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The Glory

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By Pastor Jeff,

My first thought when it comes about the word “glory” is when the angels announced the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to the shepherds in the hills, Luke 2:11-14, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

The Glory of God  can be difficult to describe, His Glory can be found in His creation, Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork.” Even man was created to display His glory, Isaiah 43:7, “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Unfortunately, man has polluted the glory of God, Romans 1:18-23, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

Do you think of glory as being another name for heaven? Psalms 73:23-25, “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” How many times have you said or heard Christians talk of death as being “received unto glory,” which is a phrase borrowed from this Psalm. When the Christian dies, he will be taken into God’s presence, and in His presence will be naturally surrounded by God’s glory.

Defining what Glory is and what it means is tougher than I thought and to explain it to someone who never has seen the glory of God in His creation or has never experienced the wonderful presence of Jesus Christ is like trying to explain a sunrise over the ocean to someone who is blind.

Because God is the creator of all, including us and is Holy, the glory of God is the manifest beauty of his holiness. It is the going public of his holiness. His holiness is what he is as God that nobody else is. It is his quality of perfection that can’t be improved upon, that can’t be imitated, that is incomparable, that determines all that he is and is determined by nothing from outside. It signifies his infinite worth, his intrinsic, infinite worth, his intrinsic, infinite value.
We need to give Him “Glory” we all make the mistake of trusting in earthly things, earthly relationships, their own powers or talents or beauty, or the goodness they see in others. But when these things fade and fail as they will inevitably do we tend to abandon the things and people we have been giving glory to. What we all need to realize is that God’s glory is constant, and as we journey through life we will see it manifest here and there
The Lord Jesus Christ has done so much for me, can you declare that too?
John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
And we have this promise in Him, Ephesians 1:11-17, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”
Moses who probably had the most one on one connection to God in the Old Testament had had one day asked the Lord an interesting question in Exodus 33:18, “And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.”
You know what, that is a question I am asking God too…
Exodus 40:34, “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”  I want you to notice something here, this filling of the tabernacle only happened after sacrifice, what sacrifice can we give? Hebrews 13:14-15, “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”
Its about desire, do you have this desire?

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Why I Believe!

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By Pastor Jeff,

Mark 16:9-18, “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Believing in an integral part of the Christian faith and it means to have faith in, but have you ever been asked, “Why do you believe?”, how did you respond?

I recently looked at the question on the internet and how what those that call themselves atheists, give as reason to not believe in God. I will just cover a two of probably the most common reasons and my answers will be fairly brief, but I’m sure you will get the picture I am painting. One of the questions has to start with the origin of this universe we live in which is referred to as Evolution. Hebrews 11:3, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” To be honest it takes faith to believe in creation as well as it does in evolution since none of us where there to witness it but as I have researched and studied both theories, (I was once a big believer in “Big Bang” and evolution) it becomes much more apparent that true science matches up with the creation event than it does with the evolution theory (study the first and second laws of Thermodynamics as well as other natural laws). Does anyone really believe that the loss of information in our DNA shows that we evolved or are evolving (Mutations are a cornerstone of evolution proponents and no mutation shows an increase of information but the loss of it instead)  I can go on and on giving evidence of a young earth but you need to make up your own mind if this proves that there is no God!

The other question non-believers pose is “Where is God in all the suffering?” I use to have a hard time answering this tough question, but after studying the fall of man you can only come to the conclusion that is not God that brought suffering and death into the world. It is man! God created man, the world and the universe perfectly and only had one request from us, Genesis 2:15-17, “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Our God is not a God that lies, what He told Adam was the truth, and ever since man decided to have things his own way its brought suffering and death for us all.

So that’s why you believe brother Jeff?

Well its much more than that, it really comes down to that my life was a mess, I had no hope, I was angry at the God that I didn’t believe in, I was selfish, bitter, destined to spend an eternity without God. I was going nowhere fast but I was introduced to someone who cared about me even when I didn’t care about myself and His name was Jesus the Christ! He loved me enough to allow me to hear the gospel message, He allowed me to become convicted of my sins, to repent, and to have those sins washed away in the waters of Baptism calling on His name. He loved me enough to fill me with His precious gift of the Holy Ghost.

My life can still be called a mess, but it is a glorified mess through the love of Jesus Christ our Lord, and that my friends is WHY I BELIEVE!

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