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Jul 14, 2016 - Fear, Life, Peace, The Bible, The World    No Comments

Peace

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It’s in the headlines everywhere we look.  Demonstrations that are anything than peaceful, Newscasts that are made up entirely of hateful interactions between classes, races, & sides.  The world is angrier than I have ever seen in my lifetime.  Peace is further than it has ever been in this chapter of World History.  Throughout the ages mankind has longed for peace and have come up with many great slogans and sayings that claim to have an answer to Peace. Here are a few quotes I came across that speak of the ongoing search for peace.

Mother Teresa said “Peace begins with a smile”.

Albert Einstein said that “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding”

Gautama Buddha said “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

Mahatma Gandhi when asked about peace said “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

These people had a lot of great ideas and there is truth in some of these quotes but I think Augustine of Hippo was closest when he said “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.”  That hits the nail on the head.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this situation we see in the world is not going to get better. But that’s not just my opinion…that’s what scripture says.

2 Timothy 3:(HCSB)
“1 But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!”

If that isn’t bad enough look down further in that chapter as Paul gives a warning to Christians about what life will look like for them. He says…

“12 In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Encouraging huh! So what do we do while living in these times.  We see what the world will look like and we see what we will be treated like as Christians following Christ. But what about us?  What do we do?  Well Paul wouldn’t tell us all of the above without giving us some instructions to follow.  So this is what he says to do.

“14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, 15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Paul says we should continue living out what we have learned and what we believe.  He’s literally admonishing us to not quit and to not throw in the towel.  He reminds us of what we have in the Word of God.  God’s Word is inspired and will help us to teach, to rebuke, to correct, and to live out our righteousness and train others how to live it out as well so that we can be completely equipped as we live out the gospel in these days where peace is hard to find.

Brothers & sisters we must be people of the Word if we are not going to lose hope and throw in the towel.  There is peace and it can only be found in Christ. I came across a passage this morning in my scripture reading and I have really been mulling it over and over in my head today.  I get tired of the weariness just as you do.  I sense hopelessness at times and need to be reminded that there is hope. That it’s not all in vain. That there is more to life than what I see right now in this moment.

Listen to what I Peter 1:13 says “Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

That is our Hope! That is why we can have peace. No matter what chaos the world is having we know the end of the story.  We know that the grace of Jesus Christ is being applied to our lives on that day”  In John 16:33 Jesus said “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”  Be encouraged! Be at Peace!

Oct 15, 2013 - Fear, Life, Spiritual Walk, Trust    3 Comments

Detour

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For those of you who know me, you may have noticed that I have tried to keep a lower profile with social media.  The things I have posted have been verses, songs, and sports related.  Maybe because I haven’t wanted to answer questions.  Maybe because I fear being judged.  Maybe because taking my foot off the gas for a while is what I have needed.

Last Sunday October 6th was my last day at Sunnybrook Community Church due to theological differences.  I know that is a broad reason but that really is the heart of the issue.  I have had people speculate and question what else it could have been.  The honest truth is this.  Sunnybrook is an incredible church and is doing amazing things.  They are reaching people, they are growing, they are serving the lowly, they are loving people far from God.  They are a great church and I will forever love the people and staff there.  Since the very first day I have known that we were not yoked together for the long hall.  We fall in different places on some issues and that is okay.  Neither they or I are right or wrong and although most everyone seeks me out wanting to place blame on something or someone, the truth is there is no one to blame.

It is was it is.  God has been moving us along for quite some time and although we do not know where that will take us, we are trusting that God is in complete control.  He is sovereign! I believe that! The hard part is now living that out day in and day out when we cannot see what is around the corner.

This morning I was listening to a song on repeat.  It’s not a worship song or even a Christian song. I can hear the gasps from some  already.  It’s a song called  “Wake me up” by Avicii.

For most of us when trials come we want to wake up after all the hard things are over.  We want to skip the waiting.  We want to bypass the pain.  We want to speak with anger.  We want to be defended.  We want to fast forward through it all. Read these lyrics and see if they do not ring true.

Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

During this season of my life I am making the decision to not just get through it.  As much as I would love to wake up tomorrow and be in a new place of ministry I do not want to miss out on the lessons God has for me in the waiting.  Am I tired? Yes!  Is it painful?  More than you know!  Am I scared? I’m afraid so. (no pun intended) I hate these circumstances with every piece of human nature that I posses. But I cling to them knowing that it will produce endurance among other things. I love what Romans 5 3-4 says in The Message

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

I may not know where God is leading us but I am determined to live in expectancy that we will soon be able to look back and be in awe of the journey we have travelled.

It’s Gonna Be Alright

Today has been one of those days for me.  I have been open about my struggles with Panic & Anxiety.  There are a weeks when I could honestly tell you that I am not struggling with it.  But today is not one of those days.  It seems that it hits you out of the blue.  Today it hit me.  So as I wrestle with this real life battle even now as I type I want you to know what I do so that maybe you will take something from my experience.

When I am anxious and the walls seem to be coming in on me, I pray, I read, I listen.  Right now, I am praying and reading about the greatness and powerfulness of God found in Job 26.  He is powerful enough to hold the earth and space, so I know that He can handle my little anxiety and panic attacks.  No matter how huge they are in my own eyes, they are nothing He cannot handle!  He is bigger than my anxiety & panic.  Fill in the blank with this one.  Whatever your battle is at this very moment speak it out loud.  Say “God, You are bigger than________”  Claim that!  Because IT IS TRUE!!  There is nothing that our God cannot handle.  Say it again from the depths of your heart.  “God, You are bigger than  _________”     Speak it and believe it!

I didn’t really plan on blogging any of that.  I simply was going to throw this song up here and hope it encouraged you.  So here it is.  This is a great song of hope.  I believe it is going to be all right!!  Listen and remember God is bigger than ______.

The Word of God #3

I came across a resource today for those of us that struggle with anxiety and fear. I would love for you to check out their site. The ministry is called 360degreelife.

I found this short video on their website which is a testimonial of the Power of God’s Word and it’s life changing ability.  If you struggle with anxiety, panic or fear, I pray it encourages you to get into the Word!