what we believe to be true.  However, all we feel and believe is not necessarily true.  I may feel defeated in my walk with Yeshua, or deserted and ignored because I have failed Him and myself; I believe He has pulled away from me, because I am no longer worthy to be in His presence.  These feelings are real, my failings are real, and I truly believe my weakness has separated me from Yeshua, but those…