Archive for November, 2007

A GREAT ANALOGY OF GOD

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

This is a great analogy for answering the question “If there is a God, then why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?”

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to
Work, they talked about so many things and various subjects.

When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said:

 “I don’t believe that God exists.”“Why do you say that?” asked the customer.
“Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things.”

The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept.

The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber:

“You know what? Barbers do not exist.”

“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber.. And I just worked on you!”

“No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”

“Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens is, people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

“Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet.”

Maria Watson/ Continuing the Ministry of Worship

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

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Good medicine for the soul.

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

“The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Forever.” Psalms 23.

    Isn’t that encouraging to remind ourselves of the Great Shepherd who so desire to count everyone as part of His flock? If you already Know Jesus, be encourage by this word. But if you don’t know Him, do not pass this opportunity to know Him. It is possible for you to do so. He said,

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

    That’s exactly what He did two thousands years ago so that we can enjoy His righteousness, His protection, and His provision for all of our needs. In Rev. 22:17, Jesus says: “…let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

    Would you pray with me? Jesus, I repent of my sins. I believe you are the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. I invite you in my life. Please be my shepherd. from this day on, I vow to follow you, and to obey your commands. I thank you for your grace, and your acceptance of me into the family of God’s children.

Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, we encourage you to get in a Bible teaching Church.

If you need a Bible, let us know.

pwk@cornerofwisemen.com

Stay blessed,

Three Things We Cannot Live Without/ “LOVE”

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

    I thought this would be an easy topic to write about. Every body has an idea of what love is and can tell a loving attitude from a harsh one. Then I realized that there is no unit of measurement to quantify love. Therefore love is not something we can rationalize. How then can we define Love, if there is such a thing?

    A lot of us seek love in our family circle. But, love is not always there. Some seek love in a matrimonial relationship. But again Love is not always there. And then we turn to friends thinking that we got it this time. But Love is not there to be found.
At this point, some turn to alcoholism, others to substance abuse, and an unspoken number to “work-o-holism.” One of my professors once told me that he does not believe there is such a thing called “Love.” He expressed some of his disappointments with life. I believe we can relate to this man at times. We cumulate frustrations, and confusions just by living. Often we feel lonely and rejected. In times like that, even closed friends seem to be distant, and we wonder:

Is there anyone who understands?

Is there anyone who cares?

    And yet, the God of all creations understands and loves us more than we can even imagine. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The Love of God is unconditional. Regardless of who we are, or what we have done, God loves us. And the power of His love has changed my life and millions of others around the world and across the cultures.

    God gave us his best. From my experience no one can effort to live without Jesus. What you discover in Him are things like, Grace, Joy, peace, comfort, healing, restoration of the soul, but most importantly “Love.” If you know Him, you will trust Him. If you know Him, transformation will occur in your life. If you know Him, streams of living water will flow from within you, as mentioned in John 7:37.
This is the assurance we get from the Bible:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

    Would you accept the Love of God manifested through Jesus Christ?
If your answer is yes, Pray this with me.

Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God.
I repent of my sins.
I receive you in my heart as my Lord and savior.
Everything in me is yours.
From this day on, I choose to walk according to your ways.
I have prayed in Jesus name.
Amen!

If you need a Bible send us an email at pwk@cornerofwisemen.com

Stay blessed,

I Can Never Stop Praising God/ Hope Koudawo

Monday, November 19th, 2007

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Three Things we Cannot Live Without/ “HOPE”

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

…This is a continuation of the post of November 10th…

We cannot effort to loose hope!

We are all familiar with situations of hopelessness. Life bring those situations to us. In these moments, we feel abandoned, discouraged, and betrayed. We feel like we’ve failed, and most times we are displeased with the circumstances in which we are.

It is almost like the day we were born. The moment we came out of the familiar womb into the dry atmosphere, we felt disconnected and screamed (I was told I did.) Not knowing anything about everything mast have been hopeless. Then care were provided. Regardless of what should or shouldn’t have happened we grew up and are here. One lesson we can learn from that is: “We cannot effort to loose hope.”

There is hope for the Hopeless.
If you feel hopeless today, the rest of the world can relate to you, each one to a certain degree. But you do not have to remain in that stage. There is good news. as My Pastor used to say “God loves you so much that Jesus would have died for you alone.”

When no one can hear the whisper of your heart, not only He can hear, but He also understands you. Some times, friends and family turn their back to you just because they can only provide temporary care that doesn’t last. The good and great caregiver is up above. He so desire to care for you if you would lay down your burdens at his feet.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

In conclusion, If you feel hopeless, pray. Talk to God. The designer and creator of all beings. As recorded in Joel 2:32 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered.”

Stay blessed!

Giving our Gifts Back to God./ Dr Matt Skaff

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

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How to Avoid Worldly Wisdom?

Monday, November 12th, 2007

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1Cor 1:18-20

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There are two types of wisdom as we’ve noticed in the text above. First is the wisdom that is destroyable and brings about frustrations. Secondly is the wisdom that comes from God and gives us eternal life.

Philosophy, and ideologies argues some issues that some time make sense to us. Nevertheless, the truth remains that even the wisest theory does not hold any power to give us hope, joy, and most importantly, reconciliation with the God, the Creator. How then do we avoid worldly wisdom?
I would like to suggest a few things.

  1. First,by accepting the message of the Cross. That’s mean to fully embrace God’s wisdom. The wisdom of God, we can’t say it enough until everybody have heard it at least one time. It is called the Gospel of salvation:
    • “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

      It is very simple, but fundamental to the salvation of everyone.

  2. Secondly, by praying. When we talk to God before making our decisions, He leads and guides us in His grace.
  3. By following the Holy Spirit. I encourage believers to not be quick to council everybody everywhere, unless we are prompted by the Spirit to do so. We mast show encouragement,comfort, kindness, and friendliness to others. More so we can pray with others for situations they go through, but it is not mandatory to fabricate a wisdom formula for every situation. Remember the Scripture that says: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Rom 12:15
    God’s Wisdom is demonstrative; not just verbal.

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list, but some insight to help each other as we grow everyday in our longing for God.

Three Things We cannot Live Without!/ FAITH

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

There are certain things we can easily bypass in our lives. Luxury, gadgets, cars, cloths and other things of that nature are nice to possess but, really, we can survive without them. Health is fundamentally at the top level of everyone’s wish list. But that’s not going to be the central element of our thought today. Paul, the Apostle lists three things in first Corinthians 13:13 that are needed in everyone’s life. “And now, these three remain:’faith, hope and love’…”

  • Faith

    • Faith is part of our everyday life. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Heb 11:1) Now, we can only hope for tomorrow. we can’t foresee it, nor can we 100% guaranty we will see it. So faith is undeniably part of every one’s life.
    • Faith is not gamble. “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Rom 10:17) Many make the mistake of stepping out of the boat without hearing the message of Christ. That is foolishness, and of course they end up sinking. From the text of Matthew 14:28, we remember Peter asking his way out. After Jesus allowed him to do so, He stepped out of the boat and defeated all the laws of physics. Peter walked on water because he heard form the message.
    • Faith is a gift from God. I you have not hear the message of Jesus yet, know that He calls so loudly on you. From your boat you can hear Him just as Peter did. His message is simple so that anyone can receive it. Rich or poor, strong or weak, educated or not, sick or healthy, He came to seek and to find everyone of us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Now you heard i. you can receive the faith from God by simply believing in Jesus as the Savior of mankind. It is so probable that all the things you’ve been going through are connected to this. Would you have faith today, and let changing power of Christ transform you into a new creature? If you desire to do so I will invite you to say that prayer.

      • Lord Jesus, from today on, I choose to believe in you. I believe you are the Son of God, sent on earth to forgive the sins of those who believe. I pray that you would forgive me for everything I’ve ever done wrong. I give you my past. I give you my future. Help me to receive your faith, and to walk by faith from now on to the very end. Change me, and all the people around me that I am going to impact with your grace. I say this prayer with the faith that you heard me. Let it be so, in your own name.
      • PS. If you prayed that prayer let us know at pwk@cornerofwisemen.com
  • Hope (Coming Next)
  • Love (Coming Next)

Deceptive Words That Are Worthless.

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Christianity today encounter a wind that blew more than one time in history. More and more we hear proclamations that distort the understanding of the Grace of God. We often overemphasize the free nature of the Gift of God, and fail to recognize the changing power of the Gospel. It is not rare at all to find people who believe they are ‘safe’ to do what ever they want because of the Grace of God.

Its nothing new at all. The prophet Jeremiah had to address this issue having received a word from God. He stood by the gate of the temple and said this:

“Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, ‘We are safe’-safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah 7:9-11

Jesus later in the New Testament was reminded of that word when He said: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.” Mat 21:13
It is quite hard to accept the fact that a lot of people sit in the pews of churches every Sunday and yet still remain the same person they were before they became ‘Christian.’ You may ask, how do I know? My answer is simple. I was one of them until the Holy Spirit got a hold of me, and begin to open my eyes to see and understand the things of God.

Like the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:26, I was reading, but not understanding. I was well pleased with eloquent and loud preachers with style, and not so receptive of soft-spoken preachers regardless of the truthfulness of their messages. I was thinking that any idea or thought well expressed might be true. But the truth is well far from just ‘smooth talk.’

If you are genuinely looking for God, I suggest that you consider what Jeremiah said to his people from the Lord:

“Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD! “If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.” Jer 7:4

The point I am trying to make is simple. In our Spiritual journey, we need to trust God vs. people. Let’s Read the Bible and let the Holy Spirit direct our understanding. Be cautious about deceptive words that are worthless.

Blessings to you in Jesus,

PWK.

Growing in Worship/ Andrea Navarijo

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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Help In Time Of Need!

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Isn’t it true that some friends run away in the time we need them the most?

The truth is, we cannot depend on other people all the time. When I was young I depended on my parents who took care of me. But when I grew up I became self-dependent to a certain degree.

We all go through situations that trouble us. The nature of the troubles we experience vary from stress to deceit, frustrations to discouragement, and some time, unfortunately, sickness gets in the way.

I have good news. There is a helper that never fails. The Great Helper knows everything you might be going through. I wish you know Him. If you do, it is awesome to know that He “watches over you. The Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm. He will watch over your life; The Lord will watch over your coming and your going both now and forever.” Psalms 121:5-8

If you do not know the Great Helper, you can meet Him even right now as you read this devotion. The great Helper is ready to make your life joyful and safe eternally from the evil one. But the only way we can approach Him is through Jesus His Son. the Bible tells us that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus is the Son of God, that he came, died and rose again, God is faithful and true to forgive our sins, and to give us eternal life.

Through Jesus, you can walk with God, and come to know His love, mercy, kindness, and power to deliver you in time of need.

Be blessed!