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April 4, 2015

Keeping Hope

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Luke 24:9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.

Saturday, the day between the crucifixion of Jesus and the day of His resurrection. From this verse we can deduce the disciples spent the time together, at least those who didn’t run away. They were in mourning for the loss of their friend and in fear for their own lives. All their hopes and dreams were dashed. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where it seems our hopes and dreams are dashed. We are blessed to know the outcome of the crucifixion. Jesus rose from the dead. All the hopes and dreams in Him are reality. The disciples had to wait to find this. We only have to remember Who to look to in order to keep from despondency and dejection. When the darkness seems to swallow us we can look to Jesus. God is faithful to fulfill all His promises. We only need to learn to trust and obey.

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March 28, 2015

Putting on Holiness

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Job 42:5-6 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job had a personal encounter with God. In that encounter he saw just how holy God is. He also saw how very sinful he was in spite of his living what appears to be a moral and trustworthy life. We don’t realize our own sin until we realize the holiness of God. It takes darkness to appreciate light. It takes seeing God’s holiness to see our own sin. We tend to think of ourselves as good, caring people but in comparison to God’s holiness we are filthy rags, unfit for heaven. It is only because of the gift of God through His Word, Jesus, Who offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sin that we can clothe ourselves with the holiness of Jesus. As God looks at us, unless He sees the holiness of His Son, we are nothing but filth. Have you clothed yourselves in the holiness of Jesus? What about your family and friends? Show them how to put on the holiness of Jesus.

March 27, 2015

Approaching God

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Ecclesiastics 5:1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

When we pray or worship we must consider how we approach God. Because we have accepted Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives God is our Father, our Dad. So often we concentrate on the fact that He is our Father we tend to approach Him as we do our earthly fathers. God is most Holy and should be approached and spoken to in an attitude of awe and respectful, holy fear. It is not for us to tell God what to do but for us to ask what He wants to do through us. It is not for us to complain about situations on this earth but to rejoice that our home is in His Presence in heaven. It is not for us to feel proud of what we have but to be thankful we can give and desire to give even more. Let us keep in mind how it is we approach God in prayer and worship.

March 24, 2015

All Powerful

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Psalms 139:13-19 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

Hear the Psalmist contemplates on the power of God. God has complete power. There is none more powerful than God. God created all that was, is or will ever be. God has the power to change His creations any way He chooses. Yet, in all that power, God has chosen to give His followers the power of prayer. It is through prayer that we are privilege to share God’s power to change the directions’ of lives on this earth. Our question is are we taking advantage of that power?

September 23, 2013

Circumcised Hearts

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Matthew 25:12. But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you. ’

We can grow up being taught about Jesus. We can have all knowledge of how a Christian should act and talk. Knowledge doesn’t make us a follower and believer in Jesus. Satan has that knowledge. It is only with a commitment of the heart of love that we can be true followers of Christ. We no longer need to circumcise our bodies but we must circumcise our hearts. We must cut out the love we have for sin and allow God’s Holy Spirit to replace it with a love for God. Our s question is are our hearts circumcised?

September 18, 2013

Imitators

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Ephesians 5:1. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

So how do we reflect the glory of God? Paul tells us to imitate Him as our children try to imitate us. So often we are able to identify the parent of a child by the way a child speaks, looks or acts. We even see or hear ourselves when a little child plays. Sometimes that brings us up short. We don’t like what that child is reflecting about us. Our question is what is our reelection showing about God? We say we are Christians (little Christs) but are we reflecting Who Christ Jesus is, how He acts, talks and loves? We are so good at imitating the world around us. Someone says something bad about someone and soon we join in. Let us study the gospels describing how Jesus walked this earth and ask His Holy Spirit to teach us to become good imitators and reflections of Him.

June 23, 2013

Self-Sins

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Mark 7:23. All these evils come from within and defile a person.”

What are the evils we are to examine ourselves for? We have a group of what I call self-sins. Among them are:
self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love. this is not a complete list but we can add others as the Holy Spirit reveals them to us. These self-sins are part of our carnal nature. we are so accustomed to them we rarely notice. As hard as it is to notice them in us, it is even harder for us to free ourselves from them. The manifestations of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are so common that they are tolerated in our Christian leaders. Self can live unrebuked at the very altar. No one is immune. Praise God we don’t have to free ourselves yourself. We have God’s Holy Spirit to not only show us these self-sins. He will help us rid the habits and develop new habits reflecting the fruit of the Spirit. Our question remains are we willing to get serious with ourselves and our Holy God and move on with Him? As long as we keep any of these self-sins we will be separated from close communion with Him.

May 27, 2013

Imitators

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Job 42:5. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye has seen you.

Job obeyed God’s commandments because he was taught to do so. We can also obey through teaching. God wants more than obedience. God wants our fellowship, our love and our worship. Our question is do we think if we live good, moral lives we will have eternal life with God? God says our good works are as filthy rags. We sinful beings cannot be good enough on our own. It takes seeing God with spiritual eyes given us by His Holy Spirit. We don’t see Hod in a physical sence but we see Him in a spiritual sence. We see His love, power, forgiveness and character. When we see God this way we realize how really filthy we are. How do we get clean enough for fellowship with God? There is only one way. The way is through the shed blood of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. When we accept Jesus as our Lord ans Savior our filthyness is covered with His blood and our sins cleansed through forgiveness. Then, with the help of His Holy Spirit we can learn to imitate the way He walked on this earth. We learn to become “little Christs” which up is what the word “Christian” means.

January 5, 2013

Call Him Lord

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Luke 6:46   “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and don’t do what I tell you? 

If we are honest with ourselves this verse holds us short.  Christians call Jesus Lord but who among us always does what He tells us to do in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  If you question this read 1 Corinthians 13 where He describes the attributes of love.  I know I do not show all these attributes throughout any day with those closest to me let alone to the others God allows to cross my path.   We slip in and out of allowing His love through the Holy Spirit empower us to love in this way.  Our question is are we willing to allow His Holy Spirit to correct us quickly or do we choose to continue through an action, word spoken or thought in our own self-centered way.  Many times when I am aware of my unloving ways being corrected by Him I find I continue my own way.  Let us learn to stop in mid-track and reach or speak out through His love.

January 3, 2013

Enthusiasm

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Colossians 3:23. Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, 

Some of the bowel games were on TV.  As I listened I heard the enthusiasm of the spectators.  Many Christians seem to lack enthusiasm when they worship, pray and/or serve God.  Many just act like they are doing it out of where obedience rather than thankfulness and love.  It is hard to step back and observe how we look to others.  The love and thankfulness to God might be in us but our question is do they see it?  Let us be sure all we do is in love and enthusiasm to God.

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