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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Healing Freedom


One of the great things about being with a group of Christ Followers, the church, is that we are reminded of God's promises. This reminder can come in different ways; a word, a prayer, a Scripture, or by being with others who are seeking God's face and touch. 



We have so many problems and crisis in our lives. Our hearts are broken over so many things. But God through Jesus wants to heal us. In Luke 4:18 Jesus proclaims the words of Isaiah have become reality,  "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed".



Be wise today and always - allow healing and freedom to become real in your life through the power of God.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sparks

We kicked off AWANA this week at my church - very exciting! The K-2nd grade group is called Sparks! It made me remember of a time I once challenged my church to become "sparks". You know,  we sometimes become fixated on the fire or spiritual bonfires because they are exciting . God calls us to start the fires of relationship, evangelism, and revival in the world around us. It all starts with a spark! A kind act, a word of encouragement, being an attentive listening, and sharing Christ's love and hope can cause a fire to burn in someone's heart.

Romans 1:16-17 states: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed as righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.

Live and share your faith daily. Be a spark in today’s world for Jesus. Amen?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Money Talk


There is great teaching on Financial responsibility from people like Dave Ramsey available, but remember it is teaching from the Bible about money that we need to model our lives. Spend time today learning and how you can apply God's wisdom.



Proverbs 10:4 - Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 14:23 - All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 22:7 - The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 23:4-5 - Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Proverbs 30:8-9 - Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

Proverbs 3:9-10 - “ Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first-fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 11:24-25 - One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.



Know the Word and apply God’s wisdom to your life. Amen?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Keep Asking


There is a beautiful passage found in Psalm 71:14-18 that tells us how we should live our lives, and share what God has done. 

As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. 15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long though I know not how to relate them all. 16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 

Look what is said in the next verse about sharing with younger generations.

18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. 

Those of us that are over 55 should take special note of this verse. We feel sometimes as we get older that we’ve done our share, or we’re ready to sit and soak in our churches. This is not Scriptural! Craig Groeschel says, If you are not dead then you are not done! This past Sunday was Back to Church Sunday. Some that were invited, but couldn’t make it.  Follow up or ask someone anew. We all have someone we need to talk (invite) to this week.

The conversation goes both ways, and we both have things to teach each other. See you in church.  Amen?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Attributes

This week in our AIG class we discussed the attributes of God. When you become aware of His awesomeness it really changes how you respond in obedience. God has revealed Himself to us in Scripture so that we can understand, at least in some small way, what He is like.
4 So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone.  5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. 6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” 8 And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. - Exodus 34:4-8
God Is . . . Merciful, Gracious, Slow to Anger, Abounding in Steadfast Love, Faithful, Forgiving, Holy, and Just! And that's just the beginning. Is our response to God's attributes the same as Moses'?
May we be in awe, wonder, and worship over God this week and every week.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Press On


Life is tough! We have so many things that keep us from doing what God wants us to do. It seems we are so busy chasing the "good life" that we forget what is necessary for the "God Life"! Consider the following challenge from the Word of God.



Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Philippians 3:12-16



Press on believer! Keep your eyes up - where our true help comes from.



Amen?

Monday, September 18, 2017

World Hope


Yesterday was a wonderful Back to Church Sunday at many places of worship around the country. That’s good news, but it doesn’t stop there. Remember this quote? The local church is the hope of the world. - Bill Hybels. Church, we have work to do! Hebrews 10:19-25 says,



19 Brothers and sisters, because of the blood of Jesus we can now confidently go into the holy place. 20 Jesus has opened a new and living way for us to go through the curtain. (The curtain is his own body.) 21 We have a superior priest in charge of God’s house. 22 We have been sprinkled with his blood to free us from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with clean water. So we must continue to come to him with a sincere heart and strong faith. 23 We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful. 24 We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. 25 We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming. (GW)

Only 20% of Americans make it to church on Sunday mornings. I believe Hybels has it right. We, believers in Christ, must be his hands and feet to the world.

May we not be ashamed of the Gospel of be afraid to be the church God wants us to be. Let’s make all our church gatherings great! Amen?