Thursday, October 20, 2011

CHRIST CHANGES THINGS


WHILE SPENDING SOME EARLY MORNING READING TIME with author Richard Foster (Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer) I was moved by Foster's statement, "We are enabled to give up our need to watch out for number one because we have One who is watching out for us." (p. 63)

It got me thinking just how much the One, that is Jesus Christ, changes lives. Consider my tiny list and feel free to add your own ways in which you see Christ changing things.  My list is pretty much just what Jesus did while He was with His disciples 2000 years ago, I know I could add even more personal encounters, but this is at least a starting place.

So here's the list, thus far:
Water to Wine
Sightless to Seeing
Broken to Bound up
Storms to Stillness
Lame to Leaping
Fearful to Faithful
Sorrow to Security
Forsaken to Forgiven
Hurting to Healed
Longing to Loving
Floundering to Found
Life-less to Life-filled
Enhanced by Zemanta

A LESSON FOR ME...FOR ALL OF US

I BELIEVE THAT SETH GODIN IS ON TO SOMETHING. Too often, within the context of the church, we don't rise up to meet the need. We say "we can't" because we are not called or gifted or as Godin points out in his blog, we think we are too stupid. But is it stupidity or is it laziness?  As I think over my own life I must admit that many of the times I did not "rise to the occasion," was not because I lacked skill, rather I just did not want to make the effort.  In other words, I was lazy.

 So, when we are called to serve in God's Kingdom, let's not use the excuse that I just don't have the gifts, or that there is somebody better than me, let's just get up and answer the call. Remembering in all things we are weak, even the things we do best compared to God are weak. So, let's not give the excuse, but rather let us give the energy that God provides.

Let us remember the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel, 
"'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty." (Zechariah 4:6)

Enhanced by Zemanta

Sunday, October 16, 2011

THE POWERFUL WORD OF GOD!

IT IS THE WORD OF GOD THAT CHANGES LIVES. Here is a sermon, no more than that, here is the Word of God recited as it was meant to be heard.
Get yourself in a comfortable place. Quiet your heart. Set aside the next 46 minutes and let the Word of God dwell in you richly. For it is powerful. And it will change your life.

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.


Enhanced by Zemanta

Sunday, October 02, 2011

A CAUSE TO STOP AND CONTEMPLATE


TODAY, AS I WAS OUT FOR A LATE AFTERNOON RUN, I was listening to Scriptural prayers on my iPod. One of the prayers came from 1 Kings 8:27 where Solomon prays concerning the temple for God He has built, he prays,
“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!

Solomon knew that God was too eternal, too omnipresent, to glorious to dwell in anything made by human hands, no matter how large or glorious it might be. True enough!

As I was dwelling upon this portion of Scripture I was caught up with the reality, stated by the Lord Himself, that He now dwells within by the Holy Spirit. (John 14:26; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19)


Now consider this: if Solomon's glorious temple, covered with gold so that it almost glowed in the noonday sun could not contain God, then how can I?  Little me. Marred, imperfect, and small, how can I be the dwelling place of the Most High God?


God! Get it? God, dwells within the life of the believer. How amazing is that?!  Why don't I just explode?! 


I encourage you to dwell upon that reality this week with me.  God the Holy Spirit dwells within me, little ol' me. That must make an impact in and upon my life and upon those I encounter. Contemplate that reality of God in you, and ask yourself, how will it change my life today? This week? From now on?
Enhanced by Zemanta