Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful

When it comes to being thankful, it is hard to know where to begin. There are so many things that I am grateful for in my life. I am thankful for my family. My wife of almost two decades, which by the way, is 20 yrs :0). I am thankful for my four kids who are growing way too fast. I am blessed to be a part of a loving church that has been so kind to me and family. To be able to pastor a church where people love Gods Word is a blessing. I am thankful for my heritage of godly parents who raised me in the Lord. I am thankful for health. Being able to get out of bed in the morning and walk, or surf. I am thankful for my dog..lol...yeah she is a blessing...All of these things and more...
However of all my blessings that I count on a daily basis, I am most thankful for my savior Jesus Christ. None of these things that I have already mentioned would be possible without Him. He has given me salvation. He has saved me from my sins and given me the hope of heaven. He has given me life and that more abundantly. He has given me His Word to instruct me how to live, and His Holy Spirit to empower me to live. This blog would go on for eternity if I could list all of the benefits of knowing the Lord. Anyway I wanted to take a few moments and let you know how thankful I am. 

One more thing, I am thankful for you. My friends who have been an ongoing encouragement in my life. The fact that you even take time, on occasion, to read these ramblings is an encouragement. I only pray that something you read on here from time to time would strengthen you in your journey. God bless you, and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What's it to you?


"Its a narrow path I walk
 I need clear vision"


Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what [about] this man?" Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what [is that] to you? You follow Me." John 21:21-22

In John 21 Jesus was revealing to Peter what his future would entail. The words that Jesus shared with Peter were difficult to swallow. For the revelation had to do with his eventual death. Struggling with the will of God for his life, Peter immediately looked at John and said, "Lord what about this man?" In other words, "what about him? Will his life be different then mine? If so, that doesn't seem fair." The apostle was troubled, and so he looked around at others. 
In response, Jesus did answer Peter's question, He simply told him to "follow." Don't worry about them Peter. Quit looking at their situation. This is what I have for you,keep your eyes on me. 
How many times I have found the Lord saying those same words to me. "Keep your eyes on me John." Its easy to get sidetracked with trivial things. To get caught up in what they are doing over there. To find yourself troubled by what they are saying in that place. Yet the Lord whispers in our ear, "what is that to you, you follow me." It is my job to follow Jesus. I am to remain focused upon the Lord, and His calling on my life. I am to let the Lord work in that brothers life, or that sisters situation. He is far more capable then I am. 

When you are tempted to look at someone else, look at Jesus. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Time to Rebuild

The book of 2 Chronicles ends on somewhat a somber note. The nation of Israel is carried off into captivity to Babylon for the next 70 years. It was painful to read of God's people resisting the Word of the Lord. To observe the rebel time and time again only to suffer the consequences of their sin. 
 Yet God had made promises to the nation that they would be given a second chance to return to the land of Israel. And upon their return they would rebuild the temple that had been destroyed. 
the rebuilding of the temple and the restoring of worship would not be an easy task. Yet God raised up a man named Ezra to come along side of the people. The good hand of God was upon Ezra. He prepared his heart to serve God and walk in faith believing God. 

Often times when you teach through passages of scripture they parallell your present circumstances. There are many things concerning the church at large that need to be rebuilt. In some places there has been a departure from Gods Word. There are places where the church is dying. There are areas where the church has become mechanical and operates like a machine rather than a living, breathing body.
It is time to rebuild. To go back to a solid foundation. I believe that there is a need for a work of God's Holy Spirit within the church today.  I believe that work comes by way of God's Word. It is my sincere prayer to God that in our own fellowship we would see a greater work of the Lord as we study together the book of Ezra. That in our community, our churches, homes, and lives the rebuilding would begin.

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