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December 17, 2015, 1:50 PM

Flip the Switch!


Look carefully at the picture. Do you see it? Look closely in the background, behind the trees. It is Duke's Oconee Nuclear Power Station.

It is there all the time but in the late spring, summer and early fall you cannot see the power station because of the tree's or more specifically the leaves on the trees. The leaves on the tree had to die and fall off before you could really see the Nuclear power facility.

If you did not know it was there, and know to look for it, you could drive down this road, past this spot many times and never see the power plant, even if it was visible because we are so busy and rush by without realizing it is there. We are focused on the road ahead. But that would not change the fact that the power plant is still there.

God is similar to this power plant. We often cannot see that He is there but He always is. We often are to focused on the business of our own life and the road ahead to even realize He is there with us. Sometimes things have to happen and hardships have to come, like the leaves falling off the trees before we are able to see Him.

Something gets our attention and we notice that He has been there the whole time. We must realize that He has never left us. His power, grace, mercy, and love are there for us even when we don't realize them, acknowledge them or know that they are there.

Speaking of the power, I am sure I could not properly, and sufficiently explain how the electricity is produced and delivered to our homes, and workplaces where we need it. But yet when we flip a switch or plug something in, the power is there. But just because I don't completely understand the physics and science of electricity does not mean I refuse to flip the switch.

In a similar way we may not understand how God works or How will reach us with His power and love...but don't let that keep you from calling on Him and flipping the switch.




November 18, 2015, 12:30 PM

What is it that You Get Excited About?

What is it that gets you excited and makes you want to cheer, cry, or laugh?

What is it that really moves you, motivates you, or compels you to act?

Here in Clemson Tiger Football country, the success of Dabo Swinney, and the #1 nationally ranked Clemson Tigers is all the rage.  Flags are flying, Tiger Rag is playing, and Clemson Paws can be seen everywhere.  People are really excited! They tailgate, celebrate, and they pack the stadium to capacity with fans that can bring an ear deafening roar.  The national championship playoffs are coming and the Tigers are “All in” to win a championship.  Maybe it is not the Clemson Tigers, but another sports team where you live, and you are thrilled with exuberance every time they play, or your team is mentioned.

Maybe it is patriotic pride that moves you.  You are a red, white, and blue bleeding, American flag wearing American.  You are moved with emotion every time you hear the Star Spangled banner or God Bless America.  Maybe you served in our military, or maybe someone in your family did or does.  You love our God blessed United States and are moved with love for her.  You cringe when anyone talks against our great nation, complains about the direction she is going, and the divided nature of her population.  You know that life in America is not perfect, you see the problems but know that you are blessed to have been born here or even just live here.  You are filled with emotion when the topic of politics, terrorism, or God anyone ever mistreating the flag.

Or maybe it is family that moves you.  Parents you love.  A spouse you live for.  Children that you dream big dreams for.  You love to spend time with them, and God help anyone that would ever harm them.  You strive to be the best father, mother, sister or brother, son or daughter you could ever be.  You know that time with family is both shot and fleeting.  Time is precious and time is running out.  You know that you only have a limited amount of time to spend with family before the time is gone, and every moment is precious.  You are motivated to make the most of it.

Perhaps it is something else?  A job?  A home?  Hunting, camping, fishing or hiking?  Shopping, cars, or life on the water?  Everyone has something that they long for, look forward to and desire to be part of.  

None of these things are wrong to get excited about.  Without something to get excited and passionate about life would be dull as dirt!  Everyone needs something they get excited about.  Everybody has something they get excited about.  Something worth shouting about.  Something worth investing in financially and emotionally.

So why don’t we get excited about The Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Why don’t we get excited about the prospects of the Heaven?  Why don’t we get emotional about people who don’t know Christ and are on the way to Hell?  Why don’t we shout about the only truth that really matters when it is all said and done? 

Sports are great and a wonderful distraction from the realities of life.  Patriotism is wonderful and we should realize how blessed we are to live in this great nation.  Family is perhaps the most important entity on this planet.  We aught to be passionate about family.  Ultimately whatever it is that moves you on this earth will eventually pass.  It will end.  But The Gospel of Jesus Christ Endures forever.

Why don’t we get excited at church?  Why don’t we get excited about God’s word?  Why is it that we can get so excited about sports, or politics, or family, but we cannot get excited about Jesus Christ dying on a cross to save our souls and rose again proving victory over death, hell and sin?

Is it because we don’t see anything happening?  God is at work all the time doing miracles every day!  Just because you don’t see it or recognize it does not mean it is not happening.  

Is it because we have heard it so many times before?  Has it become common place.  Has “Jesus Loves Me This I know” become old to you and me?

That has to be it…unless…unless…that all that the Gospel is, all that church is, all that the Bible is…are stories.  Just stories.  

Have you heard it all before, so many times, that we see it as just a story?

I invite you to pray that God would enliven your heart for the first time, or once again.  I pray that your prayer is that God would give you a child like heart, so that once again you can be excited by the WORDS of God.  So that our church services can once again be exciting and fresh.  So that our walk with him will be lively and active.  

So that we believe and believing we will shout about the Glory of God and how He lives!  We can celebrate how he is coming again!  We can be moved to follow Him and be part of the exciting things He is doing!

What is that gets you Excited?  Shouldn’t it be Jesus!

 




November 16, 2015, 11:30 AM

It's a Relationship, Not a Magic Show

Turning to Jesus does not make all your problems in life disappear or magically go away.
Far to often it seems, the message of the church collectively or Christians individually is that if a person will just turn to Christ, then there life will become one of ease. 
The Bible does say “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest”, but we must always remember and share the entire truth and rest of those verses in context. Immediately following that quote comes these words, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from me…for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
There is still a yoke, and although lightened by the strength of loving God, the Christian life is still work and there is still a weight to be carried.  
There is work, troubles, trials and heartache in the Christian life. With Christ these things do not go away, rather they are simply made possible to endure because of His love, mercy, compassion and Grace.  
We must remember these truths and share them openly else we and others are in danger of being like the seed that falls on rocky soil. The sprout comes up quickly but is soon withered because of the heat of the sun and there is no root. 
We must take root in the reality of Christ and His promises alone. Trust in Him and change your point of view.

Being saved and forever changed by Christ is about a relationship it is not about a magic show.  

God will be all that you need today...He will also be there for all that you need tomorrow.

 




November 11, 2015, 1:30 PM

The Testimony of Faith Living

Faith is the carriage on which one receives the grace of God (His gift of eternal life) which is pulled by the saving work of Jesus Christ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.

As Christians and Bible believing followers of God live by faith not sight. 

“For we walk by faith, not sight” II Corinthians 5:7

But living by faith is never easy especially in the light of all that we see going on in the world today.  It seems there is so much pain, suffering and anguish.  Turn on your news and you hear of very little other than hate, as seen in crime, murder, wars, and all kinds of evil.  Racism, bigotry, 

Being a Christian certainly does not recuse you from facing hardships such as these.  The Bible even promises that His people will face all kinds of trouble.  

Living by faith in the face of trials, tribulations and suffering is never easy.  But if we are to leave a testimony of faith so that others may be able to see the light of God in our lives, our living by faith will be three fold:

1.  A person with a testimony of faith will follow Jesus despite knowing that trials, suffering, and pain may be right around the corner.

Be aware troubles are coming.  Be aware and walk close to Jesus for He is our safety and refugee.

 

2.  A person with a testimony of faith will follow Jesus even in the middle of their trial, suffering, and pain.  

In the middle of your trouble call on Jesus He is  your only hope and He will deliver you.  Stick close to Jesus and allow Him to carry you and your heavy load.

 

3.  A person with a testimony of faith will keep on following Jesus even when God has brought them out of the trial, suffering and pain that they had faced.

After a period of trouble is over, it is easy to become relaxed and complacent and trust in ourselves.  But by faith we will keep on walking with God even when life does not seem to be dire.  Most will call out to Jesus in a storm, but those that walk by faith will call out to Him and walk with Him in the calm.  

Keep on for and with Jesus!  Leave a Godly testimony for others of Godly Faith!




November 9, 2015, 9:50 AM

Not One Promise Ever Broken!

Has anyone ever broken a  promise that they had made to you?  

Have you ever broken a promise to someone that you made to them?

Promises are often broken.  Even when people mean well, are good hearted, and honest.  Life happens, circumstances changes, and people are imperfect.  

Yet no matter how a broken promise happens, the one to whom the broken promise was made can be left disappointed, disillusioned, or even shattered.  

But there is one who has never broken their promise, ever.

“And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the LORD your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.”  Joshua 23:14

Near the end of his life, Joshua took time with the children of Israel to review all that God had done for them since they had first began following Him.  God had given them an impossible task.  They had faced many difficult circumstances.  They had come along way over many miles and years.  But not one Word of God had failed.  Not one promise that had been given had fallen short of fulfillment.   

Joshua told them, and reminded them that God is faithful, had been faithful, and would continue to be faithful.  Not one promise of God would ever fail.

The God of Joshua and Israel is the same living God of the Bible today.  The character of God in those days is the same character of God today.  The power of God then is the same power He has now.  The Word of God now is as true as it ever was then.

As you live this life and walk your own personal journey find and claim the promises of God for your life.  They are found in His Word.  

Promises that He would save you and give you eternal life if you would repent and turn to Him by faith are true.  

Promises that He will never leave you nor forsake you are true, when you belong to Him and are a child of His.

Promises that all things will work together for good, whether we can see how immediately or not, when we love God and are called according to His purposes and plans, are true.

Promises to carry you, go with you, carry your burdens and give light and joy and peace are true when you call on Him and turn to Him. 

Promises that He will love you forever and that His love for you will never change are true.  

So many other promises that are made that will give you hope and strength are in His Word to be found.  They are all true.

He is worthy of our trust.  He is worthy of our love.  He is worthy to be believed and followed.  Because His Word never fails.  He has never broken one promise.  

Won’t you turn to Him today?


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