A Brand New Me

Good evening everyone! I hope all of you had a great Easter Holiday. I know I did. My parents came to church with me which is always a blessing.

I wanted to share with you the way that God is working in my life. Since the passing of my grandpa, I feel that God has opened my eyes a little bit more than they have been before.

The past couple of Sundays, I have cried during worship. I don’t know why, I just have. This is a rarity for me though.  Maybe the lyrics are touching me somehow, I don’t know.

Secondly, I have started a Bible reading plan. I found this plan on YouVersion   . I will have the whole Bible read in a year. As a matter of fact, I will admit it, I have never read the complete Bible. This will be a challenge for me, but right now I am on track.

Anyway.. I just wanted to give you all a little update on me.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Supernatural Church

Hello readers! Well, it has been a great ride through Francis Chan’s Forgotten God Today we finish the book by looking at Chapter 7.

In this chapter, Mr. Chan points out the difference between a Holy Spirit led church, and churches that don’t. He says that society has created a whole brand of non-Holy Spirit following churches and even Christians who are not disciples. These are a new group of ” followers” who do not follow.

I like what he says in the middle of page 143 as well.

If all God asked for were faceless numbers to fill the churches, then we would all be doing all right. Most of us would feel pretty confident. But simply having a good speaker, a service that is short and engaging, a good venue, and whatever else we add to the mix does not make a “good” or “successful” church. God intended for His bride, those who claim His name, to be much more than this.

God is not interested in numbers. He cares most about the faithfulness, not the size, of His bride. He cares about whether people are lovers of Him.

Some churches of today, and the people who attend them could be compared to the prophets of Baal. (1 Kings 18), more than Elijah. Elijah was the prophet of God. Below is a brief summary provided by Mr. Chan.

The prophets of Baal had a loud, passionate worship gathering that lasted from morning till evening. When they were done, they had a great time of fellowship. But “no one answered; no one paid attention” (18:29). After all of that, Elijah prayed. God heard his prayer, and fire came down from heaven. After it was all over, the prophets of Baal were saying, “The LORD— he is God! the LORD— he is God!” (18:39 NIV). They didn’t say, “Elijah is a great speaker” or “Elijah sure knows how to connect with God!” They were stunned by God. They were in awe of His power. They knew that what they experienced could not have been manipulated by Elijah. They experienced the power of God.

Along with the gatherings we attend as church goers, we need to use the same principle in our personal lives. People should be able to see the transformation in our lives after we accept Jesus Christ into our life. They should see His works in us and say, “The LORD– He is God” instead of, “Wow, Isn’t _____ a great person?”. We shouldn’t  let people think we are responsible for the change. The Holy Spirit should be the main focus!

Well readers, I am going to stop there. I wanna leave you with some questions.

  1. Do you attend that is like the prophets of Baal or the prophet of Elijah?
  2. Does your church pride itself on a great speaker, a great worship, great programs, number of members, etc…? Or does it pride itself on its following of the Holy Spirit?
  3. Is the Holy Spirit the focus in your life?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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First Test

Good morning readers. I see God has blessed both of us with the gift of life today. As I mentioned yesterday, I have started reading Job during my first ever quiet time. All I have to say is amazing! I wanted to share with you today my thoughts from Job 1.

Job is a man like you and I. He has a family, and a home, etc. You are probably saying to yourself,” yes I have those things, but I am not wealthy.. I don’t have servants.” Ok, well not everyone in this world is wealthy and has servants. My point is that he is just a man in God’s eyes. Those other things don’t matter.

Job is very faithful to God by praising him and giving burnt offerings on behalf of his children. One day the angels meet up with God. Satan tags along. God points Job out to Satan, telling Satan how great of a person Job is. How cool is that to have God basically  say, ” Look Satan, you haven’t got to my buddy Job yet”.

So Satan challenges God because Satan doesn’t believe that Job’s faithfulness is genuine.  God tells Satan to do what he wants with Job, but just don’t hurt him. Satan decides to take everything… EVERYTHING away from Job. His flock(and the wealth that came from it) and his family.

What does Job do when he hears the news of this?

Job 1:20-22 (The Message)

20 Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped:

21 Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth.
God gives, God takes.
God’s name be ever blessed.

22 Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.

As a man of God, we all need to be like Job. When times are good or bad, we need to worship God.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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