Fletcher LAW and GRACE Ministries exists to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ through the preaching,teaching and writing ministry of Fletcher Law. Faith is the theme. We also just have some fun talking SEC football and other stuff. Fletcher is from Gainesville,GA., BS Ed.Ole Miss, MEd. North Georgia College and State University, M.Div Emory-Candler School of Theology, D.Min Samford-Beeson Divinity School.
Discerning God's Will - Make Sure Your Translation Is Not From Late Night Pizza or Taco Bell
I heard a Christian say that he wasn't sure about the will
of God to do something so he was going to take a “Walk of Faith”.
In my life there have been times that I wasn't sure about
the “Will of God” in my life and I'd start the way I thought the Lord wanted me
to go and as I started this travel, things would change for me and eventually I
would know His will.
How do I know how to respond an go do God’s will?
Abraham went out on faith do do God’s will
Hebrews 11:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
“8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to
the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not
knowing where he was going.”
Abraham also heard from the Lord on this and was following a
command that had no spelled out 1-2-3 results to be accomplished.
In my own I have waited and God gave direction.
I have dashed ahead of the Lord and gotten into difficulties
of time, accountability and money.
Sometimes the Lord says NO!
Acts 16:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
“6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of
Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
You need to listen and discern.”
Discern through prayer, Scripture and the guidance of trusted
Do not make decisions by emotion or someone else’s flippant philosophy.
Can a pastor of the (Church name and denomination withheld) dedicate an illegitimate child with
the parents married to others in the church?
The father is a church leader, and the mother of the child is my cousin's wife.
What will be the stand of the church here?
Do I have the right to tell my cousin who is in another country?
The father of the child is our friend too.
Please help me, the leaders told me that the girl will reveal the truth to her husband in the right time, and I made a vow since I am also a leader in my church in another country.
I live in (another country) and my cousin in another.
I am concerned about the pastor and leadership of this church and their response.
Question #1"Can a pastor of the (Church name and denomination withheld) dedicate an illegitimate child with parents married to others in the church?"
YES! About the baby – love the baby and smother the babe with mercy and grace.
The baby is as worthy as the child of any in church to receive the ministry and good traditions of the church.
New King James Version (NKJV)
“13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Q#2 “What will be the stand of the church here?”
CHURCH DISCIPLINE for the sake of God, the church, the mother, the father, the baby and the congregation.
Matthew 18:15-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
“15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’
17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
Get the burden of sin off the sinners –in love-church discipline works. Through church discipline you have as it says in verse 5 “gained your brother” (and or sister) If you do this out of love in God’s grace. If not you leave sin and Satan in charge of the family.
Question #3 “Do I have the right to tell my cousin who is in the (Another Country)?”
Only if you are a Christian and love them and apply discipline out of love for the sinner, victims and God.
Sexual sin outside of marriage leads to physical, mental and emotional disaster.
This is such a jumbled mess I cannot sort it out.
This is why we should use Biblical church discipline.
Hold the leaders of the church accountable.
In 2 Samuel 12 the prophet Nathan approached King David lovingly but firmly when David impregnated another man’s wife. David was brought to repentance.
Go and do likewise.
God will be glorified.
Sinners will repent, return and be unburdened of killing sin.
PART 3- KING JESUS ANSWERS IMPOSSIBLE PRAYERS –
(NKJV) Lazarus Raised from the
38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the
tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him,
“Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if
you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the
stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes
and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You
always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that
they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He
cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out
bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.
Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.
Q#1- In verse 38 Jesus is
described as “again groaning in Himself”.
Why is He groaning
Q#2- A cave and a stone
(verse 38) are mentioned.
What does that you remind you of?
Q#3- In verse 39 Jesus gives
a command to open the grave?
Jesus deals with some nasty stuff in
ministry. Can you?
Martha, the sister of the dead man Lazarus, gives an
objection and reason why Jesus should not do
what He commands.
Do you ever try to stop a work of the
Savior in your life?
Q#4- In verse 40 Jesus says
you can see what if you believe?
Q#5- In verses 41 and 42
Jesus prays for patience for people who doubt His work.
Should we be discouraged if Jesus was
slowed in ministry by His folks?
Q#5- In verse 43 Jesus
commands the dead Lazarus by name to come to life from death.
How does this compare to a conversion experiences?
Have you been called forth to New Life?
Q#6- In verse #43, why did
Jesus say Lazarus’ name?
Augustine said King Jesus had to be specific or the whole world would have been resurrected.
Do you believe Jesus has this power over sin, death and the grave?
Q#7- In verse #44 Jesus tells
the witnessing people “Loose him, and let him go.”
The NIV translation reads "Take
off the grave clothes and let him go."
Have you been loosed? Why or why not?
Q#8- Are you saved and forgiven for your past sins and circumstances by Jesus Christ?
Q#9- Why should you be racked with guilt if Jesus Christ, The Son of God, called you,
paid to God the price for your sins by His atoning death on the cross
and released you and pardoned your sins by His death on the cross?
Q#10 Have you taken off your grave clothes and know you have put on the new life and
What is the meaning behind Matthew, chapter
12, verses 43- 45?
This is definitely a passage that makes you take notice for its
unparalleled statement of unclean and wicked spirits by Jesus Christ.
Matthew 12:43-45 New King James Version (NKJV)
“43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes
through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will
return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty,
swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits
more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of
that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked
These verses(43-45) are
in isolation and stand alone and is not connected to the following or preceding
After rereading this text and reading several respected
teachers and commentaries here goes-
This is about Israel and Israel trying to live righteously
without the Spirit of God.
When this is done all a man or nation has is a stiff
rigidity that is lifeless.
Evil spirits will fill the void that the Holy Spirit should
When we have not the Holy Spirit sin multiplies in our heart.
The man is Israel.
This would also apply to men who try to be right with god by
Jesus Christ died for our sins as He paid our price for
breaking God’s law.
Christ received the
wrath of God intended for those who break His law and repent of our sins and turn to Him.
We receive when we repent of our sins and
turn to Christ -
2. Peace with God
3. Citizenship in Heaven.
4. We are sealed with
the Holy Spirit of God.
We need to receive and do receive, the Holy Spirit after we sinners turn to God
for salvation to retain true and not false righteousness imputed to us from the Father.
NITSCHKE OVER NIETZSCHE
Faith Is A Gift Not A Philosophy
" A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum
shows that faith does not prove anything." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche. What's
wrong with what he says?
What’s wrong with Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote?
He had no faith and hated the idea of it.
If your looking for answers-specifically how to find peace
through God in Jesus Christ-Why would you look to a philosopher who promoted
the idea of “the death of God”.
Why would you promote a man whose “uberman” or superman
theory was derived from social Darwinism, was adored by Adolf Hitler and used to support “the ultimate solution” in
systematically murdering millions of
Jews, people with physical or mental abnormalities, homosexuals and outspoken
Christians who stood against this evil ethic.
He can be called the philosopher of the Third Reich.
Fredrick’s faith was in his wit.
He arrogantly refused to submit to that his mind was inferior to the Creator of Heaven and
The date is unsure when Nietzsche said the quote in your question.
Perhaps his quote was said in the last years of his life when Nietzsche himself
was committed to a “lunatic” asylum?
In the asylum he often made reference to himself as the crucified
and risen Christ.
Of course many historians believe he contracted syphilis from
a homosexual brothel so his mind was not right at the end.
My question is when was his mind right?
Why would anyone saddle up to follow his theories.
Why would anyone look to an enemy of Christ to find Christ?
No man’s wit, works or riches can pardon his sins,get him to Heaven or make peace with God.
Faith in Jesus saves us!
Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man, lived a perfect life-then
he became the sinless sacrifice on the cross-He paid for the sins of all who
would repent and believe-believers receive forgiveness, eternal life and peace
In John 3 it says salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit who does as he
God had a plan in his Kingdom to save us.
John 3 also says-
John 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
“16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the
world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
The Word tells us how Jesus Christ saves us and keeps us.
Ephesians 1:13-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
"13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of
truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were
sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our
inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of
The only good thing about Nietzsche is that he rocked a good
Green Bay Packer linebacker legend Ray Nitschke did more for
humanity and will get you closer to Heaven then Fredrick Nietzsche.
Read the Word for the only way to Heaven is through the
faith that some historic philosopher’s spurn.
Have faith in Jesus Christ a Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and
Faith is a gift from god-not a philosophy.
Romans 10:17 "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
I recently came in contact with Church of
God. To my understanding they have their main office in Cleveland TN and that also
claim to be the oldest Pentecostal church, predating Azusa revival .. Is this
true and are they a biblical sound church?
The Church of God is a well-respected Pentecostal
There is also a Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) that is a separate
denomination in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and it is non-Pentecostal. There is also a Church of God of Prophecy which is a splinter group from
the Church of God - Cleveland, Tennessee over the issue of using modern medicine and in doing so negating faith in divine healing. Now both agree on the use of modern medicine while still depending on God to heal.
Studying Church history I think they are the oldest Pentecostal
I am sure others also make that claim but they were entrenched
in the Pentecostal revival of the early 1900’s. They have a heritage in Wesleyan and Holiness
background. Also, a few Baptist pastors of the early 1900’s also had influence in
They trust strongly in the Word.
Only you through prayer and biblical discernment can decide
if this is where you belong.
*** (Since you asked me.)
Two things I would not be comfortable with are —
1.)They do not believe in the Eternal Security of the
believer or “Once Saved Always Saved.”
2.)To my best understanding and checking their
beliefs again on their official website
They believe that when you are baptized
with the Holy Spirit it is a second work after salvation and that speaking with
tongues is an absolute sign in proving this.
Myself and many Christians
believe you are sealed with the Spirit when you are saved.
It seems from their Declaration of
Faith and Doctrinal Commitments, copied below from their official website that
their use term of “cleansing” makes it confusing when they talk about salvation
and justification. Clearly they do not
believe you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you if you do not speak in tongues. You best understand and study their beliefs before
you pledge membership.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit,
Eternal Security and views of tongues and the charismatic gifts are subjects I
did not go into detail about since you asked about the church.
Christians in and outside if the church of God would and could support their views by Scripture.
My advice to you again is to pray,study and listen.
2 Timothy 2:15
King James Version (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word
When God said He would bless and make a nation from Ishmael, does that mean that He could have given the angel Gabriel the instruction to visit Muhammad and create Islam?
No, God did not create the false religion of Muhammad called Islam.
As you know God was to bless His people through the patriarch Abraham through his wife Sarah in having a son named Isaac.
This baby Isaac was to be born through the old couple who were way past the time of conception.
Sarah was 90 and Abraham was 100.
This was God’s plan to show His glory.
But no…, Sarah took matters into her hands over Almighty God.
She gave her maidservant to her husband to bear a son, to conceive the heir God had promised to Abraham and Sarah.
God is Sovereign.
God did not need Sarah’s help.
Sarah’s disobedience has caused many problems in humanity’s history.
Later when rebuked by the Lord, Abraham and Sarah did finally have Isaac.
God tolerated the lack of their faith in His permissive will and gave Ishmael a blessing.
Do not be confused between what God decreed and what He tolerates.
God decreed for them to have a son Isaac by the 90 year old wife and 100 year old father to show his provision.
Genesis 17:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
“19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes,”
God did right by Ishmael in His grace and mercy.
He provided a large inheritance and future generations through Ishmael.
God did not cause Ishmael and his people to sin and start false religions.
God did not 600 years after the life of Christ on Earth create a false contradictory religion that changed His eternal plan of salvation ordained from the beginning of time.
God did not use the angel Gabriel, who the Bible says who stands in the presence of God, to start a religion that corrupts the way of salvation and the role of Jesus Christ as Savior of the world.
In the Old Testament God also did not create the religion of Bael worshiper or any other false religion in the Old Testament.
God did not create Islam in the post New Testament era either.
God chose His people, the Jews, to bring forth His Son for the salvation of all people.
Jesus, described in the Bible as King of the Jews, lived a perfect life, died on the cross to pay for the unlawfulness (sin of all people) and forgive those who would repent and believe that Jesus is the Messiah (Savior).
So now all people can receive forgiveness of sins, citizenship in Heaven and Peace with God.
Jesus kept all of the law (Ten Commandments).
We cannot keep any of the law.
This made the divine Jesus a worthy sacrifice for our sins.
The prophets of the Old Testament foretold of the coming of Jesus Christ as Savior.
Jesus showed His worthiness by his death burial and resurrection.
The Bible does not allow for any of the corruption of its story by Islam 600 years after the life of Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
“16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Bible strongly condemns anyone who corrupts its message.
Revelation 22:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
“18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
You do not need to go down deep into the road of Islam to see it is false.
1.) Know Islam corrupts God’ reliable Word the Bible.
2.) Islam corrupts the role of Jesus Christ as God in the flesh and the only author of salvation by calling Him
a mere prophet.
“Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?” by Timothy
George is a good primer book on this subject of those trying to see a
connection between Christianity and Islam.
PART 2-KING JESUS ANSWERS PRAYER-Despite US John 11:17-37 (NKJV) 17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” Jesus and Death, the Last Enemy 28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. 31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.” 32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” 37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”
Q1- Did the situation Jesus was called to help, the severe illness of Lazarus,
seem hopeless now? (Verse 17)
Q2- How did Martha greet Jesus? Would you, if you were able answer prayer
do so with her attitude or statements? (Verse 21,22)
Q3- (In Verses 23,24) Jesus told Martha that her brother would rise again. She responded with religious jargon“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Why do we feel the need to “HELP” Jesus when we can’t help ourselves? How do people add on to the gospel of salvation and sabotage the work of God? Let’s discuss. Jargon or the power of King Jesus.
Q4- Jesus clearly tells Martha “ 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Jesus claims to be "I AM" -God in the flesh-He did this 7 times in the book of John.
MARTHA CAN NOT ANSWER HIS QUESTION BUT CREATES “HER” ANSWER
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” Sounds good but is that what he asked?
Q5- (In verse 28) Why is Martha “secretly” calling Mary and saying Jesus called her. Why is she trying to manipulate Jesus to conclude this situation “her” way when “HIS” way will always work better? Garth Brooks song-“UNANSWERED PRARERS” thanks God for not doing it his way but HIS way.
Q6- (In Verse 32) Mary tag teams with Martha, try’s to guilt Jesus (As If you could do that) and asks “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Q7- (Verse 35) “Jesus wept.” Is this misunderstood? Why do you think He wept?
Q8- Were Jesus’ emotions,(He was and Is fully God and fully man) misunderstood?
[36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” 37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”]
Q9- Does Jesus need our help? NO-if He did he would not be the Savior.
Q10- Can we block or stop a blessing or miracle by presupposing how and why Jesus should answer our prayers? Is Jesus our KING or not?
Have you really made the decision that it will be His way not our way?
Urgent Prayer request- Little David Charlton, Dustin and
Heather’s son was diagnosed with LCH (LANGERHAN'S CELL HISTIOCYTOSIS) on
9/10/2008. This attacks his immune system.
He has received months of chemo and has battled this most of his life. David
is around age 7 now.
His mother has requested immediate prayer.
His immune system is dropping and David “Bubby” has been
admitted to Egleston’s Children Hospital -probably for 3 or more days.
Heather can fill us in on the
details later. This is very serious.
Thanks you for your prayers.
PRAYER of FAITH
“13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone
cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for
the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in
the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the
Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may
be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah
was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not
rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he
prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”
QUESTION RECEIVED: (From Africa) We are building a new church. What is the biblical
position regarding a tower (steeple)? Some people are not pleased with what was built. What should we do?
Profile:Male 46-60 Africa
MY ANSWER: What is the biblical position of a tower or steeple for a
church building? There is none.
For a New Testament church there is no tower or steeple on
the buildings recorded in Scripture.
In fact there were no church buildings in New Testament
I have read where scholars have said there were no buildings
designated for church use until after 300 A.D.
In Genesis 11:1-9 people built a tower in Babel for their own
greatness and God tore it down.
I do not see how any references of towers in the Old Testament
suggest a New Testament church should have one or needs one.
Many middle-ages cities had towers but the reason was for religious, political and
military reasons to show dominance, as my old college Sociology professor from Ole Miss taught me. I knew taking "Cities and The Wealth of Nations" from esteemed Professor Dr. Vaughn Grisham would pay off someday.
In Proverbs the greatness of God is likened to a strong
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
In the New Testament we only hear of towers three times.
Nowhere are we told to build one.
This is not to say you are wrong building a tower/steeple.
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man
planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and
built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.
(The tower and vineyard do suggest the ministry of the Lord on this Earth expanding His kingdom.)
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and
killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who
dwelt in Jerusalem? (This has nothing to do with God's Kingdom or church.)
New King James Version (NKJV)
27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me
cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does
not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29
lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see
it begin to mock him, (This tower could be viewed as part of the Kingdom. This is no biblical mandate to build a steeple or tower.)
So, building a tower or steeple for Christian houses of worship comes from the middle
ages where important religious and government buildings towered over cities.
Is it prohibited to have a tower/steeple? No
If the tower is for God’s glory it should be attractive and
Yes, In the spirit of Christian unity and family, if
possible, take practical steps to beautify the tower if some people in the church are not pleased with the tower's appearance. My advice is invest in Kingdom work not costly monuments. The Kingdom lasts. Our buildings do not. And yes, I know at some point some churches will spend money for a building. All spending should be done wisely with a Kingdom purpose. Steeples and towers are OK. We need to support the Lord's work as He builds His Kingdom. Hebrews 11:9 9 By faith he (Abraham) dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
John 11:1-16 (NKJV) Jesus Our Friend Responds To US As
A Sovereign King
1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the
town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord
with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was
sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You
love is sick.”4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto
death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through
it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard
that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then
after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The
disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You
going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day?
If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of
this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is
not in him.” 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our
friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he
will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He
was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly,
“Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that
you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas, who is called
the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with
you know Jesus knows us personally and our condition -hopeless-sick-struggling? (Verses 1-3)
Do you ever wonder why you are in your particular life situation, in trouble sick? (Verse 4) Lazarus was sick for this surprising reason For the G_ _ _ _ of _ _ _.
Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus?
How do you think He feels about you? (Verse 5)
Are you really accepting His love?
Why did Jesus stay 2 more days when His friend was going to die before 2 more days? (Verse 6)
Jesus risk to help His people? Do we?
Jesus is aware of time when to act, are we following Jesus in this way? (Verses
Do we really believe Jesus can do the impossible/miracles? (Verses 11-15)
“Doubting Thomas” actually displayed great faith in his life in Scripture. He followed even
when he did not understand the
instruction of Jesus. Do we? Why not? (verse
What would be missed by the disciples by not following Jesus to Bethany?
The Bible describes Jesus as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, Returning King and as
Help, my church is wasting money.
What do you do when your church is struggling with finances each week, but raises money for a big event that they have every year,but struggles each week to raise money for the church with tithes and offerings?
Yes we need to be careful with how we handle God’s money.
God cares how much give.
Malachi 3:8 (NKJV)
8 “Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.”
Jesus knows and cares about what we give.
Luke 21:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
“21 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;”
Now what do we do with the money?
We support the Kingdom of God.
Matthew 28:18-19 (NKJV)
“18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
The church is the Kingdom on Earth expanding.
How does the Church expand?
1. We worship and believers glory in and give adoration for grace as non-Christians join us and hear the wonders of salvation.
2.We edify or build up believers in the Word this is called edification or discipleship and we participate in missions to people of the church and missions to those out side the church.
3.We participate in the evangelism of the lost with our church witness of the God/man Jesus in his perfect life he became the perfect sin sacrifice to God. We can tell the lost if they repent they can be pardoned for sin, avoid the wrath of hell and have citizenship in the kingdom and Heaven.
It is really simple handling a church budget doing it God’s way.
It gets complicated when we ignore the church’s biblical purpose and spend on non-sanctioned church stuff. (We are not a social club or entertainment venue.)
So if a request for money is made you simply ask-
1.Does this help biblical worship?
2.Does this help develop disciples?
3.Does this help discipleship?
4.Three no answers equals no funding.
5. Can our funds (from members tithes) support this? Don’t have fund raisers with the public. Non-believers are confused when asked to pay for things church members do not believe in enough to pay for themselves.
There are plenty of verses to guide church budgets.
There are several fine Christian financial ministries that can help you with budgets.
Do not spend what you do not have.
Tell members to tithe.
Hold the servant leaders to biblically give account on how God’s money is to be used in Kingdom life.
Your church is not struggling with tithes and offerings.
You tithes and offerings are what they are.
The members are responding rightly or wrongly with how they are responding to God.
Your church leadership is struggling with how to spend god's money.
Jacob Wrestled All Night For A Blessing – Why Don’t You
Crack the Book And Wrestle For A Blessing?
The prophet Hosea remembered when the great Jacob (Israel)
first encountered the living LORD as Jacob wrestled with the Angel of The LORD
all night until dawn for a blessing at
the Jabbok River for deliverance from sure destruction, because of Jacob’s own
doing, and a needed blessing.
Hosea 12:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"4 Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed;
He wept and sought His favor.
He found Him at Bethel
And there He spoke with us,"
People today have BIG problems also.
They get no relief.
They refuse to wrestle with God.
The very mind of God is revealed in the 66 books we call our
Yes we can understand when it says do not kill, do not lie, do
But our lives are complicated.
People want an easy step 1-2-3 from the preacher and then
head to Red Lobster for Sunday lunch.
So you think the wisdom and knowledge of God is simple to
receive with no struggle?
If you walked into an engineering classroom at Georgia Tech
you would find the typical person off the street overwhelmed by the content.
But, the typical person could find a school to start him in
the basics of engineering.
We have something more precious to be gained than we would
from answering formulas in personal Bible study.
We can discern the very mind and will of God through
scripture, diligent study and struggling with the Word.
Wisdom and power and answers wait sent from on high prepared for your
salvation and sanctification.
God initiated the struggle and gave the blessing to Jacob.
It is worth the struggle.
2 Timothy 3:16
"16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so
that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."