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How do we explain the different RACES?

From the beginning of creation it was God’s will for man to populate the whole earth, but in Genesis chapter 11 we read the historic account that human society was of one language and determined with one mind to stay together (Genesis 11:4).  Due to their disobedience to the LORD, He confused (or confounded) their language, so that they could not understand one another.  In doing so, the Lord “scattered them upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:5-9).  As a result of the different languages, people married those whose language they could understand.  This arrangement produced separate INBREEDING groups.

Over a few generations these inbreeding groups produced specific characteristics, including different color eyes, different shape of ears and nose, along with different shades of skin color.  What most people do not know (and the media along with academia will not inform so as to continue racial strife) is that there is only on color of skin.  It is called melanin.  Some who are darker have more melanin, and those who are lighter have less melanin.  Nevertheless, despite different characteristics, different languages, different shades of skin color, we all have blood flowing through our bodies, we all are given a soul, and we all are created in the image of God according to (Genesis 1:27).

As foreign as this may seem to this generation, “racial barriers” are broken down by the preaching of the gospel of God’s love and grace and not by Political Correctness.  Political Correctness is based upon tolerance while Biblical Correctness is based upon love.  Now let me ask you, “Which would you want, someone to just tolerate you, or for someone to love you?”  My choice is that I want to love and be loved.  If you are honest with yourself that would be your choice as well.

Regardless of the race haters and racial instigators – racial barriers can be broken down whereby different people celebrate their cultural differences under God’s love and grace.  In fact, there are many Biblical examples of racial barriers being broken by the simple preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  In Acts chapter 2, Jews from every “nation” believed.  In Acts chapter 8, there is the bringing in of the Samaritans and the Ethiopian eunuch into Christianity.  Acts chapter 10 records the preaching of the gospel to many Italians in the house of Cornelius.  While in Acts 17:16-34, the gospel is preached to the Greeks in Athens.  Therefore, if any racial barriers are to broken down it will come through the Church of Jesus Christ being BIBLICALLY CORRECT.

The truth is that the original manuscripts of the Bible do not use the word “race” to describe different people.  Rather, God uses the words “NATIONS, TRIBES, KINDRED, TONGUE, and PEOPLE.”  If you find a bible that uses the word “race” it is because the translators were influenced by an evolutionary mind set simply because the concept of “race” was purely invented for convenience in evolutionary biological and anthropological studies.  Such concepts led to the pseudo-scientific belief (false-belief) that one race is superior to others.  Once again, this is an evolutionary mind set.  This historical truth cannot be emphasized too much.  Even though we cannot and should not label all evolutionary scientists as racist in their personal philosophies, but like it or not, this humanistic philosophy can be traced throughout history as promoting racism.  All a person has to do is read the writings of Charles Darwin and see the “race” language he used to promote his white Anglo-Saxon heritage as superior.

The Bible teaches that there is only “one blood” or one race of men upon the face of the earth – the human race (Acts 17:26), and that freedom from this sin cursed world is for “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).  So I encourage you (regardless of the culture or color of the church), find a fellowship of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and learn the bible.  As you come to the knowledge of God’s sovereign grace, you too will see “race” – erased!

 “And (GOD) hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” Acts 17:26


Judge Righteously

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” – John 7:24

One of the biggest misconceptions is that Christianity is a religion. That comes from sociology whereby sociologists categorize and lump all the world religions together and because they know no different they include Christianity. Nevertheless, let me point out that religion involves a system of rules and regulations empowered by laws and commandments. In short, religion is “do” oriented – whereby man to tries to get to God. What sets Christianity apart from all the world religions is that Christianity is a relationship based upon grace, mercy, and forgiveness empowered by love. In short, Christianity is “done” oriented – whereby God came down to man in order to be the “author and finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Just because all other world religions claim to be worshipers of a god it appears to the world that Christianity is just another religion – one among many. This demonstrates that outward appearances can be very deceptive.

In 1884 a 15-year-old boy died of Typhoid fever. Days after the funeral his grieving parents met with the president of Harvard University, Charles Eliot. Mr. Eliot met with the boy’s parents, who were dressed in ordinary attire, and he asked what he could do. They expressed their desire to fund a memorial in their son’s name. Mr. Eliot hastily said, “Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship?”   The parents said, “We were thinking of something more substantial than that… perhaps a building.” In a condescending way Mr. Eliot explained to the parents that their desire would be too expensive, and so they departed. Later the next year, Mr. Eliot learned that the parents had gone elsewhere and established a $26 million memorial in the name of their son Leland Stanford Junior, better known today as Stanford University!

Our opening scripture is one of the lesser-known passages in the New Testament. The Lord Jesus spoke these words as a rebuke to the Jewish religious leaders of His day. These law-oriented religionists criticized Jesus for making a man completely well on the Sabbath. They could not rejoice in the healing of this infirmed man by the hand of Jesus. They wandered away from the mercy that God delights to show (Hosea 6:6; Matthew 12:7) and had exalted the Sabbath day above hurting souls. To them it appeared that Jesus broke the Sabbath, but Jesus was Lord over the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8).

If you have not noticed, Jesus is instructing us to judge – but only according to righteousness!  Are you surprised?  Most people are.  If we find ourselves in a sticky situation it is better not to judge at all (Matthew 7:1), but if one is in the place where a judgment must be made. Let us take the words of our Lord and judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteously according to mercy, grace, and love.

David C. Hale, pastor

Email: reasons4believing@gmail.com

 

Lifting Up Praise

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!   Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” – Psalm 103:1,2
          This Psalm is unique with its intimate sweetness and sentiments of gratitude to God for His mercies.  The writer uses the word “bless” which, as applied to God, means to praise Him with a strong affection of gratitude.  While another word, “soul” is repeated to emphasize that our praise to the LORD should come from our inner most being.  All that is within us, our heart, our will, affection, motives, emotions and reason are to be used as expressions of praise to our LORD and Savior – our Great God!  The idea is, that God is worthy of all the praise and adoration that the entire man can render.  What is so often missed is that praising the LORD starts from our soul-being, and not from an artificial atmosphere within a church service.  We all could agree that the early church that we read of in the book of Acts was spirit filled lifting up praise and blessings to God.  The first century Christians is our example, and we see that they praised the LORD without laser-light shows, drama performances, or any other such worldly methods.  The writer of this psalm had a heart for blessing and praising the LORD and he saw that none of his faculties or powers within him should be exempt from the privilege of declaring his admiration and honor toward God’s holy name.
          We have the great privilege to bless the holy name of the LORD because all that we have and all that we are comes from the LORD.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” James 1:17.  Therefore we are to bless our LORD with all of our being and not forget all the glorious things He does for us, which works for our benefit.  I challenge you to read this psalm and notice how it is recorded that the LORD forgives all of our sins and has removed them as far as the east is from the west.  It is also recorded that He heals us.  He ransomed our lives from hell.  He surrounds us with loving-kindness and tender mercies.  He fills our life with good things whereby we are renewed and strengthened.  Therefore, is He not worthy to be praised?
          I encourage you to join me in asking God to search our hearts so that we would let all things go that we have unintentionally adopted in our praise that are not biblical.  As we lift up our voices in praise may it first originate from our heart-soul-being whereby we see the greatness of our LORD God who is worthy to be praised!
David C. Hale, pastor
Email:  reasons4believing@gmail.com

Compassion and Life

Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. – Luke 7:14,15

 

As the Lord Jesus taught throughout the cities of Galilee, He and His disciples came to the village of Nain. As He approached the city there was a large funeral procession. The young man being carried out was the only son of a widow. When Jesus saw the mother, His heart overflowed with compassion for her and He said, “Do not cry.” Then He graciously walked over to the open coffin and touched it, and as the pallbearers stopped and stood still Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”

As the sovereign words proceeded out from the Lord Jesus the power of life was infused into this young man’s dead body so that he became alive. The young man who was dead sat up, and then in a tender moment Jesus presented the son back to his mother. As the news of this spread, great awe swept throughout the land with all the people giving praise to God.

During Jesus’ ministry we find Him in many different places teaching the gospel and engaging the people. We find Jesus in the market place (John 5:1-9). We find Jesus in the temple (John 5:14; 7:14). We find Jesus in the synagogue (Mark 3:1; John 18:20). We find Jesus on a mountainside (Matthew 5:12). We find Jesus by the seaside (Mark 4:1). When we read the scriptures we find our Lord Jesus in many different places, except for one – a funeral!

We never read of Jesus attending a funeral, burying someone, or even preaching a eulogy. In our opening scripture Jesus stops a funeral. Why is that? It is because Jesus is life (John 6:47; John 11:25; John 14:6). John the Baptist testified that, “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Jesus is the very opposite of death. So having the very essence of life flowing out of Himself that is why every time we read about any dead people around Jesus, He showed compassion and they were raised to life.   Just ask Lazarus (John 11:43,44).

What a wonderful lesson for those of us who claim the name to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We should have the desires to exemplify compassion and testify of the eternal life found in Jesus to those around us. How many times do we get caught up in our busy schedule and forgo the opportunity – due to inconvenience? No one was more inconvenienced and taken advantage of than Jesus, yet He took time to stop a funeral procession.   I’m sure this mother was glad that Jesus was not too inconvenienced to share His life.

 

David C. Hale, pastor

Email: reasons4believing@gmail.com

OUR SABBATH REST

“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…rest unto your souls.” – Matthew 11:28,29b
          How awesome!  Jesus gave the promise of “rest” to all who come to Him.
          What does this mean?
          Jesus has many titles such as Messiah, Savoir, Son of God, Son of Man, and Lamb of God.  Another title that is often overlooked is “Lord also of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28).
          Sabbath simply means “rest,” and the Lord of the Sabbath has created our bodies to be refreshed, and by setting a day aside for physical rest is needful.
          Now Jesus declaring to be the “Lord of the Sabbath” means that He is the God who created in six days and rested – the same God who wrote the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20.  Yet Jesus said He came to “fulfill” the law (Matthew 5:17), which included the Sabbath.  Just as there are no longer animal sacrifices because of Jesus being the Lamb of God, so it is with the Sabbath.  The Sabbath is no longer a day – but a Person!
In the New Covenant, the Sabbath day is called a “shadow,” but the substance or reality of the Sabbath is Christ (Colossians 2:16,17).  That is why the Lord of the Sabbath, could give the invitation to come unto Him and He “will give you rest.”
          A Sabbath day comes only once a week.  That cannot provide the rest that we need from this everyday hectic world.  A day does not give rest in our trials, troubles, and pain.
          However, when we accept Jesus Christ as our New Covenant Sabbath we see that He is not confined to a one day a week ritual, but rather He is with us everyday of the week in relationship.  He is there for us at the work place, at school, the hospital, and the funeral home.  Jesus our Rest, our Sabbath, is on call 24/7 and He is only a prayer away.
          A cowboy driving a wagon going west came across a man walking westward.  The man walking was carrying a large backpack full of stuff – a very heavy burden to carry.
          The driver saw his burden and asked him if he wanted a ride.  Gratefully the man accepted. So he jumped into the back of the wagon and after a few minutes the driver turned around to see how the man was doing.  To his surprise, he found him still straining under the heavy weight of his burden while riding in the wagon.  The man had got into the wagon but never took the burden off his shoulders.
          Dear friend, how many of us are still carrying our burdens?
          Christ is the driver of our heavenly wagon and we have been invited to ride along with Him to our eternal destination, but many of us haven’t taken off our burdens.
          Come to Jesus as your Sabbath rest!
Published in the Marshall County Tribune
David C. Hale, pastor
email: reasons4believing@gmail.com

Newness of Life

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  –  Romans 6:3,4
          Let’s start off this New Year by jumping into some deep bible thinking!
          First, understand that our opening scripture has to do with Christian identity.
          The world firsts ask us our name then what we do, and they go on to define us by what we do.  Yet, the bible identifies us by birth.
          At birth our spirit was filled with sin, so our identity was that of a sinner according to Romans 5:12.  Prior to meeting Christ we had one nature and it was a sin nature, which was the source of all our sinful actions.
          Now zero in on the phrase “newness of life” at the end of our scripture.
          This “newness of life” implies that there was an old life that the believer once was a part of.  This old life is later called the “old man.”
          “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” Romans 6:6.
          What happened to your “old man” according to Romans 6:6?  The “old man” was crucified, which means it died.
          Why was the “old man” crucified?  So that the “body of sin might be destroyed.”
          Why was that “body of sin” destroyed?  So that believers “should not serve sin.”
          Before you were born, how many natures did you have?  One.  A sin nature, also called the “old man.”  That nature was crucified with Christ and you were resurrected with a new nature or “newness of life.”
          How many natures do you have now?  One!  You have the nature of Jesus Christ living in you by His Spirit so that you should not serve sin.
          Are you saying that we live in sinless perfection?  Absolutely not!  The apostle Paul who taught this “newness of life” and “new man” also taught that sin remained in his “flesh” (Romans 7:17,18).  So there is a clear biblical difference between “the flesh” and the “old man.”
          The “flesh” is the remaining sin in the members of our body, while the “old man” is dead by faith in Christ.  Therefore, the Christian has a new identity by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is our new nature, “our life” (Colossians 3:4), or our “newness of life.”
          Dear child of God, I pray that you will tap into your identity in Christ and walk in “newness of life.”  When you do you will have no need of a New Years resolution, because your new life in Christ is all that you need to accomplish all that God desires for you.
(Published in the Marshall County Tribune)
David C. Hale, pastor
New Life Community Church
1001 Easy Street
Lewisburg, TN 37091

 

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Piddlin’

“He who says he abides in Him (God) ought himself also to walk just as He (Jesus) walked.” – 1 John 2:6

 

Little Ricky was in about the third grade when he started to walk home from school. After a few weeks his mother noticed that each day it took him longer and longer to arrive home. This concerned her so she said something to Ricky’s father.

Ricky’s father asked him, “Why is it taking you so long to come home from school?” Little Ricky replied, “Oh, I’m just piddlin’!”   “You’re just pidllin?” his father asked. “Yeah, I’m just piddlin’.”

The next night Ricky’s father woke him up and said, “Get your clothes on.” “But daddy, it’s the middle of the night.” Ricky replied.   “I know – get your clothes on,” said his father.

Next Ricky’s father told him, “Since you like to piddle, go outside and walk up and down the sidewalk – and piddle!” Little Ricky, walked up and down the sidewalk as his father watched from the window. Shortly, Ricky came up to the door and asked if he could come in. His father replied, “No, you’re not done piddlin’.” Needless to say little Ricky walked straight home from school then on.

How often does God our heavenly Father catch His children piddlin’ around in this life?   So many times we have God upon our lips, but our hearts often drift away with the desire for more money, a higher position, or greater prestige and we miss thanking God for what we already have.   Other times we get caught up piddlin around in religion. We go through the motions of religious rites and church activities, and miss worshipping God with a heart of love and thankfulness for the life here and the eternal life to come.

When we piddle around we are far from home, far from the Father’s love, far from the Father’s provision and protection. Therefore, in love, the Father gets our attention. Even though He is close by watching us, He may give us a little time to piddle in this world so that we may see the emptiness and vanity of it all.

Seeing that our earthly fathers corrected us, we had some kind of respect for them although the discipline was unpleasant. Nevertheless, in the end it formed our character and it demonstrated care and concern. The writer of Hebrews in chapter 12 explains that we should all the more gladly submit to God’s training.   When our heavenly Father catches us piddlin’ around, with a loving and tender hand He corrects us so that we would immediately come straight home to Him.

How far have you piddled away from God’s presence? As our opening verse teaches us, we ought to walk as Jesus walked. Jesus walked in constant communion with the Father. His whole life was a deep love relationship with His Father – and so it should be with all of God’s children.

(Published in the Marshall County Tribune)

David C. Hale, pastor

New Life Community Church

1001 Easy Street

Lewisburg, TN 37091

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