Archive for March, 2012


Got faith (in God)?

If you honor God and have peace when your money is looking nice, but feel stressed and hopeless when your money is looking skimpy, is your faith in God or money?

If you praise God in a big way when you’re excelling on the job, but become overwhelmed with despair and develop a bitter attitude if you’re laid off or are jobless, is your faith really in God or your employer?

If you are used to having the finer things in your possession and thank God for these chief material blessings, but feel ashamed and worthless when you have “make do” with the bare necessities, is you faith in God or your possessions?

If when people treat you well and your relationships are intact you are full of joy, but cannot be productive or even functional when you find yourself friendless or absent an audience, is you faith in God or man?

As true children of God we must learn to put God above all; in doing so, we reduce the likelihood of committing adultery against God by idolizing things or people (Rom 1:25). We must learn to be satisfied with the blessings that God gives and keep in mind that He is the provider (Matt 6:25-34). We don’t deserve the all of the blessings that He’s given us so far; especially not salvation, which we could have never earned. Work to increase your faith in God; everything else will be gone eventually!

MD 3/27/12

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Remember who you are:
Be holy 1 Pet 1:13-16
Be careful with what we engage in and who we engage in conversation with.
You are the children of light (v.8)
We shouldn’t give time/energy to ungodly, negative drama-filled situations (i.e. television)

Remember where you belong (v.5)
We belong in the kingdom. We are here in the world, surrounded by these things, we must live like an example. Phil 3:17-20
Be careful what we feed our minds. We have to try to maintain our place in Heaven.
Let’s not lose our place in Heaven over worldly lusts. Utilize the tools that we have and our spiritual family to help minimize distractions.

Remember where we are
As Christians, we are minorities in the world hoping to bring others to Christ.

Verses for Thought: John 17:13-18, 20 1, 1 John 2:15-17, John 15: 18-19

Hot Topic: How do you balance working in the Lord’s House with your regular life?

Time Management (Value) balancing your schedule, communicating, and using your resources.  Imagine your involvement…make it mandatory to be involved.  Throw yourself into the situation and minimize the time for foolishness and time for working with the Lord will become available.  We have to have a plan and make the most of the time that we are given.  John 4:3: recommend reading “A Purpose Driven Life” the content on how to plan your life is good (but the doctrine is off). Work on staying focused!

MD/RB

So Far Gone

Peruse the words that Paul speaks to the church in Rome regarding the unrighteous behaviors and lifestyles of people.

Rom 1:28-32—People did not think it was important to have a true knowledge of God. So God left them and allowed them to have their own worthless thinking and to do things they should not do. They are filled with every kind of sin, evil, selfishness, and hatred. They are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, lying, and thinking the worst about each other. They gossip and say evil things about each other. They hate God. They are rude and conceited and brag about themselves. They invent ways of doing evil. They do not obey their parents.They are foolish, they do not keep their promises, and they show no kindness or mercy to others.They know God’s law says that those who live like this should die. But they themselves not only continue to do these evil things, they applaud others who do them. (NCV)

Considering the present behavior of the world, does this message ring true today? Do media and technological advances have a hand in promoting such behavior?

Notice how the passage says that those who act in such a manner know God’s law and know the consequence of disobeying His law; however, they continue to sin and support others doing wrong as well. Now look back at passage, specifically at the thoughts that are bolded and italicized. Share your thoughts!

 MD 3/20/12

Tonight’s the night!  Friday Night Lights will be held at the home of Bro. & Sis. Eugene Johnson.  Activities start at 7:30 pm and don’t forget to bring a dish and a hot topic for discussion!

Note:  A “hot topic” item can be a question about the Bible or just a question about how to handle various temptations and/or situations that arise in our daily Christian walk. 

When was the last time you had peace in your life? Can you remember that feeling you had, that overwhelming sense of serenity? Was it after you struggled in your studies not knowing how you would make it through a course, only to succeed in that class and surpass your own expectations? Maybe it was that time when you didn’t have enough money to make it to the next paycheck and several bills were due. Remember how you felt when you received that money unexpectedly and not only were your bills paid, but you had more than you needed? Or that time (those times) when there was much chaos in your family and you didn’t know how things would turn out; despite your uncertainty, God worked everything out for you all and you were able to breathe again. Did you know that the peace you experience after the storms of life have dissipated or when those incredible feats have been conquered can be experienced all the time? In fact, we are encouraged to maintain this positive outlook and cheerful spirit in the midst of the difficult times; not only when they are behind us. James 1:2-4 states, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NIV)

It’s not difficult to be cool, calm, and collected when things are well; however, the opposite is often true when situations are overwhelming. Though it’s no easy task, the Lord desires that we would have enough faith in Him to guide us through any and everything we could ever encounter, good, bad, or ugly; this trust in God, in turn, would help us to be at peace during every situation that we face. The apostle Paul offers words of advice to help us Christians (those outside of Christ cannot truly experience the peace of God) be more joyful and carefree, all the time. He shares, “Always be glad because of the Lord! I will say it again: Be glad. Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts, offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” (Phil 4:4-7, CEV)

So goes the saying… no God, no peace; Know God, know peace!

MD 3/6/12