Hope, Not F Bombs

“And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30

Setup: What does (1) a man yelling an F bomb at me, (2) a woman yelling at the other driver after a car crash, and (3) an irate postal worker yelling at a customer…have in common?

Punch Line: No Hope.

Not very funny, is it. These three situations plus some others I could share with you from last Tuesday, reveal an underlying problem in people’s lives today. Many people are living their lives without Hope.

Hope is realizing that you can have favor from the God of the universe.

Those who have hope are those who have the understanding they have been made right in God’s eyes. All those who receive Jesus are those who find favor with God!

There may be some out there that curse at you for trying to tell them about Jesus…but that shouldn’t stop us from trying to share the hope that we have in Him!

Let’s be bold and share our Hope in Jesus with the people around us this Christmas!

Merry Christmas!



Going Together on a Journey!

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register, along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.” Luke 2:4-5

My wife and I love to go on journey’s together! We love to go far, we love to go near, we love to take side roads, we love to go together! Not only do we love to go on driving journey’s together, but we love this journey called “life” together. As much as we love to go on journey’s together, so far, we have not gone on a journey together like Joseph and Mary did that led to the very first Christmas.

I wonder what it was really like for Joseph and Mary to take this journey to Bethlehem. Can you imagine? It was a 70 – 80-mile trek on foot and/or donkey. Sleeping in the outdoors, cooking over an open flame…I know…I can hear you outdoors people saying, “Big deal!” Well, on top of that, Mary was pregnant.

Going on journeys can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a lot of work, can bring much pain, and make you feel like giving up. I thank the Lord for some key couples in my life that are going through some pretty tough journeys together and which give me a great example to follow in supporting my spouse. I also thank the Lord for my wife who has stuck by my side in our journey together. There is nothing quite like having someone by your side that you know will support you no matter what.

Joseph and Mary give us some instruction to follow for our journey…go together!

Merry Christmas!



Light Those Lamps!

“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight.” Luke 12:35

I love the Christmas song Days of Elijah! I know this song is not normally considered a Christmas song, but it is tied to Christmas in that Jesus came to give His life and now He is returning to give us life forevermore!

I like to be prepared. I don’t always achieve it. But, I try.

Yesterday at church, we lit the Peace candle. The Christmas Season is a reminder of the fact that Jesus came to the earth to be with us. Jesus didn’t stay a baby in the manger. He grew up into a man that sacrificed His life on the cross to save us from our sins. Jesus didn’t come to the earth for us to continue to ooh and awe over a baby but to present our lives to Him as our King and Lord. Now, we are waiting for the day that Jesus comes back to set everything right again.

Jesus tells us above how to be prepared for His return. He expects His followers to be ready to act when the time is right. He expects His followers to have their lamps lit so that they can see when He gets here.

Are you prepared for His return?

Preparation Checklist:

  1. Prayer
    1. Are you talking with Him often? Do your prayers reflect His Lordship in your life? Do your prayers involve reaching the lost with the Gospel?
  2. Bible
    1. Are you growing in your knowledge of the scriptures? Are you doing what God’s Word says?
  3. Others
    1. Are you giving yourself to others? Jesus came to give Himself to others. He expects His followers to follow His example. One of the best ways to give yourself to others is to figure out how to share the gospel with them in a way they will listen!

Peace is the result of knowing you are Prepared to meet the Coming King!

Merry Christmas!



Silence the Alarm!

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.” Revelation 22:12

The lights were flashing, and the horn was honking but nobody was around. Last Thursday morning, I was doing my prayer walk in a different city and different neighborhood. I spent a considerable amount of my time, praying for a loved one who recently received bad news from the doctor. I was walking past a shopping center when a car alarm started going. The alarm startled me and then a thought went through my head, “God gives people alarms to wake them up”. We often don’t view bad news from the doctor being an alarm. But when you think about it, it fits.

An alarm wakes you up… An alarm brings us to reality… An alarm tells us it is time to act.

Isn’t that what happens when we hear bad news from the doctor?

Bad news wakes us up…Bad News brings us to reality…Bad News tells us it is time to act.

Thankfully, there is ALWAYS GOOD NEWS…Jesus Christ died to save sinners!

God, in His graciousness and mercy, gives people alarms so that they will wake up, face reality, and realize it is time to act.

Let’s give people the GOOD NEWS to silence their alarms

…Tell them about the Lord and Savior, Jesus!

And, remember, we need to always share the truth with gentleness and love!

Have a Great Day



Can You Give me 30 Seconds?

Why Do People Go to Church? I’m guessing most people don’t sit around thinking about this question. You are probably one of those people. But…would you be willing to? Please take 30 seconds and answer the question. Why do People Go to Church? Or, Why do You Go to Church?  

Let me give you one word: Hope
 
With Hope comes Joy. With Hope comes Peace. With Hope comes the ability to Endure.
 
The Holidays can be a tough season for many! The loss of loved ones, the materialistic busyness, the over-demanding job! Many people do not have Hope.
 
People can find Hope at church! Putting oneself among a group of people who love God and love others results in having an uncommon Hope.
 

Can I ask another question… Who Can You Invite to Church This Sunday?

This Sunday starts our Advent Series: “Christmas, A Season of Hope
 
Let’s Share our Hope and Invite Others to Church!


Go the Distance With Your Spouse

“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord…Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her;” Ephesians 5:22 & 25

Giving your life for another human being can be one of the easiest things and one of the hardest things to do. You are probably wondering how I could say easy…

Emotions are powerful! When my emotions are running on high for my wife, then it is really easy to give my life for her… When my emotions are not so hot on her, then it is really hard to give my life for her…

God expects me as a husband to give my life up for my wife constantly. Just as following Jesus takes a choice every day, I have found that it takes a choice every day to love my wife in such a way as to give up my life for her.

I have been reading a biography on missionary Jim Elliot, in this book there is a quote where he is speaking of surrendering his life to God. He said,

“one does not surrender a life in an instant – that which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”

[1]

I can’t help but apply this to marriage. Having an amazing marriage doesn’t come from surrendering your life at one moment. It takes a lifetime of moments of surrendering your life to add up to an amazing marriage.

Go the distance with your spouse and continue to surrender yourself day by day.

[1] Susan Miller, Jim Elliot: Missionary to Ecuador

, 51.


Dad, Can We Climb the Hill

“Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 40:9

Growing up I would visit my dad in Roseburg every other week. He would come get me and my three siblings and we would spend the weekend with him. Near his house was a big hill with a radio tower on it. I don’t remember who initiated the first climb up that hill. I have a hunch that it was my dad.


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Traffic, Traffic, Traffic!

“Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.” Matthew 22:9

After taking a couple of road trips across the country, I have discovered where I live is one of the worst spots for traffic in the country. In order to visit family members, we have to plan to leave at certain times if we don’t want to sit in traffic for hours. The highways are always jammed during the morning and evening commute along with other times of the day!

Three Things about Traffic:


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Come Back When You Can Stay Awhile

Jesus Talk

 

“This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11b

One of my most favorite things to do growing up was to visit my grandparents’ house. It seemed as though my grandma always knew exactly when we would arrive. Inevitably, she would be standing in the kitchen window and see us when we pulled into the driveway. Then, when we would leave, my grandma and grandpa would walk us out and then stand in the road waving to us as we drove away. My grandma would always say, “Come back when you can stay awhile.”


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Dow, Nasdaq, and Seahawks

Jesus Talk

“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13
 
Today, I and some guy friends are going to the streets to tell the good news. This news is not about the stock market, the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P were up on Friday. This news is not about each middle school student at my son’s school getting a chrome book. This news is not even about the Seahawks winning yesterday.

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

What If My Brother Abandoned Me?