Thirty lashes with a wet noodle! This should be my punishment today, I thought to myself (metaphorically, of course). I had a doctor’s appointment that Tuesday morning, and as usual, we were rushing to make it on time. Right before we left the house, my husband Benny received a call from Brother Andre, Director of our church pantry, informing him that thieves had broken into the storage containers on the church property again (the third time in two weeks). Benny told him that he would not be able to get there until after my doctor’s appointment. Continue reading That Little Voice in Your Spirit
“When you come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession, and he that owns the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seems to me there is a plague in the house. Then the priest shall command that they empty the house before the priest go into it to see the plague… ” (Leviticus 14:34-35).
In Scripture, leprosy is always symbolic of sin and evil. It was a terrible plague in those days. Lepers were totally cut off from all society, families, and loved ones; nor could they go to the tabernacle to worship God. Lepers were cast outside of the city in camps, and a leper could not return to his family until he was cured, which only the priest could pronounce. But could a house have leprosy? Because the same rituals and commandments that a recovered leper had to follow to be reinstated to society, God also commanded to be applied to a house determined to have leprosy.
Have you ever wondered why there are seven days in a week? For instance, it is easy to see why there are 24 hours in a day, because light and darkness set themselves in 24-hour cycles. The number of days in a month is determined by the lunar cycle. It takes approximately 30 days for the moon to orbit the earth. The number of days in a calendar year is determined by the solar cycle, how many days it takes for the earth to orbit the 584 million miles around the sun. For example, if you put a stick in the sand and watch the shadow it casts every day at noon, it will take 365 days to return to its original position. Continue reading Maybe We Should Spell it “Sonday”
Two thousand years ago, in the little town of Nazareth, an unmarried teenager became pregnant. When her fiancé learned she was pregnant, knowing they had never had sex, he broke off their engagement. But one night Gabriel, the messenger of God, came to him in a dream telling him not to be afraid to marry her, because “that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” He said that she would have a son, and they were to call His name Jesus, which means the Lord’s salvation, because He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:18-25). Continue reading Do You Know Who Your Father Is?
There is a new strain of a “hyper grace” teaching in the body of Christ today that differentiates between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament, as though they are two different persons. Those who espouse this doctrine claim other preachers are using “guilt” from Old Testament law to get Saints to live holy. Instead, they should be preaching love and encouragement, grace and compassion. I am all about preaching grace and compassion, but the idea that the God of the O.T. and the God of the N.T. are different is false and misleading. The last book of the O.T. is Malachi, in which God declared: “I am the Lord, and I change not” (3:6). Continue reading Condemnation Vs. Conviction