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March 9, 2017, 11:09 AM

Let Go To Go Forward

Sometimes God has to take something away before He can give you something better.  
Sometimes God has to remove one thing to give you another He has promised.  
Such is the case in Joshua chapter 1. 
Moses had to die so that Joshua could lead the Nation of Israel into the promised land to conquer it and possess it. Moses was 120 and would not have been the best General or leader of an army at that age. Joshua was half that age and had led Israel's armies for 40 years in the wilderness.  
Moses was not permitted to enter the promised land because of his disobedience in striking a rock instead of speaking to it. Israel could not have entered the land of promise until Moses was gone.  
God has so much better for you than you can possibly imagine for yourself. Learn to let go and let God have his way in your life.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  Joshua 1:9 

Let go so that you can go forward for God and with God. 

You will never regret it.




March 6, 2017, 3:46 PM

Share the WORD!

In case you haven’t noticed…social media is a mess these days. 

Most people like to talk.  

Most people like to share their opinion.  

Most people like for others to confirm that their view is a right one and then they feel validated by others agreeing with them.  

Most people are afraid of taking a real stand unless they can stand with others.  They are afraid of what others might say or think about the stand they take.

Most people think that what they say or post on social media will change the mind of others…for most people, it doesn’t

Don’t be like most people.  

I’m not saying don’t share a word with others.  What I am saying is that instead of getting caught up in the cacophony of noise in the world and on social media, share a Word that matters.  

Share God’s Word.  

When you share God’s Word with others you don’t have to talk…you let the Word of God do the talking for you. 

When you share God’s Word you are not sharing your opinion…you are sharing truth, because the Bible is truth.  

When you share God’s Word you don’t need for anyone to confirm you are right or validate your words.  Because the Word of God needs no validation.  

When you stand on God’s Word you don’t have to worry about whether you will have others stand with you, because you are standing with God and that is all that really matters.  

When you share God’s Word you don’t have to worry about whether you have changed anybody’s mind or opinion because that is not your job.  God tasks the Holy Spirit with speaking to the heart.  Yes we aught to demonstrate loving kindness so that people are willing to listen, but our job is share the Word with their ears so that God can work on the heart.  

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12

The World wants even the “Church Crowd” to focus on a social gospel of love and tolerance.  And, we certainly are to love, and patience and tolerance for all mankind regardless of whether they are willing to listen or not.  But, there is only one Gospel that we are to teach and that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. - Galations 1:9

So, share a word but be sure and when you do in love and kindness, share THE WORD!




March 2, 2017, 11:54 AM

The Beauty of the Psalms!

The men who wrote the Psalms of the Bible were inspired to write them for a purpose.  There was purpose for them at that time, and there is a purpose for all who who would hear or read these Psalms, for all time.  

Why standest thou afar off, O LORD?  Why widest thou thyself in times of trouble? - Psalms 10:1

Those who wrote the Psalms showed a broad range of human emotion.  They were enduring difficult situations, fears and many questions.  Many psalms deal with similar difficulties, fears, and questions that we deal with today.  

The psalms prove out that there is nothing wrong with voicing our worst fears and questions to God.  He already knows what is in our heart and desires that we share those fears and struggles with Him.  Even when those fears are about Him:  Where are you God?  Why is this happening?  Why aren’t you doing anything?  Don’t be afraid to express your fears and struggles to God, He can take it.  

But, while it is okay to express your frustrations and questions to God, it is even more important that we voice back to God His promises to us.  

The truth, even when we don’t see it, is that God will never leave us nor forsake us.  The Truth is that God is doing something, even when we don’t see or feel it.  

Sometimes when it seems like He is silent, He is doing the most important work of drawing us closer to Himself.  

Our faith must rest on the unshakeable promises of God, not the fickleness of our feelings, the limited nature of our understanding, or even the platitudes of man.  It is God who is our rock and our fortress.

When we hold on to God’s promises and let His Word brace our hearts and trump our fears then we can know He is developing in us the kind of faith that will give us freedom from fear and confidence to face the world.  

When your emotions tell you that God has left you, it’s time to quote back to God His promises to never forsake you.  

God’s promises are always greater than Satan’s lies.  Realizing this will allow your faith to leap into action!

It is then that we can read and understand the beauty of the Psalms.  

 




March 1, 2017, 9:58 AM

The Heart of Worship

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. -Genesis 4:7

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I find it greatly disturbing that the people of a church often can’t find a way to get along, pull together and strive for the will and perfect plan of God.  

Too often I hear of fights breaking out in church business meetings, or arguments taking place over how a worship service is conducted.  

People who are bought by the blood of Jesus and called to show compassion and concern for a lost and dying world are sometimes dragged into the argument over how long a worship service should be, whether the music is too upbeat or not upbeat enough.  Whether or not the color of the carpet or seats are satisfactory.  I have even heard people disagree on how many verses of invitation should be sung at the end of a service!

While I find all this disheartening, I do not find it surprising.  Satan has tried to sidetrack, destroy, and dismantle the plans and work of God from the beginning of time.  

It is ironic that in Genesis chapter 4 we find a worship service being attacked by the Satan.  Cain and Abel are bringing their offerings to the Lord and God accepts Abel’s sacrifice but not Cain’s.  Cain becomes bitter and kills Abel in the field…following a worship service!

While I have never known anyone to act quite so violently following any worship service I have ever attended, the fact is that we often can kill the spirit of love and worship if we allow sin to “lie at the door” of our hearts.  We certainly can prevent the move of the Spirit in someone’s life with our own hurtful attitudes and sin.  

May we all be challenged to not let our lives and attitudes become a tool of the devil in distracting or destroying the work that God wants to do through us and in our church.  Purpose to give God your very best don’t give in to the devil.  After all all that are called are called to be part of the same family.  Let Christ reign in your life and in your worship today and every day!

Let us let the world that desperately needs a loving Savior see a clear image in how we conduct ourselves in our lives and in our church.  




January 30, 2017, 10:21 AM

Why I Care.

I care about immigrants (legal and illegal) and refugees. 
I also care about the American Veteran and their needs.  
I care about the unborn baby, no matter how they were conceived.  I care about the mother of that unborn child no matter what decision they have made or are considering making in regards to the child that lives within their body.  
I care about black lives, blue lives and military lives.  
I care about those that practice a LGBTQ lifestyle.
I care about the Christian and the non-Christian.  
I care about the conservative and the liberal.  
I care about those that agree with me and my beliefs and those that don’t.  
I care for the rich and the poor and everyone in between.
I care for the greatest among us as well as I care for the least of these.
I care about the old and the young.
I care about the guilty and the innocent. 

I could suffice it to say that I care about everyone.  But I realize that it is not sufficient to say that.  
I don’t just care about the physical, mental and emotional needs which are temporary, but more importantly I care about the needs of their eternal soul.  
I don’t just care because it makes me feel good to care, or because it is politically correct or expedient for me to care. 
I care because God cares and God loves everyone just as much as God cares and loves me.   I care because Jesus cared enough about me to die on a cross for me.  He paid my price.  I can never pay Him back, but at least I can care.


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