Archive for the 'Brandenburg' Category

Sanctify

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

The first time “sanctify” occurs in scripture is in Genesis 2:3, which says, “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” It is also the first time the Hebrew word that translates “sanctified” occurs. You can read that […]

Sin of Sodom

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

If someone asked you what was the reason for God destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, most people would say, “Homosexuality,” where the term Sodomy came from. Ezekiel 16:49 explains, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she […]

Know

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

The word “know” and all its forms occur 1,500 or so times in the Bible. “Know” assumes reality. In the Sermon the Mount, Jesus in Matthew 6:3 says, “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.” Of all that someone can see in this verse is the […]

Taking Strength from Doctrine of Scripture

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

I take strength from certain doctrines of scripture about our church, which all relate to God. When Jesus said, “my church” in Matthew 16:18, He was saying, “His assembly” (church translates ekklesia, which means, “assembly”). At that point, there was just one in number. However, there is just one, His church, as opposed to anything […]

What You Don’t Know, Let Go

Friday, October 11th, 2019

If you don’t know, then let it go. Scripture is plain. It is not intended to be mysterious. There are mysteries, but what scripture says is not a mystery, which is why Paul said, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through […]

Casting Care

Friday, October 4th, 2019

In 1 Peter 5:7, Peter says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” “Care” is a word that means “thing of concern.” The idea is concern that a good thing would occur and a bad thing would be avoided. Sometimes a bad thing has already occurred and we’re looking for a […]

Prerequisite to Bearing Burdens

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Galatians 6:1 speaks of restoring someone and then bearing the burden, the assumption that the one restored needs help to get moving forward in the right way, carried along by the restorer. You can’t really carry someone else’s burden unless you can walk right yourself. Another implication is that someone who can bear someone else’s […]

Seeing the Bad in the World, and Avoiding It

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Chip Gaines, a reality television personality on HGTV and professing Christian very recently tweeted the following: “I’m convinced that seeing the bad in the world and in people isn’t difficult or wise or insightful–it’s lazy. Finding the good in every scenario typically takes a lot more work. But the rewards of peace and joy and […]

Cause to Sin, No

Friday, September 6th, 2019

As a thought experiment, think about being offended over someone’s unscriptural behavior. In my years of pastoring, I’ve noticed individuals offended over violations of scripture in others. They talk about those bad things. They are concerned. Stick with the experiment. If you are offended with unscriptural practice, what do you think would characterize you? Of […]

Being Faithful, Continuing to Do What God Says

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 4:2, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” He said he and we are stewards. We’ve been given something, and we must be faithful with it. What we’ve been given is very valuable. It is eternal. It saves. Being faithful means believing what God says […]