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Before the arrival of Jesus Christ, Earth had yet to receive the full expression of the Father’s heart. His requirements had been made known through the Lawgiver, Moses and His compassion had been expressed through the poetry and songs of David. Additionally, His disappointments and displeasure had been expressed through Malachi and many of the prophets. Yet none had ever known the full message of the Father towards mankind. While His heart was large enough to engulf the world and all of His creation, He willed to express more than glimpses of what was seen through creation. Then God sent One who throughout eternity reflected His full intentions. He, God in three Persons, was in full agreement with Himself. Not three numerically, but three in interaction in order for love to be complete with a witness. Love is not love without an object of expression. His love was complete before He created anything. When He said, “Let us make man,” He was speaking of the eternal preexisting love that proceeded from heaven to earth. It is not the same caliber of love for animals, plants, and other living creatures in this expression. He was in fact saying, “Let our love…

“If I’m sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection.” Psalm 63:6 (The Message Paraphrase) God gives His children peaceful rest. They have the stamina to work diligently, but they also have the calm and contentment to rest peacefully. The reason behind both their rest and their peace is the knowledge that God is still in control. Oftentimes, it appears as if no options remain for those who wish for harmony within nature and among mankind. The current events projected on our television screens, along with the daily grind of day to day activities, appear to only lead to deeper levels of frustration. Every effort of peace is contested by greater conflict, and the soul is filled with discontent. The pursuit is for a better life and a better world. The prevailing question is “where can peace be found?” Just maybe the search is in the wrong direction. The question ought to be “where can truth be found?” Peace is located along the same path that truth has already paved. The unaltered and unadulterated truth contained with the One who sent it forth will always remain as the only way to effectively address the current crises of our…

Matt 12:25 “But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” What happens in a divided house? Whether it is a family household or a nation, the result is still the same. Challenges rising in these present times require unity of purpose perfectly centered in the truth. Yet most hold on to their opinions without giving consideration that there is wisdom above and beyond their limited sources of reference. In the time of crisis, their belief systems shrivel up with nothing left but endless arguments and debates without merit. The Church, the House of God, and the Household of Faith were intended to be the places where matters of morality were settled. A divided church not upholding the standard of Christ then becomes a divided house that becomes the primary cause for the moral decay in society. This indictment may sound harsh, but God’s eyes are fixed and focused upon His own people and how they represent His Son on the earth. As part of the construction of the Babel, an observatory tower was built in order to preserve the…

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1) Reasonable service requires both reason and service from the individual. When deep and deliberate thought is combined with purposeful action, the result is an impact made upon the world around you. You are used by God in a mighty way because you have allowed Him to make you useful for the work that He created. Many attempt to serve without reason, and some are too preoccupied with reason to be of any service. But His reason positions you for every part of your being to be fully engaged in what you were born to do. God does not require you to figure out what your purpose is in life because your “figuring” will most likely lead to a path of endless confusion. The grandest ideas that come to mind cannot compare to the empowerment that He affords those who are willing to fully submit to Him. To present your body to God is to say to Him that you are not your own, but the purchased price of your redemption warrants…

“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” (27) Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” John 19:26-27 This is a story of adoption. It is the transference of love and care by a son to a beloved friend. It is also having a new son to fill the void created through the loss of a beloved son. Throughout this exchange, love is the primary theme as mother and son/ son and mother are connected in a new relationship. The background is the cross, while Jesus, the Son of God, pronounces His blessings upon them while enduring His greatest crisis. He did not merely focus upon His current condition, but looked ahead at the future needs of His best friend and His mother. Those who love Jesus also love the objects of His affection. He felt at ease that the treatment of His mother would be the same as He would have treated her. This scene illustrates to us the duality of the expression of true love. True love fills a…

Isaiah 53:2 “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.” What appeals to the natural man? Certainly it is not pain and suffering, nor is it a person who appears as a failure for going against the grains of society. One who appeared as a maverick in His times, but who seemed to deserve everything that happened to Him. Life is all too often judged by events isolated from its ultimate purpose. The question generally asked is, “what shall I do” rather than “why shall I do it.” Beauty is the development of a person—the blossoming of a flower from an apparent seedling into a radiant bouquet. When it possesses the potential to reproduce after its own kind, it becomes all the more glorious. Likewise, Jesus was despised and rejected in His own time and among His own people. Their perception of His life did not measure up to their expectations of instant gratification. Therefore, it should not be strange to us that in our time, the appearance of…

Daniel 7:25 “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.” “Times have changed, so you might as well get on board with it.” “This is a new day; people to do not think nor feel that way anymore.” These sentiments, along with many others, are all too familiar phrases that have become the conversation of our times. Timeless truths have become archaic and replaced with jargon that often embarrasses weak individuals into a position of compromise. No longer is it considered cursing to blatantly use God’s name in vain; in fact, God or Jesus are names that are edited out while profanity is proudly and openly pronounced. Daniel prophetically viewed this day long before we entered into it. People speak pompous words while finite man matches his wits against the infinite God. A theory based upon an experiment in pursuit of relative information holds a tighter grip over the minds of students attending institutions of higher learning. Things must make sense to the person before…

 “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.” Proverbs (14:26-27) I have been recently reflecting on the effects of godly fear and am amazed at all of its benefits. Fear, apart from godly fear, involves torment according to 1John 4:18, but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. “The righteous are as bold as a lion” because they are wise enough to choose the right path of life. Some believe that all fear is negative, so they think knowing the love of God alone is sufficient. But you cannot know His love unless there is a deep level of reverence for Him. His power to heal is the same as His power to kill. His power to deliver is the same as His power to bind. He loves what reflects His character, but hates all the works that are measured against His will being made known among humanity and nature. Without healthy fear, you would be prone to unhealthy fears or phobias. God does not make promises,…

Defining moments have shifted the world so that radical changes are necessary. As Thomas Paine once said concerning his day, “these are times that try men’s souls.” The challenges of our times will either bring the best or the worse out of us. It all depends on the dominant features that identify our character as to which will manifest. We were born for such a time as this and all of the past experiences have brought us to this very moment. Yet, we are not alone…God has and continues to speak clearly as His message continues to resonate from the days of old addressing each phase of man’s existence. Nothing happens without a cause and a clear message directing us to rightly address the cause if we can rightly interpret the message. Our souls are on trial in order to weigh the measure of Truth contained within each of us. If any individual is oriented more in the direction of the lie propagated by the spirit of this age and world system, his mind, will, and emotions will be judged in favor of the prevailing view. But if the Truth has registered deep within his heart, he will see that…

The message that we proclaim from the pulpit is the driving force of change in society. When God’s Word is accurately and boldly proclaimed, an element is infused within the current chaos that is potent enough to challenge the declining course that contributes to the erosion of culture.  It is only when the clergy agrees with the culture that calloused hearts and closed minds prevail and the people’s passion is turned away from God to idols. The experiment of both politics and science is to compile and arrange facts that reach a logical conclusion. Yet, the full knowledge of what is being arranged is absent. There are intricate details within each thing that we may know when arranged differently and used more effectively that would otherwise produce different results. Our message is not a mere reaction to cries of the people. It is not a matter of giving the people what they want. Our primary job is to transform the passions of those who lack the ability to see how their passions have driven them and forced them into this current dilemma. It requires the knowledge and wisdom of God to place all things into their proper arrangement. We must…