Jul 21, 2017 - Faith    No Comments

MEN LOOK FOR SIN, JESUS LOOKS FOR DISCIPLES

OUR SIGHT IS is a wonderful gift from God. We marvel at the beauty of a sunrise  and sunset.  We can gaze upon the brilliant colors of spring flowers.  How tragic it must be to have never seen the light of day.  Yet there is a far greater tragedy than physical blindness.  In John 8: 12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Then in verse 13, the Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are appearing as you own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

Because of their spiritual blindness they could not understand the true meaning of what Jesus was saying to them.   Only when Jesus was crucified would the vail of blindness be lifted from their eyes and ours.  In John 28, Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you know that I am the one I claim be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.  29 The one that sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what please him.”  30 Even as he spoke many put their faith in him.  31 The Jew who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you  hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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Jul 5, 2017 - Hearing From God    2 Comments

God’s In Walmart

So all you faithful Wade in the Word readers may have noticed that my posts had been less frequent the past several months.  Ministry work has been keeping me very busy.  There is hardly a single time when I go into Walmart that I don’t end up connecting with someone, be it a friend or stranger I always seem to end up sharing the word of God with them. God must be in Walmart. I know this must sound strange coming from a pastor because God is everywhere; we just aren’t necessarily paying attention at times.  God must know that Walmart gets my attention for ministry and sharing the gospel.

GOD’S IN WALMART

One day, about a year ago, I was in Walmart and I ran into the wife of a pastor whose congregation had been sharing space at the church my family was attending.  They had gone on to purchase their own building and I hadn’t seen her or her husband for a couple of years. They’re predominately an all-Chinese congregation and her husband often took trips back to China.  During one of his trips to China I was invited to preach at their church.  So it was great to run into her and catch up.

As we exchanged hellos and how’s things, she began to share that their church was looking for a youth pastor.  She asked if I knew of anyone who might be interested.  I have no idea why, other than the Holy Spirit’s prompting, I began asking questions … Is there a language requirement – does the person have to speak Chinese?  Nope.  Is there an age requirement – are they looking for a young adult to fill this position?   Nope.  I didn’t realize it at the time but all my questions were more to disqualify me instead of qualifying me.  Again, I don’t know why other than the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I said, “Well, I’d be interested.” Read more »

Nov 25, 2016 - Prayer, Spiritual Growth, Worship    3 Comments

THANKSGIVING, IT’S IN YOUR PRAISES

As you read this, I want you to do this one thing.  I promise that once you do what I am about to tell you by faith in Jesus, it will energize and revolutionize your perspective on THANKSGIVING.  Here it is …

GIVE GOD PRAISE:  GIVE HIM THANKS FOR THREE THINGS.

Things that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that GOD is the only one who helped you out of a difficult time, blessed you, rescued you, etc.

I’m challenging you to give it some serious thought.  To go beyond the knee jerk responses of He woke me up, He gave me life.  Don’t get me wrong; I am not minimizing these things at all. I just know from my own experience that these were my responses when I didn’t want to really put much effort into my thinking.  If this isn’t you, by all means go there!

IT’S IN YOUR PRAISE

My prayer for you and me is that the Lord Jesus Christ will help us to give Thanks To God In Adversity.  Whatever the circumstances, we are to give thanks unto the Lord our God for He alone is good.  My point today is that being thankful is a condition of the heart not our circumstances.  It’s in your praise.  Notice that I said give thanks img_2179while IN adversity, NOT FOR adversity.  You see as a child of God you can praise God while facing difficulties because you know that you are not alone. God is with you, praise Him for His faithfulness right now!  It’s In Your Praise.

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