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Oct 22, 2014 - Hearing From God    2 Comments

MOVING FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS

When I first told my wife, Amy, the title of last week’s post, Christ-centered or Crisis-centered, she loved it. Interestingly enough, we had different takes on what it meant. My take was what you read last week … Crisis-centered imagepeople are those who focus more on the crisis than on Christ. In other words, the crisis becomes “your center” instead of Christ being your center. Amy’s take on it is what I’ll share this week … Crisis-centered people are those whose lives seem to be one crisis after another. They are caught in a crisis cycle.

First off, let me acknowledge that there can be times when we face a crisis, or series of crises, through no fault of our own. Job is a good example of this. Many of you are probably familiar with the Biblical account of God’s servant, Job. Job was a man that was upright, shunned evil, and feared God. In other words, Job was not living a life style that would bring upon him a crisis. Nevertheless, Job faced one and a big one at that. God allowed Satan to test Job in any and every way except taking his life. Job lost his children, his wealth and his health … now that’s a crisis. Through it all, God was with Job and Job ultimately remained faithful to God. If you want to be encouraged, read through the book of Job yourself.

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Oct 18, 2014 - Faith, Hearing From God    2 Comments

ARE YOU CHRIST -CENTERED OR CRISIS- CENTERED?

As a Biblical counselor and pastor, I am seeing crisis-centered people’s relationships, marriages and families fall apart during a crisis. I remember as a young man growing up seeing people unite during a crisis. They would seek the Lord and pool what little resources they had together to overcome hopeless situations and press forward. So I asked Jesus, “Lord, what has changed so much that people have become so fainthearted.” By fainthearted I mean showing a lack of conviction or boldness or courage when it comes to trusting Jesus during a crisis. Christians are being paralyzed by what they consider to be a crisis. They have forgotten what centered them in the first place, God almighty. Don’t get me wrong I’m not referring to those times when we need a bother or sister in The Lord to come along side us and pray with us and encourage us. I’m talking about those whose faith has been shaken at the very core and who allow their circumstances to paralyze them.

I’ve noticed a common thread when it comes to dealing with personal struggles … easily loosing your center. People who are crisis-centered tend to focus more on the imagecrisis than on finding solutions. Or should I say, The Solution – Christ! In fact crisis-centered people anticipate bad things will happen as if these bad things are just around the corner. Operating under Murphy’s Law: if anything bad can happen, it will! Now, when you live crisis to crisis and you have no center to ground you, you are like trees that are easily uprooted. When the wind and the rain beat up against them they are washed away. They lack the deep root system needed to weather the storms that come.

TO BE CHRIST- CENTERED

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Oct 10, 2014 - Hearing From God    No Comments

KNOCK – KNOCK WHO’S THERE?

It seems, as of late, packages are being delivered to our house quite frequently. Almost every other week, I come home to find some newly delivered package at the front door. Our girls love coming home and to discover a package. They’re especially excited to be the first one to find the package at the front door. Sometimes I’ll bring the package inside the house and place it on the downstairs landing. My oldest daughter Emma Grace will invariably notice the package and inquire, “Daddy, what’s inside the box?” The suspense of not knowing drives Emma up a wall and if there is a package sitting there – so much for her getting her homework done.

I remember there was a time when all our shopping was done at the stores, except for the occasional special value Amy couldn’t resist ordering from QVC. So, what happened, I asked myself? amazon.com! That’s right, internet shopping is on the rise at the Wade residence, thanks to Amazon Prime. You can get two-day deliveries for a low annual fee and, of course, my wife Amy could not pass up such a deal! Now when I say, “Oh I need this or that,” Amy will say, “OK, let me check Amazon!”

In this “must have it now” generation, the thought of waiting a week or more for a package to be delivered is just too painful, folks. I think I heard that Amazon is currently testing drones that will be capable of delivering packages up to five pounds within in ten miles radius of their fulfillment center, making it possible for same day deliveries. Crazy!

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