Heritage Baptist Church

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


Hughes Aircraft Corporation invented the "Probeye", an instrument used to see in the dark by detecting invisible, infrared radiation from a human body. This technology has been used by military personnel to identify enemy soldiers at night. We have a means of seeing in spiritual darkness: 2 Samuel 22:29, "You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns darkness into light."


Frank Gaebelein was the founding headmaster at Stony Brook Christian School. He held that position for 41 years. When asked what he wished to pass on to the next generation of Christians, he replied, "Maintain at all costs a daily time of scripture reading and prayer." 2 Timothy 3:16, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. Psalm 88:2, King David wrote, Let my prayer come before you . . .


Joel 2:32, "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Jesus is the name for "savior". Father God Himself selected His Son's name. The term Christ is taken from the Greek, Christos, meaning "anointed one" or "messiah". Thus, Christ is His title. The importance of Jesus' name is emphasized in scripture, which says, "Wherefore God has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . and that every tongue should confess that Christ Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:10-11


An artist who was also a chess player painted a picture of a chess game. The two players were a man and satan. If the man won, he would be forever free from evil; should the devil win, the man would be his slave. In the painting, the devil had just moved his queen and declared checkmate! For years this picture hung in an art gallery where chess players would study the painting, hoping to help the man. One day, master chess player Paul Morphy discovered a counter-move that would defeat the devil. The way was there all along. John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way . . ."


Paul wrote in Romans 12:2, "Be you transformed by the renewing of your mind." To live like Christ requires a change of mind. My dad was an electrical engineer. At age ten, he helped me build a radio with the parts displayed on a wooden board. I made a drawing of each part, and practiced a demonstration of how power was transformed into sound. I entered a county 4-H contest, winning first place. If we connect ourselves to His Spirit power; He will transform us into a voice of hope.