As a Child…

Sometimes I just sit there and look at my child as he plays. He, doesn’t really understand what is going on, and is simply trying to satisfy his needs. He is oblivious to the world around him nothing else madders and there is nothing else going on. When he falls down he looks at me like, why did I let that happen. I know that falling just happened when you are trying to learn and grow. If you want to learn how to walk then you fall and hurt yourself. To him, it just doesn’t make any sense. Before he could eat solid foods he didn’t understand why I never let him eat the “good food” that I was eating and all I let him eat was the nasty baby food. It just didn’t make sense.

I think this is so often the way that we are with God, We question why did God allow the pain that he does. Why doesn’t He allow us to have the things that we want, and I think the simple answer is we just can not understand we do not have the ability to understand. Why? Because we are not God. We can not understand that type of knowledge, just as a child doesn’t understand why we, their parents make them do what we do, we can not always understand why our Father in heaven does what He does. And we just need to be okay with that and follow Him, because we know we can trust Him and His love for us.

Isaiah 55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

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The Savior’s World

Father, Son and Holy Ghost

No beginning still no end.

Creator of the universe

Of land and sea

Of man and beast

 

Though man You made

You gave them choice

The choice they made

Now gave them death

Still You gave words

The words of life

The words of Christ

 

Born of a virgin this Saviour came

He blinded eyes and opened hearts

To the slave He set the captive free

To the free He bound them by His words.

Death He took in place of all

Forgiven now we are free to be

 

Still a day is coming, judgment day

Day of beauty

Day of pain

He will take those who died to self

And still leave those who led their life

To follow Christ, yes my desire

I will love Him, till the end

Confronting Falsehood in the Church

We need to make sure that we clean the church of all the lies and help lead people to the truth in God’s Word

Via Emmaus

falseIt is striking how often Jesus’ apostles warn the church about false teachers and divisive persons. In the Pastoral Epistles Paul calls Titus and Timothy to beware of false teachers in Crete and Ephesus, respectively. But it’s not just these two pastors who are to address falsehood, the entire New Testament calls out the darkness resident in the church. Because of the cosmic conflict between Christ’s church and Satan’s hordes, false doctrine and false living are regular threats to Christ’s kingdom.

Since many churches face such internal and internecine threats, we need to steel our minds with God’s Word so that we might boldly address the darkness around us.

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Tips for a Friendly Church

After moving to a new town, it was time to find a new church. Going from church to church, and simply feeling like an outcast who no one cared about I began thinking of some simple ways to make our churches more friendly and welcoming to everyone.

1. If you see someone you don’t know, get to know them. Sounds obvious, right? But I have walked into one church after another and almost no one even said hello. Even when they did it was not in a loving way but they did it in more of a way as if they felt obligated to say hello.

Tip – ask them about churches they have been to in the past, things they like food they like

Tip – do not just talk to them the first day they come and ignore them the next

Tip – Invite them out to eat or to your house.

2.Don’t just tell them where things are show them! If they have children take them to the nursery, and introduce them to the nursery workers. If they just need a seat you can lead them into the sanctuary or the class they need to be in. I have walked into way too many churches where I just got lost. I didn’t know what class I needed to be in and I didn’t know where to take my children. It made me want to just walk out of the church and leave.

3.Have someone outside of the church to help people know where to go. Sometimes when you are going to a new church you do not know what building to walk into. You end up at the children class then you end up walking into service late which when visiting a new church is never fun.

4. Something that God has to be doing in you, love the people who walk in the doors. I can always tell the difference when a church has true love and when they are just trying to increase the number of people who come. Pray that God gives you a love for everyone who walks in the door.

5. I know I said this in the first point, but make sure that you are not just friendly the first time they come. Show them that you actually care by greeting them when they walk in the door and talking to them every day they come. One church I went to the first day everyone was so friendly everyone said hello and talked to me. I decided to go back the next week because everyone was nice. How many people said hello? Not even one!

6. Don’t assume that someone else is going to say hello. When you see someone you don’t know do not leave it up to someone else to talk to them. Go to them hoping that you make a new lifelong friend.

7. Start a class for everyone who is a member of the church teaching them how to respond to new visitors. Sometimes it is not that people do not want to be friendly, they simply do not know how.T

Tip- Assign people to be greeters. I do not mean the people who stand at the door to say hello to everyone, but people in the church who are very good at making people feel welcome have them go talk to people in their seats. They may just talk to one or two people.

All I Need is You

Love too Great

I have come to know

Love so pure

It is mine to keep

The love I thought was too great to be

Well that love now lives inside of me

This love came in the form of a man

Healing, cleansing, freeing all

With a love so great

What would you think

This one should be exalted

In this life He lived

But that was not his fate

He lived a life of pain

He suffered for the hurting

And the hurting caused his pain

So now that this love, It lives inside of me

What should I expect to see

A life with much, with riches great

No, that is not my fate

A life of pain and suffering

But the joy, oh it is great

For this love that lives inside of me

Yes, He is all I need

Life led by a sinful man.

In my hands

My own I thought

Captured by this one

Caught up in these things

I was told would bring me joy

When none came, I was told I needed more

More I acquired, still more was needed

Closer to the goal I thought, but further I was taken

Lost and confused by things I didn’t understand

Why was it always more

Why could I not obtain

Still, on I continued to fight

Fight, for things that would bring

This thing I so desired

To bring the joy I thought was near

When deeper in sorrow

I was told end it

End it all, and be free

When I looked around me I could see

Nothing was there worth the fight

No joy was here

So yes, listen to this voice

But still another came to me

I was told to leave what was to bring joy

And was showed another source

Leave what I had worked towards

This One He now explained to me what death would surely  be

He showed me the deceit in what beyond my blinded eyesI was not my own

I was not my own

but owned by sin indeed

The chains around me now were clear

The enemy was now revealed

This One He offered freedom

But how and why

I was not one to be considered worthy

Yet, He said the price was paid

He said though I’m not worthy

He would make me new

He would give me worth

Yes, He has given worth

Heaven or God?

Becoming a Christian, this is something that in church we want to see happen to people we want to see them become a Christian. But why… so often the thing I see in churches today, they want to see people become Christians so they will be saved from hell, or that they will go to heaven. Here is where I think we are so often missing the mark.

Now look at your life, why did you become a Christian? Was it for one of the reasons I mentioned? Now if you become a Christian, to be saved from judgment, then why did you become a Christian? It is simple; you became a Christian, so that you could receive the gift that God gives. If you became a Christian for the gift, and the gift is what you desire, then you are missing out! What you need to see is that the best gift is not what things God gives, but God!! Being a Christian is about having a relationship with God! So often you hear in churches about heaven, and so much less you hear about what heaven is, and that is to be with God.

If we explain to someone that we want to then to become a Christian so they go to heaven, then we are pointing them to God’s gift, and not God. Jesus did not die on the cross so you could go to heaven!!! He died so that we could have a relationship with Him, and that is so much better than this makeshift heaven that we have made up in our heads, that is all about us having things. It is about us knowing the Creator of all things!

Now this changes a lot!! People who want to say, well I will get right with God later, and enjoy my life now, just doesn’t work!! Why is this? It is because heaven is about having a relationship with God, and if we are looking for that relationship, and not the gifts, then we will desire that relationship now. When one understands the great joy of knowing God they do not want to wait to know God, but to build that relationship now. If your desire is for God, and not His gifts, then work towards knowing Him more now

John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”