When Samuel was sent to anoint a new king to replace Saul, he fell into a common trap. It’s not about appearance, countenance, height, or stature. It’s all about the heart. When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the LORD’s anointed!” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, Continue reading Don’t judge by appearance, countenance, height, or stature, because the LORD looks at the heart
The struggle of mankind’s plans versus God’s plans has affected history for thousands of years and it is affecting us today. The church is God’s creation and workmanship. It is eternal in nature and too big to become the exclusive province of one group of partisans. Why not be big and wise enough to see this? Rehoboam and Jeroboam divided the Kingdom of Israel The division has lasted about 3,000 years. But, God is not impressed! It hasn’t changed his plans. Continue reading Mankind has divided and conquered! God is not impressed.
The teaching of Hebrews 12:15 is much broader than just the emotion of bitterness… Hebrews 12:1 “…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:14-17 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root4491 of bitterness4088 springing5453 up causes trouble, Continue reading What is a root of bitterness?
Let’s consider a verse that is often used to justify dictatorial over-lording in Christian fellowships. The reasoning goes something like this: when there were no humans to control them, these people did whatever was right in their own eyes, so you need to submit to those humans that are over you in the Lord or else you will fall into the same sins. This gives them an excuse to order your lives. It ignores your salvation, it ignores the Holy Spirit, Continue reading All the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes
It is natural to assume the Old Testament is the first half of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, but that’s not quite right. The Old Testament is a conditional contractual promise between God and the Jews. It is also known as: The Old Covenant, The First Covenant, The Ten Commandment Law (although that’s really just a part of the covenant), and for clarity it probably should be called The Mosaic Covenant. Covenant: Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement Continue reading What is the Old Testament?
The rapture versus the tribulation has been a very divisive subject for many years because men have bent and twisted the scriptures to support their personal doctrines. I do not want to bend or twist them any way so I am going to quote passages and leave the teaching to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he Continue reading 7 reasons the church will not go through the tribulation
If you only read one book this year, you should read this book. If you are the slightest bit concerned about avoiding pride, arrogance, legalism, hypocrisy, prejudice, and self-righteousness, you should read this book. These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look… (Proverbs 6:16-19)
The controversy of the Bible, the sacred text of one of the world’s great religions, dating back over 6000 years. The Bible is a compilation of 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over more than 2200 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with 1 consistent divinely-inspired theme of love and redemption for all mankind. But, the Bible is different than any other holy book because it claims to be divinely inspired by God. It is not a book written Continue reading The controversy of the Bible
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! (Isaiah 52:7) This is a beautiful missionary message of deliverance for Jerusalem. It was spoken in the context of Zion being taken captive by Assyria. The prophet sees the [missionary] messenger come bounding over the mountains of Judaea, to bring the news to Jerusalem that her deliverance is come (ver. Continue reading What about missionaries? Does God want you to be a missionary?