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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?


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.

April 21, 2015, 9:24 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Go Farther With God

Where God calls you to He will lead you to.  When God calls you, He never leaves you where the same place you are spiritually.  

Some Christians want only a surface relationship with God.  Sometimes even those Christians who want a deeper relationship with God, still wade around in the shallows from time to time. (I know I am guilty at times)  But God wants to take you so much deeper in your relationship with Him.  He does not want you to be satisfied with the status quo.  

When you desire to have the deepest of holy relationships with Christ, always know that you can, and He will lead you.

“Then He went a little farther, fell to the ground, and began to pray…”Mark 14:35

On the night of Jesus arrest and crucifixion, He went to the Garden of Gathsemane to pray and people responded to Him and his actions in varying ways.  

Some were completely indifferent to Jesus altogether and completely unaware that He was even in the Garden.

There was Judas, who was so busy plotting his own schemes and agenda to join Him.  

His disciples joined Him in the garden but despite being told of the urgency of the hour; were distracted by sleep.

Peter, James and John went a little farther with Him and prayed for a short while but they too became overcome with weariness and Jesus found them sleeping.  They too could not grasp the significance of the moment.  

Jesus went farther and prayed.  At the greatest moment in the history of time, Jesus prayed alone.  

God is seeking those that are willing to yield everything to Him and go deeper in their spiritual journey with Him.  Deeper in their desire to carry out the great commission and calling to a world in need of the good news of Salvation through Jesus Christ.  Deeper in their daily walk and growth as Christians.  

Jesus is seeking to take you deeper in your prayer life.  If you are willing He will take you to place of the most sacred moments.  A place that like in the Garden, only angels have witnessed before.

Are you willing?  Am I?  

May this be our prayer…”God make me willing!”

April 17, 2015, 8:59 AM

God of the Many Chances

Are you in need of a second chance?  

Have there been times that you have really blown it?  I know I have.  In fact I am a man in need of 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances.  I could go on but I think you get the point.  

Peter had proclaimed boldly to Jesus that he, Peter was the most reliable disciple.  When Jesus informed the disciples that they would all forsake him, Peter promised that he would never leave Jesus. (Matthew 26:33)

Yet it was the same Peter who publicly denied that he even knew Jesus, 3 times just a short time later! (Matthew 26:69-75)  Peter really messed up.  Following Peter’s denial of Christ he was so heartbroken that he wept bitterly.  Peter didn’t intend to mess up, but it happened.  Jesus knew it would happen, just like Jesus knows we will make mistakes and fall short of the mark we are striving for.  He also knows when you are sorry just like He knew Peter was sorry.  

Despite Peter’s massive blunder, Jesus had compassion on Peter.  Jesus showed his compassion and forgiving spirit in an amazing way.  After Jesus death and burial, some women went to the grave but found the tomb empty!  An Angel was there and this is what He told them Jesus had raised from the dead.  And then He gave this amazing message:

“But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee:  there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” Mark 16:7

Tell his disciples and Peter…did you catch that?  He wanted Peter specifically and especially to know.  Later Jesus would talk privately with Peter. In John 21 He gives Peter the chance to publicly affirm his love for Jesus 3 times.  What a loving, forgiving and patient Savior we have in Jesus!

But wait..there is more.  At Pentecost Peter was the keynote speaker!  Peter was instrumental in leading thousands to belief in Jesus and Peter became on of the pillars of the early church!  

Jesus desire is to take you from where you are and lead you to the place where He wants you to be.  When you fall along the way, He will pick you up and lead you on again.  When Jesus found the disciples hiding in an upper room, the first words He spoke to them was, “Peace be unto you.”  Jesus will repeat the same words to you when you walk with Him, when you fall and when He picks you back up again.

We all mess up, we all make mistakes in this life.  No one is perfect.  

Good news…God knows that!  There was only one that walked this planet that was perfect and that was Jesus, and he also exhibits perfect forgiveness.  Jesus was asked, “How many times should I forgive my brother, 7 times?”  To which Jesus responded, “Not seven times, but 70 times 7!”

Aren’t you glad that God is the God of many chances?  I know I am.

April 16, 2015, 6:32 PM

Be Reminded, Be Encouraged

You may be able to understand what I am going through.
I may be able to understand what you are going through.
But neither one of us will ever really be able to understand what is going on inside the other as we are going through what we are going through.
There have been many times when I wanted to encourage someone who is going through a storm in their life. Sometimes no matter what words, no matter what we say it does not help. Sometimes no matter what we do, it is no real comfort. Sometimes we just want to be there for them, but it does not help. Sometimes no matter how much we may want to be able to encourage someone, sometimes, no matter how much we try…we just can’t. 
I am glad that even when we can’t, God can. 
No matter what you are going through, have gone through or are about to go through remember this:
Jesus had died a cruel death on a cross. He was dead. All hope was gone. Some of Jesus followers had gone to the grave, but instead of a body of Jesus, they found a young man dressed in white. They were extremely confused and upset, until they heard the words of the man in this verse: 
Mark 16:6 “and he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.
Their hopelessness was shattered, their fears destroyed, and their mourning turned into praising! The tomb was empty. Jesus was victorious over death, hell and sin. 
Whenever you feel hopeless, lost, confused and frustrated, remember. Whenever you are past the point of others encouraging you, remember. Whenever you are in the midst of a storm and it seems no one understands what you are really going through, remember. whenever it seems there is no reason to celebrate anything for you feel completely defeated, remember.
The tomb is empty! Jesus Is alive! Remember this verse, remember the victory we have through faith in Christ and take hope, take joy and be encouraged.

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