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Archive for August, 2015

His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.” (Genesis 27:13)

by on Aug.31, 2015, under Messages

Jacob learned to lie and deceive from his mother.  Children learn from parents.  What are you teaching your children and grandchildren?


What a Rescue Dog Taught Me About God

by on Aug.30, 2015, under Hope

Her name is Lulu and she is our rescue dog.  Evidently she never received much love from previous owners.  She spent most of her time shut up in a travel cage.  Sometimes sudden movements make her cringe so she may have been beaten in her past.  I do not think life was very good to Lulu.  Our daughter found out that she was about to be given to the pound and convinced her then owners to let us have her.  She is loved and secure in our home.  We love her, the grandkids love her, and even our Golden Retriever, Lucky, has accepted her into the family. 

There are great lessons to be learned from this part of the story.  The world is a hard place where life does not always turn out like you hoped.  You may be lonely and even abused by people.  Certainly there is a lot of pain and lack of love.  And Christians are in this world as those tasked by God to rescue others.  To bring them into a family that loves them and cares for them.  To show them what someone showed us. 

But here is the rest of the story.  Lulu is absolutely committed to her new family.  She loves us with great exuberance.  Jumping, wagging her tail, licking us joyously.  She wants to stay right by us.  She wants to lie in our lap, sleep at our feet, and snuggle with us.  When she is outside she wants to be right by Lucky.  I know why.  We rescued her.  We saved her.  We love her.  We provide for her.

That is how Christians feel about God, Jesus, and our church family.  We want to be together.  We love each other.  We are passionately committed to each other.  All we want to do is please God, follow Jesus, and stay connected in through life.  All because God loved us and Jesus saved us.  Because someone cared enough to rescue us. 

You can experience that kind of love also.  If life is hard and you feel lonely and unloved, please know that God does love you and Jesus died to save you.  As someone who was rescued himself, I would love to talk with you about finding the love that will change your life forever. 

Blessings,

steve

 


“I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”” (Psalms 122:1)

by on Aug.29, 2015, under Messages

The psalmist is talking about driving across town to go to church. He’s talking about traveling for days to go to Jerusalem to meet with other people who believe in God.

When we recognize that this world is not our home, then we will have a burning desire to be with our own countrymen, with other members of the Kingdom of Heaven. We’ll be anxious to gather with God’s people and willing to go to any length to do so.


He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people and finally arrived in Greece, … (Acts 20:2)

by on Aug.28, 2015, under Messages

Paul encouraged people everywhere he went.  Be sure that when people are with you that they are encouraged to follow Jesus.


“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7)

by on Aug.27, 2015, under Messages

God is good. Even when we don’t understand what he’s doing. Even when we don’t agree.

God is good. He knows best. And he is able to do what needs to be done.


Jesus wept. (John 11:35)

by on Aug.26, 2015, under Messages

It is the shortest verse in the Bible, but one that contains a great truth.  Jesus cares.  He feels our pain.  He knows what we are going through.  Take comfort in that.


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5)

by on Aug.25, 2015, under Messages

Ooh… that’s hard! I’ve been raised to trust logic and reason. I’ve been taught to trust in the things that I can know and learn.

But the Bible says that we have to get over ourselves, to recognize that we don’t always know best. We need to trust in God. Trust in what he says. Trust in what he has promised.

Trust that what he has told us is the truth.


So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels. (Exodus 40:38)

by on Aug.24, 2015, under Messages

The Lord is still with his people as they journey through life in this world.  He is there for you to see.  Look for Him.


The Instructions

by on Aug.23, 2015, under Hope

You would have thought that I would learn…for years on Christmas day afternoon I would be assembling toys for my children. You know the toys I’m talking about—the ones that came in boxes warning “some assembly required.” I rarely consulted the instructions and almost always the toy didn’t look like the photo on the box. I had pieces left over or not enough pieces or broken pieces because I was forcing those pieces into places they didn’t go. So as a last resort I would read the instructions, and they explained everything.

I’m obviously a slow learner, because even today, when asked to put together something that has “some assembly required”, my first impulse is just put things together without even looking at the instructions. I know that I am not alone because people have been doing the same thing since, well forever, and that includes God’s people.

From the Garden forward, those who claim to do what God instructs – don’t. Adam and Eve, the Hebrews that wandered in the wilderness, those talked about in the Book of Judges, almost all of the Kings of Israel and Judah. They did things without consulting the instructions.

Even today, after God allowed His Son to die for our sins, God’s people still don’t seem to read the instructions.

The Bible, Scripture, holds God’s directions for his followers. If you don’t read it, you don’t know how to put your life together. And what you actually get doesn’t resemble anything close to what you envisioned; you have pieces lost or pieces that are left over because you don’t know where they fit or you don’t have all the pieces. Without reading The Book you don’t know who has gone before you and you don’t really know where you are going. You wander in your own wilderness.

The instructions help to explain everything! You have to read them to know what you should look like.

Study God’s word, The Bible, and experience how all the pieces fit into place.


“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.” (1 Peter 1:17)

by on Aug.22, 2015, under Messages

Because we have a heavenly Father, we are foreigners here on earth. We live our lives respecting God’s laws above man’s laws, because in the end, it is God that will judge us.



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