Lent, pt. 39

If you remember yesterday’s post, I had gone to a men’s conference at church.

Today was the second half. It was really good.

There were so many morsels of truth that I will be mulling over the next week or so.

I want to give you one such morsel today:

There is power in proximity.

When you have spent time with Jesus, others are affected.

The opposite is true.

When you are with someone who has been with Jesus, you can sense the power.

So whether or not you are the one with Jesus, great things can happen.


Let me challenge you.

Spend time with Jesus. Let his love fill you. Change your life to fit into God’s desires.

Not only will you be different but the world around you will be changed as well.

 

Have a great night and see you tomorrow for Lent, pt. 40!

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Lent, pt. 20

Traditions. Lent is a tradition.

When I think about what the word tradition means, I realized that it was not clear to me.

So I looked it up.

This what you get when you type ‘tradition definition’ in Google:

tra·di·tion
1. the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
“every shade of color is fixed by tradition and governed by religious laws”
2. THEOLOGY: a doctrine believed to have divine authority though not in the scriptures.
It was the second portion that caught my attention.
It seems that millions of people observe Lent even though it is not in the bible.
I am going to chew on that for a while.
Initially, I want to say that we should disregard Lent because it is not scriptural.
But the motive behind it seems worthy. Doesn’t every believer want to know Jesus better?

I guess it goes back to motives.

Why?
As we are about to start the second half of Lent, check your motives.
I can say that there have been less-than-noble motives on my part.
I am ready to change some things.
May God grant you peace and mercy during this time.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you tomorrow.

Lent, pt. 19

How is Lent going for you?

Tomorrow, day 20, marks the half way point. May the second half be the better half!

I realized earlier today that I did not really connect Lent with the story about the woman who had the issue of blood.

So connect I will!

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Above all, the woman had a goal. She wanted to get to Jesus. Sure, there were distractions and setbacks. She was in debt and in massive pain.

Things were not good. But she knew what she needed.

Notice, she knew what she needed and not what she wanted.

Too many times, I base my decisions on what I want.

Is Lent a time for you and I to get what we want? I don’t think so.

I want to be like the woman. She pushed through the pain, she focused amid distraction, and she battled amongst the crowd.

All to get to Jesus.

That sounds like someone I want to be like.

Maybe this year, during Lent, God can change me.

Will I do what it takes? Am I devoted?


So Lent, I think, should be about making time to let God do His thing.

And if that means touching the hem of his garment, then so be it.

Lent, pt. 12

Did you go to church this morning?

I did and I loved it. God was speaking and I heard Him.

Our pastor read some verses from Mark 5. It was not, however, part of his message.

I feel like God was speaking to me through those verses. Stay tuned because the next couple of days will be the result of this morning’s encounter with God.


But as for this post, there is one word that I want to look at closely.

That word is change.

I have asked the question, “What is the purpose of Lent?”

Maybe you inquire about that as well.

Besides the story from Mark 5, I feel like God wants me to hit on that word, change.

Lent is useless unless it produces change.

Don’t bother fasting or praying if it won’t bring about change in you.

In chemistry, that change is called a catalyst.

I don’t want to try and tell you what to change. I just want to encourage you to change.

We are almost a third finished with Lent, take time to do something that will bring about the change that God wants in you.

That way, we can all avoid the Lent trap.

Good night.

Something new for 2017…

Hey all! Happy New Year!

Well, for me, a new year usually brings something new. 2017 is bringing a new series to my blog! And along with the new series, there will be a new format!

And there was much rejoicing!

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I know, all this new stuff is crazy right? Generally, I don’t like change. But sometimes, change is good.

So here it is. The Word, the Worth, the Work.

The Word – The topic of the blog in one Word.

The Worth – This part contains my thoughts about the Word.

The Work – I conclude with a practical application of the Word.

And without further delay…

The WordAbsolute

The Worth – So many people today do not have absolutes in their lives.

“If I feel like it…”

“I don’t want to…”

“One drink is okay…”

“But I am a good person…”

Even in the church, people sway between ideas.

It is as if people do not read or know their bible.

It is my opinion that any one would fall short of that goal.

But here is the good thing.

Jesus is absolute. His existence is not dependent upon anything else. He is the same now as he has ever been. The same will be true a million years from now. He never changes! See Hebrews 13:8

The Work – With the knowledge that Jesus is always going to be the same, we can have peace in the middle of our storm. He is the rock to which we can anchor. In all things good, he is the source!

  • Quote that verse everyday for a week and see if you start to believe it.
  • Read your bible everyday and start to see God doing things in your life.

Remember, He does not change. We must change. And He will give us the courage to start, the strength to continue and the grace to finish.

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