Our next Open Worship Night

Join us again at North Mill Spring, NC starting at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 5th for an evening of open worship! It will be a mix of contemporary and original praise and worship songs and some new arrangements of traditional Christian music and music inspired by the Spirit!  Some of the instruments played are acoustic guitar, congas, base guitar, keyboard and harmonica. Bring your instrument or just come and enjoy!  Lots of space. Its about 45 minutes from our home in Hendersonville, NC.  Leave a reply if you would like to join us! Here is a picture of the space below.

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Our Spiritual Mother

The Lord our God is first and foremost our spiritual Father.  But He is also our spiritual Mother.

Genesis 1:27 “Humankind was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them; female and male, God made them.”

Isaiah 66:13  God as a comforting mother

“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 49:15  God compared to a nursing mother

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”

Isaiah 42:14  God compared to a woman in labor

“For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept myself still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant.”

Psalm 131:2  God as a Mother  A song of David.

 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty;  I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.

Psalm 27:10  God fulfilling both roles as Father and Mother

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.

“Follow me”

As Christians, we need to stop trying to lead by leading and instead learn what it is to lead by following. Everything else is striving.

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19

Humanism vs Christianity

Humanism: An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.

Christianity: A faith-based belief system that attaches prime importance to divine or supernatural matters. Christian beliefs emphasize that all people are lost sinners in need of salvation through faith in Christ and that humanism is essentially a substitute religion replacing worship of God with worship of man.

Romans 1: 25
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.

Nothing New Under the Sun

When I look around at what is happening in this country since the presidential election I am reminded that it has ever been the way of fallen man that when they are overcome by argument or deposed by tournament, they resort to angry incrimination, slander and violence. It is the last refuge of the prideful and the common tactic of the deceitful. And it is the way of Cain.
 
The martyrdom of Stephen speaks to this:
 
Acts 7:54-58
54 When they heard these things, they were enraged in their hearts and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God’s glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said,
56 “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 Then they screamed at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him.
58 They threw him out of the city and began to stone him.

The Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22:37
    Jesus said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
 
 This is the greatest and most important command. It is the foundation upon which our lives must be built. The allure of all other things in our lives melts away beneath the weight of the glory of undivided love toward God.  If love toward God is truly the number one priority in our lives and valued above all other things then all our affections toward created things will be directed in a right manner.

The Neglect of God

Many men suppose that if they do not neglect their duty to their fellow men and if they are honest and upright in their dealings with others, that they are not guilty before God, as though it were less a crime to dishonour God than man and as though it were innocence to neglect the necessary salvation afforded us by our Maker and Redeemer. The apostle here shows that the wrath of God is equally revealed against the neglect of God as it is against positive iniquity; and that this is an offence of such consequence as to be placed first, and more deserving of Divine indignation than the neglect of our duties towards men. (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament)

Romans 1:18-20 (HCSB)
18  For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth,
19  since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.
20  For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.