Posted 2/9/17 at 9:35 PM | Daniella Whyte
Philippians 1:21 (NLT)
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
What does it mean to really live? True living is giving your life away. Happiness comes from genuine service and sacrifice, not selfish gratification. Service and sacrifice break down walls of smugness and pride in our lives and allow Christ to shine through. Until you understand that life is about living in Christ and giving your life in service to Him and others, you will never really live or experience long-lasting happiness.
Posted 2/8/17 at 7:28 PM | Greg Gordon
I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. - 2 Corinthians 12:21
Humility in our Walks with Christ?
There are many tests for the humility of our walk with Christ. One of them is how we react to correction and namely correction by spiritual leaders in the body of Christ. It is never easy to consider we have been wrong in an area of our life and our decisions have caused hurt towards others. Paul the Apostle was encouraging the Corinthian believers to repent fully of their past behaviours, he was full of grace towards them that they could change. But sadly in the 2nd letter he wrote to them at the end he started to doubt whether they had changed. He wrote, I fear there would be "discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder" (2 Corinthians 12:20) still among you! FULL POST
Posted 2/8/17 at 1:43 PM | Prakash Sundaram
Although people die every day, we still need to keep our faith in God because, without our faith, we have nothing to keep us going every day. Imagine if no one believed in God and everyone was for themselves in this world. The world would be an awful place to live in every day if that was the case. Luckily it isn’t.
God is there
Just because you can’t see God, that doesn’t mean he isn’t really there. There are many things we can’t see that are really there. Can you see the air in the sky? No, but it is there because if it wasn’t, how would we breathe? This is why those who don’t believe in God, shouldn’t throw it in others faces because like mentioned above, just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. FULL POST
Posted 2/3/17 at 8:44 PM | Greg Gordon
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. - John 8:44
We have To Rememeber
We have to remember that Satan is the father of lies. He is a murderer from the beginning and dwells in falsehood. He never wants the glory to go to Jesus Christ but rather twists the truth and deceives those in the Lord’s work to take glory to themselves. Satan is also the master counterfeiter who has been deceiving God’s people since the beginning. He spoke to Eve and deceived her by twisting the truth of God saying, “Has God indeed said?” Such twisting of the truth is his normal activity.
Since the earliest days of the apostles, even with our Lord himself, there were deceivers and false brethren present: those who secretly come into God’s flock for personal gain and to infiltrate the liberty of the believers, betrayers, deceivers, false brethren, false prophets, and those desiring preeminence among the saints (3 John 1:9). Diotrephes and one's like him did not seek honour in the church as much as sought his own truth, his own way and seperated himself from the doctrines of the Apostles and all the other Churches. FULL POST
Posted 2/3/17 at 5:41 AM | June Samuel
To the Angel of the Church of Thyatira Jesus said, “These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire and feet like fine brass.” Revelation 2:18 The church in Thyatira was working in the service of the Lord Jesus. They had love, faith, patience and works. The Lord commended the Church on their works. He said, “ the last (works) are more than the first”. However, they allowed the doctrine of Jezebel - immorality and idolatry - to be taught and practiced in the church. Revelation 2:20
The Lord Jesus said His eyes are like a flame of fire. His eyes illuminate whatever He looks upon. His eyes search the minds and the hearts of His people. The Lord knew all those in the church in Thyatira who were following the doctrine and practices of Jezebel. He also knew those in the church who were loyal to Him. In Jesus’ introduction, He also said His feet are like fine brass. In Revelation Chapter 1:15, John said Jesus’ “ feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace”. Our Lord Jesus, as it were, walked through the flames of God’s judgment for us. He conquered death and hell. He has the keys of death and hell. Revelation 1:18. Therefore, He has the authority to kill with death, and this is one of the pronouncements He made on the children of Jezebel. FULL POST
Posted 2/1/17 at 4:32 PM | Daniella Whyte
John 15:5 (NLT)
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
I’ve been reading a book as of late about Jonathan Edwards for a religion class. Although it is an understatement, I will say it is an interesting read. Amid the theological battles he fought and the massive amount of writing and preaching he engaged in during the Great Awakening, he had a keen awareness to his human helplessness. He aimed to live faithfully under and with God’s power. To this extent, in his diary, he wrote his Resolutions — things he resolved to do, thoughts he resolved to think, behavior he resolved to display. He prefaced his Resolutions with the phrase: “I am unable to do anything without God’s help.” FULL POST
Posted 1/29/17 at 7:48 PM | Greg Gordon
“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him” (Jeremiah 18:1-4).
We see the picture of a Potter with the clay, working on it over and over again. He was able to re-shape the clay because it was soft. In our Christian lives our hearts can become hard and therefore God is not able to speak to us or help us change our ways.
Let us listen to Bible teacher K.P. Yohannan as he gives us 3 reasons for our hearts becoming hard and 6 wonderful remedies for our heart to remain soft in our walks with God.
What Causes Our Hearts to Become Hard?
1. Being poisoned by negative talk. One person in a church or ministry is dissatisfied, bitter, critical and unwilling to change. He starts to talk negatively and poisons others. Soon the atmosphere of love among the brothers and sisters is replaced by disunity, anger and hardness of heart toward each other and the Lord. FULL POST
Posted 1/29/17 at 11:41 AM | Daniella Whyte
Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
When we’ve messed up, it is quite easy to pass the blame or to just not say anything about it. But neither choice is actually telling the truth. When we don’t tell the truth, we fail to help ourselves or to benefit anyone else in the long run. We reject the abundance of mercy that is available to us if we only open up and tell the straight-up honest to goodness truth.
Posted 1/27/17 at 9:25 PM | Greg Gordon
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. - Ephesians 4:31
Bitterness is something we feel never will happen to us. We go through life opening our hearts to many people, seeking friendship in this life. But when we least expect it someone hurts us, or circumstances themselves come to a place where we allow bitterness to come into our hearts towards even God himself. Feeling angry and disappointed over how we have been treated or how circumstances have treated us produce great bitterness in our being. This feeling we hold in is suppressed in our hearts and not see at first in our daily life. But it starts to seep out its poison slowly in our words (James 3:7), and mind, we start to judge everyone, say cynical and hard comments towards others. Usually this hurt is directed towards a person or specific situation. Anything that would remind the hurt person of this situation will result in their hurt to come out in words that damage and tear down others. FULL POST
Posted 1/21/17 at 9:01 PM | Diane Castro
The title of a Christianity Today article from the year 2000 stuck in my mind and became a mantra of mine: “Get Thou Over It!” As author Jody Vickery wrote,
We believers are the most offended, wounded, upset, shocked, thunderstruck, consternated, and (the enduring favorite) outraged group of people on the planet. Is there something in the baptismal waters that makes Christians thin-skinned? Once I even read a letter from a correspondent that began, “My wife … was disturbed.” Well, pardon me. Didn’t mean to disturb the Mrs.
The problem has only gotten worse since the turn of the millennium. Like our society in general, evangelicals are taking offense at the slightest provocation, and the proliferation of Internet comment wars has produced hordes of appalled and insulted and dismayed Christians.
Did someone challenge a cherished belief of yours? Is it worth getting so worked up about it that your relationship with him is damaged? Did someone say something to you that feels hurtful? Chances are the person didn’t mean to hurt you. And even if she did, is it worth getting your panties all in a wad and letting it ruin your day? Do online commenters mock your faith? It is to be expected. But does your indignation reflect the message of the gospel? FULL POST