Archive for July, 2014

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Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father.” (Genesis‬ ‭26‬:‭18‬ NIV)

As a (relatively) young pastor, I know the bulldozing thoughts of the younger crowd in ministry today. Anything over 20+ years in existence & certainly ALL hymns need to be mothballed or thrown away to make way for fresh and innovative ideas of ministry in the “modern age”. Part of me agrees when I see vain repetitions or people clinging to a stale, extinct past that was dear to them but no longer exists and lacks relevancy. And yet as I see some chasing approvals of Men through culture at the expense of God’s set boundaries of holiness and acceptable pathways, I cringe, for I know that God is Just and doesn’t suffer misleading fools lightly.

In his book, Living With The Giants, Warren Wiersbe wrote:

We are prone to be fascinated with the latest religious fads and Christian celebrities that we forget that ‘there were giants in the earth in those days…’ It is my conviction that when the church catches up with the past, it will start producing more giants who will be remembered in the future.”

In your life, be open to embrace God in all of His spectrums regardless of time frames. There is no perfect age or structure, only obedience to the leading of His hand. Follow God’s ways and the Church can never disappoint you! You are loved today!

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In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.” (2 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Jessica was a beautiful bride and her mother’s joy. But as she began her self-destruction with prescription drugs, it all became a nightmare. Finally, at a place of intervention in Arizona, surrounded by those who love her most, love stepped in and helped Jessica realize her condition and accept help. Today, according to interventionnow.com, she is completely clean, restored, and truly living again.

It is unbelievably hard to watch those you love become a hot mess, making chronically bad decisions and dragging the hearts of those they love into the abyss with them. Sometimes intervention works, but often it doesn’t, not if our “Jessicas” won’t admit to problems or accept help. Yet, our love must be greater than their determination, taking our loved one to the God of all Healing. God can fix what others call hopeless!

The Christ Life isn’t just about you, but also about those around you who need the peace and assurance that we strive to live in. No one knows God’s grace and abilities like you! You are not the Savior, needing to personally reclaim every broken life. But He does work through you. Let God help others through your willing life. You are loved today! Pass it on!

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Her mightiest warriors no longer fight. They stay in their barracks, their courage gone. They have become like women.” (Jeremiah‬ ‭51‬:‭30‬ NLT)

I remember the day, one of the lowest in my life. The words and actions of people over a 3 year period had done their damage. As I sat on my friend’s couch, one of the greatest pastor’s I’d ever met, I was at my lowest in despair, humiliated, and ready to not just quit but to die. Where only 3 years earlier I was a ministry warrior getting things done for God, now I was just done.

If you’ve never reached that point in the Christ Life, then hang in there, you will! It takes a lot out of you to fight true spiritual battles. It’s the very reason Jesus withdrew often into lonely places, so He could regroup in a place of undisturbed communion with the Father. By regularly decompressing, it insured that His spiritual and emotional health could stay strong instead of becoming like me, completely destroyed by a paralyzed faith.

We are not all-powerful, but we are rechargeable! You must take time everyday to get alone with God, safely pouring out the pain and frustration so He can carry it for you. Only then can your mind find the healing and peace it needs. Be strong, not sidelined! You are loved today!

For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.” (Psalms‬ ‭34‬:‭7‬ NLT)

In the miracle season of 1967 and the Six Day War, we know that Israel is not destroyed by overwhelming odds. In a matter of six days, facing four competent enemies, the small nation miraculously quadruples its land and retakes many holy sites including Jerusalem and the temple mount. Israel reports 760 casualties, while the Arab deaths hover somewhere around 18,000 men (Bard, 1967 War). The conflict is filled with many first hand accounts of awe-inspiring happenings that are hard to explain.

Just as God protects Israel, as can be seen in recent happenings as well, He also takes care of us. Angels are among us to protect us. While greatly misunderstood, they do exist, fighting the enemies of our soul and keeping us aimed in God’s direction.

As God leads your life, know that part of it is accomplished by angelic beings. I would have no clue what they look or act like (although I don’t believe they are women), but the Bible speaks of their interaction among us. Trust that your guardian is on the job! Just don’t make him work so hard! You are loved! Have a great week!

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