Saturday, August 9, 2014
The nations of the world side with these hater nations and always condemn Israel when any conflict arises. Britain was instrumental in getting a sliver of land carved out by the UN for the Jews to call home. When Israel declared itself to be a nation in June of 1948 the United States was the first nation to recognize Israel’s independence.
God has blessed and honored these two nations for their actions toward Israel. But more and more Israel is finding herself isolated. The U.S. is not as friendly to her as it has been historically. God said he would bless those who blessed Israel and would curse those who cursed her. I want to live in a nation blessed by God. Our government must continue to help protect and support the nation of Israel.
Bishop Stephen D. Hobbs
Monday, April 28, 2014
We have just come through the Easter season. Churches were full. Worship was energetic
and alive. Many guests will become active church members. Who knows how many were
saved and added to the church on Easter Sunday. Yes, Easter is the highlight of the year
for the church.
But I remember years ago of a pastor who had a huge attendance push for Easter that
almost tripled his average Sunday morning attendance. I heard a pastor say, “I wonder
what it’s going to be like preaching to hundreds less people this Sunday?” He wasn’t
being snarky or jealous. It’s a legitimate question. How are we supposed to feel after the
biggest day of the year?
The church in Acts is our model. They worshipped, prayed, did church business,
preached, discipled; well, you get my point. They carried on.
Easter is now over, but we must carry on. Be the church. Have church. After all, every
Sunday is a little Easter. Be blessed.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
This winter season has only been going on for a month. It sure seems longer that that. We have had some record cold and quite a bit of snow. There are a lot of us that feel like this season has been going on much longer that a month and we are more than ready for spring.
But just because we feel a certain way is not enough to change the season. Winter will be over when it’s over.
That’s the way life is. Disliking a season in our lives is not enough to change it or stop it. Like it or not, some things just have to run there course. Some things will always get worse before they get better. Encouraging, isn’t it?
But don’t lose hope. Spring is only two months away. The birds will sing. The grass will grow and turn green. The sun will warm the earth. Why? Because God said that it would.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
a quitter, but its worse to finish something you never should have started.” That’s a little
heavy for me on this second day of 2014.
I get the quitter thing. But it’s the second part of this quote that I find challenging. How
do we determine what is proper to start and see through? When you think about it the
possibilities are endless. But for me there is one simple guide. It is found in the Bible.
Proverbs tells us that if we trust God with our whole heart and not our own fickle
emotions, he will give us direction.
So there you go. Trust God. Seek God’s will for your life. He will give you direction.
Then you won’t end up trying to finish something you never should have begun in the
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I know people are uncomfortable with all the talk about Christianity and war, but the battle is real. Even secular television host Bill O’Reilly has said that the Christmas season produces an increase of anti-Christian bias. So the church can ignore it and hope the battle goes away, or we can rise up and fight for the soul of our country. I say we fight. America is worth it and so is the future of our children. Multiculturalism is at the root of the battle for Christmas. Multiculturalism places all cultures on an even plane. Christmas is a Christian celebration and the multiculturalists don’t want a Christian holiday exalted. The multiculturalists do not want to see Christmas elevated, they instead want to lower Christmas to the level of other seasonal celebrations. Hence the watered down language such as: Happy Holidays, Holiday Trees, Holiday or seasonal celebrations, Winter Celebrations, Holiday sales etc. etc. etc. So what is the church to do? The church has to determine that our culture is worth fighting for. And the fight is a spiritual fight first and foremost. Therefore, we fight for the souls of the people in our culture. We pray for revival, witness, preach and love people. Then we fight in voting booths at election time and communicate with our elected leaders. Nothing gets their attention like an informed and involved voter. Enjoy Christmas. Christ is the answer for our world’s problems. America was founded on Christian principles and the multiculturalists can’t take that away.