Camels and Christians

February 23, 2013

The camel at the close of day,
Kneels down on the sandy plain,
To have his burden lifted off, and rest again.

My soul, thou too should ‘…to thy knees’
When twilight draweth to a close;
And let thy Master lift thy load, and grant repose.

The camel kneels at the break of day,
To have his guide replace, his load;
Then raises up anew to take, the desert road.

So, thou should’st kneel at morning dawn,
That God may give thee daily care,
Assured that He no load too great will make thee bare.

– Author unknown


Making Your Own Baloney

February 23, 2013

Senate chaplain Barry Black tells this story. Two construction workers took their lunch break. When they opened their lunch boxes, one of them said, “Not another baloney sandwich! Every day it’s a baloney sandwich.” The other guy said, “Tell your wife to fix you something else.” He said, “I’m not married. I make my own sandwiches.” The truth of the matter is this. Much of the baloney in our lives we put there ourselves.


Sin and the Child of God

February 9, 2013

I John 3:4-10
INTRODUCTION – Four reasons why true Christians cannot habitually continue in sin.

I. Sin is Incompatible with the Law of God (3:4)
II. Sin is Incompatible with the Work of Christ (3:5-7)
III. Christ Came to Destroy Work of Satan (v. 3:8)
IV. Sin is Incompatible with the ministry of the Holy Spirit (vs. 3:9-10)


Who is Christ?

February 9, 2013

CHRIST IS THE WAY – men without Him are like Cain, wanderers and vagabonds.
CHRIST IS THE TRUTH – men without Him are liars, like the devil.
CHRIST IS THE LIGHT – men without Him walk in darkness and know not whither they go.
CHRIST IS THE LIFE – men without Him are dead in trespasses.
CHRIST IS THE VINE – men who are not in Him are withered branches prepared for the fire.
CHRIST IS THE ROCK – men not built on Him are carried away by the flood of judgment.
O BLESSED CHRIST, how much better would it not to be, than to be without Thee!


visitation

July 7, 2012

The biblical reality is that visitation is a corporate effort not just the pastor’s job. If we are truly going to express care for one another, then we must sometimes go where the people are. We must lay aside our busy schedules and excuses and make people a priority.

How nice it is if the pastor from the church visits in our time of need. How encouraging if another member also visits during this time of crisis. But to have numerous people visit over the course of time, now there’s a caring church.

Where a visitation is called upon by the church to fulfill, it is not the normal *social call* that the world practices, It is the call of God to visit people who are in need * mostly the need to fellowship with people of like-minded faith; the want of God*s Word for strength and encouragement where trusting in people has shown time and again to fail miserably.

Another call for Church Visitation is the need to share the Word of God. Peter in his epistle of 1 Peter 3:15 emphasized on the readiness to witness and share the Word – *But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear*.

It is not the sole duty of the Pastor to share but, to every one that has received the manifold Grace of God should be diligently prepared at short notice to go forth with testimony & witnessing for Christ.


What is the difference between the terms “Hebrews”, “Israelites”, and “Jews”?

June 30, 2012

All of these terms are dependent upon ancestry, rather than upon where anyone lives. An “Israelite” is any biological descendant of Jacob. Jacob was renamed “Israel” by God in Genesis 32:28. “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Jacob was the father of the twelve tribes of Israel whom he blessed in Genesis 49:1-28. Thus, the nation of Israel is often called “the children of Israel” in the Bible text, because they are the descendants of the man, “Israel”.
The term “Hebrews” is almost identical to “Israelites”, but it slightly broader, because it includes the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in addition to all of the descendants of Jacob. We know this because Abraham was referred to as “Abram the Hebrew” in Genesis 14:13. Therefore all Israelites are also Hebrews.
In explaining the term “Jews”, it is beneficial to understand some of Israel’s national history. After the reign of King Solomon over all the tribes of Israel around 1000 BC, the kingdom was split into two kingdoms as recorded in 1 Kings 12:1-24. The southern two tribes of Judah and Benjamin comprised the kingdom of Judah. The northern ten tribes continued to be called the kingdom of Israel. Because of the split, there are some occasions where the term “Israel” is used only in reference to the ten northern tribes instead of all twelve. But usually, the term “Israel” refers to all twelve tribes, depending upon the context.

About 300 years after the split of the kingdom, in 712 BC, the Assyrians attacked the northern kingdom and took the ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel captive (2 Kings 17:6). The earliest occurrence of the word “Jews” in the Bible is in 2 Kings 16:6, near the time that Israel was carried away. The term “Jews” refers to those of the kingdom of Judah, and their descendants. About one hundred years later, in 606 BC, the Babylonians took the kingdom of Judah captive and carried them away to Babylon (2 Kings 24-25). Seventy years later, the Medes and the Persians conquered Babylon (Daniel 5) and released the Jews. However, most of the Jews chose to remain in Babylon, and only a small remnant (Ezra 2:64) of about 42,000 returned to the land of Israel.
Paul said in Acts 21:39, “… I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus (which was not in the land of Israel) ….” He also said in 2 Corinthians 11:22, “Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I ….” So all Jews are also Israelites and Hebrews regardless of whether or not they live in the land of Israel.
As for the northern ten tribes of Israel, the Bible does not record them returning from the Assyrian captivity. Even though their whereabouts may be unknown to men, God still knows where they are and will use them during tribulation, just like the two tribes of the southern kingdom (Revelation 7:1-8). But during the first century when the New Testament was written, the vast majority of the Israelites referred to in scriptures were from the two southern tribes. Thus, they are called “the Jews”. But even though “Jews” refers primarily to those of Judah and Benjamin, the term is probably not intended to exclude other Israelites who were living among them such as Hanna from the tribe of Asher (Luke 2:36) or Barnabas from the tribe of Levi (Acts 4:36).
In Acts 26:2-7, Paul defended himself before King Agrippa saying, “… I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews: Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.” Notice here that Paul seems to be implying that “our twelve tribes” are of the Jews, which would seem to support the idea that the term “Jews” had taken on a broader meaning by the first century, where it no longer meant exclusively the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.


Cell Phones vs. Holy Bible

April 5, 2012

Cell Phones vs. Holy Bible
Have you ever wondered what would happen if we treated the Bible as we do our cell phones*
-*What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
-*What if we flipped through it several times a day?
-*What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
-*What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
-*What if we treated it like we could not live without it?
-*What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
-*What if we used it when we traveled?
-*What if we used it in case of emergency?
Unlike our cell phone, we don*t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.