The Turning Point
Read through 1 John once a week.
I’m very exhausted, having collaborated on submitting a major proposal at work. I’m placing all my hope in Jesus to see our company receive the award of this contract. I’ve been praying and asking the Lord to show favor to my boss, not for my sake, but for my boss’, as He’s extended much kindness to me over the years.
I’ve also been praying that Jesus will bring new business to our company that’s outside of my boss’s networking and marketing efforts. As I humble myself at the job, I want Jesus to raise up for Himself a testimony Continue reading
A friend recommended I meditate on two verses of scripture as I endure my current circumstances:
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Romans8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
It is good to be reminded that God is in control. My job is to trust him and do the little things that I know I should be doing each day. He’s not asking some grand conquest of me; he’s simply asking me to care for my mother in the midst of her time of need. He’s giving me Continue reading
Teaching and Bible study notes by Jim Kerwin
If we say that we have fellowship with Him
and yet walk in the darkness,
we lie and do not practice the truth;
Every evil thought and every violent act is flooding our world. America, once a bright light on a hill, has been stripped and turned into a prison filled with greed, anger, lust, and every other unclean thing! We are living in the “Devil’s Paradise!” But Jesus has opened a “Way” of escape. This “Way” is not the way of religion; it is Jesus Himself. Jesus is a narrow pathway of holiness out of this “Devil’s Paradise” straight into the Paradise Of God! Are you traveling this high way to heaven or are you stuck in the “Devil’s Paradise?”
The American Church is filled with little people, little people who are staked to the ground, when God has called us to soar like eagles. We are people who are preoccupied with our own little world, indifferent to the needs of others. We seem to have no concern for those without any personal reference. The tragedy of little people is that they are unavailable. We don’t need “big shots,” but people with big hearts, people with vision — people whose feet are on the ground, but whose eyes are on the far horizon where God is beginning to open the way for the salvation of the lost. We need people who have been touched by God! We need people who are dedicated to Jesus and His high and holy purposes! We need people of integrity who will give all for the Kingdom Of God! If you are such a person or would like to become such a one, come join us at the National Prayer Chapel!
It’s almost 10pm and we’re here with mom at the hospital to check on some pains she felt earlier this afternoon. After my last post, it’s been beyond hectic at work and to face news of my mom being at the emergency was like so unbelievable. I was just on the verge of freaking out but pulled myself together and began praying.
To those who have been quietly praying for me and my company- THANK YOU! Your prayers and encouragement gave me strength to continue clutching to Jesus, as He’s carried me.
May the Lord Jesus continue to watch over His people and hear their cries.
I idolized having a partner. I wanted more than anything to have that person who would be symbolized by changing my Facebook status to “In a Relationship.”
Because I had set “her” up as an object to obtain, that would make me feel whole, the LORD handed me over to the lusts of my flesh. Though I sinned against Jesus by acting in that wickedness, the original sin was to set up a human partner in the place of my Divine Partner in my heart. I rediscovered a devotional book (in the ancient/deep, rather than modern/light sense) today that I have not read in many months. I’ll share a few quotes from Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis, to help me express myself.
From ch. 11 ~ “The greatest obstacle, indeed, the only obstacle, is that we are not free from passions and lusts, that we do not try to follow the perfect Continue reading
It’s been very tough this week. Having encouraged a friend to keep trusting in Jesus and to not sin, little did I know that I too would be dealt with my share of oppressive circumstances. I would’ve never expected that I would so quickly be in a place where I would have to clutch the very words of encouragement I had offered just a day earlier.
If being wrung out at work because of concentrating our efforts on meeting a deadline was too much to handle, discovering that a co-worker had died at home when he failed to show up for work was altogether, unimaginable and overwhelming. Continue reading
I am going through possibly the greatest time of trial in my life. I am being severely tested: passing and failing on various points. My heart is broken from several failed attempts at courtship over the past couple years, and my heart has been hardened from choosing to sin after feeling broken repeatedly. Also, Mom is not well, physically or mentally, and I am having to move out of our house to give her space and to be in a safe place, myself. My pastor has reminded me not to feel sorry for myself. He’s also warned me not to walk off into rebellion, because I might not have another chance to return to Jesus. Prayers and encouragement are appreciated.
It’s mid-January and I’m just about halfway through the bible. If I finish my required portion of reading today, I would have just started Proverbs but I’m still in the Psalms.
It’s amazing what’s happened so far since I started reading through the bible again. Oh, boy! There’ve been so many lessons and warnings to my heart. A couple things stood out. One was seeing how God honored David’s love for him through covenant. I’m reminded in my life that God takes covenants very seriously, which includes the ones that He’s made to my heart and those I made to Him. Continue reading
As a Christian, I am a servant. In fact, the Bible encourages me to view myself as everyone’s slave since the Creator of the Universe came down to Earth as a slave. Jesus also declares that as His faithful follower, I am now God’s friend, son, and bride, completely beloved by Him. But just as my Lord laid down all of his positions and titles when he came down to this little prison planet, so I lay down all to be simply a minister, i.e., a servant of all for God’s glory and our good.
My official job title is currently “corporate concierge.” I am grateful to have a position that allows me free time in-between hosting and directing tenants and visitors. This enables me to Continue reading
It seems like while I’m sifting through the things that have a direct bearing on me understanding and identifying what prompts my combativeness, there’s a cross-current from the enemy that wants to topple me.
Some may recall me writing about how I felt as a single person and how I was unaffected by what the Lord would chose for me, be it single or married. Strangely, I was no longer feeling carefree but began feeling troubled. I did notice that there was a constant barrage of questions from persons, who wanted to know when I was going to be married. Without realizing it, I started to let my shield down and the barrage of questions Continue reading
I have alot of maturing to do. Though I’m not walking in any rebellion against my Savior, I know there is still much purifying work for him to do in my heart. I recently was confronted by my pastor out of his concern that I am communicating things that are not sin, but which can appear to be sin to others who misunderstand me. I don’t want to be a possible cause for anyone to sin, especially not the sin of condemning another person.
What shall I do? If I refuse to have alcohol at my events, some may judge me as a legalist, and if I do have alcohol, others may accuse that I am taking a license to sin. I am comforted to remember that John the Baptist didn’t drink alocohol, so people said he was possessed by a demon. Likewise, Jesus did enjoy fermented beverages, so his accusers Continue reading
Among those leaving comments for episode #4 was Glen Steinson of the Stewardship Weekly podcast. Glen interviewed me for Stewardship Weekly, episode 13: Jim Kerwin Introduces Us to the God ‘E37.’
It’s been eight days since I began reading the bible through from Genesis to Revelation for the month of January. With each day that passes, I’m very conscious of my time and what I do and how much time I’m saving up toward the reading of the word.
I’m trusting Jesus that His word will cleanse me as I read through the bible, especially since I don’t have the victory over being combative. I want my will ‘to be combative’ broken. There’re times when I see it rise up and it hurts me and there’s nothing Continue reading
A friend posted a quote today on Facebook claiming that our obedience is not central to our salvation. The quote went on to say that what’s truly important is to recognize that we’ve been forgiven in the midst of our disobedience, and then our repentance/obendience will grow out of that. Another friend shared with me on my church’s website that he’s very excited about the Gospel and that he loves the Lord. This friend belongs to a church that does not believe that Jesus is the Lord/God, but rather a lord/god.
The word, Gospel, means at it’s core, news so good that it sounds impossible to believe. To me, this unbelievably awesome news is that God would die for me..and moreso, that he would live in me. My friend’s quote on Facebook seems to me to offer a hollow Gospel, promising me Continue reading
Scriptures: Romans 5:1-2; Titus 1:16; 2:11-14; Hebrews 10:1-10
As America unravels, it is time to turn to Jesus. We are not yet seeing the wrath of God on our nation. What we are seeing is the removal of His blessing, the removal of His protection, and the removal of His peace. Paul opens Romans 5 speaking about this peace of God. This peace that comes for those who have been made righteous by faith.
Romans 5 marks a clear line of transition from the external standing of legal righteousness under the law, to regenerative change within the soul. This is the righteousness grounded in the shed blood of Jesus not a Levitical animal. Reconciliation is a state in actual righteousness.
We toasted in the New Year Saturday/Sunday at Midnight, after having enjoyed a fun-filled evening with 40+ friends in our cozy little home. The couple dozen who were still present around 1AM took turns sharing our hopes and goals for 2012. Some were determined to change their eating habits; others committed themselves to coming out for more hikes; most agreed that they wanted to get closer to God/Jesus this year. I shared that I am resolved to not base my understanding of where I am with Jesus (i.e., how I would fare if judged right now) on how I feel.
I have made it a habit to pray for greater stability (in body, soul, and spirit). I sometimes recall during these prayers Continue reading
Recently, I had asked one of my friends what kinds of events were experienced in 2011. The response was that it was, in part, a year of sadness, owing to the loss of a loved one. I read the messages and recognized that my friend’s heart was still aching over the loss. I couldn’t offer any words of encouragement except to ask the question whether or not Jesus is enough in the midst of the pain.
Oddly enough, I’m faced with this same question of whether or not Jesus is enough in my life. Although, I can’t see Him and even though, there’re times when He doesn’t show up when I would like Him to, Continue reading
[Note to NPC listeners: We pick up our study of 1 John after a Christmas/New Year’s digression.]
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We have heard this from a parent, teacher, or perhaps a friend. Nice idea, but did you know that this is the entrance into the Kingdom of God? That’s right — the narrow gate. Our Father is willing to treat you the way you wish to be treated — with mercy, honor, respect and kindness. In return He expects you to allow Him to make you holy in every part of you life by the blood of Jesus, and He expects you to treat Him the way He has treated you. The only possible way to be saved is by not grieving the Holy Spirit. Christian perfection is nothing more or less than treating others–including God–the way you wish to be treated. Christian perfection is love!
(In this podcast, Pastor Ray refers to an earlier message by Pastor Jim Kerwin, called The Original Aromas of Christmas.)