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Monday, August 25, 2014

Preaching out of Love, not for money.

I was reading a verse about the disciples were to go out and preach the Gospel.  They are to not take any gold or silver and put them in the pocket.  They were to trust God for what they need and know that their needs will be met. 

Matthew 10:5-10

These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,[a] cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.

Preaching is not for anyone of us to make a living off of it but to bring Salvation to others. Just as we received Salvation as Free gift but it cost the Son of God his Life on the Cross. 

"Freely you have received, freely give."  Wow.. that's pretty sums it up.  As a pastor, I should preach for free, not to make a living out of it   Christ gave me free gift of Salvation and I should share the Gospel to others for free.  His Love for you is free.  His forgiveness for you is free.  So if I was to give you 20 dollars, it should be a gift, not a loan.   If I was to help you tend your yard or mow your yard, it should be out of love and desire to do so. 

Which made me wonder and ponder about  something.. What if all the local pastors were do preach for free and not get paid a penny at all and earn money by going to work?  Nothing wrong with money or possession but what are our priorities?  If we put God first and obey His commandments, then we should be taken care of.  Being a pastor is a privilege, not a job.  Pastor is there to greet, help, minister, and make sure they go home as uplifted spirits.  I have seen pastors come on stage as an entertainer and not uplifting anyone's spirits at all.  If we, as pastor, have no building to preach, do we stop preaching?  No!  We keep on preaching until God calls us home. 

As the bible say, it's easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven.  Love is much more greater than all the gold and silver in the world.  It's the greatest gift any one of us can share. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My thoughts for today.

First of all, before we became Christians, we were non believers first until someone came to tell us about Christ, His Salvation, and His finished works on the Cross. 

Second of all, just because they don't believe in Him or turn away from God, doesn't mean that we should be judgmental of how they live their lives or what they believe in, or bashing them because they turn away from Christ.  We are here as peacemakers, to love them, to uplift their spirits, and to be there for them when they need our help. 

Look in the Bible, there are countless of events where Jesus healed the sick that were not even believers until after they got healed.  Jesus showed the Love for you and others first before we came to Him.  We changed or transformed AFTER we wholeheartedly accept Christ as our Savior.  Anyone can say, "I am saved" but it must be in the heart not the mind.  It must be a spiritual acceptance of allowing Christ to enter your heart and feel the loving presence of the Most High God. 

What can we do as Christians to those who rejects Him?  Don't condemn them but instead, PRAY for them!  LOVE them!  Let them go and God will take care fo them and go to others people to whom we can witness the Love of Christ.  We can't force anyone to accept Christ.  It must be their free will choice and we are not to interfere with it. 

God's Blessings

Don't take wealth as your number one source of happiness. Our true richness is in our heart when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. That free gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ.