CORAM DEO ( Living Before The Face Of GOD ) LAUS DEO (Praise Be To GOD)
|Posted on December 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith Malachi 4:2 "But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves." NKJV Friends in Christ, The prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures often centered on a common theme of the coming judgment for the people of Israel. In the book of Malachi, it is no different. This final book of the Old Testament brings a very real promise of coming judgment, yet in the midst of this proclamation is a message of hope and blessings. You see, the reality is that our sin is worthy of God's judgment. We have broken His laws and deserve punishment, but God does not leave us there. Instead, He stepped down out of Heaven, in the form of Jesus Christ, and made a way for us to be saved from this punishment. When Jesus died on the cross 2000 years ago, He proclaimed to the whole world His love for His Father's chosen. Now because of this amazing love, we can find hope and a future in a relationship with Jesus. When we realize our sin and turn to God for forgiveness, He opens His arms wide desiring to shower us with His grace and mercy. This is the God of the Bible, both perfect in judgment and perfect in love. Do you know Him? If so, rejoice my friends because the coming of the Lord brings healing and joy! If not, then surrender to Him today and find rest for your weary soul and love for all eternity. Walking your faith? The day of the Lord brings healing & joy to those who fear the Lord. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I know that I have sinned against You and I pray that You would forgive me of my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that I could be forgiven. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to live a life dedicated to You. Thank You for Your love and grace. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.
|Posted on December 2, 2019 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith Jeremiah 3:25 "We lie down in our shame, And our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, We and our fathers, From our youth even to this day, And have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.�?� NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, Sin is not your friend. Yes, it may feel good to do it. There may be a "high" associated with the activity, but don't let that make you think that it is on your side. In the book of Jeremiah, God is speaking to his people about their evil activity. In the midst of His convicting words, God points them to a time that is yet to come where they will turn back to Him. When they turn back they will see the truth about their sinfulness and how much it costs. This is one of the things that occur when we repent. We see our sin, the cost of it, and the reality that we are to blame. But God does not leave us there. Our God is a God of hope and second chances. He desires to take our sin-stained lives and turn them into glorious gems. God is not interested in simply placing a band-aid on our faulty flesh; He desires to give us a brand new life. This all starts when we turn from the empty sin we have been chasing after and turn to the mighty God who desires to save us. Have you turned to Him? He is waiting with open arms. Waling your faith? God is not interested in placing band-aids on your broken life; He desires to give you a brand new one. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I believe Your Son Jesus died for me so that I could be forgiven. I believe Your Son Jesus was raised from the dead so that I could have new life. I know I have done wrong things, and I'm sorry. Please forgive me and grant me the power to follow Your Will all the days of my life. Amen.
|Posted on December 1, 2019 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith John 19:17-18 "And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center." NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, It is painful to consider what Jesus went through for us and to think about what He endured on our behalf. The remarkable truth I keep coming back to time and time again is that it was His decision. He decided to endure these things... the suffering, the beatings and the crucifixion. It is convicting because I know how little, in comparison, it has taken to rattle my endurance at times. I have never been beaten for Jesus much less crucified. It comes down to each and every one of us making a commitment to Jesus. How far will you follow Jesus? Until it gets inconvenient, uncomfortable, or what about when it becomes painful? Are you willing to follow Him all the way? Let us follow our Jesus, who is so worthy, all the way until the end. Until we hear the words "Well done, good and faithful servant." God bless you as you follow Jesus Christ, Son of God. Walking your faith? Make a commitment to follow Jesus. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, You have called me to a disciple's life. I want to embrace that life, yet there are times when I look back. I am Your disciple. I will go where You lead me. Please help my faith. I pray this in Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.
|Posted on November 29, 2019 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith Acts 12:5 "Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church." NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, I encourage you to begin 'walking in prayer'. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to "pray without ceasing." At first glance, this seems impossible. In considering this further, we see that Paul is telling us to walk in prayer. A portion of my own prayer life is made up of simple short prayers as I commute to work, wait in line at a local store or on a walk alone. This makes me much more aware of the presence of God in my life. Often, when someone asks me to pray for them, I pray for them right then and there. I want the person to know I have prayed for them. Let me encourage you to begin walking in prayer today. You will discover what an amazing difference it will make in your life. Amen? Walking your faith? We should pray (which is simply talking and listening to God). Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Thank You for the gift of prayer. Thank You for the gift of being able to talk to You and listen to You wherever I am, whoever I am with and whatever I am doing. I ask, Lord, that I would develop a lifestyle of talking and listening to You. Help me to pray throughout my day and enjoy the time I get to spend with You. Also, help me to remember to pray for others. Thanks God for listening to me. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.
|Posted on November 28, 2019 at 7:55 AM||comments (0)|
In Everything Give Thanks Psalm 26:7 "That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works." NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, At this special time of year, I want you to know that I give thanks for you, your prayers, and your friendship throughout the year. As a nation, we celebrate Thanksgiving for one day. It is important that as believers we offer up thanks not just one day a year but all the time. We have so much to be thankful for - our God, our salvation, our forgiveness, our families, His church and the list goes on and on. Take the time every day to thank God for all the many blessings He has so lovingly given you. While the world may celebrate Thanksgiving once a year, we can and should celebrate it every day. Walking your faith? Thanksgiving to God should be an every day thing Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Thank You for Your granting of salvation. Thank You for Your love, grace and mercy. Thank You for my family, my friends and our congregational fellowship. You have granted me so much to be thankful for. Lord, help me to overflow with this thanksgiving so that others will see and desire to know You. I pray this in Jesus' precious name and for Your glory, amen. May the Lord richly bless you and your family this Thanksgiving. Chaplain Thomas Stackhouse, OCM
|Posted on November 23, 2019 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith 1 Timothy 6:5 ..."useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself." NKJV Friends in Christ, If we look around long enough, any of us can find someone who appears to have it all together. Even now, an individual has popped into your mind. To you this person is a picture of goodness. Their gracious manner and presence may have you imagining God's love hovering over their head like a glowing halo. While you can't picture God loving you, there is no doubt in your mind that He loves that person. Friends, if this is you... you're missing the Gospel. In God's graciousness, none of us are as bad as we could be, and yet we're all born sinners. Each one of us begins life at the same place, lost. Yet because of God's great love, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place thus making us perfect. You heard me right, perfect. In this world, it can be easy for people to appear good. They may care for others, give to the poor and act nice, but without Jesus, they still need a Savior. This is what makes the Gospel the "good news". While we could never be good enough to earn God's love, He showed His love towards us anyway in the life, death and resurrection of His Son. Walking your faith? The Gospel message of Jesus Christ was never meant to be debated from the perspective of human goodness. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I am so thankful that Your love is not dictated by my good works but is freely given through Jesus. Help me to truly understand the power of the Gospel and to share it with those around me. Teach me through Your Word and guide me by Your Spirit. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.
|Posted on November 16, 2019 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith Matthew 3:17 "And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."NKJV Friends in Christ, Right after this blessed moment of baptism God confirms Jesus' identity and announces His pleasure. Shortly after this strong affirmation from God, we find Jesus, in Matthew 4:1-10, being tempted by the enemy after enduring a forty-day fast. The enemy immediately challenges what God has spoken by saying , "IF You are the Son of God". Friends, often the enemy's first temptation is to get us to question our identity in Christ. When we receive God's gracious, unearned gift of salvation our identity is sealed in the blood of Christ, which defeats the enemy. Could you imagine an elementary school student coming home with an 'F' on their report card and the parent saying you are no longer my child, change your name and leave my house! Of course not! Neither does the Lord dismiss you or me when we fail because His love never fails (1Corinthians 13:8). If you were gardening and you saw a plant that was drooping and bent downward would you uproot the plant, trash it, and start over? Hopefully not. What a skilled gardener often will do is put a wooden stake in the ground next to it and tie the plant to it, leaving the plant dependent on the wood to grow. This is our life in Christ, leaning not on our own works, but on the grace that God purchased through Jesus Christ on that cross to help us to grow in Him. Walking your faith? The enemy wants you to doubt who you are, whose you are, and to spend time trying to earn what you have already been given. ABBA, Father God, Thank You for Jesus, Your only Son dying for me so I could have identity in You as Your beloved. Please help me to continue to remember the grace You have shown to me at the cross that I might live for You, in good times and bad, all the days of my life. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.
|Posted on November 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith Devotionally Acts 3:17-19 "Friends, I realize that what you did to Jesus was done in ignorance; and the same can be said of your leaders. 18 But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had declared about the Messiah beforehand�??that he must suffer all these things. Now turn from your sins and turn to God, so you can be cleansed of your sins." NLT Friends in Christ, It really is amazing when you stop to consider the scene. Less than two months before, Peter had seen his leader and friend, Jesus, killed in a conspiracy involving these people. Peter could have tried to call down fire from Heaven. He could have proclaimed that they were going to hell and he was glad. He did none of these things. With grace, mercy and love Peter reached out to these people. He called them friends or brothers. He offered them hope and salvation. He cared enough to tell them the truth and then present the Good News to them. Jesus told us to love our enemies, to do good and we will be rewarded (Luke 6:35). Truly Peter was listening when Jesus said to love your enemies. Are you listening now? Walking your faith? Be motivated by love. Shalom! ABBA, Father Lord, Teach me to love. Teach me to love those who have hurt me. Teach me to love those whom I have considered to be unlovable. Change me. Please present me with opportunity to express love to my enemies. I pray this in Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.
|Posted on November 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith Devotionally Romans 9:2-3 "My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed�??cut off from Christ!�??if that would save them." NLT Loved Ones in Christ, We all have a passion for something. It may be for our family, our job or even for our favorite hobby. These are all great things, and we can enjoy sharing these passions with others. Unfortunately, many Christians do not have a passion for the lost. They will rally behind their favorite sports team or spend hours discussing the latest video game to hit the market, but when pressed about those who are without Jesus, they are indifferent. Friend, we cannot be indifferent towards the lost. We should pray for the same passion Paul had for the lost. Paul proclaims in no uncertain terms that he would willfully give up his own salvation so that his Jewish brothers and sisters would be saved. Now THAT is passion for the lost. So how do we gain this passion? I believe, in part, it comes from understanding what the future holds for those who die without Jesus. To imagine any of my loved one's being eternally separated from God and punished for their sins, causes me to tremble. This sorrow leads me into a passionate desire to see them saved. How about you? Together, let's seek out those who need Jesus, share His love and pray for God to continue building His Church! Walking your faith? We should have a sorrow and a passion for the lost. Shalom! ABBA Father God, Thank You for Your salvation and Your love for me. Father, help me to be mindful of the lost. Grant me a passion to proclaim Your name and to pray for those who need You. I pray that You would draw my friends and family to Yourself so that they too may know the peace that comes from a relationship with You. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory Lord. Amen.
|Posted on October 27, 2019 at 5:35 AM||comments (0)|
Walking Your Faith 1 John 2:1 "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, The reality is that we all have done wrong. We have sinned against God and others. Without help we are condemned to pay for our wrongs. While this may be true, the Bible says that we have an advocate. His name is Jesus Christ, and He is the One who stands between us and condemnation. How can Jesus stand as an advocate for us? It is because He is the perfect, sinless Son of God. He has done no wrong and even more than that, Jesus has taken our wrong to the grave when He died on the cross. When He rose again three days later, He rose as our redeemer and our advocate. There is one important distinction to also be aware of in regards to our advocate, Jesus. Notice that He is the only advocate we have. There is no other person in Heaven or on earth who can stand before God and plead our case. There is no one who is able to declare our innocence but Jesus, because He is the very one who took our sin from us. He is the greatest Advocate we could ever desire and He promises to never leave us or forsake us for all eternity. Walking your faith? It is the righteous, sinless life of Jesus Christ that makes Him the only viable advocate for us. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I am humbled by the love, grace and advocacy I have in Jesus. Thank You for sending Him to earth so that I could be forgiven and free. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I can live a life that points others to the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.