A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

The World – Knowledge puffs up, April 4, 2020

We are born separate from God because of our sin nature. That was birthed in us when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil. We are driven by our desire to be the Christian guru that can convince the world that we know why everything is happening and to let them know that we are the only ones that have that KNOWLEDGE. Then we would write a book that everyone would read and ac-KNOWLEDGE us as the author. Sadly, that book has already been written and we find ourselves being called to compete and be the first to fill in all the blank spots: why it is happening and who did it (like the game of Clue) and how it will all end up.    

“I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isaiah 45: 6-7)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.” (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)

“We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 

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The World – Do not give the devil a foothold, April 4, 2020

“…and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4::27)

Charles Spurgeon says that when sin is let in as a suppliant, it remains as a tyrant. The Arabs have a fable of a man who one day was startled by a camel’s nose thrust in at the door of the tent where he was sleeping. “It is cold outside,” said the camel; “I want only to get my nose in.” The nose was let in, then the neck, and finally the whole body.

Presently the man began to be inconvenienced by the ungainly companion he had in the tent that was not large enough for both. “If you are inconvenienced, you may leave,” said the camel; “as for myself, I shall stay where I am.”

This is the story of sin; when once it gains a small entrance it finally fills the entire heart and life.

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The World – The face to see and hand to touch, April 3, 2020

Our definition and implementation of “social distancing” has eternal consequences. 

      There was a mother that found herself by the bedside of her young child in the hospital. It was evening and, even though it would be the first time the child would spend the night without her, she had to return home to take care of her other children. The nurse kindly joined with her as the mother reassured the child that she would be back first thing in the morning. The nurse shared that she would be right outside the room at the desk all night. After the nurse left, the mother kissed her child and said, “Don’t forget God is with you.” As she left the room, she turned out the light and gently closed the door. As she turned to walk away the child cried out. The mother and nurse immediately came back into the room and asked the child what was wrong and the child said: “I’m afraid. I need the face I can see and the hand I can touch.”

      “As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44)

      “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison and did not help You?’ ‘He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

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