Aug 4, 2017 - Hearing From God    6 Comments

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!  ALL THE TIME-  GOD IS GOOD.  I encourage you to say this to yourself at least three times a day.   But most of all, say it like you believe it. This is not some sort of mantra that is used in meditation.  This is an affirmation – affirming a Biblical truth.

I got a better understanding of this Biblical truth during a conversation with another brother in Christ who was experiencing some marital difficulties.  He told me that he wanted to give up.  That’s when it came to me.  What do people do when they come to a wall?  Most of us would try to climb over it; when that fails we attempt to break through it; if that fails we might try to dig underneath it or try to walk around it.  These were the answers I was given when I asked several Christian friends what they would do if faced with a trial or challenge that was like a brick wall.

 

OVERCOMING AN OBSTACLE

The funny thing was when asked what would you do if you faced a trial in your life that was like a brick wall, not a single one of my friends said, ” I WOULD ASK GOD FOR HELP.”  Are you getting it?  We love to go it alone, although most of us hate to admit it to ourselves.  We would rather go it alone and say look what I did all by myself instead of asking for God’s help or ,for that matter, the help of another Christian.  Instead we’d rather give up and go back to what we were doing before we hit the wall. But when we do this, we just add another brick to the wall making it even more difficult to over come.  And believe me, there will be another time you’ll face that same wall.

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Jul 21, 2017 - Faith    3 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 »

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