Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wineskins

And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it. {was…: Heb. went forth} 13 Howbeit there were not made for the house of the LORD bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the LORD: 14 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the house of the LORD. 15 Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.

II Kings 12:12-15

Perhaps it has been many lifetimes ago since the church was not run by the foolishness of soulish men. I have not seen a church arise that is pnuematically powered. My father never saw one, nor his father before him. So how will we build something with no model to turn back to? Well, certainly don't turn to the "priest class". Verses six and seven of chapter twelve make it clear they are only interested in what benefits them. Zeal for the house of the LORD hardly consumes them. Jehoash finally gave the resources to the men actually doing the work. These proved so faithful that there was no need for a reckoning of the funds delivered.

1. Don't trust those who have been leaders under the old model. They are only concerned with what benefits them.
2. Set aside resources for building the Church, but don't pull the rug on the old model. Live and let live.
3. Deliver the resources to men who are of proven character, who will not waste them.

Well, what resources do we need to build a church, the 21'st century house of God? Instead of brick and morter, we use living stones.

4 ¶ Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God's sight chosen and precious; 5 and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and he who believes in him will not be put to shame."

Men love glitz and glitter and show, but we will use hearts dedicated to the LORD. Our fellowship will not be committed to buildings or programs, but towards building up one another in the most holy faith.

"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost," (Jude 1:20 AV)

What is Father's expectation? Let Him do it. Amen. Amen. Amen.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Gone fishin'

What’s the use, I go a fishin’
Now that He’s gone, I have no other mission
All night have I toiled under the sky
With nary a fish, nothing to fry

My friend, have you any fish?
No sir, nothing to cook in my dish
Try casting your net on the other side
And in my strength abide

So many fish my net nearly breaks
Whoever He is, He knows what it takes
Wait, have I not seen this before?
Can it be, could this be the LORD?

Forget this boat and the silly fish
Being with Jesus is all I wish
He greats me and invites me to eat
What He has prepared is surely a treat

Now that he has met me at the point of my need
I take the fish I caught to plant a seed
Others will eat what I have caught
The net is full and the night is ne’r for naught

(c) Dean Schmucker, 2009