What’s for Breakfast?

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

I remember as a kid one of my Sunday school teachers telling us that he read four chapters of the Bible every morning before he had breakfast. He said if he got up late he would go without eating breakfast but not without his time in the Word. Although he didn’t explain it, at least not well enough for me to understand at the time, he was saying that his spiritual nourishment was more important than his physical nourishment.

If we thought back, how many of us have parents, grandparents or great grandparents that felt that way, too? Many if not most I’d hazard to say. How many of us feel that strongly about our time in Scripture today? Not enough of us often enough I fear; I know I fall well short here at times.

If we want to be stronger in our faith we have to feast on the Bread of Life daily.

Baptist Bikers

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the whole day riding the trike with my wife and three other couples that we go to church with. This was the first time this year that all eight of us have been together for a ride; I call our little “gang” the Baptist Bikers, in case you’re wondering.

As we rode along throughout the day we changed positions at times, one leading a while, then some one else; the one riding in the back would move up in the line and a different person would anchor the group. At one point or another, each bike occupied just about every different slot.

As the day went on I noticed that no matter where each person was riding we were going along pretty well but at times we were smoother and more in sync than others. I realized that each of us had a position in the pack that we were best suited for. It might not be the placement we actually preferred but that slot was our strong point.

This made me think of the church. We all have a spot or “vocation” in the church. And while we may function okay pretty much all the time if we will be obedient to God’s will and get in the “spot” He has chosen for us, even if it’s not what we are most comfortable doing, the church and her members will be much more effective and fluid.

If we want to see our people saved and growing strong we have to get in line where He intends for us to be.

Need to Know

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight

I was watching an episode of NCIS the other night when the main character, Gibbs, asked the Secretary of the Navy a question. SecNav (as they call him) replied “That’s on a need to know basis”. Gibbs then retorted “Well, I need to know!”.

As I thought about that exchange later, it brought to my mind how we so often have that type of mentality with God and His will for our lives. When the Lord puts some thing on our heart to do we should be glad to do His will; like the prophet of old, our replies should be “Here am I, send me!”. Instead it seems we often want to know the smallest of details, if you will, of what and why God is sending us for/to do. If and when the time comes He will tell us more. Until then, we just need to step out in faith. The Lord will tell us what we need to know as we truly need to know it.

Walking by faith is a demonstration of our faith and, more so perhaps, our obedience to Him.

Freedom and Liberty in Worship

Freedom and Liberty in Worship
From the messages of Adrian Rogers
BIBLE MEDITATION:

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Formalism and worship are two separate things. When you are worshiping the Lord, there needs to be freedom and order. Worship is not real quiet music and everyone sitting still and not smiling. That’s not worship. Some people say, “Well that’s a dignified service.” And I’ve said this before, “They don’t know the difference between reverence and rigor mortis.”

If you study worship in the Bible, you’ll find out that worship was marked with brightness, spontaneity, and joy. The early Christians had something that fire could not burn, that swords could not kill, that water could not drown, that jails could not hold. They knew the holiness, the loveliness, and the glory of God in a life-changing way.

ACTION POINT:
Read Psalm 5:7 and 29:2 and take some time today to worship God in joy and truth.

What Now?

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

This morning I can’t help but to think about the event that was predicted for Saturday and did not transpire. There are many thoughts and directions this false prophecy could take us in but there is one that has been on my mind all weekend and I want to share that thought with you all today: There are a lot of hurting believers out there right now.

By falling into the trappings of believing this false teaching, there are many who are devastated now. Many left jobs, homes, family, literally every thing because they sincerely believed they would be leaving this world Saturday. I know that most folks will poke fun and sneer at them for their gullibility but we need to remember that these brothers and sisters were fooled and have compassion on them. They need to be shown the true love and light of Jesus, where they should be anchored, lest one should fall from the faith.

Soul Brothers

Soul Brothers
by Charles R. Swindoll

Read Exodus 4:27–28

God knew Moses felt lonely in that moment. God knew His man needed some human companionship. Perhaps before Moses felt his first pang of loneliness, God was already moving to meet his need. Aaron was Moses’ big brother, his senior by three years. And the Lord sought this brother out and said to him, “Aaron, go to Moses’ side now. He’s on a long, wilderness road, heading for Egypt. Your younger brother has been through some tough things. He needs a soul brother, right now.”

Moses said, “Aaron, listen to this. You’ll never believe it. There I was, out with the sheep one day, just like a thousand other days before. And all of a sudden—whoosh!—this bush caught fire, and it wouldn’t stop burning. So I stopped and stared. And as I got closer—Aaron, listen to this, man—God was speaking from that bush! And here’s what He told me.”

If Aaron doubted a single word of the account, Scripture never mentions it. In fact, he was already prepared to believe every word Moses told him. Hadn’t God called him out of Egypt to meet his younger brother in the desert? So Aaron listened, nodded his head, and said, “That’s great, Moses. I’m with you, bro.”

Do you have a closeness with your brother or a kindred spirit in your sister? Do you have a friend with whom you can face the realities of your life?

You may have lots of friendships in your life, but you’ll probably never have more than a couple of friends on that deeper, spiritual, soul-to-soul level. You can tell such a friend anything that God is doing in your life, and you’ll find a warm reception and deep affirmation. If you don’t have such a friendship, tell God about your longing. He’s the same God who moved Aaron’s heart down in Egypt while Moses was walking alone on the desert road. And remember, the best way to find such a friend is to be such a friend.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives(Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Sting or Sleep?

From the http://www.livingwaters.com newsletter:

“To me, as a believer in Jesus . . .
death has no sting,
the grave has no terrors,
eternity awakens no alarms!”
~ James Smith

“Does death scare you? Can you say that you actually look forward to death with joy as an undergraduate looks forward to the great graduation day or as a fiancé awaiting her wedding day? In the world, death is always painted with dark colors, but in Jesus’ portrait, He exchanges “dying” for “falling asleep.” My babies never look so content as when they are sleeping in their beds at night. There is sweetness in sleep for those children who know their father loves them. One Christian author described the grave as “simply doorways cut in sod.” If we truly believe that all things (even our own death) work together for good for those who belong to God, then we may truly look forward to our “sleep day” as the most glorious moment of our earthly lives–for it is the moment we will see the One who died for us so that we would never die.”

~ Kirk Cameron

From the Pastor’s Corner

Pastor’s Corner 5-15-2011

The other day at Sunday school Buddy the choir leader had the choir sing the song I rather be an old time Christian and at the end of the song he asked the question “have you every seen an old time Christian. Well Steve answered with two words “Yes, Buddy”. His answer was humorous but I think that Buddy was talking about a person with a fundamental relationship with God. As I though about the question I began to think of different names for Christians, Fundamental Christian, Modern Christian, New Age Christian, Conservative and Liberal Christians, Praying Christian, Singing Christian, Hand Shaking Christian, and I am sure that there are many more names for Christians. It appears to me that it is not the descriptive name in front of Christian that counts but the condition of the heart of the individual. The Bible tells us that the Disciples of Christ were first call Christians at Antioch (Acts 11:26). This name Christian, which means follower of Christ, has become the banner under which believer honors and follow God. I guess then that if the first part is not important then Buddy is an old time Christian.

Pastor Danny

Non-Religious

“Let’s quit fiddling with religion and do something to bring the world to Christ.” –Evangelist Billy Sunday

I ran across this quote tonight and it made me think of a conversation I had with some one a while back. After speaking about the things of God to her, she replied that she wasn’t very keen on religion. I told her neither was I; I just love Jesus!

Too often we are prone to be too dogmatic about the non-essentials. We can then come across like the Pharisees did to those we are trying to reach. It’s not about religion, ritual, or traditions; it is about seeing folks saved from the wrath to come if the don’t know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. We need so badly to feel more like Paul when he stated “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” (Romans 10:1) about our people.

Building a Leader

Building a Leader: The Right Results

The twelve apostles included “Simon, who is called Peter” (Matt. 10:2).

God makes leaders by taking people with the right raw material, putting them through the right experiences, and teaching them the right lessons. That’s how he trained Peter, and the results were astonishing. In the first twelve chapters of Acts we see Peter initiating the move to replace Judas with Matthias, preaching powerfully on the Day of Pentecost, healing a lame man, standing up to the Jewish authorities, confronting Ananias and Sapphira, dealing with Simon the magician, healing Aeneas, raising Dorcas from the dead, and taking the gospel to the Gentiles. In addition, he wrote two epistles that pass on to us all the lessons he learned from Jesus. What a leader!

Peter was as much a model of spiritual leadership in death as he was in life. Jesus told him he would be crucified for God’s glory, and early church tradition tells us that Peter was in fact crucified. But before putting him to death, his executioners forced him to watch the crucifixion of his wife. As he stood at the foot of her cross, he encouraging her by saying over and over, “Remember the Lord, remember the Lord.” When it was time for his own crucifixion, he requested that he be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die as his Lord had died. His request was granted.

Just as God transformed Peter from a brash and impulsive fisherman into a powerful instrument for His glory, so He can transform everyone who is yielded to Him.

You will never be an apostle, but you can have the same depth of character and know the same joy of serving Christ that Peter knew. There’s no higher calling in the world than to be an instrument of God’s grace. Peter was faithful to that calling–you be faithful too!

Suggestions for Prayer:

  • Praise God for the assurance that He will perfect the work He has begun in you (Phil. 1:6).
  • Ask Him to use the experiences you have today as instruments that shape you more into the image of Christ.

For Further Study:

Read John 21:18-23.

  • How did Jesus describe Peter’s death?
  • What was Peter’s reaction to Christ’s announcement?
  • What misunderstanding was generated by their conversation?

(From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,www.crossway.com.)