A must for all Chrsitians!

Does this convict you? If I was a Pastor I would play this for the whole Church. Then I would repent of my own lack of anguish.

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Something to think about

Last weekend my Wife and I were at a restaurant with her parents and I had an impression that we needed to pray for our waiter. So I told him we would be praying over our meal in a few moments and then asked “Is there anything we could pray for you about?” The language barrier was a little confusing, but finally he said his family.
So we prayed for his family and asked the blessing for our meal. The next day while out to eat with some friends I did it again. The cool thing was as one of us was praying for the waitress; she happened to stop at our table to check on us. So she heard us pray for her!
how often do you go out to eat and never give the waiter or waitress a second thought except at tip time? We don’t know what challenges in life they are facing, however we can show we care by asking them if we can pray for any needs they may have while we are praying for our food. It may even open up a chance to share the gospel with them.
Anyway it’s something to think about.

Let me know what you think?

Hey Guy’s,
A close personal friend of mine has a blog that I was on recently, and he had embedded the audio version of his blog along with the text. I thought it was cool and decided to give it a try.
It doesn’t mean I will do it with every blog, however I think that it adds a little something to the blogging experience. let me know what you think.

The Main thing

Many years ago I heard Peter Lord say: “Keep the main thing, the main thing.” As simple as that sounds it is not always an easy thing to do.  Sometimes I wonder if the Church is missing the mark when it comes to the the “Main Thing” of it’s existence.

Reaching the lost.

Let me explain what I mean. Hunting is something I love to do. In deer hunting there is a temptation you must avoid, the temptation is to focus on counting the points on the antlers and failing to focus on the mechanics of shooting . The main thing is not th

e size of the antlers but bringing the animal down quickly with proper shot placement.

However some hunters get so focused on the size of their trophy they wait to long to shoot, and miss the opportunity, or they

miss the animal all together. Why, because they didn’t keep the “main thing the main thing.”  This is what is happening in allot of Churches today.

       Focusing on the three B’s ( Bigger budgets, Bigger buildings, and Bigger crowds) they get their eyes off of the main thing. Evangelism! Sadly some claim that focusing on the three B’s is evangelism. Sadly most of their growth comes from other Christians transferring into their Church from another Church. In order to hide this some Church’s insist that you must be re-baptized in order to be a member. by doing this they falsify their baptism records and make it look like they are reaching the lost.

My point is this. The world around us is going to hell, because we have our eye’s on the size of our trophies and not upon spreading the gospel. If we as ministers will equip our people how to share their faith effectively, and measure growth not by the size of our budgets, buildings, and crowds but by conversions then we are keeping the main thing, the main thing.  We are commanded to make disciples first!  Matthew 28:19.

I am not against the three B’s. I think they are great! Just as long as we remember the reason for the Church’s existence is to do what Jesus did.

Seek and save the lost.

The 5 Principles of Christian Attitude

Attitude! All you have to do is spend a little time in the Corporate world or reading leadership books and you will hear about the power of a positive attitude.
Attitude goes a long way in helping us face challenges in life.For example what makes the difference between a person who survives after being lost in the wilderness, and some one who doesn’t? Often times it the attitude of “I will make it through this!”
We as Christians must develop an attitude that is inline with God’s word if we are going to survive behind enemy lines! I found these five principles in Alvin Reid’s book “Evangelism Handbook” If we develop these principles in our lives as Christians imagine how we can effect the world around us with the gospel of Jesus Christ!

The  Principles of Christian Attitude

1. I am responsible for my attitude.

2. My attitude is either my friend or my enemy.

3. I must constantly correct my attitude.

4. My attitude is contagious.

5. My attitude reflects my Walk with God.

(Alvin Reid “Evangelism Handbook)

Faithfulness

Matt 9:13

13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

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               In the English language one of the synonyms for faithfulness is authentic. This is interesting to me because in this verse Jesus is quoting Hosea 6:6. “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” This verse has to do with authentic worship of God within the context of the covenant.

Jesus is basically telling the Pharisee’s your faith isn’t real it’s all a sham. Because, if you truly knew God and walked with Him and in His ways then you would be authentic in your faith, and admit you need a savior just like these people have.

I think we are in danger of becoming like the Pharisee’s as well. We who have experienced the mercy and faithful love of God can easily slide into a judgmental, envious attitude, and in our minds justify writing people off who need the mercy and faithful love  of God through Jesus Christ. When we remember that no one deserves or earns mercy, then we will be authentic in our walk with God. One of the ways to do this is to remind ourselves that perhaps no one needs the faithful love and mercy of God more than us, because we are often not very faithful to Him.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have done it like that! Part Five

Jesus Christ Our Rock of Offense

Jesus knows of our tendency to take offense at Him.  Matthew tells of a sad scene in which John the Baptist is in prison unsure of his fate.  John sends his disciples to ask Jesus if He is indeed the One.

Matt 11:2-6

2 Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” 4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. 6 “And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

Jesus Christ is indeed our rock.  There is no doubt about that. To us He is our cornerstone and sure foundation.  Just as Isaiah declared in 28:6 “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.”

Rom. 9:30-33

30 What then shall we say?  That the Gentiles, you did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.  They stumbled over the “stumbling stone.” 33 As it is written:

“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble

And a rock that makes them fall,

And the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”

While we trust Jesus as our rock of safety and security, there are those who stumble over Him.  He is a point of offense to them and will continue to be until the light of the Gospel is shed upon their hearts.

When I look at the Christmas story, I see the tremendous love of God wrapped in swaddling clothes, His love displayed in the soft cries of an infant wanting to nurse from a poor virgin girl from an overlooked town.  When I see the love of God announced by angels and tended by shepherds, I take hope by remembering that great passage in the Gospel of John: “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  When I see people that take offense at the Christmas story and call it a myth, I am reminded of the rest of John chapter three that reads:

John 3:18-21

18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what He has done has been done through God.”

While I wouldn’t have done it like that, I am sure glad that God did!