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August 19, 2019, 12:00 PM

A Renewed Sense of Purpose


A Renewed Sense of Purpose

 

“You will show me the path of life, in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11 NKJV

 

If you’re experiencing tough times, you may be asking yourself “What does God want me to do next?” Perhaps you’re pondering your future, uncertain of your plans, unsure of your next step. But even if you don’t have a clear plan for the next step of your life’s journey, you may rest assured that God does.

God has a plan for the universe, and He has a plan for you. He understands that plan as thoroughly and completely as He knows you. If you seek God’s will earnestly and prayerfully, He will make His plans known to you in His own time and in His own way.

Perhaps your vision of God’s purpose for your life has been clouded by a wish list that you have expected God to dutifully fulfill. Perhaps, you have fervently hoped that God would create a world that unfolds according to your wishes, not His. If so, you have probably experienced more disappointment than satisfaction and more frustration than peace. A better strategy is to conform, your will to God’s (and not to struggle vainly in an attempt to conform His will to yours).

Sometimes, God’s plans and purposes may seem unmistakably clear to you. If so, push ahead. But other times, He may lead you through the wilderness before He directs you to the Promised Land.

So be patient and keep seeking His will for your life. When you do, you’ll be amazed at the marvelous things that an all-powerful, all-knowing God can do.

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July 29, 2019, 12:00 PM

A Reason for Hope


A Reason for Hope

 

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which was given to us.” – Romans 5:5 NKJV

 

Sometimes God is glorified through the removal of an affliction. When we have a problem, people pray with us about it, and if it is resolved, we praise God for that. If a physician performs surgery, and that loved one is cancer-free, we thank God. We thank the doctor, too, but we realize God is the one who is ultimately in control.

But then there are times when the surgery doesn’t go as well as we had hoped. There are times when the illness is not removed. The problem is not taken away. It is then that God can be glorified through the enduring of the affliction. And it is through hardship that we will develop hope.

You would think the best way to find hope is to have a trouble-free life. No, the best way to find hope is through the crises of life. In Romans 5:3-5, we read, “But we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character, and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Hope is going to come through hardship. So when a Christian suffers and still glorifies God, it reassures the rest of us, there never will be a valley so deep that God will not get us through it. It also reminds us that death is not the end. Physical death is not the end of existence; it is just a change in the state of existence. The tomb is not the entrance to death, but the entrance to life. Heaven is the earthly life of the believer, glorified and perfected. When a believer dies, he or she goes into God’s presence. That is the ultimate hope.

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July 22, 2019, 9:53 AM

A Unique Purpose for a Unique You


A Unique Purpose for a Unique You

 

“You formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13

 

I know you have heard this before, but you are God’s unique creation. Just think about it. Of the nearly 7 billion people who live on this planet you are completely unique. There is no one else exactly like you! This is extraordinary news, especially in this throw-way society we live in.

But God is not like that. We are precious to him and he has created us for a purpose…to do something great for his glory.

“Oh I don’t do much. I’m in a small place doing a small thing.” Why not look at it another way? Perhaps we should say, “I do a small thing in a small place in a great way for the glory of God!”

Do you see the difference? You are a child of God and he has planted seeds of greatness in you. And you have everything you need in life to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for your life!

God delighted in creating you. Rejoice that you are loved by him and that you are irreplaceable to him. And trust him to help you fulfill his unique purpose for your life.

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July 2, 2019, 12:00 PM

A Worthy Disciple


A Worthy Disciple

 

“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lore require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humble with your God,”

– Micah 6:8 NKJV

 

When Jesus was talking to His disciples, He warned them that each one must “Take up his cross and follow me.” The disciples must have known exactly what the Master meant. In Jesus’ day, prisoners were forced to carry their own crosses to the place where they would be put to death. So, Christ’s message was clear: in order to follow Him, Christ’s disciples must deny themselves and, and trust Him completely. Nothing has changed since then.

If we are to be followers of Christ, we must trust Him and place Him at the very center of our being. Jesus never comes “next.”  He is always first.

Do you desire to be a worthy disciple of Christ? Then pick up His cross today and every day that you live. When you do, He will bless you today and forever.

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June 18, 2019, 12:10 PM

A Passion For The Lost


A Passion For The Lost

 

“…that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren; my countrymen according to the flesh.” – Romans 9:2-3 NKJV

 

The apostle Paul had something essential for evangelism: a God-given burden for those who did not know Jesus Christ. In his case the burden was for his own people, the Jews. He cared. It burned inside him.

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once said, “If it were possible I would like to take everyone and dangle them over Hell for 24 hours. That way they could see the reality that awaits those who do not know Jesus Christ.”

I think Paul makes an amazing statement in Romans 9, when he says in essence, “If it were possible, I would give up my hope of eternal life, so that others who do not know might come to faith.” That’s a pretty dramatic statement.

As believers, you and I have a responsibility to those outside the church - those outside the faith. If God’s love is really working in our lives, it should motivate us to do something for them.

If you pray that God will give you this burden, then be careful. The results could be life-changing. You just may be surprised at how quickly He answers you.



Comments

06-18-2019 at 12:20 PM
Dan
Amen, Amen and a Amen
to that!! That’s Christ Centered!!
Thanks Pastor!!!!
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