Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.   Heb 11:1


 Hollywood Faith Christian Center

      HFCC | Message from the Pastor

   Though as a nation America claims to revere the Bible, few, even in the church, know what it says.  Instead of Bible reading we revert to television sermons, devotionals, and social media for our biblical understandings.  Is it any wonder that we do not know the Bible?  We use excuses like "I am not a good reader," "I don't have time to read," or "I don't really understand what the Bible is saying," to justify our lack of biblical understandings.  It, though, has not been much different throughout history.  The Hebrews would not go up to Mt. Sinai to hear from God directly, they wanted Moses to go up to meet with God and then come down and tell them what God said.  It remains the same today, "You go Pastor, up to see God and you tell us what He said.  But we now add a new caveat, "and if we like it we'll stay in your church...if we don't we'll leave!"
     Are we too lazy to read the Word or not interested enough to read the Word?  I am not sure which is worse.  The Word of God stands ready to speak to us always, if we care to listen.  "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."  (Hebrews 4:12-13)  We say we want to know Jesus...want to feel His touch...know His voice.  We know that Jesus is the Word made flesh, but still do not wish to invest the time to know the Word.
     Many have a great desire to witness to the lost.  They seek out the lost, seek to lead them, encourage them and tell them about Jesus.  But when confronted by more than a surface understanding of the Bible, they are in trouble.  "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear, having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed."  (1 Peter 3:15-16)  The Word of God says that I need to be ready to tell folks what Jesus did for me and that He can do the same for them.  Because of our fear of rejection, we usually opt out of saying anything to people we meet and hope they will go away.  The last things we want to do is to debate scripture with them!
     Well now that we know the problem, what do we do about it?  Today with all the electronic devices available it is hard to say I do not have access to the Word of God.  If you are not a good reader, then listen to the Word of God.  Religion will tell you that you must READ the Word of God.  Not true.  I must get the word into my spirit.  How I do it is of little concern as long as I do it.  "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  (Romans 10:17)  In many ways hearing the Word may allow for us to hear something that we might have missed all together.
     Finally making room for the Word.  If we do not make room in our busy schedules, make room in our daily lives, or make room in our minds for the Word, then there will be no space available for it.  No different than an over-stuffed closet that we need to put away a new item.  Something must be thrown out to make room.  If we have time to do Facebook, watch television, or exercise, then we can make time for the Word.  Only by disciplining ourselves to read or hear the Word will we then fit the Word into our lives.  Then we will truly get to know Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

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