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April 20, 2013

Other Things

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John 21:25. There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. 

Jesus was not idle.  Even though ache said it is finished on the cross He still had much to do.  What was finished was His payment for the penalty of our sins.  What He was busy doing was preparing His Church for the empowering of His Holy Spirit and the work of building up His Church.  We can read in the different accounts what each writer felt the important highlights of Jesus’ ministry and instructions were.  We are about many things now.  We have choices to make.  We can choose to be about our own self-centered things, things that others around us are doing or expecting or the things which build up God’s Church.  There are everyday nothing’s which support living which are needed but there are many things that have no impact on eternity.  Our question is what things will we choose to be about?

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January 28, 2013

The First Step

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Matthew 14:28.  Peter said to him, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.”

When we read about this event with Peter and Jesus (please read the entire event in your Bible), we tend to latch on to when Peter took his eyes off Jesus.  When he did that he began to sink.  He looked at the circumstances instead of keeping his eyes on Jesus.  But the event does not start with Peter sinking below his circumstances.  The event starts with Peter responding to Jesus’ indentation to come and Peter taking the first step of courage out of the boat.  Peter wanted to be with Jesus enough to be willing to step into unknown territory.  Our question is are we willing to step out into the unknown with Jesus or do we choose to remain in our familiar zones?  It may not be a physical change of location.  Maybe Jesus is calling us to learn to use a new gift from His Holy Spirit.  Maybe He is calling us into a different ministry.  We become so comfortable in our habits it becomes hard to step out and do something out of our norm.  Let us pray with Peter, “Lord, if it’s You, bid me to come.”  Then let us be sure to lift our leg over the boat, our comfort zone, and step into the new keeping our eyes on Jesus and our ears on His instructions.  He is calling but we must take that first step.

June 13, 2012

Small Groups

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Matthew 18:20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus calls us to come together in small groups. In a large group ministry is hard. People can get lost in a large group. In small groups each voice is heard, each need can be prayed for; each revelation can be shared and studied. Growth occurs in small groups. Some think they don’t need to be with any other believers to grow. We need the input of others for discernment, revelation and checks and balances. It is good to come together with a large group on Sunday to worship and praise but growth is fastest in a small group. Jesus had different sizes of groups. He had a lot of followers. He also had the chosen 12 with whom He shared more intimately and revealed more. He also had a special 3 who were able to witness special times. He did not love the special 3 any more than the 12 or the large group of more distant followers. The all were called to different ministries at different levels. Our question is at what level do we want to respond to Jesus? Are we willing to get into a small group and reveal ourselves and learn to grow and minister according to His calling on us?

June 2, 2012

Enough Evidence

1Thessolonians 5:23-24 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Here is another one of Paul’s prayers. In it He says He asks God to sanctify us “through and through.” This means all of our spirit, our soul (mind) and body. For God to do this we must be faithful in our consecration to Him and open to His sanctification of us. (Refer to devotion for May 28) This is His calling for us – to be faithful. Our faithfulness is in our consecration (dedication to God and His purpose) and is shown through our prayers, Bible study, meditations and ministry. Some Christians think they have no ministry. We all have a ministry. Our first ministry is to worship God in all we do. We are also called to minister to God’s family through the “gathering of the saints” (church attendance and participation). We are also all called to be witnesses to God’s love through Jesus Christ in the way we reach out to others in the world. If we are carbon copies of our culture, if we are more concerned about “fitting in” with our culture, if we “go with the flow” we are not being a witness for God. Years ago the question went around, ‘If being a Christian was illegal would there be enough evidence to convict you?” It is still a question we must each ask ourselves today.

February 24, 2012

Bread of Life

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Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When Jesus was in the wilderness fasting for forty days in preparation for His ministry Satan tempted him. The first temptation was food. After 40 days Jesus was extremely hungry. He knew His source of food was doing God the Father’s will above all else. He knew that the spirit would starve if the only food we ate was the “bread of the land.” He knew we must digest the words from God to keep our spirits alive and healthy. Yes, our physical bodies need food and God sent His angels down after Jesus defeated Satan by not giving in to temptation. Temptation is not sin. Giving into it is sin. Anytime we put anything material ahead of God it is sin. During lent lets be sure we have our priorities straight. Even when our bodies need the food of this earth we can put God first by taking time to thank Him for the ability of this earth to grow the food. Let us make a habit of doing this any and every time we eat anything. Doing this helps to keep our priorities straight and also helps to make us aware of when we are putting food into our mouths.
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February 23, 2012

Forty Days

Genesis 7:12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights

Exodus 24:18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights

Numbers 13:25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.

Matthew 4:2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry

Acts 1:3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Why does Lent last 40 days? This is a very significant time of preparation in both the Old and New Testaments. There are many other references in addition to the ones I’ve quoted here. All of the deal with preparation for something: 40 days of rain to prepare the earth for renewal, 40 days on the mount for Moses to receive the 10 commandments, 40 days for the Hebrew spies to search out the land in preparation for the Hebrews to enter and occupy it. Most significant for us is the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in preparation for His revealing His ministry as the Son of God and the culmination of the atonement for our sins. He balances it with another 40 days after His resurrection in preparation for the building up of the Church. Now we take 40 days to prepare ourselves to become more mature in our faith and ministry. Each one of us is called into ministry – ministering the Word, Light and Love of God to all those He brings into our path. We take time to prepare by refreshing in this way 2 times a year: Lent and Advent. Why do we need this? If Jesus, God’s Son, needed to do this how much more do we need to take these times to slow us down from the clutter of this world and renew our minds and spirits to “be about our God’s (our Father’s) business. Let us renew so we can go and serve preparing all for the coming of the Kingdom of God.

December 30, 2011

Patches

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Mt 9:16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse

Another important reason for leaving the past things done and undone is they won’t fit with the new. Old habits stifle and shrink the possibilities of new habits. Sometimes it is hard to be open to new things and new ways. It can be frustrating. Getting a new cell phone or computer requires patience and a learning curve. Walking into new ministries or places God would have us go requires patience and a learning curve as well. As we pray about the coming New Year and what God would have us doing we need to be open to totally new things. That doesn’t mean He would have us change all things but we must be open. Remember, we are each an important part in preparing the way for Jesus to return for us, bringing His Kingdom on earth.

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