Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Holiness of God

Leviticus 19:2 “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.”

The Lord is holy, and He is the one who has all authority. Our actions, same as Israel’s, must be predicated on that fact. The Supreme Being, the Creator, the Sustainer, and the ultimate authority of all is holy. Therefore, our lives must be that which fall in line with the Creator’s purpose for us: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11). He is worthy of such from His creation, because He is holy. He requires of His people in every age to be set apart (holy) in character reflecting His character.
--Wayne Rodgers

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Looking For Hope

Christians live their lives with an earnest expectation of heaven. Hope is defined as desire plus expectation. Heaven should be that which is so desired that it is hard to think of anything else. It is so often the case that when we take our eyes off the prize or begin to lose focus that we fall or surrender to temptation (Mt. 14:28-30). However, a reward awaits the faithful in Christ, and we should keep our eyes focused on our Lord’s return (Phil. 3:14). For with it, He will bless those who no doubt look forward to His return.

-Wayne Rodgers

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hope & Quietly Wait

In Lamentations 3, goodness is the key of verses 25-27, and verse 26 teaches that the goal of each should be the salvation of the Lord. Whether it is the end of a kingdom (Judah), or us today our goal should be the same. While the words, “hope and quietly wait” show our anticipation, perseverance, endurance, and patience toward such salvation as the Lord offers. We have assurance in that salvation by way of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of god” (Rom. 5:1-2).

~Wayne Rodgers

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Be Strong & Do It - 1 Chronicles 28:10

David’s words to his son, Solomon, are seen as a charge with the Lord’s intent and purpose in mind. God had a house for Solomon to build. Like any father would do, David encourages him to be strong and do it. The words are for the son’s consideration. He was to think about what the Lord wants him to do, be strong and do it. What about us? We should always consider what the Lord wants us to be doing. What is the Lord’s will for us? Sometimes, it may be that which is difficult; therefore, be strong and do it.

-Wayne Rodgers