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Archive for the month “February, 2011”

Looking Forward to March


This month I am starting a Bible Study in the book of Matthew. I will try to post my thoughts on the study daily. I also have a couple of questions to explore. They are:

  1. What did Jesus mean by abundant life?
  2. The evangelistic diagnostic question we are taught is, “When you die are you going to heaven?” Jesus made it a point that God is the God of the living not the God of the dead. So how can we focus our evangelistic message on the here and now, not when the persons dies. ought be interesting.

That is what is coming up. I hope you join me.

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What is Peace?


This morning I handed a friend an evangelistic booklet published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association titles Steps to Peace with God. The immediate response I received was, “What is peace?”

It’s such a simple question. The answer,  however may not be so simple.  Peace is commonly understood as the lack of conflict.  That is the simple answer.

It was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6 that God’s Anointed would be the “… Prince of Peace.” Since Jesus (God’s Anointed) there has definitely not been a lack of conflict. Jesus Himself said, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:51 – 53) What happened to this Prince Of Peace thing? What was God talking about in Isaiah’s prophecy? WHAT IS PEACE?

Peace IS the lack of conflict. There can never be peace on earth as long as Satan is in the world. Sin brings enmity with God. Can we who were made in the image of God and possessing a sin nature ever have peace? We as sinners can never stand before a Holy God. Our sin deserves punishment. Our sin deserves death; separation from God. Yet God desires fellowship with us, His creatures. We have a God whose Holiness, whose perfect justice, demands that retribution be exacted. In addition to being just, God is also merciful; perfectly merciful. How then is God to balance justice with mercy? Humanly speaking, it is not possible! However with God, all thing are possible.  His solution was to send His Son, His only begotten Son, to be sin in our stead.  God poured out His wrath, if I may be so bold, He emptied His infinite, inexhaustible, eternal wrath on His Son, Jesus. Jesus did nothing to deserve that punishment . The incredible thing was that this was not an infinite miscarriage of justice. Jesus, though not deserving of punishment, willingly accepted that punishment so that justice would be satisfied and you and I could be reconciled to God. God Himself, paid the penalty of our sin that we might have mercy. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, has given us peace with God. A peace that surpasses all understanding because he has bought us with a price. The price of his suffering and death.  Such is the grace of God!

Amazing Grace; how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found; was blind but now I see.

Thanks be to God!

The Power of Prayer


I just received an email which included a picture of Jesus. I think the same picture is in every Catholic church in the nation. Anyway, the email said that something good would happen to me today. (I believe something good happens to me every day. I am blessed.)

All I had to do was sent the picture (and attached prayer) to 12 people. What struck me were the words immediately before the prayer, “This prayer is so powerful.” I thought, there is no more power in that prayer, or any other prayer, than what is in any writing or words. The power of prayer comes not from the prayer but from the One being prayed to. It is the relationship of the petitioner to the One being petitioned that gives prayer it’s power. You want powerful prayer? Establish a deep personal relationship with the God to whom you pray !

Jesus has this relationship with His Father. Anything, I mean ANYTHING that Jesus prays for He receives. Because He is God? Certainly! Because He is the Son of God? Absolutely! Because He has a relationship with the Father is why his prayers are answered.

You and I can have this same kind of relationship. John 1:12 tell us “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”

Forward an email if you wish. It may give some people some joy. To others it may be an annoyance. To still others, it may cause them to stop and think (like it did me).  It would be more profitable to become a disciple of Jesus Christ and become a child of God. As for the “good things” that will happen to you if you forward those emails:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt 6:33

Bible Study


In order to know Christ and His will, the study of His word is imperative.  The disciple learns God’s word and the principles for applying it through personal and corporate bible study with his discipler and his discipleship group.

 It is my opinion that reading the Bible lets us know about Jesus. Just by reading we never really gain that intimacy with Jesus that a true relationship brings. Studying the Bible allows us to know the persons of God. This and prayer allows us to firmly establish that relationship.

In March I will be starting a study in Matthew using Warren W.  Wiersbe’s commentary titled “Be Loyal.”  If any of you want’s to join me in this study, let me know and I will delay long enough for you to get your book (if you want a book) . You can purchase your book through christianbook.com, IEAOM bookstore or many other christian bookstores. Get ready for an interesting study.

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Matheteuo is dedicated to the precept of Jesus found in Matthew 28:19 -20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.”

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