"Because of What I've Been Through"

It was Victor Frankl who said that, "A weak faith is weakened by predicaments and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them."  Oh, how true do these words ring today with the same power and potency that they possessed when they were first expressed.  If the truth be told, who we are and what we will become is molded by the circumstances of our lives, and more importantly, our response to those circumstances.  I often say that we are what we are because of what we have been through.  However, it should be noted that it is not what what I have been through that makes me who I am, but how I respond in faith to my situations.  Romans 10:17 yet declares that, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."  Allow me to suggest to you that you get WORDED up before your WARFARE shows up.  For when you faith is already strong, you will discover that because of the Word induced faith inside of you, you will begin to move from strength to strength and from glory to glory.  So when somebody asks me, "Pastor Moseley, what makes you so strong?" I can testify, "It's all because of what I've been through, and going through is so much better than getting stuck!"  OH, BLESS HIS NAME  

"Project Disciple"

It has been rightly remarked that the among the great challenges to the church today is not that it will not succeed, but that it will succeed at doing the wrong thing.  In these days of instability and fragility, the church must remain girded and firm in its mission from the Master, and that is to, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 HCSB)  The fulfillment of this commission must resonate in our conscience and motivate our conduct.  Truth be told, within this context, the only way we are assured of His abiding presence is when we are actualizing His plan.  May each of us take to heart and hand “Project Disciple.”  Why? Disciples of Christ truly make a world of difference and a difference in the world.



"The Cost of Christmas"

In just over two weeks, we will pause to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is of certain and noteworthy truth to acknowledge the fact that Jesus was not born on our 25th day of December.  Though Christians had adopted that date by A.D. 336, Christ was born “when shepherds watched their flocks by night.” In other words, most likely his birth was in the spring.  But the bottom line is that He was born, He did live, and He did die, He was resurrected, and He is coming back again.  During this time of year, those in the business of retail and reporting, often crunch the numbers about what Christmas actually costs.  However, when the statistics are analyzed, it seems that vital information is always missing.  Consider the following words of an unknown writer: “It cost Mary and Joseph the comforts of home during a long period of exile in Egypt to protect the little babe. It cost mothers, in and around Bethlehem, the massacre of their babies by the cruel order of Herod. It cost the shepherds the complacency of their shepherd’s life, with the call to the manger and to tell the good news. It cost the wise men a long journey and expensive gifts and changed lives. It cost the early Apostles and the early church persecution and sometimes death. It cost missionaries of Christ untold suffering and privation to spread the Good News. It cost Christian martyrs in all ages their lives for Christ’s sake. More than all this, it cost God the Father His own Son—He sent Him to the earth to save men. It cost Jesus a life of sacrifice and service, a death cruel and unmatched in history.”  Well, no wonder the saints of old declared that “Jesus paid it all, and all to Him I owe.”  I better quit now. Oh, bless His name!   


"Thanksgiving, He's Worthy"

There seem to be particular statements that I am often found guilty of saying.  Among those is the statement, “God is worthy of our worship and He’s worthy of our praise!”  Too many, it may seem to be a cliché or some type of “conversational gap filling” information, but the statement is filled with theological truth and doctrinal depth.  After all, has there ever been a time when Divine value has decreased?  To many the answer to this question is “subjective.”  However, I will take the risk of walking upon an “objective limb,” and answer with a resounding “NO!”  God is always worthy of all the honor, glory, praise.  During this time of national reflection concerning, Thanksgiving, allow me to remind you of the Word of God.  Psalm 107:1, King James Version, says,O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”  The Message Bible renders the same verse this way, “Oh, thank God—he's so good! His love never runs out.” I knew I was in Bible country.  Beloved, during this time of nationally observed Thanksgiving and beyond, never forget the enduring love and mercy that God has for and toward you.  Listen, sometimes I don’t know why Jesus loves me.  Sometimes I don’t know why He cares.  At other times, I don’t know why He sacrificed His life, but I’m glad, I’m so glad that He did.  Oh, bless His name!   


"Ready to Answer"

We are living in a time where truth is under great attack.  It seems that everybody has their own subjective stance and situational ethic.  However, this is not the course for the child of God.  As children of God, we value and esteem the sacred Scriptures as our rule for both faith and practice.  However, it is not enough to just believe, we must know what we believe and why we believe it.  The unfortunate reality is that so many believers are being beguiled simply because of we are impaled upon the horns of ignorance.  We must be more than emotionally stirred by God’s Word, we must with educational exactness, study the same Word that stirs us.  The Amplified Bible rendering of 1 Peter 3:15 speaks volumes to this issue when it declares, “But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.”  Listen, there can be no logical defense until there has been some learning of doctrine.  Therefore, I encourage you not to just shout, but study, that you may know what you are shouting about.

"Be Encouraged"

It was during a recent meditative moment that my spirit was stirred to share a word of encouragement to each of you that are reading this post.  Beloved, no matter how boisterous the winds, how high the waves, or how dark the night, remember that the will of God will never lead you where the grace of God is not able to keep you.  It was the psalmist who said in Psalm 23:4, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."  Listen, don't give up, don't throw in the towel, don't wave the proverbial "white flag."  Know that going THROUGH is so much better than getting stuck.  Confess your victory even before its manifestation.  Remember, the mere fact that you are still here is compelling evidence that a comeback is in close proximity.  Be encouraged, no matter what's going on, He'll make it alright, but you gotta stay strong.  Oh, Bless His Name!!!