Blessed be Your Name!

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Some of you know about the trials my family has been going through over the past month.  I can’t say enough how much your prayer has meant to us and has encouraged us to press on!  Thank you!  I recorded a personal message that I pray will encourage others who are suffering hardships in this crazy world.  Please listen and share it with others who are going through a hard time.

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All you need is LOVE!

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God’s love is amazing!  But, have you ever considered the fact that we don’t even comprehend it?  Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened that they might see God for who He truly is.  He went on to pray that they might know the Love of GOD that surpasses knowledge in such a way that they might be filled with the fullness of GOD!

Ephesians 1:15-19 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.

Paul prayed that the eyes of our hearts might be enlightened that we might know Him.  There is a parallel between this deeper knowledge of God and the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us!

Ephesians 3:14-21 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Paul ties the abundant life God desires for us with being rooted and grounded in and comprehending God’s love.

What does it mean to be rooted and grounded in Love?

It has to do in part with how we see God with the eyes of our hearts. 

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His Kingdom Come??

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I confess it can be so hard being the man God called me to be.  I struggle.  Even as a pastor, believe it or not.  Yes, I want to do big things for God.  I want His will to be done and His blessings in my marriage and family, and His blessings in my ministry.  However, I, like the rest of the world can get tangled up in the things of this world.  There are so may things calling out for our attention and devotion it is easy to get distracted.  We may even find that we are building our own kingdom instead of the kingdom of God.

How we build our kingdom: This is where we are naturally prone to invest.  This is the kingdom we are naturally prone to build.  Of course it is our Kingdom, not His.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Lust of the flesh:  ungodly ways to please our flesh such as overeating, drug or alcohol abuse, and sexual encounters outside of marriage.   Numb the pain of the day on the TV, computer, or cell phone, live in the fantasy because it is better than the reality.

Lust of the eyes: Things of this world I believe will make me happy, cars, boats, RV’s, motorcycles, computers and cell phones, gadgets and gizmos, trinkets and toys.

The boastful pride of life:  Seeking acceptance, approval, and adoration from others through our ability, achievements, possessions, or our position in life.

The encouragement for us today is to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirt to invest in and build God’s kingdom.  This requires us to turn our focus outward and invest in others. 

In Matthew 25:14-30, we are encouraged to invest in God’s Kingdom!

“For it,” (The Kingdom of God,)  “will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Did you notice that Jesus said that the servant who had nothing, that is no interest on his investment, was worthless.  Can you imagine if the Lord said that of you or me?  We would be devastated!  Yet the Holy Spirit prompts us everyday to come outside of ourselves and invest, not in ourselves, but in God’s kingdom!

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God bless you!  And remember, if you wright me I will right you back. 😉

Pastor Brian

 

In His Hands!

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If you are like me you tend to worry and stress about things that are out of your control.  Take comfort today, His is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory!  I realize this is something we know in our minds but don’t always know in our hearts.  In the tough stuff of life we tend to forget that He really does have the whole world in His hands.  The hardships that your are experiencing today did not come as a surprise to Him.  Nor is He distant, or unconcerned. Trust this day into the hands of God and I will do the same.  Together we will get through this day and grow a little bit closer to the Lord as we learn to lean on Him.

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Don’t wait!

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In this passage the Apostle Paul uses the picture of building on a foundation to illustrate how we are to build God’s kingdom.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15  According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

You don’t need permission, or a program to invest in God’s kingdom.  You have been gifted, and commissioned, by God and have received instruction through His Word.  I think sometimes we are under the impression that if we are going to serve the Lord we need to start a new program at church or lead a Bible study or small group.  Sometimes this is the case, but I think more often than not we are to survey the gifts and talents God has given us including our passions and just start doing it whenever and wherever we can.

In this episode you will be encouraged to take what you have been given and begin building God’s kingdom!

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When we Sin

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Have you ever blown it?  Do you struggle with a particular sin habit?  What is a Christian to do when he or she finds themselves in depths of despair, covered in guilt and shame?  In this short podcast I will look at, “What to do, when we sin.”

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