June 18th                      Fathers Day                 God’s Rules

Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”   ESV

  1. Kids, obey your parents
    1. Maybe the way to better parents is to be better kids
      1. I was not always the best kid around
        1. Through God, my parents brought me into this world
        2. They cleaned me, fed me, took care of me
        3. They made sure I went to school, to the doctor, and, as best they could, had more than I needed!
      2. Maybe I should have been more obedient and respectful
        1. It is the RIGHT thing to do
        2. Honor them
  • Respect them
  1. Obey them
    1. Makes your life easier
    2. Gives you longer life
      1. “The put you in this world, they can take you out!”
    3. This is the WILL OF GOD for you
      1. Disobedience is sin
      2. Talking SMACK about your parentals is SIN
  • Rebellion is sin
  1. Dads rules may sometimes seem harsh, weird or unnecessary
    1. But they have purpose
      1. They try to keep you safe
      2. They try to build character
  • They try to build submission and service
  1. The rules are for your own good
    1. But we don’t see that
    2. We want OUR WAY
    3. We rebel against our Dads Will
  2. No matter how much he is trying to help us
    1. And we usually end up in trouble
    2. We get hurt
    3. We make mistakes
      1. Some short term
      2. Some last longer
    4. Funny how the older we get the wiser our parentals become
  3. Reality, being all that reality is, teaches us that we are all like this
    1. We like to learn the hard way for some reason
      1. We touch the hot stove
      2. We suffer the consequences
    2. We hear God’s Rules but do not follow them
      1. We THINK we know better
      2. We rebel against God
  • We touch the hot stove
    1. For no GOOD reason except we want to what we are told not to do
  1. We PURPOSEFULLY do what we are told not to do by our father
  2. We suffer the consequences
    1. Punishment
    2. Problems
    3. Pain
  3. Until we take those problems to God, our HEAVENLY FATHER
    1. He forgives
    2. He restores He heals
  4. 1 John 1:5-10 “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”   ESV
  5. It is funny how the older we get the WISER God becomes to us
    1. PLEASE turn to God while you are young

 

  1. The rest will probably not be included after a Sunday Morning Re-Write
  2. Dad’s have responsibilities as well
    1. The GOOD DAD
      1. Disciplines their children
      2. Teaches their children
        1. Trades
        2. Crafts
        3. Hobbies
        4. FAITH
          1. The church is not primarily responsible for teaching your kids!
            1. YOU ARE
  • DO NOT Provoke your children to anger
    1. Keep YOUR Cool
    2. Understand
    3. Listen
    4. Correct unacceptable behavior
      1. Don’t try to beat it out of them
    5. The GOOD DAD is TOUGH but FAIR
    6. The GOOD DAD LISTENS and LOVES and DOESN’T LEAVE
  1. Dads are absolutely necessary in our families today
    1. BE THERE
    2. Your place is at home
      1. Not in the bars
      2. Not running around till all hours
    3. Sure, enjoy your hobbies
      1. IF possible take your kids and wife!
    4. All of this is a reflection of how we should be with God
      1. Honor Him
      2. Respect Him
      3. Obey Him
    5. Our ABBA is the ULTIMATE GOOD FATHER
      1. Christians are His children
        1. We have that right
      2. Yes, sometimes He disciplines us
        1. To correct our behavior and call us to Himself
      3. Yes, He teaches us
        1. Teaches
        2. Gifts us with skills, talents and abilities
      4. He LOVES us!
        1. Completely and Totally
        2. He is COMMITTED to us
          1. FOREVER
          2. Never will He abandon us
  • He is TOUGH but FAIR
  1. He LISTENS and LOVES and DOESN’T LEAVE
  1. He is the MODEL FATHER we should seek to be
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August 21, 2016     Super Summer Sunday      Teachers and students

This has been a good summer!

I have dipped my little toes in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, The Frio River and the Cement Pond!

But, alas, Summer time is drawing to an end.

ICS began school last week, RGCCISD this week and STC next week.

It is a time to reFOCUS

Luke 9:10-12 “On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.”  ESV

Bethsaisda – Desert place and fishing village.  HE took them to the beach fishing.

But there soon came a time to end their fishing trip at the beach and REFOCUS on their work.  The work of ministry.

Today, we find ourselves at that time.

As we refocus I have some good words for Teachers, students and maybe even parents.

TEACHERS

Teachers bear a great responsibility

James 3:1-2 “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.”   ESV

Teachers face a great many enemies

Parents who believe little Johnny is always right and truthful

Curriculum

TIME

Kids who would rather play and disrupt than learn

An overall general lack of respect from parents, students, ALL

Deuteronomy 20:1-5 “When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”    ESV

Philippians 4:10-13 “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.  Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”   ESV

Teachers NEED the LORD!

STUDENTS

1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,  and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.            

 Be at peace among yourselves.  – No bullying, division, gossip, DRAMA!

 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

 Get to work and encourage others to work hard with you.

Help everyone succeed and excel

Encourage

Help

Be patient

STUDENTS NEED THE LORD!

PARENTS

Hebrews 13:7-9 “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.”   ESV

They held YOU accountable as students.

They were tough and you learned.

Let your kids teachers do the same for them

THEY ARE NOT BEING TOO TOUGH ON LITTLE JOHNNY!

He needs homework

He needs you to work with him.

He needs a good spanking from time to time

EVERYONE

Mark 12:28-32 “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”  Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.   And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” ESV

IF our politicians loved their opponents

IF our students loved their teachers

IF the teachers loved their students

If all the parents loved their school

IF the community loved their neighbors

IF all of us truly oved GOD and EACH OTHER

WE could end this summer with a REFOCUS on the truly important work of the kingdom of God and watch our community flourish.

Will you be a part of God’s Work of MINISTRY as we REFOCUS after our SUPER SUMMER SUNDAY?

Growing Pains  – Growing Like Jesus       Luke 2:51-52

Luke 2:51-52 “And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”   ESV

Verse 51 – It is important to note, that although Jesus did express some independence in His commitment to His Heavenly Father, He did not become a smart mouthed rebellious twelve-year-old!

Jesus did not LOOK DOWN against the MERE HUMANS who His Father chose to raise Him!     Neither should we.

Luke quickly shows us that Jesus stayed in submission to His parents.  As kids and teens begin to express their independence, it is IMPORTANT that we do not enter into REBELLION and DISOBEDIENCE.

YOU COULD EVEN LEARN SOMETHING from them!

After all, chances are they have already made the same mistakes you are about to make and can spare you the negative consequences they could not avoid.

Honor, obedience and respect are still to be given to parents.

There is a little aside in this verse. Note that Mary “kept all these sayings in her heart.” Also look at Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  ESV

I believe that these remembrances of Jesus birth and early years may have come from Mary. Luke was an historian, not a mother.

I think Luke did His homework and asked Mary about the childhood of Jesus. Mary, who remembered, shared what had happened.

A child can bring much joy to a parents heart by living there life right before God, bringing honor to God and their parents.

Verse 52 – Now we see that there was a normal process of development for our Lord. He grew in four areas that everyone of us should grow in.

HE GREW INTELLECTUALLY – wisdom

            Jesus went to school

Jesus went to Church/Sunday School

Jesus LEARNED stuff

He didn’t skip class

He did not backtalk His teacher

He knew the importance of and the gift of education

                        Learning is part of growing

HE GREW PHYSICALLY – stature

            He was born a Baby – tiny, tiny baby

He did not stay that way – He grew up – like they tend to do

He worked hard – chores, trade

These were harder times. No gas weed eaters or dishwashers

He played – outside…in the streets and fields and groves

Jesus did not lay on the couch playing video games or watching GLEE

Playing and imagining is part of growing

HE GREW SPIRITUALLY – favor with God

            He went to Church

He listened to His Sunday School teachers and His Pastor

He asked questions

He read the scripture even though HE IS THE WORD

He lived His Father’s Word

            Getting closer to God is part of growing

HE GREW SOCIALLY – favor with man

           love 2

Would Jesus Facebook and Twitter?

We may never know

He was not a ridged fanatic – He was not “that guy”

He was not a violent zealot

He lived an ACCOUNTABLE GRACE

He lived FAITH in a REAL WORLD

Jesus liked people – HE LOVED PEOPLE

Jesus went out of His way to meet people and be with them

Jesus took the time to MEET and LISTEN to PEOPLE

JESUS LOVED PEOPLE ENOUGH TO SHARE HIS LOVE WITH THEM AND GIVE HIS ALL FOR THEM

            Making friends and losing friends is part of growing

And we too, should GROW LIKE JESUS: We should walk in the “Footsteps of Jesus”

Intellectually – Continuing to accrue the right kind of wisdom.

Physically – growing, maturing

Spiritually – Continuing to grow in grace and knowledge.

Socially – Making friends and being a good testimony.

January 11, 2015

Luke 2:41-52 “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom.  And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.”  And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”  ESV

  1. Family and Faith Traditions are important
    1. Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem from Bethlehem every year during Passover
    2. This trip may have only been 5.5 miles…but it was a hard trip through tough terrain with no cars, trucks or airplanes.
  2. No parents are perfect parents
    1. Hopefully, you didn’t “misplace” your kid for a few days
    2. But, all parents will make mistakes
  3. Family Vacations and Trips are important
    1. Spending time together is important
    2. Being locked into a vehicle for a few days is valuable time
    3. New adventures and exciting trips being lost is part of building the Nuclear family
      1. Well, someone exploding, anyway
    4. Sometimes everyone has to tell God they just simply blew it BIG TIME!
      1. Even the parents GOD CHOSE to watch over His Son in human form.
        1. Parents, know you are watching over a future or present child of the King
          1. God does not expect perfection
        2. At least you didn’t lose God’s Son Jesus for 3 days! THREE DAYS!
      2. Sometimes families need to stop what they are doing and attempt to find a lost family member
        1. Physically lost
        2. Mentally lost
        3. Spiritually lost
      3. Restoration requires ACCOUNTABILITY and SUBMISSION
        1. I seriously doubt Mary and Joseph were this calm and collected when they confronted Jesus about His behavior
        2. Children must obey and honor their Mother and father
        3. Even Jesus submitted to the authority of the human parents His Father had placed over Him
        4. Think about that
          1. God the Son living in submission to the mere humans HE HAD CREATED!
        5. Jesus asked them one question.
          1. Didn’t you know I would be in church? (My Fathers House)
            1. Is your family so rooted in FAITH that they know they should be in Church?
            2. Do you feel the same way as Jesus?
              1. Or are you more like Mary and Joseph who did not understand what Jesus meant.
            3. If it was right for Jesus IT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
          2. Family is important and worth protecting
            1. Don’t run away from family
              1. In Rebellion – Seeking to “go your own way” or “do your own thing”
              2. In Religious pursuits
            2. Seek restoration and submission
            3. Priorities
              1. God Spouse            Children          Family
              2. Church Then the  rest