Month: May 2014

Jesus is THE prophet of God

Moses told the people of God that a prophet was coming – a prophet whose words would carry with them a weight that would be remembered by God for all eternity (Deuteronomy 18:15-19John 12:48).

This coming prophet would continue to be the cornerstone, central focus and continuing hope for the people of God for nearly 1,500 years until there was a fervor amongst the angels and prophets of God – a fervor that had never before been seen over the birth of such a seemingly insignificant child (Luke 1:59-80, 2:8-38).

The prophet of God had arrived!

Never failing to know any man, but recognized by so few (John 1:45-48).

Never failing to speak the right word, but rarely heard (Matthew 11:1-6).

Never failing to invite near the far off, but hardly received (Matthew 11:28-30).

Yet the prophet preached – and he preached with words that shape and shake humanity to this day (Luke 9:22-26).

Who is this prophet, the prophet of all the prophets of God?

It is none other than Jesus of Nazareth – the prophet to whom all other prophets and people will bow (John 5:39-47Philippians 2:5-11). EA

The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:36-43)

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Graduates of 2014, as you prepare for this new time in your life…

…remember to walk behind Jesus as you chase your dreams (Luke 9:23).

…remember that no amount of money is worth your soul (Matthew 16:26).

…remember that the Bible is more valuable than any other book that you can study (Psalm 119:105).

…remember to be grateful because every good gift comes down from God (James 1:17).Graduate

…remember that you can see the same people as you climb up the ladder that you see climbing down it (Matthew 7:12).

…remember that you can get knocked off your ladder (James 4:6).

…remember to make a difference if you have the ability to do so (Proverbs 3:27-29).

…remember that you can’t learn it all, but you can learn what God’s will for your life is (Ecclesiastes 12:9-14).

…remember, odds are, the person you become over the next few years will be the person you become the rest of your life (Galatians 6:7-8).

…remember that life is no joke, get ready to work (Proverbs 28:13-14, Ecclesiastes 11:4).

…remember, if you think I’m old, you will be two years older than me by the time my daughter graduates! EA

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

(James 4:13-17)

Spiritual Mythbusters – Christians Shouldn’t Judge by Chris McCurley

I found this video on a friend’s blog.

The speaker’s sermon, which is called “Spiritual Mythbusters – Christians Shouldn’t Judge“, tackles (as the title obviously alludes to) the mistaken point of view that believes that all judging is wrong based upon the misunderstanding and abuse of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1 which says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

If you have the time it’s worth watching. If you don’t have the time then make some for it.

A proper understanding of this vital biblical topic can help lead to a better understanding of God’s will concerning our responsibility and how we arrive at a spiritual conclusion while dealing with the faults of others (2 Timothy 2:15).

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” (John 8:31-32)

Spirit-Minded or Spiritually-Minded?

Spirit-minded and spiritually-minded are not always the same (Romans 8:13-17, Colossians 2:18-23).

Spiritual people are ready to consume whatever feel-good flavor of the day gets served.

The Spirit-minded individual is ready to consume the food that sustained God’s people for millennia through blessings, hardships, heartaches and celebrations (Nehemiah 9:20, John 6:53-63).

Spiritual people look for worship services that swoon, sway and sweep them off of their feet with a better felt than told, helium filled hands moment, material riches are coming message and an expect a miracle spiritual experience.

The Thinking ManThe Spirit-minded individual is looking for worship services that are guided by the Spirit so He may cut, correct and comfort hearts; draw us out of the world and near to God; culminating in our edification, sanctification, and devotion, and the exultation of God (John 4:23-24).

Spiritual people are seeking a life path that can be trail blazed in whatever fashion that fits them. They believe in life after death, but most often one’s lifestyle has no effect on eternal conditions.

The Spirit-minded individual looks to avoid grieving the Spirit of God by living for Heaven while here on the Earth being fully aware that the old man of sin can present a great danger to the new man created in Christ (Ephesians 4:17-32).

Biblical spirituality is real (Galatians 6:1), but it comes from being Spirit-minded and not necessarily from being spiritually-minded (Romans 12:1-2). EA

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-16)

Are We Sure We Don’t Have The Time?

If we have time to fight dandelions, we have time to fight the good fight of faith. If we have time to channel surf, we have time to flip through our Bible. If we have time to go on vacation, we have time to work for the Lord. If we have time to sit in the bleachers, we have time to sit in the pews. If we have time to talk about the weather, we have time to talk about the gospel.

There’s no doubt that our time can be tight, but if our time is too tight to fit in what’s really important then maybe it’s time to start buying it back, for there’s a difference in not having the time and not making it (Ephesians 5:16).

Here’s a thought: If time has no interest in waiting for us, then why do we wait so much for the time to do the things that we know need to be done? EA

Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”  Ecclesiastes 12:6-7