Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Apostles Doctrine


Why is the apostles' teaching so very important? It is all that Jesus intended for the church to become in order to be victorious and remain in the light. In Genesis 1:4, God spoke light into existence; that light was his ministry in Jesus and the apostles. The sun and moon were created later in verse 15. The first thing that God created was the light, and he separated the light from the darkness. The Law of Moses is a type of darkness and could not save us from sin through the blood of bulls and goats. The Lamb, the surrendered Christ and humanity of God, is the light--the anointed Word of God in a human body. Acts 2:42 says, "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship...".  If we walk in the light as he is in the light (1 John 1:6-7), we will have fellowship; his light is the apostles' doctrine. Continuing in the doctrine--or teachings--of the apostles is to have fellowship with God. The world teaches many different views concerning salvation, but first it was the apostles' doctrine which God spoke into existence that brings us to salvation. The ministry of the apostles' doctrine is the light; Jesus was the light of the world and he placed that light into his twelve apostles. To ignore the book of Acts is to ignore the opening of the door to the kingdom of God through the apostles.  The Gospel message is found in Acts 2:38, and answers the question that they asked, “Men and brethren what shall we do?" They had the law but were the murderers of Christ! There are so many people who have no concern for the scriptures. Jesus told the religious people of his hour, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me (John 5:39)."  If you've searched the scriptures and have not found the apostles' doctrine, keep searching. We offer Bible studies that will reveal this precious truth. The Old Testament is truth concealed. The New Testament is truth revealed and fulfilled. Jesus was the author of  his will and testament. When he died, his will of the New Testament was read by the apostles. They were given his will, which is the light to the world. The apostles' received their light from THE light of the world! Are you in the light as he is in the light? You can be.  Submitted by: Pastor, W.J. Davidson
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

God is a garbage picker



JFFT

I remember back when Sarah and I  used to drive home on Wednesday night after church which was also garbage night. Sarah would always look out the window on each side of the street and she would say slow down I'm looking for a treasure and I would say Sarah there is nothing but junk on the street. I remember one time she saw an old China cabinet it looked like junk to me but she begged me to bring it home because she said it could be a treasure. Sure enough she got a hold of it sanded it down painted it and chipped paint off the windows and clean them up put a back splash and now that China cabinet that was once junk  is sitting in our kitchen today. Is that not how God sees us? We used to be entangled in the junk of this world. When the world called you junk God called you his treasure!
He picked us up off the curb, cleaned us up and look at us now sitting in his house. I guess you could say God is a garbage picker LOL

Revelation 21:5 (KJV)
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What do you smell like to God?


JFFT

The bible talks about Jacob and Esau: how Esau was of the field and Jacob was a tent dweller. The story that Jacob had to put on Esau's clothes, so that he would smell like the field in order to fool his father Isaac. It was that smell of the field that determine which son it was. Just like it determines who we are to God; if we smell like the field than we are of the world. Do not think tha...t we can trick the Lord for he knows who we are. So when you go and put on the garments of the field,you smell like the world and God knows it! We are either sons of God or we are the sons of the world. Today I am praising God for having no desire to smell like the field.

Matthew 13:38 (KJV)
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one ;

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A dream kept by doing his father’s business


Luk 2:49 KJV - And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
Gen 37:5 KJV - And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

From Joseph’s dream unto the time he was made Zaphnathpaaneah was over approximately the course of 13 years. It’s easy to read a few chapters of a summed up story of Joseph’s rise to 2nd in command.

Gen 39:1-4 KJV - And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.  And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

There was a period of years from the purchase to the running of the house. The proving that God was with Joseph and that God made him to prosper. Then all this ended with one accusation from Potiphar’s wife and Joseph found himself in prison and starting out as the low man again. Done wrong again.

Gen 39:21-23 KJV - But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.

But looking at things from a day to day perspective, you know that Joseph was done wrong, sold into slavery and from the bottom, he worked his way up a couple of times.  After all of this it seems hard to believe that Joseph answered his brethren right..

Gen 50:20 KJV - But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Jesus at 12 years old stayed with the priest at the temple and was “lost” from his family for three days. He responded that he should be about his Fathers business.

During the preaching at church today, you sit there and listen to the stories of old, hoping for something to pop out and give you deliverance. “How do they apply to me today?” many ask.

If Joseph wasn’t about God’s business, God wouldn’t have been with him. Today if we are not about God’s business, God won’t be with us either. Small things make a big difference.

Two workers were hired in a couple of months apart from each other. Both worked hard for the company and went above the requested work expectation. One lives for God and made a stand not to miss church for work. The other believes in God but never found church to be that important. Almost 20 years later a layoff separates these two. Both hard workers, but life has in one moment changed. After 20 years of hard work and devotion to a company, they choose you to layoff. Yes you have knowledge and skill etc, but did the job get you anywhere? Many people living for God struggle with whether church or a job should come first.
Mat 6:33 KJV - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Joseph was done wrong and lived right in that unfair situation. Then again to be done wrong and put on the bottom, in a prison, he still lived right. He had God first and God made him prosper. You may lose your job, Joseph lost his freedom and then his job and then was forgotten about. But God meant more to him than his life. This was easily seen in how Joseph answered his master’s wife:

Gen 39:9 KJV - There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

God came to earth and died on a cross for you. He gave you commandments in this new testament church.

1Cr 12:13 KJV - For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Hbr 10:25 KJV - Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The worker that lost her job after years of giving herself to that job, missed out on God during all those years. Yes the one that didn't find church as that important, lost her job. It doesn't matter which one had lost their job, as it could have happened to either one. Her job isn’t going to get her closer to God, nor into heaven. Now that job isn’t even going to provide for her naturally anymore either. So weight it in that balance, you can give yourself to it and your return could still be the unemployment line. Or you can stand for God and make His business your first priority in every situation and weight that benefit out. Yes you may lose your job, but what you have in a relationship with Jesus now and eternity coming, cannot compare.
Hbr 11:24-27 KJV - By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Joseph’s dream had his brethren bowing down to him and that dream came true about 21 years later. God’s promises don’t come to pass in our time frame. Today make the right choices, put God first and even if you go through years of not understanding the seemingly downs of life, know that keeping Him first during them, will bring forth victory.  

In Jesus name!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Resurrection

JFFT

I was dead for a very long time and my spirit stunk, but Jesus came and raised me out of my grave and cleaned me up. It says many Jews were converted over the resurrection of Lazarus to follow Jesus. Has your resurrection effected lives to follow God? We are all dead in our trespasses and sins, but God can save us. Gods never late, either 4 days or 40 years, He is always on time.

John 11:39-40 (KJV)
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. [40] Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?


It's an old story. He lived. He died. He rose again. What does that mean for you and your family today? In an ever changing world where we can command information with the click of a mouse or a touch on a phone, how does death, burial, and resurrection still impact our lives in these times? This "Resurrection Sunday," come and discover how this old story can make all things new today! Come visit us, and change your life forever!
 
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Friday, March 22, 2013

license to preach

JFFT (Jonny's Food For Thought)

We live in such a world that if you do not have a license of some sort or a big degree then people do not want to hear what you have to say. Did John the Baptist or the apostles have a license to preach? No they did not, their license and authority came from God himself!

Act 4:13 KJV - Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

How can a man preach unless he be sent (Rom 10:15), so when he is sent, that is the authority and the license. The Bible says that David did things that only the priest should have done; but David understood that his authority had come from God and he understood things that the priest didn't.

Patrick Henry, believed to have made the quote "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" after being inspired by a preacher who was whipped to death for not having a license to preach. I believe the preacher that had been whipped had told the people that his authority came from God, but because he did not have his so-called license to preach, they tied him to a pole and whipped him to death. Just like putting Jesus on the cross because they couldn't see one who gave him authority!

Mar 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

Jesus gave the commisson to preach, the authority is backed up by God.


Matthew 21:23-27 (KJV)
And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? [24] And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. [25] The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? [26] But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. [27] And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Friday, March 15, 2013

If ye keep my commandments


John 14:24
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

John 15:10-15
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Abraham was also called the friend of God because he was willing and obedient to those commandments given him by the Lord. It is interesting however to notice that Jesus revealed his commandments only to those who were willing to discipline themselves in doing them. Abraham willing to be obedient to the Lord was informed of the Lord concerning the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra.
He was informed of his seed going into the land of Egypt. He was informed of the resurrection and had the Gospel preached to him by the best preacher in heaven and earth, God before Bethlehem. All of these things were revealed unto him because of his continued obedience in following the Lord.

Jesus made a statement that those who would do the truth would come to understanding which is light. Through obeying his commandments they would come to understand what they meant to the life.
John 3:20-21
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Now: Jesus did not speak his commandments to just anyone. He refused to give his commandments to those who would not follow him. This may seem trivial and insignificant but take another look. Watch how he answers the rich rulers question.
Luke 18:18-24
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

The rich ruler ask a legitimate question concerning what he must do to gain eternal life. Jesus referred him to the commandments of Moses which were not sufficient to gain eternal life. By the law shall no flesh be justified. This rich ruler was on the trail of finding the answer to his question but he was not passionate enough in finding it. He is like most people, they want a fast easy answers that require no forfeiture of time or commitment. For some it may be a job. For others it may be acquaintances adversely affected. When Jesus mentioned the commandments, he was quick to respond about those he had kept. He only named a few and left out the most important. Jesus did not reprimand him for not having kept them all but gave him the answer to the question he had ask concerning eternal life. One thing thou lackest. Give up the priority you give to riches and follow me. This does not appear to be an answer to his question. The rich rule negatively responded and went away sorrowful. His answer was finding out the commandments that only Jesus possessed. But Jesus kept them concealed and gave him no further revelation, because he went away instead of following Jesus. The master simply refused to give such answers to anyone who would not follow him.

He went up into the mount and gave the be-attitudes to his disciples who climbed the hill with him. While he refused to give these, to any of those who would not climb the hill. He was a master of concealment. There is today a veil over his commandments and the way to eternal life. He has allowed multitudes of churches that refuse commandments to evolve. People visit churches where commandments are and find themselves as the rich ruler, walking away sorrowful. Unwilling to stick around to hear how to gain eternal life because someone told them they could have the entire world and it's riches without having to obey or follow truth. He gave the commandments which we gain eternal life with to only those disciples and apostles who followed him

When he resurrected he did not show himself to all men but only to those especially picked ones up to five hundred brethren at once. To the rest he remained concealed. It sounds like a good idea to follow on to know what he most assuredly wants to reveal.

The words of Jesus given to the apostles are the greatest words of all eternity but he still has them concealed well by those who say we don't need them.

Anyone wanting deliverance or to be set free from any vice can secure the aid and assistance of the Lord Jesus through following him. He will not only reveal himself through his word, he will reveal his miracles also. Don't ever walk away sorrowful thinking there are other answers, either to this life or gaining eternal life.

God bless

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Our Weapons

Jesus is the only God that conquers death. And He shows us how: we must put on the mind of Christ and make not provision for the flesh.

Rom 8:6 KJV - For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 13:14 KJV - But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
Phl 2:5 KJV - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:


Don't forget that Moses changed God's mind in about destroying Israel. Prayer is an amazing weapon that seems so small and almost unimportant. But in prayer not only can you change God's mind, you change yours. You see things from a heavenly prespective..and that is powerful!! So powerful, it conquers death!

2Cr 10:4-6 KJV - For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.