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Sep
02

Remember God loves you! You are special to Him!

Dec
06

To many people are looking for a revised version of God’s will!

-Stephen Caniff-

Dec
04

We humans have a problem, we remember what we ought to forget, and forget what we ought to remember!

-Stephen Caniff-

Dec
01

IICorinthians 12:7-10

 7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Pride says, “I’m in control”. The thorn that I can’t remove says, “I’m not”.

-Stephen Caniff-

Dec
01

We don’t always have to see the way clear, we just have to see Him clearing the way!
-Stephen Caniff-

Mar
30

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Jan
12

Rest
Hebrews 3:14-19
14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
15 while it is said:

“ Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?
17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:1-11

Now we know from those first few verses that God was angry with the children of Israel and their corpses fell in the wilderness and they were never allowed to enter His rest.
The reason that they could not enter His rest is because of unbelief. They didn’t trust Him.
Where we don’t trust someone to lead us, we will not follow. God was doing everything I believe within His power (besides forcing them) to get these people to listen and to follow Him. And yet these people, these hard hearted people, would not listen to Him.

Back in this day God had told them within the Ten Commandments that they were to set aside the Seventh day as a day of rest. It was a Sabbath day of rest.
Now I know that this could be a controversial issue with some here, and I can’t charm both sides of the argument. I can only take this from a biblical standpoint as the Holy Spirit has enlightened my eyes to tell you the truth.

I want to give you the answer to just a few questions. Here are the questions that I want to answer.
Is there still a Sabbath day of rest?
Was it the seventh day of rest?
Is there still a day of rest designated for us?

I think it is important that if we are to live our lives a certain way that we should be able to give our reasoning for it. We shouldn’t just live our lives hoping that we are ok, we should know.

#1. Is there still a Sabbath day of rest?
I. There is a day of rest that God expects us to enter into.
I know I probably just lost some of you. I know your probably saying here he goes off into legalism.

Lets get the ball rolling.
Hebrews 4:1-7a
1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
(Ought oh, we don’t want to come short of entering His rest.)
2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
3 For we who have believed do enter that rest,
(Ought oh, the Hebrew writer says if were believers we have entered that rest.)
as He has said:
“ So I swore in My wrath,
‘ They shall not enter My rest,’”
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;
5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
7 again He designates a certain day,

I hope you can agree with me that the scripture bears it out, that there is a day of rest. Now don’t quit listening to me. We know that when Jesus died that there was a New Covenant that began. It wasn’t a covenant of living to the letter of the law, but it was a covenant of living by His Holy Spirit, and it was sealed with Jesus’ blood on Calvary.

So I have answered question #1 – Yes there still remains a day of rest for those who believe.
And we should fear unless you fall short of entering into that rest.

I know that I am stretching some of your alls thinking and you can’t believe I’m preaching something like this, but don’t quit listening.
Listen to what verse 2 said,
2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
Why didn’t those who fell in the wilderness enter into His rest? Because they did not truly believe.
If the children of Israel would of believed in God and trusted Him, and allowed Him to lead them, they would of entered the promised land and found rest for their weary souls. They could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, entered the promise land if only they had put their trust in God. If only they would of rested their hope in Him.
These people moaned and groaned and kept turning their backs on Him, until God said, enough is enough, your carcasses will fall in the desert.

The Hebrew writer said in verse 1
1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

I don’t know about you, I want to make sure I enter that rest. I don’t want to be like the children of Israel who’s carcasses fell in the wilderness. If you and I are going to make it into the kingdom of Heaven, it is because we have trusted God every step of the way. We have rested our hope in Him.

What did Peter tell us to do? He said, rest your hope fully upon grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
In other words, we can depend on Christ our only hope of glory.

Was this a seventh day rest? No it was not designed that way.
II. Jesus became our Sabbath
Lets look at verse 7
7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David,

What does the Hebrew writer mean by in David?

Well to know what he is talking about we have to go back into the Old Testament to 2Samuel 7:12-16. This is the prophet Nathan telling David what God has said.

12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”

God is promising David that He will establish his throne forever.
Did God keep His promise. Look over in the gospel of Luke.
Luke 1:26-27
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.

Where did Joseph come from? He came from the house of David. Jesus Christ was the One who was promised to David. David’s throne was going to be established forever in Christ Jesus.
So what is the day that has been established for those who believe?
It was the day that Jesus died and arose again. This was the designated day for the Sabbath.
This was the day that Jesus fought that final battle and won the throne, and He established that throne forever. The devil and all his demons thought they had won the battle. They saw Jesus’ blood dripping down into the sand of Galgotha. But Jesus stormed the gates of hell, and jerked the devil off the throne. And He said, I am He that was dead but liveth, and I’m alive forever more. Three days later He arose from that grave, and He won the victory over hell, sin and the grave.
Jesus said, upon this ROCK I build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Not then, not now, not ever. You can rest assured on that.
The Hebrew writer said, Again He designates a certain day, saying in David. Jesus is your Sabbath, you can rest in Him.
So is there a day designated for you and I to rest?
Yes there is.
Well what day is it? Is it Saturday as some believe? Is it Sunday?

Your Sabbath day, is the day you rest your hope in Him
It doesn’t matter if it is Sunday, Monday, or any other day of the week. Your day of rest is when you lay your burdens at Jesus’ feet.
Listen to Jesus in Matthew.
Matthew 11:28-29
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
In what day, do you and I find rest? Your day of rest is the day that you lay your burdens and all your cares upon Him.
The Hebrew writers says, “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.

Jan
02

THANK YOU LORD FOR 2008

Cindy and I have much to be thankful for. This last year has been filled with both exciting times and some tough times, but we have both come away unscathed.

A few things that we are thankful for!!!

I can remember earlier this year being out of town preaching when we received a phone call that Cindy’s father was in the Hospital with a blood clot that nearly cost him his life. We thank God that he was spared and allowed to share some more of life with us. Hopefully the doctors have him on the right path so that we can share many more years together.

It was just a month or two ago that I was laying in bed asleep when Cindy woke me up and said, “Something is going on”.  Something could mean a lot of things and so I came wide awake thinking somebody was trying to break in. With my eyes wide open at this point, I realized that the whole house was filled with smoke.  I sleep with a sleep machine and Cindy said, “I think your sleep machine is getting hot”. My response was, “That isn’t my sleep machine, the whole house is filled with smoke, the house must be on fire”. I quickly jumped out of bed and went running through the house and I looked back into my office area and saw flames shooting about a foot up the wall. I paused by the kitchen sink thinking about grabbing water and then thought better of it. I went into the office area and saw some cords we had plugged in burning and I quickly yanked them out of the socket. The fire went out as I stood there holding the smoking cords in my hand. The blind string was only about 4 or 5 inches to the left of where the fire was shooting up. If it would of hit them, it would of most likely have been like a fuse that would of worked its way up straight to our curtains. Thank God all we have is a black mark on the wall and the burnt cords to remind us.

As most who read this know Cindy and I pastor the Wesleyan Church here in Salem Indiana, and I am glad to report that God has really helped the church over the last year. I have been pastor here for about 3 years and God is allowing us to see the fruit of increase in our numbers. While our altars have not been lined with people, our pews are looking more and more full. I don’t care whether or not people do their praying at public altars or at their own personal altar, as long as they do their praying.

God is also helping me more and more to hear His voice which is my prayer. I have learned for a pastor to preach and teach successfully, we must hear the voice of God.

There are plenty of things that I could thank God for over the past year, as Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV, 22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Thank you Lord!!!

Happy New Year all

Steve