Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Loyalty Is a Choice

Another wonderful insight from Pastor Allan Leitner:

"And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me." Ruth 1:14-17

My meditation is still following two major themes. One theme is, "Who was at the Cross and why?" and the other is my "Freedom Skills" study.

Spurgeon in his devotional deals with the issue of loyalty. I don't know about you but this is an important issue to me. Wrong loyalties, hot and cold loyalties or a seeming lack of loyalty pepper all relationships and culture.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Called?

If you want to know your calling, don’t go “calling-looking.” Go God-looking. God knows where He wants you, what He is calling you to do, when He wants you to do it, and how He wants it done. Therefore, if you want to find your calling, look for God. When you find God, His calling will find you. – Tony Evans

Last week, We did a post triggered by Peter Watts’ “Confirming Circumstances” post, found here: http://bit.ly/XFt0Z2.  Peter mentioned a list of five ways to be sure we were hearing from God that were regularly taught at his church.  My post focused on those five steps, highlighting how easily we can twist circumstances and Scripture verses to suit the desired interpretation we want.  The following post was a gathering of some truly awesome responses to that post.  Knowing that we’re hearing from God is important.  But there’s more.  And less.  Take a look at what I mean.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Glorious Gospel: God's 100 Percent Salvation

As you may have noticed, football season has thrown our schedule off a bit.  That may carry through the next several weeks.  And we're still experimenting with new things.  Instead of a guest post, today, we're going to share another video.  The last time, we had a short clip of our founding pastor.  This video is last Sunday morning's sermon by our present head pastor.  One not to be missed.  But it is close to an hour.  So, find a time when you can relax and enjoy it.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

God Moving? II

In our previous post, we shared some steps to being sure we were hearing from God.  They’re mechanisms that the mature Christian has internalized.  But, whether it’s a mature Christian, someone new to the faith, or someone who intentionally wants to deviate, there are ways to subvert any or all of those steps.  I shared a little bit hoe that was possible.  The person functioning in subjectivity and familiarity is very likely going to be blind to how they’re heading in the wrong direction.  The hard part, for any of us trying to keep someone on the right path, is verbalizing how to tell the difference between using those steps properly and subjectively misinterpreting those steps.  So, I requested comments about how to explain the difference.


Monday, January 21, 2013

God Moving?

First of all, happy Martin Luther King Day.  He was a great man and a great man of God.  And he heard from God in the things he fought for.  Which, maybe, makes this post appropriate for today.

Peter Watt posted a link on Google+ to a blog post about recognizing God leading by circumstances.  In the post, he gave a list of things that we can check to be sure we’re following God’s leading.  But, as I look at the list, I recall situations where subjective interpretation made those very steps less than perfect.  The list itself is correct.  But how we use it may not be.  Let’s take a look.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

All Grace

Another gem from Pastor Allan Leitner:

"The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." 1 Pet 5:10b NASB

The God of the Bible is the God of 'all Grace'.  I was thinking of that in two ways today.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Getting to Know You

The title is a song from the 1951 musical named “The King and I”.  The play was about a female teacher hired by the king of the country then known as Siam.  The repeated chorus of the song says, “Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you.  Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me.  Getting to know you, Putting it my way, But nicely, You are precisely, My cup of tea.”.  The full lyrics can be found here: http://bit.ly/SDW0oB.  I was reminded of the song and how much it fits our relationship with God by something Billy Graham said, “It's one thing to be introduced to a person, but quite different to know someone personally. The same applies to God. Get to know Him.”.  What’s your way of meeting God?

Monday, January 14, 2013

To Live Or To Exist

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Ryan Van Sickle originally shared the above graphic, online.  The quote resonated with me.  It took me back to a number of incidents long past.  Not because of guilt or there was anything necessarily outstanding about some of them.  But they highlighted how easily we can fall into the trap of following the ways of the world and ending up doing no more than existing.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Foundations

Here’s another insightful guest post from Pastor Tom Sliva:

Sadly, can we meditate for a brief second on a bottomed out man? He has self-destructed. Yes, he is not responsible for the crushing blow of the wounding circumstance. Nevertheless, once absorbed, the soul did its thing, and without power to stop it, the triggered mechanism wrecked and marred.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Redemption

You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. -- Oswald Chambers

A friend, here in Baltimore, quoted that on Facebook.  That got me thinking about privilege we have with prayer.  It’s the opportunity to reach out to God and converse about what matters to us, what troubles us, what has blessed us, what confuses us, anything we choose.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Companionship

Pastor Allan Leitner is a dear friend with a soft heart toward God.  He’s been sharing some of his meditations.  This is one of them.

‎"For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established" Rom 1:11

This is Paul expressing God's heart to the Church at Rome. Paul had a desire to be with them to give to them and be comforted by them. There is nothing quite like being with people who are "brands plucked out of the fire"... It is a marvel really. This longing we have... I know God has it for us.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Genuine Is As a Child

Another devotional gem from Todd Parsons:

What makes us genuine? When we think of pure gold, we think that what is on the outside is on the inside. Yet we all too often find that not to be so...even with us.…  We can be genuine through and through when we bring our will to the Cross of Calvary daily.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

There Will Your Heart Be

Matthew 6:21 (KJV)  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Last time, we mentioned a number of events of 2012.  But there are a few more.  There is still an ongoing war in Syria, there was the destruction in Benghazi, and, of course, super storm/hurricane Sandy.  Each of those, in its own way, illustrates the verse above.  And points to how we can have a better 2013.