Oct 10, 2016 - Hearing From God    8 Comments

GOD DOES NOT CALL COLLECT!

Where did the summer go?  We spent Labor Day Weekend with family.  As we were all sitting down having dinner, I began to share the message that I had preached on Sunday with them.  Our church is doing a Bible series on when God calls a person’s name twice like Abram, Abram or Saul, Saul.  When God calls many of us don’t hear Him simply because we aren’t paying attention or we don’t realize that it’s Him who’s calling us.   I thought of the Verizon Television Commercial as my title, “Can You Hear Me Now.”  I went on to explain how I used their slogan to segue right into my message.  My brother-in-law imageimmediately chimed in, “That’s a great introduction.  It really speaks volumes to your message.  Why stop there?  You could of gone even further and said, “God Doesn’t Call Collect” because He’s already paid the price.”  He was so right!  My next sermon was going to be on the Apostle Peter from Luke 22:31.  Peter was also known as Simon before Jesus gave him the name Peter.  Names given to people in the Bible were of great importance and would often define their character; if not their purpose or who and they would become.  God knows you by name. Read more »

UNJACK YOURSELF

One Sunday after church, my daughter, Emma Grace, came into my bedroom to talk to me.  She was getting all bent out of shape because she felt that she was purposely being overlooked for something by some other people.  Now if I felt like she was really being mistreated, I would have been all over it.  But in this case, things had less to do with Emma Grace and more to do with a dysfunctional situation.  And, I sensed that Emma Grace’s dissatisfaction was out of a selfish spirit.  She was passing judgement on someone else without knowing it.  It is so easy for us to pass judgement especially when we believe that someone has wronged us and without knowing all the facts surrounding the circumstances. So after she was done ranting about this somewhat trivial situation and her somewhat selfish point of view, I said to her “Emma, just because other people are “jacked-up” doesn’t mean you have to be. You need to UNJACK YOURSELF!”  My wife laughed and said that would make a great blog post! I had to agree.

I am sure we have all heard the phrase, “Jacked Up.”  I’ve even caught myself numerous times, saying things like, “What a jacked up thing to do or why does he or she put up with such a jacked up person.”  I wondered how this term came about?  The imagethought of a automobile with a flat tire jacked up came to mind.  Maybe the inventor of the car jack was named Jack.  Right? Wrong!  Interesting enough a car jack is used to fix something on an automobile that’s broken and in need of repairing to bring it back to a standard of road worthiness again.  This is just what I meant, when I told my daughter she needed to “unjack herself.”  She needed to examine herself and bring herself back to a place of road worthiness.  Rather than cruising down the road of judgment she needed to get on the road of self-examination which is exactly what the word of God tells us to do.  The Bible cautions us against passing rash and harsh judgement onto others.

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Just Do It

This week was quite a hectic one for me.  As a parent I find myself not only trying to keep track of my social calendar but also my children’s calendars.  Today, my wife had an appointment at with her chiropractor.  After a day of running the girls around, I took this as an opportunity to get away with my wife, even if it was for only an hour, and had our oldest daughter stay home with her younger sister.

It felt nice sitting and talking with my wife in the waiting area but soon she was called into the patient area, leaving me alone to my thoughts.   So I decided to use this time to prepare for an up coming sermon I’m giving on Ephesians 6 in a couple of weeks.

Ephesians 6:1-4
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

DO THE RIGHT THING
As I was reading these verses, the thought of slogans began to enter my mind.  The first one that came to my mind was“DO THE RIGHT THING.”  From there, my mind went to the Nike slogan, JUST DO IT.”

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