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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ignorance is bliss

Many believers live by this motto.  Often times saying well I am not a bible scholar or a theologian.  Be that as it may I would advise you to follow the advice Paul gave to a young Timothy.  I know that many would argue that this advice is found in a pastoral letter given by Paul to Timothy (A Minster of the Gospel).  Be that as it may we all handle the Word of God in some capacity.  Whether it is as a head of a Sunday School Class, bible study, or head of a household I would encourage you to follow the advice of the Apostle Paul.  For there are many false teachers out there and not all of them have evil intentions.  The Bible states that people perish because lack of knowledge.  The Bible ultimately reveals the character of God, his will for his children, and instructions to survive.  Understanding the truth of the Word of God is vital to your spiritual survival!! Therefore follow the advice of the Apostle Paul. 

What is this advice you asked? Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Scriptural Reference: 2 Timothy 2:15

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

Monday, November 22, 2010

When Troubles Come

When troubles come there are a wide range of emotions that an individual feels.  These emotions range from panic, nervousness, and despair. It is as if this is the first time that trouble has occurred in their life.  Some people respond to trouble by trying to just ignore that it is present.  This is called denial. Others respond to trouble by seeking the help of other individuals.  Then there are those who have peace in the midst of their troubles.  They take comfort because they are under the shadow of the Most High.  They understand that God is their ever present help in their time of need.  They respond in faith trusting God. 

The question for today is simply how do you respond? 

Scripture Reference:  Psalm 91

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When Down Is The Way Up

Children of God sometimes down is the way up.  You maybe wondering what in the world I am talking about. However I believe if Joseph who was Jacob beloved son could testify he would tell you that down is the way up.  You remember Joseph who was sold into slavery by his very own blood and then thrown into jail unjustly.  I surmise to you that Joseph was down, but God elevated Joseph from the jail to second in command in all of Egypt.  So I believe he would tell you that down is the way up!

Children of God sometimes down is the way up. If Jesus the Christ were to testify I believe he would tell that down is the way up.  Jesus the Christ who being in the form of God thought it not robbery being equal to God but made himself of no reputation, took upon the form of a servant, and being made in the likeness of men, and being found in the fashion of man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto to death even unto the cross.  And as resulted of his obedience God has exalted him and has given him a name above all names that at the name of Jesus the Christ every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord.  I submit to you that down is the way up!

You may be down right down child of God but I submit to you that sometimes down is the way up. Therefore don't lose heart doing your down season because you to shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of living if you keep the faith!!

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More and More

I am chasing after you I don't know what I am going to do, but I need you more and more.  Many of us have felt that way in this life.  Often times it is not in relation to God, but in relation to other persons. It is common in relationships as you get to know individuals that you want to spend more and more time with them as your love for them grows. This is not necessarily a bad thing as God said that it is not good for man to be alone.  God is a God that lives in community in fact God created us that could be in fellowship with him.  However when our desire for individuals surpasses our desire for God that's where the problem lies. Here are three godly things to desire more of:
  1. Desire more and more zeal for the Word of God.
  2. Desire more and more love and compassion for God's creation. 
  3. Desire more and more opportunities to share the Gospel to unbelievers.
Our desire should be to desire more and more of God because God desires more and more of you. 

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis