Jesus reaffirms Covenant with Abraham

Before Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah, God appeared to Him in person.  The scriptures speak of God speaking to him, but in Genesis chapter 18, He appears to Him.  Is this Jesus?  He is not described as “The Angel of the Lord” but it is clearly the Lord.  In the chapter before this, God speaks to Abraham of the covenant, that He would have a son when Abraham is 100 years old.  God tells him that the covenant is not through Ishmael, the child born through their own efforts by the bondwoman, Hagar, but would be through the child born of God, by a miracle, through Sarah, who is well beyond her years of childbirth. Continue reading “Jesus reaffirms Covenant with Abraham”

Are You Rich or Poor?

How do you define poverty?  Is it just about economics?  Is it perspective?  Is it something within?  Perhaps it is about what we do with what we have.  What do you consider rich? Continue reading “Are You Rich or Poor?”

What is Your Foundation?

Sorry for no posts for a while, but I was on a mission trip in Haiti and we had no internet.  What a blessing!  One of the  things we did was lay the foundation for a new church building.  While I was out there pouring cement, a five gallon bucket at a time, so many parallels came to mind about laying a foundation for the church, on stony ground, with thorn bushes here and there, the hot sun beating on us, but God is in control and Christ is our true foundation, the chief cornerstone.  The church service we had was wonderful, 41 people and 25 of them children.  Although it was in Creole, we had one universal language and that was our love and faith in Jesus Christ.  The people here were very passionate in their worship and with things like voodoo in this land, their faith (as well as spiritual battles) is very real. Continue reading “What is Your Foundation?”

Mt. Sinai or Mt. Zion?

Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion both are real places, but they are also symbolic.  Mt. Sinai is the place Moses received the ten commandments and represents the Law.  It represents legalism and works.  It represents fear.  Mt. Zion is where Christ was crucified.  It represents grace.  It represents Jesus’ blood that paid for our sins so that we may be forgiven and saved.  It represents heaven.  Many choose one or the other.  Which would you choose?  Of course, those who are believers and have accepted the grace that God has given us to be saved, it does not mean we ignore the ten commandments.  The difference is we want to honor God and be obedient to Him because of His grace and because we love Him, not so that we can earn favor with Him.  We cannot.  There is one way to salvation and that is through the cross.  It is through Jesus Christ and Jesus alone. Continue reading “Mt. Sinai or Mt. Zion?”

Grace and Legalism

These two words are talked about a lot these days:  grace and legalism.  Many churches are one extreme of the other.  Many people are.  Where do we draw the line between the two?  The Bible is clear we are saved by grace and not by works.  It is also clear that we are to obey God’s commands.  We show that we love God by how we live.  Our lives reflect our salvation and that Christ is in us.  To me, that is the difference.  Some people treat grace as a “get out of jail free” card.  But if you really are saved and Christ is in you, would you not want to live for Him?  On the other hand, salvation is not about rules and regulations, it is about the heart. Continue reading “Grace and Legalism”