We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Perseverance

Everyone desires success. Simply wanting it, however, won’t guarantee achievement. That’s why many people fail to reach their goal; they encounter hardship and give up. Let’s discuss one characteristic needed to accomplish what you set out to do. Persistence is the combination of strong desire and will power it is the capacity to stay on course in the face of difficulty and refuse to quit. Paul exemplified this quality. He was passionate about sharing the gospel with both Jews and Gentiles across the known world. Acts 20:24 records his purpose, “ . . . that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” Though he encountered tremendous obstacles like shipwreck, prison, physical punishment, and constant danger, the apostle never quit (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). What motivated Paul to persevere amidst struggles? First, he had a clear God-given goal and trusted that the Lord would enable him to achieve it. Second, the apostle felt indebted to share the life-changing truth of salvation. Third, he knew the devastation awaiting those who do not know Jesus. Paul had his eyes fixed on his purpose, which he so valued that no circumstance could deter him. Ultimately, he achieved what almighty God had ordained. The Father has great goals for our lives. Striving for anything less will neither fulfill us nor achieve what God has planned in our life. Once His direction is clear, we should passionately pursue God’s purposes with the Holy Spirit’s strength and guidance especially when obstacles arise. Don’t give up! Biblical teaching from Dr. Charles Stanley

Published in: on November 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Mom!

Yesterday, my 77 year old mom, a new believer, called me all excited to tell me that she only had a few more chapters left before she had read the entire Bible! I was so excited for her; what an accomplishment! In the midst of all the depressing economic news coming from the media, there are still many believers who are excited about what God is doing in their lives. David in the book of Psalms reminds us that his people will never beg bread. We are challenged from the prophet Malachi, to test God and he will open the storehouse of heaven. In Jeremiah God says that his thoughts toward us are thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes “oh, what a promise, what positive news! Broadcast that CNN and Fox News! Oh, if God’s people would turn off the pseudo information fabricated by the media and tune in the positive messages of God’s Word to think on things that are true, and honorable, just, pure, and lovely these are the things that will take our mind, heart, and spirit, out of the darkness and into the exciting light of God’s promises that never return void.” God’s promises are generating a new love and outlook on life for my 77 year old mom these promises are available for all who seek Him with their whole heart.

Published in: on November 4, 2009 at 8:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jesus is God

Romans 9:5 is the clearest passage in the Bible that states without any confusion that Jesus is God. To them belong the patriarchs (speaking of the Jews), and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. It doesn’t get any clearer than this, Jesus Christ is God. God over all! And it is this same God who became a man in order to satisfy his righteous judgment against sinful and law breaking mankind, in order that we might be forgiven and brought back into a right relationship with him.

Published in: on November 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment