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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
"The Forbidden Chapter" in the Tanakh
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Galatians 5:9 (NIV)  “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”*
The other day I was sitting in a Sunday morning church service. One of its members was exercising their gift of teaching and preaching. In the midst of teaching he came to a verse that spoke about disorder. He use this word to engage the body about what we thought of if we consider the word “disorder”. A few medical examples were shouted out like restless leg disorder. Then someone in the body yelled out “liberals”. The immediate reaction was laughter from the body and from the teacher. My heart sunk. I wanted to stand up and say I was a liberal.
There is this Lesbian couple that lives across the street from Kitty and I. In our American cultural, the perspective they have would be considered liberal inclinations. I pray for them and hope that God would give me opportunities to share Jesus with them. Could you of imagined, what if, what would it of been like if it was that Sunday that they decided to except an invitation from my wife and I to come to church that day?
Could you imagine, what if someone came to visit that day and was not a believer but self identified themselves as a liberal. Since this was a place that identified itself as an ambassador of Christ, is Jesus laughing and mocking me because of my political leanings? Since these people think I have a mental disorder and mock me for having this disorder are they really willing to invite me in their body of Christ? If I came into this group of people must I then change my political leanings and become conservative in order to be apart of the body of Christ? Why should I listen to anything else they have to say to me since they laugh and mock me because I’m a liberal?
This is a great illustration as to why the body of Christ must live as citizens of Gods kingdom first and foremost. When we allow our political ideals to invade the body of Christ, Jesus begins to be recreated in the image of our patriotism or politics or the kingdoms of man. That’s why the scripture warn us about yeast. It just takes a little yeast to invade the whole batch of dough. Jesus didn’t send his disciples to go and make the kingdoms of man into Christian nations. He told his disciples to go and invite people from every nation, ethnic group and language to be apart of his Kingdom and to be a nation that is not of this world.
Its just tragic that people who call themselves Christians are so politically party minded they become no gospel good. The message of the cross is offensive enough why do we want to make it even more offensive all for the sake of our own personal political views? Jesus tells us if we are to follow him we must surrender everything to him. That not only includes time, treasures, talent, personal relationships but also our political ideas. Jesus asked us to follow him exclusively whether in business or relationships and that would include our political ideas. Can we serve the political ideas of the kingdoms of man and the Kingdom of God at the same time? Or must we forsake our earthly political ideas if they create a barrier with those we are commanded to share the message of reconciliation? If they become like yeast to the gospel message we must rid ourselves of the yeast. What’s more important our political leanings or the eternal destiny of a persons soul?
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Don't let them distract you. Remain focused. Don't look to the world for relief, look to your King, Jesus. Don't look for answers to your hardship from the world around you. Jesus himself told his disciple that foxes have hole and birds have nests but the Son of man has no place to rest His head. As His followers we may be call to live in hardship for His purposes so don't let the trials of life cause you to lose focus. As followers of Jesus our life here on planet earth is about the kingdom of God and not about the kingdoms of man.
When hardship comes, as you live for Jesus and him alone, and the world comes against you or the circumstances of life turn into storms, maintain your integrity to Jesus and his calling. Don't compromise in order to find relief from hardships. Don't soft peddle or compromise the gospel message and the doctrines attached to it. Don't cheat or take a bribe or offer a bribe in order to find relief. Paul probably could have easily bribed His way out of those chains in that society. Continue to follow Jesus. Remember what Jesus said to his disciples. If you love me then you'll obey me.
As you work hard in doing Gods will and material assets come your way just take what you need to meet your needs. Remember what the Lord taught about what our needs are, food and clothing. Don't let hardship and your desire to avoid hardship at all cost cause you to take more then you should. As a leader in the body of Christ don't give the enemy the opportunity, as far as it depends on you, to slander the name of Jesus and His kingdom because of money. Remember Jesus example. Remember the disciples example. Remember Paul's example and do like wise.