Tonight my church had scheduled an Ash Wednesday service. While we always meet on Wednesdays and of course by extension on Ash Wednesday. My church has never observed a traditional Ash Wednesday service.
My church like most southern Baptist churches do not celebrate lent or many of the traditional holidays. However, in the past few years we have been re-discovering our Christian roots. We have been careful in how we approach these holidays as we are first and foremost a Church committed to scripture.
A few years ago our church began to celebrate Advent. This year we have decided to add Ash Wednesday. The service for Ash Wednesday has unfortunately been canceled due to severe winter weather. But it was a good learning experience to research and properly understand an Ash Wednesday service.
During the service I planned to administer ashes. Because of the biblical expression of sackcloth and ashes it was an opportunity to teach about traditional biblical repentance. This is what Ash Wednesday is truly about. An understanding of repentance as we approach Easter.
We have enjoyed reconnecting to Christian holidays. A few months ago we even added the apostles creed to every Sunday service and as we venture deeper into church history it has been a positive experience learning and expressing church history.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Overcoming fear sounds great to almost everybody but in practice overcoming fear is much more difficult done then said. As a result many people read 2 Timothy 1:7 and quietly repent as they carry fear with them.
Fear as being described in 2 Timothy 1:7 does not mean a reckless abandonment of your reason concerning fear. The verse is describing the spiritual condition of believers in a fallen world. Fear should not keep you from living the life of faith.
Notice the positive attributes this verse describes as being from God and given to the believers.
Sound judgment means Christians have the spiritual tools necessary to discern right from wrong. The gift of power comes from the Holy Spirit along with the gift to love. Without God working in us we as Christians do not possess the ability to love others the way that God would have us to love others.
The next time you read this verse remember the fear you face in life can be overcome through the attributes that God has gifted us with through the Holy Spirit!
Here at 1 of 10 we are excited for the coming new year. It has been a tough year for all of us. COVID-19 has transformed the entire world and every thing has been impacted including ministry work.
We have big plans here at 1 of 10 ministries for 2021. We hope to grow into a full-time teaching ministry.
We plan to develop 1 of 10 podcast into a 30 minute weekly production. We also plan to have a daily devotional podcast. We hope to perform weekly Bible studies live on social media platforms.
And hopefully by end of the year we can establish a Bible study telecast that airs 2 times a week with the potential of more in the future.
The blog will contain fresh new post that are updated regularly. As well as links to the various media productions that we create here at 1 of 10.
That said this is only possible with your support. We hope to apply for nonprofit tax exempt status this year. We also will have to upgrade our equipment with the most expensive piece equipment being a new MacBook Pro that is capable of handling the productions that we will be creating here at the ministry. We also have a need for better microphones, lights, and professional software.
To make 1 of 10 a reality and to help us reach these amazing goals we are stepping out in faith. I am asking you to please help us raise money to start this ambitious ministry goals. You can donate at the link below. Help us take Christ to the nations and to equip the saints!
Please consider partnering with our ministry by donating at the link below. We are hoping to raise $7500 to upgrade some equipment into file for nonprofit status. Every dollar you donate will go directly into the ministry. God bless
And Abraham named that place The LORD Will Provide, so today it is said: “It will be provided on the LORD’s mountain.” (Gen 22:14)
Genesis 22 presents the story of Abraham being told to take his son Isaac to a mountain to be sacrificed. This story troubles many who read it. Why would God ask such a task from anyone, they question. However, the lesson of the chapter can be found within the context of the story of Abraham.
Abraham and Sarah are well in age when they received the promise that they would have a son Isaac. In fact the conception of Isaac and his birth is a forgotten miracle in the Bible as Sarah was beyond the age of having children.
God promised and delivered on the promise that Abraham and Sarah would have a child and Abraham would have descendants as numerous as the stars of the sky. In Genesis 22 when Abraham is asked to take Isaac, his promised son and sacrifice him he does so without question. Why? Because he has faith that God will deliver on his promise even when he was not sure how God would deliver.
When the Angel called out as Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac it is not surprising Abraham stopped and did not seem to be caught of guard by the intervention of God. His faith is amazing and Abraham demonstrated his fear of God through his obedience. Abraham trusted God even with the thing he loved most, his one and only son with Sarah.
Fast forward to the modern world. Is there anything that we are afraid to withhold from God because we lack faith that God will provide what He has promised. Remember the words of the angel, “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son” (Genesis 22:12.
To fear the Lord is to not withhold anything in our lives from Him. This is the lesson of this event. God wants your all. He wants your most precious things you hold dear in life trusted to Him. When we do we show that we fear the Lord, and always remember even when we do not see we can have faith that the Lord will provide.