“DISCIPLE OR APOSTLE?”

“Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”    Matthew 10:1  NIV   Read:  Matthew 10:1-20 When we think of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James and others we are correct in knowing they were among the first disciples of JESUS, our LORD AND SAVIOUR.   At the same time, these men of GOD became known as apostles of JESUS.   We can learn from the scriptures an apostle is also a disciple, yet all disciples are not apostles.  A disciple is a follower of CHRIST; a student of scripture, who born again and is faithful in believing in all JESUS tells us and then shares that faith in order to teach others.   An apostle is all this and more.   Upon accepting CHRIST as your SAVIOUR, your new role is to be a disciple.   Are you living a life as a disciple?   JESUS gave the original disciples the power to heal and to drive out demons whom HE called HIS apostles.   Mark 3:14 tells us JESUS: “…designating them apostles…” This power was given later to Paul, Matthias (who replaced Judas) and perhaps a dozen others by JESUS.   Some churches claim a hierarchy of apostles, while some individuals claim to be apostles with the power to heal the sick and to drive demons from others.  Others hold there are no new apostles, that all apostles were given the authority only by JESUS.   In truth, most struggle with the task of being faithful disciples.   Many of those you attend church with are disciples, while many...

“BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!”

“For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”   1Corinthians 2:11 NIV   Read:  1Corinthians 2:1-16   About two months ago, a local TV weatherman predicted this would be a drier and warmer winter than normal.   Within days, he was proven wrong and is being proved even more wrong daily as this bitter cold continues.   As smart as we think we are, as much education and experience we have; we know so little.   It is humbling to admit we are wrong.   GOD knows all and we know all about nothing.   We, all too often, depend upon our own self dependent confidence to make decisions.   We think we know best and more times than not find ourselves asking our FATHER why things are going as they are.   Rather than trust our own instincts, we need to take those thoughts and ask GOD if we should act upon what we think.  We go to doctors when we think we have an illness.  We consult an attorney for advice in legal situations.   We depend upon skilled tradesmen to repair our appliances and cars.  Why don’t we depend upon the most high authority?   GOD is waiting to hear from you.   HE created you so you would fellowship with HIM.  Instead of depending upon yourself, depend on the ONE whom knows all.   GOD is the expert…the only expert…in your life.   Don’t continue making the same mistakes over and over.   Take your problems and lay them...

“WHERE ARE YOU GOING?”

“Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied,”Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”  John 13:36 NIV   Read:  John 3:16-21   It seems, we are all coming from somewhere or going to somewhere.  Where are you going?  Do you have a destination?  You may have a geographic destination, an emotional destination or a spiritual destination.   There is a problem with both a geographic destination or an emotional place you are led to be.   Both are only temporary.   They may satisfy you for hours or even years.   Yet, in time neither will have nothing to offer you.   GOD has a place for you.   The place is so special; HE sent HIS son to take on all your sinful burdens so you can spend all eternity with HIM.  John 3:16 tells us:  “For GOD so loved the world that he gave HIS one and only SON, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life.”   Then HE clarifies and removes all doubt in verse 17:  “For GOD did not send HIS SON into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through HIM.”   Scripture tells us only those who have chosen JESUS as their SAVIOUR will spend eternity in Heaven.   We can see that is very true by just looking around at the sin in this world.   Most don’t believe.  Many of those who claim to be believers are living out their lives just as the non-believers do and will never see to glory of Heaven.   Do you...