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What Does It Cost Us To Follow Christ?

Philippians 3:8

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ

What does it cost us to follow Christ? I wonder – have we ever thought about this question? Have we ever spent time really thinking about the cost of following Christ?

What does it cost us to follow Christ? Most things in life cost us something. In our home (mostly me) – we estimate something’s worth to us by what it would cost us to get it. If we want to buy something – I might estimate how many hours we would need to work for it. We would then determine if it was really worth it and if we really wanted it that badly.

What does it cost us to follow Christ? This week or soon – the Baltimore Orioles will begin to dismantle this year’s team and begin working on the team of the future. At some point – a team will determine what it will cost them to purchase 3-4 months (counting the playoffs) of one of the top 2-3 players in baseball and some of his teammates. The Orioles will need to do the same as they figure out what the best offer is moving the team forward. Will it be the needed players or draft picks. What will it cost to improve a playoff team and what will it cost to rebuild a once proud team? Continue reading

July 10, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Causes Fights and Quarrels?

James 4:1

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?

profileAs I was growing up – my sister – brother – and I had some nice quarrels.  One of the places we had occasional quarrels was with the TV and what to watch.  In those days we only had one TV and we would quarrel (I hesitate to say fight but mom and dad probably would have called it that) – over what to watch.  I can’t really remember what wanted to watch – but more than once I remember hearing either settle it or we’ll turn the TV off from mom or dad. Looking back on it today I know that the quarrels came from our own selfishness.  We wanted to watch what we wanted to watch.  We wanted control.  We wanted what we wanted and we didn’t want to compromise or felt like we had compromised enough and it was time to get our way!  Can you identify?

Think about the fights/quarrels you have had with your spouse (if married).  I know the few times Carolyn and I have had quarrels – most often it has been because one of us (normally me) was being selfish and wanting our way.  I think James had it right when he described what fights and quarrels have their root.  Let’s read a little of James 4 and see today’s passage in partial context.  James 4:1-4 – 1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Continue reading

September 24, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Denying Self

Luke 9:23

Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

profileI have a few too many pounds on this body of mine.  It is hard – it seems – to deny myself the things I like – food wise – and I like most foods.  Denying self is not easy.  I’d like to use the excuse that I’m a big fellow by nature – but I wasn’t while younger for sure (and I have the pictures to prove it).  I must have an issue with eating too much and not exercising enough.  Denying self is not easy for me – when it comes to food.

Denying self is not easy for some of us if not all of us when it comes to sin.  We like pleasing ourselves it seems.  We would like to say we are willing to deny self and follow Christ but we often fail to do so.  We fail to follow through and end up indulging self rather than denying self. Continue reading

August 22, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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