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Understanding God

Job 38:4

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”

Life ChangeLast night I felt a cold coming on. I prayed against it and so did many others. I felt God’s presence last night as I preached at Queen’s Chapel UMC in Beltsville. The Holy Spirit came on me and I made it thru the evening. On the way home I felt the cold coming on stronger. I went straight to bed when I got home. his morning – the cold is there! I’m taking a sick day at work. I’m trying to handle things – working a little from my home office – and treating the cold. A nurse from our church told me to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water. I know God is with me and I pray I will feel better soon. I will rely on God to heal me for sure. I will seek after His face and desire His grace and try to more fully understand God.

In much of life we operate as if we have a handle on things. I know I do. We go along – as long as we have our health and our mind – as if we are in control and that nothing can take us down. I have had experiences in my life when I realize how quickly we can be knocked down from that healthy perch when a simple cold or an event in our life where things change. We don’t feel like moving when we are sick – let alone get out of bed and function. We are such fragile beings for sure (men especially it seems). We pray – often – for those in life changing events. We remember – several years ago – how the mass shooting in Vegas changed the lives of so many so suddenly #VegasStrong. Most recently the mass shooting in ChristChurch New Zealand reminded us of evil in the world and how quickly our lives can be changed. It can happen in so many different ways in our lives. We need to more fully understand God and to do this we must – at times – deny self and looking beyond what we think we know.

When we are well – we can get pretty full of ourselves – thinking nothing can get to us – we are invincible (I kissed my wife even though she was sick for a week – thinking I would not get sick). New drivers often think of themselves as invincible – driving faster than they should – thinking nothing will happen to them – since they are in such control. Continue reading

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Reaching the Lost for Jesus

Luke 19:10

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.

Life ChangeWhen I read this passage recently – I thought of this passage – Matthew 9:12 – On hearing this, Jesus said, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

I believe at times the church forgets our vision or purpose. In my 40 plus years of ministry – my purpose has been to reach everyone for Christ. The implication – although subtle – is that those who know Christ are not my primary target in the church. Not that they are ignored – but if they know Jesus – part of my task is to build them up so they can reach other for Christ. If we know Jesus – we should want to be built up and be sent out to serve Christ. Our main or primary focus needs to be the lost – those who do not know Jesus. That should be the primary target group of any church IMHO.

Jesus instructed His disciples this way – as part of His final instructions to them. Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Now – one could argue that becoming a disciple is more than being saved – but the indication when you talk about all the nations – or even Israel – is that they were unsaved (there weren’t too many Christians at the time of this statement!). Continue reading

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