“And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”
Have you ever heard of someone accused of bending the rules? To bend the rules would be to twist what they say for the sake of not being guilty of breaking them. The only reason a person would bend the rules is for personal gain.
“Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”
If any church is going to be influential and make a powerful impact on their community, they are going to have to do it as a team. A great church has never been built on one personality. Great churches have all been built by a group of people who banded together to do the LORD’s work in reaching the lost for Him. This will never be done if you are solely relying on the pastor; rather, it takes everyone’s involvement to make this happen.
“Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.”
Have you ever had something not turn out in your Christian life the way you thought it would? The disciples certainly faced disappointment when Jesus didn't set up His kingdom as they thought He would. They were consumed with the fact that Jesus had come to set up His kingdom on Earth, but they were highly disappointed when He was crucified because it didn't work into their design of what they thought should be done. What did they do when they were disappointed? The verse above shows us when it says, “Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing…” At the first sign of disappointment, they went back to the old life.
Tuesday, 10/11/16 John 3:16, For God so loved that he gave... We cannot be godly if we’re not generous. A 10% tithe is NOT giving: it’s commanded. Giving starts after the first 10% of our gross pay. God refers to offerings (money given to the church, either budget or special projects) and alms (money given in secret directly to another.)
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
I’m afraid we often get the purpose of life and the ministry mixed up. It is very easy to get our priorities turned around; however, God made the priority quite simple. As long as our priorities are right, life will be filled with joy, and the ministry will produce and effective impact on those to whom we minister.
The bulletin from FBC Hammond for 10/16/16 is up at Baptist City.
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
Many children love to play the game, follow the leader, where one child is proclaimed the leader, and the rest follows everything they do. Many parents don't realize that children often learn how to live life by following their parent’s footsteps. Much like the follow the leader game, whether nor not children realize it, they follow what their parents do; however, following the leader in parenting is not a game. Your children are copying your habits, whether good or bad.
“But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
The story of Mary and Martha is an intriguing story because we have two sisters whose personalities were certainly different. They were both good ladies, and both of their actions are needed in our churches. Mary chose to worship at the feet of Jesus, and this is very needed. On the other hand, Martha chose to work in the kitchen preparing a meal for the Master. There is nothing wrong with Martha’s choice to stay busy in the kitchen; somebody has to do the behind the scenes work in the church or else nothing will ever get done.
Four sermons for the week of 10/09/16 are up at Baptist City.
- How to Have More than You Could Ever Want
- Are You a Part of God, or is God a Part of You?
- The Church
- What Kind of Church Glorifies God?