Monthly Archives: April 2016
Beware of the “Just in Case” philosophy when conducting church services. It’s human wisdom at its best and I see it creeping into churches. This philosophy says, “Prepare every detail of the service in advance, prepare the worship music exactly the way you want it. Prepare and rehearse the introduction of the sermon and songs, so you don’t stumble over your words. Get the closing prayer written down and ready. Then, Just in Case the Lord doesn’t show up, you can still put on a great show!” Church service should NOT be like a Broadway production. (Robert Brownell)
Lord Jesus, who would think that I am Thine?
Ah, who would think
Who sees me ready to turn back or sink,
That Thou art mine?
I cannot hold Thee fast though Thou art mine:
Hold Thou me fast,
So earth shall know at last and heaven at last
That I am Thine.
– by Christina Georgina Rossetti
“Many are called, few are chosen, but fewer still are faithful. These are the overcomers spoken of ten times in the book of Revelation. They are disciples of Jesus who have not only been accepted by God but who have been tested by Him through many circumstances and who have been approved by Him.”
– Zac Poonen
38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” (John 11:38-44)
It is better to have a tough sermon that benefits you in the long term, than an enticing sermon which only gives temporary delight and long term suffering. If a preacher is talking tough on your faults and doesn’t sweeten his words that doesn’t make him wrong about you needing to change yourself. Just ask God for the wisdom to understand that is needed to walk with the Lord and ignore all vanities of life. The sweetness of the Lord should be enough to make up for lack of sweet words by the preacher who at times in the service of the Lord God must call a spade a spade. It’s not that the preacher hates you but rather he is more concerned about your salvation than you could be. Be warned that there are false teachers who use a lot of pleasant sounding words but in the end these words come to only evil. And the sweetness of their words is at best forgotten.
“It is this that ruins churches, that you do not seek to hear sermons that touch the heart, but sermons that will delight your ears with their intonation and the structure of their phrases, just as if you were listening to singers and lute-players. And we preachers humor your fancies, instead of trying to crush them. We act like a father who gives a sick child a cake or an ice, or something else that is merely nice to eat–just because he asks for it; and takes no pains to give him what is good for him; and then when the doctors blame him says, ‘I could not bear to hear my child cry.’ . . . That is what we do when we elaborate beautiful sentences, fine combinations and harmonies, to please and not to profit, to be admired and not to instruct, to delight and not to touch you, to go away with your applause in our ears, and not to better your conduct.”
― Saint John Chrysostom
4 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
No marriage is perfect and free of arguments, disagreements or flaws. Yet through God’s word and time in prayer we find our marriages can be restored and renewed. In my marriage – I find the key is falling completely in love with God (first). Once God is first in our lives, we can experience sincere love (agape). Love like is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13 – love that is long suffering, kind & pure.
In the name of Jesus, today I declare peace and restoration in our marriages. The enemy attempts to destroy marriages, because he would like to also destroy homes, children and lives. Let us be wise and identify the sneaky fiery darts of the enemy. Let us determine to fight for our marriages. May God fearing couples rise up in this dark generation to give testimony of God’s greatness. In Jesus’ name!
-Apostolic Mommy & Wife
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