Sunday, January 26, 2014

"I will take the steak and make it well done"

Matthew 20:25-28, 1 Peter 4:8-11

It is funny when we talk about church because many churches have two or more services to help better accommodate people. You have probably said this before to another church member "Which service do you attend, the 9:00 or the 10:30?" Haven't you said that before to someone? But what is funny we do not think about what we just said, so let's word it another way. "When do you get served 9:00 am or 10:30 am?" Because that is what is really happening.

A lot of church goers are looking to have someone serve them in some capacity. Some of us are looking for somewhere to drop our kids off for an hour and a half. Others are looking for someone to stroke their ego. Yet others still are looking for someone to read the Bible and pray for them because their hectic work week prevented them from doing it themselves. (Yea that hurt me too). Simply put, Church is not a restaurant where we pay (with our tithes) for someone to give us what we want when we want it.
The church is always looking for volunteers to help but there is never a shortage of people who want to get served. You come to the body of Christ to serve not be served. Much like you join the military to serve your country. Or like you go to work to serve you employer. It is what we as Christians do, we serve. We are here to serve Christ in whatever capacity He chooses.

"But brother, I am a minister of the Gospel", great teach the lesson to the children's church they need more teachers. "But brother, I am so busy doing the week, I cannot usher", awesome all we need you to do is volunteer an hour a half, I mean you work almost 40 hours that doing the week what is an hour and a half going to do? "But brother I don't know how to run sound", great it will be an opportunity for growth. "But brother I am trying to reach the lost", great help them find a seat, smile at them, get their number and disciple them.

Service will take sacrifice, it will mean some long hours from time to time, and it may even mean you miss somethings. But the more Christians we having serving in the Church the more seats we will have open for the lost to hear the Gospel. The more Christians we having praying and reading the Word the more people we will have equipped to bear the burden the Pastor feels. Get up out of your seat and serve. Stop dropping kids off at children's church like it is daycare and stay and help. All do it all without grumbling. If a waiter came up to you in a restaurant and said "I really hate my job but I a m here to serve you", would you leave a tip? So do away with the complaints and serve with JOY! If the same people do the same thing the church will turn stagnant and will not grow. But if we work together and do serve, God will add to our number daily. So instead of asking someone what service they attended ask "When did you serve today 9:00 or 10:30" Stay focused, you can do this!

Read the Word, Share the Gospel, Be Accountable

"In His JOY!"

Sunday, January 19, 2014

You Have Value

Our value is not found in who we are or what we have done, it is found in who Jesus is and what He has done for us.
Titus 3:4-6

"In His JOY!"

Read the Word, Share the Gospel, Be Accountable.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Loving you

What reward is their in loving those who look like you, talk like you, and think like you. It makes more sense that you will love those who love you and hate those who hate you. We tend to act as if being a Good Christian has limits. We will be there for our the ones we love at a moments notice but we will only show concern for our enemies when there is some benefit involved. When there is no benefit we clamor at the thought of helping them. We scuff at the idea of helping our enemy but wait for the day to make "our haters" our footstool. This is not what God wants or desires for us. He calls us to act graciously, loving, and wants us to willing give without the promise of reward. We are willing to pray for our enemies because it requires no true sacrifice. But are you willing to care for your enemy after they have burned all their bridges with you? Are you willing to let them live you if they lost their house to foreclosure? Are you willing to pay their bills, knowing they will not pay back, if God ask you to? Are you willing to show love the way God ask you or are you limited in your capacity to love like sinners are? Our enemies may burn all the bridges we built between us. But they cannot burn the Bridge of God's Mercy and Grace.  Stay focused, you can do this.

Luke 6:27-36

"In His JOY!"

Read the Word, Share the Gospel, Be Accountable

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Forever changed by temporary pain

"Forever changed by momentary pain"

God's Light of truth shines brightest in our darkest moments. We learn that He is close to the brokenhearted when our heart's are broken (Psalm 34:18). We learn that He will keep us in perfect peace when we are surrounded with chaos (Isaiah 26:3). We learn that He provided us victory over temptation when we are confronted with it (1 Corinthians 10:13). We learn that He will not forsake us or abandon us when friends and family leave us (Hebrews 13:5-6). We learn to praise not after the victory but in the midst of war, because it is here we are learning to trust God (2 Chronicles 20:17-25). We learn to pray when we are pressed upon by the weight of life and all we can lift is a prayer (1 Peter 5:7). God's Character and Care sometimes has to be shown to us through life's struggles (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). We must view life's struggles as an opportunity to grow in Christ as opposed to a crushing blow of defeat (James 1:2-4). His Spirit is using what the enemy meant to destroy you to build you into He has called you to be ( Romans 8:28). And He is taking away the roadblocks we put place in life that prevent us from being more like Him (John 15:2). So take heart the pain has purpose, and the eternal changes He is making inside of you will outlast your temporary afflictions (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Stay focused you can do this.

"In His JOY!"

Read the Word, Share the Gospel, Be Accountable