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“What’s In Your Wallet?”

August 15, 2008
  
KEY SCRIPTURE 
 
Rom. 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 
Rom. 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

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“Misconceptions Of A Reprobate Mind!”

August 13, 2008

 KEY SCRIPTURE

 

Rom. 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

 

 

 

 

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
In the 1979 movie Penitentiary” Leon Isaac Kennedy starred as a jailed boxer (a.k.a. Too Sweet) granted release, eventually, along with his trainer Floyd ‘Wildcat’ Chatman (a.k.a. Seldom Seen Jackson). Seldom Seen tries to explain his reluctance for this grant to Too Sweet, basing it on his fear of the loss of respect he believes he will encounter outside the prison walls. The student ,who was wrongly incarcerated, took this opportunity to respond with a message to impart hope in his teacher. How poignant is that?

The blaxploitation movies of the ’70’s caused a phenomenal uproar across our nation, ranging from ecstatically positive to vehemently negative. Those who sided with the latter proved to have a greater influence on Hollywood, however the unfortunate consequence of that fact was the dearth of Black movies for the next couple of decades! The moral here is watch who you side with or you may end up like the dog on the log who saw his reflection in the pond, but thinking it was another dog he tried to take his steak and…

Throughout history Man has been plagued with misconceptions which offered an exciting alternative to the Truth, however in the end they produced more darkness. Unfortunately, when a person is “blinded” by these “alternatives”, it’s very difficult sometimes for them to find the “light”. A primary reason for that may be due to what may be dubbed the “Seldom Seen Syndrome”, which produces “big fish in a little pond”. Of course a more obvious reason misconceptions thrive is because they’re used to justify the misbehavior we either enjoy, or refuse to discipline ourselves to overcome! Even more to the point – no God, no discipline!

To ignite the process to “dethrone” God, He must be seen as a liar, and if that could be the case who could we trust? God says He created Heaven and Earth, Man says things just exploded in an orderly, precise manner that allows life on this planet (huh?). There is even a faction who believes in two Creations, thinking there were other people formed with Adam and Eve! Let’s think about that. If that were true, then the Fall” of Adam would not, could not be universal, and thus there would be no need for Jesus to die for the sins of the world, but only for the progeny of Adam! In fact, God could have just used blood from one of these other people since they would still be “good”. This is just a misconception to detract from Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

My friend, please don’t think these attacks are new – they’re not! They’re simply presented in a way to make it seem as if you’ve “discovered” a heretofore unknown truth (Gal. 3). All have sinned! The Creation in Gen. 2 is just a reiteration of Gen. 1. Strangely, the hardest thing for us to do is to simply follow Truth! 

 

 

“Greetings from Paul”

August 13, 2008
KEY SCRIPTURE 

Rom. 1:1 (NLT) This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. 2 God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. 3 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, 4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

5 Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. 6 And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. 7 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 

 

Before we talk about Paul, “a slave of Christ Jesus”, let’s discuss I Jhn. 4:2 which reads, “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” Incredibly, there are still some people who do not believe in the reality of Jesus, Paul, nor the disciples! Check out the excerpts below.

(1) Flavius Josephus (37 a.d.-100) is a highly respected and much-quoted Romano-Jewish historian. The early Christians were zealous readers of his work.  
http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/josephus-etal.html
(2) Josephus was a Jew, a devout believer in the Jewish faith — the last man in the world to acknowledge the divinity of Christ.
(3) A Catholicised sainthood was the ultimate fate of our hero Paul but from where did the super-apostle arise? If, as seems likely, Marcion created what would become the New Testament Paul as a messenger for his own ideas, he almost certainly used biographical material from his own life, particularly the power struggle he waged with the collective in Rome.

He may have chosen the name Paul (meaning “small” or “humble”) as reflective of his own position.

http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/saul-paul.htm

Once again we are faced with a mentality that denies the reality of God, Jesus, Paul, etc. Firstly, the tangible reality of nature is finite and could not possibly produce the infinite realm of eternity – that requires a Supernatural Being! Secondly Jesus, whose mission didn’t include making secular history, emphatically stated, “that they should tell no man(Mat. 8:4, 16:20, 17:9; + 15:8-9, 24). A fictitious Paul/disciples? This subterfuge explained in Isa. 14:12; Gen. 4:1-24. What do people intend to replace God with? He is the same God who said, “for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jer. 29:11).” 

Surely there have been some misguided souls who polluted God’s intent and purposes! “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart (Jer. 14:14).” However, let’s not overlook how Lucifer and Cain (Gen. 5) ended up, by attempting to overlook their Source! In the final analysis, we must recognize that the Entity that shall cultivate the world to its ultimate destiny, is unequivocally the same loving Entity gave it life (Jhn. 15:1-12)

DID GOD CAUSE THE TEN PLAGUES?

July 29, 2008

 

 KEY SCRIPTURE

In Exodus 7:8-11:10 
Nine of the first plagues directed against Egypt’s deities include:  
 1. Water turned to blood. The Nile River was sacred to the god Osiris, who job it was to bring life out of death. With the Nile turning into blood this 1st plague brought death rather than life. 
2. The plague of frogs. The 2nd plague was against the ugly frog-headed goddess, Heka or Heqet, symbol of good crops (derived from the Nile waters) and childbirth, as well as Isis, another fertility goddess. When the frogs descended upon Egypt they went into the food supply, beds, clothing, everyplace. However, these goddesses were powerless to prevent these symbols of life from becoming rotting piles of death. The Egyptians could not kill them because they were sacred. Interestingly, the Egyptian magicians mimicked the plagues of blood and frogs with their enchantments (Exodus 7:22; 8:7). These could have been simulations, but more likely were demonic miracles, as miracles are evidence of supernatural power, not just of God’s power. God allowed the magicians to add to these two plagues, but not to reverse them!  

 
 
 
 
 

 

3. The plague of lice. The earth-god Geb was worshiped by Egypt. Lice became as many as the sand on the ground. The 3rd plague, of lice (or gnats or mosquitoes) from the dust of the earth, confronted all the gods of the earth (e.g. Akhor). This and the 4th plague, of flies, confronted another favorite, Khepri, the scarab (dung beetle) god. A plague of flies shows failure of the dung beetle god to do its job of burying the dung, which stops flies from breeding in the dung. This god was also associated with rolling the sun across the sky, like dung beetles rolling balls of dung.
 4. The plague of flies. Actually, the flies may have been beetles, for beetles were sacred to the beetle- god, Khepara and to the sun-god, Ra. The beetle, or scarab is prolific in Egyptian tombs, and represented eternal life to the people.
 
5. The plague of murrain. Murrain was a disease that affected cattle, so the 5th plague was against the black bull, Apis, and Mnevis, a bull-god symbol of fertility, as well as Hathor, the cow-like mother goddess, that the Egyptians worshiped. Now murrain, was apparently a disease common to the Egyptian period of time, because no cattle disease today seems to be related to it. However, it is thought by some that murrain is similar to anthrax.
 
6. The plague of boils. This plague was a judgment of the religion of Egypt in general, because it affected the priests. The priests were not allowed in the temple unless they were healthy. With this 6th plague there was no one to serve any of the gods.

7. The plague of hail. The 7th plague was against Nut the sky goddess and made her powerless.

8. The plague of locusts. The 8th plague was against the insect god Khepri. No crops. 

9. The plague of darkness. The 9th plague darkness was against the sun-god, Ra. 

 10. And the tenth plague was the death of the first born. Egyptian belief demanded that the first born of any household or stable belonged to Egypt. The Israelites having been warned, applied blood to their door posts, so the death angel passed by all the homes of those who followed the instruction.  

Did God Cause The Ten Plagues?  

 

 
 
No, according to Greta Hort, whose natural-cause-and-effect theory of first published in 1957–58. In 2003, Hort’s ideas was subjected to independent scientific scrutiny by Brad Sparks. Here’s the highlights of Hort’s theory:
 

 

 1. Water turned to blood. Thought to be caused by a exorbitant amount of red algae and red earth from the Abyssinian plateau after some heavy rains. Fish allegedly died due to the algae de-oxygenating the Nile, and supposedly caused the anthrax bacteria. 
 2. Plague of frogs. Now the frogs theoretically got sick and left the river just to succumb to the bacteria.
 3. Plague of lice. Or mosquitoes, she hypothesized the insects bred in the floodwaters.
 4. Plague of flies. Stomoxys calcitrans, or the biting fly, bred in the supposed decaying plants.
 5. Plague of murrain. Ostensibly anthrax which was believed to be proliferated by the dead frogs.  
 6. Plague of boils. Affected the skin of Man and animals, and may have been proliferated by the flies bite.
 7. Plague of hail. Relegated to a coincidence.
 8. Plague of locust. Purportedly stirred up because of the hail. 
  9. Plague of darkness. Considered the result of a sandstorm known as a khamsin; used no. 1’s red earth.
10. Death of the first born. Translated to be the destruction of the ‘first-fruits’ of the harvest.

  Fatal flaws in Hort’s theory

 11. Her algae – In over 100 years of research, scientists have not found either species of algae (Haematococcus pluvialis and Euglena sanguinea) in the 400 species of algae found in the Nile, nor even in the 1,000 species known to occur in East Africa. These two algae are normally green – not red. Used as “industrial indicators” of snow and ice water temperatures, they are known as ‘rare and fragile ice water species that thrive in sub-arctic cold climates’. They DO NOT cause a Harmful Algal Bloom (or HAB), nor do they taint our drinking water. In fact, these algae are a food supplement for Man and animal.

 12. The fish – Again, these two benign algae does not cause anoxia (de-oxygenation), which only happens after an algal bloom, and this can’t occur in turbid waters. Blood, not algae, killed the fish.

13. Her red mud – The mud of the Nile is brown. Remember, the algae is green; water is not just colored.

 14. Her anthrax – anthrax thrives in soil, not water. It affects grass-grazing mammals, not aquatic animals.

 15. Her biting flies – There are no known cases of anthrax-infected fly bites of Man or animal in history.

16. The Nile in flood – Non-existent (Exo. 7:15, 24).

 17. Mother Nature’ produces hail – why has this sequence of events never repeated?

 18. Her desert storm of red dust – How could a khamsin dry out flooded land in a few hours?

 19. Darkness by dust – Algae need sunlight; mud used for dust flocculates with algae; no algae, no 1.‘

20. Hort’s ‘first fruits’ instead of ‘firstborn’ – Mistranslation of one word? Exo. 11-13:16 details plague!

 Let’s not lose sight

 Though God work through His creation (Natural Laws), He foretells and localizes these plagues. For examples, read Exo. 10:13, 19. Naturalist can’t explain how if Man came from apes, why are apes still here? These naturalist (Hort and others) who try to explain the plagues as a ‘logical and connected sequence of natural phenomena’ lose sight of an Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omni-present God!

Do you believe that nature is infinite? Scientist claim that the universe is only 13.9-20 billion years old, so whatever existed prior to its creation would have to be supernatural! Do you think that an explosion sent Earth to the precise distance from the Sun which prevents death of its population by freezing, or burning, happened by chance? Did you know that our death would occur if we were too close or too far by just 5%! 

Why is it easier to believe that Creation came about by a fluke than by a Creator? Maybe we want “freedom” from having to follow some moralistic code and, like Cain, we are more interested in establishing ourselves as the focus of this life. We have eyes, but we can’t see the ‘end’! Now while he did erect a city and advanced the arts, metallurgy, and music, etc., please note how THIS NATURAL SCIENTIST’S genealogy ended in Gen. 5!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hitting On All Cylinders!

April 28, 2008

KEY SCRIPTURE  

Exo. 2:11 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? 14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

Why do we recognize some people as being good in their “craft”? Take a singer for instance; if he mumbles in a monosyllabic, monotonic manner, we’ll probably not be impressed. If the next singer doesn’t mumble, he’ll probably be considered better than the first one. If the third singer doesn’t mumble and has a nicer “flow”, he’ll probably beat the first two. Finally, if the fourth singer can also add melody to his voice in addition to the other two skills, he might get “4 STARS!” from the judges. As the winner, this singer could go on to bigger and better things including fame and fortune. This last singer, more so than the others, is “hitting on all cylinders”, and exhibits a higher degree of excellence.

Receiving “greater blessings” may sometime require us to overcome “insurmountable” odds, and even TERRIBLE mistakes! A young couple indulges in pre-marital sex which produces a child before they themselves were able to finish high school. This conception was not planned, and yet this child grows up and makes an impressive mark on the world! While this is only a fictional account, let’s look at the story of Anthony A. Williams (1951-) an African-American politician, this being BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

Williams was born in Los Angeles and was adopted by Virginia and Lewis Williams, one of eight children in the family. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale and went on to get a doctorate in law from Harvard and masters in public policy from Harvard. His career has been mostly in financial administration, but he also served in the US Air Force and as an adjunct professor at Columbia University. He entered the administration of the District of Columbia and rose to become its chief financial officer in 1995, before being elected mayor in 1998 (http://www.dil.aber.ac.uk/dils/Research/RFocus9/html_a_k.htm#ltrD).  

Slave mentality tries to prevent us from achieving our purpose to be “fruitful and multiply” beyond a nominal level, and may be induced by breeding. However, another obstacle to faith in the ability to generate prosperity in every area of life stems from the lack of recognition of successful members of your ilk. To see Mr. Williams reach such a high level in his education and career has to be inspirational to other disadvantaged African-Americans. Beyond that, an adoptee shouldn’t feel that life will necessarily result in disenfranchisement, poverty, or criminality. Hopefully, this story may also inspire Blacks to adopt more.

To reach parity with White & Hispanics, Blacks would have to adopt 44 kids per 10,000 families to their 6. 

Referring to Exodus 2 we find the birth of Moses (drawn out of the water) and the favor which allows his life to be spared. “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord 

 

 

(Prv. 8:35).” This verse extols the virtue of wisdom, which would truly be demonstrated in the life of this baby who was found by Pharaoh’s daughter! Remarkably, his mother is able to become his nurse for his adoptive mother. For us to appreciate the exposure he received from his moms, especially as it relates to leadership, let’s consider the following example.

While playing alone, Lil’ Johnny was approached by another kid who said, “I know how much two plus two is.” Lil’ Johnny asked, “how much?” The kid replied, “four!” An awe-struck Lil’ Johnny then asked, “for real?!” A second child joins in and says, “I know how much two plus two plus two is.” Lil’ Johnny asked, “how much?” The second child said “six”, to which Lil’ Johnny asked again, “for real?!” Another kid said, “I know how much two plus two plus two plus two is.” Once again Lil’ Johnny asked “how much?” to a response of “eight”. And again Lil’ Johnny asked, “for real?” That’s when a slightly older child approached their group and stated, “I can show you how to get eight with just three two’s.” As the other little kids argued back and forth that it couldn‘t be done, all Lil’ Johnny could do was watch intently. The older kid then put a small three on top of the two, and explained that it means to multiply two times two times two. Upon realizing that the older child had told them the truth, the younger children exclaimed, “awesome”, except for Lil’ Johnny who could only use both his hands to hold his head in amazement.

Soon Lil’ Johnny starts school, and the teacher asks, “class, how much is two plus two?”. Only he knows. In the next grade the teacher asks “how much is two times two?”, and only he knows the correct answer. Eventually he reaches a grade where the question is “what is the logarithm of two?” None of the other students bother to raise their hand, they just look to Lil’ Johnny who answered “.301029996”! The whole class went, “WOW!” By being in “good company” Lil’ Johnny was much more advanced than his class.

 

Moses was exposed to royalty and slavery, which to some degree prepared him to be Israel’s first Pastor. However, in the KEY SCRIPTURE Moses kills an Egyptian, and thought erroneously that he had got away with it. Sometimes we think that we are hiding our inequities without realizing that in a lot of cases that’s simply isn’t the case. This certainly portrays the situation Moses was in, but more importantly, it causes him to flee in humility – another necessary trait to becoming a good leader. Surely this experience taught him to have compassion, which would certainly make him a more complete leader. He must have carried himself like a man of great stature to be asked, “who made thee a prince and a judge over us? ” in verse 14

Moses was exposed to royalty and slavery, which to some degree prepared him to be Israel’s first Pastor. However, in the KEY SCRIPTURE Moses kills an Egyptian, and thought erroneously that he had got away with it. Sometimes we think that we are hiding our inequities without realizing that in a lot of cases that’s simply isn’t the case. This certainly portrays the situation Moses was in, but more importantly, it causes him to flee in humility – another necessary trait to becoming a good leader. Surely this experience taught him to have compassion, which would certainly make him a more complete leader. He must have carried himself like a man of great stature to be asked, “who made thee a prince and a judge over us? ” in verse 14

 

 

He probably had the kind of physical presence that commands respect. In short, it appears that he indeed was hitting on all cylinders!”

Another strong point to consider in the analogy of the singers deals with how well we identify with them. It is most likely that the singer we choose will be the one we feel we can, or would like to, relate to the most. Like all of us Moses made a mistake (albeit his mishap resulted in the death of a human being; this incident was of course pre-Law). He had to deal with being an adopted kid, who are usually unaware of their origin, uncertain of their purpose, and unknowing of their destiny! Even today we can identify with him as confusion plays a role in the life of everyone of us. From the beginning God had “ordered the steps of a good man (Psa. 37:23)”, Moses in this case. To just view his humble start it would have been impossible to see him becoming what he became – a highly venerable (esteemed) servant of the Lord.  

Why don’t blind people skydive? Because it scares their dogs! Seriously, they don’t have the required ocular gift of sight. God blesses us with gifts to help our fellow man out of their bondage. Sometimes that may very well mean leaving our comfort zone. Moses was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, but he showed a compassion by intervening in a fight between two slaves in 

 

 

verse 13 of the KEY SCRIPTURE. On another level, the story of Moses and how he delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage, is replicated in the story of Jesus and how He delivers from the bondage of sin. However, those of us who profess to have faith in Christ have also been commissioned to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…(Mat. 28:19).” 

Imagine how effective you could be in making disciples as God’s servant “hitting on all cylinders”. Perhaps you were the last one picked for the team, or you weren’t the homecoming queen at you school. One thing we can clearly see from this story is that your beginning is NOT a hindrance to your future!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

December 3, 2007

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Don’t question a gift’s value. When given a present, be grateful for your good fortune and don’t look for more by examining it to assess its value. Additionally, this proverb refers to the practice of figuring the age of a horse by looking at its teeth, and is also origin of the expression “long in the tooth” (meaning old).

 http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings.117000.html

Let’s examine the first example.

Who ordains ministers?

First off, let us define a minister as a member of the clergy; one who helps. Whether you’re clergy or not, you are capable of giving help, caring for strangers, and enduring more stress! I’m sure you can recall doing a service with no thought of reward though some sacrifice by you was required. Even in the beginning Man was expected to be his brother’s keeper (Gen. 4:9).

Beyond that, God intended for Man’s relationship with Him to be maintained for eternity. Even though we, as the progeny (offspring) of Adam, are born into sin – God has made a way for us to be redeemed! Since the LORD is eternal, His offspring is therefore eternal. Rom. 8:14 states, “for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” It would be unfortunate for anyone to think that without a title they can’t be a minister as that would hamper them from performing their most sacred duty. What duty? To be led by the Spirit of God (or Word of God – Eph. 6:17), and to help others to do the same!

Our duty is to learn the Word so that we can follow His holy commandments and enjoy life for ever, and then to help our fellow Man follow suit! Who ordained this? God did! “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jer. 1:5).” The only real question is will you, like Isaiah, accept His call? “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, Here am I; send me (Isa. 6:8).” Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Mat. 9:37). Have no fear, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7).”

What about qualifications?

Dr. Fitzpatrick, a pastor from Chicago, says, “favor ain’t fair, but it looks good on you.” Even though two workers may look quite similar, one is favored more because of his productivity! Mat. 25:29 states, “for unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” Ministers who do God’s work are kings.“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter (Prv. 25:2 – my favorite verse!).” It stands to reason that to be favored you must be led by the Spirit, be free of fear, and be a student of the Bible in order to get the concealed truths (revelations) in which to minister to God’s people. Then by studying, ministers become approved by God (II Tim. 2:15)!

So, is being a good minister about numbers? Well, while we want God’s Word to reach as many people as possible, we don’t want to subscribe to a win-at-any-cost attitude. Children of God, particularly those who use their talents for people (ministry), must realize the importance of “…how you play the game.” Prv. 31:4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. 6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.” Clearly this passage indicates the level of favor for kings, princes, and the miserable and invokes temperance (read Gal. 5:22-23) that leads to life. Temperance is one of the nine “fruits of the Spirit”, and the Spirit gives us life! “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (Jhn. 6:63)”.

Ministers’ do’s and don’t’s! (I Tim. 3)

1. Bishops (overseers) DO desire to do God’s will.2. DO be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, kind, apt to teach.

3. DON’T be given to wine, be a striker, be greedy of dirty cash; be impatient, be a brawler, nor covetous.

4. DO rule your own house, having children in subjection with all gravity.

5. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6. DON’T be a novice, lest being lifted up with pride you fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7. DO have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8. Deacons must also be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

9. Deacons must hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10. Deacons must be proven, found blameless.

11. Deacons’ wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12. Deacons must be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13. Deacons that use their office well purchase great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

NOTE: Bishop/deacon relates to king/prince in Prv. 31:4-5.

Reward for serving God.

Deu. 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: 14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Stop scoffing, complaining.

Psa. 1:22How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh…” This passage illustrates God’s dislike of scornfulness, however, to see how He views “cry babies” please read what happened to the dissenting Israelites in the wilderness (Num. 14). By attempting to obfuscate the mission of the minister the LORD gifted them with (Moses), they didn’t get the chance to experience God’s blessings in (The Promise Land) Jsh. 1:2! If you don’t won’t to miss out – DON’T LOOK YOUR GIFTHORSE IN THE MOUTH!