A little blessing from Isaiah 40

Let’s gaze upon God and wonder together at His majesty!

Isa 40:12-26

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his handor marked off the heavens with the span of his hand? Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measureor weighed the mountains in a balanceand the hills in scales?13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,or who gave Him His counsel? 14 Who did He consult with?Who gave Him understanding and taught Him the paths of justice?Who taught Him knowledgeand showed Him the way of understanding?15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales;He lifts up the islands like fine dust.16 Lebanon is not enough for fuel,or its animals enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations are as nothing before Him;they are considered by Himas nothingness and emptiness.

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18 Who will you compare God with?What likeness will you compare Him to? 19 To an idol?—something that a smelter casts,and a metalworker plates with goldand makes silver welds for it? 20 To one who shapes a pedestal,choosing wood that does not rot? He looks for a skilled craftsmanto set up an idol that will not fall over.
21 Do you not know? Have you not heard?Has it not been declared to youfrom the beginning?Have you not consideredthe foundations of the earth? 22 God is enthroned above the circle of the earth;its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in. 23 He reduces princes to nothing and makes the judges of the earth to be irrational.24 They are barely planted, barely sown,their stem hardly takes root in the groundwhen He blows on them and they wither,and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.
25 “Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.26 Look up and see:who created these?He brings out the starry host by number;He calls all of them by name. Because of His great power and strength,not one of them is missing.
(from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 by Holman Bible Publishers.)

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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.

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.

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)

The power of testimony

Never forget that your personal testimony is a powerful tool in evangelism! You couple your story, or stories with the blood of the lamb and you have got a powerful witnessing tool in your arsenal! Remember what Revelation 12:11 say’s:

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb

and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
NIV
I have designed a Evangelism training tool for Churches based upon the idea that God wants to use your testimony, and stories to win the lost around you!
If you would like more about how to S.H.A.R.E Your Story, Your Life, Your Savior then contact me and I will answer any questions you may have!

Back on the wheel

Ps 119:109

Though I constantly take my life in my hands,

I will not forget your law.

NIV

               More often than not I take my life in my own hands. Sometimes it’s because I’m too impatient to wait upon God other times I’m too stubborn. I need to be like the Psalmist who admits that he is constantly taking his life in his own hands, but refuses to forget God’s law!

God’s law is supreme even when we try to take control. Remembering this will help me to get back up on the potter’s wheel even when it appears that the vessel God is shaping does not line up with my desires or expectations.

His Law’s teach me about His faithfulness, while exposing my lack of faithfulness to Him, and His decrees remembering them shows the way back to Him, reminding me of His everlasting love.