Board and Bible


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I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness … (Isaiah 61:10).

Where do you worship? In a school gymnasium, or stained-glass cathedral? Are your hymns accompanied by steel guitars, or a metal pipe organ? Does everyone dress up in their Sunday best, or flip-flops and a T-shirt?

The people you see at the beach church are lowly and humble. It’s an interesting mix of surfers, homeless, recovering addicts and those who might not be welcomed in a more traditional setting. It is, in fact, the type of church where you most likely would find Jesus.

I have to confess that I never was partial to dressing up for church. You can take an old heap, slap on a coat of paint, park it on the showroom floor, and people will think it’s brand new.

Listen up, God is not deceived. We need to be washed in the blood of the Lamb, and clothed in His righteousness. That Sunday suit won’t hide the sins you committed during the week. People will say, Oh, but I just want to dress my best for God. Brother, the Lord isn’t looking at your silk tie. He’s looking at your heart.

James rebuked the assembly for seating the well-dressed in a place of honor: 

Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5)

Every seat in this humble church is a place of honor. And if you come late you won’t mind sitting on the sand. Just remember to bring a beach towel, and maybe your board.

(When the tide is high this little church gets baptized!)

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3 thoughts on “Board and Bible

  1. As long as we are free to share the gospel and make disciples there is hope. I love the message of Isaiah 61:10. It reminds me that man looks at the outer appearance, but God sees the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). And we are not to be concerned with outer garments (Luke 12:23). Most importantly, Ephesians 6 tells us to wear truth, righteousness, readiness of the gospel, faith, and salvation. Once clothed in this full armor of God we may effectively wield the word of God, pray, and thereby stand against the schemes of the devil. That is truly praiseworthy!

    Symbolically, these pictures illustrate the very reason our progenitors came to these shores: to find the freedom to worship the God of the Bible and to make disciples of all nations. Wise men still seek him!

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  2. The Constitutional framework of religious liberty was in the context of Christianity. Freedom of religion was with regards to how one worshiped the God of the Bible.

    The colonies were a mixture of Puritan (north); Quaker, Catholic, Lutheran and Jew (middle); Baptist and Anglican (south).

    Liberals have declared war on the Constitution and Christianity. “Oh, no,” they say, “freedom of religion applies to Muslims, pagans, occultists, atheists and agnostics.”

    Everyone but Christians.

    I’m surprised that this little church on the beach is even permitted to operate.

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  3. “The Constitutional framework of religious liberty was in the context of Christianity. Freedom of religion was with regards to how one worshiped the God of the Bible.”

    I could not agree more! The whole notion of “tolerance” was that in a civil society good men could be free to peacefully disagree on the worship of the God of the Bible.

    That is why it is my opinion that Islam does not qualify for freedom of religion. A religion whose “holy” book “contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule”* cannot be trusted, and should not be tolerated.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx

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