Finishing Well  

May 29, 2015Pastor's Blog

2 Timothy 4 Finishing well requires looking ahead at what (and Who) lies before us. II Timothy 4 gives us our ultimate future; Christ’s appearing and His Kingdom. We run life’s race with our eye upon Christ who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. That means He is the originator and completer of our faith. Some of life’s journey grows our faith in ways we enjoy, but often the Completer of our faith allows twists, turns, potholes and even lengthy detours to s-t-r-e-t-c-h our faith so it can … Read More

2 Timothy 3

May 28, 2015Pastor's Blog

There are times in life in when we feel disconnected from God and alone. If you feel this way, consider looking deeper into your Bible. The Bible was faithfully recorded by inspired men from all walks of life, who lived across three continents, and compiled the texts over a period of fifteen hundred years without ever contradicting one another. God spoke then through Scripture, and He is still speaking through it now. When we neglect to meet God in the words He preserved for us, we lose our bearing in … Read More

Make a List and Check it Twice!

May 27, 2015Pastor's Blog

2 Timothy 2:22- Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. As you study and meditate on scripture, you will sometimes find it extremely helpful to make lists. Paul speaks with the wisdom of a man who has lived a full life, so his insight here is tried and tested. 1. Make two lists contrasting the characteristics of someone approved by God and one NOT approved by God. Examples: Approved characteristics might … Read More

Finishing Well

May 26, 2015Pastor's Blog

Whenever I need encouragement in perseverance, I think of Paul. Now there was an apostle who finished well! Paul was in prison … AGAIN when he wrote these letters to Timothy. Many commentaries state Paul’s letters to Timothy were his final writings. How did Paul “finish”? He encouraged Timothy and fellow believers to keep “pressing on” speaking out about the hope found in Jesus. Finishing well doesn’t happen by accident. First, we need to be strong – in grace (v.1). When we operate within the will of God, He is … Read More

Finish Well: Have Courage

May 25, 2015Pastor's Blog

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God . . . (2 Timothy 1:8) Many of our Cornerstone family work in places where the majority of people around you are not Christians. Some of them are anti-Christian, perhaps even violently so, so there may be times when you feel ashamed that you are a Christian. You are afraid people will find out; or, if they already know that … Read More

God’s Grace

May 22, 2015Pastor's Blog

Galatians 6:6-18 Application The law of sowing and reaping is a concept that we should be aware of in everything we do. In this passage, he tells us that when we sow, we sow either to please our sinful nature or to please the Spirit. Ask yourself, “By this action, which of the two am I sowing to please?” Then consider the consequences, or results, from sowing. Sowing to please the sinful nature will reap destruction. There may be pleasure for a short time, but the harvest is on its … Read More

Inner Transformation

May 21, 2015Pastor's Blog

Interpretation Paul’s final warning in Galatians 6:6-18 is for the Galatians to remember the universal law of reproduction, which simply states; whatever you sow, you will reap. Verse seven says; “One who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction”. But thankfully in verse eight we see that the reverse is just as sure; “one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Since we and others will be eating the “fruit” of what we sow we must sow carefully. Of course there’s always a delay between … Read More

F.O.T.O.

May 20, 2015Pastor's Blog

Galatians 6:6-18 If you have studied Galatians up to this point, it is helpful to interpret this passage by thinking of the following acronym: F.O.T.O. FOTO means to Focus On the Obvious. How do you observe the obvious in every Bible passage? Look for repeated words: Verses 6-10 use ‘sow’, ‘sows’ and ‘sowing’. ‘Good’ is written 4 times in verses 6-12. Circumcision vs. uncircumcision is discussed primarily in vs. 12-16. Observe singular vs. plural usage: Paul identifies himself to be part of the audience of ‘us’, not just as one … Read More

Gentle Restoration

May 19, 2015Pastor's Blog

Galatians 5:26-6:5 “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” (Galatians 5:26 -6:1) God intended life to be lived in relationship. Don’t believe me? Read the scripture. Why else would Paul warn us against provoking each other unless we were living in relationship? First – Life is going to be challenging. Envy and conceit only happen in relationship. … Read More

Stop and Think

May 18, 2015Pastor's Blog

When observing The Bible it is important to often times to “stop and think”. While I was reading Galatians 6 I stopped and thought about what I was reading. I thought about 6:2 that says “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” It was that pause that allowed me to think about what the passage was really saying. Contrary to the isolated burdens we saw in yesterday’s study, often we encounter community burdens. These are burdens that should be shared with other members of the body … Read More