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June 18, 2015, 1:20 PM

A Call to Unconventional Obedience

We may never know why God sometimes calls us to walk in “unconventional” obedience.  I invite you to notice the benefits of such obedience.

1.  It trains our hearts to see things differently, to look away from the fear of any obstacles that stand in the way.

2.  It shapes our hearts to trust God in the face of any inadequacy or doubt we might feel.

3.  It releases us from relying on our own strength and encourages us to rely on god.

When viewed from this perspective, you no longer see God’s commands as strange or a waste of time.  God’s commands are a means of shaping us into leaders He wants us to be in our homes, workplaces, churches, and communities.




May 20, 2015, 11:42 AM

When the Storm Clouds Roll In

We will all experience dark days in our lives.  Storms of life roll in with dark clouds and difficult circumstances.  There is no one who is immune to the trials of life.  

But even in times like these when there seem no answers can be found, we can still turn to an all powerful, all loving God.  In His love he never promised a cloudless life.  He knows we need storms to test our faith, strengthen our faith and prove our faith.  Storms of life and the questions and uncertainty that come with them are designed to drive us closer to a God that loves us and a God that one day will put an end to all storms and there will be no more storms.  

Until that time comes my prayer is not that there will be no storms in your life but that rather we as believers in Jesus Christ would allow the storms to move us according to the will of God.  My prayer is also that the if you don’t know Jesus Christ and the hope we find in Him that through the storms and you would see the Son.

I hope the words of this song speak to your heart as they have to mine in many dark times.

When shadows fall and the night covers all
There are things that my eyes cannot see.
I never fear, for the Saviour is near.
My LORD abides with me!

How can I fear? Jesus is near!
He ever watches over me!
Worries all cease; He gives me peace.
How can I fear with Jesus?

When I’m alone and I face the unknown
And I fear what the future may be,
I can depend on the strength of my Friend!
He walks along with me.

How can I fear? Jesus is near!
He ever watches over me!
Worries all cease; He gives me peace.
How can I fear with Jesus?

Jesus is King! He controls everything!
He is with me each night and each day.
I trust my soul to the Saviour’s control;
He drives all fear away!

How can I fear? Jesus is near!
He ever watches over me!
Worries all cease; He gives me peace.
How can I fear with Jesus?




May 13, 2015, 8:24 AM

The Road Less Traveled By

Do you want to see God do amazing works, demonstrating His power in your life?
Do you want God to develop a mighty faith in you that will not waiver even when those around you waiver in their faith?
Then ask God to help you to take the road less traveled.

When God was dividing up the promised land of Canaan among the Israelites in the Old Testament, many of the people were asking for lush valleys and grassy plains. Caleb however, who had spied out the land 45 years earlier and had believed God’s promises, asked God for the road less traveled. He asked God for a mountain!

“Now then, give me this hill country about which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken” Joshua 14:12

Caleb knew the difficulty of what he was asking. He knew the Anakim were a giant like people who had fortified great cities with mighty walls in the mountains. But Caleb believed God’s word by faith. He believed because God had promised, but also because He had seen God keep his promises in times of difficulty in the past 85 years of his life. 

Many people today want a life of ease and comfort. Many Christians today just want to go with the flow and not rattle any cages. They are satisfied with the status quo. They don’t want difficult challenges nor up-hill battles with the giant issues of this life. Some are satisfied with where they are at and others just don’t believe they can push the limits they have set for themselves.

But God never calls Christians to a life of ease or status quo. God calls us to grow, mature, increase in our faith and be examples and testimonies to others. He calls us to reach beyond our own limits because He is limitless. He calls us to reach outside of our own walls to demonstrate His love and power to people that need to see Him and know Him!

The road less traveled is where we learn to grow and are grown. It is where we see the amazing power of God made real in our lives. It is where we find the strongholds needing destroyed in our own lives. It is where we find the power of God to drive out the sin and hidden attitudes of rebellion against God. It is where we find the giants that need to be defeated! The road less traveled is where we find the breathtaking panoramas of nature, God’s creation unfolded and God sustaining us on difficult tasks. It is where we blaze the trails that God has sent us to blaze so that we can be the examples and testimonies to others that we are called to be. It is where we learn to trust God in greater ways. And where our faith is grown and established.

It is how we become the light set on a hill for all to see.

 




May 11, 2015, 1:19 PM

People are Watching You!

People are watching you!  
and whether you know it or not:
You are influencing others.

Your children, family, friends, co-workers and others that you might not possibly imagine are observing the way you act, talk and respond in the world that we live in.

What would others say that they see?

Much like the children of Noah, we face a decision. Just as Noah’s sons lived in a world of blatant rebellion to God, we too live in a world that blatantly disregards and rebels against God. No one would have blamed Noah’s sons for living like the rest of society…no one except their father.  
He knew that his children knew and had been taught better. Noah’s children had been told and taught the truth by their father. Noah’s children had the benefit of a Godly example They had watched their father, worked with father and they knew their father. There came a day when they had to choose whether or not they would believe their father. Their decision was made much easier because they had watched their father. They saw his actions, heard his words and learned the truth. A Flood was coming. God’s judgement upon the world was coming. They chose to help their father build the ark and then enter the ark. In the end they were saved by the ark.

We must also chose. God’s judgment is coming to this world. We who are saved know the truth, we have seen God the Father in His Word and in Creation and His working in our lives. We have worked with the Father in carrying out His will, because we believe the Father. 

Most if not all of us came to know the Father because of the influence of someone else in our lives. Someone who knew God the Father. A parent, grandparent, neighbor, teacher, etc. Our decision to choose God the father was made possible because of their influence. 

People are watching you and me. They may already know that we are Christians and they are watching our actions, words and responses as we live this life. They are watching and they are learning.

What are they learning? Are we leading them to make a choice for God? Are the lives we live influencing others to come to know God the Father. Are we giving them the stepping stones to the cross so they too can be saved by God through a man named Jesus Christ, just as Noah and his family were saved by God through an Ark?

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April 27, 2015, 9:17 AM

Make the Most of It

Today is a new day, a fresh start and a clean page. You will cross paths with people that you may never cross paths with again. You will be faced with decisions, challenges and hurdles unlike any from any other time. You may have new joys, laughs, hurts and pains. Remember they are all opportunities that have been placed or allowed to be placed before you by a almighty, all loving, all knowing God. They are opportunities to see how God will work in your life and through you life. It is going to be a great day! Trust God, look to Him and go out and make the most of the opportunities you have.


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