Saturday, April 11, 2015

Does Your Pastor Have A Vision?

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

How many of us have heard this proclaimed in reference to a pastor’s “vision” of reaching the lost, building the church, starting a school or promoting missions? Yet, this is not what this verse means at all. While it may preach good and there can be some application regarding evangelism and discipleship, that is not the plain meaning of this verse. How convenient it is for a preacher to quote only the first part of this verse, while leaving out the second part of this same verse entirely! This verse itself explains that the vision is the law. A basic study on the word vision in the Bible shows that a vision is special revelation from God. God’s words given by his prophets and written down for us: that’s the Bible. What is the point? It is a subtle but very significant shift to use the word vision from this verse to refer to man’s ideas or plans instead of God’s words. What is the result? This slight shift promotes a pastor, preacher, missionary or other leader over God himself! If the churches in our land are ever going to get back to God, they must first get back to the very words of God. Happy is the one who keeps the words of the Bible.   Pastor James Utter 4/2014

Where there is no vision, the people perish:
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Was Saint Patrick a Christian?

Patrick - Missionary to Ireland

The personality behind St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated. Many do not realize the great Christian heritage 

Patrick of Ireland left for us. Consider these facts as you commemorate this special day.

Britain had a number of Christians in the 300's AD.

Patrick was born around 389 AD.

Patrick was kidnapped when he was sixteen.

He was sold into slavery and sent to Ireland.

He escaped back to Britain after six years of captivity.

Now free, he had a dream the Irish wanted him back for holy service.

Patrick was appointed a bishop (pastor) and an apostle (missionary) to the Irish people.

This British missionary arrived in Ireland in 432.

Patrick ministered to the Irish whose lives were full of superstition and magic.

Druid priests opposed Patrick and opposed Christianity in Ireland.

In Ireland he established a simple church system.

Patrick died around 461 and is buried in Northern Ireland.

Think about: Do I want the Lord to use me as He desires to?