Category Archives: Jesus

Demonstrated Love

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

There are many who wrongfully accuse Christianity to be a “religion of hate”, there are some who accuse Jesus of being a “bigot” or a “racist”. These people are clearly ignorant to the Bible. Often people like to “parrot” ideas or thoughts they heard online or from other sources without truly studying and investigating the claims for themselves.

Let say your about to be executed, and your execution is justified because your broke the Law. Who do you know would take the place of your execution? Do you think any of your friends would take a bullet for you? This is exactly what Jesus did for you! He took your place on the cross, he took the punishment for your crimes, so you can be justified and freed before God

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

This is true Love, not the shallow love this world shows you. Your friends say they love you, but in reality they wouldn’t die for you. And the fact is , even if they were willing, they are not capable of taking your place anyway. Why? Because we are all sinners except Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the only one who can take our place, and he loves us enough that he did it! Why would you reject this Love from God?

Heavenly Father, we pray that everyone comes to repentance, accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, that they get baptized by the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Name Amen!

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God The Father?

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Matthew 6:9

The United Methodist Church continues to shock everyone, at least true Christians should be shocked. At the  Minnesota Conference they  removed God The Father from their Apostles Creed. Their official statement was that the term “Father” wasn’t inclusive enough for the 21st century UMC. Even though Jesus Christ, who is the cornerstone of the Church, always addressed God as The Father and even taught us to pray to God as The Father.

Here is their official statements regarding this issue

 

Leaders need to establish the ground rules: Everybody’s God language is appropriate. People’s God language signifies a relationship that you can’t interfere with. You can raise questions and offer additional perspectives, but you can’t dictate. You can’t prohibit anybody from using any language about God. Whether they want to call God “Jehovah” or “Big Dog,” you can’t judge the validity of how that name connects them with God. People just need to get used to that.

So according to the UMC we now have the authority to override Jesus Christ and edit the Apostles Creed which has been in existence for over 2,000 years. Seriously they are ok with people calling God “Big Dog”? What happened to the integrity and respectability of the Methodist Church?

 

Pastors and other leaders should give attention to teaching people what the church’s traditional images mean and what they don’t mean. For instance, the “fatherhood” of God is about relationship, not biology. Our people won’t know how to reflect theologically about these things — instead of just reacting emotionally — unless we give them the tools.

There is nothing emotional about the Father/Son hierchy of the Bible. For example we were given examples through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob about the significance of roles a Father/Son play in society and in theology. Without this understanding , you wouldn’t understand the title of Son of God

 

Pastors and other worship leaders should expose people to a variety of images of God, both familiar and new, both comforting and provocative. People should regularly hear God referred to in public worship with images that are male, female, and gender neutral. In a worship service the choir may sing an anthem with thickly sexist, male-dominated language, while the prayers are full of feminine imagery. People can sing their own words, with their personal substitutions, if they wish. People should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own faith.

As the Bible tells us we are not to conform to the ways of this world but become transformed. This statement is telling us the opposite, lets conform to society today to make “Church” more acceptable. This is total heresy!

https://www.christianpost.com/news/umc-minnesota-conference-removes-father-from-apostles-creed-for-worship-service-224721/

 

http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/11/united-methodists-remove-father-from-apostles-creed-to-be-more-gender-inclusive-to-god/

Boast In The Law

You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? Romans 2:23

There are many groups out there, some even claim to follow Jesus, who boast in following the Law (Torah) however the Bible clearly tells us we are all sinners and nobody is righteous. Often times we allow our “religion” to be the means of our salvation and not Jesus Christ, who is the only one who can provide us salvation

Does that mean we should willfully sin? Absolutely No! If you are truly a Christian, you repented (turned away) from your evil ways and allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify and work in you. However for anyone to claim they are saved by follow The Law (Torah) would be blasphemy as that would mean they have never sinned. We have all fallen short (sinned) of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17

Jesus has fulfilled The Law, many have a hard time understanding or accepting this. Essentially Jesus is The Law, through only him we can be saved. Jesus reflected on the principles of The Law at the sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) Jesus is our Law and Sabbath, all things have come through him and are accomplished through him

If you don’t understand this, you don’t truly understand Christ and what he has accomplished for all of us who call him Lord

Heavenly Father, we pray that your salvation and truth, may be made known to those who seek in Jesus Name Amen!

The Curse

Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. Isaiah 24:6

You may wonder why there are so many problems in the world, because the world is cursed. The world is living under the curse of Adam and Eve who brought sin upon humanity by following Satan and not God.

The world spends trillions of dollars looking for world peace, there will never be peace because the world is ruled by Satan. The only peace we can obtain is from the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. Genesis 3:17

Sin has entered humanity through Adam and Eve, the curse that has been put on the entire world can only be broken by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is why the teachings of Evolution are a direct attack on Christianity. Teaching children they are descendants of monkeys instead of direct images of God. If they know the truth, then they know how valuable they are and they need Jesus Christ

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

But even though we were cursed by our sins, God loves us enough to die for us! The curse has been broken by the blood of Jesus Christ! We can walk with our Father in paradise in Jesus Name Amen!

Happy Fathers Day

And He said, “A man had two sons. Luke 15:11

As we celebrate Fathers Day , the story I reflect on is the Prodigal Son. It’s a story about how our Heavenly Father loves us and shows us mercy , even when we didn’t deserve it

“The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. Luke 15:12

The Prodigal Son had everything, his Father provided for him. Yet the Son wanted more, he wanted to abandon his Father and family to pursue his own self interests. And just as a loving Father, he allowed him to leave

“And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Luke 15:13

The Prodical Son quickly squandered all his inheritance. He found out quickly that living for himself and the pleasures of this world, were not so appealing anymore

“Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. Luke 15:14-15

The Prodical Son had it all at one time, now he is reduced to feeding pigs. Pigs in the Jewish culture were considered unclean and an abomination. This shows you at the level the Prodical Son has sunk to because of his sin

And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! ‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;Luke 15:16-18

The Prodical Son is dying spiritually and physically from his sins. His separation from the Father, has crushed his soul. But the Holy Spirit is leading him back to the Father!

I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”‘ Luke 15:19

The Prodical Son humbled himself in repentance to the Father asking for mercy. He no longer needs to be a King, he is willing to be a servant in his Fathers presence

“So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20

The Prodical Sons Father had every right to reject and condemn his Son. However the Father came running to the Son with open arms and embraced him.

We are not worthy to stand before our Heavenly Father , we to are all Prodicals who left the presence of God to pursue worldly interests. However when we come back to the Father, he will accept us in Jesus Name Amen!

 

Happy Anniversary

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things I Corinthians 13:4-7

As me and my wife celebrate our anniversary I reflect on the words the pastor spoke on the shore of Jamaica when we got married.  The words written by the Apostle Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit, give us a foundation on what Love really is.

In order to have a successful marriage you need to have the true definition of Love. Without a true understanding of Love, marriage will fail. Because Love is sacrificial not selfish. If you put yourself first all the time, then you will end up with yourself all the time. Marriage is the covenant of two people becoming one (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:8)

If you base your marriage on shallow things you will have a shallow future. True Love endures all things, it wont endure if your marriage is not deeply rooted in Love and God. Anyone can endure good time but when the hard times hit a marriage, its essential to have that foundation to stand on

I’ve been blessed to be married to my soulmate and best friend Heidi, we have been together now over 20 years. We have celebrated good times and endured the hard times, however our true love for one another has enabled us to stay strong and united.

Because of our wonderful marriage , we are able to have created a wonderful family with our two boys. I cant think of a greater blessing from God than for my wife and kids. Although we are not perfect we stand firmly rooted in the true Love that endures all things Amen!