Filling Our Need

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 1:00 PM [General]

    To the young boy who lost his family God says to him:
    “I am a Father to the Fatherless and a protector and comforter of those who have lost their loved ones” Psalm 68:5 

    To the Soccer Mom who cheated with her husband’s best-friend God says:
    As far as the east is from the west is as far as God has removed your sins from you. Psalm 103:12

    The sixteen year old girl who struggles with the thought of not being cared about God says:
    I think about you so much that you cannot possibly number them! I can’t even count them, they outnumber the grains of sand and when I wake up you are still with me! Psalm 139:17-18

    The homeless man who feels forgotten by the world God says:
    Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she would have no compassion on the son of her own womb? Even if she forgets, I will never forget you. I have engraved {tattooed} you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:15-16

    The Former Nazi General wondering if God could love someone like him God says:
      “I have loved you, my people, with an EVERLASTING love, With UNFAILING love I have drawn you to myself. Jeremiah 31:3-4

    And to everyone else, God has a word for you……

    Listen…

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    Get Up And Love

    Thursday, February 25, 2010, 1:08 PM [General]

    Many of us, if not most of us are quick to say how much we love God. God is the center of our joy, our very reason for living. God is our "this" and God is our "that" - we love God from the depths of our soul and spirit.

     

    Loving God is a beautiful thing, but is our love something we just say?
    Or do our actions back up those words?

     

    One way we love God is by loving his people. John 14:15 says, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." There are many commandments we could discuss, but let's look at a particular one that says: "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12

     

    Loving the way God loves us is a huge task because God love is unconditional. God knows EVERYTHING about us - the good, the bad and the "oh I hope no one finds out about this" - yet, He loves us.

     

    We disobey and disappoint God...yet He loves us.
    We don't listen to God's mandates...yet He loves us.
    We are too busy to spend quality time with God like we should...yet He loves us.
    We ignore His instructions and then beg for mercy when we fall down...yet He loves us.
    We gossip, lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, abuse our temples, etc...et, He loves us.

     

    We continue to do that "thing" we keep asking for forgiveness about and promise never to do again... yet He loves us. Now turn the tables and look how we treat those around us. Does our love for God's people even come close to the love God shows towards us?

     

    Are we willing to see the good in people instead of always emphasizing the bad? Are we willing to help that sister or brother struggling with that addiction, or are we just going to continue to talk about them?

     

    Will we reach out to that family that we know is in need or will we assume the next person will assist them? Will we pray for that couple whose marriage is suffering or just speculate about what took place? Will we embrace that young woman prostituting her body for attention and teach her what it means to love herself, or will we just turn our heads?

     

    It's time out for being a Christian that simply talks the talk. Love is not passive - it's active. It's not just words, it's actions. So ask yourself, what will I do today to love on God's people? How can I strive to love others as God loves me?

     

    Perhaps we will never make it to that place of loving as God does, but each day, we can work to get one step closer. So stop talking about love...

     

    ...get up and love!

     

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    Loving God's People

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 5:58 PM [General]

    It goes without saying that often in life we feel alone. We feel as if we are standing against the storm alone, fighting the rising tide alone, dealing with the difficulty alone, and living the great moments alone.

     

    Life has been so unkind to so many of us that we have failed to cultivate or revisit the art of being close to persons and knowing the joy that comes from true and genuine fellowship.

     

    We can find ourselves seeking to be alone because we feel it is safer and we won't be hurt. The real truth, however, is that we are missing out on what God has purposefully put in our path: His people.

     

    God knows we cannot make this journey by ourselves and still know the fullness of the joy God has for us. What God has for us is intricately woven into fellowship and cannot be fully experienced until we allow ourselves to embrace the community of which God has us a part.

     

    He has given us His people and now we must learn to love again. Jesus said that we would be known as his disciples 'by our love one for another.' God allows us and teaches us how to love and just what love means.

     

    He teaches us that within the confines of God's family, we must learn how to love and to forgive. We must learn how to care and to be compassionate. We must learn how to celebrate and to serve.

     

    I must admit...I love the people of God. They have been my instructors in life, my companions in suffering, my cheerleaders in success, and my friends in life. The writer of Hebrews said that we should not take this love 'for granted.'

     

    We should seek out ways to build upon it and to encourage one another. We have a community that is always looking for new ways to inspire and to edify us. In the midst of a world that wrestles with the meaning of love, God has placed us in a community that seeks to practice love.

     

    Let us not be naïve; the church is far from perfect. It has its flaws and makes its mistakes, but it is the bride of Christ being prepared for her Lord.

     

    A love for God's people can help us all to realize that we should not live out our lives' journey by ourselves.

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    A love for God's people

    Monday, February 22, 2010, 1:04 PM [General]

    Life is God's gift to us, but what we do with that life is our gift back to God. One of the most expressive ways to show God our attitude of gratitude is to share the life of God's love with others.

     

    We live in a world that is screaming for love in all the wrong places. As a society, we have lowered our standards to believe that it doesn't matter where the love comes from, as long as it packaged with a label called "love". Most often we find that what we call "love" is actually lust disguised.

     

    One can always use this example as a gauge to measure if something is love or lust: If it is true love it's always looking for an opportunity to give. If it is lust it is always looking for an open door to take.

     

    We have crossed the threshold of a new age, we must hold fast to the core values that have made us sober and secure. Jesus tells us that on these two hang the entire laws of the prophets according to Matthew 22:38-40

     

    As we walk out and share this love with others, we should exemplify the horizontal and vertical love of God. This model displays the insignia of the cross. Then we take up that cross daily (the love of God) and carry it to a lost and dying world that so desperately awaits it.

     

    Today we are being faced with a challenge that we've never been faced with before. We are openly commanded to love a people who do not think or live like us. We must find a way to channel that passion and conviction into loving them with the same conviction that must be modeled beyond words only, it must become tangible.

     

    John 13:34-35, Jesus explicitly declared,

    "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

     

    The only way the world would ever believe that the Kingdom of God existed and that God had a sincere heart towards humanity was if those who had been in the presence would show the love of God towards each other.

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    Hope for my future...

    Thursday, February 11, 2010, 1:16 PM [General]

    The other night, my momma and I got into a great discussion about my future. I've been praying these last few months for God to give me clear direction of what's next. I feel blessed beyond measure with what he's given me, from an amazing and supportive family, to wonderful friends, and a job that keeps me busy. I have a wonderful church and am involved in various ministries there.

    However, I feel God is calling me (and really, all of us) to do something more that will build His kingdom, but I'm just not sure what that is yet.

    Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel the tug of God so strongly on your heart but you’re unsure what to do and where to go next?

    It's an exciting feeling, and I've had it many times before, because I know God is preparing my future. I feel I've made some pretty big leaps in my past, trusting God to catch me on the other side, and He always has. He's always honored those decisions.

     

    This past year, I have really latched on to The Parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25. The parable tells of a master rewarding his servant who used what was given to him to increase his earnings. Read the passage really quick. I believe God gives us all talents and He expects us to use them instead of burying them in the sand. By doing so, He entrusts us with more and says "Well done, good and faithful servant."

    For me, I'm driven to ensure my talents are being used to increase His kingdom. And I'm praying that God continues to give me opportunities to do just that.

    My request to you this week: Join me in that prayer. Not only for God to make His vision clear to me, but to ignite passion and vision in YOU so that you can be placed "in charge of many things."

    Let's build God's Kingdom together!

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