Liking God…sort of…

Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

So many people will claim that they love God. Some will say they really do, or at least try to, love Him with all their heart. They certainly have feelings about God, but loving God is not just about mustering a passion for Him. The problem is that it is easy to like the idea of God but really love self, as opposed to loving God and surrendering self.

There are ideas that God and we might share coincidentally that are to our advantage. We believe that stealing is bad, as well as killing and a host of other sins. We believe that doing good to our neighbor is good. God believes the same thing. In a way,  God is lucky that we believe those things because then we will “obey” Him, but only because we happen to coincide with He believes. Because of this, we really love our selves. This shows up when there is something that we do not agree with God on. Then we cast Him aside and serve our selves. Sometimes it is a bit more sophisticated than that — we love a god of our own making, the god we imagine him to be.

To love God means to surrender our selves to Him. When we love Him and what He stands for we will happily obey Him even in the things that we don’t like personally. This is why hard times, trials, and tribulation often reveal whether someone sincerely loves God.

Matt 19:16-26 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

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New Church Signs

Installed new church signs.

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Principles of Spiritual Success — Keep Good Counsel (Acts 15:5-7)

Spiritual success is not bred in isolation. Counsel from like-minded spiritual people is not our only resource. In fact, at times it can actually be devastating. Continue reading

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Shrimp Scampi and Homosexuality

One of the latest arguments in favor of homosexuality is to suggest that Christians are hypocrites for feasting on shrimp, which are an “abomination” while condemning homosexuality because it is an “abomination.”  This is not done to Continue reading

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You may only believe homosexuality is good

Cal Thomas: NFL player mocks another player’s Christianity – nothing happens. NFL player reacts to another player’s homosexual display – fined, suspended, sent to the re-education camp.

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Deut. 14:26 Shekhar – meaning sweet drink or strong drink in the Bible?

Original article is at

Shekhar: noun, fruit-cider; juice from dates, palms, or various fruits (generally other than grapes), whether it be unfermented sweet cider, or else fermented – (i.e. vinegar or any kind of intoxicating hard cider); sometimes even the fruit itself (Hebrew, Strong’s number: 7941).

In Deut. 14:26, shekhar would signify sweet drinks (yayin and shekhar; wine and ‘similar drink’ NKJV). For example, certain types of shekhar (sakar) were permitted amongst the Arabs, and other types of it were not, because of alcohol. Nazarites had no type of wine or shekhar at all – whether alcoholic or not – not even vinegar, nor grapes, nor raisins. The breadth of meaning is apparent throughout the Vulgate and NKJV translations.

S. Reynolds says it was broad: ‘it is unjustifiable to claim that shekar must essentially [exclusively] be an intoxicating drink.’
-Stephen M. Reynolds, 2003, The Biblical Approach to Alcohol, p. 31. Continue reading

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Ephesians — Outline

There is a unique emphasis on the Mystery of the Church as a new Gentile and Jewish unity in the book of Ephesians. The unity is not a unity of purpose, but of nature. This establishes the theme of the book — the church.

The outline of the argument of Ephesians:

  1. The unity of the church. Ephesians 1-3
    1. The members of the church.
      1. Saved. 1:3-7
      2. Sealed. 1:13-14
      3. Seated in heavenly places with Christ. 2:4-6
      4. Sanctified. 2:8-10
    2. The perfection of the church — Jews and Gentiles together.
      1. Wall of separation removed. 2:11-22
      2. The mystery of the church revealed. 3:1-9
    3. The head of the church — Jesus Christ. 1:18-22, 3:14-21
  2. The practice of the church. Ephesians 4-6
    1. The call of the church. 4:1-3
    2. The equipping of the church. 4:7-16
    3. Relationships of the church.
      1. Purity of the church. 4:17
      2. With all. 5:1-2
      3. With each other. 5:18-21
      4. With your spouse. 5:22, 25
      5. With your parents. 6:1-2
      6. With your children. 6:4
      7. With your employer. 6:5-8
      8. With your employee. 6:9
      9. Towards the devil. 6:10-12
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