Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Latest news reports are that five terrorist groups have been operating in many of our churches.
Their leader, Lucifer Bin Workin, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work in the church to discourage, disrupt and destroy.However, there have been reports of a sixth group. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Prayin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church. Unlike other terrorist cells, the Bin Prayin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along.Bin Prayin does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ. We have noticed that the Bin Prayin cell group has different characteristics than the others.
(However, you can spot them if you bin lookin and bin going)
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Unfortunately, there have been recent contemporary examples of this same sad situation.
Most obvious is Tiger Woods. Tiger is the first sports personality to earn a billion dollars. He is healthy, good-looking, charming, has an incredible golf game, a mansion on the water, a 160 foot yacht, a beautiful wife and two lovely children. He has hit the jackpot! He has earned it. It just seems that he has missed the joy.
I pray that he can salvage his marriage. I hope he doesn't lose the jackpot trying to find the joy. I pray that he will understand his need to make room for Jesus. Jesus IS the joy!
Brittany Murphy was a beautiful young actress with a successful career, a Hollywood Hills home, and a husband. It appeared she had hit the jackpot. Then, a few days ago she was found dead in her bathroom. While the cause of death is yet to be determined, it is highly unusual for a healthy 32 year-old to die of a heart attack. Preliminary evidence does not look good.
It apprears to be another incident of someone who hit the jackpot but missed the joy. She made room for everything - except Jesus.
For the innkeeper and his wife it was ChristMISS. The same for Tiger. And for Brittany.
How about you? Have you made room for Jesus? Will you make room for Him at the center of your being?
If you do you will discover that the joy IS the jackpot!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Week Three – “No Ordinary Assignment” Matthew 1:18-25
The theme song was very distinctive, "da da da, dadada, da, da, da" and Peter Graves would pull up to remote spot, get out of his car, turn over a stump and find a folder and minature recorder. He would open the folder and remove photos while he listened to the recording. It always began, "Your mission, Mr. Phelps, should you choose to accept it........"
Well, it just so happens that Christmas is an equally impossible mission – if the key players didn’t agree to accept the assignment. Jesus agreed to leave Heaven, Mary said “yes” to the angel and now it was up to Joseph to volunteer for his role.
We have been talking about Joseph this month in our series entitled “No Ordinary Joe”. Joseph was ordinary in everyway except for the three areas we are highlighting:
His Attitude Was Extraordinary:
“I Will Commit”
“I Will Care”
“I Will Contribute”
His Action Was Extraordinary:
OBEDIENCE – Joseph realized that obedience is imperative. God doesn't offer suggestions nor
This morning we will take one more look at what made Joseph extraordinary. This time it was his assignment from God that was delivered to him in a dream by an angel. Here is the assignment – His mission should he accept it:
“Forget About Everything YOU Want To Do”
“Do Everything I Want You To Do”
“And You Won’t Get Much Notice For It”
You say, “Brad, where does it say that in the Bible?”
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" —which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:18-25
WOW! THAT’S A TOUGH ASSIGNMENT!
It is! It’s tough when you first hear it and even tougher when you think about it!
“FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO DO”
What did Joseph want to do?
- Marry his sweetheart and enjoy the honeymoon
- Build his business and set aside some money
- Get to Bethlehem, get home and get back to work
- Set up their home and enjoy their new life as newlyweds
God’s plans would not allow him to do any of those things. That IS a tough assignment:
A FEW OTHER TOUGH ASSIGNMENTS:
ABRAHAM – “I Want You To Leave Home And Go – But I Won’t Tell You Where”
NOAH – “I Want You To Build A Boat To Save Your Family From A Flood Even Though You Know Nothing About Building Boats And Even Though It Has Never Rained”
MOSES – “I Want You To Lead My People Out Of Egypt Even Though Pharaoh Won’t Like The Idea”
GIDEON – “Take 300 Men And Defeat The Mighty Fearsome Midianites”
JOB – “I Am Going To Allow Everything You Hold Precious To Be Taken From You And You Are Going To Remain Blameless”
God gave Joseph a tough assignment, but He wasn’t the first nor would he be the last. Here is what we know about God’s assignments: He Always Gives God-Sized Assignments To Ordinary Men When He Wanted To Do Something Extraordinary!
How About You? Are You Willing To Surrender Your Dreams And Desires To God? Is There Something You Hold As More Precious Than God?
“DO EVERYTHING I WANT YOU TO DO”
- Take Mary To Be His Wife But Have No Sex With Her
- Put His Reputation At Risk By Marrying A Pregnant Women Who Was Not Pregnant With His Baby
- Raise A Child That Was Not His
- Live Life On The Run For Several Years
Joseph knew what we sometimes forget, “If you want God to bless you have to say ‘yes’”. God doesn’t bless you on your terms, He blesses you on His terms.
Even Jesus had to surrender to God, “Not my will but yours be done!”
God is not looking for part-time workers. Serving God is not a multiple-choice test.
God Did An Extraordinary Work Through An Ordinary Joe Who Was Willing To Do Everything God Wanted Him To Do.
What Could God Do In Your Life If You Were Willing To Do Whatever He Asked You To Do?
When you think about the Christmas story who do you think of first?
- The Baby Jesus
- Mary His Mother
Joseph was willing to give up everything that HE wanted to do in order to do everything GOD wanted him to do – AND NOT GET MUCH CREDIT.
How many people do you know that are willing to do that? Are you?
Human nature wants the spotlight. We want to be the star of the show and the pats on the back. If you are not careful you can get caught up in doing the right thing – serving God – for the wrong reason – personal affirmation.
Are you serving God for the right reason! Are you motivated by His glory – or yours? Joseph wasn’t like that! And because he wasn’t – Christmas happened!
JOSEPH HAD A VERY DIFFICULT ASSIGNMENT –
“FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO DO”
“DO EVERYTHING I WANT YOU TO DO”
“AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT GETTING THE CREDIT”
Who Would Accept An Assignment Like That? Who Would Take That Deal?
Oh, I don’t know – maybe – JESUS!
Listen to this:
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:1-11
Surely, God doesn’t expect us to do that does He? Sure Sounds Like It To Me!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
So, what have you done for me lately?
That's the world we live in, isn't it?
How often do you hear someone cry out to God in a desparate moment, "God, why don't you do something?" Maybe you have uttered that question before.