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April 7, 2017, 2:29 PM

Strength and Weakness


“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40:29

It isn’t in the nature of most of us to admit our weaknesses.  

Many of us have spent a great deal of our lives and much energy trying to convince ourselves and others that, despite our frequent evidences to the contrary...we are OK

The problem with being OK  is that Jesus did not come to help, heal, and save people that are OK; He came for the weak, helpless, and hopeless.  

Isaiah shares a powerful message.  God gives power to the weary and strength to the weak.  But, in order to receive His strength, we must acknowledge our weakness and lack of power.  Until we are completely broken, and we realize that we are completely hopeless aside from Him, He cannot conform us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.  

The very thing that often keeps us from admitting our frailties is what sapping our strength to begin with.  Our own pride keeps us from trusting in God to supply our most intimate needs.  We think that somehow He will use our most embarrassing admissions against us.  That somehow if we admit we need help, that we will be revealed as somehow less than in the eyes of God and others.  

Nothing could be further from the truth.  What we need to understand is that God delights in our weakness because He delights in making us strong.  He delights in lifting us up like eagles with His supernatural strength.  

In the upside down world of the Kingdom of God, weakness attracts strength.  The last shall be first, and the meek shall inherit the blessings of God!

Admitting weakness and need; opening ourselves up to the help we need is some of the first steps in discovering the power of God.  

Remember God knows your needs far greater than you do, but He waits for you to call on Him before He will meet those needs in full force.  

Call on God today!




April 5, 2017, 10:59 AM

Stand Strong!


“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that sketch you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” I Peter 3:15

In a world where right is condemned as wrong and wrong is paraded as right, we must know where we stand.    

In a world where everyone screams for tolerance in doing what seems good in their own eyes, we must not just know where we stand but why we stand there.  

It has been famously said in song:  “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”

Martin Luther, is known today as the Father of the Reformation.  In the 16th century he began teaching that the Bible taught forgiveness of sin was available through faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by the customary religious practices of the day of buying a pardon from the Catholic church.  

In 1517, during a time when few knew how to read and the ones who did were told it was a sin to read the Bible, John Tezel, a representative of Pope Leo X, traveled throughout Germany raising money for a building project of the church by selling certificates of pardon from sin.  Luther could contain his indignation no longer and wrote up his fiery challenge to the church, known as The 95 Theses, and nailed them to the front door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg.  

Luther was later charged by the church with heresy and ordered to recant.  He refused, taking up his position on which to stand based upon the Holy Scriptures.    Luther famously said:

“Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise.  God help me.  Amen.”

As Christians, we need to know what we believe and why we believe it.  We must be willing to take hard stands, in the face of opposition, in the defense of our faith.  But, we also better be sure that what we believe and why we believe it is based on the Word of God.  Too often we reserve our strongest opinions and take the strongest stands on things that do not matter in the grand scheme of life.  

We live in a day when most people can read, and it is not considered a sin to read your Bible, but still few actually read it and know what it says.  

We live in a day when scripture is being twisted and perverted to justify sin and promote un-truths unlike any other.  We will get fighting mad over an argument of what sports team is the best, but we have nothing to say about the perversion of scripture to match a lifestyle or activity.  

The day is coming and in fact already is here, when a Biblically based view of living life is going to be challenged and questioned.  Those that do not know where they stand will fall for whatever populist view suits their desires. 

The Devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.  Is it going to be you?  Your children?  Your family?  Your friends?  Your co-workers?

We better know where we stand and why.  And, if we don’t know we had better open up God’s word and find out.  Before it is too late.

Stand strong my friends…On the Word of God!




April 4, 2017, 3:31 PM

A Daily Reminder


Each day that I get older, the more it seems I manage to forget. I find that if I am not reminded by someone or place a reminder in my phone to myself, that I can forget even the most simple and basic of things. I need to be reminded, it’s a reality and I don’t mind if you stop to remind me…because most likely, I needed the reminder. 


No matter your age or stage of forgetfulness, we all need reminders every now and then. So today, I want to remind you of a few basic truths, that no matter who you are, where you have been or where you are going in life, are matter of fact truths. 


God loves you… So much so that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to this earth to die as your substitute and pay your price for eternal life. A ticket that you would other wise have no way of paying. 


God loves you… It does not matter who you are. It does not matter what you have done. It does not matter what you will do. It does not matter what you have thought or think. It does not matter what you say. 


God loves you… It does not matter what you do or don’t do for Him. It does not matter if you failed today. It does not matter if you were successful today. 


God loves you… He loves you when you feel lost. He loves you when you feel found or feel like you have arrived. He loves you when you have no clue what you are doing or where you are going.


God loves you… When you feel unlovable. When you feel lovable. When you feel like no body loves you…God does. 


God loves you… Even when you reject Him. Even when you deny Him. Even when you ignore Him. Even if you mock Him.


There is nothing you can do to keep God from loving you.
Perhaps you needed that reminder today…maybe you will need it tomorrow. 
No matter when you need to be reminded…God will find a way to remind you.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16




April 3, 2017, 10:46 AM

It is All About Perspective


It has been said that, “perspective is reality.”  

How you view something will impact how you respond.  Your perspective of life will mandate how you live life.  

So what is your perspective of God? 

David, King of Israel had this perspective:

“Wherefore Thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”  II Samuel 7:22

David’s view of God was an awesome one!  It was also one rooted in reality.  His view of God impacted the way David lived his life.  

Defending sheep from a lion or bear?  God is greater! God delivered David and the sheep from the great danger of a mighty predator.  

Overwhelmed with a situation in your life?  David was chosen above all of his older brothers and all of the other men or boys in Israel to be God’s anointed King.  There is none like God to deliver you through your circumstances!  David became king and ruled for 40 years. 

Facing a giant difficulty in your life?  David, as a young boy, faced a warrior giant nearly 10 feet tall!  Everyone else was afraid of the giant, even King Saul.  Yet God is bigger than your problem and can give you victory over the giants of your life.  

David had an appropriate, accurate, and experiential view of God.  There was no one like God!  And, David was a victorious king, and led a courageous life.  

If your view of God is small or limited, fear, intimidation, and trepidation will reign in your life.  But, if your view of God is as it should be a BIBLICAL one, then God will reign in your life.  

A proper, Biblical view of God will cause fear, troubles, and trials to be but speed bumps on the road of life, because your faith is in an awesome God.  

There is no one like the true and living God!  Let God change your perspective of Him.  Then, you can trust Him, turn to Him, and call on Him.. and let Him take on the day!

 




March 31, 2017, 12:06 PM

Escape the Chaos


“And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.’ (For there were many people coming and going and they did not even have time to eat.)” Mark 6:31

So many people have their on/off switch stuck in the “high” position.  We get so busy doing, achieving, accomplishing and conquering, that the concept of rest is almost unheard of.   Ad if we are not racing around for our own selves in this rat race of life, then we add the rushing around taking our children all over creation.  Sports, recitals, birthday parties, etc. often threaten to take over our calendar.  Work that spills over past the office and into the home and few days we have off.  We are so busy that we don’t have time to notice how busy we are.  

Yet rest is important.  Jesus knew the need for rest, and in an environment short on time, (He would soon sacrifice His own life on the cross for you and for me) He instructed his disciples to take time to rest.  

But how do we rest in a society that bombards us with information and entertainment.  It is almost considered mandatory to fill our lives with constant activity.  Cell phones, tablets, video games, movies, an the internet dominate the lives of our children.  So much so that my children complain about “having nothing to do” any time they are in the car for longer than 5 minutes.   

But, it’s not just kids that are impacted by these distractions.  Watch adults while standing in a line at the bank or grocery store and you will see how even grown ups can’t stand to be idle for even a few moments.  Watch and you will see how little personal interaction there is with other people.

It is no wonder that living in a non-stop mentality has sapped our energy and leaves us feeling burned out.  It has so impacted us that even when we do find the time and the energy to attend church, read God’s Word, or pray that we feel like it must be short or we must be entertained while doing it.  

Studies show that our minds were designed to work best in silence.  In quiet we can more effectively think, sort our thoughts, and feel God’s presence.  

To grow spiritually and grow closer to God we need rest, we need to regularly take time to get away from all the distractions and spend time resting in God’s presence.  We need to make the effort and plan to find time so that we can really get to know God in a personal relationship with Him.  

Take time to seek silence.  Escape the chaos and down shift.  It is there, where you can best find the Lord and hear Him the loudest.  


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