The universal church is the apple of God’s eye, His creation, His Jerusalem with unassailable ramparts. The Church itself is not maintained by our prayers but by the unfailing presence of God. God is there not because we pray but because it is His infallible promise never to forsake us.
By Faith twelve men (the Apostles) set out to tell the world about Jesus. One man (Paul) set out to demolish the ancient gods of Greece and Rome. Although emperors raged against them…THEY STILL DID IT! Well, Caesar had Paul beheaded in Rome, but 2,000 years later we still call our sons Paul and our dogs Caesar. By faith we will cover the earth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. FOR SURE. God bless.
This morning I ministered at Calvary Assembly of God in Port Charlotte Florida where my father pastors. It is also the church that I grew up in and I was very happy to return and share the Word of God with many old and new friends. Port Charlotte was hit very hard by hurricane Charley several years ago and the city is still recovering from the damage. Calvary has been rebuilding ever since, but their new sports complex has just been finished and now they are getting ready for major...
(CfaN Gospel Crusade in Akure/Nigeria)
It is a sad fact of our nature - a psychological fact - that our own desires can be so loud they sound like Divine commands. Shout long enough about what we already want to do and the echo will come back sooner or later, but it is our own voice, not the voice of God.
People talk of how they wrestled with God over a decision. Is God like that? Hardly! In fact, they are wrestling with their own will, not God’s will. They want Him to agree. Do we...
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Slavic Missionary Bible School had its first Annual Banquet this Friday, March 11th. Two months of preparations which included; inviting local ministries, pastors, and other guests who where interested in contributing to a Slavic based ministry. This week was completely centered on this event and making sure that SMBS were ready to host the 150 people that gave their RSVP.
The event started at 7:00pm, and it was a complete shock that more attended than...
Jesus had LOVE. It was a new kind of power. Pettiness, self-interest and all the other rubbish that had ruined hearts, was likely to be atomized by this new force. He did not seem to notice enmity against Him. He overwhelmed hatred as if it did not exist. His quiet peace was more exuberant than our drunken orgies. To a world full of dungeons, His coming was as heaven. Be blessed.
Emotionalism: Can we really come with the message of deliverance, the Good News, crying out “The Lord is risen indeed!”, but add “don’t get excited; no emotionalism please!” “When the Lord turned against the captivity of Zion…then was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with singing.” I can understand the child’s prayer, “Lord, make all the bad people good, and the good people nice.”
Jesus was the same wonder-working Jesus after He was crucified as before. His compassion for sufferers did not die when He died. He is not a dispensational figure, altering His activity according to the calendar. Jesus is alive and active today, no matter where and how you are. God bless you.
Here is an open invitation for junior partnership to work alongside Jesus, and He works on a cosmic scale. The Lord unrolls the blueprint for an unprecedented project - the whole world washed in the blood of the Lamb of God! You may not feel that much of a saint, but if you want to be in on it, just say "Here am I. Send me!”
Moses, armed with a shepherd's crook, fought against the greatest military power on earth. Moses said "Who am I?" but God said "I am who I am". (Exodus 3:11, 4:14.) Who He is - that is what matters, not who Moses was, nor who we are. It is 'Christ in us the hope of glory". Where Moses walked he left the footmarks of God.
The Lord God inserted His name into Abram's name making it Abraham. Why? Because Abram lived in the way he did by how He knew God. Abraham was a revelation of how God is. The heathens, like Abimelech, learned what Abraham's God was like by knowing Abraham. Christians must live to show the world who Christ is.
Jesus warned us that we can “die in our sins”. (John 8,24) That has nothing to do with God judging us. That is not “FOR our sins”, but “IN our sins”. Sins will poison our lives. We would like to forget, but in death we remember everything. Our sins are still there. Yet God’s promise in Jesus is - ‘he shall save his people from their sins”. That is the wonderful work of salvation. Blessed?
March 27th - April 2nd
The teacher this week was Russell Korets from Federal Way, Washington and his ministry is City On Hill Church. The students really enjoyed having him teach, especially on how to appeal to the younger demographic. Russell has been working with teens for a long time now and has a great passion for this ministry, and SMBS is blessed to have him come and share his knowledge.
The students at SMBS were ready for some fun Saturday April 2nd, especially after a long week...
I believe that where you have genuine Christianity, social justice is not needed. From the beginning the Gospel has inspired not only generosity but also the cure of inequality of every kind. Christ died for all and paid the same price for us all, His precious blood. This Gospel of redemption strikes against all oppression. You are blessed.
"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim 2:5). A mediator has links to both parties. Jesus is the Son of Man and the Son of God. HE binds heaven and earth, God and man, flesh and Deity, together in Himself – and we are “in Christ”. Blessed?
Those who now put their trust in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, are also ‘chosen’, as Israel was chosen. Jesus said you did not choose Me, but I chose you (John 15:16), and you shall be witnesses to Me (Acts 1:8). Jews are witnesses to the Lord (Jahveh or Jehovah), and Christians are witnesses to Christ, but both together become a sign of the times. Got it?
A Christian is a positive piece of Divine workmanship. We are not just re-named, re-christened. The work of Christ is not a touch-up job, a new coat of paint. He does not merely paper over the cracks. ‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision but a new man’ (Gal. 6:17). God does a glorious work; each convert is a masterpiece of Divine grace, each one a product of infinite love. Be blessed.
Christians don’t argue about the Bible. They rely upon its own built-in proof. It is a messenger carrying adequate credentials. It is self-authenticating. “It lives and abides for ever”, said Peter (1Pet 1,23). It continues to exist because it is living truth, not because God has preserved it. Agreed?
Scriptures are with us today by virtue of being the "very words of God" (Rom. 3:2), not because the Church preserved them. The Bible preserved the Church. Living things don't need to be preserved; only dead things are placed in preserving fluids. God’s Word “lives and abides forever.” Blessed?
The Gospel is eternal, but we do not have an eternity to preach it. One would think we had that long when we view the often-leisurely operations of the church on the Gospel front. We have only as long as we live to reach those who live as long as we live. Right?