Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19
While gold is the highest prize and greatest honor that the games can offer, it is not the most valuable currency in the universe. It has been a pleasure to see many Olympic athletes openly express their faith in Christ in Rio. These dear brothers and sisters in Christ understand the temporal (temporary) value of Gold in contrast to the eternal (forever) value of the precious blood of Christ.
KNOWING THAT GOLD HAS NO ETERNAL VALUE – Peter is writing to believers to challenge them to live a life that reflects the holiness of God. It is knowing that… Continue reading
Thought for the morning – written with tears
2 Samuel 12:22-23 And he (David) said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
When a loved one is going through the final steps of leaving this world, we who love this one agonize before the Lord with many tears, prayers and supplications. We may plead with the Lord, but we always know it is not our will but His that is to be done.
David fasted and wept for his newly born son who was deathly ill; born of Bathsheba, the… Continue reading
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him
1 Thessalonians 4:14
This week we honor and remember “Ted” (Thor) Thisse. He was the director of Camp Horizon in the 1970s during the transition to the current property in Leesburg, Florida.
I was fifteen when Ted came to our chapel to talk about Camp Horizon. His laugh was infectious and his winning smile made me like him the moment we met. I was an awkward teen with a love for the the Lord, but not a lot of social maturity. What I did have was a lifeguard certificate and could sail small boats. I didn’t know that I could wash dishes and sweep floors, but I learned that and more on the Camp Horizon summer staff.… Continue reading
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13:13 (CEV)
This diagram and the lesson which follows show how faith, hope, and love relate to the mind (intellect), will, and emotion of man – which in turn corresponds with the soul.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
When we read that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) it does not refer to merely a physical representation, but the character and attributes of God. As God Himself is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so man is also a tri-part being: body, soul, and spirit. Even as God is more… Continue reading
VOWS, OATHS, AND PROMISES
Numbers 30:2 (KJV)
This is an outline and link to the audio file from a message preached at North 56th Street Gospel Chapel (Tampa, Florida) on 1-4-2015
http://mrsteve.me/2015Vows [28 minute mp3 / 5MB]
Introduction: The Law concerning vows.
B. Rabbinical Law (extra-Biblical)
I. Examples of Vows
Intent (I will), Vow (I do), Ring (I wed)
B. Peter’s oath.
Found in all four gospels
Luke 22:34 (see 31-34, 54-62)
II. Foolish Vows
A. … Continue reading
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
For as long as there have been roads and paths there have been markers along the way. This ancient practice of marking a journey has become a metaphor used to indicate expected events on a given path in any number of disciplines. Ms. Kitty and I became grandparents this year – twice. There are probably more developmental milestones in the first year of life than in the next ten years combined. Who knew that blowing bubbles was a developmental milestone? It has been an exciting year for our family and for many of our friends… Continue reading
GUEST BLOG FROM CARL
Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs 14:12 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
We can place our trust in many difference places. But many times our trust in someone or something does not pan out. Some have trusted us in some area and have been disappointed when we fail to fulfill that trust. There is One we can totally trust in, and that is our Savior the Lord Jesus. Trust and hope go hand in hand. We trust in the eternal hope we have in Him. We trust that God is faithful to His word and He will not abandon us! In the faitfulness of God lies our trust.
Trust in our own… Continue reading
GUEST CONTENT: email@example.com Carla Estell
Our family celebrates Saint Nick’s Day each year with filled stockings. It is usually the official start of the Christmas Season in our home. Carla Estell has written an Ebook (PDF) about Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas. If you print it double-sided it makes a book, or you can print it single sided and cut the pages in half to form a little book. Hey, it’s free! Share it and be sure to include Carla’s contact information.
You can also check out their family website: http://stonestruestory.org/
Here is the link to the storybook (2MB) http://mrsteve.me/1CZdFgG
One of the websites that I manage is devoted to providing resources for children’s ministry (GospelTalks.com). Eikon Bible Art is a source of printable and projectable Bible story pictures. For Christmas they have a free Christmas book (pdf). I got mine so I thought I would pass this along to others. The free link is good for a week, but the books are quite affordable anyway. http://www.eikonbibleart.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=19
2 Chronicles 32:31 “… God withdrew from him (Hezekiah), in order to test him that He might know all that was in his heart.”
Will the Lord withdraw from us as a believer in Christ? The Lord told us “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb 13.5). As Christians, we have the indwelling Spirit so He is always with us. However, does the Lord test us, to know what is in our heart, as he did Hezekiah?
Was the Lord testing Peter when He asked him three times “Do you love Me” (John 21.15-17)? Was Peter tested when the Lord urged him come and walk on “on the water” and he faltered on cried out “Lord save me” (Matt 13.28-31) Peters faith was being tested! “O you of little faith, why… Continue reading