Welcome To Orlando Metro West Church Of The Nazarene
Teen ServiceGetting Ready To Light Candles
Baby DedicationBut Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
"God's People, Doing God's Will, God's Way."
A Faith To Be Understood
I am not sure how many automobiles are in the world. But I would guess they are in the billions. Some persons own multiple vehicles. Most of us who own one look for reliability and comfort. The authorities have stipulated that before we operate a motor vehicle on public roads, we must take and pass some exams to show that we know how to use the roads safely. Despite such measures, thousands of lives are lost yearly as a result of traffic accidents…mostly due to driver’s errors and not mechanical failure. Of the many persons who own and operate a vehicle, only a small percentage actually understand how they work. Most operators only know enough to operate them, and we are happy with that. Actually, I believe some persons are happy just to own one.
Fighting The Fight, Not Faking It
A very dark chapter of world history are those periods when persons who identified themselves as followers of Jesus Christ engaged in armed combat in the name of Jesus as a means to settle disputes. Based on what has been written in Scripture, it is not difficult to see that Jesus does not sanction the use of weapons to settle disputes. Even though He told the disciples to arm themselves with swords (Luke 22:35-38, two swords for 12 people?), He commanded them to put them away when they were drawn, (Luke 22:49-51; John 18:11). He refused to call on His heavenly Father to send His angels to defend Him, (Matthew 26:51-55). He also told Pilate that if His kingdom were of this world His servants would have fought for Him so that He would not be turned over to him. But as it is, His kingdom is not from this realm, (John 18:36).
The Spirit of God was Moving
Christmas has become a defining day for many. Much of the observances have no reference to the person and purpose of Christ. Easter, has some religious overtones. And there is an attempt to make sacred, some of the observations. Who remembers Pentecost? Who even celebrates it? And some would even ask, “Why celebrate it”? If there are reasons to celebrate Christmas and Easter, we have just as many and even more reasons to celebrate Pentecost.
He Is Still The Friend Of Sinners
During the time of His earthly life, the critics of Jesus labeled Him “friend of sinners”. That label was far more derogatory than what many persons were called who were friends of a black person. The “name callers” intended to hurt Jesus reputation and ministry by calling Him friend of sinners. They never thought that a sinner needed a friend. I am so glad Jesus is a Friend of sinners. And since the church is His, we must be friends of sinners because we are only sinners saved by God’s grace.
To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.