Month: November 2013

Think You’re Man Enough?

What makes a man a man? I guess that depends on whose standard you’re using. Ask the world and ask God and you’ll get two different answers.

Must he be tall to be considered a man? Not according to Zacchaeus! (Luke 19:1-10) Must he be rich to be considered a man? Not according to Peter! (Acts 3:6) Must he have a job with great authority? Not according to Andrew or James! (Matthew 4:18-22) Must he be a graduate of higher learning? Not according to John! (Acts 4:13) Must he be willing to defend his reputation physically? Not according to Jesus! (Matthew 5:38-39)

So what must one be to be a man? He must love God, his family and his neighbor in a way that the world doesn’t measure up to – think you’re man enough for that? EA

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11)

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Why Bother with the Church?

After looking at the self-made messes that the church finds herself in, the question, “Why bother with the church?” isn’t just what the world could ask of her members – it’s a question they could ask of God!

Quibbles that distract, relationships that make the world look like the moral compass, fickleness that discourages others, and more spiritual babies than you can shake a rattle at! I’m not just talking about the church of the 21st century; I’m talking about the problems that actually have a book, chapter and verse! Don’t believe me? Then read this “cornucopia” of spiritual bliss: Philippians 4:1-3; 1 Corinthians 5:1-2; Galatians 2:11-13; Hebrews 5:12-14.

So why, why does the Lord bother with the church? The answer is love! It’s because He has a special love for the church – one that the world doesn’t get to enjoy.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)

There can be good and moral people in the world, just read Acts 10:1-6, but being a good and moral person won’t save us from our sins! It’s Jesus who saves us from our sins, and His body, which is the church (Ephesians 1:22-23), are the ones who make up the saved (Acts 2:47).

So why should you bother with the church with all of her imperfections and shortcomings? It’s because Jesus “bothered” to buy her with His blood (Acts 20:28). That’s why. EA

but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15)

You Can’t Bind the Sabbath Rest and Ignore the Rest that Comes with it

There are some people in the religious world who teach that the church is commanded by God to observe the Sabbath day rest.

Truth is if one wants to observe a personal Sabbath they have that spiritual right (Romans 14:5-6) but the right becomes a wrong when one attempts to bind a commandment upon the church that does not originate with God.

Now it’s true that at one time the Sabbath day was a commandment bound by God, but the binding was placed upon fleshly Israel by the Law of Moses through the 10 Commandments and no other nation (Deuteronomy 5).

You just can’t bind the commandment of the Sabbath rest while ignoring the rest that comes with the commandment (Exodus 31:14-15, 35:1-3). EA  

Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar—for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children—but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.” (Galatians 4:21-26)

We Need to Study the Bible Because…

Bible study is vital for good spiritual health. Bible application in our life is just as important as Bible study for our life because without the application, the knowledge does no good; but we can’t apply anything unless we know what needs to be applied and that’s where the necessity for actual study comes in (2 Timothy 2:15).

Here are six articles that I posted on The Fellowship Room several months ago that revolve around the importance of studying the greatest book that’s ever been written – the word of God.

I hope that these articles may be found useful as you study the word of God to see His will for our lives. EA

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”” (Matthew 4:3-4)