Monday, May 28, 2012

On The Way

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Genesis 24:27 As for me, being on the way, the LORD led me...


Abraham had a great concern for his son Isaacs future. Abraham called his servant and asked him to go and search for a bride for Isaac. Abrahams servant had some genuine concerns. How was he supposed to find the right girl? What if the girl he found was unwilling to come with him? The fact that Abraham was unwilling to let Isaac travel with the servant made things even more complex. Abraham assured his servant that the Lord would lead and direct him right where he was supposed to go. By faith  Abraham's servant set out on his journey. As the chapter unfolds we find the servant being led by the Lord directly to Rebekah. It wasn't by chance or coincidence, it was God. When the servant found Isaacs bride and the Lord confirmed that she was the one, he declared, "As for me, being on the way the Lord led me." 
That is so often how the Lord directs us as well. As we are simply walking by faith and trusting God to direct our lives, He leads us right where we are supposed to go. Divine appointments are divine. So often we don't realize the way God is leading us until we get there, and it dawns on us, "that was the Lord." The Bible tells us there is a time to "be still and know that the Lord is God." However there is also a time when we are to be about our Fathers business trusting in His direction for our lives. It is much easier to direct someone who is already moving, than someone who is unwilling to budge. Sometimes we are more inclined to be "In the Way", instead of, "On the Way." 

Prayer: Heavenly Father I ask that You would continue to lead us and guide us where You want us to go. Thank you for the surprises in life. Thank you for leading us naturally. Help us to remain open to your leading in the future. In Jesus name.. AMEN!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Shout of Praise

This is my first chance to sit down and collect my thoughts. It has been a great weekend. We had two weddings on Saturday, and a service that evening. Then we had our services Sunday and a baptism following. I am writing this down at this moment because my heart is filled with gratitude to My Lord. I am grateful that the Lord that lets me serve Him. As I sit here and type I am extremely thankful for the church the Lord allows me to pastor. I am thankful for the people, and blest to be able to present the Word to them. 
Some of the testimonies of those who were going into the waters of baptism today are amazing. To see what Jesus can do in lives that are surrendered to Him is awesome. To watch a person change, and have their eyes opened, to see them coming from darkness to light and from death to life. I don't want to take it all for granted, instead I want to give God glory for His continued faithfulness. Thank You Jesus!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hold On To The Promise

The Lord had promised that Abraham and Sarah would one day have a child of their own. However time was quickly passing them by and it seemed as if that day would never come. One night following an intense battle, the Lord came and spoke to Abraham and said, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward."(Gen.15:1). Abraham took the opportunity to ask God about the promises He had made earlier and replied, "Look You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my houses my heir!"(Gen.15:2). Up to this point Abraham had believed God when he was told to leave his fathers house. Abraham went out obediently, even though he did not know where he was going.(Hebrews11:8) He believed it when God told him that the land of Canaan would be given to his descendants. Yet at this moment nothing had changed. The promise had not come to pass.
Each of has moments in our walk with the Lord when we are tested to trust in the promises of God. Especially when we do not see any sign of things changing. Like Abraham we ask, "Lord what about what you said?" Thankfully the Lord did not leave Abraham hanging. The Lord appeared to Abraham and spoke to him once again. He reminded Abraham that he and Sarah would have a child. The Bible tells us that Abraham believed God.(Gen.15:6) Abraham took God at His Word. God confirmed His  covenant with Abraham by a sacrifice. 
The Lord has given to us many exceedingly great and precious promises. (2Peter1:4) When we have times of questioning the Lord, He will remind us again of what He had said before. It takes faith to believe, and faith to hold on. But remember that the Lord has confirmed those promises through a sacrifice of His only Son. God keeps His Word. Be encouraged today and keep walking by faith. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

REFLECTING ON ISRAEL TRIP

I am beginning to get over being jet lagged as we just returned from Israel. I wanted to take a moment and reflect upon the trip. This was my third time to the Holy Land, but it was probably the most special for a few reasons. For one thing it was the first time that I was leading a group from our church. In times past I have traveled with other Calvary Fellowships. But this was the first time I had ever had our own group. Also it was special because it was very intimate. There were 19 of us on this trip. We all were in one bus and got to know each other really well. Having a small group allows you to get in and out of sights quickly, and see some things you would not normally have time to see. My eldest son was able to attend the trip with us this year  as well and help with the filming at the sights. It was wonderful to see the work God was doing in his life on the trip.  

Each time I have gone to Israel I learn something new. Although there were many lessons I learned on this trip, one thing that stood out was seeing Jesus in His ministry as the Servant. Jesus came to seek and to save those who were lost. He humbled himself and became a servant. He came to glorify the Father through His death and resurrection. 
We visited so many amazing sights and our Bibles went from black and white to color. My favorite spot was the Sea of Galilee. So many things happened there in the ministry of Jesus. Its the place the disciples received their calling to follow Jesus. Also the Garden of Gethsemane was very special. We were able to have a whole hour in the garden. Another highlight was I got to hold a sheep and learn about being a Shepherd. 
 Prayerfully we are planning to go back to Israel next year around the same time. If you would like to get a feel for what the trip was like, you can go to our website and watch all the teachings from the sights. Because we were on the move the teachings aren't very long, but rather snapshots of the ministry of Jesus and other great biblical stories. God bless you and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Click on the Link Below to see some of the trip.. God bless

Videos From Israel