This Week's Pastor's Corner

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April 11, 2021

 

In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

A recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation found that theft is costing American retailers an average of 1.33 percent of sales annually. That translates to a loss of $46.8 billion annually across the retail industry. The eighth of the Ten Commandments says, “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15 NKJV), but yet theft has become so common that we don’t even notice things like gas station clerks working behind bulletproof glass or security cameras monitoring us both indoors and out on the streets, although we see the Plexiglas shields due to the corona virus. That’s how widespread theft is in our culture today.

And to all of this, God says, “You shall not steal.” Not only is stealing a crime, but it’s a sin. Here’s what the Bible says about stealing: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28 NKJV). This verse tells us three very practical things about stealing. First, those who’ve been stealing should stop it. Second, we should do something useful. Like it or not, the Bible teaches that we’re to earn a living by working if we are physically able. (see 2 Thessalonians 3:10). The world doesn’t owe us a living, and neither does the government. Third, we should share what we have with others. This is the opposite of stealing. Socialism has become very popular in our culture today especially among younger Americans who think it’s a new way of life that we should adopt for our nation. But the Bible doesn’t endorse socialism. Instead, the sharing that the Bible encourages is voluntary. Therefore, we should share with others instead of take from them because everything we have comes from God. The most important thing we can share with others is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

As I sat to write this week’s Pastor's Corner, I thought about some of the things we are learning in the Sunday evening study and in relation to the times we are living in. in Luke 9:23 we read the words of Jesus when He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.” Notice that it is something we are to do each day - and many times it is multiple times throughout the day. I was reminded of

 

Jesus words in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ He was referring to Deuteronomy 8:3. As I thought about all this, I remembered when we were on some airline flights. Have you ever noticed that most people don’t pay much attention to flight attendants as they go over the emergency procedures at the beginning of a flight? I probably don’t do this as well as I could because I’ve heard it before.  But if while in flight what if there was a sudden noise outside and smoke coming from an engine? Then a flight attendant

 

suddenly steps forward and announces over the intercom, “Ladies and

 

gentlemen, we must make an emergency landing. We will be reviewing the emergency procedures with you once again. Please listen carefully.” I am sure I would wake up if I was asleep or put down what I was reading, find the emergency exits and pay attention for one simple reason: my life and Susie’s life depends on it. When it comes to the Word of God, we need to pay careful attention as well because our spiritual lives depend on it. Simply listening to the teaching of Jesus doesn’t make you a disciple. If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, then you must continue in God’s Word. Do you read the Bible every day and spend time with the Author? It is important because your Christian life depends on how much of the Bible you get into your heart and mind on a daily basis and how obedient you are to it. If you have a deficiency of the Bible in your spiritual diet, then you’ll wither spiritually. But if you have a regular diet of the Word of God on a daily basis, it will help you be spiritually strong.

 

 

 

As I sat to write this week’s Pastor's Corner, I thought about some of the things we are learning in the Sunday evening study and in relation to the times we are living in. in Luke 9:23 we read the words of Jesus when He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.” Notice that it is something we are to do each day - and many times it is multiple times throughout the day. I was reminded of

 

Jesus words in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ He was referring to Deuteronomy 8:3. As I thought about all this, I remembered when we were on some airline flights. Have you ever noticed that most people don’t pay much attention to flight attendants as they go over the emergency procedures at the beginning of a flight? I probably don’t do this as well as I could because I’ve heard it before.  But if while in flight what if there was a sudden noise outside and smoke coming from an engine? Then a flight attendant

 

suddenly steps forward and announces over the intercom, “Ladies and

 

gentlemen, we must make an emergency landing. We will be reviewing the emergency procedures with you once again. Please listen carefully.” I am sure I would wake up if I was asleep or put down what I was reading, find the emergency exits and pay attention for one simple reason: my life and Susie’s life depends on it. When it comes to the Word of God, we need to pay careful attention as well because our spiritual lives depend on it. Simply listening to the teaching of Jesus doesn’t make you a disciple. If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, then you must continue in God’s Word. Do you read the Bible every day and spend time with the Author? It is important because your Christian life depends on how much of the Bible you get into your heart and mind on a daily basis and how obedient you are to it. If you have a deficiency of the Bible in your spiritual diet, then you’ll wither spiritually. But if you have a regular diet of the Word of God on a daily basis, it will help you be spiritually strong.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

I was thinking about Flag Day being this Tuesday and that the American flag represents freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV).  Satan wants to put blinders over your eyes so that you cannot see who you really are in Christ, and the only thing that can

 

remove Satan’s blinders and break the chains of bondage is truth. So many people - even God’s people - deal with unforgiveness. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, “…forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (NKJV) This is telling us that forgiveness is not an option. The Living Bible puts it this way: “Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been wronged at some time in their life. Regardless of what caused the wrong, we have a choice when that happens. We can either let the wrong

 

that was done against us cause us to sit down and wallow in pity, or we can choose to get up, dust ourselves off, forgive, and keep going. Forgiveness is a choice, and it’s never too late to make the right choice. Forgiveness has to happen before the healing process from those hurts can begin. One thing is for sure and that is that you cannot expect any significant growth in your life until you release yourself from the effects of the wrong that was committed against you. Give it all to God: the anger, the resentment, the hurt, the shame, the guilt—and whatever else it is that has kept you an emotional prisoner of the past. You can be free beginning today. You do not have to suffer the rest of your life for your own past mistakes or the mistakes of others. What happened in your past does not have to define your future. God is in the business of restoration, and He will restore all you have lost if you will seek Him and believe His Word. Choose today to forgive—not only others, but yourself as well. God is not hiding truth from you. He has hidden it for you in His Word—all the way from Genesis through Revelation. If you are hungry enough for freedom, then you’ll get into God’s Word. The more of the truth of God’s Word you know, the more free you will become.

 

 

 

 

 

I was thinking about Flag Day being this Tuesday and that the American flag represents freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV).  Satan wants to put blinders over your eyes so that you cannot see who you really are in Christ, and the only thing that can

 

remove Satan’s blinders and break the chains of bondage is truth. So many people - even God’s people - deal with unforgiveness. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, “…forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (NKJV) This is telling us that forgiveness is not an option. The Living Bible puts it this way: “Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been wronged at some time in their life. Regardless of what caused the wrong, we have a choice when that happens. We can either let the wrong

 

that was done against us cause us to sit down and wallow in pity, or we can choose to get up, dust ourselves off, forgive, and keep going. Forgiveness is a choice, and it’s never too late to make the right choice. Forgiveness has to happen before the healing process from those hurts can begin. One thing is for sure and that is that you cannot expect any significant growth in your life until you release yourself from the effects of the wrong that was committed against you. Give it all to God: the anger, the resentment, the hurt, the shame, the guilt—and whatever else it is that has kept you an emotional prisoner of the past. You can be free beginning today. You do not have to suffer the rest of your life for your own past mistakes or the mistakes of others. What happened in your past does not have to define your future. God is in the business of restoration, and He will restore all you have lost if you will seek Him and believe His Word. Choose today to forgive—not only others, but yourself as well. God is not hiding truth from you. He has hidden it for you in His Word—all the way from Genesis through Revelation. If you are hungry enough for freedom, then you’ll get into God’s Word. The more of the truth of God’s Word you know, the more free you will become.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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