August 31, 2010
(St.John13:34-35KJV) says “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciple, if ye have love one to another.”
The number one sign of a disciple is love. A disciple of Christ must love unconditionally; meaning we must love whether we are liked or not, whether it’s my family, friends or an enemy. We must love them as Jesus loved us. However, for many Christians, this is where we fall short in our discipleship is love. As Disciples of Christ we must become love; we have to follow the example of the Father. God loved us so much that He gave his only begotten son for the sins of humanity; which in and of itself was impressive. However, what was even more impressive was the Son’s willingness to die for wicked humanity.
Thus, the Father and the Son proved their love for us by what they were willing to give, which was everything. Thus, the good news is God didn’t ask us to physically give up our life; however, He is expecting us to give of ourselves; he expects us to give our time, energies, efforts, money and our whole heart. He expects us to love our fellowman. Finally, in (Matt 5:44) Jesus says “But I say unto you love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” I think that says it all.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason
August 27, 2010
With all the problems and issues facing our nation today there are some things that are still very certain in our lives and it’s encouraging when we begin to think about those things. Hence, those things that are very certain that provide us with hope is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ still has all the solutions to the world’s problems. Secondly, prayer is still the most powerful force on earth: For the Lord tells us to in (1 Thess 5:17) “To pray without ceasing”. Thirdly, the praise of God will still go forth with power and might regardless of how hard it gets because real Christians know that God inhabits the praises of his people and wherever God is that’s where we want to be; thus, we have the ability to usher his presence into our lives through true praise. Also, God is still in the business of blessing those who are obedient to his word. Just because we have been in the grips of a recession doesn’t mean God has quit blessing. He is still blessing those who honor and serve him.
Finally, there is still room at the foot of the cross for those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Yes it’s good to know that no matter how difficult life gets we have a savior that’s ready, willing and able to save our souls and make us whole. We have a savior that loves us and is beckoning us to kneel at the foot of the cross at Calvary for the right to receive the gift of salvation. In the times we live in it’s so good to know that there is someone that loves us, and cares for us, to the degree that He (Jesus) died for us. This savior tells us in (Matt 11:28-30) “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Stop trying to do it on your own and come to Jesus who has the answers regardless of the times.
God Bless You
August 25, 2010
With all the bad news we are hearing in the world today, from the terrible economy, to the bad housing market, to the talk of a double dip recession, it makes you wonder if there is any good news out there at all. And if we are not careful, even those who proclaim to know Jesus as Lord and savior can find themselves getting wrapped up in the web of bad news and woe is me type attitudes. However, there is one thing that remains true despite how bad things look, despite the high cost of everything and in spite of the high unemployment rate (which I have certainly experienced in my life) and that is “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8)”. In other words, as long as He is still in charge there is hope in spite of what others may think; as long as He doesn’t change, and there is no need for him to change because He is perfect, we who know our God can have hope in the midst of what sometimes seems to be a hopeless situation.
You see the thing that’s interesting about our savior is that He is not at all surprised by the state of the economy. He is not at all surprised by the high unemployment rate. In fact, He is not surprised by anything that’s going on in our world today because if He was he wouldn’t be God. We must understand that some things happen because of the sin and greed of man; some things happen to get mans attention because it’s hard to get mans attention when he is living in the land of milk and honey. It’s hard to get mans attention when he is operating in the good and plenty of his life, but when what he thought he had is gone in a matter of moments then he has to take some time out and consider God. Thus, the good news is God is still the same God who is in control of all, and because He is still in control of all there is still hope.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason
August 24, 2010
There is a recurring theme flowing through the account of the crucifixion of Jesus in (Matt 27:39-44), the theme is “Come down from the cross”. As Jesus was hanging on the cross He was continually encouraged to come down from the cross. Those who passed by encouraged Him to do so, the chief priests, scribes and elders spoke the same thing, though mockingly. Even the thieves who were hanging from the cross on either side of Jesus said the same. We know He had the power to do so if He wanted to but I’m so glad He stayed on that cross; I’m so glad He finished the work.
As I read this passage I had to ask myself if I had the power to come off that cross and relieve myself of the pain and suffering would I have done it, especially after being encouraged to do so continually.
However, because Jesus made Himself of no reputation He stayed on the cross; because Jesus had a will to obey the Father to the fullest He stayed on the cross; because Jesus was selfless He stayed on the cross; because Jesus loved sinful man so much, with an understanding that they needed a savior He stayed on the cross. In fact, (Rom 5:8) says “But God commended His love toward us in while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”. We should thank God that Jesus didn’t make His life and death about Himself, but He made it about you and me. Thus, I would hate to think about where we would be if Jesus would have come down from the cross before the work was done. But because he loved us and because he knew the Father loved us he finished the work.
God Bless You.