By Pastor Eric
As Believers, we have been called out of this world. We’re supposed to be the counter-culture. Many people in the Church have compromised their faith, by trying to be acceptable to the ungodly.
In the time we are in right now, there is this idea that the Church must placate the sinners’ lifestyle so as not to offend them. One small group of those are what is called the LGBTQ community.
So many on social media are out to shame people for disagreeing with abhorrent behavior. Saying we must embrace the sinner and their sin.
However, that is not a biblical principle.
Should we accept and embrace liars, cheaters, adulterers, murderers, and just say, “Well, we don’t want to call you out for that. You can’t help it, so there’s no need for repentance."
The truth is, sin is sin. There’s no difference between homosexuality and stealing. God’s Word does not differentiate big sin from little sin.
We’ve all sinned but we do not need to continue in it.
When people say we’re hurting others and pushing them away from God, they lack understanding. People push themselves away from God and use any excuse they can to not take responsibility for their decisions.
Don’t compromise what God’s Word says. As Jesus said in John 8:11, “And Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.””
By Pastor Eric
Each and every one of us has been given certain abilities. Those talents or abilities are a gift from God. He created them in you. Some gifts are easily seen, such as making things from wood or some other craft. Other gifts, not so much.
There are those that seem to have a gift for listening. They’re always lending an ear to those who need to vent or share what they’re going through. Others seem to just know how to run a business and comes naturally to them.
All the gifts, talents and abilities come from God, The Father, Creator of the Universe. They were placed in the inside of us so that we can share them with others. To be used as a way to bless others.
The Father gives us these gifts, talents, abilities ,and yet, we are responsible for developing them within our lives. We have to make decisions as to whether we increase and fine tune those gifts or to ignore them. Don’t allow circumstances or others dictate what you have the ability to accomplish.
Work on that gift! Get better at it! Use it to be a blessing to others!
By Pastor Eric
Here we are, another year gone by. This past year has brought out more negativity in people than I’ve ever seen before. Why? Is it the virus issue? Or political views? The truth is, it doesn’t matter what the circumstances are.
Circumstances change. For better or worse, things never stay the same. If we want to see better things happen we need to keep a positive mindset. How we think and what we say really does matter.
When we come from a negative mindset, our perspective is negative. We can’t see the blessings in front of us. We are blinded by our thought process. So we speak the way we think. Even if we experience something good, we tend to find the bad in it and actually speak against the very thing we’ve been wanting.
How do we change our outcome? By changing our thinking. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
The Message Translation says it this way, “Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”
It’s pretty clear. Stop the negative thoughts right where they are.
Remember, when you receive the Word of God and put it into action, your life will be changed forever.
By Pastor Eric
Occasionally Pastors Eric and Laura will write as the Lord leads them. There may be prophetic words or insights and revelation that have come to them. They share these with the intention that someone would be blessed and encouraged or admonished, something we all need once in a while.