Christian, Inspirational

Stumblingblock

1 Corinthians 1:22-23 KJV For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: [23] But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

Why is Christ a stumblingblock unto the Jew?

The Jews largely do not believe Jesus is the Messiah, they do not believe he is the only begotten Son of God. They believe in their hubris they can approach God the Father without the Son.

The good news: Romans 11:26 KJV And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

I think soon Israel will realize their error and come to Jesus in mass. The only questions left are who will lead them to the truth and when will it occur?

Acts 4:10-12 KJV Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. [11] This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. [12] Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Advertisements
Standard
Christian, Inspirational

Brotherhood

What is Brotherhood? Is it really about DNA?

I watch a lot of TBN as most of my readers probably already know. One preacher is asking for money to build a retirement home for Haulocaust survivors in Israel another is doing DNA tests to verify Jewish ancestry of tribes in Africa. Are Jews really are brothers and sisters? If you are a Christian they are – if they are likewise followers of Jesus.

Paul said in Romans 9:6 KJV … For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel… .

He also said in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 KJV For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Frankly I think supporting family and fellow Christians in the U.S.A. would be more appropriate than helping non-believers. I also think Jews only allowing Jews to immigrate to Israel and seeking fellow Jews out by DNA is bigotry and discrimination.

Brotherhood – the brotherhood that matters – the eternal brotherhood is only found in Christ.


Standard
Christian, Inspirational

First Preventer

I have noticed not only a trend at our local Church, but one that seems to be popular nation wide. The trend is praying for and honoring first responders. Although fire fighters, EMTs, doctors, and police are honorable professions, I don’t care to pray for them all, especially ones I don’t know. In my opinion prayers and blessings should be first for those close to you. Remember when Esau sought a blessing he found nothing left, for it had already gone to Jacob.

As we pray, there is no better way than Matthew 6:9-13.  Let us not forget to honor and trust the First Preventer.  He caused David to sleep peacefully at night. He built hedges around Job. He causes the tumor to be benign or never to form. He causes the thief and the murderer to pass by your house. These among thousands of other ways He keeps us safe. He is the Lord God Almighty. He is Jehovah. And in God do we trust.

Standard
Christian, Inspirational

What a Woman Wants Part 2

Women want to be active in their Church and community.

In the previous article I discussed the woman’s role in preaching and teaching according to the Holy Bible. They are not I suppose excused from the Great Commission, but the manner and place of women fulfilling it is definitely different from men.

What then can they do in the Church other than one preacher suggesting they could pick up trash.

Luke 2:36-37 KJV tells us, And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; [37] And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

This is more than what I do, it is an example of acceptable service in the Church. Please notice it does not say she led prayer or even spoke aloud.

Acts 16:13 KJV And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

Women pray outside of church. The details are thin, but it sounds like a place where women met and where God was discussed.

1 Peter 3:6 KJV Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

What respect for her husband! Can you imagine an American woman calling her husband lord?

I felt the previous article left out these astounding examples of womanhood in the Church, Anna and Sara. And also Dorcas who made coats for many, Acts 9:36 KJV Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

There is much a Woman can do, but as with men there is Biblical instruction to be followed. We honor God by doing what he asks of us, not what we ourselves want to do.

Standard
Christian, Inspirational

What a Woman Wants

She wants to be heard. She wants a voice. 

This week I read an article in our church bulletin’s newly created ladies column about a woman’s place in the church.

She was upset that a preacher had given a sermon saying women could pick up trash at the church he supposed, but not much else. She was perhaps rightfully upset. Although, I found her comment that she was surprised the preacher wasn’t stoned by the audience disturbing.

When I hear women preaching on television in a Church setting I usually turn the channel. I wonder if God thinks to himself what is this bleating I hear in my ears. With many women speakers of great notoriety such as Joyce Meyers and Victoria Osteen just to name a few what does God really think about women preaching and what is their place in church?

You may if you choose read 1 Corinthians 14:34-38. If men are allowed to be ignorant are women also? This is my stance on women preaching and their role in the Church. And I  believe it’s purpose is two-fold. It maintains familial order placing the man as the spiritual head of the family. It also makes a woman’s eternal judgment easier if she will honor God’s vision.

1 Samuel 15:14 KJV And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

This was Samuel’s response to Saul when Saul did what he wanted to do and kept the spoil rather than follow God’s instruction. Samuel continues in 1 Samuel 15:22-23 KJV And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. [23] For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord , he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Women want to speak and to be influential in the church. Here’s how.

1 Timothy 2:11-13 KJV Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. [12] But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. [13] For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

Women teaching women or children in the Church setting is a tradition of man. It is not a tradition of God.

1 Corinthians 11:5-6 KJV But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. [6] For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

The Amish and Mennonites get this right, but do they cover their heads simply for traditions sake. Ladies keep in mind a simple scarf works.

1 Peter 3:3-4 KJV Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; [4] But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Isnt this good news? Quit worrying about make-up and how you appear to others so much.

The woman in the Church bulletin cited this verse as do many woman who want to talk or preach. Acts 18:26 KJV And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them , and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Did they teach during church hours or even at the church? It sounds to me that perhaps they invited Apollos home for lunch and spent considerable time teaching him about Christ.

The Bible does say women can teach. Titus 2:4-5 KJV That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [5] To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The request therefore of God appears to be that women teach not at church, but at home or elsewhere in their daily lives. They can teach by example, speech, and lifestyle as also can men.

As a woman do you want to do what you want or what God asks of you?


Standard
Christian, Inspirational

A Cruel Trick

I’ve heard people say there are no stupid questions. I disagree. The number one stupid biblical question I’ve ever heard is will we recognize each other in Heaven.

What this question reveals is that the asker doesn’t know God. Do they think the Lord God Almighty is a joker or a prankster?

Everybody that is blessed to make it to Heaven will recognize their relatives and friends that are likewise blessed to make it to Heaven. It’s Heaven. It’s not a place for cruel tricks or undue punishment.

Trust the Lord. Read your Bible and get to know him better!

Standard
Christian, Inspirational

Examining Pulpit Credibilty

There are several public speaking tricks that preachers use to establish credibility. I am hesitant to use the word tricks because the message they are conveying may be otherwise truthful or helpful, but let me present my opinion and then you may form your own conclusions.

Knowledge of original scripture – “The original Greek says… .” The preacher is using a Greek translation Bible. All such translations were done by men of the modern age. If you trust in your KJV this is totally unnecessary and a hit at faith in the complete accuracy of the Holy Spirit’s work in the King James Version Holy Bible.

Knowledge of Multiple Translations – “Other translations put it… .” The preacher is trying to establish mastery over the subject greater than your own. It is very similar to a preacher exhibiting special knowledge of the Greek or Hebrew supposedly acquired through years of study.

Comparison of one’s life to a Holy figure in the Bible. – “As Noah preached righteousness so do I.” As Moses came through all his tribulations, so did I.” Most preachers don’t compare themselves directly to Jesus, perhaps that is God’s work. This may seem innocent enough, but when you hear these comparisons the speaker is hoping to borrow some Holiness. Something I find even more disturbing is criticism of the Holy men of the Bible. The implication may be the speaker is better, smarter, or more faithful.

Direct communications from God – “God said…”, “God told me…”, “God put it on my heart…”. I am leary and extremely doubtful of preachers who make this claim. God can of course talk to people today, but many of television preachers make such claims. I think I myself would need to be 100% sure. We often answer our own questions and put the answer we want to hear on our own hearts.

Closeness to the Lord – Preacher’s that use the phrase My God or Oh my God. I’m guessing this is done to show closeness to the Lord. We’re close so I can say it. To me it sounds like taking the name of the Lord God in vain, as it is in most cases when the layman says it.

Better are the preachers that stick to the word and demonstrate knowledge of it.

Standard