"I and the Father are one" This verse is very complex and the first thing you notice is that it does not say, I and the Father are the same. Jesus said that the Father is greater than himself (John 14:28), something to grasp considering that Jesus is God in the flesh. The meaning of … Continue reading John 10:30 Father and Son
It's been a tough seven months dealing with Covid-19 and lost jobs, income. Just as hard is staying positive and keeping the faith. Jesus is watching over his flock and does not take breaks or vacations. This is the time to pray the most and to establish a deep one on one relationship with Father … Continue reading “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Matthew tells us that God commands us not to worry, here is why: Trust God’s Provision, Not Your Own (6:25–34) SUPPORTING IDEA: Jesus’ followers must be motivated by confidence in the Father’s provision for their basic needs. In this passage, we find the word worry or worrying six times. The word Therefore at the beginning … Continue reading Do You Worry?
"...observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go …”1 Kings 2:3 In the eyes of the world prosperity means success and wealth. … Continue reading True Success
The gravity of the situation is summarized in 3:23: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God thus has provided a righteousness for unrighteous people through the atonement of Jesus Christ. The way of forgiveness and freedom has been offered to all, Jews and Gentiles, through the sacrificial death of Christ. … Continue reading What does “Justification By Faith” mean?
The Book of Revelation tells us more about heaven than any other book in the Bible. A good place to start is to read chapters 21 and 22. God’s Presence “Now the dwelling of God is with men [i.e. people], and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will … Continue reading What Will Heaven Be Like?
The Holy Spirit dwells in all who believe in the name of Jesus. The primary purpose of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is efficiency in testimony and service. It has to do rather with gifts for service than with graces of character. It is the impartation of spiritual power or gifts in service and … Continue reading What is the primary importance of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20) Establishing a solid relationship with the person who created you is not the easiest thing to accomplish. It takes the willingness to … Continue reading A deep and intimate relationship to Jesus
"As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you" John 20:21 We should never leave our room until we have seen the face of our dear Master, Christ, and have realized that we are being sent forth by Him to do His will, and to finish the work which He has given us … Continue reading Preparation in the Morning
"Dear Abba, strengthen my spirit with your encouragement today so that I can stay in the center of your will for my life today. Grant me greater strength than that of Samson, greater Love than David, greater wisdom than Solomon, greater courage than Job, greater leadership than Joshua and greater faith than Abraham"~ Pastor Ross … Continue reading Jesus First
I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land - Gen. 28:15 "With thee,” companionship; “Keep thee,” guardianship; “Bring thee,” guidance. From Thoughts from the quiet hour - D.L. Moody editor. Jesus was guiding Abraham into the promise land. He was Abraham's … Continue reading Confidant – Watchman – Compass
Thomas Edison said: “No one can study chemistry and see the wonderful way in which certain elements combine with the nicety of the most delicate machine ever invented, and not come to the inevitable conclusion that there is a Big Engineer who is running this universe.” Answer: Jesus is our creator and he formed each … Continue reading Who is the creator of all things both visible and invisible?
John 15:5. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing...Here we have the key verse of the passage, although it only expands what we have already learned on the first paragraph. Gromacki writes, "Christ … Continue reading Got Vine?
Westminster Confession: They, whom God hath accepted in his Beloved, effectually called, and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved. (XVII.1) The doctrine declares that the regenerate are saved through persevering in faith and Christian … Continue reading PERSEVERANCE
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. ACTS 4:12 The gospel proclaims that the God who saved Israel from Egypt, Jonah from the fish’s belly, the psalmist from death, and the soldiers from drowning (Exod. 15:2; Jon. 2:9; … Continue reading SALVATION: JESUS RESCUES HIS PEOPLE FROM SIN
I would not have known what sin was except through the law. ROMANS 7:7 Its first function is to be a mirror reflecting to us both the perfect righteousness of God and our own sinfulness and shortcomings. Thus “the law bids us, as we try to fulfill its requirements, and become wearied in our weakness … Continue reading GOD’S MORAL LAW HAS THREE PURPOSES
Whatever hinders us from receiving a blessing that God is willing to bestow upon us is not humility, but the mockery of it. A genuine humility will ever feel the need of the largest measures of grace, and will be perfected just in the degree in which that grace is bestowed. The truly humble man … Continue reading Stay Humble
It's all about a personal relationship with Jesus. You must be born again. Whatever the outward circumstances, conversion is a conscious decision that must be taken by every man, woman or child in the privacy of their hearts. It is a new relationship with God. "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … … Continue reading Personal Relationship
"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you … Continue reading HOW DO I KNOW THAT I AM SAVED?
Who was the first Deacon in the Christian church? Phoebe, patron of the church at Cenchreae, yes it was a woman! Phoebe was a dedicated follower of Christ and worked diligently to spread the Gospel. She clearly understood Col 3:23 "Whatever you do, do your work [a]heartily, as for the Lord [b]rather than for men" … Continue reading Phoebe
The greatest female revivalist of the 20th Century was Aimee Semple McPherson who was Born October, 1890 and died on September, 1944 Aimee was the founder of the International Foursquare Gospel Church - 2 Million members in 30,000 Churches today. When she was 23 years old she had appendicitis and barely survived. After her ordeal … Continue reading Aimee Semple McPherson
Life can be extremely difficult at times. We often seek guidance or advice from parents, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. When these people cannot solve are troubles we tend to feel withdrawn or depressed. There is a solution and His name is Jesus. Jesus had more troubles then every person who ever lived combined! He gave … Continue reading JESUS UNDERSTANDS US COMPLETELY
All of us In Christ have had to endure various trials in our walk with Jesus. If God loves us so much why would he allow such trials? When we go through times of hardship recognize that this is the time to show faith in Christ. God has different reason(s) for allowing these faith testing … Continue reading Stay Strong and Courageous
Apostle Paul speaking his last words to the unbelieving leading men of the Jews in Rome: The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, saying,"Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ " "Render the hearts of this people insensitive, … Continue reading WE ARE PROPHETS AND GREATER THAN THE ANGELS!
Early Christians oftentimes met in other people's homes to pray and worship God. Have you ever felt guilty because you did not go to a church building, cathedral or chapel? Do not feel guilty, those who believe in Jesus are God's church and are interconnected to each other. True worship comes from our heart, mind … Continue reading THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST
The term trinity is never mentioned in the bible; however, it's scriptural. The best example I heard while attending seminary was from one of my favorite professors, Dr. Rick Durst. Dr. Durst said to me, "Think of the trinity this way, Father God is the begetter, Jesus is the begotten. Father God and Jesus are … Continue reading Trinity
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God: John 1:1 The Triune God is a very difficult theological term associated with Father God, Holy Spirit and Jesus, but the bottom line is that Jesus … Continue reading WHO IS JESUS?
Incarnation is Spirit God taking on human flesh in the form of Jesus. Jesus took on the nature and character of The Holy Spirit in order to share His divine qualities with mankind. No one has ever seen God. Moses only saw God in temporary form and the term for this is "Theophany". Remember, God … Continue reading WHAT IS INCARNATION?
Revelation 1:3 says, "Blessed is he/she who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the end is near" The word blessed has many interpretations, but being blessed comes only from God and is transferred to those who, in this verse, read Revelation … Continue reading READING REVELATION BRINGS BLESSING
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness - Dan 9:9 "As a spring lock closes itself, but cannot be unlocked without a key, so we ourselves may run into sin, but cannot return without the key of God’s grace" - Cawdray If you happen to sin today, just agree (to confess in Greek) … Continue reading Mercy and Forgiveness
We've all seen or know someone who prays out loud. To be honest it's annoying and is just what the Pharisees used to do when Jesus was living in Israel. Corporate prayer is different and achieves a Christ centered goal. I'm all for occasional corporate prayer. The way to reach the heart of the Lord … Continue reading Silence is Golden
Repentance: To turn away from sin, to start fresh with the renewal of your spirit towards the things of God. The goal is purity and to be like Jesus. Faith: One of the first gifts from God. Without Faith no one can please God. God rewards Faith because it shows a continuous hope In Christ … Continue reading Road Map to Serving Christ
Jesus, in Revelation, speaks of the seven stars and the seven golden lampstands in his right hand. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches. The seven golden lampstands are the seven churches. To the Church in Smyrna... Smyrna’ church congregation was afflicted and poor. The church was rich according to Jesus despite … Continue reading To the Church in Smyrna…