August 31, 2010
So many people are looking for a church that will give them what they want when in reality they should be seeking a church that needs their gifts. To paraphrase JFK, ask not what your church can do for you but ask what can you do for your church? If you are part of Christ’s body, you have a function and if you are not fulfilling that function both you and your church needs help from the Great Physician for both of you are ill. Be healed and serve so that while you are supplying what you have you will be supplied with what you need!
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
August 25, 2010
As I am approaching 40 years of marriage let me exhort you. You are madly wildly in love right now, but you will fine the true gold of love as it is refined by the fiery trials of life. It will melt each of you into one another’s arms, soul and spirit truly making you become one. The dancing flames of romantic love may decrease during those times but in the end the rich enduring flames will heat your life and heart until the body lies cold in death. Blessings to you.
August 22, 2010
Unless a man is a warlock he does not want to come home to a witch.
The saying works the other way as well.
August 20, 2010
The other day I was taking a walk and the church bells starting ringing. That brought back distant memories. Having grown up in a small town the church bells would ring each Sunday and some would announce noon every day. There were several churches in town so they would alternate times to avoid cacophony and instead complemented each other performing a small symphony on Sunday morning calling all in town to worship.
Once I entered into the Air Force and then college, my life took me to many large cities and places where there were no church bells. I had forgotten about them even after I had become a Christian in 1975. Hearing them again after so many years brought a smile and frown to my heart. Though they are still faithfully calling people to worship the numbers responding are far lower then when I was growing up. People have forsaken the symphony of the Church bells for the blaring trumpets of worldly pleasures or the cacophony of other philosophies.
My heart and prayer is that people would not only hear the call of bells enjoying the melodies but would also hear Christ calling to them in love. He offers love, forgiveness of our many sins along with an abundant life here and life eternal with Him. Hear the bells, but listen closely and hear His voice.
August 20, 2010
In Sunday School the teacher told us a story about Gaylord and his old dog that wouldn’t bite anybody. Seems that the dog liked to run alongside when Gaylord rode his bike. Gaylord either did not have a chain guard on the bike or this was …in the days when they did not use them. Anyway, one day the old dog was along side Gaylord and his tail just wagged a little too close and ended up between the chain and the sprocket. To say the dog was in pain is an understatement and he commenced to bite on that old bike, but could not free himself. When Gaylord tried to help the old dog in his pain commenced to bitin’ on Gaylord. Eventually, between all that biting Gaylord got the old dog loose, but he lost a portion of his tail in the process.
I got to thinkin’ about that and it came to me that that is exactly how we are when we are in painful situations. We sometimes get there by accident and we try to bite our way out of it all we can and the pain remains. When God shows up instead of seeing Him as the friend He has always been we start biting on Him and get in the way of His help. By the time we either give up and let Him work or He breaks through out chompin’ we end up losin’ a part of our tail that we might not have lost had we just backed off and let Him end the painful situation for us. The old dog started out biting on the right thing, but ended up biting the one that loved him and wanted to care for him. Let’s keep our wits even in pain and let the One who loves us and has the knowledge and ability to end the pain do it. It will cost us nothing and save us much loss.See More
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August 15, 2010
God did not give us His Word and Spirit that we might float high in the sky until the sweet by and by but that we might walk through the seas of this life on ground that is solid and dry!
August 15, 2010
“The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention, but can never satisfy the longing of the heart.” – A.W. Tozer
The other extreme from the Martha syndrome is a fake Mary syndrome, which is laziness and apathy dressed as piety.
The balance is that at some point Mary will rise up and tell people what she saw at the feet of Jesus. She may do it in flurry like Martha but the energy will be focused and poised not flustered and chaotic.
August 13, 2010
August 12, 2010
We are commanded to love others as ourselves and there are truly wounded spirits that do not love themselves and need exhortation about God’s love for them. Yet, over the years I have seen super egos disguised in humility or low self-esteem. Their statements are not expressions of self-hate but really self-love fishing for compliments and attention.
When you get discouraged or depressed what really causes that besides demonic influence or medical issues? More often than not it is because you did not get something or someone you wanted or the deal went down other than as you saw it should. That is pride and self-love really. When you start with the “I deserve… They should have given me or done for me…” it is your ego that has been slighted. You are depressed because you love yourself so much and are actually angry because God or people did not stroke your ego and fulfill your will. Your rights have been violated.
In Christ, we have no rights because we are bought with a price. We should have no will but His will and accept that if He did not allow it then it was not good for us or not the right time and rejoice instead of pouting. Stinking, prideful flesh is often disguised as false humility and poor self-image.
Now, if we love ourselves because we are His creation and His redeemed and because we are loved by Him and carry that love into the world to share with others who have the same attributes or to those who share being created but are not yet redeemed then we are experiencing the type of self-love we are commanded to have in the Second Commandment. Anything else is selfish love and not biblical self love.
That said, how do you love yourself?
August 12, 2010
Took my granddaughter to a diary farm so she could milk a cow and got a wonderful analogy. The young lady was telling us about the lone sheep they had. They have only sheared him once but did not use the wool for anything since there was not enough from one sheep to do anything with it. Also, she said it was dirty because if sheep are not kept in green pastures they will roll in the dirt.
Typing this I got two more. If we see wool as its protection or its fruit then there is not enough in one sheep to protect it from the wolves nor is there enough fruit from one sheep to be useful, but a herd of sheep has full protection not only numbers, but also from the Shepherd. Thus God’s sheep should be with God’s people in a church with a good under-shepherd not running around as a stray.
Also, the spiritual fruit or gifts from a herd of sheep can provide what is needed in the Body as well as having plenty to share with those outside the Body whereas a lone sheep only benefits himself.
The one I got at the farm was about the dirt. A Christian who does not feed in the green pasture of God’s Word or graze in the green pasture with a herd is going to roll in the dirt of the world making himself and his wool unacceptable for the Master’s use. He must return to the pasture to be made clean and fruitful.
We are called sheep if we are His and He had a reason to use that animal as our picture. Have you been in the Word and in Church or are you rolling in dirt? Come to the green pastures and drink of the still waters of life and be clean and fruitful!