Fri, 19 June 2015
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01am EDT
Tue, 16 June 2015
Sorry to admit it, but I just love King David’s methods for keeping his house and his city clean, and pure.
It’s found in Psalm 101.
4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.
5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.
6 My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.
7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.
8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity. (Psalm 101:4-8, NASB)
So what’s David’s methods? I’m afraid they wouldn’t go over too well today!
Here’s a short list of 8 things (the list is not exhaustive)
1. The faithful will dwell with me. (vs 6)
David insisted on living with and being surrounded by faithful people.
2. The blameless will minister to me (vs 6)
He starts with those who he wants around him, those who bring him joy, and whose company he appreciates. Now, he reveals the types of people he will not endure:
3. Perverted people shall depart from me. (vs 4)
4. Those who slander others will be killed. (vs 5)
(Ah, King David, a man after God’s own heart!)
Keep in mind, God’s not too fond of folks like this, either! In Proverbs 6:19, David’s son Solomon, under divine inspiration, says this:
These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
5. Deceitful people are banned from my house (vs 7)
6. All liars will be fired. (vs 7)
7. The proud and the arrogant I will not endure (vs 5)
And lastly, number 8, and the corresponding reason why:
8. Every morning I will destroy all the wicked people!
8A—The reason why: To keep the city of the Lord free from iniquity. (vs 8)
So I encourage you all, “Help keep your city clean!”
I wish David would run for office around here!
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am EDT
Tue, 3 February 2015
People ask me all the time what's my favorite Bible translation, or what's the best, or most faithful, Bible translation?
Bibles I do not recommend:
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EDT
Sun, 7 December 2014
Preached at ICC on Dec. 7th.
Today we start a verse by verse study of the Book of Galatians.
The theme is "FAITH PLUS NOTHING EQUALS SALVATION."
Wed, 16 July 2014
I saw a great Florida license plate today, which said:
Stop child abuse!
Some people say that that number is not accurate, but that it is actually much higher!
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am EDT
Tue, 22 April 2014
To all my extended family out there, I wanted to let everyone know that I am changing the name of Gospelstudy to "WGOD Radio, all truth, all the time."
Most of you know from following along that I love that phrase, and think its a great idea, not only for a radio broadcast and podcast, but for a theme! Being tuned into WGOD, where God is always broadcasting!
Please follow us right here for the same podcasts, and please like our new page on Facebook at WGOD Radio.
We are also on Twitter, @wgodradio.
I am excited to see what the Lord will do with this "new" venture, and this fine tuning of my ministry. God bless you all!
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT
Tue, 25 March 2014
I am pleased to announce that the Gospelstudy radio broadcast starts Wednesday, March 26th, at 7:00 AM and repeated at 8:45 PM, at wmie.
From there, click on the "listen live" tab.
Of course, all programs will be podcast right here, as usual.
Peace of Christ to you all, and God's best! Paul Esposito
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT
Tue, 7 January 2014
What would you do after (or during) 1260 continual days of no rain?
"Elijah was a man of similar nature to us, and with a prayer, he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and it did not rain upon the land for three years and six months." (James 5:17)
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EDT
Thu, 14 March 2013
I have been blessed with the ability to keenly observe my surroundings. Some might say that attention to detail is my forte!
This morning while walking the dog and waiting for her to do her thing, I observed a pine cone laying on the ground. What got my attention was its shape. Unlike the normal pine cone, it was shaped into a spiral or almost twisted. Thus began the train of thought as it derailed to “imperfection.”
I live on a lake and its residents are geese, ducks, swans and numerous other water fowl. At first glance all the geese looked the same but as we became acquainted, each one has its own “imperfection” which made it unique and easily identified. There is “Lefty” who is missing part of the webbing on his left foot. There is a duck named “Jack” because he has one eye. The swans look identical as they gracefully float by until you see one has a chip out of his beak (that’s “George”)!
It is human nature to seek perfection in everything. We look for the perfect mate, the perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect dress, etc. When something, or someone, falls short of perfection, we cast it off and keep looking, but, never finding! And yet, where man sees the “imperfection”, God sees the uniqueness that He created! I know you are thinking “God does not make junk. His creation is perfect.” This is where I came to the conclusion of the “PERFECT IMPERFECTION.”
Maybe I am just a champion for the underdog, or maybe I can relate to their imperfections, but somehow the imperfect water fowl bring me more joy than the others. Perhaps the same is true for God. He saw all our imperfections before we were born and by His grace and mercy He still loves us!!!
Scripture says it this way:
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
“Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect…” (Psalm 130:16 KJV)
“…man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)
“But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)
And so let us rejoice in our own imperfections and accept the imperfections of others because those imperfections are what makes us unique and perfect in the merciful eyes of God!
Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT
Mon, 28 January 2013
In my Sunday Sermon yesterday, I made reference to Steve Jobs. I hope that those of you who have downloaded the podcast, or were here in person, didn't think I came down too hard on the late Mr. Jobs, or were offended.
But I wanted to make my point, and I still want to make it, which is: God uses people like you and I to change the world! And I wish that Steve's Sunday school teacher would have told him that!
(I read in his biography that he was an unbeliever, because he saw a picture of a hungry, starving child in Africa somewhere. Upon seeing the hungry child, Steve approached someone affiliated with a Church, and demanded that he explain how, or why, God would allow something like this to happen.)
In my sermon, I made the comment that Mr. Jobs had "cut and run." That is, when faced with a trial of his faith, and the very existence of God, he "cut and run." He made the decision that Jehovah God, the God of the Bible, was not his God! What a terrible, terrible mistake. The very destination of a person's eternal soul hangs in the balance when we are faced with a decision like this.
We are not to cut and run, and remove ourselves from whatever trial we face, because we don't understand it.
God never promised that we would understand why we go through the trials that we do. But what He did promise was, to be there with us (Heb 13:5), AND to see us through and deliver us (2 Cor 1:9-10).
I wish I had been Mr. Jobs' Sunday School teacher. I would have told him (knowing God like I do now), "Who knoweth whether thou are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
Passionate about world hunger?
God had a plan all along!
("Cease striving, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10, NASB)
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45am EDT