Worship

Psalm 95:6-7 says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Worship is collective, vocal, vibrant, God-centered, and focused on truth.

Authentic worship renews your strength. Authentic worship reconnects you with God. Authentic worship restores your perspective. Authentic worship rekindles your hope. Authentic worship rebuilds your confidence. Authentic worship restores you joy. Authentic worship releases your anxieties. Worship refocuses me in God. Worship gets my attention off myself.

Why would one not set aside time to worship? Let’s worship Him today! Let’s give Him the glory He deserves. Praise His holy name and worship Him. God bless!

Use Your Gift

I want to share a funny little story I read out of a book 2 years ago. This story is about a woman shouting at her son who was hiding under the bed on a Sunday morning, crying, refusing to go to their church that had been having some problems. “Come out this minute!” the woman shouted. “You’re ruining your suit!” “I don’t care about my suit,” the son said. “You have to go to church!” “Tell me one good reason,” the son said. “I will tell you three! Because people are depending on you, because it honors God, and because you are the pastor.”

I hope that is not your pastor! Romans 13:6-8 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leading, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” What is your gift? What desires and passion has God placed in you? I want to encourage you this morning to discover your gift that God has given you, develop it, and share it with the world! I truly believe that the most miserable person on the face of the planet is the person who is gifted by God, but doesn’t use their gift. Using your gift, encourages others, and it honors God! I hope you all have a great weekend!! Love ya!

Ball And Chain

As Christians, we know we have received forgiveness, but we don’t fully understand the depth of God’s mercy. When we don’t embrace the forgiveness that He so freely give us, we begin to sink into a life of just existing. Think about it, our past sins and mess ups are a huge ball and chain! We try to pretend it’s not there, then we try our best to live with it. But eventually it will wear you down, and lead you to a life of worry, anxiety, depression, and guilt.

But there is good news! We don’t have to carry that ball and chain around with us. When we finally decide to take our sins, guilt, and worries to the Lord, He takes them and cast them into His ocean of forgiveness. Until we experience the fullness of God’s grace, we will never be able to fully to forgive others. Think about it, we can’t give what we haven’t received. King David wrote Psalm 32:5 to the Lord and said, “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”-and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

When we reveal our hearts to God, healing starts. Release the bitterness, guilt, and the heartaches. Then receive God’s amazing grace. Now it’s time to forgive those who have hurt you. Get rid of that ball and chain today, and experience freedom found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope you all have a great weekend. Stay safe!

Give Him What He Deserves

Have you ever wondered, where did it all go wrong with Satan? Think about it, he had it made. He had a great position but it was not enough. Satan was after God’s glory! He refused to honor the Lord, and now targets anybody he can deceive in an effort to strike at the heart of God. He is not just out to destroy you; he is out to tarnish God’s glory. Think about it, we are the children of God, we are His pride and joy. If Satan can gash our hearts, he can break the heart of God.

It is so hard to express what I am feeling deep in my soul, but there is nothing better than a relationship with Jesus! To be loved by the King of the universe is second to none. He has withheld nothing from us and He gave us His very best. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” Don’t give Satan an inch in your life. Don’t even crack the door to his lies and tactics. Yes, the battle has been won, but we are still in a fight!

Life is short. God is all powerful. Don’t shrink back. Finish strong and live for the glory of the Lord! Know this, God doesn’t exist for your glory, but we exist for His glory. I want to encourage you this morning to give God what He deserves, which is glory. Psalm 66:1-2 says, “Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!” Live for the glory of the Lord! Let’s be found faithful.

Knock The Dust Off

If I had my choice, I would wear T-shirts and jeans every day of the week. I hate to admit it, but there are only 7 shirts that I wear on a regular basis. Last week I started going through my closet and wondering why everything is crammed together. To my surprise, I counted at least 20 shirts! Some shirts have been in my closet more than 20 years. Some of those shirts were really nice, and I begin to wonder why I never wear them. But they have been hanging in my closet so long, they have gathered a ton of dust, especially around the shoulders. Wow, I could have been wearing these shirt all this time. I just had to knock the dust off of them. Talking about regrets!

What do you need to knock the dust off at your house today, besides the end tables? I don’t know about you, but I will have to knock the dust off my Sunday shoes. It seems like it has been forever since we gathered together as God’s family! There is an old saying that goes something like this, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” How many times do we take friends and family for granted? How about gathering together on Sunday to worship our Lord Jesus Christ face to face. Don’t you miss it?

When the time comes for us to gather back together, I think many of us will appreciate each other a bit more. What a great celebration that will be! I know all the pastors and teachers would love to have everyone back. If they are like me, you get tired of sharing in front of a lifeless camera. Don’t get me wrong, during these difficult times, it has been so nice to have Facebook live and zoom. But it’s not the same.

I want to encourage some believers that have fell out of touch with their local body of believers. Talking about some dusty church shoes! Come on, wipe them off, wax them up, and buff them out! Or just come just as they are! But get back in fellowship with family, we all need the encouragement of God’s Word and other believers. We don’t want to rush back to soon, but I looking forward to the day His Church gathers back together face to face. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage-and all the more as the Day approaching.” I love you guys.

Do You Need Help Today?

There are things in life that will knock you to your knees and make you realize what is really important in life. A death of a loved one is never easy! It is so hard to let go and even harder to understand. How about the loss of a job, a fair weather friend, surgery, or just bad health. Where do you find the strength and the courage to face these things? You see, God has never promised us a easy life. He has never given us a free pass from heartache, troubles, or stress. But He has promised us the assuring presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit serves as a rudder for the ship of our soul, He keeps us afloat and on track. The Christian life is not a solo journey!

Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation. Having believed you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of his glory. When we accept Christ, God seals us with the Holy Spirit! God payed to high of price for us to leave us unguarded. God’s Spirit confirms that we belong to Him. God’s Spirit whispers, “You are mine. I bought you. I sealed you and no one can take you from Me.

Romans 5:5 says, “Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” The Holy Spirit pours God’s love into our hearts, not the love for God, but the love of God. Picture the Father handing a bucket of His pure love to the Holy Spirit and instructs Him, “Pour over their hearts.” Romans 8:26-27 tells us this, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans and words can not express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness and hurt. The Spirit himself is pleading for us, and interceding for us. None of us pray enough, but we all pray more than we think. Because the Holy Spirit turns our sighs into petitions. Yes, He speaks for you, even when you don’t know what to pray.

God is own your side. If you are in Christ, you have been marked! You have been sealed and He is interceding for you! You maybe facing a Goliath today, but you don’t have to face him alone. Christ in you, the Hope of all glory lives inside of you. God bless you today! (Colossians 1:27) Praying for Emma’s family today!

Random Question

I went to bed last night with a question trap in my mind and my heart, and I woke up with the same question hanging over me. What was the last thing I did as the Church of Jesus Christ that required God’s power to be accomplished? What about you? How long has it been?

There are so many struggling churches today because we have developed a water-down version of the Christian faith that looks nothing like the vibrant, life-changing, world-impacting, risk-taking faith of the early church. I am not being negative but I am just writing down thoughts that are running through my heart. When I read about the early church, they were not afraid to take risks. They gave sacrificially and they were not scared to share their faith. They were not hesitant to try new things.

I keep going back to the same question that is so hard for me to answer. What was the last thing I did as the Church of Jesus Christ that required God’s power to be accomplished? To walk on water we first have to get out of the boat. What has God placed in your heart, but you have always been to scared to go after? What holding us back from going all in with God? I want to encourage you today to give this question some thought, and sit down and talk with God about tonight. God bless and stay healthy!

Praise Him

Good morning friend! It is Sunday and it’s time to praise our Lord Jesus. I pray over you strength today and I pray over you peace! In times of uncertainty, we have a tendency to worry about things that may never happen. Worry causes stress, and it waste so much energy! When you begin to worry, start praising Him! I dare you to try it.

Psalm 150:1-6 says, “Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

You may not have trumpet, lyre, or a harp laying around the house. Even if you did, you wouldn’t most likely know how to play them. Let you mouth be your instrument and take time to praise Him today. He is worthy of our praise! Amen. I hope you have a great day.

A Work In Progress

When Jesus chose the Twelve, He didn’t choose a single rabbi or scribe. He certainly didn’t choose a Pharisee or Sadducee. He didn’t even choose a priest. Not one of the men He chose came from the religious establishment. He chose men who were not theologically trained. But He chose fishermen, tax collectors, and other hard working men. He used these men to turn the world upside down! (Acts 17:6) It wasn’t because they had extraordinary talents, incredible intellectual abilities, or powerful political influence. They turned the world upside down because God worked in them to do it. He looks for availability.

1 Corinthians 1:27-28 says, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to out to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of this world to put to shame the things that are mighty.” God loves to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things, so that no man can boast before Him. These men abandoned their nets, left their fields, and left their tax tables behind. They laid aside everything they ever knew, in order to be trained for something for which they had no natural aptitude. Jesus gave them ministry opportunities, instructed them, encouraged them, and patiently taught them. But they were hard headed like me and you!

This 12 struggled when it came to the learning process. 1. They lacked spiritual understanding. They were slow to hear and slow to understand. Even after the resurrection, Jesus spent an additional 40 days with here in earth. 2. They lacked humility. They were self absorbed, self centered, and proud. They spent so much time arguing over who was the greatest! (Matthew 20:20-28) 3. They lacked faith. Four times alone, Jesus says to them, “O you of little faith.” 4. They lacked commitment. While the crowds were cheering and miracles were being performed, they were all on board. But as soon as the soldiers came to take Jesus in the Garden, they all scattered. 5. They lacked power. The funny thing is, the 12 sound a lot like us. But we still look at that group, and wonder why Jesus didn’t just start all over, and pick a whole different team. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us this, “His strength is made perfect in weakness.” Acts 4:13 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” Can that be said of us? Know this, we are all a work in progress! You are not going to be perfect, but keep leaning in on Christ, and trust His work in you!

If Christ could use those 12 to turn the world upside down, he can truly use us. Dream big because we serve a Big God! Love y’all!