Pastor’s Blog

What Is Worship

What is Worship? Worship is the expression of adoration for God. Most people associate worship as being a joyful noise to the Lord God through song either sung or played. While it is true that this a part of worship, it goes much deeper than that. Worship is any type of communication with God. Singing, Playing an instrument, and Interpretive Dance are only a small part of Worship. Worship is sharing the Word, Living the Word, Speaking with God in Prayer, Studying the Word, and Application of the Word are integral parts of total Worship. This is What we do.

Exploring types of worship, one finds the easiest to do is also the hardest. That is reading and understanding God’s written Word. We will dig into the Scripture to share, find, and apply God’s Word in our lives today. this is a place where we do not judge but we may challenge and cause a conviction in your life. It is ok to disagree but examination of the heart and mind is needed.  God does not tell us to solely listen to our hearts,  we are corrupt beings, but heed the Word He gives and accept Him into our hearts to clean them.

We are to worship God only. Even His Son, the personification of the Word, worshipped Him. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He told him that we are to worship God alone and no other. The problem is that people tend to worship Jesus and have forgotten to worship God. That is, they worship the man and the teachings forgetting that He is God’s Word, the Truth, in the flesh that was sent to return people to God, not to be worshipped Himself.

There are many aspects to Worship but there is also the Great Commission work which we must abide by. This world is in trouble and if we do not stay in His Word we will fail. Living in constant adoration through the many facets of Worship and conducting ourselves as Christ showed us will show others and hopefully bring them to Christ.

We have a loving and caring God who teaches us to love and care for others but we should not forget that God is also jealous and will judge as He deems fit. Without Christ is our lives we are doomed but following Christ and His commands we will have a place at the great table. One of the hardest things to do as a Christian is to live in this world while learning how to show God’s Love through understanding and sharing His Word. We must have courage and strength but remember that all this comes from the Lord.

God Bless You Brothers and Sisters

 

God’s Love is Eternal

Nine times out of ten when we think about love we concentrate too much on the love in the physical form as we know it because that is what we can see and feel. This type of love is able to be corrupted and become temptations which turn into sins when left unchecked. It happens to all of us during some point in our lives. But there is a love that is simple but at the same time goes way beyond our understanding. It is the Love that Our Creator Father, God, has for us. It is God’s Love for us that literally holds us together. Even when are disobedient, His Love for us is never failing. The Bible from cover to cover talks about His Great Love but here we will look atcertain aspects that conclude why He sent His Son.

  God’s love is steadfast and unchanging

 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. Deuteronomy 7:9

How precious is your unfailing love, O God!  Psalm 36:7

 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.  Psalm 86:5

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.  Psalm86:15

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures foreverPsalm 136:26

 God’s Love is eternal. Thereis no substitute for His Love as everything He does is because of His Love forus. God does not fall out of Love for His creation because He is our Father wholoves us no matter what. Because of God’s Grace, those who accept His Lovewithout question will receive it without end. 

 God’s love comforts us

 The LORD your God isin your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:2

He is our refuge and our strength, the fortress which protects us and provides shelter from the evilone. He is the Shepherd who watches over us and provides for us. Even in our darkest moments, God is there to lift us up. His Word is sweet music to our ears and hearts that guides us and gives us the strength we need.

God’s love is revealed to us through Jesus Christ

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in himshould not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy maybe full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down hislife for his friends. John 15:9-13

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians13:4-8

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

Jesus shows us what it means to truly Love one another. God’s Love is a sacrificial love which goes beyondall boundaries. The mystery of God’s Love is personified in Christ. Looking at John 15 above, Jesus tells them what He is about to have to do. Our sacrificial love does not always mean literally dying for someone but it does mean that we give up things that fill our hearts with something other than the people we call friends and family. It also means that we put others first before ourselves. When Jesus was put on the cross, all our faults, all our sins were placed upon Him so that He could sacrifice Himself and take our punishment so that we would not have to.  

God’s love is poured into us through the Holy Spirit

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  Romans 5:2-5

God is forever with us in our hearts. His Spirit gives us the means to survive in this world through the confidence that the Holy Spirit will guide and protect us from all things that affect our spiritual well-being. We suffer in the world because we are no longer of the world but have found our place in the arms of God.

God’s love compels us to love one another

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  1 John 3:1

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  1 John 4:7-8

In this thel ove of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.   1 John 4:9-11

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.  Ephesians2:4-5

  Our Father has shown us how to love in a deeper way than any human physical love can manifest. He gave to us a part of Himself through the birth, life, death, and ascension of His Son.He then left us with a Helper. This Helper, the Holy Spirit, actually connects us with each other as we see the Father’s work in others who have Jesus in their lives as Lord and Savior. WE are all Brothers and Sisters in the Spirit so our love truly does know no bounds.

We need to share this love.God’s Love goes far beyond the physical attributes. It carries us through our suffering and gives us the strength we need to make it through the day. It is what keeps us and protect us. God’s Grace is found in His Love that saves us. When Jesus was born, love re-entered the world and changed it. Share it because He first Loved us.

Blessings,

Rob, Servant of God 

Love Found In Bethlehem

This is the Second Sunday of Advent. On this day the second purple candle called the “Bethlehem Candle,” is lit. This candle represents love and symbolizes Christ’s manger. Bethlehem is a place of beginnings, nurturing, and nourishment which all depend on love.

 The Love that we celebrate over this Advent season has much deeper connotations than any other type of love. Jacob and Rachel were in the area that would be known as Bethlehem Ephrathah because that is where Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin, the 12th tribe of Israel. Benjamin means, “Son of my right hand”. Through Jacob’s favored son was Joseph, Benjamin held a deeper love in his heart because he was the last son of Rachel, his true love.

Bethlehem was the birthplace of David, a man after God’s own heart, and the one who was chosen to lead Israel. Finally, it is the place God spoke though Micah which would be the birth place of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the greatest outpouring of the Father’s Love for His creation.   

It is because of His Love for us that He gave Malachi this message:

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight–indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;
he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness.
Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in thedays of old and as in former years.
Malachi 3:1-4

 God provides a chance for us to find Him before He arrives on the scene. Malachi gives a glimpse in both the near and far future times when Jesus will first enter the world then upon His Glorious Appearing at the end of the age. God gives the Levites a chance to correct their mistreatment and perversions of the Word of God. When that does not work, God will step in and teach them so that they will speak the truth to the world.

For God So Loves The World

Despite the current social commentary, God does still love us and wants us to love Him back so He can have His inheritance which is a reconnection and personal relationship between us and Him. The world may think they have gotten past the need for God but He is needed now more than ever before.

When we look at the New Testament Book of Luke, we see a very loving Father:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us
that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Luke 1:68-79

Luke also speaks of the humbleness of Jesus by telling the story of His birth. It is God’s Love for all creation that He did not come in majestically with all the revelry that would be expected of a God King. He came to us as a child of a poor carpenter and his young bride from outside the main area of Judah, born in Bethlehem, the City of David.

God showed us that He is so mighty in power that He could be born in an area that was well hidden. The only ones who visited at first were the least respected but most important group known as shepherds.They were all family men who loved their flocks as if they were their own children. These shepherds knew exactly what to do because the final lamb sacrifice had just been born. In respect for the family they stayed quiet, only revealing the birth to the meek and lowly.

Love Changes Everything

God’s Great Love for us knows no bounds and He proved it by giving us Jesus. It was by His Love that He sent us the Word made flesh to return us to Him. It is this same Love that caused Him to make the greatest sacrifice any father could make. Jesus willingly gave His life so that we may live and love. We need His Love now more than ever. Will you join me in renewing the importance of His Love, His Life, and His Life? It is time to change back to His Love.

This week, reflect on God’s Love for us as we celebrate the approaching birth of the child who would be the great sacrifice so we may have life. Live for Him as we approach the new year. Love each other as He loves us.

Rob, Servant of God

Filling the Church or Opening Hearts

This is one of two times of the year where many who call themselves Christians that stay in the world come out of the woodwork andpack the churches. Some are family members of those who are of the Body ofChrist. Some are searching for answers. Some know about Jesus and say theybelieve but as soon as they step away, act as if Jesus never came. But which ismore important, filling the pews (chairs) or opening the hearts to God?

God gives the answer to that question in just about every book of the Old Testament and it is reinforced in the New. With all the buildings of worship in the world it is more important for God to be working in the heart than for someone to sit or stand in a building and just be there. God can enter the heart anywhere in His creation.

The Holy Spirit is more than the one that enters in once we accept and give our lives over to God. The Holy Spirit dwells over the whole earth, finding those who seek the truth of the matter. The problem with the world is that people do not recognize the Spirit and just think that the joy of the holidays is what gives that sense of happiness even in suffering.

 How Can We Help?

We cannot do it alone but there must be some way that we can help open the eyes of their hearts so the door will be open enough for God to do His work. There are many things that we do as Christians that people see whether they want to or not. Believe it or not we do it every day. Everything from simple acts of kindness for the stranger to openly sharing the Great Joy in our kind words thoughts and gestures. Even just being there is helpful to some. But what does this have to do with opening the Heart Eyes of those who are just believers? When they enter the church for the first time since Easter welcome them with open arms, invite them to the after service dinner (for the early Christmas Eve Service goers), spend time with them but do not be pushy. Exchange numbers or email addresses. Follow Up, get to know them to the point where they will be totally open and honest with you. This is the Holy Spirit working in you to work in them. Invite them to talks and other church functions. Sometimes it just takes a kind invitation for someone to change their heart.

Do not just invite someone to church because that honestlyis not enough.    

If you have a Christmas gathering do not leave it to just indoors (unless of course you are in extreme cold or the gathering is in a high rise). Sharing while physically seeing God’s Creation is one of the best ways for a person to turn to God. Also just standing and listening to the rustling of the leaves, the chirping, seeing the smiles on even the most downtrodden, this is the joy of the Lord working in the world.

Just like snowflakes that fall from the heavens, each one of us is unique and God works in each of us in ways that emphasize our uniqueness. You never know whose life you will touch in such a way that it awakens the soul to do what God calls the person to do. The prophets of old did not need walls nor did Jesus. They awoke so many lives to the initial calling of humanity, caretakers of creation and communion with God. We can do the same through the Holy Spirit.

Brothers and Sisters, It is Christmastime. It is time to harvest those who believe but are not fully in Christ so that the Holy Spirit gains ground in this corrupted world. Be the Joy, share God’s Love and Compassion, do not let it just fade.

Blessings to All,

Rob, Servant of God    

Prophets of Hope

This first week of Advent we look at the hope of the birth of the Messiah and His triumphant return. To understand this hope we look towards the prophets. The first candle on the Advent Wreath represents not only hope but the prophesies that empowered this desire within the people.  Three of the prophets gave specific clues to the family, place, and actions of the Messiah who would be the Savior. The Messiah that the Israelites were seeking would save them physically but they did not fully understand that it would be their very souls which could be saved.

A Righteous Branch

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.” Jeremiah 33:14-16

The people knew from the time of David that his line would eventually produce one who would keep the tribes together. This ruler would be just and God-fearing by ruling with a loving heart. Here, Jeremiah is speaking of both times that our Savior/Messiah would come because He turned many back to God’s Word, disrupted and corrected man’s distortion of the law, and He will come again to restore Jerusalem as the seat of the eternal kingdom.    

The Place

Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace
. Micah 5:1-5

Knowing that the Messiah would be of the line of David it is only fitting that He be born in the same vicinity. The message here is that He comes from more than just David but His lineage goes back as a direct link to Adam following the Holy line through Abraham. This passage also speaks of a full return of all the tribes. The Messiah will be the Great Shepherd to the people.  

The Child, the Light, the Savior

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice.
They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder.
For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war
will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Isaiah 9:1-7 

The most poetic and well known prophesies is this. Isaiah speaks of the truth of the Messiah being the Holy Son of God who will reign over the world bringing a peace that is beyond human comprehension. His armies will defeat all evil and there will be no more bloodshed. We will finally have full communion with God. 

Signs and Wonders of His Return

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.
Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees;
as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.
So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly,
like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.
Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:25-36

Luke was not a prophet but he wrote down the words that were given to him from Paul and the Apostles that Jesus had spoken. Jesus speaks of His triumphant return and brings us hope of a future peace that will be eternal.  It is this hope that carries us through the days and encourages us in our bleakest times. The hope in waiting for His return gives us the joy that keeps us from being hopeless in the godless world we live in today.

How beautiful this season of Hope. Let us remain hopeful that He will return while letting the Holy Spirit guide us through each day. Let us also not dwell on doom and gloom but the glorious kingdom in heaven that awaits us. Keep hope in your heart and let it bring love, joy, and peace.

Blessings,

Rob, Servant of God  

Philemon’s Forgiveness

After our Lord and Savior ascended, the Word of the Lord spread throughout the Roman Empire. Paul touched many lives and his reputation followed him wherever he was, especially while imprisoned in Rome. He had visitors who sought many things. One such person was a bondservant of Philemon from Colossae in Phrygia named Onesimus.

Philemon was a rich and well known man throughout Colossae. He was stern yet compassionate man who did much throughout the community. Onesimus was a bondservant of Philemon and not a believer. He must have not liked something about his master so he stole money and fled to Paul. Paul writes to Philemon after a time seeking  forgiveness and release of Onesimus. 

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— 10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 16 no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask. Philemon 1:8-21

What Is So Special About This Onesimus

Onesimus was lost. His sin was thievery and disbelief until he sought Paul through whom he found the path. Paul sent him back to Philemon for forgiveness and he returned to Paul a free man. Paul became his mentor. God used Onesimus from then on, first to minister to Paul, then to spread the Gospel to the world. 

Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here. Col. 4:7-9

From Bondservant to Martyr

Onesimus had the power of the Holy Spirit and became an ardent preacher of the Gospel. His name and message was well known he preached the Gospel in many lands and cities: in Spain, Carpetania, Colossae, Patras. When Timothy’s season as bishop of Ephesus had ended, Onesimus was called to take his place. Onesimus was not without controversy as his teachings on celibacy infuriated a governor in Ephesus so he was sent to Rome, tortured and stoned.

He is celebrated in Greek Orthodoxy as his delivery of the gospel touched many lives and turned so many souls back to God.

What Does This Mean For Us

Why was this particular letter added to the canon of Scripture? Showing the backstory of a bishop and how he was saved through the forgiveness of his former master shows what it means to be a Christian of compassion. The key person in this letter is Philemon with Onesimus being the one who is saved. Paul’s letters tell of  his usefulness as he became a courier of letters while ministering others along the way. This letter opens the eyes and creates the story of how God works in our lives through seeing how God worked in his. Sins can be forgiven if you seek him who forgives and saves us. God calls the faithful to do His work on earth, shining the light on the path to glory.

Be blessed this season and shine your light upon others.

Rob, Servant of God

Where Will The Savior Be Born?

Micha was a prophet who warned the Israelites about both the Northern and Southern Kingdom’s destructions. He was a contemporary of Isaiah and Amos giving similar messages of destruction and renewal. Like Isaiah he wrote about a future savior.

Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.
Micha 5:1-5

Micha gives a location but does not say anything about the future king being from the line of David. Instead, he speaks of a more ancient lineage. This passage is probably the one that helped in the confusion of a savior from the oppressors which ruled over them. How great a passage this is with a clearly obvious yet hidden message of the future time where the savior king shall have dominion over all the earth.

The people were looking for the temporary comfort of a king who would make them great again under their own rule and not under the dominion of another. When they had lost everything to the Assyrians and Babylonians they sought a defender king hoping for relief only to become subject to the Roman Empire. After the remnant was returned to Jerusalem they were still lost even though they had found comfort in their situation. Leaders rose up and were thought to be the messiah but their term was only temporary. The people still needed a saving of the spirit.

The peace of the people is the salvation of the soul. So many look for physical peace which is temporary. True peace is found in the Spirit. When inner peace is found then there can be peace among the nations. Jesus is the deliverer of that peace. He will come again to deliver a combination of physical and spiritual peace that will renew all people to the glory of God.

As we enter this time of Advent, think of the hope this gave the people of the day who heard Micha as they anticipated the birth of their savior in Bethlehem. As they hoped for His arrival we await for His return.

Rob, Servant of God     

Taking Care of Our Own

In the wake of the recent occurrences with the large number of people trying to get into our country seeking asylum from others many people have quoted the Scriptures stating that we should be welcoming them in. Yes that is true, but there are some Scriptures that they conveniently forget that are of utmost importance. These immigrants are to be treated as if they are members of the society and not special and above the native born. If we cannot even care for our own why do we treat non-natives better?    

And if a stranger sojourns among you and would keep the Passover to the Lord, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its rule, so shall he do. You shall have one statute, both for the sojourner and for the native.” Numbers 9:14

 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the Lord.  One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.” Numbers 15:15-16

Lack of adherence to the local laws, statutes and practices is what leads to societal breakdown and disharmony.   

If a person enters our country they are subject to the same laws of the land as the native born. If we cannot care for our own homeless and poverty stricken why do we give the money to the immigrant who has not proven loyalty to the laws of the land. We have spent more money helping outside countries than those who are in need here.

MSN has had many articles about poverty in the states and ways to help but people have ignored them. I have heard from many that they do not give to these charities because not enough goes to those who are in need and instead goes into the pockets of those in charge. Internet fundraising sites are getting a bad rap from misuse due to fake needs. There are ways of getting assistance but some are just too lazy to go about it the right and proper way.

There are some immigrants who have blended in and have become patriots of our society who follow the law but they are marred by those who continually make a bad name through illegally entering or coming in then committing a crime getting deported and reentering illegally again and committing another crime. It is a bad situation and must be stopped.

Those who welcome immigrants must be prepared to educate them into the ways of the land but first should open their doors to the native born in need. How can we help others if we cannot help ourselves?    

The process for those seeking entrance into the country through asylum or desire citizenship need to be made aware of and should take an oath of acceptance of our rules and statutes prior to entering with the understanding that if they fail to abide and adhere then they will be deported. There should be no monetary assistance for them until they have fully integrated legally.

I know I sound rash and rough on this subject but if we cannot take care of our own in need then how do we justify taking care of those outside our sphere of influence. God told the Israelites to treat others as they would themselves (following the laws, statutes, principles, and adhering to God’s rule). Jesus had instructed us to take care of our own first so that all can help others in need. This is what we are to do.

Rob, Servant of God

Waiting for a Miracle

The day we celebrate Christ’s Birth is upon us. Oh how the stores and streets are lit up with decorated greenery and pretty paper covered boxes with bows. Kids are lining up to see Santa Clause and give him their Christmas wish list while the parents try to read their lips to get the right thing.

On the other spectrum, children await their parents return with even a small morsel of food just to survive or they are rummaging through waste cans just to get scraps. These children see the windows and dream of the joy and happiness that comes with the season. They are waiting for the day that they can have a real meal with someone who will love them and care for them. They are waiting on a miracle.

People all over the world are waiting for something that will make their lives better, have meaning, or just to be happy and survive the winter. They hope for the next sunrise and warmth that it brings. Some are scared that they will never see the light of day again because of the torment they are suffering. They are waiting on the miracle of a Savior that brings love, safety, and comfort.

We are all waiting on something. There are some who know that something grand is coming but they do not know what or who it is but they wait patiently. Maybe this thing will bring peace to the world, hope to a lost nation, joy in the hearts of all mankind, and a Love that is well beyond our understanding. We are waiting for the return of our Messiah.

In just a few weeks we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus, Son of Mary who comes to us humbly but will be the one who saves us all from death and sin. We are waiting for the one who will grant us the reconnection with our Heavenly Father through His Words and deeds. We are waiting for the one written about in many Scriptures from the Bible that many people of the time missed. We are waiting on God’s ultimate gift of Love.

The miracles we see today are not well known to many but they are hints of the coming King and His Grace that covers us. They are the smallest acts of kindness, not to benefit the person doing the action but the recipient and all those around who will see the joy the kindness brings. They are the stranger doing something for another that shares God’s Love in ways that we cannot understand.    

Why do we wait for miracles when little miracles are happening all around us every day. Some wait for specific things to happen that never come to pass. Others see the miracles and wish it could have been them. We need only ask through prayer and thank God every day for the little things that He gives us. The more we wait on miracles the easier they will pass us by.

Blessings,

Rob, Servant of God    

Searching For Answers?

What are you looking for? Do you want financial security, a roof over your head, food on the table, and clothes on your back?  Maybe you seek someone that will be a constant companion or even a future spouse? Are you seeking out your purpose or why certain things have happened to you? Do you just want peace and comfort without all the problems of this world? Are you trying to figure this all out on your own with little to no success, searching but never finding? Have you asked God for help?

The Answers Are Not Here

I cannot give you the answers to everything you seek but I can tell you that if you are trying to take care of things on your own you are doing it in vain. People seek answers all the time by asking others how did they succeed or trying the latest trend in self-help to no avail because they are looking in the wrong place. Yeah some have success and have amassed great material wealth but are they happy? Are their questions answered?

When people seek the advice of others on how to do certain things they only get one side of the story. What works for one may not work for another. But there is one common denominator in all things that pass right by many because they cannot see what is right in front of them. They cannot see who is there to help with who they were designed to be.

We are all unique and have specific tasks and purposes that we are meant to be. All walks of life are given a purpose from the poor beggar on the street to the richest multi-billionaire, yes even the sick to the most healthy. But how do we know what our purpose in this life is. The honest answer is, we don’t honestly have a clue. Only God knows.

The Answers are in God’s Word

Our Father in Heaven is our Creator. He created the bodies in which our spirits dwell and gave each of us a purpose. These purposes are not for domination of others but for the benefit of all.  

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13

Jesus expanded on Our Father’s Word by telling us not to worry about things.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34

We should not be trying to find ourselves but let God guide us. I know that in this time we live in people want answers faster that our brains can process things and when some get impatient they make poor rash decisions that may have serious or dire consequences. Doing things without asking God first can be disastrous, maybe not for the self but the effects are like a set of falling dominoes. So why seek elsewhere when God has the answers. For if we:

 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

If we talk to God in prayer then this statement will become true. God our Father has all the answers if we believe and have faith in Him then He will reveal them as He sees fit. We must have patience with Him as He has patience with us. This season of joy deliver this good news to all you see and all who seek the answers will find Him through the Holy Spirit working in you.

Blessings,

Rob, Servant of God

Be Thankful Every Day

Today America celebrates Thanksgiving. This is the start of the season where people put aside many of their grievances and are courteous to their fellow man. However, God wants us to be thankful every day. 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

There is something about rejoicing, praying, and being thankful even for the smallest thing that makes a person both spiritually and physically healthy.

God is concerned for our well-being on both the physical and spiritual plains. To be certain that we remain healthy, He placed His Word in our hearts and His name is written in our DNA so that we have a peace about us that is well beyond our comprehension. When you hear someone talk about being in good spirits, that is an indication that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in that person’s life.

Unfortunately this peace is disrupted by the intervention of the devil as he tries to leave his mark on us through torment and temptation. Satan wants to see us suffer and would rather have us turn off the connection to God. He gives us false reasons to be bitter, to be jealous, to be hateful of others because their lives are seemingly better. It is not the status in this life that makes us better people but how we treat others. That is our measure.

As God’s Children we should be thankful for the little things in life that put smiles on our faces. From waking up in the morning to settling down for rest we should be thankful that God has blessed us with the actions of the day, even if the day did not go as planned. Yes we may have troubles but God is stronger. He is bigger. He is the one in control and the only one that can make our spirits bright.

Let us be thankful every day for the Lord is Good and His Love Endures Forever.

Be blessed Brothers and Sisters and bless others with the light that shines upon us and from us as we speak His name through our actions and words.

In God’s Love, Grace, and Mercy,

Rob, Servant of God