WELCOME IN THE NAME OF CHRIST JESUS!
We want to welcome you to this humble ministry and hope that you will find inspiration, joy and maybe even get a little bit of a different perspective on the TRUE Love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I have had several successful online ministries in the past and even had a WordPress blog for a bit until I ran into some problems with it. For a while I wasn’t even sure if this is what the Holy Spirit wanted me to do until just a while ago, the Lord spoke to my heart and actually showed me some things that He would like me to share.
I want you to know that I am nothing. I am just a vessel, a utensil to be used at the whim of our Lord and Redeemer. I am a cog in an increasingly growing life-force that we call the Church, the Bride of Christ.
My teaching and my belief, honed through many decades of experience, studying and listening to the Lord has let me believe, no, to KNOW that we ALL have gifts of various kinds, degrees and function. But when you put all of these gifts together, we have a WHOLE, a complete unit. This is what the Apostle Paul and even others in the early Church taught and meant to pass on until our Redeemer returns to call us home.
Not every “religious” institution teaches this. It is easier for a religious leader to covet the prestige and esteem that is heaped upon one in apparent authority. But, Jesus, the Great Shepherd, tells us that we have to “lead” by example. We lead by showing, the flock how to get from point A to point B in this journey we call life. The shepherd is along for the same experiences and lessons that the “flock” is experiencing. Or — that’s the way it is supposed to be.
We have ONE Shepherd, the Great Shepherd and Example, Christ Jesus. All of us who accept the mantle of service (ministry) are underlings only. Shepherds maybe, but underlings answerable to the ONE and ONLY! Jeremiah the Prophet and Patriarch in the Old Testament knew this and gave many dire warnings to those of his time who “strayed” from this principle.
So, when you read something within the confines of this ministry blog, it is your duty to weigh ALL you read in the light of the Holy Bible AND the Holy Spirit who resides in your heart. The Bible tells us that the checks and balances are “connection” within our spirit. The Word calls it bearing witness. Your inner spirit will “bear witness” to the truth of anything being taught but more so, the more you read AND study (meditate) on the Word of God as written in the Bible.
My job, my calling, as answerable to the Lord who called and equipped me, is to help open a person’s understanding. To help them how to “mine” nuggets of precious truth from the Word and separate them from all the “religious” fads that are popping up all the time.
If you are open to what I have laid out here, then I may have some things that WILL inspire, encourage and even teach. All I can do is what the Lord tells me too, the results are in HIS Hands.
God Bless all who wander through these pages and may you be encouraged, and inspired greatly in the Lord Jesus!
Oasis Bible Ministry/For The Love Of God
Pastor Roland, thank you for being obedient to the Lord’s calling. How do you teach your readers to exercise their service to the Lord ~ in the local body of Christ, His church?
“So, when you read something within the confines of this ministry blog, it is your duty to weigh ALL you read in the light of the Holy Bible AND the Holy Spirit who resides in your heart.”
And for this I am open to reading more. Your humility and desire to earnestly serve God really shines through. God bless you!
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Beautifully articulated and so on point. We are all called to bear witness to the glory and truth of God, to share his Word and his promises with those who do not yet know his Son Jesus Christ, to be light and salt in a world that is lost and dead. I was reading through your posts and am delighted with what I have seen. May the Holy Spirit continue to move through you and may your ministry be a light in the lives of the lost. Thanks for viewing my blog and following. After what I have previewed, I will be following you as well! God bless and keep you always!
Amen. God is Love. 🙂
Pastor Roland, I have missed reading your articles. Thank you for letting me know that you’ve come back! I looking forward to reading about what the Lord places on your heart.
I hope this blog will bring more people to Christ. Stay faithful.