A New Attitude for a New Year
Thursday, December 29, 2011
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As believers in Christ, we need to continue to "throw off" bad attitudes and behaviors whenever necessary. We don't want to let "stuff" from our "former way of life" creep back in.
A lot of what we see wrong in others is only the "rot" of our own poor attitude. Paul said, "There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes." We need a revival for our thoughts and attitudes!
When your thoughts and attitudes change, you change. This change is powered by the new nature that Christ provided for us, and this "real you" is your best person. The old saying is true, "Your attitude determines your altitude."
Let the new year signal the emergence of a new attitude.
We are looking forward to a wonderful time at our 21st Community Christmas Jesus Celebration!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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God's Unfailing Love and Faithfulness
Thursday, December 08, 2011
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Psalms 117:1 (NLT) Praise the LORD, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. 2 For he loves us with unfailing love; the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
Great Quotes by Charles Kingsley
sermons by Charles Kingsley (1819 – 1875). Kingsley was an English priest of the Church of England and university professor.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
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After reading his Five Sermons on David I continued an online search for the words and works of Kingsley. I discovered the quotes shown below on the Brainyquote.com website. Enjoy!
How to Get Clean and Stay Clean
John 1:7, But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Friday, December 02, 2011
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Walking in the light with Jesus and staying in fellowship with God's people is the best way to get clean and stay clean!
What to Do After Acting Insanely: A Lesson From David
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,And let us exalt His name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
This message has an over-the-top title, but communicates a very real problem. We all handle pressure and challenging situations differently. Our focus and faith level determines how we handle pressure. David lived under threats against his life by King Saul, whose behavior, fueled by jealousy and the loss of God's favor, had become unstable.
David made a mistake. He took his eye "off the ball." The weight of this lesson is found not only in how David went wrong, but in how God helped him to recover. Psalm 34 became the song of David's recovery and restoration.
~ Bryan Hudson
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Your Identity GPS: "God’s Priorities System"
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
There was a time when we unfolded maps to chart our destination. Today we use devices that receive signals from Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) to find our way. All mapping systems rely on fixed coordinates. We require unchanging priorities as reference markers to navigate through an ever-changing world.
Your identity is a fixed point, a reference, and a priority.
We have many titles, attributes, and characteristics. From childhood, we bond with our mothers and fathers. Throughout life, people and things make impressions upon us. We develop a worldview based on those experiences and interactions.
When people do not have Christ and the Word of God within their interaction matrix, one's identity and worldview is shaped by priorities and reference points which are not entirely accurate. A lot of the misery and aimlessness that mark people's lives have resulted from a lack of GPS, "God’s Priorities System".
The most effective interaction available to humanity is to know Jesus Christ. Our best experience of accurate identity is found within the Body of Christ, or His church. Our highest priority is loving God, and loving one another.
Fix on this identity GPS coordinate: "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another."
Link to document, "My Identity in Christ."
Link to message, "I Am the Body of Christ."
Breach of Truth: Apostolic and Prophetic Political Activism
Friday, November 11, 2011
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Thanking God for a Wonderful Church Family!
Friday, November 04, 2011
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Patricia and I are honored serve such a wonderful congregation! We thank God for leaders and workers who lead and work. We appreciate the gifts and words of encouragement shared with us. We are blessed to partner with ministries such as Jesus Inside Prison Ministry.
Seek Peace and Prosperity in Your City
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
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Seven Instructions for Rich People Like Us
1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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In this text, Apostle Paul provides simple instructions to people of means. In fact, I think that most of us who live in America should consider ourselves rich, especially in comparison to most other people in this world. Whether you consider yourself rich or poor, the admonition provided by Paul is useful to all of us.
The problem with being rich is the tendency to place too much confidence in material possessions and to build one's life around getting more stuff. This is a form of idolatry, which is having devotion for things (and people!) more than for the living God.
Paul gave these seven instructions to rich folks like us:
1. Don't be arrogant
2. Don't put hope in wealth
3. Know that it is God who richly provides all things
4. Do good
5. Be rich in good works
6. Be generous
7. Be willing to share
BTW: Idolatry is not only the temptation of rich people, it can also be the temptation of poor people.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Tim. 6:10 )
Paul's seven simple admonitions will help us stay in pursuit of Jesus and serving others, more than chasing things.
God's "Perfect Faithfulness"
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
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The prophet Isaiah wrote these words just after an extended discourse reflecting God's displeasure with His people and the sad condition of people in the earth.
It's as if Isaiah had to take a "praise break." In the midst of difficulty and chaos all around us, God is still God. And God is always good…all the time!
We should praise God for His "perfect faithfulness" in an imperfect world and life. We should exalt Him because he has done wonderful things! We should thank Him for working out His plan through our lives, plans laid out for us a long time ago. What we need to do is discover his plan and choose to follow him.
Make that choice every day.
The Cross of Christ Cancels Boasting
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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We're living in the day when people like to boast about what they have done. I remember the days when Muhammad Ali boasted, "I am the greatest!" In actual fact, he WAS the greatest boxer of all time! However, his boast of greatness at boxing could not prevent him from acquiring Parkinson's disease. His boast of greatness did not give him a relationship with Jesus Christ.
People today, including Christians, boast of many deeds and attributes. But all of this utterly pales in comparison to what Jesus Christ accomplished.
The apostle Paul was a man of extraordinary intellect and accomplishment in his sphere as a Jewish leader. After encountering Jesus, Paul had the good sense to boldly declare that he would boast in nothing except the cross of Jesus Christ. Paul was not speaking of the physical object on which Jesus was crucified.
The cross is the place where sinful self died. The cross of Christ is no longer the instrument of Christ's death, but the spiritual reality of our changed (or crucified) lives because if His death, burial and resurrection.
The cross is like a filter that helps us daily sort out all of the things that defeat us.
The cross is like a memorial that stands to reminds us of the One who fought and won THE strategic battle that saved our lives forever!
The cross is not something that we wear around our necks, but the truth of a redeemed life on display for the world to see.
Getting Your Sharp Edge Back On
Saturday, September 24, 2011
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Is it Time for an "Edge Check?"
Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.
The next time you find yourself whacking away at a tree or some other endeavor, and it does not yield, change or "fall," it may be time for an Edge Check.
An unsharpened life, like an unsharp ax, will not "cut" or bring the desired results. In this condition, more effort does not produce more results. It only makes one more tired.
Worship, reading/doing the word, fervent prayer, and walking in love will put a sharp edge back on our lives. This is part of the "wisdom that brings success"---and you won't feel so TIRED all the time!
Furniture in a Field?
Thursday, September 15, 2011
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It has often been said that "Knowledge is Power." According to Proverbs, knowledge can fill "rooms" with many wonderful things, which may be desirable.
But knowledge alone is not enough.
Can you imagine a room full of things without a house? How useful would it be to arrange furniture on an empty lot? Knowledge without wisdom and understanding looks like furniture in a field, without structure and purpose.
Wisdom is the ability to know what to do and where to do it. Understanding is about knowing the meaning of things. Knowing the "what, where and why" of life MUST come before simply having stuff.
So, it looks like the POWER is really found in possessing wisdom and understanding!
As always, the Word of God teaches us the best way to live!
Love and Faithfulness
Thursday, September 08, 2011
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Love and faithfulness are two great virtues in life.
Love is the quality of giving yourself to bless others without selfish motivation. God is love. And love never fails.
Faithfulness is the quality of being steadfast and reliable. Faithful people never fail to show up with love, ready to act.
Love and faithfulness should be demonstrated outwardly because we cultivate it from the heart.
This, more than ambition, brings favor with God and man.
Keep in Step With the Spirit
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
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God's Benefits Package (Message)
Sunday, September 04, 2011
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SCRIPTURE TO ENCOURAGE YOU!
Psalm 103:1, Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases
Shout! Worship! Enter! Give Thanks! Praise!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
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Psalm 100:1 "Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."
What we do:
"Shout for joy…"
"Worship the Lord …"
"Enter into His gates…"
"Give thanks to Him…"
"Praise His name…"
Why we do it:
"We are His people..."
"For the Lord is Good" …All the Time!
My Healing from Chronic Pain Felt like a Dream
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
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This morning, when I awoke, it felt like a dream.
For almost four weeks I have been suffering with chronic pain. Chronic pain is not uncommon today. There are people who have suffered with pain for years. However, there is no pain like your own!
The pain I have been experiencing is the worst that I can remember. I experienced the pain of a torn Achilles tendon, after which I drove myself to the hospital for treatment. I've experienced the pain of a separated shoulder. I've experienced the pain of stepping a broken bottle and having the glass impaled in my foot. I've experienced the pain of concussion. I've experienced the pain of severe sprain in both ankles. I've experienced the pain of having tissue torn away from behind my kneecap. I even experienced the pain of having two front teeth knocked out from taking an elbow while playing basketball.
But never have I endured such pain as I have experienced over the past four weeks, day and night. X-rays showed no spine damage. My doctor could only recommend therapy and prescribe something strong for the pain. I opted to take only over-the-counter pain medicine such as Advil and Aleve. These medications took the edge off the pain. Every 3 to 5 hours the pain would return in full effect, causing great difficulty in simple tasks like bathing, standing or putting on my shoes.
Sunday before last, I showed up at church to preach carrying my shoes because I couldn't put them on until the pain medicine kicked in.
Well, as they say, "I've said all of that to say this."
This morning, August 16, I woke up without pain!
Thank you Jesus!
When I sat up, there was no pain. When I stood up, there was no pain. When I reach down for my shoes, there was no pain!
As with the children of Israel of old (who certainly endured far worse conditions than my own), not being "captive" to pain felt like a dream. For some 26 days, the joy of each new day had been greeted by excruciating pain. Finally, as I twisted and turned in ways that would have made the pain worse, there was only discomfort, not pain.
I thank God for His mercy, for the prayers of believers, and for the healing power of my Lord Jesus Christ!
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