Archive for March, 2017

To Dunk or Not to Dunk, Biblical Baptism

To dunk or not to dunk, that is the question. When a person thinks about what it says in Matthew 3 regarding baptism being accompanied by repentance and fruit bearing, does it really make any difference? It is more of a heart attitude. Many Christians believe that immersion is the biblical way because of the Greek word “baptizo” and that it is a picture or symbol of new life in Christ-down with the old and up with the new. I personally believe that immersion is the correct way, however let me relate a true story from a former pastor of mine.

A man bed-ridden in a hospital desired to be baptized. The pastor went to visit him and sprinkled water over him in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The man rejoiced and gave praise to God. He was truly blessed and had a righteous heart.
Click here to read more …

Desparate to Blame Someone

I noted something interesting some time back when I was reading John 9. In verse 2, the disciples asked the Lord Jesus: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

In Ezekiel 18 verses 20, the Scripture says: “The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him”.

I believe this portion of the Scripture is not only talking about dying for the sin of others but also include suffering because of the sins of others. Humanly, it is difficult putting this to the right perspective. The reason is that, for example, someone makes a mistake in the traffic and you find the innocent dying and the one who made the mistake surviving. In this case, it is “understandable” that sometimes we blame someone for the misfortunes of others. To this extent, the disciples were just human to think that the man born blind might have been paying the penalty for the sins of the parents.
Click here to read more …

Living Life as an Example

“I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Introduction:

Sadly, it seems that Christians today are better recognized by what we are against than what we are for. It is true that there are many things God has called us to turn our backs on, but I think we should be recognized by what we are for. I think we should be living examples to both unbelievers and fellow Christians as well. Following is a handful of characteristics that I believe the bible teaches that Christians should be known for:

One – LOVE: 1 John 4:8, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (ESV).
Click here to read more …

Truth, Faith and why all roads cannot lead to heaven

Truth

Is Truth Important to You?

• If you were dying of a deadly but curable disease, would you want the right medication to survive?

• Would you want to know the truth about the risks before investing your life savings?

• Do you want your family and friends to tell you the truth once in a while, or all of the time?

• If you were charged with a murder you did not commit, would you want the truth to come out?

If you want truth in these areas, it appears that truth really is important to you. So what’s on the other side of death? If God exists and your destination after physical death is based on the choices you make in this life, would the truth about eternity be important?
Click here to read more …

Do Not Limit God Part One

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Hebrews 10:19-23 (KJV)

God has presented to us a new and living way of life. One that is filled with love, faith, hope, light, peace -life of great abundance. It is spiritual in nature, but manifests in the natural realm. We have been given access to God the Father, Himself, through Jesus Christ our Lord. He has enabled us to have a close intimate relationship with Himself. He has given us His Holy Spirit by Whom we are able to accomplish great things for His Kingdom. As it is written, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6, KJV), and again, “But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32, KJV). We have been freely given this new and living way of life, yet so many struggle to live it. They struggle with intimacy with God, they struggle to believe the promises, let alone receive them. Many struggle to do the exploits that the Father has called them to do. They fail to see themselves as the Father sees them. They limit Him, and in so doing, limit themselves. Are you limiting God? The question is why and how do we limit Him. Let us address some of the how and whys. It is time for all of us to stop limiting God, and move on.
Click here to read more …

Entering the Enemy’s Camp – Part 1

Introduction

Wednesday 29th April 2009

07:00 – I went into the kitchen to start breakfast, shortly after devotion, this morning. A down feeling came over me. I started singing the following song and bringing forth the following message:

“Bless the Lord

Oh my soul

And all that is within me

Bless His holy name…”

“I’m encouraging myself in the Lord today because the enemy desires to keep me down, and I refuse to stay this way” It was hard to praise with that heaviness and I started to think of others in similar situation and how I could encourage them. At this point, I envisaged a congregation of people with the spirit of heaviness upon them and I started to say to them, “I want you to help me bless the Lord today. Tell yourself to bless His holy name. Come on and…
Click here to read more …

 Page 5 of 5 « 1  2  3  4  5