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When your worship becomes dole!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Main Text: Isaiah 1:11-20; (If you do not have your Bible handy, scroll to the bottom of the page to find this reading in red print!)

References :Revelation 3:15-18, Rev, 3:19, John 12:46; 1Sam 16:7; Matt 6:1; 1 Pet 5:5; Rev 2:20; Luke 18:14

– A dole and dying relationship with God

Many of us are stack in a spiritual state, where our spiritual fervor is substituted with the consistency of our religious routines. But in reality we know we’ve lost our Passion some where. The indescribable joy that we had every time we prayed seems to not be there any longer. And yet we pray longer hours than ever before. Some even fast days and weeks. We sacrifice our time and money to ministry, but it seems like heaven grew quieter and quieter. Then we resolve ourselves to accept the mentality that says: we are “OK” as long as we do the “normal” things the Bible recommends that we do.

If we go that route, we can easily deceive ourselves and fall into the trap of religious lifestyle, and therefore miss the spiritual life full of power and influence that God intended for us. Didn’t Jesus say ” Anyone who has faith in me will do the things I have been doing. He will do greater things?” (John 14:12). Didn’t He say “You may ask me anything in my name and I will do it?”

We need to understands that there are certain things God loves, and there are some that He hates. Hate is sentiment highly rejected and cursed by religious people. Nevertheless the Bible says, “Hate what is evil and cling to what is good.” (Roman 12:9)

As a Christian, there are things we cannot tolerate. Things like unforgiveness, bitterness, rage, anger, pride… When these things settle in our lifestyle, our worship will get dole regardless of sacrifices and long prayers.

Like in the text God rejects the multiple sacrifices from the rebellious Israelites (Isaiah 1:11,) our worship can be dole, annoying and unbearable to God based upon the condition of our hearts. Unless we do things God’s way, we are wasting our time and sadly passing by the great love, grace and mercy that He so desire for us receive.

We might think that the Israelite at the time of Isaiah were rebels with bloody hands as the text describes, but in our own daily life we are not exempt from hate, which qualifies us as murderers according to Jesus’ standard. These people in the Old Testament had to go out of their ways to brings animals to the temple for sacrifices as well as pray as we do today. Nevertheless, God still says no to their corrupted way of worship.

Our own attitude will make our relationship with God dole. In the New testament we see God rejecting the Church of Laodicea because of her attitude (Rev:3:15-16). God also rules against Thyatira because of her tolerance of Jezebel. (Rev 2:20) We also read Jesus warning us in these terms: “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you’ll have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matt 6:1) We also see Jesus favor the tax collector versus the pharisee (Luke18:14).

That leads us to the following question:

Under what circumstances Does God accept our worship?

We’ve learn from our text that, It’s not what we do? how much of it? How consistently we do it? I could list a number of things God’s expected out of His people in the past, but that will lead us to the same mistakes, and misconception the Israelite Isaiah is talking about in our main text. Nevertheless we should consider two crucial things:

  1. Repentance. The text says: “wash and make your self clean.” Two separates things emerge.

  2. The blood of Jesus has the power to wash us clean as snow.
    “Make yourself clean” compels us to make efforts to remain clean, not only through prayer, but willingness to leave the altar and go make things right with our brother who offended us if necessary.

    “stop doing wrong, learn to do right; seek justice, encourage the oppressed; defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow,” (Isaiah 1:16) What a contrast from our traditional understanding of worship

  3. Pure mitive. One of the things we lose sight of is the fact that “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Knowing that our motives needs to pure, and we need to watch the condition of our heart.

  4. Obedience. 

  5. Humility. This is an area where some of us stumble. Some even say that this is not a major “deal” as long as we are genuine in our faith and worship. But the Bible clearly states, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)

In conclusion There is an open invitation from God to us. God so desire a relationship with us. A relationship introduces us to His immense love and grace. “Come, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:19)

The bottom line is this. Can we answer the following two questions?

1. Are you washed?

2. How is your attitude? Obedient, or disobedient?

Then and only then our worship will cut through the noises of loud and empty cymbals to be heard by God our father.

Stay blessed,

Patrice Kabore

Main Text.

“The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the LORD.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

12 When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?

13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts
my soul hates.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.

15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even if you offer many prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood;

16 wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds
out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,

17 learn to do right!
Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed. [a]
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.

18 “Come now, let us reason together,”
says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the best from the land;

Evil is simply the absence of God

Friday, December 28th, 2007

A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students,
“Let me explain the problem science has with religion.” The atheist
professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new
students to stand.

“You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?”

“Yes sir,” the student says.

“So you believe in God?”

“Absolutely.”

“Is God good?”

“Sure! God’s good.”

“Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?”

“Yes.”

“Are you good or evil?”

“The Bible says I’m evil.”

The professor grins knowingly. “Aha! The Bible!” He considers for a moment.
“Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can
cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?”

“Yes sir, I would.”

“So you’re good…!”

“I wouldn’t say that.”

“But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could.
Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.”

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. “He doesn’t, does
he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to
Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?”

The student remains silent

“No, you can’t, can you?” the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a
glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

“Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?”

“Er…yes,” the student says.

“Is Satan good?”

The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. “No.”

“Then where does Satan come from?”

The student falters. “From God”

“That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in
this world?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?”

“Yes.”

“So who created evil?” The professor continued, “If God created everything,
then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle
that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”

Again, the student has no answer. “Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred?
Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?”

The student squirms on his feet. “Yes.”

“So who created them?”

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question.
“Who created them?” There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks
away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. “Tell me,”
he continues onto another student. “Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?”

The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. “Yes, professor, I do.”

The old man stops pacing. “Science says you have five senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?”

“No sir. I’ve never seen Him.”

“Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?”

“No, sir, I have not.”

“Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have
you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that
matter?”

“No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.”

“Yet you still believe in him?”

“Yes.”

“According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?”

“Nothing,” the student replies. “I only have my faith.”

“Yes, faith,” the professor repeats. “And that is the problem science has
with God. There is no evidence, only faith.”

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His
own. “Professor, is there such thing as heat?”

“Yes,” the professor replies. “There’s heat.”

“And is there such a thing as cold?”

“Yes, son, there’s cold too.”

“No sir, there isn’t.”

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room
suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. “You can have
lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white
heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We
can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any
further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be
able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.”

“Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits
energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is
only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold.
Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the
opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.”

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding
like a hammer.

“What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?”

“Yes,” the professor replies without hesitation. “What is night if it isn’t
darkness?”

“You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of
something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing
light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called
darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word.”

“In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness
darker, wouldn’t you?”

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a
good semester. “So what point are you making, young man?”

“Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start
with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.”

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. “Flawed? Can you
explain how?”

“You are working on the premise of duality,” the student explains “You
argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God.
You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can
measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.”

“It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully
understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be
ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death
is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.”

“Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a
monkey?”

“If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes,
of course I do.”

“Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?”

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where
the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

“Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot
even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching
your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?”

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has
subsided.

“To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me
give you an example of what I mean.”

The student looks around the room. “Is there anyone in the class who has
ever seen the professor’s brain?” The class breaks out into laughter.

“Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the
professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to
have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable,
demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due
respect, sir.”

“So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?”

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face
unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. “I guess you’ll
have to take them on faith.”

“Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,”
the student continues. “Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?”

Now uncertain, the professor responds, “Of course, there is. We see it
everyday It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in
the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These
manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does
not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God It is just like
darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of
God. God did not create evil Evil is the result of what happens when man
does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes
when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”

The professor sat down.

THE TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR 2008/Jessie Nehlsen

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007


1. The Bible will still have the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.

Jessie Nehlsen

Faith on solid ground?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Jesus warns us against worry. (Luke 12:22) The best weapon against fear, and worry is faith. Everything is possible for him who believes. (Mark 9:23)
Faith is sizable. Jesus said if you have faith small as a mustard seed, you could move mountains. (Matt 17:19-20) I have found that there is three levels of faith. Faith that walks on solid ground, faith that stays in the boat, and faith that walks on the water.

Walks that walks on water.

– Peter walks on water. (Matt 14:29)
– Abraham believes with a barren wife. (James 2:23)

Would you trust God even in a season of high waters?
I know from my own experience that December is tough month but there is good news. Grace is available to all who believe.

Faith that stays in the boat

It seems natural to remain in the boat when the wind blows. It’s comfortable in the boat. We all like to that kind of faith because it is easy. Lord I believe it’s you walking in the water, but I rather stay in the boat. The disciples reacted that way, but not Peter.

Faith that walks on solid ground.

This kind of faith is that of Tomas. (John 20:24-25) Some of us want to everything going well before we believe. But the reality is, when things are all right, we don’t necessarily rely on God any longer. Some times the water is just a test, an opportunity for our faith to grow strong.
When we step out the boat, God puts victory under our feet. Let’s remember in this season that Jesus is Lord in all circumstances. He promised to never leave nor forsake us. If we’ve been strong in our faith in the pass but this time around the storm seems bigger, Christ is even bigger. I you have never been strong in your faith; this is a good time to rise up and experience a victorious life.
Because Jesus is Lord of all; the wind and the sea submit to Him; all things are possible to those who believe in Him.
May the grace of God shines upon you this Christmas season as we continue to fully trust in Him.
PWK.

CRABBY OLD MAN

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

When an old man died in the geriatric
ward of a small hospital near Tampa , Florida , it was believed that he
had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going
through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and
content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to
every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Missouri .
The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the
Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for
Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his
simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this little old man, with nothing
left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem
winging across the Internet.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses? ..What do you
see?
What are you thinking…..when you’re
looking at me?
A crabby old man, …not very wise,
Uncertain of habit …….with faraway
eyes?

Who dribbles his food…….and makes no
reply.
When you say in a loud voice…..’I do
wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice …the things
that you do.
And forever is losing ………. A sock
or shoe?

Who, resisting or not………..lets you
do as you will,
With bathing and feeding …. The long
day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that
what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse……you’re
not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am ………. As I
sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, ….as I eat at
your will.
I’m a small child of ten…….with a
father and mother,
Brothers and sisters ………who love
one another

A young boy of Sixteen ..with wings on
his feet
Dreaming that soon now. …….a lover
he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty ……my heart
gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows……that I
promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now ………. I have
young of my own.
Who need me to guide …. And a secure
happy home.
A man of Thirty …….. My young now
grown fast,
Bound to each other …….. With ties
that should last.

At Forty, my young sons …have grown
and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me…….to see I
don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, ……. Babies play
’round my knee,
Again, we know children …… My loved
one and me.

Dark days are upon me ………… My
wife is now dead.
I look at the future ……………I
shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing……young
of their own.
And I think of the years… And the love
that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man………and nature is
cruel.
‘Tis jest to make old age …..look like
a fool.
The body, it crumbles……….grace and
vigor, depart.
There is now a stone……..where I once
had a heart.

But inside this old carcass …… A
young guy still dwells,
And now and again ……my battered
heart swells
I remember the joys……….. I
remember the pain.
And I’m loving and
living………….life over again.

I think of the years .all too
few……gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact……..that
nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people ……….open
and see..
Not a crabby old man. Look
closer….see……..ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an
older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul
within…..we will all, one day, be there, too!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM
The best and most beautiful things of
this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.

God Bless.

A true friend is someone who
reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

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.”

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,

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!

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.

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!

What Do You Have?

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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What Do You Have?

God often works with what we have. The truth is, He has given to each one of us something. Moreover He had already blessed the few we have. If we scan through the Bible we, find a man by the name of Moses standing at a Burning-Bush. There, God asks him:

?what is that in hand??
“A staff.” he replies, ” (Exo 4:2)

Away from the Burning-Bush scenes, we come in contact with a widow from Zarepath. She comes to prophet Elijah saying “I don’t have any bread, only a handful of flour.” (1kings 17:12)
Further in the New Testament, Jesus finds Himself surrounded with five thousands hungry people. And here are twelve staff members with only “only five loaves of bread and two fish.” (Mat 14:17)
The second half of the three stories are history.

  • Moses parted the red sea with his staff.
  • The widow’s Jars of oil did never run out.
  • Jesus fed the five thousands.

What I am saying is very simple. ‘Do not neglect what you have!’
John Mac Arthur wrote, ?A person cannot enjoy what he has if he is forever seeking a nonexistent second blessing.? (313)
God’s love for us is incomprehensible. If you don’t know God, you can begin an awesome journey with Him today, by choosing to believe in His son Jesus Christ.
“The kingdom of God is at hand. (Mark 1:14, 15.)
Salvation is available, and free for us to enjoy the freedom, and wonders of God.

Blessings,

PKW.

A Secret to a Healthy Life

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

” A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news brings health to the bones.”Proverb 15:30

I want to emphasize on the second part of the proverb. “..good news brings health to the bones.”
If you worry about your health, this is for you. The good news of the Bible will revive your health, and cause you to stand, walk, and run. Some times we allow ourselves to dwell in the bad news (the negative). And I suggest that bad news deteriorates your health. God knows the secret of our hearts, and will provide for all of our need if we trust in Him. But for us to grow our faith, enjoy the peace and grace that revives our bones, we need to dwell in “His good News”, the Bible. Read it, Meditate, pray (talk to God), and live.

Blessings to you!


PWK


Do not worry.

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

DO NOT WORRY. It seems like human beings have a need to worry. We worry about things we don’t have; and we worry about things we do have. We get busy thinking about, work, family, careers, school, even church, that we become death to God’s voice and His purpose for us daily. Business directs our focus on what ever we are busy trying to accomplish.
If you feel trapped in a busy lifestyle, God provided a way for you to have rest. Jesus said cast you cares and burden on me for I care for you. A similar passage in the Bible encourages us to “be still and know that” He is God.
If we would learn to hear His voice and live by His Spirit we would found the secret path to a meaningful and purposeful life for the Kingdom of God.

  • Hearing God’s voice brings us peace, confidence, and rest (it’s amazing the mountains you can move by prayer of faith.)
  • Living by the Spirit keeps us in tune with God and active in His Kingdom.

Practically, any time your mind is troubled or worried, find peace in listening to the voice of God though: The reading of the Bible, Quite time in meditation of His word, And Prayer.


“LOVE” True or False?

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

“LOVE” True or False?

People from all cultures and and backgrounds value Love. Even them who through life circumstances came to believe that Love is a just a fiction, still think of it as ‘ideal’. They secretly think to themselves: “wouldn’t it be awesome if Love was real?”
Well not only Love exist but it can also be characterized. Love is recognizable. In light of Paul’s teaching about Love in 1 Corinthians 13, let’s think of an illustration that will help us comprehend the dimensions of Love.
In a very simplistic way, a car is basically composed with a body, an engine and 4 tires. less than 4 tires it might be a tricycle automobile but not a car. Without an engine, it still looks like a car but it will not go anywhere. Without a body, a car lack a driver sit and will not function as it is suppose to.

In the same way Paul expresses that true Love is a combo package.

Love is:

  • Patient
  • kind
  • Rejoicing with the truth
  • Always protective
  • Always trusting
  • Always with hope
  • Always with perseverance

Love is not:

  • Proud
  • Rude
  • Self-seeking
  • Easily Angered
  • Keeping record of wrongs
  • Delighting in evil

Love Never fails.

It is possible to find true love through Jesus Christ who demonstrated the perfect love of God for us on the cross. “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
Blessings