My Beliefs!

Jesus Second Coming In the clouds

I’m calling all believers today to be bold with these 5 points!

1. Jesus Christ is Our Savior

2. He will be returning soon

3. The only true Love is found in Christ

4. Heaven and Hell are real places

5. God is firmly in control of ALL things

Reblog this post if you agree!

Agape Love,

David

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My Beliefs!

Jesus Second Coming In the clouds

I’m calling all believers today to be bold with these 5 points!

1. Jesus Christ is Our Savior

2. He will be returning soon

3. The only true Love is found in Christ

4. Heaven and Hell are real places

5. God is firmly in control of ALL things

Reblog this post if you agree!

Agape Love,

David

Non-Negotiables

Today’s message will be quick but maybe not painless. There are a few “non-negotiables” when it comes to my faith in Jesus Christ that are not open for discussion. So much so that I am not even willing to have debate on these for if any of these are changed even in the slightest, the bedrock on which our faith is built no longer exists. Here they go.

  1. God is the Creator of all things that exist.
  2. God created the world in six actual days.
  3. God created the world without sin; WE (Adam and Eve) brought it upon ourselves.
  4. God still so loved His Creation that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty WE should have paid; He paid it by dying crucified to an actual Cross in Calvary.
  5. Jesus laid in the tomb for 3 days before He rose again.
  6. After His resurrection, He walked among His people for a time and then ascended to the right hand of the Father.
  7. One day, at a time only known by the Father, Jesus will come again to judge the Earth and restore things how they were intended to be.
  8. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, written by man but inspired by God. (I am willing to discuss translation issues as the Bible we read today is not in the same format it originally was, however, it is still the Word of God and the only source of Truth for how God calls us to live as well as all other aspects of why we are here.)
  9. Marriage was designed to be between One Man and One Woman.
  10. There is a very real place that awaits God’s people after we die called Heaven. There is also a very real place that awaits those who reject Him called Hell. Both places are eternal and will not be changed.

Again, for me, these basics are not open for discussion. If after reading this you choose not to be a part of my ministry, that’s ok. I for one, however, am tired of seeing the Church community divided on basic Godly Principles so I am making a stand.

Hope you all continue to serve with me!

David

Always Learning

One thing about being a Pastor, being in the ministry, heck just being a human being is that we are always learning; at least that is what we should be doing. We should never reach a point in our lives where we know without a shadow of a doubt that we know everything and can’t be taught. This happened to me yesterday and even though I knew better, I had to learn the hard way a very simple fact; some people don’t want to learn…

If I am wrong I say it; always been a trait of mine that I hold dear and to be honest expect from others as well. It’s right up there with honesty, kind of a non-negotiable. Over the last few days there has been quite the debate that I stirred up on whether Baptism is required for salvation. I will go to my grave saying it is not because the Bible just gives too many examples where it is Grace and Grace alone (with your acceptance of that Grace) that saves you. Baptism is an act that Jesus is very clear about in which acts can’t save you. Look at the person on the Cross with Jesus; “Today you will be with me in Paradise”. Was that person Baptized? No of course not. So if you are saying Baptism is required for salvation then you are saying that Jesus was lying on the Cross when He made that statement. (There are plenty more examples Jesus gave us through His Word but that is the most obvious one). ANWAYS….

What I learned yesterday is that no one is ever teachable when you play this back and forth game with them; especially over the internet. I would much rather have that type of conversation over coffee face to face, however, in this world today that is difficult so here we are….I should have taken a page from my mentor and just gave my position and left it there. Many people agree with my stance on this; why engage others that disagree? It just puts on a horrible witness and for that I am truly sorry. I guess for me when it comes to issues of salvation it drives me insane to see folks deceived, but again just like spreading the Good News itself, I am not responsible for what people do with the information I give them, only that I in fact give it to them. The Holy Spirit does the rest.

So, my advice to all of you? Let Love be your guide! On most things concerning God and His Word odds are we have it all jacked up anyways. I mean look at all the different versions and today the lack of research people do into the original languages in which God’s Word was written. Other than the basics, I bet when we get to Heaven we will see how wrong we were about a great many things. So if you are passionate about something, be passionate and put it out there. Just stop engaging those that only want to argue and not learn. I know for me that is the approach I will be taking from now on.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Agape Love,

David

Repent?

Repent

Matthew 3:2- “Repent! For the Kingdom is at hand”

Happy Sunday friends! Again its good to be back. This little cold of mine just does not want to go away but carry on I will. Please continue to keep this family in your prayers as the Enemy is doing everything he can in his limited power to hurt us and keep us down. What he doesn’t realize is that through Christ we are Warriors and while we may get knocked down from time to time, we have already won the war. Same goes for all of you that know Jesus as Savior today, Amen?

Repenting…that is a word in the Bible that means a lot of different things in a lot of different ways depending on the context in which it is used. The main one that I hope at least everyone agrees on is that when you ask Jesus to be your Savior and live for Him, you must confess your sins and “turn around” from them to lead a different life. Despite false teaching to the contrary that does not mean you will never sin again, it simply means that those things which you had no choice to engage in before, you now have the choice to turn away from because Jesus has broken the chains of slavery. Amen?

The other meaning, which is less taught in most churches these days, is that repentance is an ongoing event and if done correctly can expose you to the Kingdom that Jesus was talking about in His ministry. Many people confuse the Lord’s return with the “Kingdom being at hand”. Some think Jesus and His disciples thought He would return before that generation passed away but what He was really saying was that through a daily, true repentant heart, the Kingdom of Heaven can be yours right now! Does that mean that you can be perfect here? No, but Jesus left us clues about a way we can live right now that will provide a new level of hope, understanding, and love that most believers will never experience until we get to Heaven.

So today we all have a choice; we can repent to be forgiven (which is the first step in our relationship with Christ) and stop there, OR we can repent daily heck even sometimes hourly and see a whole new world exposed to us. I so strive to get to that point in my walk with Jesus; I have been there a few times only to allow the Enemy to knock me back down. What is your choice today? Are you satisfied with being forgiven or do you want to be forgiven AND carry out a important mission from God? As always the choice is yours friends! Have a great Sunday!

Agape love,

David

Repent?

Repent

Matthew 3:2- “Repent! For the Kingdom is at hand”

Happy Sunday friends! Again its good to be back. This little cold of mine just does not want to go away but carry on I will. Please continue to keep this family in your prayers as the Enemy is doing everything he can in his limited power to hurt us and keep us down. What he doesn’t realize is that through Christ we are Warriors and while we may get knocked down from time to time, we have already won the war. Same goes for all of you that know Jesus as Savior today, Amen?

Repenting…that is a word in the Bible that means a lot of different things in a lot of different ways depending on the context in which it is used. The main one that I hope at least everyone agrees on is that when you ask Jesus to be your Savior and live for Him, you must confess your sins and “turn around” from them to lead a different life. Despite false teaching to the contrary that does not mean you will never sin again, it simply means that those things which you had no choice to engage in before, you now have the choice to turn away from because Jesus has broken the chains of slavery. Amen?

The other meaning, which is less taught in most churches these days, is that repentance is an ongoing event and if done correctly can expose you to the Kingdom that Jesus was talking about in His ministry. Many people confuse the Lord’s return with the “Kingdom being at hand”. Some think Jesus and His disciples thought He would return before that generation passed away but what He was really saying was that through a daily, true repentant heart, the Kingdom of Heaven can be yours right now! Does that mean that you can be perfect here? No, but Jesus left us clues about a way we can live right now that will provide a new level of hope, understanding, and love that most believers will never experience until we get to Heaven.

So today we all have a choice; we can repent to be forgiven (which is the first step in our relationship with Christ) and stop there, OR we can repent daily heck even sometimes hourly and see a whole new world exposed to us. I so strive to get to that point in my walk with Jesus; I have been there a few times only to allow the Enemy to knock me back down. What is your choice today? Are you satisfied with being forgiven or do you want to be forgiven AND carry out a important mission from God? As always the choice is yours friends! Have a great Sunday!

Agape love,

David