Sunday, July 28, 2013

Do your job

Deuteronomy. 6:6-7, Matthew 28:16-20

God did not require the public school system, the government, or the local pastor to teach my children what His Holy Word says. He requires me to teach my children what His Word says and means. We cannot be dependent upon a system that does not honor or recognize Jesus to teach them what morals and values are. And we cannot become lazy and expect one person to be solely responsible for teaching our children God's Word. Being a Christian parent is more than providing the basic needs in life, it is about ensuring the most Essential Need (Jesus) is met first. Lead your kids to Jesus, Disciple your family, Teach your children God's Word, and Let's stop blaming others for failing to do what God has called us to do.  You can do this.

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"In His JOY!"

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bring them to His Feet

John 8:1-11, Mark 2:1-22

We can either bring people to the feet of Jesus in the hope He will condemn them for their sins or we can bring them to the feet of Jesus and have faith they will accept His forgiveness and be healed. Be warned if you are bringing them for judgment be prepared to have your sin confronted as well. Seek after mercy not justice, you can do this.

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Monday, July 15, 2013


A man woke up today and has to deal with the guilt of taking someone's life, whether it was done with evil intent or he was truly defending himself, he has fight that pain today. A family across town has to continue to struggle with the loss of their son, knowing he will never return home, and questioning ever descion that led up to that fatal night. Unlike them we all get to debate our feelings, vent our anger, or make a political statements. Whether we think justice was served or not, no descion in that courtroom will restore the life lost. We can blame an injust system, we can look at race, we can even pronuce judgment but it will not return what was loss. But Christian you can pray for God's strength for all involved. Christian you can pray for the one you look on with hatred and have displace your anger on, because that is What Jesus Would Do. Christian you can be a voice of reason in a world of chaos or you can be a voice chaos when America is in need of reason. Christian you can bring The Light to a dark place or you can be the darkness that tries to cover the light. You can spread hate over love or let Christ's perfect love abolish the hate. Yes it is said we live in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. But in reality, without Christ as the center we are in the land of bondage and home of the fearful, it is Christ who sets us free and we can embrace that freedom when we abide in Him. So if Christ is in you. If you have the Hope of Glory. If you bow your knees to Him, ask HIM how you should respond to this event, ask Him to give you the words to post instead posting your own. Look with His eyes on all involved with Trayvon Martin Case. Look to Him not your feelings. It is our duty as Christians to represent Christ on this Earth because He represented us on the cross. So we should seek how to represent Him regardless what we are facing. I am not saying we do not speak out when we beleive we are seeing injustice. But I am saying present your arguments in such a way that God will be honored and not shamed. I am saying you got witness one person sin, mistake, or whatever you want call it broadcast around the world but your sin that has hurt your family, destroyed relationships, or even caused to the demise of someone else was kept private and no one was there to document it and openly judge you. But if they were we would want to be heard instead of labeled. We would all want to be helped instead of hurt. And we would all want the chance to change the past instead walking in it's consequences that exist in the present. We would all want as much grace/mercy as we could get. But be warned Christian one day we all will be exposed for our sins before a just God. So today extend that same grace,mercy to those who need it even if you feel they do not deserve it because God extended it to you. Today pray for all families that where forever changed by this horrific event. Stand up for Jesus today and live as He would have you in regards to this tragic event.

Bad Teacher

When people are teaching heresy or misrepresenting the Word of God it is the responsibility of any Christian who hears it to pray that God will open the eyes of the the one spreading false teaching. If they neglect to see the truth, our prayer should be for God to remove the teacher from their position. We should not support false doctrine nor remain silent. We should remove ourselves from their teaching as well. False doctrines only produces hypocrites and justification for sin. Sound doctrine produces followers of Christ.

2 Timothy 4:1-5, Ephesians 4:14-15, Matthew 7:15-20

"In His JOY!"

Poisoned Fruit

Apart from God we are nothing and anything we accomplish apart from Him is as valuable as poisoned fruit. But with Him there is no end to what we can achieve and nothing that can stand against us. So we are not timid to do His Will but rather eager and courageous to do the Will of God.

John 15:1-8, Isaiah 54:17

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"Get back to work, you're not done yet!!!"

Philippians 2:16

The support of others does not determine productivity in regards to you doing God's Will. People can support your plan to do the Will of God but that does not bind them aid you. When we start to do the things God has directed us to do, we often start with a BANG!!!! Everybody is on board with you and saying "I am so excited and I am here to help" and then suddenly they are "Gone Like The Wind".

We easily get discouraged, question if we heard from The Lord, and just want to give up. But understand this, God is The Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and The End, The First and The Last. He is God. He sparks the desire within us to do His Will. He gives us the ability to do His Will. And we do not stop doing His Will because of lack of support of others, we press on until we have accomplished what He commissioned us to do.

You do not decide if it's over, He does. Trust me the supportive words of others at times may out weigh their productivity. And that is okay because God provides you with the supportive words in The Bible and He provides the strength you need to do His Will (Philippians 4:11-13).

Let's not become bitter with those who have left you (Philippians 2:13). You do not know what God has told them or where He is leading them. So don't judge their actions but when you start something new you should always pray "Lord send the workers to help and those who are not here to help guide them to the place where they can best glorify you".

And if you can help someone be productive in what God has called them to do, pray and ask God what is it He would like you to do. If His Spirit leads you to help than be productive. If His Spirit leads you another direction than pray that God will send the workers (Philippians 1:4).

This is not a critique or a knock against anyone. This is just that gas you need to get the car started again. Stay focused, you can do this!

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

"My life is in His hands"

John 8:1-11

We can chose to put our lives in the hands of our accusers and let them condemn us for our sinful past because we deserve it. Or we can chose to put our life in the hands of our Savior, be forgiven, and live a life that pleases Him. Whose hands are you putting life in? The unqualified judges of life who rightly condemn or The Just Judge who offers a second chance for the guilty?

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"God's Not Fair"

Matt 18:21-35, John 3:16

If God was fair we would all die for our sins and be eternally punished. But God was unfair and Jesus died in our place. Thank God for being unfair. Forgiveness is not about being fair and punishing someone for their wrongs, it is about being unfair and showing mercy, the offender just has to accept it. If we fail to show mercy because of an offense, God will show us what fairness looks like

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Sunday, July 7, 2013


Proverbs 19:20

My generation is often described in with one word that begins with an "e", can you guess what it is? People from my generation would say it's "empowered", "energetic", "entrepreneur", or even "educated". But it is neither, we are often called "entitled". Because we are often thought of as people who feel entitled to everything but act as if we have to earn nothing. And it is true, we can carry "The World Owes Me" persona and we expect unearned respect, promotions, authority, and power. We even feel entitled to blessings from Jesus because we are special. This carry's over in how we treat the generations before us, we find ourselves treating those older than us with no honor and no respect. It creates friction because we think that the older generation knows nothing but we walk as if we know everything. If you look at the teen movies that became popular in our generation and are popular now they all carry the same theme "Daddy wants his son to do what he says, but the son rebels and breaks away because he is own man at the rip old age of 18 and he has life all figured out", "The daughter falls in love with the rebel from school, the overbearing mother, who has repressed her own sinful desires since high school, holds her back but the daughter and the rebel get married and run off in the sunset with no money, job, or place to live."

The truth is entitlement is a fancy way to say "I am prideful." Make no mistake about it that God opposes the prideful but His Grace is given to the humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5). Humility is the only cure for the case of "I-know-it-all-idis". The generations before us can teach us decades of wisdom. A couple celebrating 30 years of marriage can teach so much to newly weds. A manager at your job who has been in the career field for 20 years can offer insight to a new employee but it takes us being humble enough to admit that we need help. We must willing say, "I know nothing, will you teach me, mentor me, help, show me the way". I see young prideful preachers close their ears to anyone offering help. My generation tends to look at the older generation in judgement. Thoughts like "They think they know everything", They are always trying to control my life", or "They are so old-fashioned" run through our heads. But listen, the truth is, they have been where we have not, lived our dream, done what we are hoping to do, and could write a book about it. 

But lack of humility we lead you to a place where God will humble you (Matthew 23:12). If you fail to show honor, humility, and respect to someone older than you or even someone who has authority over you how do you expect to show it to God? God does require us to honor those in higher positions than us as well as those who are older than us (Leviticus 19:32, Romans 13:7). When we learn to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us by allowing them to mentor us and learn from their wisdom we will grow. Pride will only bring you disgrace but humility will bring you wisdom (Proverbs 11:2). And you cannot expect anyone to honor you if fail to show humility (Proverbs 15:33).

This is not a knock against my generation and this is not to say that you are not due honor nor that you have nothing to offer. It is simply to say this, learn from those who have gone before you. Stand on their shoulders and let them lift you up with their wisdom. You can do this!

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"In His JOY!"