Merry Christmas

Posted: December 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hey Everybody

We would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Have you ever stood in front of the microwave and said “come on, hurry up”?

We are all so busy and live in such a fast paced world full of anxiety and the call to get things done. I wonder just how well we are able “be still and know” (Psalm 46). I know it is hard for me sometimes.

Paul asked an interesting question on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). He said, “Who are you, Lord?”. From time to time maybe we should ask that question along with “Lord, what would you have me do?”, then be still, spend time in His promises and His power and listen to what He has for us.

Telling the microwave to hurry up is futile, so is living life without Jesus and knowing who He is and being about His work.

Love and Hate

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Check It Out, Just A Thought

It seems like we have always been told how bad it is to hate. However, recently I have seen a different perspective on hate. I have been reading a leadership book by Dr. Henry Cloud called     “9 things a Leader Must Do”. I’m trying to learn to be a better leader.

One of the chapters is called “Earn A Black Belt In Hate” which struck me as odd. Through that thought process and looking into scripture and praying, the Lord has taught me something. In the book Cloud says that we can tell a lot about people in what they love and what they hate. That makes a lot of sense. He also points to the Book of Proverbs and specifically Proverbs 6:16-19 which says; There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Cloud points out that people who hate things like arrogance, lying, innocent people being hurt, harmful schemes, evil practices and things that stir up dissension would be good people to have around because you can depend on them. Jesus said in Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” I have a note in my Bible that says ‘mourn over their own sin’. Which is something I and maybe all of us need to look at more closely. How do we view our own sin?

Matthew 22:34-40 is The Greatest Commandment, and Jesus says; “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

I get that this is a very basic lesson but sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics. Love what is good, what is of the Lord and be about it. Hate what is evil and especially our own sin and flee from it. I don’t know about you but I needed to see that in my life…again.

Ever wonder why your decisions keep producing outcomes that are less than what you hoped for?  Maybe it’s because the thinking that determines your decisions is not based on truth.  Maybe it’s only wishful thinking.  Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  And yet…many of us make decisions all day long that are based on assumptions that are just not correct.

Some time back Andy Stanley talked about this concept in a message called “Breakaway.”  Here’s what he said, “Your thinking determines your decisions and your decisions determine your outcomes.”

Next time you find yourself standing a midst the debris field of a bad outcome, ask yourself: “What are the deeply held beliefs that led me to make the decisions that produced this outcome?”  That’s where you might find an adjustment to your thought process.

This is a blog post which comes from: MarkHowellLive.com

Have a great day!

Pray Together II

Posted: July 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sunday Pastor Dave shared about the importance of husbands and wives praying together.  Yesterday we shared an article about how to get started. 

Today, we are including an article about family prayer and how important it is as a foundation. Please take a look. We hope this helps you make family prayer a priority.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/parenting_roles/dads_make-every-day-count/prayer-seek-the-lord-together.aspx

Yesterday Pastor Dave talked about praying with your wife. Here is a link to an article that will help you get started if you are feeling uneasy.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/strengthening_your_marriage/spiritual_intimacy/beginning_to_pray_together.aspx

Here’s a little encouragement for you. Like anything worth doing, it’s hard to get new habits started but this is one that will be of great benefit to many, many couples. Do the hard work, talk to your wife about praying together and just get started. Let it feel odd at first, its OK but the push through the odd. In the end it will be a major win.

Bearing Not Overbearing

Posted: June 12, 2013 in Just A Thought

In Titus 1 verse 7 and 8 there are two lists. It lists ‘vices’ and ‘virtues’ that Paul uses to describe to Titus what he should look for in the character of the men who would be appointed elders in the churches on the island of Crete.

These character traits are not just for elders or those who may become elders are they? Of course not. They are for all of those that follow Christ. Everyone who has been saved should, through the work of the Holy Spirit, be striving to be free from the ‘vices’ in our lives.

In verse 7 the first ‘vice’ or quality that an elder is  listed as “not overbearing”.  Let’s take a look at that a little closer. Overbearing is described as self-willed, haughty or domineering; dictatorial; rudely arrogant. Things like pride, selfishness and lack of care for other people come to mind. Have you been around overbearing people? Are you in a place where you have to be around an overbearing person? Overbearing people are not enjoyable to be with; it’s that plain and simple. They think they know more than anyone else. They think that they are more necessary than they really are.

What’s the other side look like? What does it look like to not be overbearing? Well, think of the word “bearing”. One definition is that which carries weight or acts as a support. Or, think of load bearing, capable of bearing a structural load, withstanding a weight or strain. Quite the contrast isn’t it?

God’s standard, which we are incapable of meeting on our own, is set very high. This is why we need His Son. Look at the “one another’s”. Here is a link to the list on our GROW Group leader tools page:

http://growgroupleaders.bethel-church.org/blog/files/2009/09/Biblical-One-Anothers.pdf

It would seem that the one who carries the load or supports the weight of people around him is the one most likely to live out the “one another’s” in his life. He is the man that is bearing or able to bear the burdens of others, the one who lifts others up, who encourages people and moves them forward spiritually. Those overbearing dudes don’t do that. Their actions and words tear others down and discourage people. In other words, the shepherd cares for the sheep; he doesn’t beat them up, make them feel unworthy or bring harm to them.

Are you a bearing guy or an overbearing guy? Can people bear to be around you or not? Just somethin’ to kick around and think about. Have a great rest of your day…