Monthly Archives: June 2016

Happy Father’s Day

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Allow me to take the time today to say Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  I could take the time to say what wonderful grandfathers I have…I have the best grandpas!  I could tell you how richly blessed I am with such a tremendous father-in-law…God smiled on me there!  But truly, I only have one dad!  And God definitely blessed me with the best!

I came across a poem that probably defines my relationship with my dad perfectly.  It is titled ‘A poem about my Daddy!’…

I drive you nuts,
I’ve turned you grey,
I’ve made you proud,
I’ve spent your pay.
I’ve stressed you out,
I’ve hurt you bad,
I’ve made you laugh,
I’ve sent you mad.
I’ve made you smile,
I’ve made you sob…

Now I know I wasn’t anywhere close to being the perfect son!  I can attest to what I put my dad through, as I raise my children.  I see so much of myself in them.

As I look over the last 35 years of my life and the impact my dad has had on me, so many different things come to mind.  The many times he’s been done wrong, and yet he still stood strong.  Watching him go through a trial no parent should have to face, losing a child to cancer, and yet remaining strong and being there for mom and myself.  Watching him labour diligently pastoring a church in a town, where many other men would have given up, yet boldly pressing forward.

I could continue on and on, and run out of words to describe my dad, but I will close with saying, I am who I am today, because of a dad who set such a great example for me.

I love you dad!

 

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Doubting Christians

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I struggle with our struggle to embrace the super-natural.

Mankind always seeks to understand and explain that which cannot always be explained.  From the beginning, with Adam and Eve, the temptation was understanding.  The serpents tempting words to Eve in Genesis 3:5:  “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

Science tries to make human sense of creation.  Medicine tries to make medical sense of miracles.  There are times when the only thing that makes sense is Jesus!

The problem with the church today is we struggle to understand and embrace that God performs miracles!  And that God’s desire is to use us to perform miracles!  There is a true shortage of the use of spiritual gifts active in the church.  Why?  I believe the reason is we fear being ‘super-spiritual’ and the ‘weirdness’ of it, and where it will ‘take us’.

We must understand God’s purpose for the church though!

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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 2:17   And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Mark 16:17-18  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Now don’t get me wrong…I’m not stating we are to tempt God with foolish actions!  But we can be directed, spoken to by, and used by God!  If we aren’t, then are we truly Christians?  If we aren’t being obedient to the commission given us, then we can’t claim to be followers.

We can’t forget about spiritual gifts?  1 Corinthians 8-10  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

We are His church, and He places in us gifts and abilities to be His hands and feet on earth!  When we fail to believe in and utilize those gifts, we can’t claim full obedience to Him.

What brings about this struggle?  I believe a lack of faith!  Faith is put to the test through action.  Think about it…we encounter a lame man…we offer charity, we offer love, we offer prayer…but look at Peter and John and the lame man:  Acts 3:6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

What prevents the church from performing in such a bold manner today?  Remember, Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  

What is our excuse?  Don’t be like Doubting Thomas.  Don’t doubt God’s ability to come through at the right time.  Exercise the Holy Ghost power we behold!

As a camp preacher declared a few years back…when the devil thinks he has me out on a limb…all I can say is…that’s where the fruit goes!  Go out on a limb…exercise faith…believe in the impossible!  The church of yesterday can still live today!

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Rebellion

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted…I’ve had a lot of thoughts, but not the time to get them posted…

Last Wednesday I spoke at the church on the subject of rebellion.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord,
he hath also rejected thee from being king.
(1 Samuel 15:23)

According the dictionary, rebellion is:
1: Open, organized, and armed resistance to one’s government or ruler.
2: Resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.

I have a better definition which I believe better aligns from a Biblical stance:

Rebellion is a decided resistance to that which is right, holy, and orderly.

There is a tidal wave of rebellion sweeping across our nation!  It is similar to a hurricane…every wave gets higher, catches more people, and carries them further than they would have ever thought possible!

The issue with rebellion…

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  (Ephesians 6:12)

One must remember, rebellion is not something to mess around with!  Rebellion is a spirit.  (and not a good one)  We wouldn’t threaten ours health and safety by ‘hanging out’ with someone who carried a highly contagious lethal disease.  Why would we be putting ourselves at risk of contracting a lethal spirit!?

Case Studies of Rebellion

Rebellion goes WAY back!

Adam and Eve had ONE simple rule in the garden.  They could eat of any of the trees in the garden, except for one.  And yet Eve visited the forbidden tree, fellowshipped with the serpent, and allowed rebellion to work in her life and passed it to Adam.

Lucifer allowed a proud spirit to take over, which turned into rebellion.

The thing about rebellion…

As I stated at the beginning, rebellion is a decided resistance to that which is right, holy, and orderly.

SIN is an act of REBELLION!  When you consciously decide to go against the Word of God, you are rebelling against His commandments.

  • Gossip is rebellion
  • Stirring up strife in the church is rebellion
  • Disunity is rebellion
  • Not paying your tithes/offerings is rebellion
  • Skipping church is rebellion
  • Disobedience to them that have authority over you is rebellion

Hear this:

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord,
he hath also rejected thee from being king.  (1 Samuel 15:23)

Right before this verse we read, ‘to obey is better than sacrifice’

Proverbs speaks lengthily on spiritual correction…

  • Rebellion despises correction!
  • Rebellion despises authority!

There is hope!

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

  • Humility (forsake pride)
  • Submission (to spiritual authority)
  • Prayer (to Jesus Christ)

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