Friday, July 20, 2018

Call Out

Call out for His help. God will come to your rescue and your enemies will retreat. He is your God and He is on your side. ~ DickEvans.org


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Shine

Let's look past what we might have to complain about and look to the good we have gained. And in all things let God's love shine through us each day. ~ DickEvans.org

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Creature

If we are in Christ, are we not a new creature? And as such, all things are become new. So let's walk forth as that new creature, that new man bearing the fruit He has for us as we deliver His message in earnest. ~ DickEvans.org

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Praise Him

We praise God in how we treat His children. We should praise Him in our prayers. We should praise Him by our daily lifestyle. We should praise in all we do, in Him. For His mercies are new every morning. ~ DickEvans.org

Monday, July 16, 2018

Others are Watchers

God's will is for us to be people of our word and to do it with all of our heart. Others are watching and our performance as believers affects their perception; what they see they believe applies to all who say they are believers. ~ DickEvans.org

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Equipping the Saints - Part 1

Ephesians 4:11-13 NLT
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

In today's society here in America, I believe many think of church as that place you go for an hour or two on Sunday mornings. They refer to it as God's house as though it was the only place He can be found. They sing some songs, listen to a brief message or a very long one, and are typically sent out with a closing prayer. The obligation has been fulfilled.

I believe the brick and mortar church is to be a gathering place for believers. After all, the church is the body of believers not a building. Around the world many churches meet outdoors in fields and even under trees. They don't spend millions of dollars to construct a beautiful building  They concentrate on their relationship with Christ and the commission He gave us. Being a believer is not about money, it's about obedience. It is about belief. It is about practicing His presence in our day-to-day lives.

Today's churches seem to be structured like a worldy business designed to gather people once a week and satisfy them with a good message. The message is seldom one to equip the saints but rather to instill fear instead of truth in who they are in Christ Jesus; who they are as believers in this age, the age of grace.

I believe the job of the pastor and his team is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. I applaud and encourage those that are doing just that. And yet many churches today work hard to bring people in through the doors which increases the number of people attending but does very little to equip them to go out and do the work Christ has laid out for us to do. If they were doing their job right, I believe a large part of the body would be leaving churches to start their own ministries on a regular basis. Once equipped there's no reason for them to stay within the four walls. New believers would be coming in and the mature going out to preach the good news to the world.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Follow It

God has the plan for us and if we allow ourselves to follow it, we will not be disappointed. His plan leads us from temptation, transforming us more and more into His image. ~ DickEvans.org