Monday, March 22, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people."
14 The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
I find it interesting because Moses is wanting to learn His ways and continue to find FAVOR with the LORD. That FAVOR, I'm pretty sure, is the same thing as GRACE. So for Moses to know God and experience His grace, God is going to go with him and give him REST.
Now I do think we should do things like eat right, exercise, and have a regular sleep pattern but whether we do or not we should focus on Gods grace. When we are tired we should rely on God's grace. When we are well rested we should thank God for His grace.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
What God did worked. People were hesitant to join the believers out of fear, but still received the gospel in droves. The Sanhedrin, naturally, became jealous and sought to prevent the apostles from preaching more. A respected leader wisely prevented them from carrying out any capital punishment on the apostles by arguing that if these men were not aided by God himself their movement would die. God in his wisdom used the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira to ensure that the movement would in fact be completely led by his Spirit.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
36Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.
Friday, March 12, 2010
I have seen many of these “near misses” in the lives of my children and in my life. These make me mindful of the “common grace” which God grants to all humankind. Though we live in a fallen world, God continually expresses His love for the world through His providence. Colossians 1:16-17 reminds us that Lord Jesus Christ made it all and keeps it all: “… all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Wow! In this life I’ll never know all that God does for me. To my shame, I go through most days taking this for granted. I grumble when things don’t go my way, but rarely praise Him when things go well.
And how much more should we as believers praise Him! For we have been given much more than “common grace”. We have been given “such a great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3)!!! A friend of mine in college gave this word of testimony while his family was in turmoil: "If all that God ever gave me in my life was salvation, and He never did anything else for me, that would enough to praise Him for forever." Right on.
This brings to mind a song we sing at church, “Thank You” …
“For all that You’ve done I will thank You
For all that You’re going to do
For all that You’ve promised and all that You are
And all that You’ve carried me through
Jesus I thank You
And I thank You, thank You, Lord!
And I thank You, thank You, Lord!
Thank You for loving and setting me free
Thank You for giving Your life just for me
How I thank You, Jesus I thank You
I gratefully thank You, and I thank You”
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Two things need to happen: 1) we need to identify potential leaders and 2) be willing to support those leaders when they do things different than we would -- after all we aren't doing things the way our parents did.
Above all tho we need to allow methods to change while remaining true to Scripture -- that is the basis of all ministry: how does it stack up against the Bible. If it does then my advice to my generation is: let it go. If it doesn't we need to provide guidance - pointing to Scripture where the issue deviates and recommend other alternatives.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I was challenged by this and I want to point out two things about this:
- What they had to say they understood as fact
- We should have a similar sense of urgency in sharing God with others
- The Bible is a book comprised of many literary works
- These literary works describe a man named Jesus
- Jesus claimed to be God and brought a message of grace and reconciliation
- Jesus's closest friends saw him die and live again
- Reconciliation and grace can be ours
The Bible contains a portion of the works and teachings of Jesus (John says that if everything were written down the world's books couldn't contain it). The teachings recorded are so radical and unlike anything else that they seem crazy but the facts are:
- Since my dad didn't exasperate me I know he loves me (Ephesians)
- I obeyed the authorities and got good grades (Romans)
- My brother and sister understand grace and forgiveness so they still love me (Gospels)
Share the facts and let those who hear deal with it.