In Jesus' twenty-first miracle, light is shed on the inclusiveness, yet distinctiveness of Christianity. The miracle involves a Canaanite (non-Jewish) mother seeking help from Jesus for
her demon possessed daughter.
While Christianity is a very distinctive religion, it is also a very inclusive religion. John 3:16 states, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes
in him should not perish but have eternal life. It's inclusive, whoever, but it's also very distinctive, believes in Him.
In this miracle Jesus demonstrates the uniqueness and inclusiveness of Christianity. In it we see that the gap between mankind, all of mankind, and God can be bridged.
Come and join us this Sunday (09-25-16) for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service at Concord. The title of my message is "Whosoever," and the text is Matthew 15:21-28.
The power of fear is only second to the power of perfect love, for the Bible says in 1 John 4:18, There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.
Faith and fear are at opposite ends of the spectrum. In the twentieth miracle performed by Jesus, we are challenged to overcome our fears by trusting Christ.
In our message for Sunday, Peter is faced with a once-in-a-life-time opportunity, a chance to do what no one had ever done. The only thing standing between him and his opportunity was
I know what it's like to fear. I know what it like to fear the opinions and actions of others. I know what it's like to fear not having enough for retirement. I know what it's like to fear
letting go of your security blanket in order to do God's will.
But I also know what it's like to step out on faith and see God come through. I know what it like to conquer my fears by trusting my Savior. I know what it like to walk by faith, instead of
giving in to fear.
Yes, I know what it's like to be victorious in Jesus Christ. Do you?
Our message is "Fear or Faith" and our text can be found in Matthew 14:22-33. Come join us at Concord General Baptist Church, 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, Ky 42436 for either our 8:15 or
11:00 a.m. service this Sunday (09-18-16).
In his 19th miracle Jesus brands Himself, not as a great teacher, or a good miracle working prophet, but as the Messiah, Emmanuel, God with us. He takes the people up on a hillside that is in a
deserted location, gives them instructions from God, and feeds them miraculously. After the meal, He walks on water and begins using the term, "I Am."
Consequently, this miracle was His most significant for it marked or branded Jesus as the God of the Old Testament. It's the only miracle, with the exception of the resurrection, that is recorded
in all four gospels. The apostles understood the significance of this miracle. I hope we do too.
Join us this Sunday (09-11-16) at Concord General Baptist Church (3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, Ky) for either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service. Our message is titled "The Branding Miracle" and our
text can be found in John 6:1-15.
God has given us five senses by which we can receive information: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. But we are only given one organ by which we can share information, our tongue. In
this organ lies the power to create and destroy.
It's also why King Solomon said, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21).
For more details of this Sunday's (09-04-16) message go to our upcoming events page, or join us at
Concord General Baptist Church at 3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, Ky. Our message focuses on a man who was rendered mute by his demon oppression, but not for long. This is Jesus' 18th
Join us in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service. Our text is Matthew 9:32-34
A recent news story about the dangers of rubbing your eyes caught my attention. It reads, "it's only natural: something itches, you scratch it. But when that
something is your eyes, you may want to think twice about letting nature take its course. That's because while rubbing your eyes may give you a momentary sense of relief, in the long term it can also
have dangerous and harmful side effects.
Apparently, the people in Biblical times greatly needed this information. It is estimated that one in five had some from of eye infection, many of which lead
to blindness.This Sunday (08-28-16) at Concord General Baptist Church (3085 Manitou Rd., Manitou, Ky 42436) we will look at two blind men that received their sight but went away still not seeing
Jesus for who He was. Our message is on "Blind Followers" and the text is found in Matthew 9:27-31. We invite you to join us in either of our morning services at 8:15 or 11:00
"It's not all about you!" Those words caught my attention. They were
simple, yet profound. Anti-modern, yet very true. Rejected by many, but needed by all. Like salmon swimming upstream, they go against the currents of today's individualistic philosophies. But they
are essential to relationships -- all types of relationships. They are a must for child rearing, spouse caring, and political progress. Without them we will never get the most out of life. Without
them our families will become dysfunctional. The government will become deadlocked. Our nation will become a never ending battleground for every self-centered group, flooding the courts with
lawsuits, social media with propaganda, and the streets with protesters, all demanding their rights or promoting their causes, with one over-arching goal: the accommodation of any and all
unrestrained, uninhibited, self-focused desires, wants, or wishes.
Some simple Google searches, a few hours of media streaming, or a page or two of statistics will bring several truths to
light. It's already happening. Although not all, many families are dysfunctional, fractured, and falling apart. Our government is deadlocked to such a degree that voters don't care who they elect as
president, as long as he or she will shake up the status quo. Special interest groups are constantly in the news and ever before us demanding their unreal rights, special privileges, and unreasonable
Call me an alarmist. Brush me off as an extremist. Label me an old-fashioned, Biblical literalist, who's living in the
dark ages, but please don't ignore my words or the current national and global events taking place, and especially, the storm clouds that are gathering on the horizon. Our nation is headed down a
dead end. Our families are self-destructing. And time is running out.
If we fail to
embrace and employ these words and this principle, that it's not all about us, the storm will descend, the devastation will occur, and we will become like salmon that fail to swim against the
current. No upstream journey equals no salmon spawning. No spawning equals no salmon. If we silence these words and dispose of this principle, our next generation will cease to exist, not as a
people, but as a functioning society -- as a democratic nation.
We need to rediscover these words. We need to reinsert them into our vocabulary. We need to embrace them mentally and
display them physically. For the sake of our children, they need to hear, we need to say, and all of us need to believe this vital principle: "It's not all about you." And it's not. It's not all
about you, and it's not all about me, or anyone of us.
Bee communities, ant
colonies, and wolf packs -- all understand the benefit of community and the dangers of individualism, but we highly evolved homo sapiens are giving evidence of devolution. The values we once
treasured and the principles we once taught are now considered outdated and unacceptable.
We need to right the ship and return to the basic building blocks of a well ordered society. Why? Because it's not all
about you or us. This also invoves the church. We need to teach our children about God and tell them about Jesus' love and sacrificial death, but that's not enough. If we fail to warn them about the
sinfulness of self-idolization, and effectively communicate to them the truth of otherness, they will never become effective, positive, culture-change agents that our world needs and all followers of
Christ are meant to be. We are called to be salt and light to a dark and sometimes bitter world. "You
are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You
are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden" (Matthew 5:13-14
Our younger generation will never fulfill God's desire for them if they don't embrace this truth. "Do nothing from
selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Philippians
Churches divide, families split, and nations fall because they don't believe, teach, and practice this truth: "It's not
all about you." My generation understood this. We had family chores, a family car, a party phone line, and one TV shared by all. We didn't get trophies for sports participation, or passing grades for
just trying. My siblings and I didn't demand our way by throwing an "I want that" temper tantrums or hold our breaths (my cousin, however, used the breath-holding maneuver very effectively), to get
our way. If we did, we discovered the pain of uncontrolled emotions and unchecked desires.
"It's not all about you." These society-nurturing, future-preserving words, all-important words, were spoken at the
General Baptist Summit in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this week by Ted Cunningham from Branson, Missouri. He's a pastor who's written several books on marriage and child rearing. Ted emphasized the
importance of husbands and wives having alone time, despite the demands of raising children who want all of our attention. He stressed the importance of dads and moms showing their children that life
is not all about them. They need to see that mom has a special place in dad's eyes and dad has a special place in mom's eyes.
Children who learn this principle won't grow up to be adult adolescents, wanting much, but contributing little.
Unfortunately, we already have a nation full of immature adults in the form of demanding employees, constantly complaining customers, and many unappreciative, but very incendiary citizens. We may be
too late, but if we don't at least try, we doom ourselves. We must try to lead our families and friends to a state of other awareness. Be aware of the needs of others. Be concerned about the needs of
others. Be willing to help strangers along the way. And most of all be willing to say that which the world fears and the church must say: "It's not all about you."
In actuality, the truth of the matter is -- it's not at all about you or me. Mature Christians believe, and
rightly so, that in the big picture, life is not in the least bit about you or me. It's all about Jesus. We make the most of life and get the most out of life when we come to understand that
Jesus is what life is all about.
(Note: This and others articles can be found on Pastor Eddie's blog at www.makingmostoflife.com.)
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