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March 5, 2015, 9:57 AM

A Penny' Worth of Thought: Finding Your Burning Bush Moment

Are you wanting God to speak to you?  Are you wanting and waiting for Him to show up in a miraculous way and show you His plan and will for your life?  

Are you looking and longing for a “Burning Bush Moment?”

Think about this:  When moses encountered God speaking to him out of a burning bush, He was not looking for a burning bush.  In fact when Moses first saw the burning bush he was just going about his life doing the mundane…tending sheep in a wilderness.

Realize that in of itself, a bush burning in the wilderness was nothing spectacular.  It was the fact that bush was burning but not burned up that caught Moses attention.

So often as Christians, and believers in Jesus Christ we spend so much time waiting for the Miraculous moment when God will show up that we miss what God is doing in our lives through the mundane things.  We miss God showing up in the little things and small ways every day.  We sometimes go to church hoping to hear God’s booming Charlton Heston-esque voice.  Or looking for a star to follow, a talking donkey, or a light from heaven during the week.  When none of those things happen we are saddened, disillusioned or frustrated.

May I remind you (as I often need reminded) that most often God does not speak to us through a burning bush or any of the other means I mentioned above.  Rather he most often speaks to us in a still quiet voice.  It usually happens as we seek him, as we meditate on His Word, as we keep in our thoughts while we are living out our rather mundane, ordinary lives.  

Remember that whether or not you hear Him, see Him, or sense Him; He is with you as long as you belong to Him.  He goes with you, guides you and if need be carries you.  

Sometimes He shows up in a miraculous way, he has in the past and He does today, but until then trust Him, and when you hear that quiet still voice, listen to Him and obey.  Always remember, even with Moses, God did not speak out of the burning bush until Moses had taken notice and was paying attention.  

Trust God today, give your life to Him today.  Call on Him today.  But keep on moving, living and listening as you go about your day.  

When you notice the still voice of God speaking to your heart and you listen and obey, it becomes a your burning bush moment.




March 4, 2015, 9:16 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: You are What You Think

There used to be a song sung in church Sunday School Children’s classes that had these lyrics:

Oh be careful little eyes what you see, Oh be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down in love Oh be careful little eyes what you see.  

Other verses would repeat about be careful: hands what you do, feet where you go, ears what you hear, and mind what you think.

Whether or not you have ever heard that song or remember the song at all, the truth of the song is profound.  Little did I realize as a child how much what I looked at, listened to and thought about would affect the way I lived, and the places I would desire to go, nor did I realize that it would impact the way I would talk and the thoughts that would fill and take over my mind.

The health conscious person knows it is vitally important what they put in the body.  No matter how much exercise you may get, if you put the wrong types or wrong amounts of food and drink in your body you will not achieve the desired results of a healthy fit body.  

The same is true of us spiritually.  Just as the world bombards us with delicious looking and tasting treats filled with sugar, fat, carbs, and chemicals that are not good for our physical body; the world will try to entice you will all kinds beautiful, desirable junk that is not good for your spiritual well being.  The things that we watch on Television, and listen to the radio will fill our mind and our thoughts and it will impact what we think about, how we talk and the way we live.  

Most of us understand the dangers of what is viewed and heard when it comes to children, but somehow we think that as adults we can somehow “handle” it and we are mature enough to not allow it to impact our lives.  If we think this way we are deceived. 

As Christians we must avoid allowing our minds to be filled and consumed with worldly, carnal thoughts and images.  Be careful to avoid that which you know is not good.  But also fill your mind with that which is.  God’s word, wholesome music, positive thinking and honorable thoughts.  It is not enough to simply avoid that which we would, as we cannot avoid living in a world where we are surrounded by that which good and Godly is not the standard.  We must fill and be filled by God with Godly things.

"…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things." Philippians 4:8

Garbage in/Garbage out is a universal truth, whether it be what you put in your body or in your mind.  Even computer programmers learn this lesson early on.  Your mind is the most sophisticated computer the world has ever known.  Unlike a computer however there is no “file dump” or “delete button”.  What goes in your mind stays there forever.  If you don’t believe me then just wait until an old song comes on the radio that you have not heard in years and notice how quickly you remember the words.  

After all how many of you started singing…Oh be careful little hands what you do? 

 



February 27, 2015, 8:54 AM

A Penny's Worth o Thought:Comfort in Your Time of Need

Stop and think about this:  God is never surprised or taken off guard by evil.  Evil never catches God by surprise.  He has seen it all before, he knows when it will happen and He has defeated it all.  No matter what ISIS or North Korea or the neighborhood bully does...God knew, God knows God is victorious.

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

As a child of God, you are never alone!  Your Shepherd is with you all the time.  He never takes his eyes off of you.  He knows everything about you, everything you go through, and every need you will ever have.  He will never turn His back on you or even look away from you.  

As a Child of God, you never have to feel afraid.  Sometimes your Shepherd has to lead you through dark places to get you to the place He wants you to be.  He does not always lead you through the places you want to go or you think are easiest.  We would not chose to go through the shadow of the valley of death.  But, we must remember it is only a shadow that He leads you through.  As God leads you, He knows what is around every corner and he knows what is in the shadows.  He leads you, which means He goes before you and watches over you to protect you.  He also knows your fears and will never lead you through something he that you cannot handle.

There is nothing to fear because He protects you.  God is bigger than your fears, your enemies and your troubles.  The tougher things seem to get for you the closer God holds you.  Even when you can't see God or even feel Him know by faith that He is there...because He has promised and God is faithful.

You will experience the Love and comfort in far greater ways in your greatest need than you will in your greatest ease.

Trust God and His protection today.  Trust that He knows what is best.  Trust Him because He loves you as no one has ever done and find comfort in your time of need.  




February 10, 2015, 9:03 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: How much of God do you want?

Consider the prayer of Moses in Exodus 33 and God's reply to Moses. (Paraphrased)

Moses:  Now therefore, I pray...show me now thy way, that I may know you, and that I may find grace in your sight.   Remember that we are your people.

God:  My presence will go with you....I know thee personally.

Moses:  God, show me your glory. I want to know you more.  I am begging you.

God:  I will make all my goodness pass before you...but I will protect you from seeing more than you can handle.  I will hide you in a cleft in the rock and I will cover you with my hand.  

Christian, do you want to know God like that?  Do I want to know Him like that?  

It has been said that we can have as much of God as we want, but our problem is that we just don't want that much.  We tend to want just enough to get us through or get Him or someone else off our back about it.  

Oh, that God would give us a desire to know Him!

I pray that God would give us a hunger and desire to know God in such a way that we would beg God to reveal more of Himself to us.  
If we do God will.  He did it for Moses.  He will do it for you.




February 3, 2015, 9:16 AM

Sunday's Sermon Summed Up: Face to Face with God

Joshua 5:13-6:5

Joshua met with the God face to face(via the Angel of the Lord: Theophany) as the nation of Israel was preparing to enter the promised land of Canaan.  We too can have  personal intimate meetings with God. 

1.  If we are to meet with God in a powerful way we must prepare to meet Him and realize that God prepares us to meet Him through various means.  He does so to create a song longing for Him and prepare our hearts to fellowship with Him as we are marked as belonging to Him.

2.  Always realize that God will show up in our time of need, but He shows up in His time as He knows best.  It may not be our preferred timing, but He is always on time.

3.  As you prepare to meet with God, realize the meeting may not take place or form as you think it might.  Meeting with God can be settling and convicting but it will also be comforting and reaffirming. 

4.  Understand that when we meet with God that He wants to hear from us but also He has a message for us.  Be prepared to hear his message for you and be prepared to obey his message no matter what it is.

5.  When we have a powerful, personal face to face meeting with the Lord it will always result in a humble worship, a holy walk and a heavenly preparation as we go forward for Him.  Meeting with God face to face will change the way you think, the way you act and the way you live. 


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