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September 3, 2013

Comparisons

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2 Corinthians 10:12. Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

One reason so many people are so angry and without peace is the continual attitude of needing to compare themselves with others. We tend to strive to have the best, the most, be the decision makers, be the best at all we do and on and on. The only one we are to compare ourselves with is Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Of course we all fall very short in being like Him but He did give us His Holy Spirit to work within us and help us repent from our self-centered sinful ways and learn to follow His way. As we learn to do this anger is replaced with love for fellow people, wanting God’s best for each one. No longer striving against others replaces unrest with God’s peace. Our question is are we willing to choose this repentance and ask God for His filling and help in reflecting His Son in and through us?

June 28, 2013

Above All Else

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Colossians 3:1. Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Keep seeking the things above. What things are above? God the Father and God the Son, Jesus, are seated above. We are to seek them and all they are: love, joy peace, faithfulness, goodness, etc. Our question is what do we really seek. Our prayers sound like we seek the hand of God rather than seeking Him. We pray,God do this, fix this, I need this. We seek what God can do for us instead of seeking Him. God says in Matthew 6:33 to seek His Kingdom first and all things will be given to us. There is nothing wrong with asking God for our needs but let’s keep our priorities straight. Let us seek God before all else. Let us seek to express our love and devotion for Who He is over what we can get from Him. God is worthy to be praised and worshiped above all else.

March 24, 2013

Stones Cry Out

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Luke 19:39-40. But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”

The palm branch has long been a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life.  It’s origins can be traced back to the ancient Near East. In The Jewish culture the palm is associated with the festival of Sukkot. A palm branch was awarded to victorious athletes in ancient Greece and a palm frond or the tree itself is one of the most common attributes of victory in ancient Rome.  For Christians the palm branch is associated particularly with Palm Sunday, when palm branches ate waved in memory of the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem.  This is a day for us to rejoice and praise Jesus.  No one on that first Palm Sunday realized what would happen a few days later.  The religious leaders demanded Jesus keep the crowd from praising Him but He responded the stones would shout praises if the crowd was silenced.  Our question is are we less able to shout praises to our King than the stones are?  Let us sing with full voices and hearts.  Let us pray with full voices and hearts.   Let ua put our all into worship and praise of Jesus, our Lord and our King.

March 18, 2013

Godly or Worldly Wisdom

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James 3:17. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. 

Our question today is how do we discern the difference between what the world calls wisdom and the wisdom from God?  This verse describes the attributes of Godly wisdom.  Pure is without selfish motivation.  Peaceable brings agreeable results.  Gentle brings soft words when correction is needed.  Accommodating takes all needs into consideration.  Full of mercy shows empathy to those who are hurting.  Good fruit encourages the growth of the fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians.  Impartial means not favoring the person or answer we like the best but the answer from God.  Not hypocritical is the follow through of living out the wisdom we presume to speak.  None of this is possible for us without knowledge of God’s Word and a willingness and commitment to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

February 7, 2013

Holiness

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Hebrews 12:14.  Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord.

We are told to pursue holiness.  To pursue means to go after.  This takes action.  Holiness is gained by what we do not by what we don’t do.  We tend to be legalistic and concentrate on all the things we should not do, forgetting the things God tell us to do.  The more we pursue peace with God, others and ourselves the more we are able to pursue holiness through The love of God.  God has given s His Holy Spirit to empower us to pursue His holiness being manifested in our lives through our actions.  Our question is will we get up, get moving and go after His Holiness being revealed in and through us?  What will we each do today to pursue peace and holiness?

December 21, 2012

God’s Peace

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Luke 2:14  “Glory  to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!” 

This is what the angels sang to the shepherds.  God has the glory and people on earth have peace among them.  When Jesus and His Holy Spirit are in us we have God’s peace in us.  When Jesus and His Holy Spirit are in others they have God’s peace in them.  Our question is how is it we can’t get along with His peace in each of us?  We criticize, we gossip, we judge, we say spiteful things, we disagree over minor things and on and on.  How can we do that if we really allow the peace of God to abide in us and in fellow believers?  The next time we start to do any of those things that would rob someone of God’s peace let’s remember it is His peace we are attacking.  If we can’t do something positive or say something positive to build up our fellow believers let’s keep our mouths shut.  Let us spread God’s peace with all rather than diversion and blame.

November 3, 2012

Refuge

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Psalms 59:9. You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! 
For God is my refuge. 

We tend to see our homes as a refuge.  Some see their place of work as a refuge.  When storms of nature comes and loss to our homes or places of work occur, if these are our refuge we become fearful and distressed.  God says our refuge is in Him.  He is the only One Who never changes and never leaves.  When we look to Him as our refuge we look to constant love and peace.  We have the promise of eternity with Him.   We have the promise He will never leave us.  We have the promise He will give us wisdom if we ask for it.  Losing things we own on this earth are temporary  With time all things can be replaced.  Our love in God, our refuge in the One Who loves us and is in control of all around us is always with us.  Why do we have to walk through the storms of this earth?  Losing material things show us where our hearts are?  Losing material things show us where we put our hope and our love.  Our question is do we love God for His material blessings or do we love God  because He loves us and gave His Son for us so we could have the blessings of the love of a Father for His child and a child for the Father?  Let us be thankful for God and contented with whatever He allows to come our way   Let us continue to pray for those walking through material loss that they will seek and find the love of God in their lives as they rebuild their material possessions.

October 24, 2012

Honored With Fruits

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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.

God is honored when we bear much fruit.  In our bearing of fruit we demonstrate to the world the love and power of God.  Our question is what is the fruit God wants us to bear and how do we do it.  We read in Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  These are the fruits we are to bear.  We cannot grow these fruits on our own.  It takes God’s Holy Spirit within us to plant the seeds of these fruits.  Then it takes the trials and experiences God sends our way to grow the fruits.  I’ve had fruit in a bowl that just sat there.  I could admire it but if I didn’t use it, eat it, it would rot.  As our fruit God grows within us we must be sure to use that fruit in service to God.  This service is in sharing all our fruit with all those God sends our way.  It is through the sharing of these fruits that God is honored and more of His created people can become adopted into His family through His Son, Jesus.  Our question is what are we doing with our fruits?  Are we content to just admire what God is growing in us?  Are we content with just one or two fruits and ignore any others?  Let us honor God in receiving, growing and using all fruits the Holy Spirit brings us.  God wants us to have all the fruits, grow them and use them for His glory.

October 13, 2012

One Mind

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2 Corinthians 13:11  Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice, set things right, be encouraged, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Many versions say “be of one mind” instead of “agree with one another.  They both mean the same things.  So many churches split, so many people go “church hopping” because others have a different view them they have.  In some hearts and minds there is no room for varied ideas or opinions.  When Paul wrote for us to be of one mind or to agree he was not saying we couldn’t have different opinions or ideas or viewpoints.  He was saying we all agree to seek and serve God through Jesus, His Son.  We are all different parts of His Body and are expected to function and see things in different ways according to the Holly Spirit’s work in each of us.  We can live together, work together and worship together with out all looking, thinking, sounding and working the same.  The things we disagree about are minute in comparison to eternity to the fundamental belief, worship and obedience to God.  Our question is will we choose to live in love and peace with all believers or will we disobedient to God and petty in our relationships with others and seek our own way?  As with most things, the choice is ours.

October 11, 2012

Refuge

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Nahum 1:7  The Lord is good indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.

When we are feeling overwhelmed there is a place and a person where we can go.  We may be overwhelmed by many things.  They may be of our own doing or they may be from our concern of another.  When we find ourselves in these situations we need to seek the Lord.  He is our fortress – a place with protection and safety.  But He says we must seek our refuge in Him for His protection.  We tend to seek help from so many worldly sources before we come to our One, true Source.  Some seek drugs or alcohol to divert their minds and emotions from overwhelming stress.  Some seek working as a distraction.  Whatever the source of our stress there is but one place to go for real reflief.  When we are bathed in the love and peace of God stress flees regardless of the trials being faced.  Our question is do we really want to be free from the stress of worries?  Do we really want to quit feeling sorry for ourselves?  As amazing as it seems there are people who want to worry, want to feel stress and/or want to make reasons to complain or make others feel sorry for them.  God says in everything we should be thankful.  We cannot do this unless we truly seek the Lord.  When we feel anything but thankful it is time to put aside our self-centered emotions and seek our Lord through His Holy Spirit and thank Him for His salvation, love, peace, joy and all the other fruits He has given us.  What we face here on earth is only for an instant compared to the eternal love we will bask in.  We can start basking in that love today.

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