The Creation and Governance of the Nations

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Knowing the origin of nations can help determine your world view about nationalism. This can help people piece together how the nations relate to one another and why the nations will turn on Israel. For the Christian who is called to watch and pray this is key to the return of Christ.

Before the building of the Tower of Babble there was one language with one people working together against God. This is classic globalization. As the people built the tower, God saw what they were doing and confused their language. They separated by language and formed the nations. The nations of the world came from Noah’s son’s, Shem, Ham and Japheth. This is where the table of nations originated. Something you will not hear in public school. God has always been involved in the history of man. He is the one that sets up and brings down the kingdoms of the earth.

Genesis 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

God divided mankind into various nations and they established laws that govern their people, created customs and adopted beliefs to live by. These are the things that separate the people of the world and so are walls. A look at history will show that God is the one that increases and destroys the nations (Job 12:23. Psalms 125:10) There are ancient people groups and nations that no longer exist, God was involved in there demise.

A look in the book of Daniel 2nd chapter we find there are several major players in our planet’s history; the Babylonian Empire, Medo-Persian, Greek Empire under Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire and the now developing Empire that is a mix of nations. God has a plan for each of them in this age and in the age to come.

As the people were divided into nations they were identified by geographical and ideological boundaries. Each of them developed their own identity which make them distinct from their neighboring countries. Today there is a push to deny their national identities for globalization and a one world order; no boundaries we are all human. the Globalist mantra is we are all citizens of the globe and part of the human community. So what does God say about the future of the nations?

God has a plan for the nations of the world

God Created the nations from the sons of Noah

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

This one verse gives me hope that the United States will be one of the existing righteous nations when Jesus comes to rule the world. Nations have a responsibility to their citizens. Defining where the nations came from and that they have borders is key to understanding what its responsibility to its citizens. There has to be a standard to citizenship.

Coming soon Part Two – The Push for Global Citizenship

Pastor Lupe U. Diaz – Grace Chapel Benson 5/17

 

The Key To Knowing God Is Talking With Him

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Keys to getting close to God is talking to Him about the things that are on your mind and listening to Him. Doing these two things bring you close to Him, you know that you are in His presence and have His attention.
Every Tuesday night at Grace Chapel at 6:30 several of us pray, seek God and see Him answer our prayers. Here is where you see the power of God move the situations you pray about.
Most important is you can sense the Spirit of God. Pray and pray with others and see God touch your heart. This will inspire and bring life to that dying soul.  Your spirit needs this in addition worship on Sunday, to the instruction you receive in Sunday school, and the sermon you hear. This fills your spirit with the zoe life of God. You want to have peace and life? Pray. 
Philippians 4: 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 
Any time you are worried or wondering about the circumstance you are in; bring it to the Lord in prayer. Get others to pray with you. Call the tell them to agree with you. There is power when you prayer with others. It is magnified. Read Acts 12. Peter is arrested the church prays. How God answers their prayer is the interesting part. 
Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

My House shall be called the house of prayer…

If you need someone to pray with you concerning something you want to bring before the Lord, come and join us at Grace Chapel or email me or pm me and we will agree with you in the thing concerning you and the lives of those you are praying for. Many times we don’t vocalize our requests. It is important that God hear our prayers. Look at His promise to us.
 
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
 
Keep a note book just for your prayer requests and write them down. It is great to see how God is actually working on these prayer requests. God sets things in motion when you pray. Going over my note book, I was able to keep tabs and see three things come to past, 1) a family found the town house that they wanted along with furnishings 2) there is a transformation  in the life a special person who has left addiction 2) a need was met for a person who works closely to me. God is good, we give Him thanks for helping with these things and for who He is.
Join us in approaching God, giving Him the thanks and bringing the things that we would like to see Him change around us. Prayer will change you. 
Pray. Pray with us. 
Pastor Lupe U. Diaz

“Merry Christmas”

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Gerard van Honthorst Adoration of the Shepherd...

Gerard van Honthorst Adoration of the Shepherds, still influenced by St. Bridget (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This past couple of weeks I heard the greeting for Christmas as “happy holidays”.

It is a wonderful time of the year. We celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior, Creator and Messiah.

I am not offended that people do this because it is up to us who believe to share the miracle of what this season brought to the world.

At an appropriate time, I said, “Merry Christmas”. The response I received was, “Merry Christmas” in return. The more we do this the more appreciation for the season we will find.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year

 

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Legacy in the Book of Ruth

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Ruth had faced a rough several years. She lost her husband and her two sons. She did have her daughter in-laws. However, she was still in a foreign land when all that happened. She had a heart for her daughter in-laws and said to them go back home I have nothing to offer you. But, God had other plans.

If you have lost loved ones you know what the pain is like. However if you are fortunate enough to have grandchildren you will understand the end of this book. Our personal experience is when you lose a child and another is born in the family; that is the feeling of legacy.

Most people don’t think in terms of legacy. I know this because I didn’t think that way either; that was not until grandchildren were well into the family picture, that I now understand. Legacy is what is left over after you are gone.

What will we leave to our grandchildren?

We leave behind our faith, the values we hold to concerning many things such as our country, work, business and life in general. These are all imparted our children and grands by our example and verbal instruction. Ruth is found on the porch in a rocking chair telling stories to her grandchild; the grandfather of King David. She did not realize she was a being a king-maker.

The book of Ruth is such a good book to read. Especially around Mother’s Day.

We Are Decreasing Our Church Attendance

Friday, September 12th, 2014

English: Jesus, followed by Simon Peter and Andrew

English: Jesus, followed by Simon Peter and Andrew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What if I said, “We are decreasing our church attendance.”

Most people would laugh or figure we were doing something wrong.”What happened that they lost so many people? I wouldn’t go to that church.”  For many success is growth. Really?

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:66-68a

“Ya, Jesus just said we have to drink his blood and eat his flesh. Who does Jesus think he is, he is crazy.”

This was a test to see how far they would trust His teaching. He was really telling them about the kind of connection they would have with Him. He would be one with them in body and blood through communion. He was about to get a theology lesson out but they could not handle it. They left! Why wait for an explanation just leave when you think it is out there.

“Do you have a choir”, asked a traditionalist choir soprano. “No we don’t have a choir”. Well I sing soprano in a four-part choir. Personally the kind of soprano she was talking about could make the dead rise and run away. I don’t like that old style choir. Heavy on the soprano.  “Go to the Presbyterian church. They have their service and choir at 9:45 am.” They liked my preaching but not enough without a choir where she could join the choir. They left!

You see our membership lists are out of date by the time they are written out and distributed. I like to have somethings static rather than fluid. “Look here is our membership directory”. “Wow it is nice”. “It has been the same for 15 years”. Membership lists are fluid and that drives me crazy. I like to see the things that we work on stay the same. Note to self – If Jesus could not hold the crowd with his preaching what makes you think that you will preacher. If you are holding people and there is no one is challenged, then I would consider if you are preaching the truth.

Some people don’t want to and won’t understand what you are talking about.

Preach the truth and see the numbers rise and fall. Then see what the trustees think of that? “Remember preacher we have bills to pay. We have to do anything we can to hold the people in church.” Some will accept the truth about Christian living others will not. Even those that are closest to you will not understand.

In our day of political correctness people are offended quickly. They are the ones that make that choice to support or get offended. Over the years you will see many walk away. That can be discouraging. Do you think you can bat 100%? Jesus didn’t so why do you think you can.

Church member, do you walk away from the hard sayings or are you trying to understand and support? Some leave, will you leaving too? Remember, who is it that has the words of eternal life…

Should the church back away from the teachings that go directly against our culture’s beliefs?

 

Pastor Lupe Diaz 2014