Heritage Baptist Church

Stephen Brown, Marketplace Ministries, Inc.  www.mmiga.org


Matthew 6:11, "Give us this day our daily bread." This reminds us that God is the source of our needs. We read in the Gospels about Jesus turning a box lunch into enough food to feed thousands, with leftovers. I read that some wealthy people are building underground food storage units in the event of a famine. The news media have labeled those who stock-pile as "Preppers". As believers we have the assurance that our God will provide all our needs, and then some. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life" John 6:48.


In 2007 I was diagnosed with "a fever of unknown origin". Blood  tests failed to show a specific disorder. On the ninth day, the fever simply disappeared. I believe I was bitten by a mosquito while cutting tree limbs. Now when I work outside, I use insect spray. Just like inspect repellent, the Spirit of God will protect us. When we fail to repel (live without the power of the Holy Spirit) we expose our flesh. Galatians 5:16, Walk in the Spirit so you will not lust in the flesh. Don't forget your repellent!


Following the flood, God promised He would never again destroy earth that way (Genesis 9:11); and as a covenant sign, God used the Rainbow to seal the deal. His rainbow colors have been corrupted, adopted by homosexuals to represent their perverted lifestyle. This past year, the gay community in mid-town Atlanta petitioned the city for rainbow cross-walks. In approving the request, one city councilman claimed we must be sensitive to diversity. I need to point-out that God is so sensitive He reaches out in love to save sinners. You may have heard it said, "God hates sin, but loves the sinner."


Shortly after becoming a new creation in Christ, I was accused of being so heavenly minded, I was no earthly good. I responded that unless I'm heavenly minded, I'm no earthly good. The only scripture I found was Colossians 3:2, "Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth." Greg Laurie wrote, "Let heaven fill your thoughts because when you do, everything on earth gets placed in its proper perspective."


Rob Bell is the pastor of a Michigan church with an average weekly attendance of 10,000. In his book LOVE WINS, Bell promotes universalism (doctrine that all souls will be saved). He takes the position that a loving God would not send anyone to hell. Yes, God is love (1 John 4:8), for if He were not, He wouldn't give us a choice. It was a loving God that sent His Son to save souls (John 3:16). The truth is, false doctrine will send souls to hell. Matthew 7:15, "Beware of false teachers, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."