<![CDATA[" The Little White Church on 402 " - Biblical Application ]]>Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:19:27 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Calling You Back]]>Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:56:27 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/calling-you-backCalling You Back
For those of us who've been around awhile, you may recall a TV commercial by some airline travel agency beckoning you to, "Come back to Jamaica," in a song. " What's old is what's new," it said. It was a pitch to convince you to revisit the past in a new and exciting way.
It cited familiar places, vibrant and teeming with life. It played on your senses and compelled you to take part in reviving an ancient lure for things of the past. The sights and sounds, the tastes and smells. Waterfalls and coconuts. Palm trees and pristine beaches with almond white sand and turquoise blue waters.
It was there that history blended with passion, where dark grey Spanish forts with their bastions and ramparts manned with canons faced out towards galleons adrift on the sea, white sails unfurled and harnessing the power of fierce summer gales. Just a step back into yesterday and time itself stood still. Oh, to go back and see it all again, it preyed on your conscience.
How cleverly deceitful, yet brilliantly deliberate. You were sold in a heartbeat. Indeed it was time for a vacation. The sun and the fun, ahh yes.
With the way things are these days, we could all use a good vacation. But let's recall for a moment a time in ancient Israel, when kicking back was about the farthest thing from happening since the exodus from Egypt.
In the book of Nehemiah, a prayerful leader of God's people wins the favor of King Artaxerxes as his cupbearer. Because of Nehemiah's repentant prayer, God softens the heart of the Babylonian King who grants him a request to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
During this undertaking, Nehemiah faces continuous threats and taunting from his opposition, as well as corruption and doubt within his own ranks, which nearly jeopardizes the efforts he is overseeing to complete this task for the Lord. Only with tools in one hand, and weapons in the other do Nehemiah and his beleaguered Israelite comrades finish the undertaking. Through prayer and constant vigil, the rebuilding is completed.
It's a comeback story and who doesn't have a heart for that?
Israel was God's chosen people. They rose to greatness, but as time would tell, turning their backs on God would ultimately cause a downfall not only for their great kingdom, but would threaten the very existence of the Jewish race as well. Had it not been for God's great compassion and mercy, their name might very well have been erased from history.
It is here that I draw a correlation between the rise and fall of the nation of Israel and the looming fate of our very own United States of America.
From humble beginnings, we began as one nation under God. We grew to greatness by His blessings and protective hand, much the same as Israel. A people not His own, who by His divine providence became His own. And yet, it could be argued that through moral degradation and ungodliness, our wandering nation is seemingly falling from grace. Our downward spiral continues to descend on a daily basis, as our broken moral compass sets us hopelessly adrift.
How long will it be before the rise and fall of the American Nation might be written in the epilogues of history?
Is there still time to turn it all around and wake up from this bad dream?
I believe there is a voice calling us back. Like John the Baptist, a voice of one calling in the desert, "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God's salvation." Luke 3:4-6
The choice is ours. We can choose life in Christ, our sure salvation or we can continue the route of destruction. We can build up the walls of Jerusalem or we can fall flat on our face and be trampled by the enemy, Satan.
God has a plan. He doesn't need us to fulfill it. We need Him, more than we can ever truly imagine. He is patient and long suffering, compassionate and understanding. He is watching to see the choices that we make. Remember, He is infinite. We however, are but a vapor.
So I urge you to seek Him while He may be found. Seek first His kingdom and all else will follow.
Can you hear Him calling? He's calling us back.
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. Ecc 3:15
Nations have come and gone since the dawn of time, but God has remained the same. Greater races than we have risen and fallen.
What's old is what's new? Interesting concept. Ironic, isn't it?
One thing is for sure; there really is nothing new under the sun.
We are here for now, and there is no time like now to call on the Lord. He will be the difference whether we continue to flourish as a nation or not. He leaves it up to us to stand up for our faith in Him and be counted, so choose ye this day whom ye shall serve!
As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.
Amen.                                                                       By johnnie tee
2 Chronicles 7:14  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

<![CDATA[He's In The Details]]>Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:56:16 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/hes-in-the-detailsHe’s in the Details
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Read the beginning of that verse again, “we are God’s handiwork.” God looks at our true form, to him, we are a masterpiece. He created us; and we are uniquely made. There is no one else quite like each one of us. He made each one of us in the details: our laugh, our smile, and our eyes were made distinctly for each one of us. He knows our quirks, our hobbies, our friends, our favorite books and television shows. He knows our favorite color, our favorite season, our favorite holiday, and our favorite clothing.
He knows what we are like at events, with our family and friends, and in the quiet moments of life. He sees us in our happiest moments, our lowest points, and our most difficult trials. He knows our thoughts, disappointments, fears and worries.
He was there in the details of our beginning and he is there continually in the details of our life. He plans our future and he continually works to add more facets to his handiwork.
He made us to be a specific part of the body of Christ. We complement other parts of the body and we draw strength from others abilities and, in return; we give strength to others in need.
We were made to be more than one unique person, we were meant to be a masterpiece. We were made by God for his purpose. We are beautiful; we are glorious; each one of us is one of a kind. Next time you doubt your worth. Remember God made you, and you are beautifully and wonderfully made. You are his handiwork; a piece of art; his most valuable possession. He sees in you everything you are meant to be and everything you are capable of in him. Never lose sight of that truth; for God’s truth is the only real truth there is.                                                                        - Jackie

<![CDATA[Faith Through Life's Fiery Trials]]>Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:32:07 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/faith-through-lifes-fiery-trialsFaith Through Life's Fiery Trials
Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "Oh Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." Daniel 3: 13-18
Wow. Imagine that. The kind of faith and loyalty they had to their God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of Israel. The only true and living God there ever was and is and is to come!
He's the same God who sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. He's the God who came in the flesh to be a man just like you and me. He knew what it was like to face life's trials and hardships just like we do. But because He knew no sin and was perfect and blameless, death had no hold on Him. He rose from the grave on the third day, just like He foretold. Praise His Holy name!
We too should have the same faith as Shadrach, Meshach and Abddnego, that regardless of what life throws at us, we will stand firm in our faith. For we know as they did, our God is able to save us. But even if things go wrong and we face desperate times as we often do, we will not give up hope. We will not bow down to false gods, or idolatries. We will worship no other.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and man. That man is the Lord of our lives and savior of our souls. Jesus Christ is His name. Amen.
John Tremper

<![CDATA[Do You See What I See?]]>Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:05:44 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/do-you-see-what-i-seeDo You See What I See…?

“He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’ ”                                                             Mark 8:24

    The above verse is found in the book of Mark chapter 8 verses 22-26. These verses describe how Jesus heals a blind man. However, until recently, I never saw this passage the way I do now. I use to read verses like this and just think of the miracles Jesus performed on individuals; and that alone was amazing to me. Now this particular verse has many aspects to it. Not only did Jesus heal this man, but he allowed him to see individuals clearly. The first time Jesus spit on the man and touched him he saw people like trees. The second time Jesus touched the man’s eyes he saw people clearly.
    In Neil T. Anderson’s book “Victory over the Darkness,” he describes how we see individuals as trees. He explains how when someone doesn’t believe what we believe or act how we expect them to act, we see them as an obstacle in our way. As Christians, we often expect people’s behavior’s to line up with our own; to perform the way we want them to. When in reality we live in broken world, where often, Christian or not; we fall short of other’s expectations of us.
    It is safe to say that at one time or another we have viewed others as trees; we do not see them clearly. It is also safe to say that several times in our own walk with Christ we have been poor examples and probably were viewed by onlookers as trees. Christian or not; we all sin, we all fall short of God’s glory and perfect beauty. The difference is when you walk with Christ you were made new, your old self has been washed away and we live through Christ and his perfect sacrifice. He forgives us when we fall short and view others like trees; instead of for who they truly are and who they could be in Christ.
    We all were lost once, until by God’s grace he opened our eyes, so that we could clearly see his beautiful truth and sacrifice for our sins. Shouldn’t we view others the way God does? He sees their potential, what they could be with him as their Savior and King. We need to take a step back and give people a second look, because first impressions and first glances can be skewed because our imperfect views and first impressions.
    Jesus died for all mankind, shouldn’t we be the light for those who are searching for a Savior? Shouldn’t we see the person behind the tree?                 -  Jackie K

<![CDATA[The Road Less Traveled]]>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:29:30 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/the-road-less-traveledThe Road Less Traveled
 In the wake of the Blooming Grove State Police shooting, we must reflect upon the overall incident with an open mind. May it also instill in us a readiness to accept that this world in its present form is ever changing.
 Our lives today are no longer the same as they were yesterday. Nor will they be the same tomorrow. Things appear to be happening at an accelerated pace and it often feels like its hard to keep up. The enemy at the gates is always nipping at our heals.
 Now, more than ever, we need to seek God while He may be found. In these desperate times, He is our strength, our rock and our mighty fortress. The One who we can turn to, no matter what.
 We can walk away from the recent tragedies in our society knowing that in spite of Satan's best efforts to suppress and oppress us, in Christ is our victory. We can rest assured that God has a very profound and meaningful purpose for our lives.
 The threat of a killer is in our own back yard. Enemies of our faith and culture both here in the United States and overseas is certainly meant to do us harm. Make no mistake, there are spiritual battles being waged in the heavenly places, manifesting themselves before our very eyes. But what the devil has plotted to do us evil, God will somehow use for our good, according to His purpose.
 For instance, these calamities have served to bring us closer together and more dependent upon God. We realize our need for Him to be Lord of our lives more and more each day.
 We seek Him for protection, compassion, provision and direction. And by doing so, we glorify Him, submit to Him and petition Him with our prayers.
 In absolute defiance of our aggressors, we carry on, trusting, obeying and pursuing our Lord of Lords. May He help us ever so lovingly, to face the days ahead with resolution and dignity. And let each and every one of us commit in our hearts to continue to serve and keep His will.
 "Help us, Lord God, to overcome. Thy will be done."
-  John Tremper]]>
<![CDATA[God's Eternal Spring]]>Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:08:14 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/gods-eternal-spring
“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.”    Ecclesiastes 5:15
    In our current society and since the beginning of time, man has always tried to gain in one way shape or form. Some try to gain wealth, some try to gain earthly possessions, and some try to gain knowledge. The wise try to gain the knowledge: sometimes realizing that all that effort to gain something leads to the same place in the end; death. Whether people want to admit it or not, the truth of the matter is, we all will die one day. We live in a world that values superficial ideals, youth is always trying to be recaptured, and many die still trying to capture something that was never meant to be caught.
    Superficiality is praised in common society. Plastic surgery, mansions, expensive cars, the list goes on and on, these ideals are worthless items that will never quench the true thirst of individuals. How many times do you see wealthy individuals that are still miserable? Many people believe “if I just had this or that I’d be happy;” but, they never are. We came into this world with nothing and we will leave this world the same way.
    For those who know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior they gain everything. An eternal resting place is waiting for them. An end to sadness and worry, they will walk with Jesus for all eternity and never want for anything ever again. They will rest for all of time in the comfort of Jesus’ loving arms. His perfect sacrifice paves the way for our complete peace.
In the end the choice is ultimately ours. We choose what is important in our lives. We make a conscious decision every day in what we value and believe. Our souls live on whether in Heaven or in Hell. But either way, all that striving, all that wanting in life; all those desires for earthly possessions will mean nothing in death. Think of all the time wasted wanting, when we should have been praising God. Think of all the times we look to others and envy, when in reality we do not know what others are going through and if their souls are eternally at peace.
No matter where you fall in society, rich, poor, middleclass; we all will die. We will leave this world and our soul will either enter Heaven or Hell and all those earthly riches will not save you. Wouldn’t you rather rest in the knowledge that Jesus is yours and you are his? You can, drink from his eternal spring and live.                                                                   -  Jackie

<![CDATA[God Cover Me]]>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:08:14 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/god-cover-mea-thousand-may-fall-at-your-side-ten-thousand-at-your-right-hand-but-it-will-not-come-near-you-psalm-917-psalm-91-is-a-chapter-i-read-often-when-everything-around-us-seems-chaotic-when-the-world-seems-to-be-going-downhill-fa
“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”-Psalm 91:7    

Psalm 91 is a chapter I read often. When everything around us seems chaotic, when the world seems to be going downhill faster than we could have ever imagine, I look to Psalm 91 for comfort and reassurance.
God is our shelter and our strength, correct? So, why do we so often look to a fallen world in hopes of it making us feel better? We expect to be comforted by a lost world when God should always be the one we turn to for comfort. The unexpected is expected to God, he and he alone knows what’s coming before we do and he expects it. He formed us, he watched us grow and change throughout our lives, and he guides us and shows us a path when there is no path.
When everything around us is uncertain, God is always certain. He is our safe haven. He is a place to hang our heavy heads and rest our weary feet.  A war might be going on around us but he protects us, he’s right there with us.
 I picture God being in the war zone with us, bullets may be flying all around us, others may fall, but, God never leaves us. He is right there in the trenches with us, taking our bullets, healing our wounds, and preparing the ultimate homecoming for us.
We may not be ready for this world, but that’s okay because God is ready. We never walk alone, he walks beside us, and when we are too weak to walk, he carries us. This world may be uncertain, it may cause us to fear the future; but remember God overcame the world. And he made each of us to be a beautiful creation; a light in dark times. So, when you are uncertain about this earthly existence, remember, you are living for your eternal home, not your earthly one. And, when you fear the path in front of you just say “God cover me!” and he will!
-  Jackie K.]]>
<![CDATA[Won't Someone Please Harrass Me?]]>Tue, 27 May 2014 00:49:57 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/wont-someone-please-harras-meThe following was written by pastor Doug when a “lost sheep” was being pursued and responded by saying “Stop harassing me!”
Won’t Someone Please Harass Me!
If loving someone enough to want to have open honest communication with them at all times is harassment ...
... then please harass me!
If caring enough for someone that you want to know what is really and truly bothering them is harassment ...
... then won’t you please harass me!
If loving someone enough to hand them your heart, knowing they can and probably will stomp on it and carelessly and callously break it is harassment ...
... then please harass me, there are so few who will!
If refusing to let some one so very dear to you just pick up and walk out of your life without putting up a fight for them is harassment ...
... then please, please harass me!
If wanting the very best that God has for someone and their family is harassment ...
... then please, don’t ever stop harassing me!
If speaking the truth in love to those who are close to you is harassment ...
... then love me enough to harass some more!
If speaking to others about my spiritual condition so that I can be reconciled with God and others is harassment ...
... then please harass me by talking to each and every one that I know!
If telling someone what they need to hear instead of what they want to hear is harassment ...
... then please give me all of the harassment you can!
If being able to bring my gifts to the altar of God and offer them freely without having to drop them and go make something right with another is harassment ...
... then please, enlist the help of others in harassing me!
If taking someone who has lost his way and leading them back to the right path is harassment ...
... then please harass me!
If leaving the 99 other sheep to search for 1 that is lost is harassment ...
... then please harass me if and when it is needed!
The example played out for me may have been one of desertion during difficult times, but please harass me until I learn that there is a better way than what I may have known in the past.
Won’t you please keep on harassing me until I come to my senses and realize that I can’t lose such a friend as one who would harass me so.
Won’t somebody please harass me?]]>
<![CDATA[A New Creation]]>Mon, 12 May 2014 03:41:25 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/-a-new-creationtherefore-if-any-man-be-in-christ-he-is-a-new-creature-old-things-are-passed-away-behold-all-things-are-become-new_-2-corinthians-517often-the-past-has-a-way-of-creeping-back-into-our-lives-weOften the past has a way of creeping back into our lives. We remember simpler times, past friendships, past relationships, and past actions. I often find myself thinking of high school; wondering what certain people are up to, and how they are doing in their lives. When you bump into people from your yesteryears, it can be as though no time has passed, you continue on a conversation that is several years old.
Some people though never seem to move on from high school; they never seem to fully grow up. The high school view and mentality remain intact and on full attack mode. However, how often do we do the same thing in our current circumstances? When faced with individuals who have wronged us in the past, how often do we revert back to high school thinking? Our views remain the same of individuals who have previously insulted us; where people often do not remain the same. How many of us would like to erase some words and actions that we have displayed in previous years, in previous days even? If we are being honest, all of us should be raising our hands. People continue to change throughout their lives, so shouldn’t our own views of people change as well?
What if God viewed us the way we view others from our past? What if he remembered all the wrongs and unrighteous acts we have done? What if he never forgave us for our sins and unfair judgments? What if he had decided not to have Jesus die on the cross for our sins and thought we weren’t worth the time or unexplainable agony that Jesus faced for us? What if we received what we truly deserved?  Our lives would be looking quite different; there would be no hope; there would be no eternal peace.
Jesus, a perfect, beautiful individual; who always saw the true soul of each individual, died to save each one us who believes in him. He gave us hope, and eternal peace by sacrificing himself for our imperfect souls. Shouldn’t the least we do then is give people the benefit of the doubt?
God could have looked at our past and judged us on that; instead, he looks at the heart of each individual man. Shouldn’t we look at every individual as a new creation? Drop the high school mentality, forgive past wrongs, and see every individual as new. Wipe the slate clean and start over once again. That’s what Jesus did for us, he wiped each of our individual slates clean, and gave each of us the opportunity to be a new creation in him.                                                                          
-    Jackie]]>
<![CDATA[Control]]>Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:45:44 GMThttp://bloominggrovebaptistchurch.com/biblical-application/riches-i-heed-not-nor-mans-empty-praise-thou-mine-inheritance-now-and-always-thou-and-thou-only-first-in-my-heart-high-king-of-heaven-my-treasure-thou-artbe-thou-my-vision-_-dallan-forgail_-society-teaches-us-from-a“Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, 
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always: 
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, 
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.”

“Be Thou My Vision” _ Dallan Forgail_

    Society teaches us from a young age to grow up and be something. Our occupation in many ways defines our worth and importance. Due to this thinking, we often put the needs of others on the back burner. Giving freely our time and energy to others is seen of little importance; instead, we focus on what we can receive right now. For many, it is what we become professionally and how many earthy possessions we have gathered up in our lifetime that is most important. We can cheat to get ahead, take shortcuts, slandering whoever is in our way, as long as we end up on top; we have won.
    In God’s eyes, our occupation and our earthly possessions mean nothing. We can’t bring anything with us when we die. The only thing of importance is our soul and where our eternal inheritance lies. Our soul lives on, either in heaven or hell. Society does not want you to focus on those truths. We are supposed to focus on the here and now, and worry about death when we are old and sick.  
    Whether we want to face it or not, every life has an expiration date. We do not know when or where our life will end, but all lives have the same conclusion; our souls do not. Souls live on. The choice is yours and yours alone, where your soul ends up. Your true treasure is your salvation through Jesus Christ. John 6:53- 54 says “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Wouldn’t you rather store up your eternal inheritance than your earthly treasures? High paying jobs come and go. Material possessions expand and wane, but your salvation is eternal, no one can take that away from you.

-  Jackie Kemnitz