Bible Study @ 6:30 pm
If you allow Christ to keep watch over your lips, whatever you say should build up others. You should encourage and strengthen others spiritually. Is that what happens when you talk with people? . . .
by Kevin Belcher | June 24, 2013
As the question continues to build concerning the identity of Jesus we are given an interlude between Jesus sending his disciples out on tour and their return. In this story we become privy to the interworking of a government system and leader with a faithful godly preacher of righteousness.
by Kevin Belcher | Wednesday June 12, 2013
Mark 4:26-29, “And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
There is nothing more exciting to the disciple of Jesus Christ than to see other people come to God through the person and redeeming work of Jesus Christ. The joy of the child of God is to see their Father honored and glorified by more and more people. Very often along the Christian pilgrimage discouragement can creep in and begin to dampen the passion to spread the glorious good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.
by Kevin Belcher | Tuesday May, 28, 2013
James 5:7, “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.”
People often say, “don’t pray for patience!” The assumption is that if you pray for patience God will send you trials so you can develop patience. The reality is, however, that we live in a corrupted, “fallen” world. This world at its best is sin-stricken and broken. Trials are not just possible but unavoidable. As we face trials of various kinds (James 1:2-3) it is important that we seek God for the patience to persevere in a way that is not only pleasing to God but also in a way that highlights the glory and all-satisfying reality of a personal relationship with God.
by Kevin Belcher | May 20, 2013
"If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."
There are many things in life that we place a high value on. Things like money, jewels, gold and relationships are just some of the things people place value in. One of the concerns with these things is that they be the "genuine article." People do not place much value in fake friendships, counterfeit money or jewelry that is made of plastic, unless for some sentimental reason. For the most part, when it comes to things of high value, people want to know that they possess what is authentic and genuine. James has already pointed out the vital importance for those who claim faith in God to realize the importance of putting that faith to the test to determine if it is a genuine, authentic saving faith or not (see 1:3).