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.

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!

3 Things

Good morning! I want to ask everybody to pray for Sandy Parker. This is our brother in Christ who needs our prayers and encouragement. Lord, I pray that you touch Sandy with your healing hand and give him strength this morning. Thank you Lord!

I want to look at a very direct scripture that the Church really needs today. Colossians 1:28-29 says, “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”

Paul is charging the Church to do 3 things. First, he tells us to proclaim the Lord Jesus! We are called to tell everyone about the good news of Jesus Christ. We can not be ashamed and we can’t back down when the world is standing in our face. Our God is alive! He has risen from the grave and is sitting at the right hand of the Father! He is the giver of life and He is my Savior! We have a calling; To go and to tell this world about His amazing love and grace.

Secondly, we have to teach the scriptures! Satan is a lier and a deceiver! He likes to send a message of half truth, which we know is not truth at all. It is time for the Church of Jesus Christ to get back to the basics and dive into the Word of God! Get the Bible off of the coffee table and begin to hide the Word of God in your heart. The Word of God is alive and active and will stand the test of time. We have to know the scriptures, because we are commanded to share it!

Thirdly, we are to reach the world. Matthew 28:19 Jesus says, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” We have to keep the main thing, the main thing! Don’t lose focus Church. We have “The Answer” and His name is Jesus! This world is searching for something to fill the hole in their hearts. They are looking for peace, happiness, and joy. Let’s tell the world and give away what God has given us!

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to pray for Sandy! Love y’all!

Obedience

Good morning friends! I want to encourage you to check out Park Ave sermons online! They are located in Titusville, Florida. Pastor Steve is wrapping up a series called, “The Big Picture Includes Me.” I just wanted to touch the tip of the iceberg this morning from this past Sunday’s sermon.

John 2:1-5 says, “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

If you are looking for direction or some great advice, please listen to this! Whatever Jesus says do, do it! God is calling us to radical obedience, no more hold back! He is calling His Church to go all in and fully surrender our talents, finances, and our time. What do you need to lay at His feet this morning? Is there anything that you consider so precious, that it is off limits to God? He is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.

You are God, and I am not! Hear the voice of God and be obedient to what He is calling you to do. Practice His presence all day long. Have a great Tuesday and encourage someone along the way!

Matthew 16:17-19

Good morning! Vacation is over and it is time to get back to work! I get to go back to work. I don’t want to take the blessing of a job for granted. I hope you have a great week.

Matthew 16:17-19 Jesus is talking with Peter and says, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Jesus talked about building a church that the gates of Hell could not overcome! Jesus’s vision of the Church was that it would be active, dynamic and a expanding force to be reckoned with! And the mission of the Church would be to rescue, redeem, and recruiting of people who are mired in sin. The purpose of the Church is to reach the broken. Because of that, we need to be on our guard against complacency. We need to passionately share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Sharing Christ can be as simple as a walk across the room-just a few ordinary Spirit guided steps can have a truly extraordinary outcome. Think about it, Christ himself walked across the room for us! He left Heaven and rapped himself in human flesh, and walked across the cosmos in order to stretch out a hand to people like you and me.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ extracted himself from the ultimate circle of comfort to step across time and space to rescue us!

Look at Philippians 2:5-8, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in the appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross.”

More than ever before, it is time to humble ourselves and care for people. It is time to walk across the room and tell someone our story. It’s time to sow some seeds and to share the love of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave us an example to follow, will we be obedient?

I pray over you courage and passion today! God bless.