Pastor’s Blog

Come, Join the Barnabas Club!

     In Acts 4:36-37 we are introduced to an amazing man, Barnabas. He is mentioned some twenty times in the Acts of the Apostles. Luke cites Barnabas as a role model of the believers. Barnabas had on his resume’ that he was a Levite and was from Cyprus. Levites were descendants of the tribe of Levi. They assisted and served the Priesthood in the sanctuary, distributed the tithes to the needy and taught and interpreted the verdicts of the law. Barnabas was related to the author of the gospel of Mark. John Mark was his cousin.

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Thank God for What Was

     The first nine chapters of First Chronicles lists several generations beginning with Adam and concluding in the early sixth century B.C. Genealogies can be boring unless the genealogy happens to list your family. The more personal a document is, the more interesting it becomes.

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Hear Our Prayer

     Why are some prayers answered while others are not? This is a question I hear all too frequently. The question is somewhat misleading. The Scriptures claim that God responds to every prayer. The problem is that God’s answer isn’t always in keeping with our greatest hopes.

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Prayer Power

     It’s reported that the late evangelist, Dwight L. Moody, had a room behind the pulpit called the “Powerhouse”. The “Powerhouse” was a small room where a few saints gathered to pray while the Minister was preaching.

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Learn from the Mistakes of Others

     Elijah was the kind of person who easily got under the skin of those in power. The king of Israel was no exception. Ahaziah dispatched a platoon of soldiers to arrest Elijah as an act of vengeance. Elijah was discovered sitting alone atop a hillside. Elijah was outmanned by a ratio of fifty to one. This doesn’t imply that Elijah was outgunned. Elijah held the high ground, which in military stratagem offers a peak advantage. (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

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Listen Closely

     Elijah was one of those larger than life kind of people. Just about everything he did had a dramatic flair. Personally, I think that a little bit of Elijah would have gone a long way.

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