This past year has been one of "ups" and "downs," with that said we bless the Lord and thank Him for friends like you. Meditating upon so many brothers and sisters contacting us with prayers, kind words, and financial support was just overwhelming and humbling. I just wanted you to know from our family to yours, the Lord heard your prayers and seen your support for our family, and all of it ministered to us more then you will ever know. Therefore, I say, "thank you." Thank you for being supportive of our family and being a friend when we needed you the most. May the Lord bless you and your family during this holiday season. May you have a Christ-centered time of fellowship with your family and enjoy the blessings He has richly bestowed on all of His people through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May God be greatly glorified in and through you this coming New Year! Sola Deo Gloria...
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I remember when I drove an eight-teen wheeler the importance of watching, reading, and knowing the road signs. Those road signs were very important as they directed, navigated, and most of all warned me as a driver of what was to come. These road signs became very important, especially in the hills of West Virginia or Virginia. It was in these states the hills became very steep mountains, so steep there were 'run away' truck ramps for trucks that did not heed the 'steep incline' warning signs to be saved. The end result for not heeding these warning signs left 'big trucks' stuck in a ramp full of pea gravel along with a high dollar wrecker bill in order to be pulled out from the ramp.
As Christians, God has graciously given us 'warning signs' as it pertains to our walk with Him. God has given us 66 books of the Bible, the Holy Spirit, as well as other believers to encourage, exhort, and warn others in their everyday living. The book of Hebrews is one book in particular, which gives several 'warning signs' for the believer to heed and to listen, lest they find themselves 'fallen away' or 'apostates.' We live in a time and day quiet similar to that of Paul and Timothy. Listen to Paul as he instructs and warns Timothy of the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
We live in a society today, which people claim to be followers of Christ, yet they have no desire for the things of God. Our society teaches us from an early age to be secular humanist or in other words, that life is all about us. We are also taught at an early age to be prideful, to do whatever we think is right in our own eyes, all the while 'tacking' God on at the end, because of course we are Christian. Yet, God's Word reminds us as true believers this is not what pleases Him. Matter of fact, God warns us in His Word about being prideful, James 4:6 "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." God also warns us about doing whatever we think is right in our own eyes as in Judges 21:25, "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes." This is a sober reminder God is more concerned about His glory and our obedience then our pride or our secular way of thinking.
Therefore, for the next several weeks I want to take the book of Hebrews and look at the warning signs God gives His people. I believe these warning signs are timely, as many who profess to know Christ live a life which contradicts their profession. My aim in writing this is to encourage us as believers to "examine our lives," according to the Scriptures (2 Cor.13:5). But, also to expose those who are false professors who believe themselves 'regenerate or saved,' yet their lives are so similar to that of the unconverted in the world. I pray God would encourage one and all for His glory and that we as God's people would examine our own hearts, as God would be kind and gracious in exposing our sin lest we fall away. Also, believers and unbelievers both will see and taste the sufficiency and supremacy of Jesus Christ, therefore causing our lives to be conformed more into his image (Rom.8:29). For our good and His glory!
Hebrews 2:1 "Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it."
Monday, December 9, 2013
Early this morning as I awoke, I was reminded just how quick time flies. I received this blog from Dr. Jason Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, reminding us that the the new year is quickly approaching and many resolutions will be made, namely for spiritual growth as Christians. Dr. Allen gives a brief and concise way to 'revolutionize' your spiritual health. If you are like me so many things competes for our time and often the thing which is the most important gets neglected the most, our spiritual health. As we approach the new year may the Lord help us at PHBC to be recommitted to our intake of God's word by these 'six simple steps to revolutionize your spiritual life.' Click on the link to read article. Be challenged and be encouraged!