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Completely Credible

January 12, 2010 2 comments

The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. -Psalm 12:6 (NKJV)

When was the last time you had one of “those” conversations. You know- the kind where you walk away and something in your gut doesn’t sit well. Perhaps a vow was made, or maybe there was a smattering of flattery. On the surface everything seemed and sounded fine, but there’s that check in your gut that just won’t go away.

A day or two goes by, and you come to discover that the vow was void and the flattery was fake. The words of the person you trusted were worthless because truth was mixed with lies. You don’t know what to believe, and you’re left to wonder if there’s anyone left whose word you can trust.

Listen, you’ll never have to question or doubt God’s words. They’re pure and untainted by the falsehood and insincerity that winds its way through the human heart. When God says something, it’s absolutely true all the time-with no exceptions whatsoever. Not only is it exactly true, it’s also reliable and credible. With God, what He says is what we get.

Notice that the Psalmist compares God’s words to silver that’s been through the refining fire seven times. In the Bible, the number seven conveys the idea of perfection and completion. In this case, it acts as a sort of exclamation point. It’s saying that God’s words are perfectly pure and completely trustworthy! How reassuring to know we’ll never need to second-guess God’s words to us, which are really the most important words we’ll ever receive in this life. Man will let us down and lie to us, but God never will.

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today?

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Free Video Sermons to Help You Grow

March 9, 2009 4 comments

Instead of a bible study this week I wanted to share with you a very new project we launched this week. We’ve created a little community where we and you can post our favor video sermons. We love video sermons because you are able to capture the passion, emotion and Spirit behind the words of the teacher.

Click here to visit the site.

The best part is you can upload video sermons you love or even share ones you’ve found on YouTube. Please share with us all so we can all grow!

Please know that we do hold each submitted sermon and it will not show up until we approve. We do this to prevent abuse of the system and so that no sermon is submitted that has questionable biblical doctrine.

Seeker Sensitive

September 10, 2008 1 comment

Luke 15:1-7Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

When Jesus tells this story he is drawing from the Old Testament passage found in Ezekiel 34:11-12  ” ‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.

This passage makes it clear that God seeks lost sheep. When a sheep goes missing, who seeks who? Does the sheep seek the shepherd? Or the shepherd, the sheep? Obviously it’s the shepherd who seeks the sheep. That’s why David says in Psalm 119:176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek me.

God still seeks lost sheep, he seeks through human beings who share his concern. Those whose concern will outweigh the inconvenience (to put a sheep on your shoulders is heavy, a sheep can be between 70-90lbs.) Who can seek while also carrying responsibility for what they’ve been entrusted (to go seek a sheep, the shepherd would need undersheperds to assist with the 99.)

Cool story, when Muhammad ed-Deeb found the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran Cave I, he was a shepherd boy looking for a lost sheep. He counted his sheep and when he discovered that he was missing one, he left the 55 with two undershepherds and then in his search found the Dead Sea Scrolls, probably the greatest impact of any archeological discovery on Biblical study.

Who embrace the joy of finding the lost. (Some of those listening to Jesus would know the joy of finding lost lamb after searching like mad in the dangerous wilderness.)

I find it interesting that Jesus said that it brings more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. The question is, how many people don’t need repentance? The righteousness who need no repentance only exist in their own mind.
This has me thinking, what does it really mean to be seeker sensitive?

Is ‘seeker sensitive’ being attentive to visitors and guests who come to our church on Sunday? Or does it mean that we tune in our hearts to heaven everyday? Being receptive and responsive to the great SEEKER and His prompts to join Him. Today I want to be seeker-sensitive; to be aware and perceptive of what the SEEKER is up to. God invites me to co-labor with him, be a co-seeker in finding the lost sheep.

This requires that: I share his concern. To be disturbed in my soul for another person. That I realize the gravity of the person’s need. I am willing pay the cost of inconvenince. To share in God’s concern and seek with him will cost me personal time, money, sleep, reputation…what else will it cost me? If I share his concern and join in the seeking then I will get to share in the joy when one person is found.

It helps me to remember that there is not one person on the planet who God is not already pursuing. God is at work in every life. We just have to be sensitive to the SEEKER and find out how he’s working.  

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Follow the Leader

September 2, 2008 2 comments
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NKJV)
 
Yesterday we saw that Jesus not only possesses ultimate power and authority, but also that He is the ultimate Servant. But let’s take it one step further. Jesus didn’t just wash the disciples’ feet and call it a day. He followed up by calling them to follow His lead in serving:
 
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15 NKJV)
 
Who Jesus is ought to determine what we do. And as the ultimate Servant, it only stands to reason that His followers should be servants as well. Our actions and Christ’s example ought to harmonize. If they don’t, then we’re no longer following Jesus in the truest practical sense. We are disciples in word-but not in deed.
 
Which begs the question: Do our actions resemble Christ’s example in this particular area? Are we others-oriented and servant-minded? Do we wash the proverbial feet that cross our path? Can we point to people who have been changed because we served them?
 
If we can’t answer “yes” to each of these questions, we need to change our spiritual course. We need to ask the Lord to show us and teach us how to become more effective servants, because it’s in kneeling down and washing feet that we truly walk as He walked.
 
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:6 NKJV)

SMALL GROUP TIME: DISCUSS< DIG < DECIDE

Discuss the value of having an example. Share with the group something you have learned from following an example. How did following the example help you to accomplish your goal?
 
Let’s dig into 1 John 2:6. What does this verse say to you? What does it mean to abide?
Dig deeper into John 15:1-5. How does Jesus model abiding? In what areas of your life are you not abiding? How are you changing your course to walk more like the Master?
 
Decide to walk in a way that others may see you and follow your example of faith. Make a list of five people who are watching the pattern your life. Decide to serve them by providing a pattern of faithfulness. Memorize Matthew 5:16, and commit to making this verse a reality in your life.
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