Thursday, May 27, 2010
Time is Short, We are not promise tomorrow.
For some the Unthinkable is a love one dying, for others maybe it is divorce.
To me the Unthinkable is someone going to Hell.
Jesus in his ministry had many Unthinkable occasions that he used to show that He is the only way. Coming into Galilee a Royal Offical begged Jesus to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."
The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."
Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live."
The man took Jesus at his word and departed.While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."
Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed.John 4:43-53
In a country that has so many freedoms and a church on each street corner. We still have people daily dying and never accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Some find that they have no time for a Savior in their Life
They might be waiting for a miracle in their life.
Jesus is the miracle that God gives us.
Take advantage of this Gift of Eternal Life.
Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Monday, May 24, 2010
The First step toward excellence is to be grateful for the gifts and opportunities God has given.
The Second step is Humility “Who then am I” Solomon said, “To build a Temple for Him?” Remember who’s really in charge.
"The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for Him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain Him? Who then am I to build a temple for Him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before Him?” 2 Chronicles 2:5-6
Calling ourselves Christian should automatically entail commitment to excellence. Sadly, this is not always the case. Far to often we use being Christian as an excuse for being less than excellence. This is tragic and reflects poorly on the One we love and serve.
We are not called to compete with others. We are only called to “give our best to the Master.” A place to begin is in three very simple areas of our lives.
Speak when we are spoken to. This means returning our phones calls and answering our mail as soon as possible with answer someone needs. Remember, Jesus never puts anyone on hold, never said, “I’ll get back to you on that.” His level of responsiveness should be our goal.
Don’t Lie. This means what we say we will do. It means showing up on time. It means accomplishing a task when we say we will. It also means don’t start your statement with “This is the Truth,” because to me everything else must have been a lie. Excellence means being careful with the truth.
Say Thanks. Of all the people on the planet, Christians have the most for which to be thankful. We should be the most proficient and prolific at saying THANK YOU.
Excellence doesn’t mean being better than everyone else, just being your best.
You may not feel like you have the time to do everything Well.
But doing everything well is what time is for.
Here's my prayer: "Lord your word says if we draw near to you you will draw near to us Jas 4:8. As we commit ourselves to faithfully doing that, may you fill us with your immeasurable, priceless, glory-filled presence. We are hungering and thirsting for you. Amen."
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Have you ever tried to do things your own way?
Where you seem to fight an uphill battle and everything is a struggle?
When you are trying to do what YOU want instead of what God’s will is?
Recently going to the Grand Canyon and hiking the Bright Angel Trail with my bride of 30 years, I found that going downhill was easy going at least the first 6.1 miles, but going up hill took the breath and energy out of me. A drop in elevation of 3,015 feet into the canyon....whew..
Coming out it took much encouragement and breaks on what they call switchbacks going up the canyon. I had my backpack with water, some snacks and one rock from the bottom of the canyon. The weight seemed to increase with each step.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Like the verse we need to throw off everything that hinders us and for us to fix our eyes on Jesus.
That day in the Grand Canyon, I for sure need extra help and God sent people to encourage me to reach the top...
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:2-3
In life’s up hill battles God is Faithful to send us encouragement from His Word, also Angels
to help us.
Thank You Jesus for caring enough for me..
Monday, May 17, 2010
My wife and I visited the Grand Canyon just last week for our 30th Wedding Anniversary. It has to be one of the most majestic sites on earth. We search for all the best spots to take pictures and look at God’s amazing creations. It seemed that every place we went to view was just breathtaking.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." - Hebrews 13:8
On the third day we decided we wanted to watch the sun set on the canyon. It was a frigid 30 degrees with a constant gust of wind. Waiting for the sun to set can take a long time, while shivering with a camera in hand. It was getting close and the camera was taking the best shots it could take to record this beautiful event. Finally it had set behind the ridge of the mountains. Now we could say that we watched this awesome event in the Grand Canyon.
Sometimes it's like that with God. We come to experience Him in an awe-inspiring way. But eventually, the mountains of life seem to block Him out: disappointment, rejection, suffering. It's like God is nowhere near.
But trust me, He has not moved. He is as sure and as near as the Sun was to us that day in Grand Canyon, even when we could not see it. So, when the mountain ridge blocked the Sun, it's time to show God you really do have faith.
For in time, the Mountains of life will lift and you'll see that God has not moved - He was there all along.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Do you want to have a clearer vision of God in your life, family, community, and church?
“Where there is no vision the people perish” Proverbs 29:18
Has the Lord given you a vision? Has He given you an assignment to accomplish? Now is the time to lay hold of that vision and continue to fulfill your calling. It may not happen as you planned or expected…but be confident of this fact…that your work in the Lord is not in vain!
Don’t settle for what the Lord has already accomplished through you. Yes, it’s always nice to be reminded of how God has already used you – but never lose sight of what He still wants to do with you in the future, and how He may want to build upon what He has already done in the past. So renew your vision of His will for your life, for your future, – and walk in it!
In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams. Acts 2:17
In this world where nothing appears clear for long, through Jesus doing "Lasik surgery on our 'spiritual eyes' ", our lives, community, and church can gain the clear chart of God's plan.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Not to many people remember the days of black and white TV. But people who lead with integrity still see things that way, right or wrong.
Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason." Job 2:3
Notice that God was the one pointing Job out to satan. He is apparently willing to let the devil take his best cracks at God’s most faithful folks.
"Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face." Job 2:4-5
Don’t be surprised when your integrity is challenged. You can’t know how strong it is until it is TESTED.
His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Job 2:9-10a
There will always be people like Job’s wife handing out easy-way advice. Be careful whose counsel you take stock in.
“In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
Words can be a key Integrity indicator.