The Apostle Paul suffered many things in his quest to get the gospel out to the whole world. 2 Cor. 11:24-28 says:
“Five times from the Jews I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the deep. I have been in travels often; in dangers from waters; in dangers from robbers; in dangers from my race; in dangers from the heathen; in dangers in the city; in dangers in the wilderness; in dangers on the sea; in dangers among false brothers. I have been in hardship and toil; often in watchings; in hunger and thirst; often in fastings; in cold and nakedness; besides the things outside conspiring against me daily, the care of all the churches.” Continue reading
2 Corinthians 13:5,6 says:
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.
Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus
Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
Often we take the first part of this passage and teach that we as Christians should always examine ourselves to see that we are in or that we remain in the faith and do not waver or wander off the path into the ways of the world. Continue reading
What makes us the way we are quite often as Christians. We seem to want to drift through life as if there is no God and to kind of rock along, drifting as it were, while neglecting, if not outright forsaking the things of God that we should be doing. It has been over 5 months since I posted in this blog because I have been guilty of drifting into this pattern myself. It is time I snap out of it and begin to reach out to others again with the things I have learned and will learn about the great God that we worship and serve. I will attempt to get back to it and post regularly again. After all, if we don’t do some work for God in our daily lives then the work will not get done at all. Continue reading
How wonderful and awesome is our God? Read the first few chapters of Genesis and you will know just how great and powerful is our God. To think He created our entire universe just by speaking it into existence. You will note in Genesis chapter one how He said over and over “let there be” and it was so. We learn from John Chapter 1 verse 3 that it was through the Word of God that He created all things. We also learn in that chapter that Jesus is the word of God and thus can conclude that God said it and Jesus carried it out. It was through God’s word, Jesus, that all things were created! Continue reading
The children of Israel as a whole, as the story is told in our Old Testament, seemed to be bad times followers of God only. If you read through the period of the Judges, when they were governed by their judges before they had a king, you will see a pattern of them turning to God when times were bad and forgetting God when He blessed them, so that He in turn punished them again until they cried out to Him again. The pattern repeated itself over and over throughout all periods of their history, but can be clearly seen in the period of the Judges. Continue reading