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The Dreaded “D” Word – Matthew 19

Introduction

Recently I listened as a pastor preached his heart out in an attempt to reach his congregation regarding the destructive nature of divorce.  He had counseled married couples to what God’s Word says about divorce.  Too many times he observed couples seeing divorce like the reset button of a video game.  Just press the button and start all over again as if nothing had ever happened.  They tried to justify themselves by saying things like…“Surely God wants me to be happy”, “I just don’t love them anymore”, “It’s nobody’s fault, we just grew apart”.

The foundation, the pillar if you will, of the Christian witness on earth is the family unit.  The evil one has always attacked the family unit God designed as a method of damaging the cause of Christ.  When a man and a woman join together in the bonds of holy matrimony it was to be until death do us part.  This is God’s design.

I am going to talk about divorce in this article but at the same time I must also talk about marriage.  To do so I am going to use God’s Word throughout, because let’s face it, God created us and also instituted marriage; He is the ultimate authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Communion with God – Exodus

Introduction

The Tabernacle in the Wilderness has been the source of much study on my part but there is a special person in my life, my uncle, who expanded my knowledge, not only on this subject, but many of God’s wonders contained in scripture.  This article would not be possible without his help.  My uncle is home with Jesus now and I miss him.  I’d like to dedicate this article to my uncle for all his words of wisdom.

This will be a technical dive into the construction of the Tabernacle; please bear with me, we need this information for the practical application later on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Beyond This Point There Be Dragons – 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Introduction

Our title comes from a very old map of the world I had the chance to see some time ago.  It was from the 1500s when much of the world was still unknown, and, the existence of sea monsters was widely accepted.

In our world today we have satellite imagery covering every inch of the globe but there are still territories where beyond their borders there is great danger.

Recently, where I attend church, we had a guest speaker from Frontline Missions International.  I must say this was the most eye opening and convicting view of global missions I have ever been a part of.  This organization targets those areas deemed “closed” to ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Am I in the Book of Life? – John 3:1-8

Introduction

I am going to start with a bit of my personal history.  My grandfather, on my dad’s side, was a church planter: he traveled to different areas, set up his tent and started preaching.  When a group of followers were formed he sought out a preacher to pastor them, packed up the tent and moved to the next place.  It sounds really quick when you say it like that but he would usually stay 2-3 years at each church.  One of those churches he established was where I grew up and learned about Jesus.

To the best of my Grandmother’s ability she cataloged (11) churches organized/pastored and later in life, (7) churches pastored.  No sending church, no mission board, only a steadfast faith that what God had called him to do He would see him through it.  My grandfather was a carpenter on the side to fund his ministry; no one paid preachers back then.  As a result of his skills he helped or completely built many of the church buildings that he organized. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Have You Died Yet?

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Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

The modern social gospel being promoted across the land in many churches today speaks of a religion that has no costs, brings no change, and seems to give all glory to the wrong party… us.  In fact, to hear most Christians discuss styles of worship, contemporary or traditional, you would think that worship itself was for the sole benefit of man.  The humanism that has crept into the contemporary sermons, has led many a lost soul to believe that they need only to believe and they have their ticket punched for glory.  Most then fall well short of what the apostle Paul called the ‘new creature in Christ Jesus’.

Why is this so?  It goes all the way back to the Old Testament.  Many of our gospel songs speak of crossing the Jordan River as though it was the passage from life on earth to life in eternity in heaven.  This is flawed because unlike Canaan, Heaven doesn’t have enemies to be destroyed.  Rather, the crossing of the Jordan River in the book of Joshua more aptly typifies our passage from the death of sin to the newness of life in Christ Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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