24 November 2014

Repentance - Part One


Hebrews 6:1 - 2Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Repentance from dead works and faith in God are two foundational issues in the life of a believer.

Repentance is the first step. It must be taken in order to even enter into a true relationship with God. It is taken in faith. Faith is the substance of the christian's whole life and walk.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.

God commands us to repent. If we don't repent, then we are in sin. Then we have to repent! :-) There is no choice or option given here. We do not have the luxury of choosing NOT to repent. It is a command. We do not have any options to repenting. 

We can't just go make God some brownies instead. 

That's not repentance, that's making brownies. 

Confession is not repenting, it's confession. 

Being, or saying you're sorry is not repentance. It is being or saying you're sorry.

Repentance and faith are gifts from God the Father to us - we turn from our ways to follow Him.

Both repentance and faith go beyond our initial experience of salvation and work actively throughout our walk of sanctification.

What does 'repent' mean?

From Webster's Dictionary:REPENT', v.i. [L. re and paeniteo, from paena, pain. Gr. See Paint.]1. To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct.2. In theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence.

There is an implication of conscious moral separation from God; a personal decision to forsake sin and enter fellowship with God.

It is a conscious decision to make a 180 degree turn and go the other way, forsaking all that we thought was good and right in our own way and choosing to go a different way.

Repent. The Kingdom of God is at hand.

21 November 2014

2e

Here's a re-introduction of our recurring '2e' topic.

'2e' stands for '2 edges'.

The Bible says that the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

So, the 2e posts found here periodically will be scripture verses or passages that you can memorize or apply to your day.  We hope you enjoy them.

For today's 2e, we'll stick with the verse above:


For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 


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18 November 2014

The Power to...

Phillipians 3:10 - 15 

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 

When I was little, I remember seeing the super-heros and the like, wishing that I could be like them with their powers. If only I could fly, walk through walls, have x-ray vision, super-human strength. If only there was some greatness that set me apart. If only I could be recognized for that greatness. If only I was feared! 

That was one extreme of the little boy's dreams. The other extreme was what I knew to be 'true'. I never would amount to any of that. I never would be able to fly. I never would be able to walk through walls, etc. I never would be admired for any of those things and certainly NEVER feared. In fact, according to some people, I never would amount to much of anything. Some would say I was useless; powerless and worthless. 

Then came Jesus. 

Acts 1:8 
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

So now, I have this power. Only to use it.

The power to heal the sick; see the lame walk; open deaf ears; call forth wealth; open blind eyes and raise the dead. 

The power to actually BE victorious

I don't need to fly or walk through walls; I can go places in the Spirit.

I don't need to have x-ray vision; I can see in the Spirit.

Super-Human strength is unneccessary when you have Holy Ghost Power

Now there IS a power that sets me apart from the world.

Now, I am recognized ~ by God.

Now, I am feared! - By the devil.

Thank God for His wonderful plan to empower His children with His Spirit.

Now, let's use that same Power to proclaim good news to the poor, liberty to the captives recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are oppressed.

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01 November 2014

It's Been a While

We know it's been a while, but great news is coming.

You'll see some changes visually here, and...

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24 March 2014

Too Much Time on Your Hands?

Recently, someone commented that I have too much time on my hands.

Hmm.

Once I got over the sense of incredulity, I got to thinking about it.  Do I? Or does it just seem to those ignorant of my reality to be the case? Bingo!

So I am taking the time to talk about time.

To be sure, I have no idea what the person meant by their statement.  I asked for an explanation, but was given none.

So, let's start here:
TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven: 
Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP
If indeed there is a time for everything, than having too much time on one's hands is an impossibility, for there would also be a time for doing nothing and doing folly. 

I do not naturally, nor willingly partake in folly.  By its name alone, it is unattractive to me.  I was not, at the time of my critic's comment, doing nothing, so let's see what I do do. (yes, I said it).

I fulfill, on a regular basis, the following roles:

I am a homeschooling, house-husband.  In the area of "bringing home the bacon" or "frying it in the pan", Perla and I have reversed roles.  These reversed roles work for us.  We are both most effective for each other and our family where we are.  I think it's the misunderstanding of this that has caused people over the years to make similar observations.

As a homeschooler, I attend to the education of my child on a daily basis.  I am, at times, the teacher, the teacher's aide, the hall monitor, the librarian and the principal, all at once. (At this moment, I'm also the lunch-lady).

As a house-husband, I do the shopping, the dishes, the cleaning and the cooking.  I organize the family's calendar, seeing to our attendance of church events, soccer practice and games, physical activities and our limited social calendar.

I am a business owner.  I oversee every single aspect of our TWO main businesses; a janitorial service and a maid service, on a personal and professional level.  Additionally, this year sees the start of  a new business venture as well for which I will be responsible on an operational level as well as additional labor.

I am clergy.  Both Perla and I are ordained elders in our fellowship and as such bear the responsibilities of the position.  We are at the church, if our schedule allows, every time the door is open; and sometimes even if our schedule doesn't allow.  We pray. We study the Word.  Sometimes we are called on to teach or preach.  I am on the worship team there as well.

When I can, I make it to the gym or go cycling with Elijah.

I am also an author, of which this blog is a part.

That's what I am doing now. Additionally, the planning stages for what we will be doing in the future also occupy my time.  A major part of that involves intensive social networking and a growth phase in the areas of media and public relations.

I am well aware of what time I spend on what activities.  None of it is wasted.

Indeed, sometimes it seems as if I do not have enough time on my hands.

I do not forget the importance of this verse:

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 AMP

Our sole purpose for our lives right now is to bring others to Christ and to see the church united, honoring God.  With that as our goal, we should be busy every moment ~ which I am.

How about you? Are you busy? Or do you have too much time on your hands?