Month: June 2014

The Value of a godly Grand-Parent

Godly grandparents are an uncommon commodity. They share the one thing that each new generation needs – advice learned through experience.

This is one reason why Proverbs 16:31 says, “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.”

Few parents like to be told how to raise their child, but advice asked for and advice needed is two different things.

When it comes to advice needed, godly grandparents need to do three things:

  • remind their own children about the importance of raising up their child in the footsteps of Jesus
  • remind their own children about the importance of raising up their child in the footsteps of Jesus
  • remind their own children about the importance of raising up their child in the footsteps of Jesus

Do these three things and grand will only begin to describe your value. EA

The heritage of the good man is handed down to his children’s children; and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the upright man.” (Proverbs 13:22 – BBE)

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Do we have a direct line to the Divine when it comes to morality?

Hillary Clinton, in a recent interview about the evolution of her view on homosexual marriage with Terry Gross, host of NPR’s “Fresh Air”,  said:

One of my big problems right now is that too many people believe they have a direct line to the divine and they never want to change their mind about anything,

Well one of my big problems with that is when it comes to homosexual marriage and its morality we do have a direct line to the divine – it’s called the word of God (a.k.a. the Bible).

As surely as the word of God reveals his righteousness (Romans 1:16-17) it also reveals the sin that violates it (1 John 5:17). And as surely as the word of God contains the answer to sin (1 John 2:1) it also contains the sins that create the need for an answer (Romans 1:18-32; Galatians 5:13-26; Colossians 3:1-10; Revelation 21:5-8, 22:10-15) which includes the sin of homosexuality.

The problem doesn’t come from not knowing whether or not we have “a direct line to the divine” – it’s that people are ignoring what they hear when they pick up the phone! EA 

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Jesus is THE King of God

From the beginning God sought to rule and reign over his people, even warning them about the harsh leadership of an earthly king, but the people still rejected the leadership of God, along with his prophets and priests, for a king in the flesh (Deuteronomy 17:8-20 and 1 Samuel 8).

With an unchanging path chosen and knowing what, and who, was to come (Genesis 49:10), God made a covenant with king David concerning his household and the throne; a covenant which promised an established throne – a dynasty to the extent that the descendants of David would always sit upon the throne as the king of God’s people (2 Samuel 7:1-17).

Approximately 1,000 years later, One had arrived, of the house of David, born in the city of David to rule from the throne of David (Luke 1:26-35, 2:1-11), but once again Israel rejected God as their king, and in their attempt to blend in with the nations like their ancestors (John 18:33-19:15) they unwittingly helped God’s promise to David come to fruition. For this rejected and crucified king would later ascend to the right hand of God to reign forever from the throne of David in Heaven (Acts 2:22-36), and Jesus, the king of God, is his name. EA

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.”  (1 Timothy 6:12-16)

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Jesus is THE priest of God

From Genesis to Revelation you’ll find it – the word priest.

From Melchizedek (meaning king of righteousness) to Aaron (meaning light-bringer) to the individual members of God’s kingdom today (meaning Christians), the Lord has used people, people of his choosing, people known as priests, to represent, serve and fulfill his purpose.

Called to be holy in every dispensation, the role of every priest was not meant to be substitutionary in regards to man’s relationship with God – rather the purpose was meant to be more of an intermediary. The priest represented the people to God and God to the people in matters of personal holiness, devotion and sin.

But limited by mortality, imperfect due to immorality and constrained by legality, the role of every God-fearing priest pointed and looked forward to the office of the One who would not be restrained by time, by personal imperfections or by a law that could not render a soul perfect – namely Jesus: called after the order of Melchizedek, serving in a higher tabernacle than that of Aaron and able to represent to the uttermost those who come to God through his own sin atoning sacrifice.

And God has it made it clear that Jesus is the priest of God, the perfect meeting point, and there is no representation without him (Hebrews 7-9). EA

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)