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What the?

July 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

It’s interesting that Christians, who should know better, who only think of church from the perspective of; what’s in it for me? Especially those “Christians” who consider themselves “mature” ought to know WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING. I am reminded of the great reality found in the book of Luke:

Luke 12:48 “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”

I also think of the famous words, “ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country” and how if you change just a few words it applies to church; “ask not what your church can do for you, but ask what you can do for your church”.

I am not sure just where the issue comes from; is it our consumer culture that has messed us up to think church is about “getting” something, rather then “giving” something. Is it because most churches exist FOR the Christian, rather than FOR the lost person? Almost like church has become a gathering place for Christians, rather then a hospital for the hurting?

I see church being a lot like a hospital; a place where the doctors, nurses and staff are the Christians serving and helping to heal, feed, love, and serve the patients… rather then a Doctor/Nurse convention. There are far too many churches who function a lot like a Doctors Convention.

Now, don’t misunderstand me here! Church should “give” you opportunity to use your gifts to serve others, and “give” you opportunity to reach people for Christ, and “give” you challenging life-applicable biblical teaching to encourage you to live a godly life, and “equip” you for kingdom stuff.

Ephesians 4:11-12 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” NIV

I know you want to be a self-less person who lives their life to serve God by serving others and helping people find a meaningful life in God.

Serve at your church…

The Light.

April 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

It was during the 1800s, in Birmingham, England, a poor, little boy went to one of the newly formed Sunday schools. There he heard his teacher say Jesus was the “Light of the world”. The lad, being unfamiliar with adults and the symbolic language we sometimes use, took the teacher’s remark quite literally.

After class, the boy came up to his teacher and reflectively said, “If Jesus really is the light of the world, I wish He’d come and visit the street outside my home. It’s awful dark where I live.”

As we start 2012, it occurs to me that the entire world is, like that little boy, longing that the light would come to them. Throughout recorded history, unaided and unsaved humankind has been living in the dark. The events of this past year, in every corner of the globe, tell us that it’s pretty dark where almost everybody is living.

Indeed, it’s quite possible there are dark homes on your street or in your neighborhood.

If that is the case, it is my prayer that this new year may be filled with the light, which comes from our crucified and ever-living Lord Jesus. And, if your home already is filled with Jesus, the Light of life, won’t you shine some of it to those around you.

As the song says, “this little Gospel light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”. It may be a children’s song, but it is an opportunity for every man, woman, and child who live in the Light of the Lord to shine.

Let the love of God “Shine”!

Jesus changed my life…

November 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

I was recently thinking about how my life has changed, and how different I am because of my relationship with Christ; how my life has been so influenced by Christ. But what bothers me, or is at least disconcerting is how so many people’s lives aren’t better.

Before you get upset with me, let me explain: I see people who have done a 180 if you will … leaving a life of crime, drug use, hurting people, lies, etc. etc. and when they encounter this Jesus that I serve and follow they become better people, better in every way. Then on the other hand there are people right in the church, who claim to love this same Jesus I love, but they are unaffected by their relationship with Him. Why? I do not know all the answers why this is, but I would like to take a peek in the window and give a thought or two.

Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

The key word there I believe is the word LET … we are to LET the words of Christ DWELL in us, or one translation uses the word LIVE … let the words of Christ LIVE in you. I know this to be at least one key element … along with others.

If I am honest it really bothers me that I know way too many mean, ugly (I don’t mean physically unattractive) Christians. I know Christians who have glow in the dark personality disorders and they hurt people all the time, yet they continue to be UNCHANGED by this Jesus I love and serve. Why? How? I know Christians who cheat on their spouses, lie to their kids, lie to their friends … why? How can this be?

How has my relationship with Christ kept me from so many destructive things (I am far from perfect … but you understand what I am saying I hope)? How is it that a relationship with Christ compels so many to live a better life, a life of honor, honesty and love for mankind … and with so many others it doesn’t seem to help them?

I do feel this is a mole, or a flaw on the face of Christianity though … so many people claim to be Christians and when someone sees them doing things that are contrary to what they claim to believe in … it’s confusing.

What about you; how has your relationship with Christ changed you? Helped you? Influenced you? Encouraged you?

Struggles..

November 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

I think if we are honest we all “struggle” with something; whether its dealing with in-laws, or depression, anxiety, lust, fear, anger, rebellion, hatred, bitterness, gossip, lying, stealing, resentment, judgment, selfishness, greed, etc.

I use the word “struggle” loosely … because some do not actually “struggle” they “give in”, therefore there is no “struggle” going on. When I say “struggle” I am thinking of the person who is engaged in an actual fight against the thing that is trying to destroy their life … taking an offensive stance rather then just giving in to the whims of desire or feelings that lurk in us all.

I think this is the victory we have is that we do struggle, we do fight, we do war within … if you are not “struggling” then you are either
dead (which would be weird that you can access the internet) or you have just given into whatever your flesh desires to do. This is what gets people in trouble. Right? Like the guy who desires women, lots of women, and rather than fight the good fight of faith and be true to his one and only, he “gives up the struggle” and indulges himself in a woman other than his wife. Then the trouble begins.

We are all capable of this! Myself included! I think most men I know … if they were honest … wouldn’t be opposed to having Solomon’s problem of having hundreds of wives. It’s just not legal!

I have thoughts, desires and temptations like any other person on the planet … I think the difference is “I struggle”! I fight against those desires that lurk within … those feelings that are leading me away from what is good and right!

So I challenge you to join me in the STRUGGLE against SIN! Live HOLY! And if you do – EVERYONE WINS!

We live in a world that isn’t fair. Let’s just be honest. It’s difficult to make sense of how the world works … children dying of cancer, teenagers falling victim to drive by shootings, college students being shot while sitting in a class by a nut case, or whack out religious zealots flying plans into a building killing thousands of innocent people. Make sense of that.

Here is what I think; this is called FREE WILL. God has given each of us the freedom to choose. And the bad part of it is that our choices affect others, and we are affected by what others choose as well. Sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes it is not a good thing. What a beautiful world it would be if we all made the right choice in every situation… but we don’t.

There are some people who feel that everything is predestined (the choice is already made for you), I am sorry I am not so sure of that line of thinking… because if so, then we are merely puppets moved by strings … no freedoms. And honestly if this is how God “laid it out” (who else would have laid it out but God?) He did a bad job, in my opinion. I would think He would have laid it out to go a little bit better then this, don’t you think?

Now, I do feel there can be some overlapping of the two extremes (total free will vs. predestination) … a middle ground so to speak… where both may be working at different times.

I think God can and does from time to time step in (in response to prayers and our faith) to our world, especially when we ask Him. “Ask and it will be given you, seek and ye shall find…” … you don’t want to hear this anymore than I do BUT … many times we ask God at the moment we need something … “emergency prayers” I call them, when we should be having regular visits with Him because we love Him, not because we need something from Him.

If you want to live God’s plan, then become a God fan.