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Conflict In The Church

Posted: October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Conflict In The Church

A look at how the Church has historically dealt openly with honest disagreements.

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Wilderness Lessons

Posted: March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV

Moses retells the Law to the Israelites in this book before he goes to Mount Pisgah to see the Promised Land before he dies. In this second teaching of the Law Moses warns the people not to forget the Law, not to disobey the Law, and he warns them not to forget the lessons God taught them in the wilderness when they come into the Promised Land and are blessed beyond what they had dreamed of in the desert. Moses tells them to remember it is God who empowers them so that they become well enough for Him to establish His promises in them.

Believers need to remember this too. We who are blessed with good livings know that He gave us the ability to gain wealth. This means that those abilities and the gains we get from them must be seen as at His disposal. When we are blessed so greatly we cannot forget the Blesser. If we do we will start thinking we can do whatever we want with our resource and with our person. The reality is more is required of those who have wealth.

Lord help me always to remember You in every facet of my life. You are my one true source! Now that I am Your son let me act like You.

Soul Hope

Posted: March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
Psalms 43:5 NKJV

The psalmist writes that God is the one who vindicates him even if the nation judges him an outsider because he won’t join them. He is counting on God’s strength and guidance to lead him to God’s tabernacle where he can meet with God for praise and worship. He knows that even when times are disquieted by depression he can count on God to lift his face along with his soul.

Hope means confidence. Our spirit is saved. The trouble lies I our currently unredeemed soul. Like the psalmist we have to rule over our soul and keep it facing God and moving to His place. My soul will praise Him whatever circumstances I have to deal with. When time are tough I will lean into Him because He is where my hope resides.

Touch

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
Mark 6:54-56 NKJV

Once people see Jesus they recognize Him wherever He shows up. Once they experience His ministry they run to get those who are in distress. They will even carry their friends to Him in hope that they will reach out to Jesus and be healed.

I did notice that as many as touched Him were healed. Their friends had carried them to Jesus but they had to reach out and touch Him. Lord, today I reach out to touch the hem of Your garment. Heal me and I will be sacrificed.

Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
Acts 13:9-12 NKJV

I find it interesting that Paul spoke temporary blindness to silence the false prophet/sorcerer. I reminds me that Paul himself went three days in darkness and had to be led around . I think that though Paul’s primary concern was to witness to the proconsul and those in his entourage he left room for Elymas to repent.

Sometimes we have to make hard choices when dealing in kingdom matters. Let’s make sure we have left room for those who oppose us to repent. Remember that He had dealt with us in grace from the beginning of our relationship with Him.

...and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
Acts 5:40-42 NKJV

The Pharisees were having quite a time with the Apostles. People were receiving life changing ministry that was affecting the area around Jerusalem. The Pharisees were worried that this belief in Jesus would spread and since there was nothing they could do to disprove what had happened they did the only thing they could without directly opposing God – they beat them and told them to stop.

These regular guys left their punishment joyfully thanking God that they were counted worthy. No longer were they worried about being first. They weren’t rejoicing because many had joined them. They were celebrating the shame they had received as a mark of being like Jesus. Not only did they say they were happy to have served Jesus in suffering they continued to minister and put themselves at risk.

I am thankful for the small part that Jesus has allowed me to play in His kingdom. I am happy that He has allowed me to participate in helping others hear His message of hope.