Saturday, February 20, 2021

Reflecting on scripture!

 

          As I read this morning from Mark 2: 1 – 12; I felt a special sense of urgency.  I was reflecting on the types of people we encounter every day in our Christian walk and our churches, just like Jesus did on this day.  Jesus sat in the house (church/meeting place) and was actively involved in teaching those present.

I noticed five types of people present on this day; like with most days Jesus preached.

          One, there was a crowd … These people were there simply to see what was happening, maybe they wanted to see a miracle, or maybe a family member had dragged them to see Jesus. I think about the large crowds that pay good money to go to sporting events, or concerts and often wonder how many are simply there out of obligation to someone.  In the same token I often wonder how many people are in churches and just come out of obligation to parents, spouse, children, or friends and they are simply a part of the crowd.

          Second, there was the Religious people … The Bible tells us the Scribes were present. The religious leaders, scholars, students of the Old Testament and Jewish Law. Their philosophy was like most of the religious leaders of our day (Understand sometimes religious leaders, don’t have to be the pastor, it can be deacons or other people within the church that are convinced God is only going to do it one way).  These guys wanted to argue about Christ healing and saving a person.  They would argue that preachers wear a suit, preach from the right version of the Bible, talk with a certain accent, and Jesus simply laughed at them and rebuked them.

          Third, there was the Sold-Out friends … These guys had attitude, their friend needed a touch from God, and whatever it took to get it they were going to accomplish it today. The Bible said there was no room to get to where Jesus was because of the crowd, so they went on the roof and tore a hole in the roof and lowered their friend down on a cot (the NASB uses the word pallet), right in front of Jesus.  

My pastor Roger Webs states that we often to should spell Faith as “R.I.S.K” sometimes we need to take the risk and step out in Faith and rip the roof off and get people into the presence of God.

  How far would you go to get your family member or friend in front of Jesus, to see their healing or more importantly for them to know Christ as Savior?

 

Ironically, he got two blessings that day he got healed and was able to walk out with his cot in hand, but he also had an encounter with God that would forever change his destiny and allow him to spend eternity with Christ in heaven. There is a way to get people int0 the church, so that they can receive their healing, and more importantly that they can come to know HIM as Savior.

          Fourth, there was the friend that needed a touch from God … We don’t know how long he had been paralyzed. However, at this point in his life he needs to be touched by Christ. There was nothing he could do on his own, I’m sure he had seen all the doctors in town, he felt it was hopeless until he heard Jesus was in town, and he was able to get his friends to help.

Fifth, and most importantly Christ was in the House! … Let me ask the question to pastors and religious leaders, is Christ allowed in your service today?  Sadly, I know pastors and church members are more worried about not offending people, or sharing a message of positive thinking, encouraging thought, or a modern-day history lesson than introducing people to Jesus.

          Folks, it is time for the Church to stand up and allow Christ to take His rightful place in His House. We need pastors and religious leaders to Preach Christ high and lifted up, for members to get so excited that they will go out of their way to get people in the church, so they can receive their healing, and more importantly that they can come to know HIM as Savior.

The question is simple …. Which one the four are you (we know we can’t be Christ). However, every one that reads this blog post is one of the four. Are you just a part of the Crowd with no real interest, are you a religious leader that knows of Christ but never had a personal encounter, are you the individual that needs a personal touch from Christ and to come to know HIM as Savior, or are you the friends that are Sold-Out and willing step out in faith and take the RISK to impact your friends, and family life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Sad day in American history!

          Yesterday,  January 6, 2021 will ultimately go down as one of the saddest days in American History! The reason will vary depending on who you talk with, some will say it is because of the defiance of an American President, others will  say it is because of the outcome of a stolen election, others will say because it is the beginning of the Socialist takeover of America.

However, the reality is that when a group of thugs overrun the Capital building in the name of protest we have stepped into a place in history that sadly will live in the history books for decades. It is heart breaking that people were hurt, and a young lady was killed, people lived through the fear of this event.  Justice must be carried out, every person involved must be prosecuted.

          The reality is, we must STOP the madness! Most importantly, it is time for the Church to do what it does best, step up to its rightful place in America and become the Great Healer. It is time for the Church, first and foremost to unite in PRAYER for the next Great Move of GOD! No matter who you believe should be in the White House, what your political affiliation is, no matter your race, financial income, or even gender. The only thing that is going to Heal America is Prayer and a move of God!

          We hear a lot of people quoting 2 Chronicles 7: 14 … in the King James Bible it reads: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

          If America is going to survey the next 50 years, let alone another 200 hundred years we need the Christian Church to unite in prayer.  We need to see a “Transformation, a Reformation, and then a Proclamation of the Gospel across America” We need to be Praying for a Revival to sweep the land from the “White House, to the Farm House, to the Beech House across America and from the Eastern shoreline to the West Coast, from the Northern Boarder to Southern Boarder of America.  

          We need to stand united at the Throne Room of Heaven, praying, weeping, pleading, and believing God for the Next Great Awakening, a Revival that will sweep the land with such power that men and women will fall to the ground on their faces pleading for God’s forgiveness of sin.  We need to pray that pastors, chaplains, and Christian educators will stand to their feet and preach and teach the Bible as the infallible word of God, that Christ is the Son of God, who died for our sins, and arose from the grave, and is coming back soon.

 

          Let me be clear as a close, I don’t personally think that President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris are the best choice to lead America. I, from a Biblical point of view disagree with their position on several things. However, on January 20th they will be sworn in as President and Vice-President.  As a Christian it is my job to pray for them, pray that they hear from God, and pray that they lead America as God would do. While, continuing to pray for the Revival that I believe God is going to use to shake America and the World.

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Let’s be very clear!

 Let’s be very clear!

I would be writing these words if the Representative of the House or Senate was a Republican or Democrat. When it comes to the Word of God, I’m not interested in party affiliation. I’m interested in truth. We recently had a member of the House of Representative use the terms “Amen” and “Awomen” to close out a prayer at a session of Congress.

The gentlemen who is an Ordained United Methodist pastor with a Master of Divinity degree from a prestigious seminary. However, he appeared to miss the first-year course how to translate from the original language to English. The word in the Hebrew is אָמֵן ʼâmên, aw-mane'; which simply translated according to Strong’s Concordance “verily, truly, amen, so be it.”

This blatant attempt to appeal to a specific group of individuals around the world by this gentleman (please understand I don’t know him personally) I’m only challenging his miss use of a word from scripture, and his theology.  Prior to his closing that was unbiblical he went further with the statement   “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and ‘God’ known by many names by many different faiths.”  Wow talking about bad theology, Brahma is the “creator god in Hinduism” and then God known by many names; Sorry to inform you pastor God is not known by any other name than the “Hebrew letters (YHWH) as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah” or the name “God” in the Greek.

This very prayer is a slap in the face to every Christian throughout the world, and even slap in the face to the founders of his own denomination, John and Charles Wesley would be defrocking him within five minutes of this prayer if they were alive today.

As I write this I’m sure I will get a dozen of Amen’s (in agreement with me) and hundreds of comments saying I’m intolerable to other people’s faith. Understand I’m not intolerable to other people’s faith, everyone can believe as you want. However, don’t confuse the God of Christianity with any other god and please use a Concordance next time so you use it in the right context. 

Personally, I believe this individual or any other individual that is doing the same thing owes God an apology.   And in this gentleman’s case the American people!

Reflecting on scripture!

            As I read this morning from Mark 2: 1 – 12; I felt a special sense of urgency.   I was reflecting on the types of people we en...