Archive from April, 2014
Apr 29, 2014 - Hearing From God    4 Comments

ACCOUNTABILITY A HEDGE OF PROTECTION

In a recent conversation, the Holy Spirit brought to my mind the subject of accountability and prompted me to share it up with a couple. No sooner then this occurred, I began to question, where is the Spirit going with this? Isn’t it funny how when the Spirit of God leads you to do something, the first things to follow are questions and uncertainties. So I gave myself a mental slap on the face to snap out of it. Now where was I? Oh! Accountability. I then asked the couple what came to mind when they thought of the word accountability? They shared things like – responsibility, obligation, checks and balances. I agreed and shared what came to me which was that as children of God we are to be accountable to one another. Like it or not we are our brother’s keeper. Cain’s infamous last words about Able were, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

imageNow if you’re not familiar with the story of Cain and Able, this is an Old Testament account of two brothers. You see Abel was a tender of sheep. Out of his love for The Lord, Abel desired to offer the best of his flock as a sacrifice to The Lord God. Abel’s older brother, Cain, was a farmer and he also offered some of his fruit of the ground as an offering to The Lord, but not the first or best of what Cain had to offer. Abel’s offering was accepted by God but Cain’s was not and this angered Cain. And The Lord spoke to Cain asking him why was his countenance so low. God told Cain that if he brought the correct sacrifice he would be accepted. Genesis 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

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Apr 22, 2014 - The Love of God    2 Comments

WHY CRUCIFY?

It’s been a wonderful Easter season for the Wades and I pray it has been the same for all of you as well! We left off last week with this thought -to understand the resurrected life, we must understand the sacrificial death. Have you ever wondered why the method of death for Jesus was crucifixion? I believe this question probed the hearts and minds of the people during Jesus times as well people of today, why CRUCIFIXION?

History tells us that crucifixion was first devised by the Persians and later adopted by the Romans. The Romans used crucifixion as its form of punishment for non-Roman criminals. The acts that took place prior to and leading up to crucifixion was to humiliate the person and at the same time inflict the maximum amount of pain a human could experience prior to imagedeath. The criminals were often flogged before being crucified in order to weaken and hastened the person’s death. Crucifixion was so horrific that the Romans conducted it outside their city walls so that Roman citizens wouldn’t have to be exposed to it. A sign was posted on the cross above the person’s head identifying the charge.

 

Crucifixion involved Jesus’s feet and hands being bound and nailed to two crossed beams resembling the shape of the lower case letter “t”. His feet were nailed to the vertical beam while his hands were nailed horizontally to the cross beam, in an outstretched position. Having your arms outstretched above the lungs made it extremely difficult to breath. Jesus would have had to push himself up with his feet to catch his breath. Just doing this would also cause excruciating pain. This process of dancing up and down could go on for a couple of days. There were soldiers guarding those being crucified on the cross, when given the order they would break the legs of those being crucified if their death took too long.

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Apr 16, 2014 - The Love of God    2 Comments

CHECK YOUR SUIT AT THE DOOR

Writing this post about Easter ~ a risen Savior, caused me to really think about what this “holiday” means to me. It is amazing how some of God’s most important messages can get shaded in man’s routine traditions. Even with all of man’s well thought out intentions, the true meaning and symbolisms can get lost. So as I’m writing this post, I am faced with the challenge of how can I encourage others and myself to not lose sight of Easter’s true meaning; Jesus is not dead, He’s truly alive. I know this now more then I did as a child growing up in the inner city.

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