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Church on Steroids

There are churches that on many corners of the cities of America and there was a time when church was more meaningful to the city. Today we are seeing small churches die, medium churches struggle and mega churches pick up large loads. I think one of the saddest things that I have seen is churches bought by local drama groups and made into drama venues. Others have been destroyed for the value of their location. What is the church all about? The First Church of Jerusalem started with about 120 believers following the days of Jesus resurrection and sightings. Then the Day of Pentecost came, which was the 50th day after Passover, and the culmination of the Jewish celebration of the Feast of Weeks. Many people came from other nations and regions, 15 are mentioned in Acts 2:9-11, to celebrate this time at Jerusalem. They heard believers speaking to them in their own languages and there was a roaring sound and visual flames settling on each speaker. This amazed many and brought ridicule from…

Unfailing Love

Sometimes you just need to reflect on all that God is to you. David responded to God as soldiers watched his home to catch and kill him, (1 Samuel 19:11), "I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love…Oh my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love." (Psalm 59:16-17) Chris Tomlin in his song "Unfailing Love" captures this idea given to us by David. Go to Youtube.com and sing along with the lyrics below: You have my heart And I am yoursforever You are my strength God of grace and power And everything You hold in your hand still you make time for me I can't understand Praise you God of earth and sky how beautiful is Your unfailing loveunfailing love unfailing love And you neverchange God you remain the holy one and my unfailing love unfailing love You are my rock the one I hold on to You are my song and I sing for you And everything You hold in your hand Still you make time…

Time Will Tell

A man was sitting with his friend who said, "I went out with Mary yesterday and we had a great time. Maybe she's the one for me." The man said, "Only time will tell." This phrase references the fact that future events are unknown and that the outcome of a desired situation cannot be determined now but will be determined as it unfolds over time. Wouldn't you like to know the future? Wouldn't you make better decisions if you knew the future now? The psalmist spoke against the wicked who seemed to go unhindered through life. They were deadly, haughty, arrogant, and dangerous. Then, as it is today, there was a perpetual rise of evil empires and individuals that captured the souls of humanity. They destroyed everywhere they went, raising themselves up and putting down all who opposed them. But the psalmist went on to say that "God will sweep them away, both young and old, faster than a pot heats over burning thorns." (Psalm 58:9) Punishment was comi…

Sacred Treasure

Men don't cry or at least that's what we are told. Crying is for babies, others say. But is that what we should believe? We understand that crying is a natural response to some deeply felt truth or hurt; that there are tears of joy and tears of sorrow. Jesus waited for Lazarus to die and then came to Mary and Martha only to have them say, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." (John 11:32) Jesus "saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping" and he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Jesus wept." (11:35) There was both sorrow about Lazarus' passing by his friends and family and sorrow by Jesus about the lack of faith his sisters had in him. David cried in his final departure from Jonathan as he had come to realize that his father, Saul, was bent on killing David because he stood between Jonathan and the inherited kingdom of Saul. David knew this hurt Jonathan and he knew Jonathan and him had…

The Bible

Less than one-third of respondents to a survey said they read the Bible during the week. Only about the same amount of adults "strongly agree" that the Bible is accurate in everything it says. We have lost the truth that this book is the primary way God communicates to us. This book (66 books within it) was written by over 40 different authors in a span of 1,600 years yet with one message. These authors had different grasps of their language, were educated and uneducated, doctors, scribes, national leaders, Kings and prophets. They never misrepresented man, presenting people as they really are. It is precisely copied, as Old Testament scribes when copying it would count the vowels, consonants, and words and if not the right number would tear up the copied page and begin again. Miraculously, there is over 13,000 early writings preserved, written on papyrus, a material that should not have remained intact as it did. The decision as to what books were to be included in this book …

End Times

What does the future look like for the earth and its inhabitants? Will it continue on in its same manner of war, persecutions, and natural occurrences like earthquakes, floods, famines and plagues? Our discussion must include humanity's and earth's Creator. God initiated creation and after those six days, "God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good!" (Genesis 1:31) He then planted a garden in Eden and there placed the man He had made." (2:8) Man, and eventually woman with him, in a pristine environment with only one law, do not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, disobeyed  and He removed them from the Garden, interestingly for their own good. (3:22-23) So, sin entered in and continued to darken the hearts of humanity. Then, Christ comes and pays for the sins of the world with his own life, and is resurrected. The future was changed by the sin and the future was changed by the sacrifice of Christ. Now, God's p…