Archive for January, 2017

The Right Behind The Wrong

Posted: January 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

As my kids were growing up before they would leave the house I would tell them, remember who you area and whose you are.  In fact my daughter put they phrase on canvas and gave it to me for a Christmas present.  This is a key to understanding the right behind the wrong when we face in-justices, betrayal and seemingly difficult situations.  In the story of Joseph he was the poster child for Murphy’s law, everywhere he turned it turned out wrong, until we saw the right behind the wrong.

We learn 4 things from the life of Joseph.  1. God created us as a special person. We are unique one of a kind masterpiece.  2. God has a special plan for us to fulfill.  If we don’t fulfill God’s plan for us, it not only affects us but others.  3. God created us for special problems.  There are some things that you can handle that others cannot.  4. God gives us His special presence.  Just like the Lord was with Joseph he will be with us.  If we remember who and whose we are it causes to have a healthy self-image, even in the middle of difficulty.  Joseph always looked to the Lord.  Joseph after being sold into slavery, lied about and accused of rape, and put in prison, still looked to the Lord to interpret dreams.  Things didn’t go bad for Joseph because he was doing wrong, but because he was doing right.

Because Joseph was faithful and kept looking to the Lord God showed the right behind the wrong.  Joseph became second to Pharaoh as the prime minister of Egypt.  God used him to bless the Egyptians and save and reunite him with his family.  The right behind the wrong! The cross was wrong.  Jesus didn’t deserve what he faced.  If there was ever an in-justice it was what happened to Jesus.  Remember this was God’s plan.  The right behind the wrong was that he came out of the grave and purchased our salvation.  We can experience forgiveness and eternity in heaven because of what happened to Jesus.  If we stay faithful God will use what we are going through and someday we can see the right behind the wrong.

Yeah, Still Standing

Posted: January 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

Barely surviving for three weeks now with this crud.  Better but still not well.  Preached the last two Sundays but that’s about all I have done.  Sounded like a hoot owl with the post nasal drip yesterday, but Yeah we made it happen.

I am excited at what God is doing at riverwoods, the church I get to lead.  Such excitement about the future.  Yesterday we talked about staying on the ladder.  The only way to accomplish the great work God has given us is to stay on the ladder, to keep up the task.  This is such an antidote to today’s culture.  So many are not really committed to anything, there family, job, purpose (if they know it) friends or even a church.  People walk away so easily today, and that is their prerogative, but oftentimes doing the immediate/ robs them from something better.  Satan usually keeps us from our potential, not by getting us to do bad, but by keeping us from the best.  We need to learn how to finish what we start and not loose heart.  Realize God wants you focused but Satan wants you finished.  By constantly changing and moving landscapes we can never gain traction, and fully reach our potential or fulfill our God given purpose.

I am a starter by nature, and I love the excitement and thrill of doing something new, in fact I get bored with things very easily, but God had to show me the long haul is the best way.  Some people say they have 20 years experience, in reality they have 2 years experience at 10 different places.  I am all for advancement but in today’s culture changing and moving is to easy and we don’t fully evaluate the consequences.  In the church world people often think of their needs instead of the bigger picture, and they can leave a church to go to another one which seems to meet their need or gives a sense of excitement.  I have watched God pull family members together attending the same church, watching some them come to Christ and be baptized.  For the first time the family are followers and worshiping together weekly.  Then one of them gets upset and since they can’t get their way decides to leave, and tries to influence the family, which eventually winds up worshiping at many different places.  What was a wonderful picture, due to exercising their prerogative has become disjointed.  People for whatever reason decide to leave and go to another church, oftentimes over petty, selfish reasons and in so doing loose influence with others.

Sometimes we just have to stay on the ladder.  It may be hard and filled with struggle, but the rewards are often worth it.  Don’t give up on that marriage, dream you have, goal once set, vision God gave, stay on the ladder!