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June 30th, 2018

God has an Agenda — A Permanent Enduring Hope

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God offers a promise of a permanent enduring hope, that is guaranteed by his faithfulness. He is the creator of all things, and his purpose will be accomplished. There is coming a time when the Messiah will rule and bring justice! He will not fail in his duty to establish the kingdom in righteousness. So what will this mean for all those who in their ignorance or stupidity have rejected God’s agenda? What will happen to those who have forgotten God and turned to “idols” of their own devising?

A Lesson for the Willfully Blind

In every age there have been those who have denied God’s power and embraced evil as a lifestyle. They are unwilling to examine the reality, and would rather trust in false narratives — false gods. They not only trust in lies themselves, but they are eager to push their intolerance for the truth on others. And sometimes human “Courts of Justice” entrench this blindness in “law.” Trouncing an individual’s rights of religious freedom, they establish “equality” rights that ignore the truth of God’s teaching. As the apostle Paul declared in his day, those who had the power, “Exchanged the truth of God for a lie.” So what should be our response in dealing with these affronts to God’s justice in our society?

Having the “Big Picture View”

When living in dangerous times, when the truth is considered “evil,” we should be troubled, but not shaken. God offers hope for eternity, to those who perceive his agenda. With God’s assurance of everlasting life, and his law in our hearts, we need not fear. Though persecution will come to those who live godly lives in an unjust world, God promises the power to endure. There is no trouble that we cannot overcome with God’s help. And, nothing can keep us from obtaining the permanent enduring hope that God offers to those who believe him.

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June 23rd, 2018

Avoiding Modern Slavery – Some Advice from God

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Avoiding Modern Slavery

Some Advice from God

God’s intent is that people are “whole” having integrity, prosperity, and a clear conscience. Yet the reality for many is a life of slavery. However, modern slaves are not in chains; they are “in debt.” And that debt comes in many forms. God’s word, the moral logic of the universe is a sure foundation, providing the path to freedom — and  avoiding modern slavery. It also reveals that we can become slaves, and in debt to all the things that control us. Those things that are opposed to our well-being, physically or spiritually. More

June 16th, 2018

Wholeness, Wellness, and Abundant Living

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Health and Prosperity

The last surviving apostle, John, wrote to Gaius. “Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically, just as you are spiritually.” John’s confidence was that his friend was on the right path, walking in the truth. He also hoped that Gaius was in sound physical condition, one free from any disability.  John understood that health was “holistic.” It was integrated, encompassing every aspect of living. The interconnected concepts of wholeness, wellness, and abundant living were essential to health and prosperity.

Physical and Spiritual Realities

How often have we failed to find solutions to our health problems? Is it sometimes due to a narrow focus on the symptoms and not all the inter-connected relationships? Health from the biblical perspective is about harmony with physical and spiritual realities – the truth. John knew that healthy living would result if his children were walking in truth. This meant moral integrity and faithful relationships were essential to wellness. Harmony with God’s moral imperatives were as important as healthy eating, or a clean environment, or rest.

Wholeness, Wellness, and Abundant Living

God, in providing his laws for healthy living, was interested in “wholeness” for individuals and communities. The Sabbath was not just about rest for the individual. It was also essential to the health of a community. The role of the Sabbath in building positive relationships was as important as the restorative effects of a Sabbath’s physical rest. And the benefits were for everyone, even the servants and animals in a household. Respect for God would be a source of healing for all those who embraced God’s values. All of God’s commands lead to “wellness” and a long, abundant life. We cannot ignore any of God’s instructions and expect to prosper and be in good health. Why?  Because the spiritual and physical aspects of living are integrated, interconnected, and inseparable.

Wholeness comes when we are walking in the truth and embracing all of God’s teachings. Are you looking to be “whole?” Search God’s word for the answers.

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June 3rd, 2018

God’s Love and a Royal Wedding — Are You Preparing?

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Love and Christ’s Commandment

The recent royal wedding in England viewed by over 30 million viewers was a brilliant spectacle. But perhaps the meaning of the biblical passages cited in the wedding message were not understood by most. So, what did the apostle John really mean when he wrote about love, “agape?” Jesus the Messiah came to bring a “new” covenant and a “new” commandment to his followers. But in reality these “new” things were “renewed or refreshed,” for they had a long history. Loving one another was a very old commandment! But it was renewed and given greater meaning through Jesus’ example of self-sacrifice. As disciples, this type of love was going to be the proof of authenticity, of a Christian. Followers of Christ would be known by their loving obedience to God’s will. And, their unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Are you one of them? More

May 20th, 2018

Searching for the Spirit — Series

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Confusion abounds when it comes to the nature of God’s spirit, The Holy Spirit. “Ruach” in Hebrew and “pneuma” in Greek can both be translated as Spirit, spirit, wind, or breath, depending upon the context in the scripture. Some theologians or translators would have you believe that  the Spirit is a “Holy Ghost,” or the Third Person in a Trinity? But is this the truth?

What is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Power, the Comforter, the Voice of the spirit and how does it work in the world? Why, as Christians,  is it vitally important for us  to understand the role of the Spirit in our walk with God? This series will answer these questions and many more. Learn what you need to know about the power of God’s Spirit in your life.

 

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1 Searching for the Spirit — The Great Debate

It takes real detective work when searching for the Spirit of God. Often those who have rejected the “orthodox” belief about the spirit are considered illiterate at best, and heretics at worst. But, we must not base our understanding on tradition or hearsay. The real test is, “What do the scriptures say?” And, according to the apostle Paul,  “All scripture was “breathed-out” by God. Peter  confirmed that it was the spirit that led the prophets to speak and write God’s words. So, it is these words that inform, train,  and discipline those who are now being led by the spirit.

 

 

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2 Searching for the Spirit — Let There Be Light

The power of God’s spirit is first seen in the story of creation. The raw materials of the universe were formed by the spirit from “nothing.” This matter was like a wasteland, void and empty. So God sent his spirit and began the transformation. The spirit hovered over the water, lovingly moving over it as a bird brooding over its young. Then by his spirit, God willed the light into existence… So how does God’s spirit work in the lives of his people?

 

 

 

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3 Searching for the Spirit — Sharing Spiritual Resources

The Spirit is the power of God – God’s spiritual resources. It was by His Spirit that God created the universe and brought light into the world. The Spirit is the power that gives us the desire to do what is right. It helps us discern between good and evil. And, it guides us along God’s path and gives us the wisdom to do God’s will.  Do you have God’s spiritual resources?

 

 

 

 

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4 Searching for the Spirit — Living Water

Jesus encourages those who are “thirsty” to come to him, and drink rivers of living water. He is referring back to Isaiah’s prophecy of the time when the Spirit will be poured out like water. This future vision is one of streams of living water in the desert and the Spirit refreshing all those who are thirsting for God’s ways. It envisions a time when God’s Spirit will wash away the stain of sin and cleanse those who repent and return to God…

 

 

 

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5 Searching for the Spirit — Spirit of Truth

God’s Spirit loves the truth. And, it is this Spirit of the Truth that is given to all those who love God and keep his commandments. How do we know this? Jesus in talking to his disciples before he died, reassured them that they would not be alone. He promised them that they would not be left as orphans. Why? Because Jesus’ Father would send them the Spirit to comfort them.

May 20th, 2018

Pentecost 2018 – Spirit of Power and Promise

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A New World is Coming – a Vision for Pentecost

Is a better world coming? If we believe the prophesies of Isaiah, we have hope of a new world in the future. But this world will not come until God’s spirit is poured out on all people. This change will not come until the Messiah returns. It will come when the Spirit of the Lord, the spirit of knowledge and wisdom and righteousness, rules with justice and fairness. And, the Spirit of power transforms the very nature of the animal kingdom — so they will no longer hurt or destroy. A time of transformation is coming. Are you preparing for that time? More

May 20th, 2018

Searching for the Spirit — Spirit of Truth is our Helper

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God’s Spirit loves the truth. And, it is this Spirit of the Truth that is given to all those who love God and keep his commandments. How do we know this? Jesus in talking to his disciples before he died, reassured them that they would not be alone. He promised them that they would not be left as orphans. Why? Because Jesus’ Father would send them the Spirit to comfort them. The Spirit of Truth would be their helper, their advocate, before the Father. So they could walk with God. And the disciples needed to know this, as their world was about to be turned upside-down. They were about to be witnesses to the truth of the resurrection. And, it would be the truth, even if no one else would believe it.

Is God’s spirit of truth convicting us of the truth, as it did the disciples almost 2000 years ago? More