Five Smooth Stones

Ever wonder why David stopped at the brook and chose five smooth stones before facing Goliath? Why five? We know that only one was used, so why not more, or maybe less? Let’s take a few minutes and take a closer look. 

We are all very familiar with the biblical story of David and Goliath. David was sent to check on his brothers so that he may bring news of them and of the battle back to his father. Upon arriving, he was quite surprised at was going on. He could not believe that someone would be so bold to insult God and His people. This did not set well with David. After looking around, he decided he would face the giant. He went to King Saul and told him that he would face Goliath. King Saul was somewhat taken back by this young man’s courage. When David was asked what he would do, David replied with three interesting prospectives:

1. He had assessed the situation 

2. He remembered how God had helped him in the past when facing a lion and a bear

3. He was trusting in God to face a new giant

King Saul offered him battle gear, but David new his strength and protection was with God and not with man’s ability or might. Upon his way to face Goliath, David stopped by a brook and chose five smooth stones. You might ask, “why five?” The number 5 is very significant in the Bible. It is the number associated with Grace, but it goes much deeper than that. Look at it this way:

Stone 1 – Comfort

Stone 2 – Hope

Stone 3 – Trust

Stone 4 – Strength 

Stone 5 – Faith

Though only one stone was used, I believe David carried with him Comfort, Hope, Trust and Strength. The stone that was used to kill Goliath was FAITH.

How are you facing your giants? Are you trusting in man and his ability, or are you trusting in God and His abilities? With God you can rest assured knowing that you have Comfort, Hope, Trust, Strength and the Faith needed when facing your Giants!


Something Greater Than Faith

How important would you say that Faith is? On a scale of 1 to 10, where would you rank Faith? Would it be a reasonable statement to say that our Salvation rest upon the foundation of Faith? 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

And yet, the Scriptures clearly state that there is something greater than faith. 

We know that “Charity” is Love, but which “Love”? There are four ancient Greco-Christian terms which can be rendered into English as “love”.

1. Eros – refers to “passionate love” or romantic love

2. Storge – familial love

3. Philia – to friendship as a kind of love

4. Agape- God’s love

It is Agape that the writer is referring to in 1 Corinthians 13, and in this text, it’s God’s Love within us. Now let us look at the first three verses, replacing “Charity” with “God’s Love Within Me”.

1 Corinthians 13(KJV)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not “God’s Love Within Me”, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (An irritating noise)
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not “God’s Love Within Me”, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not “God’s Love Within Me”, it profiteth me nothing.

It’s one thing to say you’re a Christian, it’s another to live a Christian life. We must start each day showing God’s amazing love through our life. In our walk, in our talk, in every aspect of our life. What good is our faith if we never exercise God’s Great Love? The world can eros, the world can storge and can even philia, but it can not Agape.

The Greatest of these is…..

Becoming A Two Mile Christian 

What does it mean to be a Two Mile Christian? It is believed that the Persians started the law of Two Miles. Anyone on the King’s business could con-scribe anyone of their choosing and force them to go one mile in service to the King. Anyone not complying with this law could be killed. When Rome became the super power, they inacted this same law. Ceaser took it one step further. Anyone on Ceaser’s business could force someone to go a mile on his behalf, then after a mile, they would let you rest then force you to go another mile. Rest, then another mile. This would continue as long as they deemed necessary. It was quite possible you would never be seen again.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:41 “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” (NKJV) Jesus is telling us to go the extra mile willingly, on our on accord. When we start to do only the minimal requirements, we limit the “Power of God” in our own life. We start to look for shortcuts and we chisel away at our true potential. We start to allow others to pick up our slack and we become complacent in our spiritual life. What if God only done the minimal for us? What if His Grace and Mercy was a one time deal? How would we feel? Where would we be at today if this was God’s attitude towards us? If we willing do not achieve to be better than average, how can we ever show Christ in our lives to a lost and dying world? We must become 2 Mile Christians. Here are three areas of our life that we must consciously strive each day to go the extra mile:

1. At Home

Being a 2 Mile Christian must start at home. If it doesn’t start at home, it won’t happen when we leave the house. Go the extra mile for those we love

2. For Others

If we can not go the extra mile for those we love, how can we be expected to do it for others

3. At Work

Ask yourself this, can people see God in you by the way you work? If not, you are not going the second mile.

Jesus starts Matthew 5 with the Beatitudes. He is telling us what to be so that we’ll know what to do. We are human beings, not human doing. Start today being a 2 Mile Christian.

God is attracted to weakness 

In today’s society we often find ourselves drawn to those that we deem to be strong. Someone we feel who embodies great strength; whether it be natural, physical strength or someone who embodies great inner strength. 
God is not attracted to our strength, but rather to our weakness. 
2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It is only when we realize that we are nothing and He is everything will we realize where our true strength and our potential in this life comes from. 

Here are three things we should ask God every day:
1. Search me.                                                   
Ask God to search every corner and corridor of your heart. Seek out those things we have hidden and remove them. 
2. Mold me. 
Ask God to mold you into the Christian He would have you to be. 
3. Use me
Have a willing heart. Ask God to use you in anyway He feels. 
God will never ask you to do something without giving you the strength to do it with. 
We must remember that weakness is not laziness. Laziness is a sin and God is not attracted to sin.

Press Toward The Mark

From the moment we are born, we are programmed to set goals. In our early years these goals are placed on us by someone. As we grow, we start setting goals for ourselves. Some we reach, others we do not. 

We all strive for greatness in this life, but what about our Christian life? Are we content with just going through the motions, or are we striving for greatness?

Philippians 3:14

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Mankind does great things every day. I believe God wants us to do so much more. I believe He wants us to do the impossible. 

Matthew 14:22-29

In these few verses, God gives us three conditions for anyone wanting to do the impossible. All three conditions must be met if we are to succeed. 

1. We must ask. 

As simple as that, we must first ask. Notice what Peter said in vs 28, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Not only did he ask, but he was specific in what he asked. 

2. Don’t let conditions get in the way. 

Peter did not let the storm dictate his progress. Nothing was going to prevent him from walking on water. If you are waiting on the time, or the conditions to be right, you will never do the impossible. 

3. ACT

Easy in theory, difficult in reality. It would not have mattered, and we would have never known that Peter asked,and looked beyond the circumstances if he had stayed on the boat. The impossible became the possible when Peter put his trust in God and stepped out of the boat. 

Yes! You can do the IMPOSSIBLE!

How can I help my church grow?

There is a lot of information available on how to grow a church. How a church can advertise and make its presence known in the community, but what can I do as an individual to help my church grow?

1. Know what your church has to offer

Have a general knowledge of what your church has to offer. You may not attend or be involved in every aspect of your church, but take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with what your church has to offer. From children to teens, to young adults and seniors. The more you know about your church, the more people will be interested.

2. Do not pressure people

One of the biggest problems people make is trying to pressure someone into going to church. Be excited about telling someone about your church, but understand that they most likely do not feel the same way. Often times we here that someone was “made” to go to church when they were young and now that they are “older”, they choose not to go. Let them see your excitement, but don’t pressure them. 

3. Look for opportunities to tell others about your church.

See if your church has business size information cards you can pass out. For example, you can leave one with your tip at a restaurant. Another opportunity is to place one on a information board for others to see. If your church has a social media page, share their post onto your page, etc… The opportunities are endless.

4. Invite someone today

Start out by setting a goal to tell one person a week about your church. Before you know it, you will become one of your church’s best advertisement. It all starts with telling one!

I Love My Church!