Pastor’s Corner

Pastors Corner 4-15-2012

This week I want to follow-up on a Pastor’s Corner that I wrote a couple of weeks ago. It was about Making God’s Word a Priority in your life for forty days. If you have not started I encourage you to start and if you have started I want to encourage you to continue. There have been a few days that it has been late and we were tired and it was a challenge to continue. The easy thing would have been to say we will skip tonight because it is late and pick it up tomorrow, but commitment does not work that way. If you are committed to doing something you do it when ever possible or reasonable. The benefits of spending time with God’s word and the family will be far greater that a little extra rest. I will leave you with a funny picture that has happen several times when we are reading God’s word. It seems that Rusty (Sherlene’s cat) thinks that it is the best time in the world to cuddle. He gets up in my lap, purrs loudly and watches and listens to everything. To someone looking in the window, knowing about Making God’s Word a Priority might think, “WOW” they must be serious because they even read to the cat. Continue reading and God bless.

Pastor Danny

The Fog Is Lifting

The Fog Is Lifting
by Charles R. Swindoll

Read Esther 7:1–2

Imagine swimming in a vast lake and getting three or four hundred yards offshore when suddenly a freak fog rolls in and surrounds you. You’re trapped in this tiny circle of diffused light, but you can’t see beyond your arm’s reach.

You and I are locked in a tiny space on this foggy lake of life called the present. Because our entire perspective is based on this moment in which we find ourselves, we speak of the present, the past, and the future. If we want to know the hour or minute or second, we merely look at our watches. If we want to know the day or the month, the year or the century, we look at the calendar. Time. Easily marked, carefully measured. It is all very objective: measurable, understandable, and conscious.

God is not like that at all. As a matter of fact, He lives and moves outside the realm of earthly time. In His time and only in His time, He begins to move in subtle ways until, suddenly, as His surprising sovereignty unfolds, a change occurs. It’s God’s way of lifting the fog, which always happens when He decides and when He pleases!

“What is your petition?” the king asks Esther. “What is your request?”

He’s already asked that two other times: when she first approached him and he held out his scepter, and then at the first banquet. But Esther never answered him, because the time wasn’t right. Esther had a sensitive ear, a wise heart; she sensed something wasn’t quite right. So, she didn’t push it. She knew when to act—and she knew when to wait.

Are you as sensitive as that? Do you know when to listen? Do you know when to speak up and when to keep quiet? Do you know how much to say and when to say it? Do you have the wisdom to hold back until exactly the right moment in order to achieve maximum results? Those things make a difference, you know. The question is: Are you sufficiently in tune with God to read His subtle signals? It’s easy to jump at the first sighting of the fog’s lifting.

As Solomon once wrote, “There is a time for every event under heaven . . . a time to be silent and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).

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. )

VBS Night Two- Ester

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Tonight’s lesson was on the Book of Ester chapters 4-7.  Our main focus was on Ester’s willingness to sacrifice her self, her own life, for the good of her people.  In practical application, ought we not also be willing to sacrifice for the Brethren?  I am not speaking necessarily of our actual lives here, rather time, resources, etc.  It is a very good question that we should each consider in our own lives.

The example that sticks out in my mind best was what if a Brother or Sister were to call and ask for your time, needing to talk or council of some sort.  How would we answer them?  Obviously, if we were in a dire, emergency type of situation we would have to deny the request or at least delay it.  But if we were doing something for ourselves, say, for me, planning on riding the Harley out through the country side for a while, it would be terribly selfish of me to take that ride rather than help my Brother or Sister.  What if I were to go on that ride and the person had a need that was so urgent to their faith that my not coming to their aid caused them to fall away from the church, perhaps because of their need coupled with my selfishness?  Oh, how I shudder at the thought!

We live in a very fast paced society with, for many of us, little real leisure time.  But when someone is in need of our time, how much more value it that time to them than it is to us?  I believe that is a question we all would do well to contemplate deeply.  It really isn’t that hard to find a little time for someone that is in need.  And the reward from God, for allowing Him to use us as a tool for His purpose, to uplift one His children, is of much more value than any leisure time item we could possibly have on our agenda.

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The Value of Time

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To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.
To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.
To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.
To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.
To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby…..
To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.
Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when

You can share it with someone special.
To realize the value of a friend or family member:
LOSE ONE.

The origin of this letter is unknown.

Ecc 3:1-8  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  (2)  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  (3)  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  (4)  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  (5)  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  (6)  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  (7)  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  (8)  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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