Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Church MUST Depend on God

Category : General

Zechariah 4: 6 (KJV)

6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

The affections and dispositions of men cannot be shaped as material things may be; and just because the Church is a structure so noble, a habitation of God in the Spirit, its progress is difficult, and in comparison, with the works of man it is slow. It has also been hindered by the mistakes and dissensions of the builders; but in the end the same Prince who laid its foundations will certainly finish it. He will say, “It is finished,” and in His completed Church He will fill the whole earth with His glory.

 

The message which this vision was intended to convey was an assurance of God’s presence and readiness to help, and of utter dependence on Him. The prophet was greatly puzzled by this vision. The interpretation was given in such form as would be likely to make it most effective for the enterprise in hand. This prince was in a trying situation, and he needed especial encouragement from God; and here it is: Not by might, (of thy own), nor by power, (authority from others), but by my Spirit – the providence, authority, power, and energy of the Most High. In this way shall my temple be built; in this way shall my Church be raised and preserved. No secular arm, no human prudence, no earthly policy, no suits at law, shall ever be used for the founding, extension, and preservation of my Church.  But the spirit of the world says, “These are all means to which as we must have recourse; otherwise the cause of God may be ruined.” Satan, thou liest.

 

It is important for the church of God to understand that the false grounds of confidence which are to be rejected. Summed up in the words “might and power,” including all earthly means and human instrumentality. We must beware of substituting temporal means and mortal instruments for the work of the Spirit, or the glory of God. Nothing short of the almighty power of God can open the blind eyes or awaken the dead affections of the natural man to see and embrace the Gospel. If we may not trust to the strength of reason, or the force of truth, neither may we to the powers of oratory. The gifts of oratory or eloquence are lovely and excellent, but trusted in, or gloried in, they become snares and stumbling blocks, drawing away the heart and affections from Christ, and converting our acts of worship into an idolatrous service. Every Christian, too, has a sphere of influence with which to serve and honour God, and to help and strengthen others. But this must not be rested in. Religion must be a personal concern, a deed of contract, a life of communion between the soul and God. And there are those who imagine that they love the truth because they love some of those who profess it. The power of affection on the minds of such persons is almost unbounded. But a religion based on such grounds is not to be trusted. When the Spirit of God is not the Author of the work it cannot stand trial, even in this world; it can never issue in the salvation of the soul.

 

This scene has a natural application to the Divine working among men, and suggests the need of God’s Spirit. The human spirit should be the temple of God. Its foundations are laid in the capacities of the soul made in His image. Sin opposes the work, worldliness hinders it. How shall it be completed? “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. The church must not rely on men or their false and empty promises, we must trust God and God alone for everything, even in the minute or smallest things! 

 

Have a great and godly day!

 

Pastor C


A Faith that Saves

Category : General

Hebrews 4: 11 (KJV)

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 

 It has been noted that having pointed out the goal to which we are to advance, he exhorts us to pursue our course, which we do, when we habituate ourselves to self-­denial. And as he compares entering into rest to a straight course, he sets falling in opposition to it, and thus he continues the metaphor in both clauses, at the same time he alludes to the history given by Moses of those who fell in the wilderness, because they were rebellious against God. (Numbers 26:65.) Then, “to fall” means to perish; or to speak more plainly, it is to fall, not as to sin, but as a punishment for it. But the figure corresponds as well with the word to “enter”, as with the sad overthrow of the fathers, by whose example he intended to terrify the Jews!

 

Hence, he says, after the same example, signifying as though the punishment for unbelief and obstinacy is there set before us as in a picture; nor is there indeed a doubt but that a similar end awaits us, if there be found in us the same unbelief. The word “unbelief” best expresses the sense, as the apostle was showing that this was the principal thing that prevented people from entering into heaven. Disobedience is the root of unbelief. Unbelief is the mother of further disobedience.

 

Faith is submission, voluntary, within a man’s own power. If it be not exercised the true cause lies deeper than all intellectual ones, lies in the moral aversion of his will and in the pride of independence which says, “Who is the Lord over us?” Why should we have to depend upon Jesus Christ? And as faith is obedience and submission, so faith breeds obedience, and unbelief leads on to higher-handed rebellion. The two interlock each other, foul mother and fouler child; and with dreadful reciprocity of influence the less a man trusts the more he disobeys; the more he disobeys the less he trusts. We are not saved for our faith, nor condemned for our unbelief, but we are saved in our faith, and condemned in our unbelief. 

 

We may regard this as an intimation that care and trouble are absolutely necessary on our part, in order to the procurement and enjoyment of those things “which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” We should never fail to consider this life as a state of trial. Therefore, let us earnestly strive. Since there is a rest whose attainment is worth all our efforts; since so many have failed of reaching it by their unbelief, and since there is so much danger that we may fail of it also, let us give all diligence that we may enter into it. Heaven is never obtained but by diligence; and no one enters there who does not earnestly desire it, and who does not make a sincere effort to reach it.

  

Have a great and godly day!

 

Pastor C


God of Comforts

Category : General

2 Cor.1: 4 (KJV)

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

It is said, “There is no tribulation either for the kind or degree of it, but God can and doth comfort His people therein, and God’s comforts do far exceed all philosophical remedies, as much as the sun doth a glow-worm.”

 

The apostle in this verse gives a reason of the former thanksgiving, and at the same time confirms the above character of God, as “the God of all comfort”, by his own experience, and that of his fellow ministers; who, though they had been in great tribulation and affliction for the sake of Christ, and his Gospel, yet were not left destitute of divine help and support under their trials; but had much consolation and sweet refreshment administered to them by the presence of God with them, the application of his promises to them, the shedding abroad of his love in them, and the fellowship and communion they enjoyed with Father, Son, and Spirit.

 

If there is one point of character more than another which belonged to Paul it was his power of sympathy. He went through trials of every kind, and this was their issue. He knew how to persuade, for he knew where lay the perplexity; he knew how to console, for he knew the sorrow. His spirit was as some delicate instrument which, as the weather changed about him, accurately marked all its variations, and guided him what to do. “To the Jews he became as a Jew,” (2 Corinthians 11:23-30). The same law was fulfilled not only in the case of Christ’s servants, but even He Himself condescended to learn to strengthen man, by the experiencing of man’s infirmities (Hebrews 2:17-18; Hebrews 4:14-15).

 

Here is introduced the word which flies like a banner over the entire epistle. The word with its synonym “suffering” occurs eight times in this paragraph. Here he points to the one Who shows Himself to be the God of tender mercy, by condescending to notice us, who have never deserved any good at His hand; and also the God of all consolation, by comforting us in all our tribulation – never leaving us a prey to anxiety, carking care, persecution, or temptation; but, by the comforts of His Spirit, bearing us up in, through, and above, all our trials and difficulties. Paul here doubtless refers primarily to himself and his fellow apostles as having been filled with comfort in their trials; to the support which the promises of God gave; to the influences of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter; and to the hopes of eternal life through the gospel of the Redeemed.

 

Therefore, we need to realize and remember that even spiritual comforts are not given us for our use alone; they, like all the gifts of God, are given that they may be distributed, or become the instruments of help to others. If his soul had not gone through all the travail of regeneration, if his heart had not felt the love of God shed abroad in it by the Holy Ghost, he can neither instruct the ignorant nor comfort the distressed.

 

As, Paul lived not for himself but for the Church, so he reckoned, that whatever favors God conferred upon him, were not given for his own sake merely, but in order that he might have more in his power for helping others. And, unquestionably, when the Lord confers upon us any favor, he in a manner invites us by his example to be generous to our neighbors. The riches of the Spirit, therefore, are not to be kept by us to ourselves, but everyone must communicate to others what he has received. Let us remember and not forget that our God is a God of comfort Who is always there, ready to comfort all those that needs comforting!

 

Have a Great and God filled day

 

Pastor C


Remembering Who YOU Are

Category : General

1 Pt.2: 11 (KJV)

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

 

This term of endearment carries with it a certain feeling of concern and pity, for no one knew any better than Peter the fury of the gathering storm that was so soon to break over the defenseless heads of the Christians. Also, we see that there are two reasons assigned in this verse to support the renunciation of fleshly lusts: (1) the readers are sojourners, and (2) the lusts make war against the soul. The metaphor of warfare is an apt one for the Christian life. That life is a constant struggle against many enemies, both within and without. The social order itself is basically hostile to Christianity, and the inward desires of the flesh and of the mind also constantly tend to erode spirituality.

 

As ye are strangers and pilgrims, and profess to seek a heavenly country, do not entangle your affections with earthly things. While others spend all their time, and employ all their skill, in acquiring earthly property, and totally neglect the salvation of their souls; they are not strangers, they are here at home; they are not pilgrims, they are seeking an earthly possession: Heaven is your home, seek that; God is your portion, seek him. All kinds of earthly desires, whether those of the flesh or of the eye, or those included in the pride of life, are here comprised in the words fleshly lusts. A fleshly lust is either the desire for anything inherently sinful, or the inordinate and excessive appetite for anything inherently harmless or indifferent. The attribute ‘fleshly’ points to the origin and sphere and aim of such lusts. Those parts in our bodies that are the key and nearest both subjects and objects of lust and concupiscence, are like unto the dung gate, 1 Chro.26:16; Neh.3:13, whereby all the filth was cast out of the temple. God hath placed them in our bodies, like snakes creeping out of the bottom of a dunghill, and abased them in our eyes, that we might make a base account and estimation of the desires thereof, as one well observed. A list of them in Gal.5:19-21. Being fleshly, they cannot but war against the soul. They war against the body in many instances, but their worst influence and most pernicious is on the spiritual nature of man.

 

If we look back we will see that Peter began his letter (1 Peter 1:1) by describing God’s people as sojourners in the world, (those who had no permanent, settled home). Now having demonstrated their heavenly begetting in terms of the resurrection to eternal life (1 Peter 1:3), their positions as living stones in the Temple of God (1 Peter 2:5), and their uniqueness as God’s chosen people (1 Peter 2:9), Peter continues to emphasize their other-worldliness (note also 1 Peter 1:13-15). Therefore, we are to recognize that we like them have here no permanent home, because as those who have been begotten by God and brought into His purposes they are travelling on towards an eternal home. Their inheritance is not here but in Heaven. And for that reason, they are not to allow themselves to be tempted to follow the course of this world.

 

There are two parts to this exhortation, that our souls were to be free within from wicked and vicious lusts; and also, that we were to live honestly among men, and by the example of a good life not only to confirm the godly, but also to gain over the unbelieving to God. It is at the soul’s expense that resistance is made, at the expense of higher duties, and with the loss of opportunities for positive progress. If not resisted we enslave the soul and take the pith out of it. With every gratification so much moral strength passes over from us into that which masters us, and the power of resistance is gradually but surely lost. The warning is addressed to Christians as strangers and pilgrims passing on to eternity. Our safety lies indeed in the grace of God, but it lies, too, in our ‘abstinence.’ 

 

 

Have a Great and God filled day

 

Pastor C


Safe in the Arms of God

Category : General

Psa.31: 5 (KJV)

5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

 

Where to lodge a soul for safe keeping, “Into Thine hands”–a banker has a strong room, and a wise man sends his securities and his valuables to the bank and takes an acknowledgment, and goes to bed at night, quite sure that no harm will come to them, and that he will get them when he wants them. And that is exactly what the psalmist does here. He deposits his most precious treasure in the safe custody of One who will take care of it. The great hand is stretched out, and the little soul is put into it.

 

This psalm is the heart-cry of a man in great trouble, surrounded by all sorts of difficulties, with his very life threatened. He was down in the very depths of darkness, and ringed about by all sorts of enemies at that moment. “Into Thine hands I commit my spirit,” as a man standing in the midst of enemies, and bearing some precious treasure in his hand might, with one strong cast of his arm, fling it into the open hand of some mighty helper, and so baulk the enemies of their prey.

 

David again declares his faith to God, and affirms that he had such high thoughts of His providence, as to cast all his cares upon it. Whoever commits himself into God’s hand and to his guardianship, not only constitutes Him the arbiter of life and death to Him, but also calmly depends on Him for protection amidst all his dangers. The verb is in the future tense, “I will commit,” and it unquestionably denotes a continued act, and is therefore fitly translated into the present tense. It is also to be observed, that no man can possibly commit his life to God with sincerity, but he who considers himself exposed to a thousand deaths, and that his life hangs by a thread, or differs almost nothing from a breath which passes suddenly away. This was the ground or reason why the “psalmist” commended himself to God; this reason was not urged, and could not have been by the Savior, in his dying moments. He committed his departing spirit to God as his Father, and in virtue of the work which he had been appointed to do, and which he was now about finishing, as a Redeemer; we commit our souls to Him in virtue of having been redeemed. 

 

Moreover, we see confidence in committing either his life, as to a faithful Creator and Preserver, who was the God of his life, gave him it, and upheld his soul in it; or his soul, and the eternal salvation of it, which he committed into the hand of the Lord his Redeemer, where he knew it would be safe, and out of whose hands none can pluck; or this he might say, as apprehensive of immediate death, through the danger he was in; and therefore commits his spirit into the hands of God, to whom he knew it belonged, and to whom it returns at death, and dies not with the body, but exists in a separate state, and would be immediately with him. Our Lord Jesus Christ used the same words when he was expiring on the cross, and seems to have taken them from hence, or to refer to these, Lk.23:46

 

This confidence will likewise make every man forward to discharge his duty with alacrity, and constantly and fearlessly to struggle onward to the end of his course. However, we are have cause to wonder that how does it happen to be that so many are slothful and indifferent, and that others perfidiously forsake their duty or overwhelmed with anxiety? It is because they are terrified at dangers and inconveniences, and leave no room for the operation of the providence of God? Let us cheerfully entrust our souls to God, and feel the sense that we are quite safe in His hands. Are you always doing this?

 

Have a Great and God filled day!

 

Pastor C


Serving God IS a Joy

Category : General

Ephesian 4: 12 (KJV)

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

 

The saying goes that church is not to be a “spectator sport” whereby we come, watch, grab our fill, and leave. We are called to come and be a part of the life of the church, not watching from the sidelines, but getting involved. This is especially true when we become members of a local congregation; we commit to serve one another as we serve our God. This is not done out of a mere sense of obligation, but from a love that seeks to build up others.

 

In this verse and the following verses is set forth the purpose of the Lord in the sending forth of apostles, prophets, evangelists and elders, mentioned in the preceding verse, that purpose being the building up of the body of Christ, which is the church. But the passage goes dramatically beyond that. It is not apostles, etc., alone who are to do the ministering in the Lord’s church. “Perfecting of the saints unto the work of ministering” means that: Not only those called apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastor-teachers, but the entire church should be engaged in spiritual labor. The universal priesthood of believers is stressed here

 

Here we see that the invisible power of Christ, and His visible gifts in the Church, are in cooperation “for the perfecting of the saints.” An endless variety of ministry is provided for this end. Every Divine ministry is supplied with its measure of wisdom and of grace, from the treasury of Christ. Diversities of gifts are necessary to meet a corresponding diversity in the natures of men. All these various officers, and the gifts and graces conferred upon them, were judged necessary, by the great Head of the Church, for its full instruction in the important doctrines of Christianity.

 

Serving not only edifies our brothers and sisters, but it witnesses to those who do not know Christ. Serving is essentially loving our neighbor. It is putting others first and seeking their good over our own. It is a tangible display of God’s love for them. Christ saw serving through love as an indicator of one’s discipleship, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35).

 

Have a Great and God filled day

 

Pastor C


God is Enough

Category : General

Job 1: 21 (KJV)
21And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

David often very sweetly dwells upon his childhood, and still more upon his infancy; and we shall do well to imitate him. Suppose that you and I should be brought to extreme weakness and poverty, we shall never be weaker nor poorer than we were then. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

The extreme brevity of life. Observe what Job says, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither.” We appear for a brief moment, and then we vanish away. I often, in my own mind, compare life to a procession. Well now, because life is so short, do you not see where the comfort comes? Job says to himself, “I came, and I shall return; then why should I worry myself about what I have lost? I am going to be here only a little while, then what need have I of all those camels and sheep? If my earthly stores vanish, well, I shall vanish too.”

That is, destitute of property, for so the connection demands; 1 Timothy 6:7; “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” He had nothing when he came into the world, and all that he had obtained had been by the good providence of God. As “he” gave it, he had a right to remove it. Such was the feeling of Job, and such is the true language of submission everywhere. He who has a proper view of what he possesses will feel that it is all to be traced to God, and that he has a right to remove it when he pleases.

 “And the Lord hath taken away.” It is not by accident; it is not the result of haphazard; it is not to be traced to storms and winds and the bad passions of people. It is the result of intelligent design, and whoever has been the agent or instrument in it, it is to be referred to the overruling providence of God. Why did not Job vent his wrath on the Sabeans? Why did he not blame the Chaldeans? Why did he not curse the tempest and the storm? Why did he not blame his sons for exposing themselves? Why not suspect the malice of Satan? Why not suggest that the calamity was to be traced to bad fortune, to ill-luck, or to an evil administration of human affairs? None of these things occurred to Job. He traced the removal of his property and his loss of children at once to God, and found consolation in the belief that an intelligent and holy Sovereign presided over his affairs, and that he had removed only what he gave.

Job was very much troubled, and did not try to hide the outward signs of his sorrow. As noted, a  man of God is not expected to be a stoic. The grace of God takes away the heart of stone out of his flesh, but it does not turn his heart into a stone. I want you, however, to notice that mourning should always be sanctified with devotion. “Ye people, pour out your hearts before Him: God is a refuge for us.” When you are bowed down beneath a heavy burden of sorrow, take to worshipping the Lord, and especially to that kind of worshipping which lies in adoring God, and in making a full surrender of yourself to the Divine will, so that you can say with Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”

It will also greatly alleviate our sorrow if we then fall into serious contemplations, and begin to argue a little, and to bring facts to bear upon our mind. “While I was musing,” said David, “the fire burned,” and it comforted and warmed him. Job is an instance of this kind of personal instruction; he has three or four subjects which he brings before his own mind, and these tend to comfort him.

It is an easy thing to smile when we are pleased, when our enterprises are successful, and our garners are filled with all manner of store. It is a far different thing to maintain a thankful spirit in the day of adversity, to “rest in the day of trouble,” It is no easy thing to contemplate, with an even mind, the reverses of human life. I had no earthly possessions when I came into the world; and am sure I cannot have less going out of it. What I have the Lord gave: as it was His free gift, He has a right to resume it when He pleases; and I owe Him gratitude for the time He has permitted me to enjoy this gift. So when I stripped of health, honor, friends or wealth, or when all of life seem destitute, may I rest in the comfort of my God. May I know more now and then that my God is more than enough!

Have a God honoring and Christ centered day!

 Pastor C


Hold ON a Little while Longer

Category : General

2 Corin.4: 17 (KJV)

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

 

 

“Affliction is the common lot of the children of men, but more especially of the children of God, and is here designed by “our” affliction; for these, besides their soul trouble, meet with such in the world, and from the men of it, others do not. Afflictions are appointed for them by their heavenly Father; provision is made for them, and support under them, in the covenant of grace; they are Christ’s legacy to them, and by which they are conformed to him; they are always for their good, spiritual and eternal.”

 

This is one of the most emphatic passages in all Paul’s writings, in which he speaks as much like an orator as he does as an apostle. This verse, with the following, is designed to show further the sources of consolation and support which Paul and his fellow-laborers had in their many trials. Bloomfield remarks on this passage, that “in energy and beauty of expression, it is little inferior to any in Demosthenes himself, to whom, indeed, and to Thucydides in his orations, the style of the apostle, when it rises to the oratorical, bears no slight resemblance.”

 

The passage abounds with intensive and emphatic expressions, and manifests that the mind of the writer was laboring to convey ideas which language, even after all the energy of expression which he could command, would very imperfectly communicate. The difference between the present and future state of the saints is here expressed, the disparity between them shown, and the influence the one has upon the other. The present state is a state of “affliction”. The trials which Paul endured, to many persons would have seemed to be anything else but light. They consisted of want, and danger, and contempt, and stoning, and toil, and weariness, and the scorn of the world, and constant exposure to death by land or by sea; 2 Corinthians 4:7-10, 11:23-27. Yet these trials, though continued through many years, and constituting, as it were, his very life, he speaks of as the lightest conceivable thing when compared with that eternal glory which awaited him. He strives to get an expression as emphatic as possible, to show that in his estimation they were not worthy to be named in comparison with the eternal weight of glory. 

 

This stands in contrast with the affliction that is for a moment. The one is momentary, transient; so short, even in the longest life, that it may be said to be an instant; the other has no limits to its duration. Moreover, our affliction worketh for us this glory: the glory will not only be a consequent of these afflictions, but these afflictions will be a cause of it; not a meritorious cause, (for what proportion is there between momentary afflictions and eternal glory? Between light afflictions and a weight of glory, an exceeding weight of glory?) But a cause in respect of the infinite goodness and mercy of God, and in respect of the truth and faithfulness of God.

 

There will be a visible glory upon the bodies of the saints, which will be fashioned like to the glorious body of Christ; and their souls will be blessed with perfect knowledge and holiness. So, in the end, all the suffering, anguish and pain, will be worth it because all will be changed and the change is eternal and we will be with Christ.

 

 Have a God honoring and Christ centered day!

 

Pastor C


Restoration Plea

Category : General

Ps.80: 3 (KJV)
3Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

God’s people are vulnerable, and sometimes they foolishly become sidetracked. The Psalmist seeks to plead his case by bringing up God’s special relationship to his people.

 It has been observed “Turn us again”, is important in understanding the plight of Israel. This phrase in our translation would seem to mean, “Turn us again from our sins,” or, “Bring us back to our duty, and to thy love;”. The idea suggested would be either:
(a) restore us to our former state of prosperity; that is, cause these desolation’s to cease; or (b) bring us back, as from captivity, to our own land; restore us to our country and our homes, from which we have been driven out. Therefore, we would understood, it would be properly the language of those who were in captivity or exile, praying that they might be restored again to their own land.

Also, the next expression “Be favorable or propitious to us” is important. It is pleading to God to let the frown on His countenance disappear.- Psalm 4:6. Saved from our dangers; saved from our troubles. It is also true that when God causes His face to shine upon us, we shall be saved from our sins; saved from ruin. It is only by His smile and favor that we can be saved in any sense, or from any danger.

The meaning of this prayer is, Restore us to our former state. They had petitioned, in the preceding verse, that God would stir up His strength in the sight of Ephraim and Manasseh; and now they complain that they are but castaways until God succor them, and remedy their miserable dispersion. They acknowledge, on the one hand, that all their miseries were to be traced to this as their cause, that God, being angry on account of their sins, hid His face from them; and, on the other hand, they expect to obtain complete salvation solely through the Divine favor. It will be to us, they say, a resurrection indeed, if once thy countenance shine upon us. Their language implies, that provided God extended His mercy and favor to them, they would be happy, and all their affairs would prosper.

We are beseeching God to come to our aid in reviving the church and country, and to come with all His might and with all the armies of heaven, to turn the hearts of people around, so that the church may again flourish as it has done in the past. This is our plea for the church. Has the church fallen in disrepair these days? Absolutely yes! The Bible is no longer the authority in most churches. In most churches women are in authority. In most churches, God may no longer be sovereign. In most churches God may only be loving, and nothing else. In most churches, God is the servant of mankind. In most churches God is a like a loving grandfather who nervously watches how everything unfolds on His earth and who is powerless to do anything about it. This all started when the churches began to doubt the authority of the Word of God, like Eve did in the Garden of Eden.

Let us learn from this Psalm, which, in the following verses, has been written in the form of a parable. When God is displeased with His people, He must turn His face from them. We cannot blame God for our tears and our enemy’s triumph over us. Yet, Asaph knew that there would be no salvation apart from God’s favor; and no conversion apart from God’s grace. So, He leads the people in a song of repentance, crying, “Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. God hears the cries of His people. His love and mercy would not allow Him to turn away from them forever.

Have a great and Christ centered day!

Pastor C


Unselfish Care for OTHERS

Category : General

Philippians 2: 4 (KJV)
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

It is of a truth that our own things have the first claim on our life and person (Pr.27 :23; Rom.12:17). Persons without wealth cannot be generous without first seeking their own profit.

The story is told of a very poor and aged man, who was busy in planting and grafting apple trees, when he was interrupted by the question, “Why do you plant trees who cannot hope to eat the fruit of them?” He raised himself up, and, leaning on his spade, replied, “Someone planted trees before I was born, and I have eaten the fruit; I now plant for others, that the memorial of my gratitude may exist when I am dead and gone.

The text is one of the many illustrations of the practical character of New Testament teaching. Christ’s doctrines are the inspiration of its ethics. Nearly every point of Christian theology is raised in the subsequent paragraph to enforce the text. Religion is a sham if it is not practical. Our text today exhibits and reveals a high standard of conduct, but it leads us in a path in which we may hear the Good Shepherd’s voice. He speaks these words through His apostle; elsewhere He spoke them through His life. Look at him providing for His mother amidst the agonies of the cross. And it shows that a selfish man cannot be a Christian. Such precepts as these exalt the dispensation to which we belong. What must Christ’s religion be if this be a precept in harmony with its doctrines, facts, ordinances, and spirit.

Moreover, it is the duty of every man to do this. No one is at liberty to live for himself or to disregard the wants of others. The object of this rule is to break up the narrow spirit of selfishness, and to produce a benevolent regard for the happiness of others. The evil the text guards us against–Selfishness. That is, be not selfish. We are not to let our care and attention be wholly absorbed by our own concerns, or by the concerns of our own family. Evince a tender interest for the happiness of the whole, and let the welfare of others lie near your hearts. Self-preservation is indeed the first law of nature, but we are bound to observe the higher law of grace–“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

We are to have a deep conviction that the spiritual interests of everyone in the church is, in a certain sense, our own interest. The church is one. It is confederated together for a common object. Each one is entrusted with a portion of the honor of the whole, and the conduct of one member affects the character of all. We are, therefore, to promote, in every way possible, the welfare of every other member of the church. If they go astray, we are to admonish and entreat them; if they are in error, we are to instruct them; if they are in trouble, we are to aid them. Every member of the church has a claim on the sympathy of his brethren, and should be certain of always finding it when his circumstances are such as to demand it. Therefore, the exhortation and command is, “Do nothing through self-interest in the things of God; nor arrogate to ourselves gifts, graces, and fruits, which belong to others.” We must at all times remember that we are all called to promote God’s glory, grace and goodness and the salvation of men.

Have a great and Christ centered day!

Pastor C