Supernatural Sunday: Scratch the Right Itch

I am charging you before God and Messiah Y’shua, the One Who is going to judge the living and the dead, at His appearance and in His kingdom: 2. you must now preach the Word, you must now be ready in season, out of season, you must now correct, you must now rebuke, you must now encourage, with great patience and every kind of instruction. 3. For there will be a time when sound teaching will not be listened to but they will heap up teachings according to their own desires in themselves, what their ears are itching to hear 4. and indeed they will turn their ears from the truth, and they will turn aside to myths. 5. But you must continually be sober in everything, you must now bear hardship patiently, you must now do the work of an evangelist, you must now fulfill your ministry.  

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (One New Man Bible)
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As I prepared for church today, I was particularly hit by one phrase in this passage: “they will heap up teachings according to their own desires in themselves, what their ears are itching to hear. (Verse 3b)” It’s easy to point the finger at everybody else on that one, but judgment needs to start at home.  How often we decide whether to go to church, what church to go to, or what books to read and programs to watch based on what we think we want or need.  The message I need is God’s choice, not mine. As a parishioner headed to church, and that is where I need to be, I need to forsake my own preconceptions (myths) and ask God to teach me truth.

As a Pastor, this passage is even more challenging. I will be evaluated by God based on whether I preach the Word.  He doesn’t care what your opinion is, or your perception of what you need. He wants to be sure you are exposed to truth. He has commanded me to provide it.  In addition, Verse 5 really gets tough.  Pastor, you need to be sober (Gr. Nephos – lit. “to abstain from wine.” Keep a clear head!), stay steady in persecution, be mindful of winning the lost, and remember what He told you when He called you.  You and I will be accountable. We have a wonderful and daunting job.

So, there you have it! Let’s all head to church and do our job.  The result will be heavenly!

De la Abundancia del Corazon

Construyendo personas de sustancia para obras de poder

El Espíritu Santo es un gran tipo en acción, en el nuevo testamento es descrito como el que hace todo tipo de cosas. Es un gran líder, cae sobre la gente, desciende del cielo, habla, ensena, unge, revela, y en un caso muy extremo, él puede trasladar a alguien a una ciudad completamente desconocida, eso no contando todos los lugares donde hizo cosas a través de la presencia de hombres: profecías, milagros, señales y maravillas en abundancia.

Desafortunadamente, la persona y el poder del Espíritu Santo en la Iglesia, se atenuaron a lo largo de los siglos, lento pero seguro, Él ha regresado. Se movió del estado doctrinal, a la predicación reformada a medida que su obra en la convicción de pecado y regeneración de pecadores comenzó a enfatizarse nuevamente. Durante el último siglo, sus dones y manifestaciones han sido reintroducidos a la Iglesia, hemos sido edificados con demostraciones maravillosas de su poder en nuestros servicios.

Tristemente, en muchos lugares y en muchas Iglesias las cosas del Espíritu Santo han sido nuevamente relegadas al armario espiritual: “si, creemos en El, pero no lo hacemos en público”. Hay muchas razones para esto, pero quiero enfocarme en lo que creo es la raíz: hemos permitido que las obras del Espíritu Santo permanezcan dentro de las cuatro paredes de la Iglesia. En muchas instancias, permitimos que las manifestaciones del Espíritu Santo nada más sean parte de un domingo en la Iglesia, o para reuniones “especiales”, o para programas cursis de televisión. Los dones del Espíritu Santo fueron restringidos en la plataforma solo para ser manifestados por algunos escogidos: “estos fueron entrenados profesionalmente. No hagas esto en casa”. El pentecostés fue transformado por los jóvenes, adultos, hijos e hijas, siervos y siervas, toda carne, todo-derramamiento en cubierta de Hechos capítulo 2, se redujo a una hora de entretenimiento Espiritual. Es hora en que los creyentes se refresquen con una vida espiritual, y nos comprometamos a llevarlo al mundo en que vivimos. Lo supernatural debería ser nuestro estilo de vida, no una diversión los domingos.

Alguien dijo: nuestra pasión es imitar el ministerio de Jesús, en el poder de El Espíritu Santo. Esto significa que debemos seguir a Jesús fuera de las aguas bautismales, por medio de nuestro desierto personal, y obtener cosecha. Queremos que la teología evangélica sea balanceada con el poderoso fuego de la intercesión pentecostal, ensenando y preparando lo mejor de ambos mundos para lograr el objetivo de hacer y formar discípulos. John Wimber

Escrituras Bíblicas: y en los postreros días, dice Jehová, derramare de mi Espíritu sobre toda carne, y vuestros hijos e hijas profetizaran; sonaran sueños; y de cierto en aquellos días derramaré sobre mis siervos y siervas de mi Espíritu, y estos profetizaran. (Hechos 2:17-18 NVR)

He experimentado y visto muchas cosas, las escrituras están llenas de ejemplos, que no puedo simplemente dejarlo pasar y recostarme muy cómodamente en una silla y ofrecer un “Amen” ocasional en un servicio planeado. Así que, cantemos de otra alabanza y “llevémosla a las calles”, y acabemos con la idea de “si, amen”. En lugar de eso, empoderemos a nuestro pueblo de Dios para hacer la obra de Dios por el poder del Espíritu Santo. Tengo la sensación de que Dios nos está ofreciendo una opción: ¿permitir que las manifestaciones del Espíritu sean relegadas a un museo, o decidir ser una Iglesia sobrenatural y con visión de la que Hechos capítulo 2 habla? En definitiva no tenemos opción.

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes

Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.pastorvirgil.com
Office: 520-792-3238

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Ready for 2019?

I saw in the news this morning that Putin (Russia) is meeting early in January with leaders of Turkey and Iran to discuss the future of Syria in light of the impending United States pullout. What a great summation to a thrilling year in prophetic events. It looks as if 2019 is gonna be a doozy. I have never been one to make every event fit my idea of end time fulfillment, but sometimes you just gotta say something. Remembering that Israel is the center of history, get ready for 2019 by taking a quick look at some 2018 events:

· To the north, Ezekiel 38 is lining up before our eyes. The invasion of Israel predicted in Ezekiel 38 includes Russia, Turkey and Iran. If you look at a world map, you can see that Syria is the gateway to Israel for those nations. There is a reason that Israel has been so stubborn in hanging onto the Golan Heights.

· Meanwhile, to the East, China is romancing North and South Korea while at the same time making huge investments in military might, especially in the South Pacific. They are also rattling sabers at the Himalayan border with India. So what?” Again, look at the map! Armageddon requires the advance from the east of a huge army crossing the Euphrates. Revelation 16:12-16 / 9:16

· The day of having some kind of mark in order to buy and sell is just around the corner. Sweden, UAE, South Korea, the UK, and China are all on a committed path to cashless societies in the next three years. In Sweden, this includes implanting chips under the skin that will be used like a debit card. Headline from the South China Morning Post on May 13, this year: ““Thousands of people in Sweden get microchip implants for a new way of life.” In August, a company in Wisconsin microchipped its employees after the boss visited Sweden. All governments are pushing for a cashless society so they can monitor all financial transactions for tax purposes. Here we go! Revelation 13:16-18

· Meanwhile, the rollout of 5G technology for data transmission is underway. In the very near future, all new construction will be linked to a network that goes beyond the site and is monitored by whoever has admin authority. Homes will be linked, cars will be connected, and medical implant devices will be monitored. What could possibly go wrong? Matrix?

· And in Israel, 2018 the arrival of the first homegrown red heifer fully approved by the rabbis to be used in Temple service. (Numbers 19) The Temple Movement is actively preparing for the reinstatement of Temple worship, making utensils and training priests who are of the correct genealogy. This is necessary for the coming of Antichrist. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

· We could go on, but you know the drill, wars and rumors of wars and natural disasters. All these will continue as the day approaches. Mark 13:7-8 / Lk 21:9-11 / Matt 24:6-7

No matter your beliefs about the timing, one fact remains: “Jesus is coming!” You know it’s true. Be ready.

Somebody Said: “Bible teaching about the Second Coming of Christ was thought of as “doomsday” preaching. But not anymore. It is the only ray of hope that shines as an ever brightening beam in a darkening world.” Billy Graham

Scripture Reading: For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 NLT)

I’m looking for the day when the Middle East finds peace by signing a treaty leveraged by a dynamic world leader. When the world says, “Peace and safety,” look up. Rather than debate the time of His coming, or become cynical because He hasn’t come, let’s watch the tick-tock of the Bible clock and let it motivate us to do the things it says to do: Pray, live right, and tell others about Jesus.

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.pastorvirgil.com
Office: 520-792-3238

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Church Supernaturally: Avoid Strife

[23] Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. [24] And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. [25] Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, [26] and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

2 Timothy 2:23-26 (NIV)

One of my biggest challenges as a Christian has been avoiding the temptation to fight with other Christians.  There are plenty of opportunities.  In the beginning of ministry, people argued over whether tongues are for us today. Then maybe miracles have passed away.  Then we had to debate whether the tithe was only under the Law.  One of my favorites was, “Did Jesus die spiritually?”  These have been followed, of course, by many contentious issues: woman preachers, the timing of Advent 2.0, salvation for homosexuals, drinking alcohol, infant baptism, divorce and remarriage, and a recent favorite: “Do Christians need to repent when they sin?” I could easily go on, but I have a real life to get back to. You get the drift.

Be advised, I love a good discussion.  I don’t like vitriolic clashes.  In my experience, the first is rare: Honest believers discussing the Scriptures in a mutual desire to arrive at the Truth.  The second is much more common: Adversaries each demanding submission to their own opinion.  The latter is often accompanied by name-calling and threats of condemnation to eternal punishment. The advent of social media has democratized the problem, making opinions instantly publishable, and blow-back immediate.   In most issues I try to judge my own position by Scripture.  If that is inconclusive, I look to see if I am equally despised by both sides of the argument. That always gives me solace.

The Apostle Paul repeatedly went back to the basics: “Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. (2 Timothy 2:8 NLT)” If we agree about that basic fact, and if we’ve both made some fumbling effort to acknowledge His Lordship, then I must assume we are brothers and sisters though we may disagree on other issues. Two things seem clear from Paul’s note to Timothy. First, strife is the enemy, not my brother or sister. Second, even if I am right, the conceit of winning the argument mustn’t overshadow the purpose of restoring my brother. Who’s right is often less important than who’s hateful.

Merry Christmas on Purpose

Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters. Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.

(1 Timothy 5:1-3 NLT)

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!

For most of my life, I was a “Bah, Humbug” kind of guy about Christmas.  On a personal level, I tried to ignore it. Too many hurtful memories and disappointments associated with the idea.  As a Pastor, I did what was necessary to get through it. It was an irritating interruption in doing what I needed to teach the poor, benighted sheep, now so distracted by the tinsel or depressed by the joy. Then a few years ago I made a decision: “I’m gonna leverage this thing for good:  I choose to rejoice!”  That year, I put on a Santa suit in church and preached that way.  I adopted the personal tradition of opening every service in December with “Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!”  How important would it be if I managed to cheer up just one dejected saint, or store clerk, or frustrated shopper?

Anyway, here’s my wish for you: Have a wonderful Christmas.  If you can’t do anything else, find someone and do what Paul said to Timothy about how we treat family: Respect someone, honor someone, treat someone with selfless purity, do something caring for someone uncared for. It will make your day. I promise. 


Supernatural Sunday: It’s Family

I hope to visit you soon. However, I’m writing this to you in case I’m delayed. I want you to know how people who are members of God’s family must live. God’s family is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

(1 Timothy 3:14-15 GW)
HO, HO, HO! Merry Christmas from the family.

1 Timothy 3:15 is one of my favorite texts, as it emphasizes both the nature and the importance of the local church.  This time of year, when family connection seems to be at the front of our minds, I am reminded of the importance of my local church family.  Of all the things God could have called it, He called it “family.”  He refers to us as His children.  We can call Him Father. He calls our relationships to each other father, son, sister, and brother.

I am grateful for my FCF Tucson family.  Today is the last Sunday gathering before Christmas.  I will intentionally rub shoulders with my family.  We will laugh, sing, worship, and be fed on the Word of God (and probably some cookies and coffee).  If I miss my long-departed natural family, I will be comforted by these relationships that are eternal and real.  As I look around the room and see others who seem less than joyful, I will get the opportunity to share a big hug and a “Ho, ho, ho.”  No wall flowers today,  it’s family time.  Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!!!!!

(Please excuse the cheesy picture, but this is the card our church family gave us for Christmas, and I love it!  Ho, ho, ho!)

Signs That Make You Wonder

Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Romans 3:19-22 NLT)
But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! .(Romans 7:8a NLT)


“Obedezca Las Señales!” For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, this is s very common sign in Mexico.  It says, “Obey the Signs.”  This leads me to wonder, “If I haven’t obeyed the other signs, what makes you think a sign telling me to obey signs will prompt me to mend my ways?”  Maybe you think I am ignorant of the purpose of the other signs.  Maybe I thought they were only decorative, not really binding.  Or perhaps you assume I am recalcitrant from a lack of reinforcement concerning sign compliance. Is it possible I just haven’t seen enough signs yet? One more sign may be my breaking point. Who knows?

Signs that encourage obedience to other signs are the result of people who don’t want to obey signs, who hate signs altogether, running full face into those who are tasked with enforcing regulations.  This is the process spawned by legalism.  In church we see the same impulse displayed in what we used to call “clothes-line preaching.”  My wife points out that women are wearing short skirts.  I preach on the evils of short skirts.  The skirts get shorter, the men leer more intently, and the visitors leave thinking, “What a joke!”  Now what? We schedule a seminar on “Lust and short skirts: Freedom Can be Yours.” Those who attend are all over 60 and leave shaking their heads and clucking, “Ain’t it awful.”  We react to sin by adding more layers of law and increasing the volume.   God, on the other hand, responds by pointing out the problem, changing the offender, and forgiving the offence.

You see, the preaching of law only begets sin.  It stimulates the flesh rather than controlling it.  It points out the sinfulness of a behavior without providing motivation or ability to change it. The signs may move me to action if I can see the benefit. I may obey the signs if I believe the authority behind the signs has my well-being at heart.  In fact, if I can grasp the principles behind the signs, I may well be able and willing to control my own behavior, signs or not.  That is called grace.

Church Supernaturally: Do I Love the Truth?

This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.

2 /Thessalonians 2:9-12 NLT

Recently, I was having breakfast with a group of people when a young woman asked me, “Pastor, do you believe in science or do you believe in religion?” I understood what she was asking.  Much of our culture today sees this as a real conflict, requiring a choice of allegiance.  My response, I believe, came from the Holy Ghost, “I believe in both. My real goal is to find truth.” I went on to explain that when science and the things of God seem to be counter to each other, then we have not yet arrived at truth.

In our day, deception seems the norm. Paul tells the Thessalonians that the root of deception is a failure to love the truth.  For the unbelieving world, that is a path ordained for destruction. For the Christian, deception can result in all kinds of problems: poverty, bondage, sickness, … you name it.  It is easy to say that I love the truth, but to actually do so requires quite a lot of effort.  Too often, I love comfort, both physical and emotional.  In reality, I love to be considered right.  I love to be well thought of.  I love my political opinions and others who share them. I love my country, my church, and my sense of ease and comfort. I am smug by default.  The problem is that truth will invariably challenge some of my other loves.  Do I love truth enough to accept it, or do I simply “harrumph” and go on?

Here’s the point: When science or someone’s honest assessment of Scripture differ from what I think, it pays to stop and evaluate.  If it makes me defensive, what am I defending?  God’s Word is truth.  My grasp of it is often imperfect.  Science is a commitment to progressively discovering truth by evaluating evidence.  At some point, the two will coincide. My job is to continue the quest, not build fortifications around today’s position.

Church Supernaturally: God With, In, and Through.

22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'” – Matthew 1:22-23 NLT

Christmas is in full swing. I hit the post office yesterday, and it was jammed. The roads were a tangled mess. Yet I had the most wonderful day. I got to be part of a group who went to the nursing home to sing Christmas Carols and distribute gifts to the residents. It was great. Smiles, tears, hugs… God was truly with us. He touched others through us, and His Spirit was stirred in us.

Today, I get to gather with these same people as we congregate to worship and fellowship and pray together. God will be among us. I feel compassion for those who don’t have the blessing of a church family. It’s a special thing, and Christmas just makes me more acutely aware and grateful. Don’t let the chance pass you by. Get to a church, sing a carol, hug a neck, and enjoy the peace. Merry Christmas.

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

The political media has been rambling on about the surge of populism in the world, particularly in the United States and Europe. From the Tea Party and Trump, to the Brexit movement in Britain and the Yellow Vests in France, regular people are irritated and taking political action. Political wheezers and geezers seem perplexed as to the cause, but William Galston of the Brookings Institution summed it up nicely, ““It is now evident that populism draws strength from public opposition to mass immigration, cultural liberalization, and the perceived surrender of national sovereignty to distant and unresponsive international bodies.” The age of instant information unconstrained by the media and political elites has made Mr. Average Guy aware of the ghastly and convoluted inner workings of government and finance, and he doesn’t like what he sees.

I believe that what we see in the natural is always reflective of something in the Spirit. God is doing something in the earth. Powered by the rise of a newly “woke” and empowered “laity,” God is starting a wave that is not yet understood by the “elites.” Luther and the reformers broke free from a millennium of ecclesiastical ossification, restoring the wonderful gift of the new birth through individual faith in Christ. The Pentecostals welcomed the power of the Spirit back to the Church, and the Charismatics opened the door to the Spirit for folks in the denominational pew. Now it’s time to see this power move from the pew to the harvest field. Church is about to go from being a doctrinal lecture, or a vaudeville show, or a motivational speech to being a loose-knit band of individual believers connected by mission, moved by compassion, and orchestrated by an invisible Conductor. The world is being changed. God is behind it. Are you ready?

Somebody Said: Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth. John Wesley

Scripture Reading: God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! (1 Corinthians 12:6-7 MSG)

Every major shift in communication and transportation brings waves of revival as information and locomotion become available to common people. The Reformation rode the printing press. The Pentecostal revival spread by telegraph, local newsprint, and telephone as the message moved around by train and automobile. Television and aviation carried the Charismatic move to the world. The internet and whatever follows have expanded the opportunity for mission to every believer with a smartphone. For us, it means constantly adjusting to deal with the opportunities and the implications as we equip the saints for the work of the ministry. The Genie is out of the bottle. Dust off your sense of wonder at the wisdom and power of our God and let’s do this!

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

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De la Abundancia del Corazon

Construyendo personas de sustancia para obras de poder

¿alguna vez has pensado en la idea de que significa la “hora feliz”? pues esa es la hora de las tardes donde muchos establecimientos de comida y bebidas intenta atraer más clientes ofreciendo precios especiales en licores y aperitivos. ¡Piénsalo! Personas reuniéndose sin tener nada en común, solamente el deseo de socializar y subir el colesterol a precio de descuento. Lo más probable es que aprendieron de mirar jóvenes millonarios jugando cosas de niños en la tv, luego gritando al respecto, ¡embriagados! ¡Eso es significado de compañerismo! De hecho, si quieres desperdiciar tu tiempo, trata de ir a una de estas reuniones y abstente de tomar y comer. La alegría de juntarse con tomadores que se la llevan comiendo alitas y todos embarrados de la barba, se adhiere muy pronto a tu estilo de vida.

Tristemente, muchas Iglesias-del mundo atentan con fomentar el compañerismo dejándonos un vacío, como si estuviéramos sentados al final en un bar, al terminar la noche, escuchando a un borracho solitario y desaliñado echándole la culpa de lo miserable que es su vida. Al menos con él, tengo algo de que conversar, el necesita lo que yo tengo, y en un momento de lucidez, puede tener un momento de eternidad. En las reuniones de la Iglesia, la comunión se organiza generalmente alrededor de cosas igualmente coincidentes y sin sentido, y ni siquiera la mitad es agradable. Nos reunimos porque somos hombres y mujeres, mayores y jóvenes, solteros o casados, o alguna otra circunstancia natural y transcendente. Pudiera ser que estas influenciaran las reuniones de hoy en día.

La palabra comunión en la Biblia significa “Koinonia” que quiere decir tener algo en común, encontrando puntos de comunión. Toda la comunidad en el nuevo testamento está basada en las cosas que tenemos en común como Creyentes, estas cosas son:

1. La naturaleza de Dios somos nacidos de nuevo a la imagen de Dios. Por lo tanto tenemos la misma naturaleza de Dios. 2 Pedro 1:2-4 / 1 Juan 3:2 / 4:17

2. El Espíritu Santo en nuestro interior compartimos la maravillosa presencia de El Espíritu Santo que habita dentro de nosotros. Estamos marcados como suyos por su presencia. El mundo no se puede relacionar con esto. Filipenses 2:1-4 / 2 Corintios 13:14 / Efesios 1:13-14

3. El deseo de ser de Bendición a otros disfrutamos de la comunión que nos trae el unirnos y ayudarnos los unos con los otros. 2 Corintios 8:3-5 / Hebreos 13:16 / 2 Corintios 9-13

4. Una misión en común todos estamos aquí por una razón no menos que compartir el evangelio a aquellos que van camino al infierno Filipenses 1:4-6 / Mateo 28:18-20

5. Una pasión en común de caminar en la verdad nuestra conexión humana se basa en nuestra comunión individual con el Padre. Si tu comunión horizontal decae, pon atención a tu comunión vertical. 1 Juan 1:1-7 / 1 Corintios 10: 14-23 / 2 Corintios 6: 14-15

Lucas registro que las reuniones de creyentes estaban dedicadas a la comunión, al igual que a las enseñanzas de los Apóstoles. Ese tipo de celo proviene del hambre por la palabra de Dios la cual se alimenta de la interacción con aquellos en quienes en El habitan. Nunca se pudiera satisfacer con comida ligera, fiestas, eventos deportivos, o círculos sociales. Todas estas cosas son entretenimiento. Y este provee circunstancias compartidas por lo tanto emociones compartidas. Sin embargo estas no son cosas malas, pero siguen dejando al mundo hambriento, comunión es la base para una vida eterna.

Alguien dijo ¿alguna vez has consolado o aconsejado a personas que están sufriendo por alguna relación humana, y les has dicho que Dios es el único que provee esa satisfacción? Pues déjame decirte, la relación de Adán tenía una relación perfecta con Dios, y Dios mismo decidió que Adán necesitaba de otros humanos”. John Ortberg Jr.

Escrituras Bíblicas todos los creyentes se dedicaban a las enseñanzas de los Apóstoles, a la comunión fraternal, a participar juntos en las comidas (entre ellas la cena del Señor), y a la oración. Hechos 2:42 NTV

Estamos compuestos por tres partes: Espíritu, alma y cuerpo, “la hora feliz” en el tiempo de la comunión, solo puede tocar alma y cuerpo, pero para refrescar y renovar el hombre interior necesitamos comunión, basada en nuestra relación con Dios. Compartir nuestra naturaleza, nuestro Espíritu, nuestra misión, y nuestra pasión por nuestra santidad que nos conecta a un nivel mucho más profundo que la cerveza y las alitas. Toma mucho esfuerzo, pero paga muy buenos dividendos.

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238
www.pastorvirgil.com

Church Supernaturally: Don’t Try This Alone

The council then threatened them further, but they finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot. For everyone was praising God for this miraculous sign—the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years.  As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them…

(Acts 4:21-24 NLT)

I’m often disturbed by Christians who diminish the importance of gathering with the other saints. By confessing Jesus as Lord, we enter into a spiritual battle.  Each of us has a real spiritual enemy who is dedicated to the damnation of our soul and, failing that, will take every effort to immobilize us and prevent us from fulfilling our purpose.  When those attacks come, we are designed by God to have a cadre of other believers, a local church (Gr. ekeklesia – the called out ones), to which we can return to find spiritual nurture and prayer.

Today is Sunday.  I don’t know how you’ve been hammered this week, but if you’re serving Jesus you have had some battles, large and small.  Rather than staying home and licking your wounds, how about trying the God-given remedy of going to the gathering of “other believers” and getting someone to pray for you.  Do not try to do this alone.