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Following God’s Voice

Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMI’ve mentioned several times before that as a child – I tried to follow in my father’s footsteps. I could ALWAYS trust that dad would not lead me wrong. He was a man of God and if I followed his example – I knew I would be walking after God – seeking His face and desiring His grace. Of course – he told me on several occasions that I should follow Christ – not him. That was because he was a humble man for sure.

Have you ever wondered about the path God has for your life? Did you or are you praying for God’s guidance as you walk thru life – seeking His face and desiring His grace? I encourage people to pray over all decisions. I especially urge them to pray about the big ones such as – who to date – what school or training to seek – what career to pursue – whether to marry or who to marry – whether to purchase or rent a home or a vehicle – whether to have children and how many – where to worship – etc. If we don’t include God in our decisions – why would we go to Him for help after we make mistakes? Go to God before decisions are made and I bet – if we are listening to His voice – we might just make fewer mistakes. Think about it – doesn’t that make sense? Continue reading

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Seeking the Will of God

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you tried to figure out the will of God in your life? Several people have presented themselves as seeking God’s will over the years when I ask – has anyone here ever wondered or asked why they were here. Figuring out God’s will for our lives is of utmost importance I believe.

Recently I asked the Administrative Board of our church – why are we hear – why did we decide to stay on Main Street rather than go out-of-town? The answer is starting to come in – and it is very interesting – ask me what I am hearing if you’re interested.

Most of you know that one of my favorite passages in the Bible is today’s passage – Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. Continue reading

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Plan/Will Of God!

Psalm 33:11

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

profileAre you the type of person who makes lists – a person who has a to-do list? Does your data phone have a lists app such as GTasks – which is Google Tasks and connects with the tasks on your Google account – your Gmail e-mail account?  If you make a task in your e-mail account – it can follow you on your data device through such apps.  For some of us that might be a little too much!  For some of us that isn’t even enough.

How organized are you?  Is your office desk neat and orderly?  Or do you simply know where everything is in your mess?  Does everything have a place in your garage?  My wife teases me all the time because my garage is not neat.  Nancy Lane and my father-in-law keep the ideal garage according to my wife – so neat and everything has a place and is in that place. Do you draw lines around your tools hanging on the wall so you know what tool goes where? Continue reading

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Choosing Between Two Good and Godly Decisions

Philippians 1:23

I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

Have you ever been torn between two decisions?  I would imagine most of us have faced this dilemma.  At times it is an easy pick – because one is a better option than they second – like picking between ice cream and liver – for me – no issue!  At times the choice we prefer is not the choice God prefers.  At times we are faced with two good and godly choices – like Paul in today’s passage – writing about being with God and staying and serving others for God.  Here is the context of his dilemma.

Philippians 1:15-24 – 15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.   18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.   20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

Paul wanted to go be with the Lord.  He was tired of this life – and yearned for his place with the King!  Yet he also knew that staying would benefit others and he was willing to say and serve until God was through with him.

This reminds me of a good friend – Tom – who was facing open heart surgery and said he was in a win-win situation.  He would either die in the process of surgery and go to be with God – or he would return to his family and continue the life God had given him.  Have you faced win-win decisions?  I pray for each of us who are facing the dilemma of choosing between two good and godly decisions.  I pray that God will give us a clear discernment in our lives.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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