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Courage

February 19, 2011 1 comment

What’s the good word? Psalms 31:24 says: “So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.” As the church, God calls us to something bigger than ourselves, and there are times when we ponder: What if? But the “what ifs” we should be asking ourselves are: What if we stepped into all God has created us to be? What if we stepped into all that God has called us to be as the church? Look, risk is a given. I remember a line in one of my favorite movies “Grumpy Old Men” that went, “The only regrets you have in life are the risks you don’t take.” There is a ring of truth in that. Jesus says in Luke 19:26, “Risk and get more than you ever wanted. Play it sage and end up holding the bag.” But we don’t like to take risks in church. We like to play it safe. Perhaps that why our numbers are declining as a whole, among other reasons of course. Pursuing who God has called us to is essential. Action is required. And here is one thing when taking risks that we can be guaranteed of, we will be tested. And it’s at that point, at the point of being tested,  when we all too often begin to count the costs, decide they are too high, and retreat or don’t do it. We become sidetracked by legitimate fears and our vision looses momentum. Fear overtakes faith and we give up, resisting the unknown and never knowing what we will have sacrificed on the other side. But Scripture calls us to push through and overcome our fears. Our faith must prevail over our fear if we expect kingdom change to take place. David told Solomon, his son, in 1 Chronicles, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.” We know we’ve been granted undeserved influence in our communities, and we must now lead the church forward. It’s up to this generation.  What if? What if we fully embraced the life to which we’ve been called in ministry? What if we broke free from our fears and stepped into all we were created and called to be? I have no doubt that if we did, he will use us to change the world. And that’s the good word for today.

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What?

February 4, 2011 2 comments

What’s the good word? A question sticks in my mind from a book I’ve been reading. It is as follows: “If you could be reunited with everyone you ever knew and loved, if you could experience all the wonderful experiences, if you could sense all the wonderful senses, if you could have everything you ever loved and wanted, could you be satisfied with heaven if Jesus wasn’t there?” OY! Yes, I said, Oy! But it is a doozie of a question. It brings me to think, are we in love with God or are we more in love with what God can do for us? It’s a perfectly legit question. Too often I think I find myself loving more with what God can do for me, especially when I get caught up in my own mess. I don’t think I like that very much. I want to be in love WITH GOD! Which brings me to this verse: “1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven.'” Mark 2:1-12. The people were so worried about getting their own needs met, they had their backs turned to the very one who needed him the most. I believe those in that house that day were more in love with what Jesus could do for them than in love with him. What about you? Are you more in love with God or with what God can do for you? Would you be satisfied with heaven if Jesus wasn’t there? And that’s the good word for today.

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