Archive for March, 2014
Tags: Video Devotion, YouTube
Tags: guide, helping, mentoring
Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you.” (Joshua 3:4 NLT)
I had a wonderful time last night as members of my church joined with 3 other churches for a Community Service, blending denominations, ages, and races for a chance to worship our great King. I love what I feel when spiritual families cross the lines to stand together!
As the Pastor spoke, this verse was brought out, regarding the Priests that carried the Ark of the Covenant (God’s Presence) before the people, leading them into a new land. As a Pastor, I do that for my church and community. But it’s the call for all of us, to carry God’s Presence everyday before humanity, showing them the way, especially for those that have never been with God before.
Be encouraged today to represent the Lord well wherever you go. Be the guide that’s willing to lead, especially for those that haven’t realized yet that they are lost. If we are ready, God will show them! You are loved!
Tags: addictions, anxiety, overwhelmed, peace
The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)
According to a report in the Rocky Mountain News, 37 people were killed across the state on Jan. 1, 2013, the first day that marijuana became legal for all adults to purchase. Several more were clinging onto life in local emergency rooms and were not expected to survive. Seems “going green” wasn’t so great.
Most of us have our personal addictions, be it Budweiser or Blue Bell, to cope with stress and overwhelming life. But what they don’t give is solutions or lasting peace, just a moment where the edge isn’t so sharp. So why is it that we chase moments of dullness instead of searching for actual peace? Especially when the answer has been right in front of us all along?!
Come to Church today with that question in mind. God is the only creator of lasting peace, that quality you won’t find in any other “fix”. Only He can provide it, and He’s waiting for you to want it. You are loved today! Ask Him!
Tags: comet, creation, order, universe
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?” (Isaiah 40:26 NIV)
According to Discovery.com, the Hubble space telescope has seen some strange things in deep space, but this most recent find is possibly one of the strangest: the six-tailed comet… or is it an asteroid? The object — called P/2013 P5 — was discovered in August by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii, an observation that baffled astronomers, due to the fact that they’ve never seen this phenomenon before.
The galaxy is full of astounding things, too complex to have been an accident. It’s not so hard to see that the Creator of the incredible human body also created the starry host above us. It’s only because our minds cannot handle the immensity of Life and is left with more questions than answers that we find solitude in Chance, because we’d rather sweep things under the rug than deal with complexities beyond our control.
So here’s some good news: We’ve never been in control! God has! Allow the Keeper of the Stars & Humanity the credit to continue doing a great job while we do ours, and that’s to live a life in love and fascination with Him! And one day, maybe soon, He’ll take each one of us home and show us exactly what’s out there! You are loved! Have a great weekend!
Tags: decision, faith, Oswald Chambers, trust
By faith Abraham went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8 NKJV)
The Christ Life is a lifestyle of following, being led by God through life so that we can know Him correctly and be used by Him to touch others in a right way. It doesn’t make us mindless robots or suffering martyrs. To the contrary, it leads us away from self-destruction to a better life than we could have created for ourselves. But so very few can be led where they cannot see.
Oswald Chambers describes this lifestyle that we face:
Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason—a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. Faith is rooted in the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest traps we fall into is the belief that if we have faith, God will surely lead us to success in the world.”
Ask God today to help you learn to trust Him. He’s very gracious that way! Then take the baby steps that He places in front of you, one moment at a time. You are loved today!
Tags: aging, blessing, Job, joy, life
Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” (Job 42:12 NKJV)
As my wife and I came out of Walmart yesterday, an older woman was walking ahead of us to her car, which happened to be next to ours. Her license plate read “JOB4212”. When I asked her what is said, she quoted this verse with a smile!
She apparently had lived a good life, if her attire and car were an indicator. Yet, she didn’t want her early life to be all the enjoyment she had, but to live an even more fulfilling life in her latter years! Can life with arthritis and sensory loss still be rewarding? Yes! And I believe more so, because priorities change and enjoyment comes easier.
Life is meant to be lived at all ages! To the senior saints, keep showing us that life can still be enjoyed and God will use us! Lay the claim to the final heritage of Job’s life! And to the younger, be okay with aging, enjoying every stage of life for the treasure that the day brings! You are loved!
Tags: collateral damage, holiness, judgment, worldliness
Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord ’s anger. (Zephaniah 2:3 NKJV)
On May 30, 1999, the NATO airstrikes in Serbia put a stop to the crimes against the Albanians in Kosovo 15 years ago. But the bombs also killed many civilians. In the village of Varvarin, people still remember the attacks. While it saved the nation, the collateral damage affected thousands of lives.
We serve a God that still intervenes on our behalf; vengeance is His to repay, not us. But if we live more worldly and less godly, staying too close to those He’s protecting us from, we can become unnecessary collateral damage, like Sampson, Lot’s wife, or King Josiah of the Old Testament. By staying too close to compromise, we can also be swept up in the broom of God’s judicial cleaning.
As Christians, we must walk a fine line of not reveling in the secular, nor secluding ourselves away from reaching out to it either. Only God can help us be in the world but not of it. Live holy to live free from fallout. You are loved and watched over!