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November 26, 2013

Waiting by Going

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Psalms 33:20. We wait for the Lord; he is our deliverer and shield.

One of the definitions of or “wait” is to “stand in readiness.” Our question is are we standing in readiness for the return of our Lord Jesus? We can’ test and in readiness by standing still. We must be following the last command of Jesus before He returned to the Father. Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, This is not a command just for professional clergy. This is a command for each and every believer. The call starts at home with our families and then extends to our friends and neighbors. As we move out it extends to the line at the stores we shop. Our question is are we actively about making new disciples?

October 7, 2013

Resounding Words

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Matthew 17:3. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with him.

Jesus was preparing to face a really hard time. His disciples couldn’t comprehend what He was facing nor the reason. They wanted to prevent any harm that might come His way. Moses and Elijah passed on to heaven painlessly and easily. How Jesus must have desired to return to the Father like they went. We do not know the conversation that passed between the three of them but I’m sure they were words of assurance and encouragement; words the close friends who were with Jesus could not give. We never have to face what Jesus did but there are times in our lives that even our closest friends can’t help us. Some have called it the “black night of the soul.” This is when we get on our knees and talk it out with our God. If we have not learned to hear Him in the little things it will be even harder to hear Him in the big things. Our question is do we listen? Let us practice our listening skills in all we say and do that we can hear God in every situation and every decision. Jesus struggled one more time in His prayer the night they took Him in the garden. I imagine the encouragement Moses and Elijah gave Him resonated in His mind. Let us allow God’s words to us through the scriptures and through the gentle voice of His Holy Spirit resonate through ours.

September 8, 2013

Missed Voice

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Isaiah 42:2. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;

The disciples forgot about this scripture when Jesus was walking with them. They expected a messiah who would gather an army around him and yell out conquering words. We still miss this scripture. We expect God to speak to us loud enough to interrupt our distractions. We think it is up to Him to command our attention. We don’t hear Him though our days because we don’t expect to and we don’t tune our ears to hear Him above our distractions. Just as the original 12 disciples had to learn to listen, we must be willing to learn to hear His quiet voice above our loud distractions. Our question is what voice is most important to us; the quiet voice of God through His Holy Spirit or te noisy clamor of our own minds and the voices in this sinful world?

August 11, 2013

Harvesters

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Luke 10:2. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.

The harvest for souls is ripe. God calls us to not only pray for more harvesters to respond but for each of us to do our part in harvesting. People are hungry for God but they don’t know God is what fills them. They need to be shown and told. The question is when is the last time we prayed for someone’s salvation and when is the last time we shared the way to God (Jesus is the way) with someone? Not a day should go by without us praying for the lost, more harvesters and showing someone the way. Let us each do our part. It’s not just up to professional ministers or missionaries. It is up to each and every one of us. (Matthew 28:19) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,”

July 25, 2013

Giving Honor

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John 15:8. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples.

Sometimes we’re not sure how to give honor to God. It is much more than using His name in an honorable way. Jesus said we honor God when we bear much fruit and through that demonstrate what it is to be His disciple. What fruit are we to bear? In Galatians 5:22-23 we read “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Against such things there is no law.” As these fruits grow in us we are to learn to share them with others, encouraging other believers and bringing in new believers. Our questions are how are our fruits growing and how are we using them?

April 27, 2013

End of the Age

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Matthew 28:20. teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus ends with the words “end of the age.”  We are in the age of the building up of His Church.  He has told us what to do.  He also gave us warning signs to look for concerning the end of the age for building up His Church.  We are not told if, as these signs increase like they are, this will take a day, a year, a thousand years or centuries.  It really doesn’t matter for our future but it matters greatly to our work of making disciples.  God’s will is for not one to be lost from Him.  We have a part in that through prayer and witnessing.  As the wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters increase we must pray for more harvesters to witness.  We cannot pray for that unless we are willing to take part in it.  Time may be short or long.  Our question is will someone point to us at the judgement seat of God and say we didn’t tell them?  At the end of this age we will be with the Father and the Son.  Who do you know who might be missing?

April 25, 2013

Teach

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Matthew 28:20. teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

How are we to make new disciples?  We are to teach them to obey all He commands as recorded in the Holy Bible.  We can not be effective teachers if we don’t know what He commands nor if we don’t obey them ourselves.  Teaching without example is empty and meaningless.  Our question is will we choose to know what He has commanded and obey so we can follow through and show and tell others?

April 24, 2013

Go

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Matthew 28:19. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Jesus starts this command with the word “therefore.”  Therefore refers to the authority that is His, and through His name, ours. Because we have authority through Jesus we are to make disciples of all who walk this earth.  This includes all races, cultures and nations.  We are to baptize them. In the names of God, the Father, Jesus, the son and the Holy Spirit.  Baptize means to consecrate or sanctify by setting apart.  We are to shoe and teach others Howe to be set apart from sin and consecrated to God.  Our question is have we been set apart to love with and for God?  If so, are we obeying His command to bring others into the fellowship of believers?

April 21, 2013

Place of Comfort

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Matthew 28:16. So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated.

Apparently Jesus told the disciples to go back to Galilee and meet Him on a nearby mountain.  They were back in their home-turf.  After a period of confusion, fear and unrest it’s nice to be in familiar surroundings.  We tend to relax and are more able to open up to new things when we are in familiar surroundings.  Jesus was ready to give the disciples their final instructions.  Then they would witness something extraordinary.  It would be something unknown to them and almost unbelievable.  Right now they are contented to be back in their home turf.  After we go through a challenge it is important to get back to “normal” as soon as possible.  This is what is concentrated on with victims of disaster.  In familiar surroundings healing comes quicker.  When we travel and have visited other churches it is so good to come back home to our church.  As soon as we step through the doors we feel love and comfort (even when the church is empty).  Everyone needs a place where the feel love and comfort.  Our question today is where is your place of love and comfort?   What about that place brings you love and comfort?  How can you bring those things to other places for other people?

April 12, 2013

Not As Before

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John 21:1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. Now this is how he did so. 

We don’t know how much time elapsed after the disciples arrived in Galilee. They didn’t know what they should do so they returned to their past pursuits.  They went fishing.  Many times we don’t know what to do next so we return to a familiar task.  They fished all night like they use to do but nothing happened.  As morning dawned someone on the shore called out to them asking how it was going and suggested they cast their net on the other side of the boat.  To be polite they did.  They caught more fish then they could handle and realized that person on the shore was Jesus.  They couldn’t do the way they did before because they weren’t the same people they were before they met Jesus.  We’re not the same after we encounter Jesus.  We think differently, do differently, hopefully talk differently and have different priorities than we had before our encounter with Jesus.  Our question is are we trying to be the same person we once were or are we allowing God to make us “new creatures” in Him?

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