Archivo para 26 julio 2016

26
Jul
16

In a twinkling of an eye…

As a keystone in ministry, the Ephesians Chapter Four mandate compels us to teach the Bible and doctrine as expounded in verse 12,

unto the building up of the body of Christ: (ASV).

So you can imagine my heartbreak to hear another brother declare almost proudly, “I don’t know anything about doctrine!”

It also surprised me when a longtime associate recently voiced a changed opinion about an “endtime” event.

There are three commonly held opinions about the timing of  the “catching away” of the church: pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, post-tribulation, as well as the belief that there is no rapture. Strangely enough, each position has verses of Scripture to back them up!

This makes it confusing and difficult for ministers to equip mature saints for God’s work

Eph. 4: 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith,

Since this is not a salvation issue, it is divisive to be overly insistent about your preferred viewpoint. One time a very upset Christian contacted me overseas when a visiting preacher called any belief that did not agree with what s/he was teaching blasphemy. That does not mean that there are not areas where you cannot bend. There are and should be when it comes to someone’s eternel destiny!

Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth (2Ti 2:15 WEB).

John Wesley used four sources to come to theological conclusions: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. Used in combination you can evaluate the principles in question to form a solid foundation…

that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, Eph 4:14 (ASV).

Fundación Efraín is Equipping the Saints for the Work of the Ministry through prayer, its WordPress blogs, discipleship material, and sharing God’s Word.

Fundación Efraín está capacitando a los santos para la obra del ministerio.

14
Jul
16

Heeding Warnings

Seemingly unending dishes and glassware to clean up to be ready for this weekend’s Estate~Moving sale.

As I was bending over to pick up the coffee cups of yet another set of china that will be on display, in an instant I received a “premonition” that one would fall and break. (Happily, the five cups left still completed that collection with its five remaining dinner plates.)

I recognized this perception as a warning signal. Should I have heeded the split second image? What was the purpose? Why receive such a sign with practically no time to react?

God warns His people continually. Do you recognize it? If you do, do you act accordingly?

How often have you though, “I just knew I should have done that?” Or said to yourself, “i had a feeliing this would happen?”

We get all kinds of signals or checks in our spirit we ignore or pass off as nothing.

Isa. 30:21 and when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.” (WEB)

Too often we’re looking for a sign to direct us or some supernatural confirmation.

Lk. 16:31 “He (Abraham) said to him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead.'” (WEB)

To get the context you can read the whole account of Lazarus and the rich man (Lk. 16:19-31). The point here is that God’s Word directs us sufficiently in so many areas and should be enough. The Book of Proverbs is chock full of wisdom for our daily lives!

The reason for the dishes...

Circumstances prohibited us from holding on to what was originally grandpa and grandma’s house. Therefore, we had to sell it. At hand is the momentous task of minimalizing generations of belongings, and thus, the “Estate Sale.”

As the day approaches…

The dusty china is cleaned, glassware shiny, and I even managed to get some tarnish off the silver, etc. Yet there’s still much to be done.

Can you help out by

coming on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to fill up some lonely hours?

You might even find a bargain among our Trash.nTreasUR.s !

Fundación Efraín is Equipping the Saints for the Work of the Ministry through prayer, its WordPress blogs, discipleship material, and sharing God’s Word.

Fundación Efraín está capacitando a los santos para la obra del ministerio.




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