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April 1, 2015

Passionate

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Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Palm Sunday was the start of what we call “Passion Week.” During this week we contemplate the cost Jesus paid for restoring our relationship with God, the Father. On Thursday we think about His last supper, His celebration of the Passover, with His disciples. They had no idea what lay ahead but Jesus knew. The question we face this week is where is our passion? Are we really passionate about Jesus? Do we really love Him with all our heart and soul and mind? Is He the first One we want to speak with in the morning when we wake up? Is He the last One we want to speak with as we drift off to sleep? Is our mind on Him throughout the day? Do others see, hear and know Jesus is first place in our heart, soul and mind? During the rest of this week let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us become more passionate, inside and out, about Jesus and what He has done for us.

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March 31, 2015

Forsakeing

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Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

We all, in and of ourselves are wicked and unrighteous. We are to forsake our natural way of wickedness and our unrighteous thoughts. These include thoughts and words of criticism, judgement, bitterness, prejudice and so on. Any thought and/or action that doesn’t fit in to the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13 is to be forsaken and pushed out of our minds and life styles. There are no ifs or buts. We can’t rationalize our right to think or act out. Our questions is how often do we make up excuses to act or think outside of love?

March 29, 2015

No Mistakes

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Psalms 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.

Some wonder why infants die yet some people die in their 100’s. Most are born complete yet some are bone with missing parts. Yet scripture says God is righteous – He doesn’t make mistakes. God can prevent babies dying. He can prevent them being born with missing parts. We don’t have the mind of God. We can’t understand why He does what He does. We can only know God is righteous and faithful. He is full of love and compassion. He is full of grace towards mankind. Mankind makes mistakes,. Mankind must walk out the consequences of their mistakes. God forgives our sins but we still reap the consequences of the sins while on this earth. We can walk the consequences knowing God is with us and we will be with Him in all eternity because of the forgiveness of our sins won on the cross by Jesus, God’s Word made flesh.

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 26, 2015

Holy is Wholeness

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Isaiah 6:3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

God is holy. Holy describing God means complete or whole. God is totally complete. He lacks nothing. He is perfect. Mankind strives to be holy. We try to be complete in God through Jesus. We try to be set apart for our God. Because we continually are at odds with God’s Holy Spirit we are not whole or holy. We might think we desire to be holy but we treasure our flesh and our carnal things. We continually battle between the desire for holiness and the desire for things of this world. Our question is are we willing for God’s Holy Spirit to work within us and bring us into holiness, to be wholly immersed in God’s Holy Spirit.

March 25, 2015

I AM Sent Me

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Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

Moses was on the mountain having an encounter with God. He was looking for any excuse not to do what God was telling him to do. When Moses tried to say he needed to have the name of someone with enough authority he could say order him to do such a task God responded with, “I AM WHO I AM.” God is constant. He is never-changing. He is always all-powerful, all-knowing and all present. He is always just and love. He has given us the same authority He gave Moses. We are not leading an entire ethnic population from one country to another but we are to lead all we meat out of the country of sin and absence of God to the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh. Our question is what excuses are we giving God to keep us from doing His bidding?

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?

March 21, 2015

Observatory

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Genesis 1:14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,

We recently went to the McDonald Observatory and were blessed with the opportunity to look through a 16 inch telescope at the planet of Jupiter. We saw two of the moons and the result of the solar eclipse of one of the moons which left a black dot on the planet. To see it for ourselves instead of on tv or by pictures was an awesome experience. While we looked the astronomer explained what we were seeing. This event made us feel even closer to our God Who created all this and beyond. We only see a small part of His creation and we don’t make very good steward of what He has made. As we look at the world in which God has placed us we must be mindful we are such a very small part of His creation. Yet, in spite of us being such a small part, He loves us so very much that He wants us to be with Him throughout eternity. He made that possible by sending part of Himself, His Word through which all things were created, Jesus Christ to take our human likeness and shed His blood for our sins. No matter what we may face in our life on this earth that one thing is more than enough for us to be continually thankful and praising Him.

March 20, 2015

Following the Cloud

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Exodus 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

Until Jesus came to this earth, died and rose and ascended back to heaven the Holy Spirit was only sent to a few individuals. Here we read the Holy Spirit was in a form of a cloud to lead the Hebrews by day and as a funnel of fire to lead them by night. Now we have the Holy Spirit within us to lead us day and night. The Hebrews watched the cloud and the funnel of fire moving when and where they moved and staying still when they stayed still no matter how long they were still. We tend to rush on ahead of the Holy Spirit’s direction to move, forget to ask where to move and fail to stand still for however long the Holy Spirit bids us to be still An entire generation of Hebrews had pass before they learned to obey so they could go into the promised land. God has promises for us. How long does it take for us to listen, follow and obey to receive the fulfillment of His promises to us?

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