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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Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?” (Psalms‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬ NLT)

According to the New York Post, President Obama says “raising standards” and the level of competition in American schools is the goal of his Race to the Top initiative. But behind the scenes, his Education Department is trying to lower standards to push one race to the top at the expense of others. One real sacrifice for the Common Core is the watering down of overachieving students so that students of lesser grades don’t feel so underachieving.

Psalm 15 opens with a simple question: Who gets to be where You are, God? But the answer is not a simple one because it requires work. It’s a list of high hurdles, not low, easy-to-jump challenges. The implication is that to make holiness and Heaven, you must overachieve. Watering down the recipe won’t make it simpler, just soggy.

Today’s society seems to aim for lesser standards. But if God sets a mark, it means that it is achievable and that the prize will be worth the sacrifice! So come to Church today, ready to be encouraged by God to reach the mark! He wants you to reach the holy places, knowing that the trip was worth the price! You are loved today! See you there!

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This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment.” (James‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬ NLT)

In an article by National Review Online, a study was made of the charitable giving by politicians and their parties. The results were ironic. The liberals that claim to do the most for the poor actually do the least, personally and party wise. The top ten states to give were all conservative states. The moral of the narrative? One side of the aisle talks about helping, the other side actually does it.

When God blesses us financially, it’s not so we can just accumulate more stuff. Our faithfulness does lead to more personal blessings, but it also means God desires to give more through you to the needs of those around you. While savings accounts are good and prudent, we must ask ourselves whether our “rainy day funds” are really ours to store. And the worst ones to accumulate against God’s desires to give? Churches with lots of personal prudence but little Kingdom priority.

As you begin your weekend and that dreaded time of back-to-school shopping, make sure your finances are aligned with God’s plan. The first 10% belongs to God. Then consider if God would like for you to meet the needs of someone around you. Afterwards, enjoy what God has blessed you with! The more faithful you live, the blessed you become! You are loved today!