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The Church As The Body Of Christ

The body of Christ, the church, is likened in Scripture to the human body; and just as every part of our physical body (seen and unseen) has to be working together to insure good health and optimum function, such holds true in the church. The church is not as healthy...

Labor In Rest

Labor In Rest - Now if that doesn’t sound like a contradiction in terms! But it’s Biblical. In Hebrews 4:11 we’re exhorted to “be diligent” or “labor” to enter into the rest of God’s salvation. In fact, Jesus told the people who followed Him: “Do not labor for the...

The Illusion Of Pleasure

No, I’m not ascetic! I’m thankful for the many ways that Jesus, my Creator, has blessed me. He has saved my soul and given me many pleasures, both spiritually and materially. I’m truly grateful for His good gifts. However, we often reverse our order of pleasures,...

Don’t Go Down To Egypt

In the Scriptures Egypt symbolizes the world system and, to the born again believer in Jesus Christ, it is a type of the old life. It pictures a place of bondage and affliction, a place where life is ruled by a cruel taskmaster. Our heavenly Father, however, has a...

Safety In Christ

Proverbs 21:31 tells us that “safety is of the LORD.” I might add that there is only true safety in the LORD. However, there is a counterfeit safety too. The end-times message of antichrist is one of “peace and safety”. By contrast, David humbly prayed to God, “Hold...

I’ve Had It!

When God saw the extent of the wickedness of man in the days of Noah, He essentially declared, “I’ve had it!” Man’s unchecked flesh had thoroughly corrupted his way upon earth, which had a devastating effect upon the entire planet and all that lived on it. Mankind’s...

Faithful Fatherhood

Our generation has seen the entrance of the backseat, passive father. Sad to say, even today’s father’s alleged “involvement” in their children’s lives are only in areas where dad gets blessed. What does God expect a godly father and husband to be like? Simply put...

Second Fiddle

It seems that everyone wants to be a soloist these days. Second fiddle is a difficult spot to fill because it does not receive the recognition one may think it deserves. It’s sad but true that all too many who claim to be servants of Jesus Christ have the same...

Three Types Of Service

The Scriptures tell us that there are three forms of service: eyeservice, lip service, and heart service. While eyeservice merely looks good to others, and lip service only sounds good, service from the heart is true and pure and the only kind that is acceptable to...

Holiness

What is holiness? The word itself speaks of being set apart for exclusive use. We can also say that anyone or anything that is holy is sacred. When Moses was getting his “call” from God into the ministry there in the desert, he was told to remove his sandals because...

Glory Days Today

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. While there is great and inspiring value to looking back...

Preparing Our Heart for Church

Psalm 100:4,5 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Note, beloved, that the Psalmist is preparing...

A Life Of Sacrifice

Sacrifice is an often forgotten word within today’s church circles, at least in America. This is, no doubt, partially due to the influence of our affluent and pleasure-centered culture. Oh Christians may speak of giving to the Lord’s work and serving, but how much of...

Set Your Eyes Upon Jesus

As I wrote this, it’s 10:30 a.m. in the Indian village of Kumbhelphal, and as I am “touring” the town, the songs of worship ring loud and clear through the firewood-scented air on this bright, sunny morning. The music means that it’s time for service to begin. (What?...

Church Relationships

“I love the church, Pastor; it’s the people I can’t stomach!” Face it, the church is made up of people with different personalities, cultural and social backgrounds, genders, ages, occupations, etc. The most diverse body of people on this earth is the Body of Christ....

Busy, or Busybody?

1 Peter 4.15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. In 1 Peter, chapter 4, verses 7–11, the church is exhorted to be about the business of doing five things as we see the end of the age...

“I Will Build My Church”

Jesus made this statement before His disciples in the area of Caesarea Philippi (Matt 16:13-18). After our heavenly Father revealed to Peter that Jesus is indeed the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God, Jesus told him that he was blessed to receive that...

Ministry And Prayer

When king Hezekiah initiated the reforms in Jerusalem, he began by removing the filth and rubbish from the Holy Place. This included the uncleanness that the priesthood had developed in the years of apostasy from Jehovah. Before our temples can be filled with the...

Preparing The Way Of The Lord

John the Baptist, who typified the prophet Elijah, was a messenger who proclaimed, “Prepare the way of the LORD”. That message preceded the revelation of Jesus as “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. It is vital that each and every person who claims...

The Now Covenant

Matthew 26.28 For this is my blood of the New Testament (covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 2 Corinthians 3.6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the...

The Peril of Drifting

Hebrews 2.1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. As we open chapter of the book of Hebrews, we find the first of six “perils” or danger signals in the epistle, the peril of...

God’s Counsel

Job asked the question, “(Does God) see as man sees?” The obvious answer is no. Only God sees “the big picture”. Only God knows everything. The obvious, however, is not always so obvious in daily life. Amnesia in spiritual matters amongst Christians is the cause for...

The Oscars!

The cameras were flashing. Reporters and news media crowded around “The Stars”. This is Oscar night – the night set aside to acknowledge those who were the best in the various roles and aspects of the motion picture industry. Fashion and jewelry abounded. There is...

Works

Without a correct understanding of what the Bible says about “works”, it would be very easy to get confused about ones relationship with Jesus. We need to recognize the difference between the passage that some would claim explains that works are necessary to gain...

Unity In Jesus

Paul the Apostle called upon the church at Philippi to live in harmony in Jesus. There was no question that they were saved; in fact, he specifically wrote to two sisters in Christ whose names were written in heaven, but who couldn’t agree on spiritual issues. The...

Back To Ground Zero

On my recent trip to India the Lord brought clarity in my heart about ‘Church life’ or life in the Spirit. Each of us who are in Christ craves for a deeper, more meaningful walk with Jesus. Likewise, we all seek to experience the moving of God’s Spirit as recorded in...

Ready To Stand

A very popular boxing announcer precedes the introduction of the fighters with the words, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” I’m sure neither combatant thought the word “rumble” meant rhumba. Likewise, spiritual warfare is no dance. It is a fight to the finish. However, as...

We Win!

As we begin our study on spiritual warfare and the armor of God, we must keep in mind the fact that when all is said and done, we win! Jesus Christ has obtained victory for each and every one of His children. Our victory is realized practically as we walk by faith....

Passing The Torch

Scripture tells us that children are the heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward. The responsibility of Christian parents is to follow the command to raise the children which God gives us “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” This training...

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I am the Lead Pastor of Koinonia Fellowship, a husband, father and grandfather. I also serve on the worship team as one of the drummers.

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