Monthly Archives: February 2012

Pennsylvania: After Muslim assaults atheist dressed as “Zombie Muhammad,” Muslim judge dismisses charges | Worthy Christian News

WOW if you have not heard about this get ready to be amazed!  This is just crazy! Can you imagine a Christian Judge doing something like this?  Can you imagine what would have happened if some catholic would have jumped Nicki Minaj at the Grammy awards for her little stunt? I sure hope someone is looking into this judge’s future on the bench, seems like his judgement may be a bit clouded to me.

Make Your Monday Rock!

Most people despise Mondays and I know this is certainly true for the clergy as well.  For ministers Mondays can be exceptionally difficult and lonely days in ministry.  The majority of pastors feel overwhelmed, under-appreciated and spiritually dizzy nearly every day of the week, but Mondays can for many be the climax of such feelings.  After a long day on Sunday the Devil loves to attack God’s faithful warriors on Monday. Mondays for me however, are generally my best day of the week.  This has not always been the case but over time I have made certain changes that have helped me transform this once dreaded day into something I desperately long for.  These are the reasons why my Mondays rock. I decide to start my Monday with a bang and accomplish something right out of the gate.  Instead of rolling out of bed knowing I have 10,000 things to do on Monday I start by focusing on one thing that I can accomplish within the first few minutes of my day.  Generally this is reading an entire book of the Bible.  I will pick a short book, or maybe section of scripture like the beatitudes.  Doing this gives me a great sense of accomplishment to launch me into the day.  Sometimes on Monday I will change this up and go out and run 3-5 miles, or write several blog posts, or read a large portion of a book.  The main thing is that you do something and finish it before you ever head into the office.  On my way to work (10 Minute Drive) I call another minister and attempt to encourage him.  They in turn always encourage me as well.  These conversations are […]

Parched and in desperate need…

O God, you are my God! I long for you! My soul thirsts for you, my flesh yearns for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalms 63:1 NET How might our lives be different if the words above were really true of our own desire for God.  Certainly most want to have a relationship with God, we want to go to heaven, and our desire for His Holy blessings is great.  However, few find the richness and depth in their spiritual lives that cause them to long, thirst, and yearn for God. I must confess that many days I don’t sense such a longing in my own heart for God.  Far to frequently I am side tracked and taken off course by my longing for many less desirable things of this world.  Those things might include the approval of others, material possessions, or the desire to simply be needed or appreciated.  Any conflicting desire or passion will always cause your desire and passion for God to be reduced.  Examine yourself this hour and consider what desire in your own life might be prohibiting you from longing for God in such a way as the Psalmist did.  Expel those wretched impostors from your life before they trap you and ruin your day.  Remove anything that even temporally quenches the thirst that only God can satisfy.

By |February 25th, 2012|Bible, Church, God|2 Comments

Love Of The World

  15   Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 16 because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever. 1 John 2:15–17 NET Taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study on 1, 2, & 3 John Have you ever been “in love”? Maybe there was a special somebody who suddenly took your breath away as they walked into the room. Your nerves were shot, and all you could think about was how to keep from making a fool of yourself in front of this person. Or, maybe you just found yourself thinking about this person throughout the day. In a good way, you just couldn’t get them out of your mind. Now, my follow-up question would be, “How long did that last?” Unfortunately, people think that being “in love” is the equivalent of loving someone. This is part of why so many marriages don’t last – because people claim that they don’t love each other anymore. What they really mean is that they don’t feel “in love” anymore. Love is more than just a feeling; it’s a choice. It’s about setting your affections to rest on a certain person or entity. It is committing yourself unconditionally in fact, covenantally to someone or something. The feeling of being “in love” is really more of an involuntary thing, something you […]

The Truth About Lies

  Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I have not written to you that you do not know the truth, but that you do know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the person who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:20–23 NET Taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study on 1, 2, & 3 John In an effort to combat the cultic notions of the day, which denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and touted a secret knowledge as the mark of enlightenment, John lays it all out for his readers. He boldly proclaims that belief in Jesus Christ, as He was revealed to the apostles, is the mark of true enlightenment. Anything that disagrees with this is a distortion of the truth, or as John puts it, a lie. John had a very down-to-earth understanding of who Jesus was. John was essentially one of Jesus’ roommates for the better part of Jesus’ three-year ministry. John ate with Jesus, laughed and cried with Jesus, walked for miles with Jesus, and saw Jesus perform many miracles and wonderful signs that all pointed to Jesus being the Christ. John was there when Jesus was betrayed, and John followed Jesus as He was taken captive. John saw Jesus, bloody and suffocating on the cross. However, John also witnessed the resurrection. He talked with and ate with the risen […]

Your Outlook

How is your outlook and attitude about life today?  Has it been a good day, or a rotten day or has your day been someplace in-between?  I like what Romans 8 has to say about our outlook.  5 For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit.  There is good news in this verse concerning our outlook and attitude about life.  First your outlook is shape-able; if you live in the spirit it is shaped by the spirit, however when we drift into the flesh our outlook is shaped by the flesh.  Second your attitude is predictable, you can have the worst day of your life in the spirit, and remain positive, or you can have the best day of your life in the flesh and have a negative outlook.  The choice is yours, your outlook is predictable. Finally, your outlook is significant, verse six goes on to say that the outlook of the flesh leads to death, but the outlook of the spirit leads to life and peace.  The stakes are high, live in the spirit have your outlook shaped by the spirit and I know you will have a wonderful day today.

By |February 10th, 2012|Bible|1 Comment

The Rich Young Man…

In the tenth chapter of Mark’s gospel we find the story of the rich young ruler. For centuries many have considered this to be one of the saddest encounters in the Gospel.  We frequently beat up on this young man for his lack of faith, but have you ever considered all of the good qualities that we observe about him through this encounter he had with Jesus?  For example, this young man was eager to follow Christ; he was humble, he was concerned about spiritual things, he was morally pure, he was in a position of authority and had not abused that authority, he was wealthy and yet his wealth had not corrupted him.  As the father of a daughter myself I look at this man from the outside and say this is the kind of person I want my daughter to marry.  However, on the inside he possessed a fatal flaw, and one simple thing kept him from following Jesus, and as a result he missed his fresh start.  Jesus loved this young man and he loves you too.  I pray that you won’t let one thing, whatever it may be, keep you from following Christ.  Instead I want to encourage you to trust in Jesus and follow him with all of your heart!

Do you think God trusts you?

When it comes to God we frequently consider things like His love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. But have you ever considered how much God trusts you? Trust is a natural by-product of love, and God’s great love for humanity has lead Him to place great trust in humanity as well.  For example, scripture is clear that all the silver and gold belong to God.  Yet He places it in the hands of people like you and me to be stewards of that money.  God could have used angels, animals, rocks, or any other means to spread the gospel, but He trusted humanity with the greatest mission the world has ever known.  God could micromanage your family, but instead He trusts you as a parent to raise your children in a way that honors Him.  The list is endless and so is His confidence and trust in you.  Yes God loves you, but never forget that he has placed a great deal of trust in you as well.

At The End of My Rope…

We rightly look up to people like the Apostle Paul, but when we examine his life we find that like the rest of us he was human and his humanity frequently got the better of him.  Paul struggled with the same things we all do, and he constantly had to battle his flesh just as each of us continue to do today.  There is a failure passage in Romans 7 where Paul laments about this struggle.  I recently read it from the translation called The Message and enjoyed the way it really captured Paul’s frustration with this problem. Maybe it will speak to you and perhaps even encourage you if like Paul you find yourself at the end of your rope today. Romans 7:14–25 MESSAGE  14 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. 15 What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. 16 So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. 17 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! 18 I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. 19 I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, […]

By |February 1st, 2012|Bible|1 Comment
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