Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Overload
    Overload Overload

    Overload

Overload

Have you ever felt the pressure, stress, anxiety, burden, and tremendous weight of being overloaded in your life?  Every place we turn there is opportunity for overload to occur.  Many are overloaded at home, work, church, and school. We are overloaded with debt, bills, social media, news, and technology.  Overload is constantly around us and seemingly never ceases to threaten our sanity and even our faith.  Jesus gives us some clear direction when it comes to overload. Matthew 11:28–29 (NET) —28Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [1]   His Call– COME TO ME! That is the first thing we should do, it is the key to defeating our overloaded lives. Jesus does not say, go to church, go to your pastor, go to your mom, or your spouse.  Instead he says COME TO ME! His Promise– I will give you rest. When you are overloaded and need rest Jesus says come to me and I will give you the rest you need!  He does not say that He will consider giving you rest, instead He says I WILL give you rest! His Character– Ultimately, Jesus is offering each of us a choice in this text.  You can choose my yoke, or the yoke of overload, but you must make the choice.  As you consider your options take a look at His character.  He is gentle, and humble in heart.  Notice in the text that Christ says “take my yoke.” We must make the choice to embrace the yoke of Christ, […]

  • Mad brothers, fighting
    The Bitter Brother The Bitter Brother

    The Bitter Brother

The Bitter Brother

Luke 15:28–29 (NET) —28But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 29but he answered his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you never gave me even a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends! Bitterness and selfishness almost always come as a pair. Over the years I have seen many people who were selfish, without exception all exhibited some kind of bitterness as well. In the same way those who harbor bitterness are consistently selfish as well. One is not any worse than the other, they are both equally deadly. In the passage above we find a bitter brother from the parable of the prodigal son. This brother was so selfish and bitter that he would not even enter his father’s house and enjoy a nice dinner. He not only refused to eat the food, he refused to fellowship with those in his own family as a result of his bitterness. His bitterness and anger stole the joy from his life. What should have been an exciting day became a huge pity party instead. Some might argue that his anger and bitterness was justified, or even necessary. But the end result is the same, even justified bitterness leads to selfishness, and ultimately our joy, fun, fellowship, and both the large and small blessings of life are overshadowed, and undone. Don’t let your selfishness, or bitterness ruin your day, steal your joy, or keep you away from the party. Get over it, and go inside!

  • friend, helping hand
    Ittai The Faithful Friend Ittai The Faithful Friend

    Ittai The Faithful Friend

Ittai The Faithful Friend

2 Samuel 15:21 (NET) —21But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king is, whether dead or alive, there I will be as well!” [1]   What do you do when things get tough for a close friend?  Do you stand with them or flee from them?  Sadly many in today’s culture are quick to abandon each other.  As soon as things get hard, or start going the wrong way even our closest friends frequently vacate the area.  Scripture is correct when it says… 24A person who has friends may be harmed by them, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.[2] (Proverbs 18:24 (NET).  You may have many friends today, but you will be lucky to have a single friend in your day of trouble.  The truth is we need more men like Ittai in our lives, and in our churches.  Men who will stand for what is right, even when standing is hard, dangerous, and costly. Ittai did not have to flee with King David, he could have stayed behind and been safe, but doing so was not an option.  His loyalty, and devotion to his friend was stronger than his desire for safety, comfort, and even life.  So he chooses to leave the city along with David and a few other men.  David must have been so blessed by the devotion of his faithful friend Ittai who made the choice to stand by his side even in the hard times. Who is it in your life that needs your backing, encouragement, and public support right now?  Will you stand with them, or abandon them?  […]

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