Wednesday, 24 February 2016
What is the Christian life about anyway?
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling.
The longer I serve the Jesus Christ in my calling as a Pastor the more I see people struggling in their relationship with the Lord. We want to make a list of things to do to be a Christian rather than make it about a relationship. When it truly becomes a relationship then we can seek to discover how to show our love for Jesus. So today I would like to encourage you to seek out what a relationship with Jesus looks like. The Apostle Paul was a prisoner for his relationship with God at this time in his life. So I would like to encourage you in two ways today.
First do not give up in your relationship with Jesus Christ. What is so hard sometimes is that we either try something and then it does works so we give up, or we want to make it all about me. This crazy yet wonderful relationship with Jesus is about learning how to serve others. Serving others is not about doing something it is about being someone. Discovering how to be someone is so important. In the discovery process I learn that in being loved, I learn to love. When I learn to love I see with the same compassion as Jesus did and then Jesus helps me serve in the area of that compassion.
The second way I would like to encourage you today is that in failure we discover the greater love of Jesus. We often get scared of serving others at Church because of fear. That person is more spiritual, or knows more of the Bible, or prays better than me. Whatever the excuse, I must ask Jesus to help pick me back up and dust me off and go try again. That's what Church is for, to establish relationships with Jesus and others. So many people give up on this and miss the blessing of relationships. If you today are struggling with failures or thinking you are not good enough STOP and pray, BE INTENTIONAL in finding a mentor or a group of people in your Church who can love you and help you. Not only will you be blessed, but you will bless others. Start enjoying relationship with Jesus today in your Church, Home and community.
Posted on 02/24/2016 7:43 AM by Pastor Dan
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Power Up 21016
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it." John 3:16-17
Here at Power Up we pray for you daily and pray blessings and encouragement into your daily life. This week we want to share about love, no surprise right! With valentine's day approaching. So often we have a very mixed up view of what love really is, commercials, images, reality TV and even parents and family all play a role in our view of love. There seems to be one statement I use more than anything else describing love and it is this
"LOVE IS A CHOICE NOT A FEELING OR EMOTION."
Does this mean I cannot feel love? Absolutely not, the feeling of love is an amazing feeling. The greater question is what is behind that feeling? It is really hard to believe that my wife and I are approaching 38 years of marriage. I still remember many conversations we had in the earlier years of marriage. Conversations about how we were going to choose to think and act towards each other. You see it was not about how our parents loved each other, it was not how the world said we should love each other it was how we wanted to love each other for a lifetime. This is the great divide so many times in our loving of one another we get selfish, we want to get our point across, we want the other person to maybe even feel the hurt we feel from them at times. We even often want to live in the moment, forget about tomorrow what is important is today. So when we are not satisfied with today, then we go seeking other options hoping and praying we will find it tomorrow. The problem is we carry within ourselves the problem of finding and feeling true love so we end up going from relationship to relationship seeking something that really needs to change within ourselves. Still plowing through life we wonder why people do not like us or why we do not have the relationships around us that we had desired, yet all the while not paying attention to and doing the hard work of learning to love. Look at our verse for this week.
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it."
God made a choice to have Jesus give his life so that our life can go beyond this physical life and live forever. God did that in spite of how you may feel about Him. The joy is that when you decide to love Jesus, what God already did through that choice is now ready and waiting to happen. What a wonderful example for all of us. Today I choose to live and love my wife because of the choice I made all those years ago. So today if for some reason I am not feeling love because of an argument or disagreement with my wife I choose to love her based on my decision not on the way I am feeling right now. This happens because the choice made all those years ago was for me to look at the best in her for the best in our relationship. When I put her first then the choice of love brings the feeling of love to excitement, joy and longing just to be by her side and to enjoy the moments we share together.
IT IS THE GREATEST FEELING EVER.
Now I kid you not all of this is possible because of the example shown to me by God through Jesus Christ. If we desire for this love choice to work, we need a relationship with Jesus Christ and ask the Holy Spirit into our lives to help us moment by moment to love through a choice and not through a feeling. This is something we can grow into, but in order to do that we must make a choice today to live for the future goal not just for today. Today if you need encouragement in learning to love as a choice write us at 1Godofhope@gmail.com we are praying for you already. Write us and let us know how you are doing and if there is a subject or passage of the Bible you would like to understand better let us know. We will talk about it on future Power Up blogs.
May God bless you today and every day as you seek Him.
Posted on 02/10/2016 5:00 PM by Pastor Dan
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Power up 2.6.16
A weekly blog to encourage you to be powered up for the week to enjoy and share the joy of living for Jesus.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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This week on power up I would like to talk about the word restore in Galatians 6:1. The verse goes like this "Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted." Now sometimes it helps to take these verses in the Bible and put them in our own words so we can understand them, let me try to do that with this verse.
My dear friend if you call yourself a Christian, then respond that way when you see another person is down. Go to that person in love not judging them and help them mend the broken part of them. Do this for however long it takes because you might have struggled with or be tempted with the same problem.
Before I share about the word restore, I remind you to think about one statement. Judging another brings temptation to your doorstep. This week's power up is for the one who judges and for the one who may be judged, both today can find freedom in Jesus Christ. The word restore simply means to mend something that is broken. If you judge someone you are not only causing them to break, but breaking yourself as well. If you have been judged, you may feel broken and need mending. The word picture of this word restore in the Bible is that of mending a fish net. The reason for mending a fish net is to catch more fish. Jesus was about mending the hurt we cause each other and if we mend right then others will be caught by our love for Jesus and each other. Ask yourself if you tend to judge others, if so, ask Jesus to forgive you and mend your net to love others. If you have been hurt by those who judge forgive them whoever they are and ask Jesus to forgive your heart as well so as not to hold a grudge. Then become a mended net to catch others with the Love of Jesus. King David's net was broken when he had an affair and killed the women's husband. When God told the prophet Nathan to confront David he repented and desired to become a net to catch others by God's love. Listen to the words of David in Psalm 51:10-13 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Thy presence, and do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners will be converted to Thee.
Power up this week with the Love of Jesus and allow Him to mend your net. You are prayed for.
Posted on 02/03/2016 1:37 PM by Pastor Dan