Deuteronomy 31:24-26, NIV, “After Moses finished writing in
a book the words of this law from beginning to end, he gave this command to the
Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD: Take this Book of the
Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. There it will remain as a witness
We live in an age where many in the Church dismiss any type
of law. Professor John Murray had
this to say about the commandments of God:
There are many disturbing doctrines being taught in churches
today. Here is a couple:
Universalism: a doctrine that says all beings, regardless of
their religious affiliation or creed (even lack thereof) will ultimately make
it into God’s Kingdom. This is reflected in the saying, all roads lead to
The Prosperity Doctrine: This states that if you live a good
and dedicated life to God you will be rewarded with physical things because God
wants you to be happy.
These doctrines are very dangerous because they twist the
inspired Word of God and apply the worldly desires of people.
Revelation 22:20, “He that testifies of these things says,
‘Surely my coming is soon.’
Amen. Even so, come Lord
With the current problems brewing in the Middle East one may
wonder, how long will it be before the Lord returns? Jesus told us that no man knows the day or the hour when the
Father will send His Son (Matthew 24:36).
We are given clues to the nearness of that event, but that’s all, only
the Father knows when that day will come.
Jeremiah 35:12-19, NIV
Are we listening to God? The question before you implores you to respond not with
mere words, but action. James
1:22, 25 NIV,“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive
yourselves. Do what it says…“But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that
gives freedom, and continues to do this; not forgetting what he has heard, but
doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”
James was inspired to tell us to, “fix our attention on
God’s perfect law.
In the temporal realm there are many things to be thankful
for. While the list may vary from
person to person, most lists will include family, friends, employment, health,
a home, our country, food, and clothing, not necessarily in that particular
order. We are indeed blessed.
The purpose of today’s message however, is not to reflect on
the temporary, but the eternal.
Life as we know it, in the United States of America, is good.
A couple weeks ago probably one of
the biggest announcements of our lifetime occurred. (No, it wasn’t the
reelection of President Barak Obama.) It was announced that The Walt Disney
Company would purchase Lucas Films and thus own the Star Wars and Indiana Jones
franchises. That is epic news! I grew up on the Indiana Jones films and I
always wanted to be an archeologist, even after I found out it wasn’t as
glamorous as Indy’s adventures. Heck, I met my wife while looking into Southern
Adventist University to enroll their archeology program.
Before you “checkout” and move on, here’s something to
consider. Freedom always costs.
I hear a lot of people complaining about the presidential
election. Some even mention
leaving the country, you know, “the grass is greener of the other side.” Before you checkout, you may want to
mull over a few things.
Most of us in the United States can trace our roots back to
a different country. Our ancestors
gave up everything that was familiar to them, and launched out on an adventure
that would lead them deep into the unknown. Our forefathers possessed a spirit
of fortitude that enabled them to persevere even in the face of unbelievable
conflict. They demonstrated great
strength, courage, and determination, and through their resolve they forged
this great country.
The towel may be in your hand, but consider your relatives
before you throw it all way. Find
your backbone and stand. We are
Americans, citizens of the best country in the entire world. Blood has been spilt, the blood of our
forefathers. What would they say
if they knew we were so quick to tuck-tail and run?
We’re not perfect, and we sure have sinned. It would be great if could mandate
morality in our country, but we can’t.
We are who we are, an imperfect nation, but we are a nation. I may disagree with you and you may
disagree with me, but when the lights go out, we remain one nation.
So lets suck it up!
We’re not going to get our way every time. Lets show the world what it means to be an American. Lace up those shoes, get the spring
back in your step, and take your place at the front of the line. If we don’t, someone else will.
Today many Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus
Christ. Without examining the
pagan connection of “Easter,” I would like to suggest that our celebration of
the resurrected Christ should connect on a more personal level.
The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
instructed the Church in a more complete understanding of the doctrine of the
resurrection. Writing to the
Church at Corinth Paul informed the believer that, “…as in Adam all die, even
so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).