Context

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I remember a story my mother told me from her childhood; forgive me, Mom, if I don’t get this 100% correct, it’s the point I’m after.

Once my grandfather heard that his mother-in-law, Mom’s grandmother, had called her and one of her sisters “streetwalkers”. This infuriated my grandfather to the point he confronted her as to why she would say such a thing. She told him that’s how they spent their afternoons, doing nothing useful but walking up and down the street. The way she used the word and the way he perceived it were two totally different things. Context is everything…

This is true with Scripture, too. Before we quote a verse that “backs up” our point of view, we need to make certain that we are using it in the context in which God meant for it to be used. To “pick & choose” Scripture and quote it in a way to make our point, not in the way God intended it, is wrong. When we take our opinion and brand it as “Bible” we are making a grave error. And to do so causes nothing but harm to the Body of Christ.

Scare Mongering

Helpful swine flu sign
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I can’t believe the hype generated by the H1N1 virus. I was recently informed about a speaker in our area that is telling folks that the swine flu is part of prophetic fulfillment of Revelation. I believe this type of thing is pure scare-mongering and is leading to more worry and anxiety than is due. I can’t help but wonder if ‘speaker’ such as this are only promoting an agenda: Their wallet.

I wrote an article about H1N1 that I think addresses some of the hype and also some real facts about it and how to minimize the spread of the virus. It can be read online at: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/swine-flu-pandemic-or-panic-demic/.

It appalls me that our churches are being used as a forum to spread fear. And it saddens me that folks unwittingly are being taken in by these kinds of people. I implore you, when you hear a teaching, search the Scriptures for yourself and see if it lines up with God’s Word or if it is being distorted into another message.

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Praise Service

Wednesday night is Prayer Service and or Bible Study night at our church. We have some wonderful teachers that give some great lessons on Wednesday nights. I thank God for the teachers and the lessons we are given by Him. But last night turned into something a little different. It was what I’d call a ‘Praise Service’.

The Lord was lifted up in song and word by each one that made it out on that rainy night. The size of the crowd might have been small but the presence of the Spirit was anything but small. The goodness and love of God filled the building and each one present I think, though I can speak only for certain of myself.

The testimonies of God’s wonderful gifts and love He has so graciously blessed us with were so uplifting. He was truly praised and worshipped in spirit and in truth at Gethsemane United Baptist Church last night.

When I speak of the ‘gifts’ He’s given us, I want to be clear: I am not referring to material things. I mean the important things like His guidance, protection, and mostly His Son for the payment of our sin debt to save our wretched souls.

Oh how good and loving and merciful our God is to His own. I feel pity for those that weren’t at the church house last night for what ever reason. I feel badly for those that for one reason or another would have been there if it weren’t for sickness or jobs or the like. And I feel sorry for the ones that chose to miss out on such a blessing that we had last night.

When we truly lift up the Lord in praise and worship Him as we ought to He seems to really make His Holy Spirit felt and known, ever notice that? My God, what a wonderful God you are.

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