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Frederick Mennonite 

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No Fear of God

Jul 30, 2016 04:35PM

 

Rom 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

 

We see violence and rebellion rampant in our society these days. It has acted as a catalyst for distrust and division in a already seriously divided world. One wonders at the debased, profane behavior that has become commonplace in society.

As you read Romans 3 starting at verse 11 it states these people don't seek after God, they have lying tongues, they are full of cursings, they are full of bitterness, they are quick to shed innocent blood, destruction is their way of doing things, they are miserable, and they don't know the way of peace.

One wonders the upbringing of such people. I believe this could very well be the result of a childhood in which children were allowed to express themselves fully. After all one would not want to stifle a child's ability 'to express himself'! This unbridled messed up way in allowing a child to basically raise himself without any consequences of wrong doing has created a society so self serving and self focused that very few people have any concern for anyone other than themselves.

Pro 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

If our nation continues down this path of rejecting God and His Word we will reap what we as a nation have sown. We will slip into a completely corrupt and lawless society . Anarchy will be commonplace. The only hope for us as a nation is found in God.

2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

In this passage in 2Chron. 7:14 the call is to God's people. The reason for adressing God's people is that they already know the truth of God's Word [or should]. However I am afraid that to often God's people have lived and listened to the world so long that they have forgotten the sound of their Shepherd's voice. They have allowed the corruption that is in this world to desensitize them to God's call in their life to live a seperated life.

Some Christians have allowed the rebellious attitude of a rebellious nation to permeate their thinking.Before they know what has happened it has crept into every avenue of their life.They speak evil of dignitaries.

2Pe 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Jud 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

The thought of prayer for those in authority has long left their mind and griping over the ever apparent corruption that has become part of our society is the order of the day.We are to be people of faith walking in obedience to the Word of God.We do not walk by sight but by faith.

This spirit of rebellion that has even crept into the people of God is a curse.

1Sa 15:23a For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry

It is antiChrist and sets one up for a root of bitterness to be planted in the heart - defiling all that we come in contact with.

Do you have a problem with authority ? I have examined my own heart over the years and have found that it is so easy to slip into the rebellious attitudes that this godless world models. Even among believers we can often find ourselves bristling when challenged.

Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Submission is not becoming a 'yes man'. It is largely a attitude of the heart. I believe that a believer that lives in submission to the Lord and His Word will find that his attitude and lifestyle will be one that models not the world but Christ's.

I believe that we as believers have bought the lie that 'after all it is my right'. The flesh has reared it's ugly head and once more we have become that child that screams and demands he have his own way.A life submitted to the Lord is a life who like Christ is able to say 'neverless not my will but Thine be done'. This is surrender not to the hapless wanton destruction of Satan but a committing ourselves into the capable hands of a faithful God.

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The Church [not a denomination but the Body of Christ] must come together and start operating as God intended. Submission to our Lord , His Word , and each other must propel us to carry out the mission our Lord left us with. - Mat 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

Mat 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Blessings,

G.Price

 

 

 

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Jun 14, 2016 05:47PM

 

Moral Ambiguity

 

The title of this article is almost a dichotomy.  In our society we find those who ‘because they love the praise of man’ [John 12:43] twist and squirm in their assessment of what is the definition of morality.

When truth becomes relative and ‘God’ is whatever you make Him to be you create a deity for yourself that comforts you and affirms whatever lifestyle or activity that pleases yourself.

The truth of the matter is that Scripture clearly states that a person who is a friend of the world cannot be a friend of God.[ James 4:4]

There is no such thing as moral relativism. Morality in itself is based on a set of laws, rules, or standards of conduct. Where people come to blows with each other is over each other’s belief systems and the source of each individuals’ author of their particular moral code. For most they have no idea why they believe what they believe. Some it was simply tradition that's roots are familia. To others strongly based moral standard of conduct is based on spiritual conviction.

In a world where morality is becoming old fashioned and those who defend it are harshly condemned the Christians ‘Light’ shines even brighter. Christians moral values are based on the Eternal Word of God. The passing of time does not erode, water down, or denigrate values that are based on something Eternal! Those who do not understand this will say that the Christian must change with the times or show the love of Jesus by accepting what the Eternal Word of God clearly calls sin. They forget that the same Jesus who said ‘Neither do I condemn thee’ also said ‘go and sin no more’.

One may spend large amounts of time trying to argue for Christian ‘values’ but alas to no avail. As we look at Romans 1:26 we see because people refuse to retain a knowledge of God or glorify Him as God He simply gave them up. What does this Scripture mean? Man left to his own devices with destroy himself. It is the restraining hand of God on society as a whole that keeps it from complete destruction. One may ignore God’s Word the Bible but do so at their own peril. To be ‘given up by God’ is a fearful thing. This path will separate you totally from His protection, His provision, and His presence.

Jesus Christ has come to give life and that more abundantly. To choose a path of destruction is foolish. By submitting to God in obedience not only do we experience peace in living but also enjoy His protection. Look to Jesus my friend! In Him you will find what your heart longs for!

 

G.Price

Toward the Future

May 1, 2016 08:00AM

Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

 

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Church as we know it is rapidly changing. Talking to people in places even in other countries where vibrancy and growth were never an issue, they also are seeing some of the same trends evidenced there.

 

It leaves one scratching their heads as the church as we know it -try as best as it has known how- fails to make an positive impact in society at least majorly in an eternal sense.

 

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Mat 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 

The Church has received its share of criticism from unbelievers - it is true not always warranted-however the power we were promised -That power that raised Christ from the dead-seems to be sadly lacking.

 

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

In my own life I have been struggling with what amount of sacrifice is appropriate in serving the King of Glory. In the interest of being 'financially responsible and/or solvent 'do we wrongly waste years 'laboring for the things that perish'?

 

As we look at what God may have in store for us in the future we have to ask ourselves what is the role of the Church in our present day society. Certainly the role of the Church is one of corporate fellowship ,encouragement, and developing spiritual friendships. But I believe that if the Church [which is Christ's body on earth] is to 'prevail against the gates of hell' it must plunder hell's real estate to populate heavens kingdom! It must as a necessity be a threat to it's enemy and not the other way around!

 

Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

 

May it be time to focus the majority of the time and energy that we can muster to the expansion of Christ' kingdom?

Christ's kingdom is not a particular earthly address or a finely organized organization. But rather it takes it's residence in the hearts of those whom by faith have committed their lives unto Him and have departed from sin.

 

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 

I am not necessarily talking about evangelism [even though that is very important] but rather to a purposeful goal and strategy to expand the Kingdom of God among the sphere of our influences and our immediate areas. I would ask you to lay aside the stressors that threaten all of our emotions when examining the 'realities' of our present circumstances. Perhaps us having allowed our lives in our Christian experience to coast by needed to be jolted to the reality that God chose us seeming 'out of season' for such a time as this. Seeking change for the sake of change is dangerous. However if we change to be obedient to the call of the Gospel I believe in time will be rewarded with a harvest and an expansion of God's kingdom.

 

It is true that we are not all evangelist by gifting. But those of us who are Christians have a testimony of God's goodness in our lives. This testimony of personal experience with God is a catalyst by which we can use to disciple those to whom God will bring into our live as we with expectation ask Him to.

 

We may continue as we have just hoping that God will somehow supernaturally grow our fellowship. However to continue as we are just hoping will I am afraid yield the same results. Very quickly we can fall into the rut of wanting only to expand membership at our current address without any concern for the expansion of the Kingdom of God. This is where the above verse [Matt. 6:33] comes into play.

 

My hopes are that we can learn to 'serve together in the Gospel' . Though it may not 'look' like anything that from outward appearance would garner the praise of man, I hope that keeping our eyes on Jesus we would serve in obedience the call God has placed upon our lives at this time in history!

 

In the very near future we want to discuss tentative changes that I believe would move us in that direction. Pray that God would make us a people rich in vision and give us the courage to follow it through.

 

GOD WHAT IS IT THAT YOU HAVE IN STORE NOT ONLY FOR THIS GROUP OF BELIEVERS BUT HOW CAN I BETTER SERVE YOU SO THAT TRULY 'YOUR KINGDOM MAY BE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN'?

 

May this be our daily prayer so that we may all hear from heaven.

 

G. Price

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Apr 17, 2016 04:10PM

Political Season

We are in the middle of political season. It permeates every avenue of news feed out there. Some thrive on the contentious nature of the never ending bantering would be candidates throw around - trying to garner the most attention and hopefully in turn the most votes.

In this atmosphere of hollow promises and sometimes outright lies what should the Christian's response be?

Some Christians wring their hands imagining the choice we will have when this political season pans out. However if this is you I have good news for you! Pro 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Somehow we forget that our God is sovereign. We also forget that this world that we find ourselves living in is not really our home. Our dwelling place is being seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.

 

An interesting observation I've made is that of the story of the temptation of Christ in the wilderness - After fasting some 40 days Satan comes to Christ to tempt Him. Satan says to Him ' All these things will I give You, if You will fall down and worship me'. One may say that Satan was offering something he had no authority to offer. However because of sin entering this world - Christ states in Matthew 18:36 - 'My Kingdom is not of this world'. If indeed we currently reside in the enemies territory should any Christian be in shock over the state of disarray ,mayhem, and destruction present.

 

What puzzles me is the constant effort of some Christians to effect some kind of change using methods and the means of the god of this world (Satan) to try to bring about some change that will effect an eternal result.

 

The only Hope there is for any nation or for any peoples of any nation is found in the Person who said 'I have come that you might have Life and that more abundantly. Earlier in this verse Christ said that the thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Christian you are just passing through be careful to not allow your sights to be set on what is not yours!

 

The scripture states that we are to pray for those that rule over us so that we may live in relative peace not to take it easy but to be obedient to the call of God in our lives. Being drawn into this world's corrupt political process is not the believers purpose but as citizens of Christ's Kingdom our focus is the furthering of His Kingdom - for His is an Eternal Kingdom!

 

'For Thine ( O Lord ) is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory - Forever and Ever .Amen

G.Price