“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25). Why does God put such a premium on assembling together? The apostle Paul declares that the last days of the Church age will be marked by apostasy; a falling away from sound doctrine (2 Tim. 3:1-7). An apostate is someone who has once believed and then rejected the truth of God. Apostasy is a very real and dangerous threat. A number of Christians are talking about the arrival of the Antichrist, yet very few are looking for the apostasy that must come first (2 Thess. 2:3). The Bible gives us the perfect depiction of what the climate will be in the last days of this dispensation. Therefore, believers must cling to sound doctrine and remain unified for the cause of Christ. We are “called-out” to Assemble for Such a Time as This!
I saw a bumper sticker that read: “Tithe if you love Jesus. Any idiot can honk.” There is a lot of truth in that statement. Jesus plainly stated, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Giving is not a matter of feasibility it is a matter of faith. When we give, it makes us more like God (John 3:16) and draws us closer to Him. One of the reasons some Christians choose not to give is because they have been smitten with the uncontrolled desire for stuff. They are gripped by materialism and greed. However, when we give with a cheerful heart and good attitude, the Lord promises to bless. “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7). Trust God and give!
From the beginning, the Devil has attempted to destroy the Nation of Israel; to terminate the blessed seed of the promised Redeemer (Is. 47:4; 48:17; 49:26). However, the Lord God has preserved His people and His seed. Israel is not a perfect nation, but rather a chosen covenanted nation; an unconditionally blessed nation (Gen. 12:1-3). “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye” (Zech. 2:8). God has not cast aside Israel indefinitely (Rom. 11:1-3). Regardless of Israel’s past mistakes, the Lord will restore a future remnant to establish His everlasting Kingdom (1 Sam. 7:12-16; Ps. 89:4). Choose to stand with Israel!
Why is it so imperative that the Body of Christ collectively have a part in the distribution of the word of God? Because every person has a soul; an eternal soul. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). As C.S. Lewis aptly stated, “You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” The Bible declares that every soul that dies without Christ will spend eternity in the lake of fire (Rev. 21:15). In spite of the conditions around us, the difficulties, dangers, and every excuse we offer, The Great Commission still stands! God still expects His people to take His message to a lost world so that they might hear the wonderful words of life. Are we as a church doing everything we can to find inroads of outreach into the world around us? We have real hope!
By admin ~ February 25th, 2015. Filed under:General.
When we think about the word surrender in the context of Christianity, many believers become fearful. This word carries with it a subconscious fear of the unknown. However, we are certainly safer in the hands of our loving God rather than fulfilling our wildest dreams. The apostle Paul declared, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). We do not belong to ourselves. Moreover we were bought with a price, and our bodies are the Temple of the living God. Accordingly, the Lord desires total surrender of His rightful possession. When God gave His plans for the Tabernacle, and later for the Temple, He demanded purity in the materials and construction, otherwise, He would never fill it with His glory. Likewise, our bodies must be presented holy unto the Lord. They must be Surrendered for Such A Time As this.
By admin ~ January 29th, 2015. Filed under:General.
During the minister’s prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back row seats. Little Gary’s mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, “Gary, whatever made you do such a thing?” Gary answered soberly, “I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He just then did!” You have to admit, the boy believed in prayer! But I wonder sometimes if we believe in it as much as we say we do.
Prayer with fasting is one of the most powerful, but perhaps one of the least used spiritual tools in the life of the average Christian. Furthermore, fasting transcends dispensations. Why did Esther consider this the best possible preparation before taking a great step of faith? From a human point of view, everything was against Esther and the success of her mission. However, she asked her fellow Jews to specifically go to God for her in prayer and fasting since she had decided to accept Mordecai’s counsel to go before the King uninvited (Esther 4:1-17). Through prayer and fasting we position ourselves where God can most possibly bless us!
By admin ~ January 27th, 2015. Filed under:General.
The Lord Jesus Christ illustrated the importance of faithfulness through the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30). Every Christian has been given certain gifts and abilities by God. We are to be faithful to investing these talents for the Kingdom of God. Late in his career, when the Yankees were comfortably ahead in the pennant race, Joe DiMaggio was asked why he continued to play so hard. He said, “Because there might be somebody out there who’s never seen me play.” The Christian should live every day as if someone will see him who has never seen a Christian before. Moreover, we should never lose sight of our Savior’s Second Coming. Every believer will be held accountable on that day (1 Cor. 3:11-15). Will you be found faithful for such a time as this? (1 Cor. 4:1-2).
By admin ~ January 20th, 2015. Filed under:Sermon.
Throughout history, God’s people have been the object of persecution. However, it is imperative to understand why the Lord allows trials. “Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace” (Oswald Chambers). Purging is a part of the divine growth process (John 15:1-3). When you set out to attempt great things for God you can expect immense opposition and fiery trials (1 Peter 4:12-15). Opposition does not mean that we are doing things wrong, but rather it is often evidence that we are doing things right. If we allow ourselves to be deterred from doing anything unless we have complete approval, it is certain that we will never accomplish anything of value. Rather than being discouraged by opposition, we should take comfort in God’s faithfulness and keep on doing what is right. How will you respond to the trials that come your way?
Since the beginning of creation, Satan has fiercely attacked the seed of the woman. Likewise, countless individuals have attempted to erase Jesus from the pages of history. Nevertheless, well over 300 prophecies were fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. His First Advent was both humble and miraculous. The prophet Micah foretold of the holy divine night our Savior was born: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). Beloved, God was manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16); being called Emmanuel (Mat. 1:23). “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).