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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!

Born Ultimatum # 2

Posted: December 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

WEDNESDAY – Read John 3:16-17. THE PURPOSE OF HIS BIRTH. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was to save you. This offer of salvation is made to whoever believes. To “believe” is more than intellectual agreement that Jesus is God. It means putting our trust and confidence in him that he alone can save us. It is to put Christ in charge of our present plans and eternal destiny. Believing is both trusting his words as reliable and relying on him for the power to change. Jesus accepted our punishment and paid the price for our sins so that we would not perish. Perish does not mean physical death, for we all will eventually die. Here it refers to eternity apart from God. Those who believe will receive the alternative, the new life that Jesus bought for us—everlasting life with God. Ask the Lord to help you trust in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and lead you each and every day.
THURSDAY – Read John 3:16-17. THE PROOF OF GOD’S LOVE. The proof of God’s love was that He sent His Son into our world to be a man. Christ was sent to save us. His purpose was to save us from perishing and to save us to eternal life. Christ was not sent to condemn or to judge the world. We, the world, deserve to be judged and condemned. And one day, at God’s chosen time, those without Christ will be judged by Christ. We all come to a point where we are guilty both of breaking God’s law and falling short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). The good news is that judgment and condemnation were not His purpose for being born at Christmas. Meditate on these verses and thank God for His love… “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Thank the Lord for showing us how much He loves us by sending His Son to become one of us.
FRIDAY – Read John 3:16-17. THE MEANS OF GOD’S LOVE. We have no other place to turn for reconciliation with God other than Jesus Christ. No other religion, religious figure, way of life, philosophy, or material possession can bridge the gap between us and a holy God. 1 Timothy 1:15 tells us that Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life and that no man could come into relationship with the Father except by Him. Acts 4:12 tells us there is no salvation in any other name other than Jesus. Christ alone is the means of salvation. We can’t earn or work our way into God’s good graces. Only faith in Christ restores our relationship with the Father. Thank the Lord that Jesus made a way to the Father when we couldn’t make our own way.

Born Ultimatum # 1

Posted: December 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

MONDAY – Read John 3:16-17. THE FACT THAT GOD LOVES YOU. The idea that God loves the whole world was a new idea. The Jews believed God loved the religious (the true Jew) and hated the non-religious (the Gentiles). The same thoughts are held by many in every generation, especially by religionists. The fact that God truly loves is shocking to many. Some wonder and others question how God could possibly love the vile person, murderer, immoral person, or a thief. God loves every person, not just the religious and the good. He does not love only the people who love Him. He loves everyone, even the unlovely and the unloving, the unbelieving and the obstinate, the selfish and the greedy, the spiteful and the vengeful. The basis of God’s love is His nature. God is love (1 John 4:8, 16); therefore, He loves. He acts, demonstrates, and shows His love (Rom. 5:8). Love acts; it expresses itself. Love does not sit still, doing nothing. It is not dormant, complacent, or inactive. If love actually exists, it has to act and express itself; it has to do something good. Love is loving; that is, love is always demonstrating love to others. Therefore, God’s love acts and reveals Him to be love. Ask God to help you freely accept His love for you in spite of the reasons you may doubt His love.
TUESDAY – Read John 3:16-17. THE EVIDENCE THAT DEMONSTRATES GOD IS LOVE. God demonstrated His love in the most perfect way possible: He gave His only begotten Son to the world at Christmas. As God, He is perfect, which means His love is perfect. Therefore, God not only loves, but He so loves. He loves to perfection, loves to the ultimate degree. Whatever the ultimate degree and the perfect act and expression of love is, God shows it. Without question, the greatest act of love is the sacrifice of a man’s own life (John 15:13); therefore, God sacrificed the life of His own Son to save man. The Father gave His best, His unique and beloved Son. Thank the Lord for His great expression of love toward you – the sacrifice of His Son. Then, accept that love personally. Let it sink into

Bron Supremacy Part 2

Posted: December 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Wednesday – Read Philippians 2:8. HE OBEYED TO THE POINT OF DEATH. The Greek word for appearance here is schema, meaning an outer appearance, rather than “nature” or “essence.” Jesus was still God but He took on manhood. When Jesus took on a human body (that is, after he grew to manhood), he then humbled himself to accomplish that task for which he had come—to die for sinful humanity in order that they might have eternal life. All humans must die, but Jesus, as the divine Son, accepted death in obedience to the Father’s will. This does not mean that he was obedient “to death” as if death had any power over him; instead, Jesus obeyed the will of God to the point of death. Ask the Lord to give you the desire and courage to obey Him even if it means you have to give up everything this world holds dear.
Thursday – Read Philippians 2:8. HE FREELY CHOSE TO DIE FOR US. Jesus died the worst possible torture—death by crucifixion. Death on a cross was the form of capital punishment that Romans used for notorious criminals. It was excruciatingly painful and humiliating. Prisoners were nailed or tied to a cross and left to die. Death might not come for several days, and it usually came by suffocation when the weight of the weakened body made breathing more and more difficult. The writer to the Hebrews explained, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:7-8 niv). Jesus’ human life was not a script that he passively followed. It was a life that he chose freely (John 10:17-18); it was a continuous process of making the will of God the Father his own. Jesus chose to obey, even though his obedience led to suffering and death. Ask the Lord to help you see the amount of suffering Jesus was willing to endure out of love for you.
Friday – Read Philippians 2:8. HE TOOK MY PUNISHMENT. But why did Jesus have to become human in the first place? Why did he have to die? A holy God cannot overlook sin. The sinfulness of humanity had to be punished. In the Old Testament, God required his people to sacrifice animals (“perfect” animals, healthy and whole) to atone for their sins. The costly sacrifice of an animal’s life impressed upon the sinner the seriousness of his or her sin before God. When animals’ blood was shed, God regarded the people’s faith and obedience, cleansed them, and made them ceremonially clean. Why blood? There is no greater symbol of life than blood; blood keeps us alive. “For the life of a creature is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11 niv). At the right time, God dealt once and for all with sin and its ultimate consequence, death and eternal separation from God. Instead of sending all humanity to eternal punishment, God took the punishment himself through the life and body of Jesus. Thank the Lord for His holiness and for His grace. Thank Jesus for His sacrifice on your behalf to reconcile you to the Father.