August 2015


This was quickly written (before I forgot it) so is more of a word puke than a full devotional.

I attended a meeting the other day that was expecting more people than actually attended. Maybe not that unusual, but I saw something that spoke very clearly.

You see, there was pizza.

I like pizza, as did the other attendees. But, we did not like pizza enough to eat all the pizza that was provided since enough was purchased for more people.

There were pizza leftovers. Those that didn’t come lost out on their pizza…and a great devotional and meeting time.

How much are we leaving behind because we simply don’t show up?

We didn’t show up for Sunday School so we left a bunch of fellowship and Bible Study on the table.

We didn’t show up for church and left a pile of faithfulness on the table.

We didn’t show up for a church workday, Community Outreach or Relief Ministry and left our work on the table for someone else to pick up.

When we don’t show up for God we leave His blessings laying on the table for someone else to pick up and receive. Your loss is their gain.

Left over pizza is a sad thing, but it can be reheated later. The things we leave over from God can be reclaimed, revived, re-strengthened and rebuilt. We just need to show up, pick them up and move forward.

Please don’t leave God’s Blessings on the table for others to pick up in your place.

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Now OR Later            August 16th    Luke 6:20-26

We have become a society of the here AND Now.

We are all about the INSTANT gratification.

But there is a cost.

Can’t afford that new car or TV now?

No worries – CHARGE IT.  /no interest for 2 years

Don’t have time to cook a home meal?

Hit McDonalds – sure the preservatives last for years but hey –

it’s food!???   Right??

Cell phones, microwaves, computers – all for instant communication

No more Pony Express or Snail Mail

We want what we want, when we want it, how we want it or we will call 9-1-1 because we didn’t get it!

We need to figure out if it is better to be SATISFIED NOW or LATER!

  1. We are told that we are to be the KING OF OUR OWN DOMAIN – to never depend on anyone for anything because they will let you down or pull you down
    1. But understanding that you have many limits and problems and YOU NEED GOD:   Gains you the KINGDOM OF GOD
    2. Those who depend only on THEMSELVES can only gain the rewards they can provide themselves
      1. And the Kingdom of God does not qualify
  2. We are Baptists, and we don’t believe in being hungry.
    1. This has nothing to do with physical hunger
    2. This is a SPIRITUAL HUNGER
    3. The reality is that we should ALWAYS be hungry for God and His Word
    4. If we are not hungry then WE ARE FULL OF OURSELVES!
    5. How hungry are you for a deeper relationship with God?
    6. How hungry are you for God’s Word?
    7. How hungry are you for Biblical Faithfulness and Righteousness?
  3. There are those that say that Christians should always be HAPPY, RICH and ON TOP OF THE WORLD
    1. This is wrong and contrary to the evidence of scripture
      1. When was the last time you wept over YOUR SIN?
      2. When was the last time you wept over the LOSTNESS of your UNSAVED friend or family member?
      3. When was the last time you wept over the bad choices/lack of faith from a Christian Brother or Sister
      4. Jesus Wept
      5. Where is your compassion and desire?
      6. When was the last time you shed TEARS OF JOY?
    2. If all you do is laugh and crow then you need a heart examination that no cardiologist is capable of doing!
      1. Let the Word of God open up your heart and show you your need for a little SPIRITUAL SURGERY
  4. If you are doing Christianity RIGHT, people will be talking down about you
    1. I am not blind or ignorant.
      1. I know some of the things said about this big, loud, gun loving Preacher
      2. I see the faces of the unbelievers as I share a short devotional at a shooting range or a public arena
      3. I know there are times I am not invited to functions because of who I am and the ONE I stand for in life.
      4. I sense the fear as I talk to a student or leader
      5. It’s all good
        1. The reality is there should be MORE PEOPLE Spreading the hate
        2. Saying don’t invite HIM
        3. Pushing me/us out to the margins
    2. If we are not experiencing any PUSH BACK
      1. WE ARE NOT BEING EFFECTIVE CHRISTIANS
    3. I can worry about my reputation, personal comfort, personal satisfaction and WHATNOT  – LATER
      1. Now is for GOD
      2. Now is for FAITH
      3. Now is for OBEDIENCE
        1. LATER will be AMAZING
          1. LATER WILL BE HEAVEN
          2. LATER WILL BE the WEDDING SUPPER
          3. LATER WILL BE “Well Done Good and Faithful Servant”
          4. LATER WILL BE AWESOME!
        2. What are you more focused on?
          1. Your comfort, wealth and BELLY
            1. Instant gratification REGARDLESS OF THE COST
            2. Regardless of the long term consequences
            3. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
          2. OR The Kingdom of God
            1. Lord, I am Yours!
            2. I will follow you
              1. Regardless of how tough or steep  the path may become
              2. I will YIELD everything of this world now for an ETERNITY with you
          3. KNOWING it will all be AMAZING later
            1. AFTER your MISSION TRIP to earth is finished

Why do you come?    August 2, 2015

Luke 6:17-20  “And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.  And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.”  ESV

Why do you come?

Why do you come to church?

Is it because the preacher is so good?

Is it because you really like our magic sidewalk and

120 minutes of peace?

Why do you read your Bible?

Is it because you love reading genealogies?

Maybe you are a fan of love stories?

Or great tales of battle?

OR a student of the human condition

Or do you want to see how God interacts and loves all of us IN THE human condition?

We can learn much from God and His Word.

This text gives us some GREAT ASSURANCES

  1. Jesus CAME DOWN with them
    1. He wanted to be with them
    2. Jesus will always come to you
    3. You are not even able to approach Him on your own
      1. You Call – He comes – because He IS ALREADY THERE
    4. Stood on a level place
      1. Christ makes things level
      2. We are all equal
        1. Disciples
        2. His Community
  • Beyond – Tyre and Sidon were 75 – 80 miles away
  1. They knew where they stood with Jesus
  2. Even with everyone else
  1. They Came to HEAR Him
    1. Because they knew He had something important to say
    2. Are you LISTENING FOR JESUS?
  2. They came to be HEALED by Him
    1. Because they were hurting and He had the power to heal
  3. They came to be CURED by Him
    1. Because they were troubled and broken and He has the power to RESTORE
  4. They came to TOUCH Him
    1. Maybe just the hem of His Robe
    2. They came for HIS POWER
    3. They knew they needed to be close to Him
      1. The WANTED to be close to Him
      2. They were seeking Jesus and He was found by them.
    4. They came for JESUS CHRIST the Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords

Why do you come?

Hopefully to get closer to Jesus.

Close enough to hear HIM

Close enough to be changed by HIM

Close enough to have the broken bits of your life repaired

Hopefully to get close enough to touch Him

Hopefully close enough for HIM to TOUCH you!

His power in your life

                        JESUS CAN CERTAINLY can make a difference

Why do you come?

Are you ready to take those first steps toward Jesus now?