Archive | November, 2012

Do YOU have a past???

29 Nov

I’m sorry I must be so serious today, but DO YOU??  Have you done things in the past you regret??  Have you done things that wouldn’t bring glory to God??  Well … HAVE YOU?

Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with a couple of friends.  Friends who allow me to be a regular guy, who don’t force me into the official role of my vocation.  They just let me be me.  I’m appreciative of that!

One of the topics that came up (and it seems to be a much-discussed topic lately) was the past.  How Satan and sometimes people from our past will try to remind you that you are not perfect, that you have a past, and that it might be embarrassing for others to know your past.

Guess what??  WE ALL HAVE A PAST.  We ALL have things we’ve done that we regret.   Two weeks ago I blogged about the same topic … Guilty

All I can tell you is, believe it or not, GOD KNOWS YOUR PAST.  AND HE LOVES YOU ANYWAY!!!  And, as far as I am concerned, NONE OF US have the right to judge others based on their pasts.  We all have past mistakes.  And GOD FORGIVES!!

It’s funny how Satan works the same strings in the lives of so many people.  Remember, he is the father of all lies!!  And, ultimately, he might tell you that you are unlovable and unforgivable.  But God says differently!!

Who are you going to believe???  Personally, I believe God is more concerned with where you are NOW in regards to a relationship with HIM!!!

A Good Thanksgiving

26 Nov

All in all, it was a good trip home.  Got to see my sister Donna from Memphis, her daughter, her son and his wife.  I think it was good for Dad to see them.  I know I enjoyed spending time with them.  Dad’s memory is getting worse and these visits are really good for everyone.  Twice this weekend, while I was sitting right beside him, he asked mom when I would be there…  Or ask Mom how long they’ve been married … Things like that.  I know a day is coming when he might not know me, and that really stinks.

BUT … it was a good Thanksgiving.  I got to watch some football with him, laugh with he and mom at the breakfast table, watch Bailey the Wonderdog (Krissy’s dog) as she loved on Mom and Dad and conned them out of table scraps and treats.  Bailey REALLY loves Mom.

We missed Elaine and Karl, but they are heading up at Christmas. That will be good, too!

Now, if I can only get over this cold/allergy attack/sinus thing/ear thing that I’ve fighting for 10 days now.  And, honestly, I tried to go see my doctor last Tuesday.  His receptionist wouldn’t allow it.  Hoping to have better luck today.

Today’s sermon: The Continuing Debt of Love

25 Nov

The Continuing Debt of Love from Ebenezer BC on Vimeo.

Update on our Youth Pastor Search

20 Nov

Ebenezerites:

Hope this blog entry finds you doing well.  And PRAYING.  Many folks are getting antsy and asking questions about our search for a Youth Pastor.  I wanted to give you a brief update and encourage you to continue to pray!!

Personnel Team, the ministry team responsible for seeking our next Youth Pastor, has been hard at work on this project.  We are receiving resumes, reviewing them, and we’ve even had some initial discussion with a few candidates.  And, quite frankly, we are in serious prayer that God will lead us to the right person.  And He hasn’t done this yet!!

I know there are some that believe the best thing we could do is find a qualified candidate and get them in here PRONTO.  But, timing is a key in all of this.  God’s timing is THE key.  We would make a tremendous mistake if we just filled the position.  It is time to wait on the Lord … we might not even have the resume of the right person yet!!

So, pray for us!!  Encourage your youth and pray for them!!  There have been a couple of bumps in the road.  Do your part to help hold it all together!!

People of God

19 Nov

Sometimes it can be so easy to focus on the things that don’t go well in life and take the best things for granted .  This is due to our worldly nature, that is always peeking through and trying to be dominant in our hearts and lives.  Today, I am thankful for people who often are taken for granted.  People of God, who really try to live His way and pursue His will.  And I am thankful to be surrounded by them!!

These are the people who:

  • Trust God during the good times and the bad times
  • Jump in and just do what God has called them to do
  • Seek His kingdom and His righteousness first, and allow Him to place everything else in order
  • Put God first in all areas of their lives
  • Remember their commitments to Him and consider it an honor to fulfill them

This list could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.  Today, I’m taking a moment to focus on them and all they do at Ebenezer, and in my circles of family and friends.  And I am thankful God has surrounded me with them!!

Today’s sermon: When we pause to think

18 Nov

When we pause to think from Ebenezer BC on Vimeo.

Guilty

15 Nov

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9, NIV

I was talking to a friend this week about the past.  Funny thing about the past:  Often we can look back and see times when we failed God, perhaps in major ways for long periods of time.  In the verse quoted above, John reminded us that God will forgive our sins!!  In Psalm 103:12, we are told:

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12, NIV

God FORGIVES and God REMOVES.  When guilt from the past creeps in, that is the work of Satan.  He will constantly remind us that we are imperfect.  That we have sinned.  That we are guilty.  And, he is right!!  And all thanks and praise to God, because He sent His Son to pay the price for our sins.  And His payment is complete and total.  When God forgives, He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west, which is an immeasurable distance.

So, as for our guilt, give it up!!  KNOW that you are forgiven if you’ve asked God to forgive you!!  Believe God’s promise is TRUE!!

To borrow a saying from a bumper sticker I once saw, next time Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future!!