Archive for May, 2007

Half full or half empty?

Saturday, May 26th, 2007 at 9:42 pm

Do you look at a half of a glass of water and say it is half full or half empty? When trying to work for God, do you focus on what you lack or on what you have? Consider the following passage:

And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. Mark 6:33-44

When the disciples saw the multitudes and that it was getting late, they asked Jesus to send the multitude away to feed themselves because the disciples did not have much food. They focused on what they lacked. They thought there was no way to feed the multitude with what they had. But notice what Jesus asked: “What do you have?” Jesus redirected their focus on what they already had. He was telling them that they don’t need to worry about what they don’t have; they just need to use what they do have. God can take little and accomplish his work.

Little is much when God is in it. What do you have?

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Psalm 119:165 Great peace… nothing shall offend

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 at 3:37 pm

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalms 119:165

Many times, we are told this verse means that we should not let anything bother, irritate, or upset us, for if something does bother, irritate, or upset us, then we must not love God’s law. That is not what is conveyed by the word offend however. This verse is meant to be an encouragement to those who love God’s law. It tells us that if we love God’s law, nothing will cause us to stumble from keeping God’s law – no temptation will cause disobedience – nothing will get in our way of serving God.

This verse does not say that loving God’s law is a guarantee that we will never be bothered, irritated, or upset.

To see how offend is used in the sense of breaking God’s law or sinning, see James 2:10 and 1 Corinthians 8:13.

Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. 1 Corinthians 8:13

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10

Posted in Explanations
by Gordy

Why do we pray for others?

Thursday, May 17th, 2007 at 8:01 am

Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf. 2 Corinthians 1:11

We pray for others so we can thank God on their behalf when He answers those prayers.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

The Three Appearings of Christ – Past, Present, & Future

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 at 9:48 pm
  1. Past:

    For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26

  2. Present:

    For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Hebrews 9:24

  3. Future:

    So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28

Are you ready for his next appearance?

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Bearing Witness to the Christ

Monday, May 7th, 2007 at 10:14 am

In the Bible, we read of at least four witnesses:

  1. John the Baptist

    There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. John 1:6-8

    And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. John 1:32-34

  2. Jesus’ works

    But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. John 5:36

  3. God the Father

    And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. John 5:37

    And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17

  4. The Scriptures

    Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

Are you testifying of the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you a witness?

Posted in Witnessing
by Gordy