Which truth do you believe?

God told Moses to send 12 men, leaders of their tribes, to spy out the land of Canaan. They traveled from the Wilderness of Zin south of the Negev desert and southwest of the Dead Sea, north to Rehob, northeast of the  Sea of Galilee. (Numbers 13) Their instructions were simple: And see the land, […]

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What Stirs You?

When Jesus was asked about His relationship with God, He replied that He was indeed the Son of God. This seemingly simple answer sent the crowd into a frenzy and eventually created a firestorm that eventually led to Jesus’ crucifixion. “He stirs up people by his teaching,” the leaders said. Stirs them up? What happens in your heart when you read or hear these words? Are you stirred up? It seems wherever Jesus went, He stirred things up-either anger and resentment, or unparalleled devotion and loyalty. Jesus said in Revelation 3:15, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other.” What is your worship like? Are stirred up? I hope worship creates great adoration and awe in you-that as you consider all that Jesus has done for you, including the cross, it brings you to tears and to your knees. Don’t let your worship become lukewarm, and if it has, go for a walk on the beach, a hike in the woods, or some other activity that gets you alone with God and His creation. As you spend time with Him, you will be refreshed and renewed.

Let the Son of God stir you up.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV)

But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Hebrews 1:6 NKJV)
-Pastor Clay Hecocks Worship Pastor Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

Truth or Fiction

New age author and self-help guru Louise L. Hay once said “I am one with the power and wisdom of the Universe. I have all that I need.” She believes that we are all responsible for our own realities. In part, I agree with her.

I, too, am “at one” with the Power and Wisdom of the Universe. But I know that I am not that Power and Wisdom; the Mighty and Living God is.

I also think we are responsible for our ultimate reality: Where we will spend eternity. God gave us the choice to serve and love Him or to turn our backs upon Him and serve the god of this world. If we choose the former, through and by Jesus Christ we can be reconciled to God and have Heaven as our home one day. Or we can choose the latter and end up with the justice we deserve: An eternity of suffering.

The Bible warns us against false teachers and heresies. Scripture warns us about following after our own ways and minds. And God’s Word clearly lays out the only way to Heaven is by placing our faith in Christ Jesus.

It’s up to each of us to choose: Will we follow after the wisdom of this world (which the Bible calls foolishness) or after the only Truth?

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

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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A New Book Release

Yesterday a new book was released by a prominent pollster.  He claimed that it was the most comprehensive study ever done, coving more than 6000 interviews, dozens of topics and 15 years of research.  The book contains, he said, proof of what Americans really want.  He went on to cite some of the questions, the statistics and their interpretation.  I don’t recall all of the examples he gave but one did stand out: “The more spiritual or religious a person is, the more in touch with God they are, the happier and more content they are.

That was hardly news to me.  The Bible teaches that the more we submit to God’s will for our lives, the more He will bless us.  And how can a person not be happy, filled with joy, and content knowing what treasure they have awaiting them when this life is done?  No, I don’t need this new book or its author to tell me this.  The Author of my faith has already assured me of it in His Word.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Lord,

I am so thankful for the peace You put into my heart and the promises I have assured me by Your Word and sacrifice.

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