Keep Focused on Jesus: Don’t Drift Away

Hebrews Chapter 1 begins forthrightly, directly and bluntly: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

For the next nine of its thirteen Chapters, Hebrews continues to show that Jesus is not only greater than angels, but also than Moses and the Law; Aaron and high priests; the sacrifice of doves, goats, and bullocks; and of all prophets. By His crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension Jesus by Himself once and for forever is elevated to the pinnacle of creation as Saviour, Advocate, Lord, and Judge.

Chapter 2 verse 1 is a digression in this triumphant saga of Jesus who entered history as a marginal man but is the eternal Almighty God. Using the power of if-then logic and imperatives of must and earnest, Verse 1 states:

“Therefore, we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Knowing who Jesus is, the verse warns of the danger of drifting away from faith in and following our Lord.

  1. Drifting is not deliberate. Drifting is not intentional.
  2. Drifting requires no effort, just carelessness and procrastination.
  3. Drifting is always downstream. Drifting in is never against the tide.
  4. Drifting gathers speed of its own the further you go downstream
  5. Drifting ends in disaster before you realize its real danger.

Drifting away from Jesus can come from paradoxical sources:

Success

Suffering

Satisfaction

Selfishness

The Covid Drift is the newest source of drifting among us Christians. It has the potential to undermine in-person fellowship of believers.

Attending Church TV or on-line is so comfortable and easy. We can skip standing in reverence; sitting in silent mediation; singing together in unison; celebrating the joy of the Lord contagiously; and even listening to the Messenger without interruptions and intrusions. On-line is useful but not a replacement of face-to-face fellowship.

Heed the counsel of Hebrews Chapter 2 Verse I: Keep Focused on Jesus: Don’t Drift Away.

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The Three Different Crowds of Holy Week

On Palm Sunday; at Pilate’s Palace; and at the Cross

Sunday March 25, 2018 — Mount View Baptist Church – 9:30 am

On the Christian Calendar Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the week that is now called Holy Week or Passion Week. This is the week in which Jesus the Christ was crucified and buried. It begins with Palm Sunday, marking the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The palms in church today, and the march through the community before the service, celebrate and commemorate the joy of that first Palm Sunday. On Good Friday we will remember and recall Jesus’s crucifixion. The mood and the memory will be entirely different. Next Sunday, Easter Sunday, we will rejoice in the glorious resurrection of Jesus, the risen and living Lord.

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THE CHURCH: ITS IMPACT ON NATION-BUILDING: REAL OR IMAGINED?

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 60TH ANNIVERSARY LECTURE

NOVEMBER 11, 2015

Mr. Justice David Fraser, Rev Dr. the Honourable Burchell and Mrs. Taylor, Rev Norman Mills and Mrs. Mills, Rev William Edwards and Mrs. Edwards, other members of the clergy and their wives, invited guests, and brother and sisters in Christ all, it is more than a great honour that has been conferred on me to be asked to deliver this 60th Anniversary Lecture of the Bethel Baptist Church. Bethel is very dear to me. I thank God for this Church – all of its pastors, deacons, members and regular visitors. Their impact on my life is beyond verbal expression.

It is great gratitude that has compelled me to agree to take on the assigned topic: The Church: Its Impact on Nation Building; Real or Imagined? I have neither the formal theological, nor political science nor sociology training to explore the wide contours, deep depths, hidden caves and towering heights concealed by this Topic. The best that I can do is to share my thinking on the matter. Hopefully, the limitations of my thoughts will stimulate others more competent to continue its exploration. Continue reading

COUNSELLING A LONG PERSONAL CONVERSATION

JESUS AND THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

THE 28TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING CENTER, NASSAU

Congratulations to the Christian Counselling Center, sponsored by the Calvary Bible Church, for twenty-eight (28) years of helping ‘hurting’ people on the islands of New Providence and Abaco. The Christian Counselling Center is an exemplary model of Christian witness. A non-denominational, local church enabled, fee-paying, nonprofit that does not turn away anyone who is not able to pay yet remains financially viable year after year because of contributions of the concerned. Continue reading