Pastor’s Pulpit

Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church3 days ago
Pastor’s devotion 2-16-2018

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.Colossians 4:12-13

We don’t know much about this man Epaphras, but what we learn here is a great example for all of us.

1. He was a common man. He was possibly from Colossi as it says he is one of you. It is a great blessing how everywhere the gospel is preached, there are men who are called to be ministers. We must remember that for the gospel to continue it takes men who will surrender to the call of God to preach.

2. He was a serving man. The call of God is not to position but to service. Those who are seeking a position or authority are in the flesh and not in the Spirit. They will hurt others instead of helping them.

3. He was a praying man. He was known for his fervency in prayer. This was no second thought praying, his prayers were specific and consistent. The bulk of his prayer seemed to be for the spiritual maturity of others, that they would not only grow in Christ but also that they would walk in His will.

4. He was a zealous man. He had a burden for people. The burden he had was pretty specifically for those in Colossi, Laodicea and Hierapolis. God placed a call on some to specific locations and gives them a zeal or a burden for the people there. We should all be desirous that everyone get saved, but God also gives pastors and missionaries a burden for a particular people and their spiritual health.

This is a good man to emulate in his spirit and his actions.
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church4 days ago
Pastor’s devotion 2-15-2018

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Col 3:16

In our day there is a great division over music. We are told that we are on the losing side because more and more churches are moving to progressive worldly music under the guise that 1. The Bible gives no guidance on what is unacceptable. 2. You can attract more lost people with a secular sound.

I would argue that the first point there is completely untrue. 10% of the Bible is music it addresses the topic, that’s a pretty good amount and the reality is that God often instructs is in the positive and based on what we should do we should understand not to get involved in the carnal side of things. As for the second argument, this only matters if our goal is to get scores of lost to think of the church as a concert hall instead of as a place to learn about and worship God in truth.

The verse her shows us that not only is music in the church to praise God but it also should be,

1. Based completely on the Word of God.
2. Teach sound doctrine.
3. Admonish the churches to holy living.

Now, explain how the modern flesh and feelings focused worldly sounding and looking music accomplished that. It doesn’t! I am not against new songs as long as they are in keeping with the principles and purposes of God’s Word.
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church5 days ago
Pastor’s devotion 2-14-2018

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Col. 2:6-7

The thought here is so simple and straightforward but also profound. The Christian life is to be lived in the same way it is received, by faith. The same way you received Christ is how you are to walk in Him Paul says.

You received Christ by hearing His Word and obeying it by faith, live the rest of your Christian life the same way, listen to God’s Word and obey it. It isn’t any more complicated than that.
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church6 days ago
Pastor’s devotion 2-13-2018

And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
Colossians 1:21-22

What a glorious truth that when we were alienated from God and His enemies He reconciled us to Himself through Christ! There are three things in verse 22 that He did for us.

He made us holy! Not by our works but by His sacrifice. We are holy because He is holy. This word means to be made a saint. I am so glad that it is God that bestows sainthood and not man! There two kinds of people are the saints and the aint’s!

He made us unblameable! This means morally faultless, he took away all our offense and nothing can be laid to our charge!

He made us unreproveable! This means that nothing can be called to our account, no accusation can be successfully made! Hallelujah! What a Saviour! God is glorious and good to us!
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church7 days ago
Pastor’s devotion 2-12-2018

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Php 4:6

So often our needs spark worry instead of faith. Worry sends us looking for means to solve our problems. Sometimes we try to solve them by our own means. Sometimes we try to get others to solve them for us. It seems that the popular thing in our day is to ask people to take care of it for us in the form of prayer requests. This way we can seem spiritual as we are passing around our needs to men.

Paul suggests that we should cast off worry and choose prayer and supplication to God for our needs instead. This is faith over worry. If I take my needs to God and develop the earnestness in prayer that I should, I would find that my need to tell men would disappear. God is able to supply all your need, yes He will use men, sometimes fellow believers and sometimes the wealth of the wicked, but when we have only born our petitions to Him we can be sure that whatever the source of delivery the giver was God. That will greatly increase your faith!
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church
Beth Haven Independent Baptist Church1 week ago
Pastor’s devotion 2-10-2018

"Do all things without murmurings and disputings:" Php 2:14

This may be one of the most neglected verses in the Bible in regard to our practice. From what I can see both murmuring and disputing abounds amount the children of God. Dare I say that He is not pleased with this! Let’s define this a little.

Do all things: this is not difficult to interpret, what is about to be said s not limited to only our conduct in the prayer closet. This applies to within our church house and within your house. It is good at home and on the job and in the market. There is no exemption given here.

Without murmurings: to murmur means to grumble and complain. God was upset with Israel for their constant murmuring, how do you think He feels about your same actions?

Without disputings: Webster’s says this is: The act of contending by words or arguments. In other words, arguing and fighting. You can disagree without allowing it to devolve into a shouting match. This is true in public and true in your home.

Maybe if we had less murmuring and more gratitude and less disputing and more encouraging we would have churches and homes that were pleasing to God and we wanted to be in as well!