Destiny Smiling on His way to School

•May 30, 2010 • 2 Comments

•May 30, 2010 • 1 Comment

What’s So Important About Sin

•May 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

What’s So Important About Sin

UChenna F. Bekee

What is all the fuss about? What is sin anyway? We hear the word all the time and have an understanding that “sin” is something wrong or bad. Society easily views actions like murder, theft and physical abuse as sin and bad for mankind. But what is sin really?

Webster defines sin as: an offense against religious or moral law

The Bible defines sin as breaking God’s law (1 John 3:4), which is the basis for many of the moral laws we have today. This unintended or willful disobedience to what God commands us to do is sin, and can cause us to be lost eternally.

Of course, you may think that you haven’t broken any of God’s laws. You may think that you are a good moral person: you haven’t killed anyone, or cheated on your taxes, you may give to charities and be a productive member of society. And if you are doing these things, you are a good, moral person according to society’s standard. But God has set a standard of living in His word, the Bible, and He wants us to live by it.

So, what’s the importance of sin in your life? The Bible reveals much on the subject of sin and how it affects mankind. Pure and simple, sin causes us to be separated from God.

“But your iniquities (sins) have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2

Unfortunately, We have all sinned!

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23

And the apostle John tells us in I John 1:8:

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

The consequence of this separation from God (because of my sinning), if left alone, is spiritual death in Hell for eternity!

“For the wages of sin is death…” – Romans 6:23a

But you might say, “How can this be, if I’m being a good moral person?”

Let’s look at a list of sins that might hit closer to home: greed, evil, envy, murder, strife (fighting), deceit (lying), malice, gossip, insolence, arrogance, boastfulness, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving and unmerciful. This is one of many lists in God’s Holy word of things He does not approve. (This list was part of the verses found in Romans 1:29-31.) Notice how murder is included with gossip as something God disapproves of, all sin is evil in God’s sight. The Bible tells in the book of James,

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” – James 2:10

We are encouraged by the apostle Paul,

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts” – Romans 6:12

Don’t let sin have control of you and your spiritual future. God has provided a way to overcome sin and its evil effects in our life. Paul also tells us that,

“…the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23b

What must you do to receive this gift from God? Look for our upcoming article on repentance,

Don’t Run Empty!

•May 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

NEVER RUN DRY!

During the days of Elijah — at a time when there was a great drought —
he met a widow who was gathering sticks in order to bake the last bit of
flour and oil she had. Elijah told her to first make him a little cake of
the flour and oil and then make some afterward for herself and her son. He
encouraged her that the jar of flour and the jug of oil WOULD NOT BE EMPTY
until the day God sent rain again. And it was so. (1 Kings 17:8-16)

During days of Elisha (who followed Elijah) there was a widow who was
threatened with having her two children taken to be the slaves of her
creditor. Having asked and found that the woman had nothing left but a jar
of oil in her house, Elisha told her to borrow empty vessels from all of her
neighbors — and not just a few — and then go in behind closed doors and
fill them. As long as she had empty vessels to fill, her jar of oil DID NOT
RUN OUT! (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Imagine, having a vessel (a container) that never ran dry! Every time we
needed to draw from its contents, there would be an ample supply! Would we
say it was a miracle? Would we believe God had to be involved in order for
it to be so?

A mother can give all her love to all her children without diminishing
the love she also has for her husband. She can give and give from what would
seem to be a BOTTOMLESS WELL OF LOVE. Think of our own love that we have for
family and for others. Can we not be such a vessel when God is involved in
our life; as we acknowledge HIS NEVER ENDING LOVE for us? (note Psalm
103:17)

Someone has said, “The ultimate miracle of love is this — that love is
given to us to give to one another.” [original source unknown]

John stated. . .
“(19) WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.” (1 John 4:19 ESV)

Do we know THAT LOVE? Are we experiencing THAT LOVE? Is THAT LOVE
filling our life in such a way that we can continue to draw from it to
extend it to others? To “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge”
we “may BE FILLED with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19 ESV) and one
aspect of the essence of GOD IS LOVE. (1 John 4:8) Therefore, as GOD
CONTINUES TO LOVE US, we should HAVE AMPLE LOVE FOR OTHERS as well. LOVE is
an essential ingredient of life! To His glory, let us be a vessel of GOD’S
LOVE that never runs dry because we are allowing Him to fill us.

Have a great day AS AN OPEN CONTAINER OF CHRISTIAN LOVE!

Being Outward Focused!

•May 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Any time people are challenged to look beyond themselves, this is difficult. At our core, we are selfish people. But our attitude is to be like Christ, who did not come to be served, but to serve others (Mk. 10:45). Jesus placed following him and self-sacrifice above all else, even one’s family: 37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt.10:37). The fact is that many turned away from this message. But those who got the message, with God’s help, began to sacrifice, serve others, and reached the entire world for Christ.

This is the attitude that we must cultivate in ourselves in order to really be outward focused.
Paul said,
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature a God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature b of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross! (Phil. 2:5-8)


Found within this passage are the following concepts-
– Seeking – Jesus left heaven to come to earth. He came to us, actively seeking us out.
– Serving – Jesus sacrificed his own comfort, not holding on to his equal footing with the Father in heaven. Instead, he willingly gave up this position to become human and serve others
– Good News (which we Share) – Jesus died for us on the cross, making possible our salvation.
It is a difficult message. But once we take up that cross, sacrifice, and follow Jesus–who came to seek and save lost people–God will greatly bless our lives and our families.
How can we be more intentional about reaching lost people?

Help Hidden Treasure Renew Her Rents FOr 2010/2011 session

•May 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Brethren , Is another Season that Hidden Treasure Asks for assistance from well meaning Brethren and friends to help us renew Rents of the Facility that we are using for this work now. Our annual rents will expire 30th of May and should be renewed 2nd June.the rents is in the Tune of $4000. would you please, help us to continue this Mission project for many Nigerian Kids born into poor Homes and the Church. Your Donations can help us achieve this task.

Let The Bible Speak ..about Instrumental Music

•March 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

What one does in worship is of supreme importance. Paul declared, “And what soever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 3:17. From this statement we learn that whatever we do must be done by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 4:23-24 that the true worshipper does so in “spirit and truth.” The fact that there are true worshippers implies that there are false worshippers. We must be careful to be a true worshipper. Also in Matthew 15:8-9, Jesus emphasized that when one worships according to the doctrines and precepts of men that his worship is “vain.” Anyone who has the least bit of regard for his soul will have a genuine interest in this matter. The Christian’s worship is of great importance!
The question now is, “What does the New Testament teach concerning music in worship?” One may in just a few moments read all the New Testament has to say in regard to music in the worship of the church. Please take time to read Matthew 26:30, Acts 16:25, Romans 15:9-11, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 13:15, James 5:13. Without exception we are taught to “sing.” Therefore, we must conclude concerning the mechanical instrument of music that Christ did not authorize it, no apostle commanded it, and no apostolic church ever used it. The Holy Spirit specified the kind of music we are to use in worship and to add one’s own view to the teaching of the Holy Spirit is to add to the word of God (Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19).
The mechanical instrument of music was added by man without the authority of Christ. The American Encydopedia, Vol. XII, page 688 says, ‘Pope Vitalian is related to have introduced organs into some of the churches of Southern Europe about A.D. 670, but the only trustworthy account is that of one sent as a present by Greek Emperor, Constantine Copronymous, to Pepin, king of the Franks in 775.”
It is often made to appear that those who refuse to use mechanical instruments of music are a peculiar lot and as such are out of step with the best thinkers. Would it surprise you to learn that the greatest of minds have considered the mechanical instrument of music in worship to be sinful? C. H. Spurgeon said, “I would as soon pray to God with machinery as to sing to God with machinery.” Martin Luther declared, “The organ is the ensign of Baal.” John Wesley wrote, “I have no objection to the organ in our chapel provided it is neither heard nor seen.” Adam Clark observed, “I am an old man and an old minister and I here declare that I have never known instrumental music to be productive of good in the worship of God, and have reason to believe that it has been productive of much evil.” For those who follow the New Testament, these quotations are not to be taken as authority for a practice but they do show that some of the very best minds in the religious world have considered the mechanical instrument of music in worship to be sinful.
The most popular argument made for the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship is that Psalm 150 authorizes their use. However, one must be aware that the Psalms are a part of the Old Testament and even more than that, they are considered by Jesus to be a part of the law. In
John 10:34 Jesus said, “Has it not been written in your law?” and then proceeded to quote Psalm 82:6. If one can go back to the law of Moses which has been nailed to the cross, for authority today, then he can go there for authority to offer animal sacrifice, burn incense, and many other things. We are not under the Law of Moses, but under the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16-17).
Another argument used in favor of mechanical instruments of music in worship is one based in Revelation 14:2. This passage says, “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of great thunder. and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.” The American Standard Version more correctly translated the last part of the verse to say, “…and the voice which I heard was as the voice of harpers harping with their harps.” What John heard was a voice that was as “many waters,” “great thunder,” and “harpers harping with their harps.” John did not hear harpers harping with their harps. Friend, even if such things as literal harps could be found in heaven it would be no argument for such in worship today. There are many things found in heaven that cannot be found in the church.
Some contend that because we have mechanical instruments of music in our homes that we can have them in the church. Let me remind you that the home is not the church, and we have things in our home that we cannot have in the church. I enjoy a meal of cornbread and beans, and a glass of sweet milk at home, but it has no place in the worship of God. I enjoy sleeping at home, but it should find no place in the worship of God.
An objection that is often given is that the mechanical instrument of music is involved in the Greek word ‘psallo’ which is consistently translated “to sing” or “make melody.” However, when one studies the Greek lexicons he soon learns that even though the word at one time was used to mean, “to play on a stringed instrument,” that by the New Testament times the word had come to mean “to sing.” Please note the following references: Newman, Concise Greek/English Dictionary of the New Testament, “Sing, sing a hymn of praise, sing praise.” Thayer, “to pluck off, pull out … absol. to play on a stringed instrument, to play the harp, etc. … in the New Testament to sing a hymn, to celebrate the praises of God in song. Jas. v. 13.” Moulton and Milligan Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament, “properly play on a harp, but in the N.T., as in James 5:13 – sing a hymn.” Bauer, “to extol by singing praises, to sing praises.” Kittel, Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, “ado, ‘to sing’ … ‘to sing of’ …There is no distinction from Psallein in Eph. 5:19.” So, it becomes quite obvious, even to the casual student that even though the word one time carried the idea of playing a stringed instrument, that by the time the New Testament was written, it was used to mean, “to sing.” If the mechanical instrument is inferred in the word then there is no way one may please God without it and thus one is inconsistent to contend for its use and then say that one may or may not use the mechanical instrument of music. If it is inferred in the word then we have no choice in the matter, we must use it. That which proves too much, proves nothing. If the mechanical instruments of music are inferred in the word, then one could not even read the Psalms today without musical accompaniment. Such an idea, at very best, is unpalatable and even unscriptural. The truth of the matter is that the New Testament teaches that we are to sing (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16).
My friend, there is really no difficulty at all in learning our duty in this matter from the Bible. We are to sing, and to do otherwise is to add to the word of God and to worship Him without faith (Romans 10:17, 14:23).