At the most basic level, a healthy Family is critical to a healthy church. In fact, the family unit, also called the nuclear family, is the basic building block of all peoples, nations, and lands. There is no other structure that can take the place of the Family. God’s first institution was the marriage and that marriage was intended to result in the Family. Therefore the Root of a strong Church is a strong Family. There is no such thing as a healthy church filled with dysfunctional families. If we are to let our light shine unto men, then it must begin at home. Fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, single parents, grandparents all share in this mission to create a healthy, vibrant, and positive root system so that the Light of Christ might be seen in this dark world. The responsibility of the healthy root is the basis of our witness and ultimately our ability to reach lost souls.
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The appearance of a Christian family should be an overspill of what is beneath. Leaves might look good, but if there is not fruit, then there is no help to others. If we are known by our fruit then it must begin in places that cannot be seen: Prayer. Devotion. Bible reading. The fruit suffers without prayer. In fact, a life without prayer and devotion creates an unstable life. In a recent nationwide survey we found less than 10% of churchgoers spend more than 10 minutes of prayer a month. Many said that outside of praying over dinner, they pray only when they attend church and that for a brief time. Obviously the Root of Prayer is weak. Anemic prayers create weak families which results in a lack of Faith. Open power and anointing are borne in private prayer and devotion. No wonder why people feel so empty in times of trouble; they have no root to draw from. For these reasons it is imperative to plant deep roots for the sake of our families, our church, and this great Gospel.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole
Carelessly Esau sold his birthright away for a bowl of soup. Notwithstanding Jacob’s deception or Rachel’s complicity, Esau did not live a sober life. He was so confident in himself that he considered his own ability greater than his priceless birthright. Unfortunately at the end he found himself empty and without the final blessing of his father. The Root was pride. Arrogance made him numb to the value of the birthright. A haughty spirit possessed him as it does in so many people who think that they can recover, regardless of their flippant approach to the most sacred things in life. Esau worked on the outward, disregarding the inward and it cost him everything.
Consider Samson. He disrespected his parents and their years of commitment regarding his life. He dishonored the Lord’s anointing as he played the game of power and retribution against the Philistines. In the end, Samson lost his anointing; his eyesight, and his life. The root was much the same as Esau. Both ignored a root issue that metastasized into a perilous moment. Paul said 1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
The Lord’s Prayer considered this point when Jesus said, “Pray, …give us this day our daily bread…” It was meant as a reliance upon God.
Jesus knew that not all needed food. He knew that not all were hungry, but this was meant as a confession that even our most basic needs come from God. It was a statement of humility that declared without Him we have nothing. The Root was the acknowledgement of God! All things came from Him. He is the source of all things. Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being…” If we can get the Root right; the one where God is the center and we acknowledge that He provides all anointing and blessing, then we will thrive and flourish.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole
2 Kings 19:30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
Isaiah will repeat this prophetic word in his self-titled book. The promise was simple: Those that remain faithful; dutiful; retaining the covenant from old time, shall take root downward which will be manifest outwardly or upwardly. Within the prophecy lies a basic truth that mirrors the Law of Harvest and in that law lies the Root. The Root is the origin, the genesis, the tuber that brings life and nutrients to the trunk and then to the leaves. What we see in both fruit and leaves is enabled by the Root system. Concerning ourselves with the outward only will never remedy the issue that lies beneath. It begins with the Root. Our lives are similar. If our Root system is healthy and strong, then it will be revealed.
where can i buy viagra online cheapA downward root will manifest itself in an upward fruit. Yet lives without strong Roots always find conflicts above the surface. Families with little or not godly Roots become spiritual nomads, birthing confusion instead of confidence in Christ. Single issue people develop over time because there is nothing below to balance their lives. In the next four weeks we will investigate Root causes to conflicts; Root remedies; Scriptural understandings of the Church and the Family; the difference between a Leafy Life and a Fruit-bearing one, and much more. Our quest is to be solid and stable or as Paul wrote: 1 Cor.15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…”
We are on a mission to make our calling and election sure. We are seeking a life pleasing to the Lord that will manifest itself above. For that reason I submit: Take Root.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole
America is 240 years old this year. The earliest settlement began May 14, 1607 in a place called Jamestown. Before that this land was occupied by natives and tribes of people who lived here and raised their families in their traditional way. America has a rich heritage hosting opportunities and windows of possibilities. Through the course of time and the belief in natural law, we established ourselves upon religious principles. Those biblical fundamentals guided this land with a clarity until a few decades ago. With the abolishment of slavery, voting rights for women, and the progress made through the civil rights movement, America began correcting its course. While there is much more to do, it was the belief in God’s Word that guided us in those course corrections. His love was to be shed abroad to all men and women. America did not strive to simply rectify her own issues. She looked to the world and offered her sons and daughters in a sacrificial way. No country in world history has done more on the behalf of other countries like ours. No one has ever offered itself in blood and sacrifice for the unknowns like America . Liberty drove us to help those in need across the oceans way. Those overarching principles drew us into world conflicts as we fought for the same freedoms we enjoyed at home. The principles of liberty and individual freedom is seen in the countless graves in Europe, the Baltics, the Middle East and beyond. Freedom came at a cost. Not just for us, but for the world. I stand thankful for our country. God gave us this land and the opportunities which we so richly enjoy. I am thankful for the men and women I’ll never meet who paid the price and who died to give us this land of liberty. Most of all I pray that God would still bless America and that we would be a nation He can bless.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole