Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Yep, last week had a lot going on and that's good. Daniela and the kiddos are enjoying some much needed time in S. Florida. Above is a picture of my children, their aunt and her cousin.
Thanks to all of you who have been praying fortheir safty and my sanity while their gone.
Be blessed y'all... be a blessing!
Friday, July 23, 2010
VBS is a great and exhausting time.
Recently I have been thinking about how tired I have been and how much
I am looking forward to some down-time tomorrow.
Here's a question for you:
Why aren't most of us tired in the WORK of the Gospel?
(notice i didn;t say, "tired of the work")
Maybe being exausted from the ministry is a good thing... maybe this
is what Paul refers to when he encourages Timothy to "The hardworking
farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops."(2 Timothy
Keep pushing... keep training... keep striving to proclaim the Gospel.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.
There are some people that are what Daniela and I call "conversation enders". They do not engage in conversation, not because it is a controversial topic or lacks debate fodder. No… they just end it abruptly.
Paul is by no means a conversation ender, but he sure does end it abruptly here. It is almost as if he gave his full speech, said what he needed to say and stepped off the platform.
Paul tells his protégé to guard what has been entrusted to your care. You know… it's not just your money that Jesus sees as stewardship. It's your time, your family, your career and THE DOCTRINE you have learned. Are you guarding yourself from false teaching?
Monday, July 19, 2010
Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels.
When my wife goes walking, Anabelle gets really, really sad. She doesn't want her to leave… even on a walk through the community.
The Israelites did not have to worry about the Lord taking a break or wandering off. They had an ever-present and real reminder of God's presence. So do you!
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:13 - 14
Jesus promised to NEVER leave you or forsake you.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Then the Lord said to Moses: "Set up the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, on the first day of the first month. Place the ark of the Testimony in it and shield the ark with the curtain. Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the Testimony and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.
I wonder how much thought... how much preparation goes into our worship?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Exodus 34:10 - 14
The first time I read this, I thought: "Why on earth would someone worship an idol?"
They don't deliver… they are foolish… and the Bible says that those who worship them are foolish too! (Deuteronomy 32:21; Jeremiah 10:8; and elsewhere)
We are foolish too… aren't we? Money/power/sex/family/self… don't we put things in the place of the Lord all the time?
I'm so glad that the Lord does not want us to remain foolish!
Remember the height from which you have fallen!
Repent and do the things you did at first. (Revelation 2:5)
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
1 Peter 4:19
This morning I had the privilege of studying this passage with a dear friend. It is important when we study the Word of God to see how the author qualifies what he says. Peter, our anxious and zealous friend from the Gospels, has clearly matured in his relationship with the Lord since his teen years.
He walked with Jesus... he spoke to Jesus... he broke bread with Jesus... he was rebuked, as well, by Jesus. He knew Jesus as friend, as comforter, as Lord, and certainly, as Savior. But look at how he refeences Christ... FAITHFUL CREATOR.
Not only Creator... but Faithful Creator.
The next time you are going through a trial... the next trying time in your life... do what Peter says and commit yourself to your faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
1 Peter 4:15 - 17
God has an unusual way of teaching us practically what He shows us in His Word. Sometimes, the Holy Spirit has revealing the meaning of the text in semi-tangible ways.
1 Peter 4:15 - 17 was the topic of study this morning in a Bible study I lead Thursday mornings. This was also the devotional from the book I am reading through: EXTREME DEVOTION (Voice of the Martyrs). This morning's devotional was about several young men in Sudan that, despite being tortured, refused to call Allah "god". Amen...! I pray that I would have the same boldness.
But the Gospel seldom gets the spotlight for too long (sigh).
Low and behold... what came across the news wire this morning? THIS:
If you suffer for the cause of Christ... it is for His honor and your edification. If you suffer for your own sin and/or foolishness... you get what you deserve.
Let us strive to enter through the narrow gate.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
- Every day we are called, like a soldier, to duty… to wage war against the enemies of the Gospel.
- We are like the athlete who competes… who sees the finish line and MUST PRESS ON!
- We are like the farmer who can take pleasure in his work.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
I don't think there is enough room here to unpack all that this says, implies, and means! But for now… let's look at a few obvious things:
1. "What you heard from", Timothy was a product of DISCIPLESHIP!
2. "the pattern of sound teaching", in a world that discards truth as being unfashionable… stay close to SOUND TEACHING!
3. "the good deposit that was entrusted to you", what was entrusted to you was only a deposit… you have not arrived. DISCIPLESHIP AND GROWING IN CHRIST ARE NOT OPTIONS.
4. "guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit", this deposit is not something you can guard by yourself… you must RELY on the Holy Spirit.
5. "the Holy Spirit who lives in us"… Christ in you = the hope of Glory! You are PRECIOUS and VALUABLE to God.
Be blessed brethren… be a blessing!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
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Folks, the truth is that we can not do everything. Some of us can't even do some of the "normal" stuff we used to do! (You know... like eat a whole pizza or something like that.)
As we get ready for our big 4th of July celebration let's remember that while we have limits to what we can and can not do. Tomorrow we will be looking at both our freedom in America and our dependence on Christ.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
2 Timothy 2:8 - 10
These are very sobering words…
If anyone had ever been in a place to justify complaining about their situation IT WAS PAUL. Jailed for preaching the Gospel… hurled into prison for declaring freedom of the soul. And what do we see Paul doing?
Maybe we don't need to be delivered from our circumstances as much as we need to be delivered from self centeredness.