Preparing For Home

This morning several members of our congregation got together to help one of our brothers move into a new home. The one thing that it seems everyone seemed to say was how quickly and easily the process went. We all agreed that by working together and supporting one another the move to the new home was much easier for our brother.

This got me thinking just a little bit. I began to wonder if we are helping to make our brothers and sisters move to their final home easier. Are we standing beside them and working to together with them to help make the move as easy possible. As Christians we should all realize that are in the process of moving from our earthly homes to our eternal home and our desire should be to move to a home where we will all be together in Heaven. There is no doubt in my mind that the more work together the easier this move will be. Please take the opportunity to help make the move easier on others by being willing to work with them and also allow them to work with you to make your move easier as well.

As always, consider a couple verse from our creator to focus on as we strive to be better people tomorrow than we may have been today.


Remember to do the “Little Things”

I was recently reminded of just how important the smallest of gestures can be. It sees like sometimes we feel frustrated or powerless to help others. This past week I received a card in the mail from someone just letting me know she was praying for me. Christian was so excited to find the letter in the mail she text me to let me know someone had sent me a card. This very kind very simple act made a big impact on the day for both myself and Christian. As you go throughout your day, try and think of at least one person who you are thinking of and praying for and no only pray for them, but also let them know you care.

Remember the words of the wise man

May God bless your day and may you find a way to bless the day of someone you care for.

Apostasy: NT Verses

Mt 13:41 (Lord will remove all offenders)

Lk 8:13 (parable of the sower)

Jn 6:66 (disciples will turn away)

Jn 15:2 (true vine)

Acts 1:17-25 (fall of Judas)

Acts 5:1-11 (Ananias and Saphira lie to Holy Spirit)

Rom 11:22 (consider the examples)

1 Cor 9:27 (avoid disqualification)

1 Co 10:8 (do not as some did)

1 Cor 10:12 (warning)

2 Cor 11:3 (concern may occur)

Gal 5:1,4 (fall from grace)

2 Thes 2:3 (great apostasy)

1 Tim 1:18-20 (two delivered to Satan)

1 Tim 4:1 (predicted)

2 Tim 2:17-19 (some erred)

Heb 3:12 (departing from God)

heb 6:4-6 (warning against falling)

Jam 5:19-20 (bring back the erring)

2 Pet 1:10 (make calling and election sure)

2 Pet 2:20-22 (turned from God)

2 Pet 2:4 (doom of false teachers)

2 Pet 3:17 (be steadfast)

Rev 2:4-5 (you have fallen)

Is This Really Something New???

There is a common phrase I often hear people say when they are upset with people trying to avoid responsibility for their actions. The phrase goes something like this, “No one wants to take responsibility for their actions any more!” While I agree with the basic concept, I think I would make minor change. I don’t think it is necessary to add any more to this statement. In fact, those of us who claim to know and study the Bible recognize that not only is this not a new concept but it has actually been in existence since the first sin. Take a few moments to consider with me the pattern of conversation that took place between God and man back in the garden after they ate from the forbidden fruit.

God and Adam Gen 2:9-12

9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

As you can see, the first thing Adam tries to do when he is confronted by God for his disobedience is to try and place the blame one Eve. Just like people today who want to say it’s always because of someone else

God and Eve Gen 2:13

13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Just like Adam, when Eve was confronted with her sin she tried to blame someone else, the serpent.

Now let’s see who God holds responsible for the sin that took place

The Serpent Gen 2:14

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” The serpent was held responsible for his sin of deception.

The woman Eve: Gen 2:16

16 To the woman He said: I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Just as the serpent, Eve was held responsible for her own actions.

The Man Adam: Gen 2:17-19

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” Just like the serpent and the woman, the man was punished for his own actions.

It’s plain to see from this example that the idea of not wanting to take responsibility for our own actions is nothing new. The important thing we must all remember is that each of us will be held accountable for what we do and not the actions of others. This is clearly stated in scripture and is a good way to end this post

Is this Even Possible???

Have you ever found yourself asking this question when you look at verses like the one below?

As you like at the news, social media, television shows, movies, and even commercials being displayed today do you find your self asking, “With so much negative information out there, I can’ help but find myself drawn to or focused on it. There just aren’t any good movies, shows, or news stories to focus on. The world is simply full of things counter to purity and decency that I cannot escape it. I know God expects me to try and focus on Him but I just don’t see how I can.”

Well, sometimes it helps to consider such verses in relation to other things God has said…perhaps one should consider the following verse as well when these thoughts begin to crowd or mind and we find ourselves focusing on ungodly things.

The other thing I would encourage all to consider is if we fee there isn’t any positive imagery out there, what are we doing about it. If you are frustrated with all the negative influences found on various internet sites, are you helping resolve the issue by taking the time to post positive things so that people have an options to choose whether they want to focus on pure things? We are all familiar with the statement, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem” God has called His children to be a light to the world. In order to do that we must step out of the shadows of the norm and spread the positive. It can be done and the more people who step forward and start to create a change, the more positive information will be displayed for people to review and focus on.

It’s very easy to complain about the way things are, it takes effort to make them better. Never forget that God does not expect more from us than we are capable so if He directed His servant Paul to remind Christians to focus on the positive, it not only can be done, it must be done.

When we think of the first century church, do we try to follow this pattern as well?

When you talk with most people in the Lord’s church today they will say that the primary focus is to follow the example/patter laid out by the first century church. They will often give the example of taking the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7) and give upon the first day of the week(1 Cor 16:2).

There is another example we find in scripture that I must admit maybe I have placed as much emphasis upon and have failed in my responsibilities as a Christian. Consider the following passage

We not only have an example from the first century of what should take place during our worship, we have an example of what we should be doing outside of worship service. We are to be spending time with other Christians. The early church members got together and broke bread daily. I understand we may not have time to be in someone else’s home every day of the week or have people in our home every day but the question we need to ask ourselves is do we spend time “Breaking bread” (sharing meals) with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

I can honestly say I have found myself lacking in following this pattern and possible even being guilty of not following it. The good news for me (or anyone else needing to make a change) is that we are still alive and there is still time. The question is, how much time. This may not be something I or you can change over night, but with help from our God (if we but ask) and others in the church we can improve in this or any other area we may be lacking.

Do not expect perfection over night and don’t beat yourself up when you struggle or feel as though you are letting yourself and others down.

Let the following words familiar to almost all, be an encouragement to you as strive to follow the pattern God has laid out for His children