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May 18, 2016, 3:36 PM

How Great is Our God!

As believers in Jesus Christ, we often reference how great God is. We sing about How mighty He is,  because he can do anything.  We reference how big He is, because he is bigger than our troubles, enemies, and our fears.  How awesome He is because He alone can give the victory and save mankind from sin.

But do we really have any scale for measuring God’s greatness?   

In the paragraphs below, I hope to give some idea of scale of just how great God is.   Although even at the scale I present, God is bigger.  

To get a sense of scale i would direct you to Isaiah 40:26, where we are encouraged to consider creation and the stars in heaven:

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

So let us consider the stars in the sky and how massive our Universe is that God has created:  Did you know:

God created the Sun.  It is 93 Million miles from earth.  It is 800 Thousand miles in diameter and 1.3 million planets the size of planet earth could fit inside of it.  

Mark a place to represent earth.  If each step (3 feet per step) you took = 3 million miles, it would take 31 steps to represent the distance of the Sun from Earth.  

God created the planet Pluto.  (I still consider it the farthest planet in our solar system.) If each step you took was = 3 million miles, you would have to walk approx.  1/2 mile to show you the distance of pluto, at it’s closes point in their orbits, to planet earth.  

God created the star Proxima Centauri.  Proxima Centauri is the closest start to earth other than our own Sun.  It is 24 Quadrillion, 800 Trillion miles from earth.  Now Pleasant Hill Baptist Chuch is at 3041 Six Mile Hwy in Central, SC in the north west corner of South Carolina.  Now if the church represented earth, and each step was = to 3 million miles, how far would have to walk to reach the closest star?   

The Answer is:  Hawaii!!! (Bet you did not guess that did you?)

And there are estimated to be hundreds of millions of stars in our galaxy alone.  There are also estimated to be hundreds of millions of galaxies.

Are you starting to see how big the universe is?

One more example to give you a sense of scale:

God made VY Canis Majoris.  VY Canis Majoris is the largest known star in the Galaxy.  If you could get in a 747 jumbo jet and fly at cruising speed (575 MPH) around VY Canis Majoris, it would take you 1100 years to get all the way around! VY Canis Majoris could hold approx.  1 Million of our suns!

Consider creation and get a better understanding of How big and powerful God is.  As big as it is, the Bible says that God spoke it into existence, and it was good.  It was just there.  He spoke, and it appeared out of nothing!  

The Bible also says that He holds the whole Universe in his hands! (Isaiah 40:12)  He holds the universe in his hands and he hung each star and knows them by name!

The Best part!  You are the best part and most meaningful part of God’s creation.  God loves you, cares about you, and knows everything about you.  

Better yet, He has a purpose for you and will enable you to complete the purpose He has for you.  

Considering creation and the there really any reason not to trust Him!

May 4, 2016, 12:14 PM

Taking it Day by Day

The church hymn “Day by Day” has been one of my favorite hymns since my youth.  However, today i stumbled upon the origin of the great hymn and it has given new light and meaning to the song for me.  

I now share the account of it’s origin with you and hope that you are touched the same.  

It was written by karolin W. Sandell-Berg.  Lina, as she was known was bon in Sweden on October 3, 1832 to The Reverend and Mrs. Jonas Sandell.  She was frail in body but strong in spirit.  She feasted on the artistic, literary and Bible influences of her home life.  The Bible teaching was of a special focus given her father was the pastor of the village’s Lutheran church.

Tragedy struck in 1858 when she was 26 years old.  Lina and her father were enjoying a boat trip on the east coast of Sweden when the ship suddenly lurched.  Before her eyes her father was thrown overboard and drowned.  

Returning home alone, Lina began processing her grief through the Scriptures and expressed her faith through poetry.  Fourteen poems were published in the year following her fathers death.

7 Years later Lina’s best known hymn “Day by Day” was published.  In it she spoke from personal experience about the daily strength the Lord provides for His struggling children and had provided for her daily struggle.  

Given the personal nature of her writing and the knowledge of her personal circumstances gives new meaning to the following words.

“Day by day, and with each passing moment, Strength I find, to meet my trials here;  Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.”

Today if you need strength for a particular trial, take this grand old hymn into the day with you, and claim some of the wonderful promises God has given.  Maybe you will, like me, find this song to find a special place in your heart.

Psalm 27:1 - “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”


April 26, 2016, 11:01 AM

On What is Your Faith Based

Where does your faith rest?  Or put another way, on what is your faith based?

“So that your faith would not rest of the wisdom of men, but on the power of God”  I Corinthians 2:5

Even as members of the Church of the Living God, we as believers are prone to struggle in our faith.  If we are truly saved and on our way to Heaven, we have been given faith enough to believe God, through Jesus Christ sacrifice on the cross has saved our soul.  If it is true that we have enough faith to trust God in death, why then do we struggle to have enough faith in God to face life?

Christian, we must walk in a relationship with God dictated by faith.  We serve a God that is able to do far more than we can even dream, let alone think to ask!  (Ephesians 3:20)  Yet, there are times we don’t even ask because we don’t believe by faith that He will either answer, or do what we ask.  

Somehow we get disillusioned into believing that God cannot act because He did not act in the way we thought He was going to act.  Or we think He did not act at all because we quit looking for Him to act, even though He was at work around you the whole time without our noticing.  We get disillusioned because we hear preaching that God will give us the desires of our heart, without hearing the message that God will give us the desires of our heart when our desires are lined up with His desires for us.  

When we realize that God loves us enough to say no to our request, our faith will be increased.  When we learn that knows, wants and will do what is the very best for us, we will be more prone to allow Him to tune our heart and desire to that of His.  Then we will have our eyes opened to the fact that He is a loving God who delights to shower us with blessings for His own glory.

Somehow we often allow our faith to be based and determined by our own understanding or the wisdom of man.  When we must learn that God’s ways are not our ways and that His ways are far above our ways.  (Isaiah 55:8)

Instead of basing our faith on what we think, understand, or perceive we are to base our faith on His power.

How is your faith?   Where is it based?  It only takes faith as a mustard seed to move mountains, but our faith must be based on the mountain that is the power and person of God!


April 18, 2016, 2:24 PM

Work For the Night is Coming

The message is a simple one:  Those who are saved of God have not only been called to be saved but have also been called to do the work of God.  God uses the church to be the hands of and feet of Jesus.  We are to be emulating the Savior in our desire to do the work of God.  As  He said:

"I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." John 9:4

God is at work all around us, whether we can see Him at work or not.  He desires to involve us in His work.  He will call us to be part of what He is doing.  When we are in a loving close relationship with Him, we make ourselves useful and He will speak to us and call us according to His perfect plan and purpose. 

We must believe that God wants to speak to us, will speak to us, and that we can know that it is God speaking as well as understand what it is He is saying.  The saints of Bible times knew that God was speaking and what He wanted them to do, and today we can know the same. 

God can speak to us however He chooses, and He will speak to us personally.  However we must realize that: The fact that God DOES speak to us, is far more important than HOW He speaks to us.  The Holy Spirit will speak to our heart and usually speaks through His Word as we read it and hear it, but He can also often speak through the church, circumstances and others.  The key to knowing that it is God is that whatever we think The Holy Spirit is saying outside of the Word of God will always be confirmed in the Word of God.  

When God speaks to us, He calls us to be involved in doing the Work of God.  But we must always be aware that it is not what we can do for God that is important, it is rather what God can do through us that is critically important and lasting.  

We must find where God is at work and join Him in the Work that He is doing. 

But How do we find where God is at work?  That is an excellent question, I am glad you asked!

A daily relationship with God that is seeking Him with all your heart is how You will find God.  Prayer, reading your Bible are all part of that seeking, but while you are looking for where God is working, look for things that only God can do.  

Things only God can do:

 Draw people to Himself
 Cause people to seek Him or Seek the truth (looking for answers to life)
(John 6:44)
3.    Reveals all truth (John 14:15-17)
4.    Convicts the world of sin
5.    Convicts the world of righteousness
6.    Convicts the world of judgement
(John 16:8)

Only God can do these things.  When you someone who is asking questions or seeking answers about life or when you find someone to be under conviction, you can know that it is a God thing.  There is no reason to pray asking if it is God, you will know it is God. 

When God nudges your heart, and you see where God is at work, obey right away to His prompting.  There is no greater blessing on this earth than to be part of of what God is doing.

Make yourself available to God so that you can get involved in the work of God before night falls. 

April 8, 2016, 6:54 AM

Let God Exceed Your Need!

Whatever it is that you are going through, no matter how big, no matter how dark, no matter how bleak; God’s grace is greater. 
Look again at those last 4 words. If we believe them, and if we believe the God who promised them, then they bring overwhelming comfort; because that is exactly what God’s Grace does.

How often I personally need reminded of Paul and his “thorn in the flesh.” We don’t know exactly what it was that was plaguing one of the greatest men of faith in the Bible but whatever it was it so bothered Paul that over and over again he asked God to remove it. But God’s answer was a surprising one.

“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” II Corinthans 12:8-9a

In II Corinthians God, in answer to Paul’s pleading, essentially said: I am not going to remove it, instead I am going to give you something greater, something that will meet exceed your need. God promised more grace. Essentially he promised more of Himself, more strength, more endurance, more satisfaction in Jesus. So much so that it would overwhelm the hurt and need caused by the “thorn in the flesh” Paul was dealing with.

We tend to spend a good portion of our time, strength and energy avoiding trials and escaping trials when they come. When faced with a difficult situation, in our flesh we want it to be over quickly. That is a normal response. It happens to everyone, even Paul. But it is in the trial that when we look to God and call on Him that He gives us something so amazing that Paul was moved by the Spirit to write these words.

“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” II Corinthians 12:8b-9

I am not suggesting that I long for trials and troubles. What I am suggesting is that when they come, take heart. For if we look to God we will experience an amazing miracle of God. Either He will deliver us from our pain, or as He did for Paul. He will exceed your need by His grace and power. 

Turn to Jesus for your every need and enjoy the Grace that he provides that is greater than whatever it is you will ever face.

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