The Change

The mere title will spark curiosity in some, disgust in others, and nodding of the head from a few. Those kinds of responses are to be expected when people assume what is about to be shared.

To the relief of some, the regret of others and the could-care-less of many, this blog is not about a medical phenomenon. The “change” I’m reflecting on is the tendency of mankind to make something good and for the most part decent into that which is ugly. 

Okay, you want examples. How about social media posts like those you find on Facebook where readers are challenged to ‘share’, ‘like’ posts in order to receive God’s blessings? These things are not scriptural and show the ignorance of people who identify themselves as believers. I wonder if we have those who believe in the Holy Bible who don’t read it? Sarcasm.

Blessings from God are not earned by such feeble immature acts like sharing a posts. Is it any wonder society laughs at Christianity? Don’t you think it is a shame to behave that way?

I like Facebook for keeping up with family and real friends. You can build your “friend” list only to realize many on there are barely acquaintances. Sad to see people using Facebook and other social medias to pat themselves on the back, promote their lives as something to covet, present themselves so much and so often that the fallacies of their lives shine through. 

The ‘change’ encompasses numerous areas of life. Sex is an act God endorses but we have changed the beauty of intimacy into a recreational sport. 

The holiness of matrimony has been changed into the perils of uncontrolled passions yielding unwanted pregnancies. Where discretion was exemplified, now it is becoming extinct! Sin used to be something which brought shame. Now it brings showmanship, for all to see and boast about. 

I would think the One who created the creature would know more about what’s best for it. We, the creation, tell God, the Creator, how it’s going to be, what’s going to be done and as it were; shake our fist in His Holy face! Praise Him for being long suffering. I’m grateful for it because I’ve needed it. 

Maybe you get the idea. Nuff said?

Until next time,


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This blog is about the “I” in who conducts baptisms

There is a growing practice that I’ve noticed taking place in the last couple of years which I sense may become a trend. At first I was a bit uncomfortable with it. It challenged me. It revolves around the “I”. 

In accordance to the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and upon your profession of faith in Him, “I” baptize you my brother/sister in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Buried with Him in the likeness of His death, raised to walk in newness of life.

Who is the ‘I’? Baptism is an ordinance of the church. So who should do the baptisms? 

The church pastor is not confined to a baptismal pool to conduct baptisms. Pastors have gone out to ponds, lakes, backyard swimming pools to conduct baptisms. It’s like the eunuch who asked Phillip, here’s water what keeps me from being baptized? Luke 8:36

Phillip was called of God, an apostle of Jesus the Christ. Qualified to perform baptisms. Qualified? What makes you qualified? 

The practice I have noticed is people who are not licensed, ordained, or otherwise endowed with church authority are baptizing people at their own will. A friend of mine a few years ago was a young man and a newly born again Christians. He was performing baptisms in swimming pools without a local church’s endorsement. 

Who should be the ‘I’ who performs the baptism? Scripturally speaking the specific answer is not given. The Scripture focus more on need to be baptized and the mandate for the born again to go out under the authority of Jesus Christ to make disciples, teaching and baptizing…(Matthew 28:18-20). 

Is the deacon who baptized his son acting under the authority of Jesus Christ? Is the mom who professes Jesus as Savior who baptized her daughter acting under the authority of Jesus Christ? Are they performing these ‘ordinances’ under the authority of the church? Are they required to be under the authority of another or can they do it under their own desire?

She’s a brand new Christian, excited in her faith and goes to work telling her co-workers. One of them wants to be baptized? She takes her home, dips her in the pool and baptized her. You okay with that? Should the church accept these baptisms? There was a time when S’baptism, meaning self-baptism, was practiced. John the Baptist had a part in changing the practice. 

Who should be the “I” and how should the church receive it? 


  1. Baptisms explained sufficiently
  2. The mode of baptism
  3. Record keeping?
  4. A slippery slope towards the Lord’s Supper becoming a practice like this.
  5. The relationship of the person doing the baptizing. Saved, believer or acting professional?
  6. Ordinance of the church, not the person.
  7. Authority to act
  8. Other issues 

Something to think on,

Until Next Time,


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Two essential foundational truths which should come from the true church. 

  1. The Bible is True
  2. Jesus Saves

Love demands that Christians do not turn a blind eye to sin.

Rebellion is seen when behavior doesn’t match belief. 

You are not the only who pays the price for your sin. 

Until next time


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Crouching at the door

To ‘crouch’ means “to lower your body to the ground by bending your legs. Of an animal, it is to lie on the stomach close to the ground with the legs bent.” The whole idea is sneak up on a prey as though you’re going to attack. 

I visualize the cat sneaking up on its prey getting ready to pounce. You watch and you wait until just the right moment and the cat leaps, catches its prey by surprise and dominates its life. 

The Pounce

The same picture is painted in Genesis 4:7, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”” 

There are two brief remarks I want to make. The first is this. Without question there are times when sin sneaks up on you ready to pounce on your life and dominate you. As the scripture tells us, ‘we must master it.’  Therefore walk as you are the prey and sin is indeed crouching at the door. Be ready. Be prepared. Be strong in the faith. 

A second observation I have is sin is not always ‘crouching at the door.’ Sometimes it “stands up” and announces itself as speaking through a bullhorn! We see it coming a long distance away. We know what it is and what could come of it if we fall prey to its domination. Instead of resisting the sin, more and more people are embracing sin, announcing their sinfulness and expect others to embrace it! It’s almost like sin is a praise report? Look at me and what I’ve done. Should Christina’s clap with celebration? Christians,  remember to love the people who has sinned without embracing their sin. 

Friends, to object to the sin and to stand against sin is not to reject a person nor to stand against a person. It is the sin that destroys. Anger can be a loving response when under the control of the Holy Spirit.  I don’t appreciate when people take offense to someone standing against sin as though that someone is standing against them. It is not true for the genuine mature Christian who understands the devastation sin has on a life. 

I also don’t appreciate people thinking others should embrace their sin as though it is a good thing. People announcing sin like it’s a reason for celebration in a slap to the holy face of God. While I’m not trying to make enemies, I no doubt will at the very least offend. Though not my intent, I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and will consider Him first and foremost. 

It breaks my heart and discourages me when I see people willingly take the road of life that opposes the God who loves them and created them. Praise Him for His long suffering and merciful love and forgiveness. 

Dear one, don’t let sin reign in you. Confess, repent and seek forgiveness. Live for God who gave His Son Jesus Christ to die for you. 

Until next time,


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God’s Jewelry Box 

They come in all sizes, shapes and colors. From inexpensive to the outrageous. Jewelry boxes! Mostly owned by women these boxes are used to store and house jewelry. Some come equip with latches to try to keep priceless treasures safe. 

Have you ever given thought to God’s jewelry box. Maybe I’m a little out there on this one. Maybe I’m thinking outside the box. Jewelry box? 

Consider this passage… 

“Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” Malachi‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Other translation use words like treasure, greatest possessions, and my own special treasure in place of jewels. 

Which I think of God’s chosen possessions, He treasures as jewels which belong to Him I cannot help but think how we view the death of God’s child as lying in a ‘casket’ when God must see it as one of His “Jewelry” boxes. While I know the souls is with the Lord, the flesh that remains once housed God’s jewel. 

Are you one of God’s jewels? 

Until next time,


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Ingredients of total surrender 

  • 12: “”This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 
  • 13: Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 
  • 14: You are My friends if you do what I command you. 
  • 15: No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:12-15 NASB

I feel ill-equipped to speak on this subject today. To talk of giving ones life for another is a position I’ve not put myself in like those who gave their life serving in our armed forces. 

When I listen to those who speak of their friends who died by their side as they both hunkered down in a foxhole somewhere or was shot down trying to take a hill or mountain or some parcel of land. 

These are lives we cannot put a $ value on. They were lives surrendered for a specific purpose. This is Memorial Day weekend. It is a time we reflect on those who lost their lives serving our country. It is not the time to honor those who served for that is done at Veterans Day. 

Each man or woman who laid down their lives have certain qualities that you and I as God-fearing, born again children of God ought to exhibit. These qualities were also seen in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All of these qualities are ingredients found within the act of total surrender. 

I. Courage 

You think of the courage our military men and women had to had to put their lives on the line and then to give it up for us in their service for our country. 

They stood firm in the face of danger, challenges and opposition.

Wars are full of heroic acts on the land, sea, and the air. 

I submit to you our Lord Jesus Christ showed the quality of courage. Jesus Christ had the courage to speak when He needed to and the courage to be silent as well. In the face of His enemies, the tremendous beating, flogging and the carrying of His Cross to Calvary we see great Courage. 

We also see great love! 

II. Comradeship 

I’m told and no doubt believe in the special connection between those who serve in the military. Especially those who serve for many years. 

It is a comradeship worth remembering. People from all walks of life coming together for a common cause. 

Jesus gave His life that we might live. That we might have life and it more abundantly. (John10:10b) 

Jesus lives again that we might live with Him in eternity. There have been no doubt great Comrades formed among those in the armed forces but none can compare to the one we can have when Jesus is our comrade in the battle against sin. We partner with Jesus to defeat death, hell, and the grave. 

III. Dedication 

Our country has faced terrifying responsibilities. Our country has faced enormous odds. 

Yet because of the dedication of men and women across our nation we are free today to experience liberty. Their wholehearted dedication trumpets the call for us to honor their lives given for us by using our freedom in honorable ways. 

Our Lord dedicated Himself to His Father. (Mt. 26:39) We need the same dedication. 

IV. Sacrifice 

The men and women who served our country and paid the ultimate cost losing their lives did not want to die. Yet the supreme sacrifice was paid. Multitudes have given their lives. 

Our Lord gave His life. Voluntarily John 10:17,18 

Far too often you and I chose not to sacrifice. 

Surely we must realize that we are called to Courage – Comradeship – Dedication – and Sacrifice 

We need to see the enemy, the danger before us. We need repentance, confession, and reconciliation. 

Until next time,


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Obedience better than sacrifice

Sermon on 1 Samuel 15:1-25 

I. God’s Command. 1-3“Then Samuel said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the words of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'”” 1 Samuel 15:1-3 NASB

  1. The Lord remembers wrong done to His people.
  2. The Lord will punish those who do wrong to His people.
  3. The Lord is exact in His execution of judgment. 

II. Saul’s Conquest. 4-9

“Then Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim, 200,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 men of Judah. Saul came to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the valley. Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart, go down from among the Amalekites, so that I do not destroy you with them; for you showed kindness to all the sons of Israel when they came up from Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. So Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah as you go to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were not willing to destroy them utterly; but everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.” 1 Samuel 15:4-9 NASB

  • Saul remembers those who showed kindness to God’s people.
  • Saul has a ‘better’ idea?
  • Sometimes we think we have a better idea.
  • Sometimes we forget what God told us?

III. Samuel’s Concern. 10-23

“Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying, “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands.” And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the LORD all night. Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and proceeded on down to Gilgal.” Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the LORD! I have carried out the command of the LORD.” But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?” Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed.” Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait, and let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!” Samuel said, “Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the LORD anointed you king over Israel, and the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are exterminated.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD?” Then Saul said to Samuel, “I did obey the voice of the LORD, and went on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal.” Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king.”” 1 Samuel 15:10-23 NASB

  • How can the Lord ‘regret’ making Saul a king over Israel? We know why!
  • Have you caused the Lord regret?
  • When’s the last time you had an all night crying spell over someone?
  • Saul was quite proud of himself. Let’s build a monument!
  • Saul, “I did…”
  • “The people …”
  • Saul, You Lose!

IV. Saul’s Confession. 21-25

“But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal.” Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king.” Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the LORD.” But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.” As Samuel turned to go, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore. So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you.” 1 Samuel 15:21-28 NASB 
Until next time,


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