Monday, March 5, 2012

Hey Jude

Verse 1 also tells us something of what it means to be a Christian:
1. A Christian is called by God. The Greek word for “call” is “Kalein”, and it has three interesting definitions:
a. It is the word for summoning a person to office, to duty, to responsibility. The Christian is summoned to these things in his service for Christ.
b. It is also the word summoning a person to a feast or festival. It is the word of invitation to some happy event. The Christian is summoned to a joyful feast at the end of time as the guest of God.
c. And, the word is used of a person being summoned to a court so that he may stand before the judge and give an explanation. Likewise, the Christian is called to stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Let’s think for a minute about what it means to be “called by God”. We are called to be apostles (Rom. 1:1 - Paul). The Greek word is apostolos - meaning one who is sent out. The Christian is the ambassador of Christ - sent out into the world to speak, act, and live for Christ.
We are also called to be saints (Rom. 1:7; I Cor. 1:2). The word for saint is hagios, commonly translated “holy”, the root meaning being “different”. To be called to be a saint is to be called to be different, i.e., different from the world; with holy values.
The Christian is called according to the purpose of God (Rom. 8:28). God has a plan and purpose for every person who accepts Christ. No Christian can say “I can’t do anything”; because God uses our weakness to display His power. God has prepared a task and a purpose for all those He calls. Contentment and satisfaction is working toward the goals that God has set for our lives.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bubble Wrap

Bubble Wrap is AWESOME!  It makes a great toy, and it also really protects.  But just as Bubble Wrap protects, I believe that we wrap ourselves in bubble wrap to protect us in this cold harsh world.  We use bubble wrap to protect us from the things that have happened to us in the past.   By gulley,  We will never let that happen to us again.   And w wrap ourselves so tight, that we put on this fa├žade that everything is great, when inside we are hurting, and falling apart.   
And we are protected, but that same bubble wrap traps us, incases us, and keeps us from the life that God designed for us.    Jesus said, “I have come so that you might have life, and live it to the fullest!”  We can’t life a full life, wrapped in bubble wrap. 
In 2012, God wants us to evaluate ourselves, and bust a few bubbles, so that we can find the true, fulfilling life that God has for us.

Friday, November 25, 2011

His Story Can Change Yours

Sunday Starts the first Sunday of Advent.  Are you ready to make room for a miracle in your life and in your family?

THOUGHT:  I went to Wal-Mart last night on the Black Friday, Black Thrusday - whatever, seems to get earlier and earlier.  Could not find anything that I wanted, the tickets were all given out early.  I came home, and driving from the store - this is what I thought.

This is the sign of commericalism at it's bes.  Carts loaded to the brim with items, long lines, people wrestling and fighting for places in line, for the right item, at the right price.  And this came to mind.  Where is Jesus in all this.  Afterall, it is his birthday?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

God Quest


Are you ready to find the God your heart is searching for?  For the next six weeks, we will be looking at life's most difficult questions:
      Can truth be know?
      Does God exsist?
      Can we trust the Bible?
      Why is ther evil and suffering in the world?
      and More...

"Everyone is Searching, but not everyone knows it."

Starting - 10/16/11 - Each Sunday for six weeks @ 10 AM at the Brandywine Conference Center - Monticello, IN