Word for Today

There are times in my life where God is just speaking through me regardless of the brevity of the situation. I really believe that God has given me Psalm 77 in my heart to tell people over the last few weeks. It’s today’s reading for YouVersion, which is a sick reader program for the Word that you need to check out in case you’ve been under a rock.

But so many times in our lives we think the next obstacle is too big. We are wondering how God is going to get us through it. God was faithful, is faithful, and will be faithful. But I think everyone would agree that sometimes our heart is like this:

v.2 “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness;
My soul refused to be comforted.”

And yet our God is faithful…

and we think to ourselves:

7 Will the Lord reject forever?
And will He never be favorable again?

8 Has His lovingkindness ceased forever?
Has His promise come to an end forever?

9 Has God forgotten to be gracious,
Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion? Selah

And yet He is faithful…

My word for you guys out there is this. God is faithful. Remember where God has taken you before. I know that in my life and the people’s lives around me this is really hitting us hard. But our God is faithful:

11 I shall remember the deeds of the Lord ;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

12 I will meditate on all Your work
And muse on Your deeds.

13 Your way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?

14 You are the God who works wonders;
You have made known Your strength among the peoples.

15 You have by Your power redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

16 The waters saw You, O God;
The waters saw You, they were in anguish;
The deeps also trembled.

17 The clouds poured out water;
The skies gave forth a sound;
Your arrows flashed here and there.

18 The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
The lightnings lit up the world;
The earth trembled and shook.

19 Your way was in the sea
And Your paths in the mighty waters,
And Your footprints may not be known.

20 You led Your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Little tidbit from some studying this morning.

I got this from some study this morning. I just wanted to pass this on to you:

“In our day, as in the ancient world, people often measure the value of what others say by how well they say it. Even within the church we put great stress on a person’s academic credentials, as if a Ph.D. granted one a corner on heavenly wisdom. The result is that we learn to value elegant systems of church dogma that are held together by sophisticated and learned arguments. In the life of many congregations, faith has become so intellectualized that its relational, experiential dimension has been bleached out. Certainly it is important to think through carefully what one believes and why. Yet many of my students come to university with strongly held convictions about Christ but without the experience of a vital relationship with him. Knowing what to believe has replaced knowing whom to believe.”(IVP Commentary)

This spoke to me for a few reasons.

  1. I love knowledge and learning. It’s an extremely important part but it’s not the only part. Living a life for Christ is one that calls for results. And doing is more important than learning most of the time.
  2. Learning is still important. Just like intellectual relationships without experience are flawed, the opposite is also true. If you don’t take the time to study and grow in your knowledge then your relationship will become stagnant.
  3. In a world where there are so many different things to believe it is so important to remember that we serve a God that is more than we could ever think or imagine. He is always there and always has our best interests in mind.

I would like to leave you with this thought.

“Relying on carefully thought-out ideas or rules of abstinence rather than on what God has already accomplished for us in Christ is at least imprudent, because it imperils the present results of Christ’s work in us.” (IVP commentary

Always let Grace be present in your thoughts. Where are you at with God right now? What situation is He leading you through? Praise Him for it today.

Ephesians 1:7

7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Question?

I want to pose a question and I would love to have your opinion.

What spiritual consequences do my choices have?

Things to consider when answering:

As a christian, our salvation rests solely upon the gift of Jesus Christ…where do your choices fit in?

Discuss and respond.

Undignified worship

This story is told so often but I love it. David after seeing the family that was holding the ark prosper decided to go celebrate in the blessings. He basically dances and worships God so much so that he ends up with no clothes on…

 

That’s a weird way to celebrate but the key is that David was so incredibly thankful for all that has happened in his life that nothing would stop him from thanking his God for deliverance. Man to have a heart like that.

 

Literally these are people that he sees all the time. Imagine yourself as a pastor of a church celebrating in a way that all of your clothes come off right in front of your entire congregation.

 

I love to worship and be absorbed into praise through song and dance. But in no way is my worship as dedicated and as strong to Christ as this. I pray that it will be. But you probably will remain to see in my clothes on a daily basis.

Deep thoughts

I was at the service last night at “Varsity”, the student ministry at Brookwood. It was awesome and incredible. Mike did a great job delivering a great message that was full of practical biblical advice to improve your family life and your life with other people. I learned and grew last night.

 

Last night though I found myself thinking about how I just get bitter about certain things. I wish that I had more of a loving heart sometimes but last night I was getting upset by all of the talking by the kids. I guess a part of me wants to hear the speaker but honestly another part of me just wants the kids to get in line with my version of behavior. 

I just felt God speak to me about how we sacrifice the love we should have for other people with rules and conduct. I guess that is how Jesus felt about the Pharisees. God change my heart and give me more and more love for other people.

Orange Observations

I won’t tell you everything that went on but I will tell you a little bit.

 

Steve Fee= incredible. Find a CD of his wrap it in your arms, put on ipod and listen with a friend or by yourself for an incredible ( i wish i could come up with a word to convince you of how awesome he is) worship experience. I was amazed!! Incredible Steve!!

 

Reggie Joiner delivered a very strong message: Are we thinking like a lovable father?

 

Very good message and on point for where I am right now in my life.

 

I also want to point this out in case you don’t know that much about me.  This is a blog completely from me and my opinions. It is not however a place to bash people in any way, shape or form. I am not, I repeat, not going to take part in that. I will point you in a direction of some incredible resources and give you my opinion on many things, but they are opinions.

 

Know this about me: I love Jesus and I will do whatever I can to get you to a point where you love Him too.

 

Can’t wait for tomorrow.

 

out

Orange conf. part dos

I am still extremely excited and even more so about the Orange Conference. I can’t wait to be filled with ideas and inspirations for creative things to do in Children’s ministry. I am praying that not only will I learn to create an atmosphere appealing to kids but even more so that I will be able to push kids further in their walk with Christ.

 

I can’t wait!!!