We are the Church

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“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.” Acts 2:41 I believe what has happened in our world with this pandemic has changed our world forever. I believe that God allowed this to happen. I know that Satan is the author of death and destruction and God is the author of life, but at times God allows these things to happen to wake us up. I pray that one of the changes we will see is the church. We are too much in the mindset that we have to have a building if we are to be the church. We spend too much money on church buildings. As we have seen with the shutdown of the church building; the church has not shut down. God will never allow His church to be shut down. “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Matthew 16:18) This is God’s promise to us that His church will go on forever. We see in Acts that the early church grew by 3000 in one day and they did not even have a building. That is amazing isn’t it? Today we think that we cannot grow unless we have a church building. This is the time to get out of our buildings and build the church. What is the definition of the church? In the New Testament the church is never about a building. The church was the people, not the building. If the believers met together it was always in a home. The meaning of the church is a group of believers. Remember we are the church, not the building. Let’s […]

God is our Strength

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“We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.  In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 In this section of scripture Paul is writing that God comforts all. He is telling the people that God will be with them in all their suffering. Paul had suffered some trouble in Asia. This was not the first time or the last time that Paul suffered trouble. In this case Paul was to the point that there was no hope. He had exalted all his human options. He knew that in his own strength he could not get out of this trouble. “For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.” (Lamentation 3:31-33) God does not enjoy bringing us trouble, but at times this is the only way that we will turn from our human support and give it all to God. God not only knows about the coronavirus: He has a purpose for it. God does nothing, and permits nothing, without wise purposes. Nothing just happens. Everything flows from the eternal counsels of God. “Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.”  (Ephesians 1:11) God wants us to put our strength in Him and nothing else. “Yet I still dare […]

The Glory of God

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“I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2 I cannot get away from this wonderful little book of Habakkuk. The amazing thing about the Bible is how many characters in the Bible that I can relate to. Habakkuk had his doubts about God and what God was doing. I have had my doubts about the way God was doing something and I have made my complaints known.  As Habakkuk, I was corrected and accept that God knows more than me. Jonas ran from God’s call to the ministry. I did the same thing, but God changed my mind. Peter put his foot in his mouth more than once. He spoke before he thought. He had faith to step out on the water, but he took his eyes off Jesus and he went down. David sinned more than most of us. God says that David was a man after His own heart. What does all of these characters have in common? In the end they gave God the glory. We all have failed God, but God has never failed us, but in the end, we came back praising God and giving Him the glory. During this pandemic that we are going through, we all have doubts about what is happening. Habakkuk tells God in this time of great need don’t forget us. I want to tell God the same thing, in this time of great need be with us. You have helped us before and I know you will help us now. To God be the glory! “All the nations of the world will stand amazed at […]

Rest for Your Soul

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“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29 During these uncertain times we need rest for our soul. We are all to stay at home and many people are not working. God has shut down all activities, no sports, no gathering of any kind. Don’t you think maybe God is trying to tell us something. We were too busy to live. I know I am retried and I am too busy at times. Ask yourself a question, what rests my soul? What do I do that gives me the joy of my soul? In my case there are a few things. I enjoy my photography, my writing and study of God’s Word.  In the past few years, I have not been enjoying my photography. I don’t really have a real reason, but I am going to change that. I am going to find more rest for my soul. “Slow me down Lord, ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reaches of time. Give me, amidst the confusion of the day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing streams that live in my memory. Teach me the art of taking minute vacations—of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to smile at a child, to read a few lines from a good book. Slow me down, Lord, and inspire me to send my root deep into the soil of life’s enduring values, that I may grow toward my great destiny. Remind me each day […]

Living by Faith

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I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2 Habakkuk was questioning God and what He was about to do to Judah. He just did not understand why God would allow this to happen. Sometimes I don’t understand anything that is happening, but more than anything else I want to be in the perfect will of God. In my walk with God all these years I have missed God’s well more than I can count, but as I get older being in God’s well is more important than anything. During these times we are going through the best thing we can do is feed our souls. Feed our soul with God’s Word and give it all to God. This is what Habakkuk did he gave it all to God. These last verses in Habakkuk tells it all. He says that no matter what happen or where I am, I will trust God and accept His well for my life. This is the only way that we can have peace in this world.  “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength!  He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” (Habakkuk 317-19) Read this prayer of Habakkuk over and over until you accept it in […]

Judgment

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“Our nation right now is receiving its final call to repentance, just prior to a great judgment! I believe America stands at the brink of an economic and social collapse.” David Wilkerson “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.  He will judge everyone according to what they have done.” Romans 2:4-6

Bargaining with God

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“Are we but fish, to be caught and killed? Are we but creeping things that have no leader to defend them from their foes? Must we be strung up on their hooks and dragged out in their nets, while they rejoice?  Then they will worship their nets and burn incense before them! “These are the gods who make us rich,” they’ll say. Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless wars?” Habakkuk 1:14-17 TLB Habakkuk is telling God that he feels worthless. He feels that they are just fish caught in the net. We are going to be killed and hung out to dry. After that they will worship their nets and you will not receive any glory for what is happening. The nets are their gods who make them rich. Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless wars? How easy we try to bargain with God. We say, “God, it is not right what you are doing, I have a better way.” Our enemies are going to turn against you. They are not going to recognize You in this process.” Have you ever done this; I have many times? I find myself telling God that I know how it should be done. I am giving God directions on how He needs to answer my prayers. I have this logical argument. It makes great sense to me, and I sure that it will impress God. He probably never thought of that before. We are constantly coming before God with our arguments, thinking up new ways as to why He ought to do a certain thing a certain way. “Lord if you do things my way, you will get all the glory and the […]

God is in Control

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“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.” Habakkuk 1:2-3 God is in control. He is the Lord of all nations. He is Lord of those who believe in Him and He is Lord of those who don’t believe in Him. God is Lord of all. God created the world and He is still in control of His world. At times God blesses His people with persecution. He blesses them with opposition. He blesses them with suffering. He blesses them with chastisement. He blesses them by putting them in prison. He blesses them by taking away their lives sometimes. At times we have a difficult time understanding that God would bless us with trouble. We need to remember Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Habakkuk had a problem understanding what God was doing, just like us today. In this book God is telling Habakkuk that He was going to send a great army to destroy their enemy, but in order for this to happen Habakkuk’s people would be destroyed also. What is happening in our world today is terrible and we see people sick and death everywhere. Our hearts are burdened and we pray as Habakkuk, how long God is this to go on. When are you going to answer our prayers? I am like Habakkuk in that I don’t quite understand what God is doing […]

We are the Light

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“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 Sunday, I had to run some errands. As I drove down the road, it was strange. All of the church buildings were closed. Even the church we attend was closed. God spoke to me and told me that His church was not closed, because His church has nothing to do with a building. The true church of Jesus Christ will never close. “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Matthew 16:18) We are the church, God’s chosen people, and we are the light of the world. In this time of trouble, we need more than ever to be that light. We are going through a very dark time in our world and more than ever the world needs our light shining in the darkness.  “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16) Even after we come out of this time of trouble, we need to still be the light of the world; the building is not the light. “For God, who said, “Let there be light […]

The Return of Jesus

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“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.  They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.  They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 God is leading me to move away from our study on Hebrews for a short time. For a long time, God has been telling me that Jesus is returning soon. With what is happening in our world with this virus, I believe that God is showing us that we need to get right with Jesus, because we don’t have long. The last days are getting closer. I know that people have been looking for the return of Jesus for over 2000 years. I have no prediction of when Jesus will return, I just know that it must be soon, because our world is falling apart. It is not just our nation, it is the entire world. It is even nature. Nature is even looking for Jesus’ return. The weather has gone crazy and it is not the so-called climate change of earth to blame and there’s nothing that we can do about it. It is all up to God. We think that we are gods and we can take care of everything. It’s the old story of Adam and Eve. They wanted to be like God. “The hearts of the […]