Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Exclusivity Factor - by Kevin Walker

“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” Isaiah 42:8 NIV.

At the heart of being a Christ-follower is the exclusivity factor. We don’t follow after a God, we follower after the God. And right there is found all of the difference.

All too often we’ve all been guilty of inviting people to “accept Christ” for reasons other than honorable. We make Christ out to be our self-help guru. We make him out to be our financial breakthrough. We make him out to be our hope for a better marriage.

Christ certainly has the power to take care of those things, and all other things as well. But, when we truly accept him into our lives, he becomes our Lord. We accept him because God is one – there is no other.

We can make money the Lord of our life. We can make things the Lord of our life. And, for that matter, we can make some other religious leader or so-called deity, our Lord. But it doesn’t change this simple fact: Jesus is the true King. He is Lord over all. And either we accept him as who he is, or we don’t accept him at all.
Grace and peace all

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Friday, January 9, 2009

God has left the building.

I have been reading Matthew tonight and have come to some conclusions. God really does love us. How much you may ask? So much that he has given us his holy spirit to live in us.

Just think back for a minute. What happened in the old temple during the crucifixion? That's right, the vale was torn. Gods presence had left the temple in a hurry. Can you imagine the look on the priests faces when that happened. God has left the building. That makes me smile.

You know what else makes me smile. When I think about what happened at pentecost? The Holy Spirit filled new creation. If any man be in Christ he is a new creation. What are you saying, Wes. I'm saying that if you are in Christ, the Holy Spirit is living inside you. Man, that makes me want to shout!!!!! You and I, as Christians, are filled with the Spirit of God. Wow!!!! What a gift!!! Just think about it. In the old temple, very few could enter into the Holy of Holies, where the spirit of God was, and only after much preparation and only at certain times. But in the new temple (that's you and I), dwells the same spirit of God. We aren't just allowed to enter Gods presence but his spirit is residing in us. All we have to do is ask. If you ask me, that's mo better!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Victory for the perception of America

The long campaign has ended, the election results are in, and I find myself, not morose as one might expect of a McCain supporter after such a defeat, but with a sense of happiness. As one who does not agree with many of Obama's policies, I find myself feeling a sense happiness over the victory for America. Not over a presidential victory but a victory over the perception that America is still oppressive of minorities. Although there are some in our country that still hate minorities and wish to oppress them, this election should offer some proof that the vast majority of our country has come a long way in that respect. This victory is one that every American can be proud of regardless of our political views. We should never forget that God is in control of his creation and that should make us smile regardless of who is in the majority of elected positions.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Josiah - A Type of Christ?

As I was reading in 1 Kings 13 tonight I came across an interesting prophecy. The prophet cried out against the altar. The prophet told the altar that a man called Josiah would be born from the Davidic dynasty and he would sacrifice all the priests of the high places on the altar. Later in 2 Kings 23 this prophecy was fulfilled through King Josiah. Could it be that this was just a partial fulfillment of that prophecy and the final fulfillment would be carried out in Christ? Is Josiah in this passage a type of Jesus? If you look through the lense of the cross, you can't help but see the final fulfillment of this prophecy through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus like Josiah restored the Temple, but this time for good. Jesus told his disciples that the temple constructed in Jerusalem would be destroyed completely, but in 3 days it would be rebuilt. Praise the Lord it came to pass when Christ was resurrected on the third day.

I am still studying this passage so any input would be appreciated.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Quest

If you are anywhere near Florence, MS on a Wednesday night around 7:00 then you owe it to yourself to attend the weekly bible study at the Quest. Pastor Ed Hauser, my brother from another mother, friend, mentor, and lunch buddy, will no doubt be "shucking the corn". I have been attending this bible study for a few months and I have to say it is the highlight of my week. Not only does Pastor Ed do an excellent job expounding scripture, but if your around this guy for more than just a few minutes you begin to get the impression that he likes or perhaps even loves you. Wow!