Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on July 25, 2017 at 6:35 PM|
Guest commentary, by Tim Breckheimer (c) 2017
Social media is not an overnight phenomena. It has actually been around for quite a while. It started using social media back in the early to mid 90's when AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ and Yahoo Groups were the big things. But when things like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube showed up, social media exploded. As with any trend, the question comes up as to whether it is okay for a Christian to take part in it. Is social media completely bad? Or can it be used for some good?
Over the years I have heard many preachers who have either spoken about or preached against the use of social media from the pulpit. While most will speak against the overuse or abuse of social media, along with warnings of the evils that can be present, some will go as far has to say that Bible believers should not use social media at all. I seen where some pastors will even go as far as bullying their congregations by calling them rebels, or not letting people serve in their church if they use Facebook. Meanwhile, they, themselves, have no problem using YouTube, which is full of trash and filth. Instead of preaching the Book, and letting the Holy Spirit do the convicting, they preach their personal preferences or convictions which often sounds more like a dictatorship.
I often find that those who take such an extreme stand against social media either have no real idea what social media is, had never been on social media, or they were on for a short bit of time and didn't care for it or didn't like what they were seeing their unsaved family and friends post. I get it. I've had to remove some people who constantly posted drama, backbiting, and gossip on Facebook. And there is certainly nothing wrong with preaching against those types of things, because they can happen in everyday life, let alone social media. Can Facebook and other social media be used for evil? Absolutely. But that, in and of itself, does not make those things evil. It is no different than when radio, television and the telephone came on the scene. All of those things are primarily used for evil communications these days. But does that make them evil? No. Can anything good come out of using those things? Yes. Just like radio, television and the telephone, social media is merely a means of communications. How and what you communicate and what you allow to be communicated to you is what is important.
I've heard more than one preacher say that Facebook is like looking out your window to see what your neighbors are up to. And although it sounded funny, it was obvious that these preachers have no idea how Facebook works. First, you can't see anything unless the person posting it has allowed you to see it. Second, posting something on Facebook is no different than making a phone call to tell someone your news. Except with Facebook you can reach a lot of people at once.
It has been said that there are no biblical reasons to use Facebook or other social media. Well, although there are no scriptures that directly relate to social media, there is actually more scripture to support the use of social media than there are for Sunday School, a bus ministry, or inviting a lost person to church. In fact, here are some great scriptural ways that anyone can use social media, like Facebook.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
Facebook is a great way to give your testimony, present the gospel and post scripture in a format where it might be read by friends, family or other lost people.
2. PRAYER AND FELLOWSHIP.
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
"If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."
During the week I enjoy the moments of fellowship that I often have with like-minded believers on Facebook. We post about our joys, sorrows, prayer requests and Bible quotes. On more than one occasion I was lifted up by a post on a day when I was feeling down. I have had others tell me the same thing. These are all things we are supposed to do, and when using Facebook as a source to carry those things out, I fail to see where that is evil.
Social mediums, whether it be telephone, internet or face-to-face, should never take the place of the local church. Chatting or having Bible study via those mediums is not a bad thing, but should never replace attending a local, bible-believing church when it is possible.
2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
I often use different topics and threads on Facebook as a springboard to a serious Bible study. Comments and Bible references are made, and questions are asked. It is really not a whole lot different then checking out a commentary or reading a book on a certain passage or subject from the Bible. The biggest difference is that questions can be asked to those posting their comments.
So, as you can see there are at least three good, biblical ways to use Facebook. Just like anything else in life that has the potential to be used for both good and evil, it all depends on how you choose to use it.
One last thing I would like to address is this idea going around that Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Facebook the new church. The thing is, this kind of mentality has been around long before Zuckerberg and Facebook. As I stated before, there have been different groups and forums on the internet for more than 20 years. I highly doubt Zuckerberg will succeed in replacing the local church. However, there will always be those who will choose to forsake the assembling together in a local church setting as the Lord originally planned and use social media fellowships as an excuse to not have to go to church. A true Bible believer knows that he or she should attend a local, Bible-believing church when it is possible.
Preacher, please stick with preaching the King James Bible and stop trying to bully people into conforming to your image and living your personal convictions.
I'll leave off with this chapter from the book of Romans.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
|Posted on June 29, 2017 at 8:55 PM|
Well, in God's wisdom... I help out picking up trash in the complex where I live and a few properties near my home. It helps them, and it gives me something as an older man to occupy my day. (Ecclesiastes 3:22)
Recently, at one of those properties, a man moved in not far from the dumpster where his apartment seems to blend in perfectly with those around him. Lately, as the spring weather arrived and summer surfaced, he's been sitting outside watching me as I pass by every few days or so picking up trash.
As my nature dictates, I watch his face from a distance, every time I passed by. No reaction; no wave; no “hello.”
Did I mention that he is a black man, and I, white.
I said to myself, "This guy has an attitude problem. Here I am picking up after him, and he thinks he's better than me."
The other day, in an area across from his apartment, I was being a little bit more thorough with my task, and, as I was in the middle of the road, I heard a sound. It was coming from that black man sitting in front of his apartment. He called out “Huueer.” I took what he said to mean “Here,” so I quickly moved to the front of his apartment where he was sitting, and looked down to where he was pointing to a few small pieces of trash. When I got done picking them up, I looked in this unfriendly black man's face, only closer this time, to see it slightly disfigured, with one good eye, a dead eye, and, from what I had determined from his voice, a deaf and dumb man. I said to myself, “that answers WHY he seemed so prejudiced against me.” I thought that he had an attitude problem against me for being white, when all along he wasn't friendly—or didn't SEEM friendly, because he couldn't communicate well.
Boy, was that a wake up call.
I thanked him for pointing out the garbage on the ground to me, and, as I kept slowly backing away, sweeping the ground for more, I thanked him again. He made a noise back and, unlike our previous experiences have been, we started to wave to each other.
I think I made a new friend that day. I hope he thinks the SAME way. And, Lord willing, I hope in the future He affords me an opportunity, as we wave at each other in passing, to give him the Gospel.
|Posted on May 2, 2017 at 2:10 PM|
Saved or unsaved, no matter how deep you personally got into sin before you got right with God, for however long it lasted, means nothing as far as your ability to minister to people.
What am I saying...?
You don't have to be a former “druggie” to minister to druggies.
You don't have to be a former letch to assist with those who possess awry sexual behavior.
...And, you certainly don't have to have been a “PK” (Preacher's Kid) to be able to minister to other “Pks” who went astray for a period of time like you did, before you finally got right.
God —I'll say it again, because you are NOT listening— GOD! wants all His children to minister to everyone He puts before them. It's certainly not up to us to pick and choose who the Lord puts in our path to minister to, is it? No, of course not. It's up to Him. The best policy is to let the Lord pick the tool of His choosing. We are not to identify with sinners in their sin by proclaiming to everyone that "our calling" is ONLY toward people with certain kinds of sins and troubles. You'd be hard pressed to show me that way of thinking FROM the scripture.
Has God called you to a certain people... a certain region or country. If so, that's not the subject, in my brief article, that I am referring to here. Has God shown you to minister to women having babies out of wedlock, men or women in jail or a youth or an old folks ministry. Go right ahead. Do it.
What I am referring to are folks that believe ONLY someone who identifies with people who have certain sins they once committed themselves are the best ones to minister to them. Poppycock. That's not up to you to decide, it's up to the Lord.
Your ministry—the ministry that God wants you to have is to live a holy life and preach the Gospel.
You are to take the word of God and to minister. Nothing more, nothing less.
Listen to what Isaiah said...
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Our job is to give out God's word. His job, if you please, is to use it.
Don't forget, Paul said...
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God...Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." (I Corinthians 2:4-5, 12-13)
The Lord doesn't want you—who, by the way, fell into the SAME sin traps they did—to get the glory for helping someone out, He wants it ALL for Himself.
“He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:31)
The sooner you are willing to admit that of your own self you can do nothing without the power of God, and the sooner you lay aside your man-made schemes to help Him out, the sooner He just might decide to use you....
|Posted on April 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM|
Guest Article... by David Hyles
I have friends who are struggling because they are no longer doing the things for God they once did and they miss it terribly. No I am not referring to people who have fallen into some kind of sin. I am referring to people who for no fault of their own lost an opportunity they once enjoyed. Let me be frank. Several of these people WERE on staff at FBC in Hammond or HAC. They had positions and opportunities to really make a difference in the ministry. Through no fault of their own they were laid off and in many cases were unable to simply just pick up and start somewhere else. After 30 or more years in full time service, some are now working secular jobs to survive They remember the days when God was using them in full-time ministry and it hurts. This is true in other places as well. An evangelist suddenly lost the ability to get meetings because of struggling health problems. There are many who feel they have been forgotten by man and even by God. They wonder what they did to deserve this. Several have asked me why. I have thought about this for sometime and recently decided that I wanted to put on paper some of the thoughts God has given me. Perhaps some of these are the reasons why God allows this to happen in people’s lives.
1. Perhaps God wanted to see if your faith was in him or in man. It is easy to trust God when everything is going well but when something (or someone) causes us to lose our opportunities then we really have to decide whether or not we trust God. Does he have a right to see if we trust him? Does he have a right to test us? Perhaps like Job, Satan came and told God that you were only faithful because you had been blessed. Maybe God is trying to prove to Satan that you are genuine. He has that right to do so. He IS God.
2. Perhaps God wants to give you a season of rest. I am a believer in this. There are seasons in our lives where God just lets us rest in him. I know we still must work. But God wants to refresh our spiritual side to prepare us for another work he has for us to do. Ministry can be taxing. Sometimes we do not even realize how weary we were. The wilderness is not an end. The wilderness is a means to an end. Just ask Moses.
3. Perhaps God has a smaller work for you to do. Huh? I thought we always went to bigger works. That is a total misconception. Sometimes God moves us from influencing large numbers of people to dealing with one person or a handful. I preached to thousands as a young man. Today I minister to one person at a time. Honestly, I love it. Jesus was good at both. Perhaps I was only good at one. Maybe God wants you to slow down and take note of the individual for a while.
4. Perhaps God is preparing you for something else. Sometimes God has to take something away from us in order to get us to do what he has for us next. I talked to a man recently who is discouraged because his health is bad and he can no longer preach or pastor. He was offered an opportunity to teach an online Bible course. That opportunity could go beyond his lifetime and do far more good than he ever dreamed possible. Maybe that's what God has for him at this stage of his life. My dad once said to me, "Son if you can't preach, you can still write." That is when the pen became my pulpit. Maybe God wants to move you into a different arena of ministry. Are you willing?
5. Perhaps there is one person God wants you to influence, but it will be your greatest work. Every day we come across people with an opportunity to minister or encourage. You never know, there may be someone you can influence who God will use to change tens of thousands of lives. Everything you have ever done may be dwarfed by the good that one opportunity to influence will do. A Sunday school teacher named Mrs. Bethel had one moment where she told one little boy named Jack Hyles that Jesus loved him. Maybe your moment has not yet come or maybe it has, but you will not know it until eternity.
You didn't do anything wrong. You are exactly where God knew you would be at this moment. Don't get bitter. Don't get frustrated. Don't feel useless. Be willing to accept that God has ways of working that we can never understand until we see him face-to-face.
|Posted on April 23, 2017 at 7:20 PM|
Do you know how the new versions all love to change the word “meat” to the word “grain,” thinking that the King James has mistakes in it...? Even the Scofield Bible has this word corrected every time it appears throughout the Tanakh (Torah) and prophets, by calling it a “'meal' offering.”
For example, they say that Leviticus chapter 2:1 to 3 is wrong and needs to be corrected...
1 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: 2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: 3 And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.
Here, in Genesis—in the very FIRST chapter, God gives us license to use the word “meat...”
“And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” (Genesis 1:30)
Therefore, when the Bible calls fine flour and oil a “meat” offering, we UNDERSTAND that it came from a plant (and NOT an animal), as non-carnivorous “meat” to feed us.
God (HIMSELF) called it “meat.” So should we.
|Posted on February 19, 2017 at 8:30 PM|
Looking at Luke 14:25-25 in my personal copy of the Scofield King James Bible printed version of 1909 I assumed, until TODAY that is, that where Scofield made breaks in the scripture in his notes (look at the breaks below that have an * by them) were separate parables, it had NOTHING to do with the first thought that Jesus was speaking to his disciples about. Boy, was I wrong.
Here is how it is laid out...
* Discipleship again tested.
25 ¶ And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
* Parable of the tower.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
* Parable of the king going to war.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
* Parable of the savourless salt.
34 ¶ Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Since I always looked at where the editors made the breaks in the passage, I never quite got what was going on in this portion of scripture.
What I hope you see here is that, though this passage is divided up by the Scofield board of editors, the passage before you is one CONTINUED thought. Please, allow me to show you what I mean. Look for the “>>> <<<”...
Discipleship again tested.
25 ¶ And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Parable of the tower.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower >>>If you are “intending” on being a disciple<<<, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation>>>the “foundation” is Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 3:11)<<<, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. >>>You started out to be a disciple, but weren't "able to 'FINISH.'" Why? You didn't "count the cost."<<<
Parable of the king going to war.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. >>>This has nothing to do with SALVATION, it has to do with DISCIPLESHIP. Have you sat down and counted the cost of following Jesus...?<<<
Parable of the savourless salt.
34 ¶ Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. >>>If a DISCIPLE has lost his saltiness, he is good for NOTHING<<<
I hope that this has been helpful.
|Posted on February 7, 2017 at 9:30 PM|
The idea, that many of the brethren have conceived, that the Old Testament Jews were “looking for the Messiah to come and die for their sins” is dispelled by Christ's OWN disciples. If the Jews in the Old Testament were looking for their Messiah to come and die for their sins, Peter and the disciples must have been terrible Jews who WEREN'T looking to Christ (their leader) to die as God's lamb. In fact, Peter, who rebuked Jesus over this issue, was called "Satan" by Him for refusing to believe it. They indeed were terrible Jews and terrible disciples....
Matthew 16:21 ¶ From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Mark 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. 30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. 31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
Luke 8:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
|Posted on February 5, 2017 at 9:55 PM|
“[K]nowledge puffeth up.” (I Corinthians 8:1)
You might be asking... “Are you against knowledge, Brother Bob?”
No, in no way.
“Then, are you against BIBLE knowledge...?
No, I'm not.
What I'm against, though, is what God is against... “puff.” Look at the picture (above). All it makes you think about is "puff." It's all puffed up.
Christian, you have all this knowledge. Great. Like I said, I'm NOT against knowledge. I am wondering, though, what you are doing with it. In fact, I'd like to make that my first question. My first question to you is, “What are you doing with your knowledge of the scripture?” What are you doing with all the knowledge that God has given you? Did you get that knowledge to help OTHERS, or did you get it to just puff up. Are you a “swell” Christian? Are you "bloating," while you are "gloating" in what you know, or do you ask the Lord to help you assist others by presenting some truths from scripture as a means of ministering to them? In a word, what's your motive? Are you just showing off or are you honestly trying to help?
Oh, you don't have to answer to me, but I assure you that you will answer to God for how you used the talents that He gave you. Yes, I said “God.” Do you remember? God gave you those talents. Doesn't the scripture say “[W]hat hast thou that thou didst not receive...?” (I Corinthians 4:7) Paul goes on to say... “now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” Good question. That's what this article is about.
Now that we have established that I am NOT your judge, and you don't answer to me, I would like to tackle this subject from the standpoint of someone who loves knowledge (Genesis 3:5) and loves to learn.
To be honest with you, I watch. I look. I stare. That's just me. That's my nature. Ask anyone who knows me personally. Because I'm that way, I can attest to the fact that, over the course of the last six or seven years, I've watched some of you on Facebook post things that, in my opinion, didn't need to be posted. It looked like you posted some of those things just to show off your literary prowess or superior biblical knowledge skills. Again, I'm NOT your judge, but I'm looking; I'm watching.
Let me tell you something. Just because you have a little knowledge doesn't make you any better than others who might not have your abilities but are struggling to live good, clean lives for the Lord with what they know. Maybe you have forgotten that God in His grace imparted to you the ability to easily grasp things from scripture because He trusts you to help others. But, you, in your selfish vanity, think that it's all about YOU ...what YOU know ...how others perceive YOU.
Personally, I'm glad that you have the right doctrine. But, remember, it's not only about WHAT you teach, but WHY?
That can be summed up in one word. Motive.
Can I change the subject of Matthew six, one and two, hoping that it will help you see what I am saying? [I will put the change in brackets]...
1 Take heed that ye do not [show off your knowledge] before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest [teach knowledge], do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
To conclude, please, take a few minutes and think about what has been presented to you. While you do, consider Proverbs 21:2...
“Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
Pastor Bob (Not pastoring today)
|Posted on January 28, 2017 at 6:45 PM|
So, I'm driving last week about a half a mile past my house, when I saw a black lady on the corner by a traffic light who was holding up a sign a hand written poster-board sign. But, since I was waiting to go left, and her back was towards me, I never saw what her sign said. (I figured, since there are many many panhandlers in Pensacola holding up “need help” signs on almost every corner, that maybe she was asking for food or something for her family.)
Well, on the way home today, this time with Terry in the car, that same lady was there, so I asked Terry to read the sign for me. It said, “Hell is real, please don't go there.”
“Wow,” I thought, this lady is giving out the truth.
Anyway, on my way home (only about a half a mile from there), I remembered that we had some old (nice looking) scripture signs that were in good shape that we were going to put in storage. I thought I would be a blessing and give one to this lady. I dropped off Terry and the groceries and asked her to bring out those (maybe ten) signs that I had put in a garbage bag to bring to this lady.
When I got back to her ten minutes later, she was walking away from the corner. “I just caught her,” I thought, and hoped that the long light at that corner would change quickly. I think I sat there about thirty seconds.
Because it was a single lane road, I passed her and was able to turn around in a housing complex not far up the road which happened to be the one she lived at.
Anyway, when I got there, the sign I thought was poster board was actually a dry eraser board that she had hand written those words on.
I gave her not one, but ALL the signs in the bag, and had a nice ten minute conversation with her.
She isn't exactly in my camp, but seemed to be very open to hearing more.
I gave her my phone number and agreed to talk soon. (She texted me while I'm writing this article/testimony.)
Please, pray for Sister Cheryl.
|Posted on November 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM|
|Posted on October 30, 2016 at 8:35 PM|
Unlike modern day surgeons and healers (such as a nurse), which have different aspects of helping you to get physically better (one cuts and the other mends), in GOD, both the surgeon and healer are the same...
|Posted on October 5, 2016 at 12:15 AM|
On my way to answering a brother off-line, I thought to increase my audience by making my answer public...
Just because someone is out of church, doesn't mean that they don't love God and the things of God. Maybe they have had a bad experience, or don't understand the importance of attending. That's why I'm glad the Lord let me have a small part in people's lives by giving me an on-line ministry for those and others like them that have no where to attend or for one reason or another don't.
Now, don't get me wrong... I believe in the local church and even wrote a book about it (see below), hoping to get people back inside the church walls. But, going to church, even a good church, doesn't make someone live spiritual lives.
Church is where someone can go to to hear and learn the word of God, fellowship with believers, as well as praying for each others needs and giving to the support of the ministry. I'm not minimizing the local assembly at all, but am making it quite clear that going to a local assembly—showing up does not make you spiritual or holy...
...Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength does.
A good Christian does their best to live their lives for God, knowing that they themselves will face the Judgment Seat of Christ one day and by their sanctified lives hopefully influence others to do the same.
|Posted on September 18, 2016 at 6:05 PM|
A striking thought came to me this morning as I was getting out of my shower. But, before I tell you what it was, here is what I concluded...
“Those that say, 'the issue of whether someone uses fermented wine in the communion is a minor issue or a non-issue' are wrong.”
A few folks—many of them preachers have said to me over this issue, on more than one occasion, to “Move on” or “...It's not that important.” Seeing their nonchalance, insouciant viewpoint on this matter, by writing this article, I was hoping to catch them unawares (off-guard) to help them consider a better position.
If you have never considered the wine-in-the-communion issue before today, I'm hoping you come to see that this “issue” is bigger than you might think, much bigger!
Here's my story...
For some reason this morning, right after my shower, I was thinking about “blood.” (Maybe, it's because I hit my head, yesterday, on the door latch of my vehicle and drew blood, checking my white towel today like I did the day before to see if it left any red marks. ) Anyway, my next thought, of all things, was “Christ—Christ's blood.” “...That's the most powerful thing in the world ...in the UNIVERSE...” I concluded, “...It's so powerful, it paid for EVERY man's sins!!!”
That's pretty powerful, wouldn't you agree?
Could that be the reason Paul called it God's blood? (Acts 20:28) Could that, also, be the reason that John testified to what he saw up close moments after what he knew had formerly flowed through his Saviour's veins? (John 19:34-35)
With your permission, at this juncture, I would like to ask you a question...
In your opinion, could the most powerful thing in the Universe be a “minor issue?”
...While I'm asking questions, here's two more...
Should we use what scripture calls “the poison of asps” as a replacement for “the pure blood of the grape?” Wouldn't doing so reduce the blood of Christ—THE MOST POWERFUL THING IN THE UNIVERSE—to poison?
If this has peaked your curiosity like it has done mine, please, read the article below...
|Posted on September 15, 2016 at 8:20 PM|
After I got done reading the text below...
II Chronicles 7:4 ¶ Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. 5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. 7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.
...my mind went to this...
Have you ever passed by a steak house in the middle of dinner or a gyro place that sold lamb during a busy time of the day? Do you remember the smell that billowed through a vent? Did that smell make you salivate? (I bet you are salivating right now, just thinking about it. )
I'm not being irreverent, here, when I say...
Imagine--just imagine, when God passed by the house that was specifically built for Him and the fire that cooked His offerings, the senses that awoke in His nostrils. You knew He has a nose and could "smell," right? (Amos 5:21) Knowing that those offerings were in obedience to His command, He must have salivated, wouldn't you agree? God was pleased with the blood that was shed to make his people clean and He was, also, pleased with the sweet smell coming from the middle of the court that pictured what His Son would come to do one day when bearing in His own body the eternal punishment of our sins.
|Posted on August 29, 2016 at 7:15 PM|
Well, while my wife and son decided they were going to paint the kitchen cabinets, I thought that--since any access to food was limited and there would be no cooking for a few days--I would be a hero (pun not intended), and go to a local grocery store to get some food items.
One of the benefits of this particular grocery store and my graying hair is that the front end workers ask if they can help load the groceries into your vehicle. I acquiesced this young lady's request, and out the door we went. Obviously, my motive was to pass on one of my chicken cards/tracts (http://www.uchicken2.com/), so that she might look at my site after work.
To make a long story short, after finding out that this grocery worker was studying to be a criminal lawyer and having what I considered the liberty to speak to her about the gospel (she told me that she never heard that before), when we were done, she opened my drivers door for me (!!!) and as I sat down to drive away, I espied something green about a car's length away from my front windshield. I got out to see what it was, and sure enough it was a twenty dollar bill. I showed her, got back in my vehicle and thanked the Lord for paying for half of my groceries.
|Posted on August 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM|
Jumping right in...
The real picture that we are supposed to have of life is the one that God carved out in scripture, and not our own. That's why even though we are in a free society and have the liberty to express our opinions by voting our convictions, we nonetheless have to view it by the constraints of our perception of scriptural prophecy. Where are we, prophetically, in scripture? If we see wrongdoing, can we "turn it around?" Would God be pleased, if we did?
What am I saying...?
Somewhere, we have to decide, is America Israel?
Where do we fit in, as believers?
How are we supposed to be thinking?
What's the bigger picture, here?
What are we called to do, as born again Christians?
How can we please our Heavenly Father?
The issues on the table above trump (pun intended) the issue(s) of political advancements, which usually parlays itself into economic issues, which, in God's eyes, don't always have precedent over spiritual issues. In my opinion, if they were living today, you'd be hard pressed to see the Apostle Paul or Peter at a political rally--(except) maybe of course to pass out gospel tracts or borrow a megaphone to declare the word.
Don't you think there was political unrest during the time they were living? Scripture has very little to say about those things. Why? Because believers were spending time with a bigger issue... "THE resurrection from the dead." "...This Jesus got up, and so can you." The main thing is still the main thing. I'm glad for all my friends and FB friends who are trying to make this world a better place to live. Only, this world is not my final home.
Spend time with what really matters.
|Posted on July 24, 2016 at 4:40 PM|
Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
I don't believe that this American election has any sway on God's prophetic calendar. Let's face it...
“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:37 (Obviously a Second Coming verse )
You can fight all you want to, and you can vote for the best man or woman you think will change the present situation in America, but (Biblically speaking) God will have His way, and your “vote” means NOTHING—nothing to Him. In fact, He has other plans, plans of His own. Those plans include nepotism. If you haven't heard yet, God's son will rule and reign on this Globe for a period of one thousand years (see Revelation twenty).
You wanna do something that will please the Father...? It, surely, won't be for who you cast your "vote" for. That vote won't bring in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You wanna do something that will please the Father...? “While there is still time...” (hackneyed expression) give out the gospel.
|Posted on June 9, 2016 at 1:50 PM|
“Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read....” (Isaiah 34:16)
A Brother wrote...
“Well.....not to be contrary or anything - BUT - since the Bible was not written in chronological order I don't see the need to read it that way. So many preachers put pressure on their people to 'read it through in a year,' and that always struck me as kinda silly. I say just open the Book and let the Holy Spirit take you where you need to go.
And besides, the bulk of my Bible 'reading' is listening to it on my phone. I get so much more out of hearing it then I do out of seeing it....
I READ and LISTEN....and firmly believe that God wrote the Book to be read in modules...because that's how it plays out....I think when people are shamed into reading it front to back it becomes a little monotonous and they only do it to be able to say they did it. To me, that's not really reading the Bible.
And besides - 'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.'"
The first thing that I would like to say is, audio or optical [“the eyes are the window to the soul”], whether it be a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph or the whole book, any form of Bible reading is good. No doubt, whenever and however you receive the light-rays of God's scripture deep down into your soul is definitely profitable.
The reason that I am making an article out of this issue is because I believe that you and OTHERS assume that it's okay to read THE BOOK in a helter-skelter fashion and not attempt to read it through from beginning to the end, as it was intended. (I wrote a book a while back, and, because I know people like to skip around in their reading, make it a point to tell them to, “please, read it from cover to cover” or they WON'T UNDERSTAND what I have written because they won't get the FULL picture. Wouldn't it be the same with God's book?)
The first thing I want to address, is what you said in your first paragraph...
“[S]ince the Bible was not written in chronological order.”
Who told you that? That might be a half-truth or partial truth, but it's not accurate. While it's true that God grouped books of the Bible together like the Law, the prophets and the psalms (see Luke 24:44), but, if you study how the book is situate together, it's presented in such a way that, given all the possibilities that one could fathom, even though they are grouped in different groups, and there are some exceptions as to the chronology date of writing or historical date of occurrence, for the most part they are placed in chronological order. (For further reading, please, see my last chapter in this book...
God layed out His books the way He wanted, and you say, It's NOT good enough for me, I need to read them in “modules.”
I'm no scholar, but the little, feeble, study that I've done in this area proved to me that this supernatural “Book” is laid out perfectly. We not only have an Old and New Testament (notice the order), but in the New Testament we have the four Gospels (dealing with the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ), the Acts of the Apostles (dealing with the history of the early Church and Apostles—as far as I can see, in order), Paul's writings (a little disjunctive, but grouped nonetheless together), the general epistles (that have an element of works to them, directed doctrinally to those in the Tribulation—after the church, those who are following Paul's writings, doctrinally, go out) and finally the Revelation that talks about the SECOND coming of Christ (the Gospels being His FIRST).
That looks like good “chronological” order to me.
Let's go further...
Read Ezra chapter eight with me, to verse eight...
1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. (Ezra Eight)
As you can see they read “in the book of God distinctly.” Do you think that they would have jumped around or read it in “modules” or do you think that they read it from the beginning to the end—cover to cover?
What other “book” do you take the liberty of only reading portions and sections where the author purposely laid out the chapters, or, in the Bible's case books and chapters in those books—the way He thought best, so you can read them in the order you choose?
The word 'book” is found one hundred and seventy-five places in the scripture. I challenge you to look them up. Hopefully, reading them, in context, will give you the same conviction that God gave me.
In my opinion, if you mess with the book, you mess with Jesus, who prophetically said...
“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me...” (Psalm 40:7) repeated in Hebrews 10:7 “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
If, from the beginning to the end, the WHOLE volume is about Jesus, that's how it should be read.
|Posted on April 25, 2016 at 10:35 PM|
Just like anything else; Facebook: you get out of it, what you put into it.
It's a tool. And, like any OTHER tool, you can use it for the glory of God or for wrongdoing.
Just like in "real life," you can...
...witness, fellowship, fight, enjoy, learn, read, study, friend people, pass information on and much much more. You can, also, sin, deceive people and be a phony.
Like anything else in this life, you get out of it what you put into it.
What are you doing with it? What are you doing with Facebook?
|Posted on March 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM|
So, I'm reading through my Bible and come across another passage that I don't understand. And, I say to myself, "I know I love what I am reading, but I just don't understand it." Then I think some more and conclude... "Oh, just like my wife... I know that I love her... but, at times, I just don't understand her...."