Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Assume again that all these conversations result in you just simply talking about jesus, or inviting them out to your church. Now you may have established long term relationships. Again we low ball and say that 10,950 (half of 21,900) come to know the Lord and find a church, that would actually be a large number. Again this is 1 person doing this. What would the church look like?
My wife and I were able to lead 2 girls to the Lord Saturday. Sometimes you get 2 in one day and 0 on the other it may eqaul out to 7 per week.
If you love your church and love people inevitably a great deal of those people talked to will end up serving with you on the front lines. It's how we can build the church.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This happened yesterday at Capitol Hill in Washington. Over 50,000 Muslims gathered to express their desire for peace among religion.
That's nice to want that, but it's not what Jesus says is okay.
Here it is Christians: When people ask you as Christ followers why aren't you okay with religous unity what are going to say?
We are not going to be the good guys when we say that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and NO ONE goes to the Father except through Me. The moment we disagree with spiritual unity is the very moment it gets harder to be a Christ follower.
Pray hard for strength.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
A man’s word used to be important to him. In Numbers 30:2 if a man made a vow it was under no condition that he had the right to back out of it. Yes is your yes, and no is your no.
In Numbers 32:11 we see the devestation of men not keeping their word to God. It says in V10 “The Lords anger burned” for those explained in V11. All the men, (Israelites), 20 years old and up, that came out of Egypt had a problem with keeping their word, with the exception of Caleb and Joshua. There was 603,550 men of that age that did not keep their word Numbers 1:45-46.
Numbers 32:11"They did not follow me fully." "They shall not see the land," (huge consequences).
At this time 2-3 million Israelites just got off a hard pressed 400 years in Egypt.
There were 2 men set apart though. Numbers 32:12- Caleb and Joshua. Why? They simply did what they said they would do for God.
If you say yes, let it be true. There’s big consequences not just for you, but everyone connected if you don't.
Monday, September 21, 2009
You don't mess with Gods annointed!
Every now and then i think we all have this tendency. To look at someone doing great in life and assume that same success was meant for you. One thing! You are not them in the physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional so how does that work?
Think one minute about Jonathan (Sauls son). He was next to be heir to the throne following his father. David a little sheep hearding, timid, youngest brother, takes the reign after much pruning. 1 Samuel 18:4 look what happens. david's going to war and jonathan realizes Gods annointed. What he does next is honors God. Jonathans robe, sword, bow, and belt are given to David. Go and conquer.Next thing you know is Saul his 1,000s and David his 10,000s.
Look how much easier it is when you see God's time unfold and you let it.
Read the rest of the story to get context, but understand God has plans and it's better.
Friday, September 18, 2009
'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics.. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saul was envious because he had slayed 1,000s and David his 10,000s. Littel did he know God arranged these things. Envy rises like the Sun. it's hot, seeking to heat everything in its path until all that is touched by it will soon look and feel the same.
We all share the Saul and david enmity everyday. Be careful, this rises like sun and can torch all things if not properly handled.
The same way david and saul had enmity is the very same way our character creeps over to the bad side.
Can He use you? That questions wrong from the start. He said He will and that you were created for His use.
Matthew 28:19 so popular we're to comfortable with it.
Mark 16:15-16 " " " " " " " " " " " "
go go go!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tonight we had a team meeting and training for the upcoming trip to India at the end of this month. We go to India, Nepal, and London. I look forward to the change of place.
I want nothing more than to be as affective as possible and so i'm learning culture, resposibilities, do's and don'ts, as well as our team unity as it plays into our own success for us and for God.
Best thing i heard tonight was "sure we might save hundreds if not thousands, but we might save just one also" It was music to my ears simply because i realize how easy i can make it about me and that allowed me to refocuse on my God and His plan in it all.
The ever popular Proverbs 3:5-6 sounds good right now.
Prayer for us as a team is coveted.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Aly and I walked around and were clearly on the same page with this. My attention was so focused on all the people. The way they looked, whether happy, sad, depressed, lonely, mad, frusturated, or just irretable, we saw it in their eyes.
We saw desperation, and we even talked to a young women who told us to our face that she was desperate for God, but so taken back by life. Our hearts broke as we sat there analyzing why? Our burdens were intense almost to the point of guilt for feeling okay with life. We simply thought what do we do?
(Fact is i know exactly what i'm called to do).
We were scared, sad, and disturbed by the fact that Satan was killing people from the inside out. When i got home I watched that Penn "You Tube" clip that pointed out the fact that Christians claim that non-believers go to hell where he said, "Don't you think they would talk to everyone if that were the case?" (Familiarity has breed contempt).
All I can say is that we were completly taken back by our conversations, observations, and brokeness, and what to do for them because it's not easy to drop life for the cause.
Just reflecting on a day through Gods eyes. I love you wife for carring for people.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Benaiah was the “man” in 2 Samuel 23. He killed a Lion in pit on a snowy day. He killed two sons of Ariel of Moab. He killed an impressive Egyptian man that had a spear. Benaiah took his spear from him and killed him.
He was honored among 30 men. Why? He knew his job and He did it.
Could you imagine for one second if he wasn’t prepared? Devastating!
There’s no respect in half way jobs, but sometimes I do it anyway. I learned quickly that's not okay even in it's smallest form. Whether pastor, mom, dad, student, employee, Christian, whatever, You wake up every day with a choice to do or not to do.
I want to be the man who has earned the right to take the spear out of the hand of the enemy because i have found favor in the One I work for.