Archive for September, 2009
Posted on September 25, 2009 - by admin
From where I speak each week I have a different perspective of church, saints and sinners. Sure I’ve heard some critics of church but most are similar to sports fans questioning each call of the coach and critical of those actually playing the game. Its easy to fall into that unproductive routine. From my perspective its different. Here’s my view from just last weekend. A little girl whose father passed away was brought to me by her mother. She wanted me to show her a verse for comfort since daddy can’t do that anymore. Behind her stood a young couple, married only a few months and the wife’s facing a life-threatening disease. They are scared beyond words. Our prayer time began and I asked the church to pray for a mother, whose son serving our country, was killed in Afghanistan last week. She wanted to sit in the church he enjoyed and had attended while he was here at Ft. Benning. As I stood to speak, to my left was a dear couple whose young son had been murdered and the trial is about to begin. I saw a man whose wife was smiling widely because her husband who’d vowed never to go to church, was back today after his first visit last week. And there’s a precious gentlemen of Jewish origin who always sits up front because of his hearing problems and physical limitations. He had been a child who’d survived the German Holocaust. I saw families visiting for the first time to see a loved one baptized, couples looking for guidance to a better marriage, and the list goes on and on. What I am saying is that behind every life is a story. I’ve read a few of the books of critics trying to correct the church with their opinion of how they’d do it if they were on the field. Problem is that they’re in the stands and it’s easy to be an expert in that seat. Every person in a seat represented someone that needs God in their particular situation. That’s one Pastors view. I don’t think I’ll ever get lose that perspective and I pray that I won’t.
Posted on September 19, 2009 - by admin
This is the slogan of one of my wife’s favorite products. She has the ball caps, the sweatshirts, the stickers, and the attitude to go with it. Each time she walks in from working out wearing the shirt or cap, I’m reminded again of my blessings. God has been good to me. He has shown His favor in every area of my life; family, finances, health, friends, and the list goes on and on. Years ago the church sang a song called, “Count your blessings”. One verse said, “count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the LORD has done” David said it this way in Psalms 139:17-18, “How precious are your thoughts toward me, How vast is the sum of them, If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand…” Life is good because God is good. Count your blessings today, I bet you can’t count that high!
Posted on September 8, 2009 - by admin
A “calling” isn’t what you’re paid for, it’s what you’re made for. One of the great frustrations of a persons life is when they don’t have a clear understanding of what they are “called” for. I see it all the time. People who live life enduring their job, just existing in their environments and wishing for some life that really is within their reach, but they never reach it. Why? Several reasons. One is that they don’t have clarity on what they are called to do with their life. All of us have a calling. It’s what we are energized by, passionalte about, dream of, capable of, and could be immersed in and not complain of. My house is being painted right now by a team of painters. One of those guys has the best attitude, the most energy, a love for what he does. He doesn’t want to ever do anything else. He’s called to be a painter. I fish with a doctor who loves surgery. He knew as a teenager he wanted to be a doctor and never entertained any other calling. I have a cardiologist friend who is neck deep in trying to find cures for his patients. He loves the challenge of healing the human body. I could go on and on. It’s the calling issue. I challenge you today to begin a serious search for what your calling is. Once found, just go for it. You can endure life or live it, the last is much more fulfilling!