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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fly


I love this story! Soren Kierkegard, the 19th century Danish religious philosopher, tells a story about a town where only ducks live. 

Every Sunday the ducks would waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddled into the sanctuary and sat in their proper pews. 
The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, and then the duck minister comes forward and opens the duck Bible. 
He reads to them…“Ducks! God has given you wings! With wings you can fly! With wings you can mount up and soar like eagles. No walls can confine you! No fence can hold you! You have wings. God has given you wings and you can fly like birds.” 
All the ducks shouted “AMEN!” and they all waddled home.

God has offered us all we need today. Are we complacent? Has God called you to something great for Him? 
Has he called you to fly, but choose to waddle?

Today, take God at His Word... and FLY! Amen

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Not Hiding


Have you ever watched a movie that was a musical? Right in the middle of some action they break out in song and dance! Life would be more entertaining if we did that in real life. Think how your life and those around you would be if you just broke out in spontaneous praise of God during your day.

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength;

seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,

his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth. -David


Seek God's face... always. How will you seek Him today?

Always seek God - He is near and not hiding. Amen?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Working Right

Bill Hybels is famous for saying that the local church is the hope of the world. The rest of that quote is "when the church is working right". The Bible talks about the relationship between God and His church.

 

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other. - Jesus (John 15:9-17)



Let's be the church God wants us to be. Amen?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Loving Father


Father’s Day is about relationships built on trust and love. Our children never get to old to learn and strengthen our bond with the family God has entrusted to you. Here are a few things I learned at a Men of Faith conference a few years back.



Whoever has your children's heart has their trust.



3 ways to win their hearts



1. Attention -give them all they require in time and energy

2. Affirmation - bless them! God verbally approved His Son Jesus in the Bible in public.

3.  Affection - pour it out on them, love them unconditionally.



5 Ways to lose their Heart



1. Abandonment

2. Anger

3. Harsh Words

4. Hypocrisy/Lying

5. Demean their Mother



Win your children’s heart - it's never too late. Thank You Father God for always loving us.

 Happy Father's Day.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Progressing Faith


I was reminded recently about a business model concerning three boxes. Each one contains things that businesses need to do to achieve success. The first one is about managing your present business. The second is about forgetting (not being crippled) about past mistakes, and the third is focusing on future ideas and success.

In our Christian walk I think there are also three questions we need to ask ourselves.


Where have I been?
Honestly admit your mistakes, and ask God for forgiveness.


Where am I now?
The choices we make need to honor Christ and satisfy biblical morality.

Where am I going?
Honor the past but keep going forward. God will feed your heart through His Word, but we must seek Him to be transformed.


Remember- progress in your faith allows you to come closer to Christ.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Healing Forgiveness

There are two things to consider when dealing with your hurt. God doesn't want you to keep hurting yourself.

There is a Christ Pattern of forgiveness:

1. Forgiveness is not forgetting. Don't put yourself in the same position to be hurt over and over again. Solomon said, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly” - Proverbs 26:11

2. Create boundaries with destructive people – Warn once then twice –enough! - Titus 3:10 You can pray for them and wish hem well. but do not need to keep being abused.

3. Remember God’s forgiveness is not your business. Jesus said,  Man, who appointed me judge? – Luke 12:13 Let God be God, and may we focus on being healthy with a heart for forgiveness.



There is a Christ Model to Forgive Others –  Jesus on the cross said, “They don’t know what they are doing” We have to remember that forgiveness involves death:

-        Name it (The rumor, truth, gossip, grief, or hurt)

-        Accept it (Like Christ on the cross) - they don’t pay – you do

-        Absorb it (Allow it to change you) - take the pain



Remember you can’t be resurrected until you die. It’s time to absorb it, forgive, and move forward without unforgiveness controlling you. God never wastes a hurt. Forgive and be healed.



Amen?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bitten

Have you ever really thought about how people treat each other?

The Bible gives this great picture of the shepherd and the flock. Jesus is the great Shepherd. Believers are His sheep and follow Him. Beware sheep have teeth!



“Bites” come in all forms - Rumors, gossip, lying, any way you can tear down ones character, and unforgiveness. Petty to big things cut, but death can occur by thousand paper cuts.



Christians must be masters of forgiveness. The lack of it manifests over time when we:

-        hold back, we remember past hurts, and shut down others.

-        make lists and labels concerning people. We view them as “land mines”, and make excuses not to do things with them.

-        plan revenge, gossip, and want to punish those who have hurt us.

Before you know it you’re “done”...

But Jesus said, "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:32-34



Offering forgiveness heals your wounds. As God for the strength to do it right now. Put a smile on His face. Amen?