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God’s Will Revealed – Acts 13, 16

Introduction

What is God’s will concerning us?  This is a popular subject of discussion and my pastor spoke on this topic recently.  Much of this post will be taken from his sermon so I wanted to acknowledge him before I get started.  It was a tremendous message and the absolute best presentation for understanding God’s will I have ever heard.  As a result I wanted to share it with our readers.  My goal is simple: to understand God’s perfect will for our life.

When we broach the subject of God’s will we tend to limit the audience to young adults; this is a bad assumption. God wants to direct our affairs from the start of our relationship with Him until He calls us home.  As a result my target audience is every person who has surrendered their life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ no matter your age or spiritual maturity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Reflection…

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!  Today marks the one year anniversary of this blog and I am thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to serve Him.  One year ago today I posted my first blog post and felt led to call it ‘Think on These Things…’.  As Christians we are a part of the same spiritual body and are instructed in God’s word to consider or esteem one another more than ourselves.  We should seek to do and say those things which are spiritually edifying to each other.

The word edify means to instruct or improve someone spiritually or intellectually.  Over the past year, it has been my prayer that this blog will be a blessing and spiritually edifying to the reader.  I have also been blessed to have a good Christian brother agree to come on board and contribute posts under the pen name ‘The Servant’.  The Lord continues to use him in writing posts that are both timely and encouraging.  In these last days, we need to try to do more for our savior Jesus Christ and also more to be a help to one another. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Pocket Fuzz

Introduction

Parts of this story from my childhood will likely be a shared experience for many of you: my grandfather always wanted to give us something when we came to visit him.  We would usually get a quarter, it meant a little more back then, and a firm pat on the head.  I remember one time my father and an uncle visited at the same time; with five grandchildren at one time this put the quarter payout in jeopardy.  As far as I was concerned the US Mint for quarters was in my grandfather’s pocket so I wasn’t worried.  Things started as usual; my grandfather put his hand into that left trouser pocket and pulled out… pocket fuzz. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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I can’t wait to talk to Dad – Luke 11:1-13

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Introduction

At our last Men’s Prayer Breakfast I listened as a brother spoke about his dad: in 1984 his dad was operated on to remove a tumor on the side of his face.  The removal changed his appearance but the biggest loss, to his son anyway, was his ability to hear; all hearing was lost on one side and the other ear was greatly impaired.  I found out after breakfast that the brother was four years old when this happened.

Fast forward to September 2013, this same father met with a specialist regarding a new device that might restore some of his hearing.  After the tests were completed it was determined that this man’s hearing will be improved by the device.  The father said “Order me one”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Street Light Madness – 1 Thessalonians 5:13

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Introduction

I have a confession to make… I have allowed frustration to spill over into utter disdain for street lights.  Street lights drive me up the wall.

Now you need to know that I am a special case: at some point in my life a chip was embedded somewhere on my person that triggers a street light to turn yellow when I get within 100 yards of one.  I don’t know where this chip is or when it was implanted but I know it is there.  Every time I get close to a street light it changes.  Hopefully now you understand my frustration, no, my complete disdain for street lights. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Show Me – Jeremiah 6:16

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I am noticing more and more those in their 40s and up lamenting the changes they are seeing in the workplace, the family and even in church.  The lament will start something like this… “There was a time when I…” “Back in the day we…” “Things just ain’t the way they used to be”.

These laments, normally directed towards the younger generation, detail life as it was 30, 40 or 50 years ago to illustrate just how far we have fallen.  I’ll give you an example: two sentences ago my spell check griped about my use of the word “ain’t”; it didn’t used to do that, ain’t “ain’t” a word anymore?  In the good old days it was a word. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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When All Else Fails – Proverbs 16:25

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Introduction

Recently I saw a man walking back and forth in a parking lot hoping to catch a ride.  I am going to call him “Bob”.  Bob asked me if I was headed towards a specific area and I told him no.  There were a number of reasons why I should not take on this passenger: he had been drinking, the area was out of my way and he was a stranger to me.  I should probably also mention his general appearance left a little to be desired.  Before I got to my vehicle the inner voice was compelling me to turn around and give the man a lift.

On our way Bob proceeded to tell me his life story: I am not sure if this was driven by the alcohol or a desire to share his plight with someone who would listen.  I heard about the drinking problems, paying alimony for children born out of wedlock and seeing/dating a woman married to another man.  Satan had taken Bob down a road so far that the only possible outcome appeared to be more pain. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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And They Rose Up to Play…

Adoration of the Golden Calf Andrea di Lione, artist

I Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

This Sunday morning, referred to as the Lord’s day in Revelation 1:10, will unfortunately be a time when many who call Him ‘Lord, Lord’ forsake His altar and instead, like the children of Israel at the base of Sinai, will rise up to worship the golden calf gods of this world ie. the beach, the lake, the ball field. They will, like Paul says here, rise up to play.

Would to God they showed as much devotion to the one they have been known to call ‘Lord’.  Many Christians have supposed in this day and age, possibly due to the humanistic style of gospel preaching and teaching, that their happiness is paramount in God’s eyes and that, as long as they ‘love’ the Lord, they can do what makes them happy.  Faithfulness in their intentions rather than actions is considered sufficient.  They suppose that being faithful to God’s house is not as important as being faithful to tell others they love the Lord and His church.  Many have supposed that being a faithful servant or bearing the disciple’s cross is archaic and no longer required of the modern American Christian.  Why is this?  Why, my friends, would you suppose that when we have scriptural evidence to the contrary?  Take Luke’s gospel for instance: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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