Memorable Scripture: Law & Grace

Acts 15:28-29
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: Rich man and Lazarus

Luke 16:29-31
Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ” Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: right in my own eyes.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6; 21:25 Continue reading

Victory over the big sins – Victory over the smallest sins

The Mosaic Law gives a clear definition of sin. Some of those are fairly easy to distinguish like murder, adultery, lying, stealing, coveting, and dishonoring your parents – all mentioned in the Ten Commandments. Plus there are the first four concerning your relationship with God. Continue reading

The Heart of Giving

Gen 14:20 And he gave him a tithe of all.

Tithing is a hot, debatable topic in the church. Some say it was Law and therefore Christians are not bound to it; this despite the fact that Abram giving tithe to Melchizedek was before the Law.

Giving is not mandated by a law – giving comes from the heart and a need to help someone.

In my research on the subject one commentator said that Abram did not tithe to Melchizedek of his own resources but with the spoils he took in the rescue of Lot.
The Bible does affirm this but can you make it a legitimate excuse not to tithe because of it?

Years later, Abraham’s grandson, Jacob said, “…of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Gen 28:22
His decision also predated any law to do so.
His decision was also based on the resources God would bless him with.

There is no easy answer to whether you believe in tithing or not. You either do or you don’t.

Despite the fact that it’s in the Law, do you think God would demand less of His people today – the people He fills with His own Holy Spirit?
If God demanded 10% from His people under the Law – do you think He would now be happy with you giving 1% under Christ?
Does God move backward or forward?
Does He lower His standards or raise them?

There is more to be said and so I shall.

Abba, I ask for guidance in giving. You have abundantly blessed and I should never be stingy or greedy with what wasn’t mine to begin with. I am just a steward. In Jesus’ name, YES&AMEN

Grace is a gift not a reward!

grace1For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:8-9

One of the harder subjects to understand in the Bible is grace. I believe part of the reason lies in the curse in Genesis Continue reading

The Word is Jesus

We have been studying Psalm 119 in Sunday school for several weeks. It contains 176 verses but what you may not know is it uses the phrase “your word” thirty-five times.
John tells us in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 Continue reading