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Do The Work Of An Evangelist

I am reading a book with few pages, it is about 75 pages long, about a man named Robert Chapman. He was a lawyer turned pastor. I find him to be very inspiring. And would encourage any follower of Christ to read about this man, though, little is known about him.
   One of the qualities about him that stand out is, he is not just a pastor, he took on the role of an evangelist. As a pastor my-self, it is easy to get caught into today's pastor life. Preaching on Sunday and teaching on Wednesday, although, there is more to it than that, I can assure you. But I do find that many pastor's fail to take on the role of an evangelist. I admit, I am guilty as anyone.
   When I read that Mr. Chapman was more than just a pastor but took his role in reaching the lost seriously, daily sharing the gospel, I was reminded of Paul's words to Timothy, "As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry" (2 Tim. 4:5). Understa…

What Is Eternal Life?

In John 17 we find Jesus lifting up his eyes to heaven and praying, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him" (John 17:1,2). The hour has come for Christ to be betrayed and hours after put to death.

  Jesus says, 'Father....glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you'. Which means for the Father to bestow honor on Christ so that Christ may bestow honor on the Father. Why would Jesus want to do such? Because the Father has given the Son 'authority over all flesh'. In John 5 Jesus teaches us the authority given him by the Father, specifically the authority to give 'life to whom he will'(5:21) and 'judgment'(5:22).

  Why would the Father give the Son 'authority over all flesh'? Answer is this, "to give eternal life to all whom you have given him." The Father has given the Son 'authorit…

Beware Growing Weary Of Waiting On The LORD.

What happens when we are hard pressed on every side and we begin to witness the fear in others? Is it not easy to give into the same fear? Do we not begin to take matter's into our own hands? Saul did just that in 1 Samuel 13:8-15. When he saw "the people were scattering" mist the mighty Philistine army, he took matter's into his hands and "he offered the burnt offering".

   Saul became weary of waiting. That is what happens to us all when everything begins to fall apart and we get that feeling of being 'hard pressed' (1 Sam. 13:6) on every side. It is difficult to wait on God in those times, but I am reminded of Isaiah's words, "blessed are those who wait on the LORD" (30:8).

    In his inpatient's and emotional state, he became disobedient. Samuel said to him, "You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the LORD your God, with which he commanded you. For the LORD would have established your kingdom over I…

Being Hard Pressed

In 1 Samuel 13 it would appear that Israel was outnumbered by the Philistines who showed to be like 'the sand on the seashore in multitude'. They numbered to have 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen and troops. Israel had 600 men armed with farm equipment.           As Samuel tells in 13:6, 'the people were hard pressed'. I was reminded of Paul's word to the Corthinthians, 'We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair' (2 Cor. 4:8). Remember, we may undergo affliction, be hard pressed and have trouble come at us from every side and in all area's of life, but in affliction Christ is manifested! When we appear weak, he show's himself strong!        What better way for God to get glory for himself than to take little Israel and overcome this multitude! We serve a God who glorifies himself by using the weak, the humble and the few to overcome the strong, the proud and the many! We ought never give up because we fe…

Who Can Intercede For Man When They Sin Against God?

"If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?' But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the LORD to put them to death." - 1 Samuel 2:25

  Why would Eli say this to his sons Hophni and Phinehas? It is because they 'treated the offering to the LORD with contempt' (1 Sam. 2:17). They had disregard for God's offering and the position for which they held. To which Eli states, 'If  someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him'? In the case that creation wrongs creation, or man wrongs man, the Creator will act as intermediary by settling the dispute between the two. God can reconcile the two. On the other hand, who can act as intermediary when creation wrongs the Creator? To Eli's point, no one. No man can intercede and reconcile another man to God. The only one that di…

Without A Sovereignty People Will Do What Is Right In Their Own Eyes.

The other day I was reading in Judges 17, we read the Bible together at the church I attend and pastor. A certain phrase caught my attention in Judges 17:6, "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes." Certainly an interesting statement and one, I think, is worthy of some meditation. This statement does not occur again, by the way, until the conclusion of Judges, Judges 21:25.

   What Samuel the Prophet, the author of the book, is saying is, there was no sovereignty in Israel. No one with supreme authority. No one with supreme power. What are the implications of a people with no king? Answer, 'everyone did was right in his own eyes'.  Without a sovereignty, every person is left to do what is right in their own sight. With no one to govern, everybody is left to do what is good, proper and just according to them.

   And that is the problem. Where there is no sovereignty the people are left to define what is right, good, p…

Taste And See That The LORD Is Good.

Yesterday I read something Jesus said in Matt. 18:4, "Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." It is something I believe every Christian should heed today. In fact I believe that loving your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22), treating others as you want to be treated (Matt. 7), and humbling ourselves like a child (Matt. 18) are all key to living Christ like. None of these are easy however.

    I got to thinking what is a way that we can be humble like a child? There are many but one Scripture caught my attention and excited my spirit. Peter once said, "Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation." (1 Peter 2:2) Peter makes a comparison here, Christians are to be like newborn infants.

    The way a newborn craves for his mother's milk is the way Christians should "long for the pure spiritual milk". What is the spiritual milk that Peter is speaking of? It i…

God's Kingdom Belongs To The Humble.

The Lord Jesus calls us to be people of humility. At one point the disciples broke out in an argument about "who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven"(Matt. 18:1). Jesus pulled them all to the side, took a child, "put him in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:2) and said this, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:3). Which is to say, if you do not change and become like this child, who is in our midst, you can forget entering into the kingdom of heaven.

    Think about that for a moment. Jesus is talking to his disciples. All of these are men who have left their homes, left their families, in order to follow him. How would you feel, knowing that you have given up so much to follow Christ, and to have him tell you that if you do not change your ways to become like a child, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven? Humbling.

   We spend our whole life growing up, when …