Truly Great Once Again!

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Romans 13:1

Last evening my family and I were glued to the TV to find out what was going to happen with the presidential election. It wasn’t just my wife and I, my boys were just as excited and anxious to follow the news channel to find out who won. We prayed several times through the evening, each taking a turn, asking God to intervene. I was proud to have my boys be invested and interested in the election of the highest order in our country. Kids caring about the important things in life doesn’t just happen on its own…

Rewind two weeks ago. My boys and I were having our weekly Father/Son time at the fine dining establishment of our choice, the place that we can eat for under $12 that includes a tasty chicken sandwich…. Anyway, I brought along a magazine I had received from the Billy Graham Administration, called Decision America 2016. In this magazine, there was an excellent article on the two major political platforms. It brought up the fact that behind every leader there is a platform and then it went on to share the stance these platforms take on important issues. I read these to my boys, helping them understand the big words and think through how these issues align with the Bible.

You see, our kids will find important that which we find important if we take time to lovingly and thoughtfully communicate it to them.

Whether the person you voted for won the election or not. The scripture above still applies. Let’s teach our families to follow God’s word in every area of life. If every leader of their family would be willing to start taking steps to help their family follow God’s Word, our country will become, truly, a great nation once again.

My encouragement for us this week: Lovingly and thoughtfully, help your family follow God’s Word, the Bible!

Have a great week!

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Ephesians 5:22-33

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The Only Hope For Tomorrow

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 3:27

In yesterday’s message, I said, “The Only hope for tomorrow is Jesus Christ.”

I believe that with all my heart. But what does that mean? What does that look like?

We live in a hurting world. Hunger, Disease, Sex-trafficking, Murder, and morals are becoming non-existent. How can a person have any hope for the future? The answer is, hope is found in no one else other than Jesus Christ, Savior of the world! There will be a day that He comes back to setup His kingdom here on earth. When He is King on earth, there will be no more hunger, disease, sex-trafficking, murder, and immorality. We don’t know when that day is going to happen, but we are told to be ready.

The verse above reveals that Godly Leaders are also the only hope for tomorrow. If you are a Christian, then you are to be a godly leader. The Bible says, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” If you have Christ in you, if you are a Christian, then you have the hope living within you. Are you sharing your hope? Are you giving your hope away for others to have? Don’t worry, if you give your hope to others, yours will never go away. Only those who don’t share their hope, in the end find that theirs is gone. A Christian’s hope was never designed to be kept a secret!

3 Ways to Share Your Hope This Week:

  1. Tell someone what the Bible says about Jesus
  2. Tell someone what Jesus did for you
  3. Tell someone how they can start a relationship with Jesus (Rom 3:23; 6:23; John 3:3; 14:6; Rom 10:9-11; 2 Cor 5:15; Rev 3:20)

Have a great week talking to others about Jesus!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Are you Covered?

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

He loved us! How did He love us? By sending His son “to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t use, nor do I hear people use the word ‘propitiation’ on a regular basis. Most people probably don’t even know what this words means. Propitiation has a two-fold meaning, (1) that of covering over something or someone, and (2) deflecting or turning away the wrath that is about to consume something or someone.

Did you know that God’s wrath is going to come upon the person that is not covered by His Son, Jesus Christ? God is a just God and therefore must punish sin. But, He loved us so much that He sent His one and only son to be our covering.

I have two boys. If one of them was about to get hurt, and I had the ability to put myself in their place to take the hurt, I would. But, how many of us would be willing to give up our own child to save someone else? That is what God did for you and for me. He loves us that much!

The people who live in your neighborhood, the people you work with, the people who shop at your grocery store, the people who exercise at your gym; they need to know that God loves them and that He sent “His Son to be the propitiation for” their sins.

My encouragement for us this week: Find a way to use the word ‘Propitiation’ in a conversation this week and then share with that person how that reveals how much God loves them!

Have a great week talking to people about Jesus!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Eyes Wide Open for Halloween!

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

I love sweets! I love games! I love watching movies! I love having fun! That’s why when it comes to Halloween, I need to keep my eyes wide open! There are many sweets, games, movies, and fun activities available during Halloween time. It is a fun time of year!  We can get so lost in the fun that we forget the commands of God’s word.

A full moon, a black cat, bats, pumpkins…what is wrong with these things? Nothing! God made them all. There are many things like these that have been associated with Halloween. There is nothing wrong with them. On the other hand, there are many things associated with Halloween that are bad things. God’s word says to “Examine everything carefully”! Let’s make sure we follow God’s word even when we want to do something fun! This morning, I watched a video teaching on the origin of Halloween that I bought from Answers in Genesis. If you are interested, feel free to contact me.

My encouragement for Christians is to follow the scripture above when it comes to taking part in different aspects of Halloween.

Examine the candy received from random houses. I know someone who has received pins inside of theirs.

Examine the games having to do with Halloween. They may involve evil spiritual aspects.

Examine the movies you watch or allow your children to watch. Most Halloween Movies contain evil.

Examine the “Fun Activities” associated with Halloween. Make sure they are not illegal or immoral.

Examine, keep the good, throw away the bad!

Halloween is simply a fun time of year for many. But, it is also a very serious time of year for many who are making sacrifices for the dead and for their sins. Don’t allow the enemy, the devil, to get a foothold in your life by lowering your standard because of the time of year. Evil is always evil even when it is associated with a “Holiday”.

Have a great week “abstaining from every form of evil” so that you can stay close to Jesus!

 

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MEN

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Calling all Husbands and Fathers!!

“Be on the alert”

There is a real enemy that wants you to be ineffective in your relationship with God, your wife, and your children. He is laying out traps for you and for me. We need to be on the alert! We need to keep watch so that we don’t fall into his trap.

“Stand firm in the faith”

Why? Many reasons, but I will give you just two. (1) Because salvation comes through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), and (2) Because your family is watching. How do you stand firm in the faith? Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

“Act like men”

I love this statement! I love it because our culture fights against men. Our culture has this idea that men and women are the same. Value doesn’t come from sameness; value comes from the author of the product. Men and women are equally valuable because God made them both. But men and women are different in body, heart, and mind. Men, what are you acting like? If you are acting like anything other than what God created you to be, then you are outside of God’s will for your life. Acting like men is not passive as our culture is trying to get us to be. Acting like men is acting with strength, love, and courage!

“Be strong”

What does acting like men look like? Strength! What areas in your life are you showing strength? What areas in your life are you weak? Each one of us has weak areas. We should not allow our weak areas to consume us, but we should give ourselves to God each day and allow Him to strengthen us. When it comes down to it, when Paul says, “be strong”, I believe he is referring to us doing what is right. From the beginning of time, to do what is right takes much strength. God has not made men to be passive, God has made men to be strong.

Husbands and Fathers, our families need strong leaders. Our communities need leaders who will do what is right. Our churches need leaders who will stand on the Word of God. Passive men lead to despair and apathy, Godly Men bring light and life!

My encouragement for us this week: Be God’s Man!

If you are a woman, my encouragement for you this week: share this with a man in your life.

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Sent Ones

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” John 17:18

Jesus sent His people into the world.

Go talk to people about Jesus!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Doing What’s Best

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:4

What a week I had last week with my boys! We went on our annual hunting trip to eastern Oregon where my grandparents had hunted for over 50 years. In the last 15 years, our party has only brought home two deer. That changed this year. My 13-year-old shot his first deer at 200 yards on Monday, I got mine on Tuesday, and my dad got one on Wednesday. The bummer was, my wife had school and was not there to see it.

As good of a week we had, I was looking forward to being home with my wife. The only problem was, when I did get home, my mind was on myself, what I wanted, what I felt I needed. It’s funny how when we think only of ourselves, our relationships start going sideways. Thankfully, my wife is very patient with me. I straightened up, asked her and God to forgive me; and we are back on track!

The verse above gives great insight into how we should approach our relationships in life. It is especially important to the ONE relationship that effects family and society; marriage. It is hard for me to always be on the lookout for the interests of my wife, but that is exactly what I need to do if I am going to have the best marriage in the world. Looking out for the best interest of your spouse not only leads to a happy marriage but pleases the Lord!

My encouragement for us this week: Look out for the best interest of your spouse!

When both husband and wife practice looking out for the interests of each other, they will begin to experience a joy that is meant for their marriage.

Have a great week looking out for the interests of your spouse!

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:4

What a week I had last week with my boys! We went on our annual hunting trip to eastern Oregon where my grandparents had hunted for over 50 years. In the last 15 years, our party has only brought home two deer. That changed this year. My 13-year-old shot his first deer at 200 yards on Monday, I got mine on Tuesday, and my dad got one on Wednesday. The bummer was, my wife had school and was not there to see it.

As good of a week we had, I was looking forward to being home with my wife. The only problem was, when I did get home, my mind was on myself, what I wanted, what I felt I needed. It’s funny how when we think only of ourselves, our relationships start going sideways. Thankfully, my wife is very patient with me. I straightened up, asked her and God to forgive me; and we are back on track!

The verse above gives great insight into how we should approach our relationships in life. It is especially important to the ONE relationship that effects family and society; marriage. It is hard for me to always be on the lookout for the interests of my wife, but that is exactly what I need to do if I am going to have the best marriage in the world. Looking out for the best interest of your spouse not only leads to a happy marriage but pleases the Lord!

My encouragement for us this week: Look out for the best interest of your spouse!

When both husband and wife practice looking out for the interests of each other, they will begin to experience a joy that is meant for their marriage.

Have a great week looking out for the interests of your spouse!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Start At Home

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“And, fathers, do no provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

Last evening, I took my boys to get a bite to eat at McDonalds. We go to McDonalds not because it is fine dining, but because we can eat there for under $12. I took my Bible with me so that I could read to my boys and talk to them about the most important thing in life; God’s Word. It was an AWESOME time!

I know this is starting to sound like my Marriage and Family blog, but really it is all about talking to people about Jesus. So often, it is almost easier to talk to people at church or strangers at the park about Jesus. When in reality, God would have us start in our own home. Last night was a great reminder for me that my talking to people about Jesus needs to start in my own home.

My encouragement for us this week: Make a plan for when and how you will talk to the people in your own home about Jesus.

When you start talking about Jesus on a regular basis to people in your own home, you will find that you will be more effective talking to others outside of your home about Him.

Have a great week talking about Jesus!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Successful Families

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

I am challenged today by a statement from the book Family to Family. It says,

“The success of our families will be determined by our commitment to know and live the principles of God’s Word.”[1]

I find that I get lazy in helping my family actually live out God’s Word.

My encouragement for us this week: Get intentional about helping your family live God’s Word.

Have a great week helping your family live out God’s Word!

[1] Dr. Jerry Pipes and Victor Lee, Family to Family, 3.

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Everything You Need for Life!

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:3

Do you ever wish that you had more than you have right now? I go through times like that myself! My family really like sports, the outdoors, camping, etc. We have had conversations that started off with, “Wouldn’t it be cool to own a GI Joes store (when they were still in business)! Yah! We could use anything in the store whenever we wanted!” GI Joes had everything a person could want to play, workout, camp, hunt, fish, etc.!

How about when it comes to talking to people about Jesus? Do you ever wish you had more ability, more courage, more opportunity? Me too!

I gave a message in church yesterday from 2 Peter 1:1-11. Of course, it included the verse above that tells us that God has given us everything for life and godliness. Did you hear that? EVERYTHING… Last I checked, talking to people about Jesus is a part of life along with being the godly thing to do. Does that mean that God has given us everything we need to talk to people about Jesus? Yes!

Here is the Key, “through the true knowledge of Him”. There is lots of information in the world. Some of it is true and some of it is not. The same thing applies to information about God. Not all the information in the world is true about God. God wants us to know Him. That is why He gave us His Word. As we spend time getting to know Him through His Word and talking with Him through prayer, we will be receiving everything we need for life. Gaining true knowledge of God is like an outdoorsman owning a GI Joes store. Whatever he could possibly need is at his disposal because God has everything he needs.

As Christians, we have the responsibility to talk to others about Jesus. As we gain true knowledge of God through His word, He will give us everything we need to do just that!

My encouragement for us this week: Work at gaining true knowledge of God! Read two chapters of the Bible every day this week*, think about what it says, and ask yourself these questions, (1) what does this tell me about God?, (2) what does God want me to do?, (3) who does God want me to be?

Have a great week talking to people about Jesus!

 

*If you don’t know where to start, try the book of John.

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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June 9, 2019 FACEBOOK LIVE RECORDING
(Recording will be added here after the service)
 

What If My Brother Abandoned Me?