Thursday, August 6, 2009

Do I know God's Word?

It absolutely amazes me how I grew up thinking that I knew God's Word. I am learning more and more each day that I didn't. It's also becoming more clear to me that there are so many people that are just as I was.

For instance(s)..
  • I used to "study" the Bible to just be able to not look silly in my sunday school class.
  • I used to not understand ANYTHING that I was reading.
  • I used to try to rationalize almost everything that I read.
  • I used to not believe what I was reading. I can say this because I was not carrying out what I read on a daily, hourly, minutely basis.
  • and the list could go on...
I say all of these things because I can see clearly now how absolutely fake I was. I was living for myself and not carrying at all what God's Word says. Not only that, I wasn't even trying! I challenge you, as I challenged and keep challenging myself, that if you think that you know what God's Word says and that you think that you are carrying that out. Read Matthew 5-7. Pay close attention to the last few verses. Did you see what Jesus, God in Flesh, is saying? Who is it that builds his house on the ROCK?

True Christians are saved by Grace thru Faith. The Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Faith without works is Dead.

Matthew 5-7 is just one of many examples that showed me that I wasn't DOING what Jesus said to do. Furthermore , I COULDN'T do it because I wasn't a True Christian. I wasn't Born Again. I couldn't live by faith because I was living in the flesh. I didn't have the power to overcome the flesh. I praise GOD that His only begotten son has the power overcome the power of the flesh, sin, and even death. He keeps proving that to me everyday. Praise be to God! Thank you, Lord, for your Holy Spirit that draws us. Thank you for not leaving us in our sin and blindness. Thank you, Lord, for opening my eyes.

I would encourage anyone to listen to this.
What is The New Birth?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

(you had me at) Hello AGAIN!

Been a very long time! Sorry for dropping of the face of the earth! It's been very busy around the Vallance household. One of the main reason is a new business venture. I'll have a to drop a line for the new company.. Check us out at doulostech.com... We are focusing on IT needs for churches. One specific need we are targeting is web presents and cloud apps specifically google's suite of apps.

I had been out of the web design world for over 3 years now. Needless to say I've had some catch up work to do. Lots of late nights reading and research. Hopefully it will pay off soon. You can check out a few WIP now...

Crosspoint Baptist Church in Greenbrier
http://crosspointlife.com

Our home church's up-and-coming site
First Baptist Church Maumelle
http://www2.fbcmaumelle.org

and it's youth tag-along site
http://www2.fbcmaumelle.org/youth

So much to do (and figure out) so little time ;)

Hope all is well with you and yours! God bless!

Shalom!
-Alan

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fireproof

Adoni Jesus.
Fireproof my marriage, my thoughts, my actions, my faith, my soul, my eternity!

Linda, the kids, and I all went to see the movie Fireproof last night. If you need a cliff notes, you can read or re-read my previous post "I saw the light".

Needless to say (if you've been reading) the movie hit real close to home. I can honestly say the movie has some great truths in it! It is a wonderful movie! I would encourage anyone to go see it. If you are married, please go with your spouse to see the movie even if you have to drag them! The movie deals with some REAL LIFE issues. I praise the Lord for being able to go such a wonderful movie in a day and time that needs so much of the content that was packed into it.

I pray that you have the opportunity to go see it and you are blessed by it. I know the film is full of truth because I've lived it.

Thank you Lord for your many blessings!

God Bless,
Alan

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Timely Message

Our pastor has been going over a series of messages that are titled "Problems that Perplex". This was a timely message for our family. We have been have some disciplinary problems with Tyson. This points out the awesome message of 1 Peter 5:6-10. I'd encourage all to listen.

1 Peter Chapter 5 Verses 6-10
Sunday, April 27, 2008, 2:00:00 PM Dr. Jeff Beshears
Sunday morning Apr. 27th 2008 - v 6-7 We must confess to God our weakness. We must admit our pride before our Lord. We must accept our place before our Lord. v7. We must commit to God our worries...worries we face in life and worries we face about death. v. 7-9 We must commit to God our watch-care. His watch care is valiant, vigilant, and victorious.

Please keep us in our prayers as we do our best to fulfill our duties as parents.
Proverbs 22:6
Ephesians 6:4

God bless!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Walking in the Spirit

This was originally part of a comment I made on another blog. I decided that it should be posted here.

We must continue to WALK in the Spirit. Yes, we have to WALK how the Spirit leads us, BUT WE have to WALK! Christ has given us a higher law than the law of Sin. We must walk in the power that He gives us. Our pastor used the example of the law of gravity. Gravity is always effecting us, but they are higher laws that can defy the law of gravity. Just as a plane gets enough speed, the law of aerodynamics takes over and supersedes the law of gravity. In this same way Jesus Christ has given us the POWER to walk in the SPIRIT and NOT according to the flesh! For all of those that give their life to him, we have that blessing!

I'm posting a section of Galatians 5. I don't like to post just a couple of verses because you don't see the whole context. Pay close attention to the first three because the next are probably very familiar to you. I believe that sometimes familiar verses are read out of context just because they a familiar verses. If we are Christ's (isn't that great within itself?) then we are to LIVE and WALK in the Spirit!

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

I sometimes can see the theme from the Nike commercials, "Just do it!" Are you struggling? Heavy burdened? Depressed? Anxious? Lay it down before Christ. Are you successful? Well liked? Financially secure? Lay it down before Christ!

There is nothing more that we can give to Jesus than our life, and that is nothing less than what he expects.

"Every morning we are to report to Jesus DOA."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Very good message

I encourage everyone to watch this sermon by William Blackburn. Brother Blackburn is a God Fearing man that is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. He doesn't preach at the over-the-counter strength. He preaches the full Master Physician prescribed dosage.

William Blackburn - Court of No Appeal

I would also encourage you to browse around his website.
www.williamblackburn.com

Focus Factor...

Over the past several months my job has demanded more and more of me. I've had to miss a lot of good Wednesday night services and miss a lot of time with my family. I honestly think that I have let my focus get diverted with worldly ambition. I can tell that my lack of focus has paid a toll on my entire family with our attitudes, our conduct, and our kindness. I ask that you whole heatedly pray for me and my family that we would regain our focus on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I pray that we all seek the truth that is found only in the Word of God.

Matthew 4:4 (Jesus speaking to Satan in the Garden)
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

Philippians 2

Imitating Christ's Humility
1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Shining as Stars
12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. 17But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

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