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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Good Positive Day

Whenever I get  my haircut, my barber always tells me (as I walk out the door), "You go have a good positive day."
 
I like that.
 
My desire for you is that you have a good positive day.
 
Here's what I know:  A good positive day is rooted and grounded in not only having a good positive self-image but having a right understanding of your self-worth.
 
Please meditate on this thought:  Your self-worth is authentic self-esteem rooted in  your uniqueness as a child of God.   (Quote from Tommy Newberry).
 
We must continually remind ourselves that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made."  (Psalms 139:14).
 
God has a plan and God has a purpose for your life.  That's God's Word - and you and I are to trust God's word more than the words of others to understand our true worth as a person.
 
David writes in Psalms 8:4,5:  "What is  man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor."
 
Your self-worth, my self-worth is based upon our identity as a person who was created and is loved by God, unconditionally.
 
And as you realize who you really are in Christ (not based on your performance or on what others say about you) that positions you for success.
 
I encourage you to pray the prayer below and mediate on what it truly means to be a loved, accepted child of God today.
 
Here's the prayer:  "Father, I praise you that you made me as "one of a kind."  There is nobody else in the world who is exactly like me.  Let me be, this day, the masterpiece you created me to be.  Thank you for making me in your likeness.  Allow me, this day, to see myself as you see me, to see that I am significant, to see that you do have your hand on me.  Keep my focus on you and on what you have in store for me.  Protect me from obsessing about my failures and help me to remember my victories!  I am a child of yours.  I love you, Lord.  Amen."
 
Just a thought for a Tuesday.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thoughts from the weekend

Thoughts from the weekend:
 
First of all, let me say how much I am grateful for the faithfulness of all of our volunteers who minister so diligently on Sunday mornings.
 
From the worship team to the ushers, to the sound booth guys, to the greeters to the coffee connection helpers to the children's ministries staff, we are thankful for you!
 
Ministry, in the long run, is a matter of perseverance and prayer. 
 
Remember:  Seek this week to approve an audience of one:  God.  And everything else will fall into place.
 
We desire judgment when we have been offended - we desire mercy when we offend others. 
 
Mercy always triumphs over judgment.
 
The White Sox have won four in a row - too little; too late.
 
I hear rumblings of the NFL starting again - can't wait!
 
Just a "mid-summer" exhortation:  We encourage you to be faithful in attendance and in prayer!  If you are on vacation - seek out a "place of worship" wherever you are.
 
Can I ask you to do something with me?  Let's all begin to pray for the exciting things (events) that will be taking place in our church - beginning the middle of August - but most assuredly in September!
 
You are needed at Stone Church.
 
You are loved at Stone Church.
 
While your spouse or your friends can meet some of your needs - only God can ultimately meet all of your needs (according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus).  Philippians 4:19.
 
Be kind this week on Facebook.
 
I really appreciated Amy Beckberger yesterday and her leading of "You Deserve It All."  Well done, Amy - God's spirit was present!
 
Encourage someone today - I have never met anyone who wasn't uplifted by a positive word.
 
Love you all......
 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Path to success - let it go.

One of the paths to success is the willingness, yes the choice, to let go of the past.
 
Here's what I know:  Getting stuck in the past will limit your opportunity for success in the present and the future.
 
Have you ever been around someone - where all they talk about are their perceived wounds and hurts that previously took place in their lives?
 
While there is a window of the grieving process that needs to take place when you or I are hurt - there comes a point where we need to "let it go" and move on.
 
No one likes to be around anyone who lives in the past - in fact, if you find that people are choosing to avoid you like the plaque - that just might be the reason why.
 
As the main song in the movie Frozen states, "Let it go, let it go."
 
That's my word to you today:  Let it go.  Let it go and let God be God.
 
Here's what happens when you and I live in past hurts:
 
We limit what God can do in our lives in the present.  God will not work on our behalf.
 
We ruin present relationships.
 
We forget that life is not fair.
 
We can begin to play the "victim card"  and think that we are the only one who has ever been hurt.
 
We don't understand that many times we are not being mistreated at all - but it is simply a reflex response to past hurts. 
 
Here's what I know:  Hurting people hurt easily.  Hurting people hurt easily because of feelings of insecurity in their lives.
 
Some people guard the wounds from the past like an old friend.  It comforts them - gives them something to talk about over dinner.  They begin to rely upon that "old friend" like a crutch. 
 
Paul writes in Philippians 4:13, "One thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me."
 
Now then, let me give you five steps to victory in this area:
 
One, forgive those who have hurt you.  This is a one-time act; but yet it is a process as well.  Every time those feelings of anger and unforgiveness rise up - forgive them again and again and again.
 
Two, pray for them as God has told us to do.  I mean really pray for them.  I would suggest that you will never ultimately resent those whom you pray for.
 
Three, bless those who have hurt you.  Do something nice for them anonymously.  Treat them with kindness when they cross your path.
 
Four, speak well of them.  Refuse to talk unkindly about those who hurt you.  Don't keep talking about what your enemies did that hurt you.  That will only stir up the pain within  you.  (Friends, this is huge.  Probably the most important one of the five).
 
Five, wait on God.  Galatians 6:9 shares with us, "And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Don't give up.  Keep doing what is right (the five above steps) and wait on God to change your feelings.
 
Let it go...let it go...let it go...let it go.....
 
Just a thought for a Thursday.
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"The Bible says"

Over the years I have changed my speaking style at least 4 times.

I have preached with one point.

I have preached with many points.

I have preached using videos.

I have preached using drama.

I have preached sitting down.

I have preached standing up.
 
I have preached with a pulpit.
 
I have preached with no pulpit.

Anything to reach people for Christ.

At the same time, I have settled on and gone back to what I know best:  preaching through the Bible verse by verse - with practical application.

I love the Word of God.  I believe that ultimately, all of the answers that we need are in the Bible.  All of the assurances that we need are in the Word of God.
 
It has been said, "In using phrases like 'The Bible says' we assume a person is a Christian, because only a Christian takes the Old Testament and the New Testament as authoritative.  So if I am going to preach to people who aren't Christians I have to leverage a different point of authority if I am going to expect them to track along with me."  Basically, what this says, is that we should avoid using the phrase, "the Bible says."
 
Let's talk about that.
 
When I say, "The Bible says," (which I do all the time when I teach) I am declaring that I am not speaking on my own authority but rather on God's authority as an "ambassador of Christ"  (2 Corinthians 5:20). 
 
What some say is a barrier to reaching people for Christ - I believe is just the opposite - it is the source of evangelistic power.

I believe the power of God is released as God's Word is spoken - that there is a spiritual dynamic that takes place (in the supernatural) as the Scriptures are shared.

Lives are changed, not even necessarily by the style of the preacher, or the way it was shared, but simply by the Word of God (and it is God's Word to us) as it is shared.

To exaggerate just a little:  It would be a great experience to just read a book of the Bible on Sunday morning (or several chapters) - give an "altar call" and go home.  I believe we would be amazed at the results.
 
We need to realize once again that when Scriptures are spoken it is as if they were God:  Galatians 3:8; Genesis 12:3; Romans 9:17; Exodus 9:16.
 
And that when God is spoken of it is as if He were the Scriptures:  Matthew 19:4,5; Genesis 2:24; Acts 4:24,25; Psalms 2:1; Acts 13:34,35; Isaiah 55:3; Psalms 16:10.

Paul declares in 2 Timothy 3:16, 4:2, that "All Scripture is breathed out by God" and then Paul subsequently commands shepherds of Christ to "preach the Word."
 
The implication is that preachers should unapologetically declare the divine origin and authority of the entirety of the Bible. 
 
The divine origin of Christ-centered biblical revelation is the reason it has the power to "make you wise for salvation."  (2 Timothy 3:15)
 
I am for using videos.  I am for using drama teams to accentuate the principles of God's Word.

But as Jeff Foxworthy once said (as only he can), "If  your preacher needs smoke bombs, rock bands, theater lights, dramatic skits, and circus acts to keep people interested - then you might need a new preacher."
 
Gang, let's be people of God's Word.  Let's be "counter-cultural" and know that the Word of God is an absolute - in an age where there are no absolutes.  Let reaffirm that the Word of God is powerful - and in itself - can change lives.
 
"The Bible says...."
 
Just a thought for a Wednesday.
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

T.H.I.N.K.

We live a day an age where everyone has a voice.
 
With social media, people feel the freedom to express their thoughts, opinions and feelings.
 
I would suggest to you that to a certain extent - it has gotten out of control.
 
Some things are best left unsaid.  Unspoken.
 
It is like our culture has taken a truth serum (Remember "Liar, Liar" with Jim Carrey) and can't hold their tongue about anything.
 
Paul writes in Philippians 4:8, "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
 
Before you speak - before you put something on Twitter, Facebook, Think.
 
The Bible says in Proverbs 21:23, "If you want to stay out of trouble be careful what you say."
 
Some people think nothing of sharing their opinions and feelings about anything with everyone.
 
That will get you in trouble every time.
 
People say, "Well that is just the way I feel."
 
And you want to say, "Well, why don't you go somewhere else and feel that way."
 
Gang, let's think today before we speak.
 
Ask yourself:
 
T - Is it true?
H - Is it helpful?
I - Is it inspiring?
N - Is it necessary (some things are not necessarily wrong - some things just aren't necessary)
K - is it kind?
 
Challenging words for a Tuesday.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Thoughts from the weekend

Thoughts from the weekend:
 
Summer is wonderful.
 
I encourage you to not complain about the heat - just remember the cold of winter!
 
I am thankful for a great staff who ministered while I was away!
 
Good to get away - good to get home.
 
Debbie and I visited a church while on vacation - there is nothing like our own church family, Stone Church!
 
I love our church!
 
As a pastoral staff - we are already engaged and praying about the fall - we are excited!
 
We will be celebrating communion this coming Sunday morning.  I encourage you to come with a heart prepared to receive from the Lord.
 
One of my favorite authors is Craig Groeschel.  He has written an excellent, challenging book entitled, "Soul Detox."
 
One of chapters is entitled, "Deception Infection."  (Telling ourselves the truth).
 
Debbie and I were talking about this last evening - people can rationalize anything.  I mean anything. 
 
Hannah Moore has written, "The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible."
 
We all are dealing with one area of deception in our lives - something we refuse to accept or acknowledge.
 
And...usually it is because we don't want to know.
 
Why do we do that?  David writes in Psalms 36:2,3:  In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin."
 
David says, "people flatter themselves too much."
 
They lie to themselves and they don't even know it.
 
So, today, ask God to reveal the spiritual toxin in your life of self-deception.  Ask him to reveal to you that "something" which you either intentionally or unintentionally refuse to deal with, and then let God work in your life.
 
Stop lying to yourself, swallowing the poisonous self-deceptions that keep you from walking in complete spiritual health.  Admit the truth.  Come clean - and the truth will what?  Set you free.
 
Love you all.....
 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The key is worship

This Sunday morning, I am giving a teaching entitled, "The Key Is Worship."
 
The basic premise is this:  There is power in praise, especially as I walk through trials and adversity.
 
I can worship - or I can worry.
 
I can worship - or I can wail (and there is nothing wrong with wailing or crying in the midst of suffering - it is just that worship is the better way).
 
I can look to the problem - or I can look to the presence of Jesus.
 
In his book, "If God Is Good - Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil," author Randy Alcorn recalls when his friend, writer Ethel Herr, had a double mastectomy. 
 
Two months later doctors discovered the cancer had spread.  One of Herr's friends, shocked and fumbling for her words, asked her, "And how do you feel about God now?" 
 
Reflecting on the moment the question was posed to her, Herr says:
 
"As I sought to explain what has happened in my spirit, it all became clearer to me.  God has been preparing me for this moment.  He has undergirded me in ways I've never known before.  He has made himself increasingly real and precious to me.  He has given to me joy such as I've never known before - and I've no need to work at it, it just comes, even amidst the tears.
 
He has taught me that no matter how good my genes are or how well I take care of my diet and myself, he will lead me on whatever journey he chooses and will never leave me for a moment of that journey.  And he planned it all in such a way that step by step, he prepared me for the moment when the doctor dropped the last shoe - God is good, no matter what the diagnosis or the prognosis, or the fearfulness of the uncertainty of having neither.  The key is knowing God is good is simply knowing him."
 
The key to worshipping in times of trial and suffering is knowing God. 
 
Here is what I know:  Worshipping God during times of trial and suffering begins with thanking him for all the little things.  And as I daily, incrementally worship God with a thankful heart, it builds up an lifestyle of worship - to where when the "big" things come - my heart and soul are full of praise.
 
Did you know that you take approximately 23,000 breaths every day?
 
The process of inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide is a complicated respiratory task that requires physiological precision.  We tend to thank God for the things that take our breath away.  And that's great!
 
But maybe we should thank him for every other breath too!
 
And that is the starting point of creating a lifestyle of praise.
 
Just a thought for a Thursday.
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Have you seen Jesus?

There is a lot of stuff going on in the world - I know you will agree with me on that.
 
Some are throwing opinions around on the social media like a park filled with people throwing Frisbees - just wanting it to land somewhere.
 
In the midst of it all - I have purposed in my heart to keep my eyes on Jesus.
 
I am asking God to renew and restore my passion for Him.
 
Let me tell you this story that kind of summarizes where I am at right now (I encourage you to take the time to read it):
 
An old man tells the story of how one day he was sitting quietly in the sun with his dog.
 
Suddenly, a large white rabbit ran across the yard - right in front of he and the dog - and his dog jumped up and took off after that big rabbit.
 
The dog chased the rabbit over the hills with a passion.
 
Soon, other dogs joined him, attracted by his barking.
 
It was an incredible sight - the pack of dogs running, barking across the creeks, up the stony embankments, through thickets and through the thorns!
 
Gradually, however, one by one, the other dogs dropped out of the pursuit, discouraged by the course, and frustrated by the chase.
 
The old man said, "Only my dog continued to hotly pursue the white rabbit."
 
You might say today - great story - but what's the connection between what is going on in today's world and a passion for Jesus?
 
Well, the old man went on and said, "the reason the other dogs did not continue the chase - except for his dog - was that the other dogs had not seen the rabbit."
 
Unless we continue to keep our eyes on the prize (on Jesus) the chase is just too difficult.
 
My dear friends, today, are you keeping your eyes on Jesus - is He the passion of your soul?
 
Are you lukewarm today?
 
Are you becoming distracted by "all that is going on in the world?"
 
Are you going through the motions?
 
In the midst of everything going on - let's keep our eyes on Jesus - otherwise is just a lot of noise and barking.
 
Just a thought for a Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Attention spans and God

One of the key words in our walk with Christ is focus.
 
We become what we focus on - and what you focus on becomes your reality (I will be talking about this on Sunday morning).
 
So true.
 
If  you focus on your problems - you will become problem filled in your thought life.
 
If you focus on the presence of Jesus - you will become filled with the presence of Jesus in your life.
 
Yet focus is hard.
 
Microsoft did a study of 2,000 consumers and they discovered that the average human attention span has gone down (from Kevin McSpadden's article, "You now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish.").
 
In 2000 it was 12 seconds, that's right, 12 seconds. 
 
But now, in 2015, it has gone down to 8 seconds - people generally lose concentration after 8 seconds, highlighting the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.  (Some of you have already left this blog and gone on to something else).  :) :)
 
In comparison - a goldfish has a 9 second attention span.  (I am not sure how they found that out but it is a scientific fact).
 
In other words, a goldfish has a longer attention span than we do.
 
Now here is the question:  Why has our attention span gone down?
 
Microsoft's theory is that because of the mobile Internet, the brain does not have the ability to adapt and change itself over time and a weaker attention span is the side effect.
 
The survey also confirmed generational differences for mobile use; for example 77% of people aged 18 to 24 responded "yes" when asked, "When nothing is occupying my attention, the first thing I do is reach for my phone."
 
What is your focus today?
 
I would suggest that every time you focus on your problem - you spend even more time focusing on the presence of God - and fill up your "free time" with the Incarnated son of God rather than the Internet.

The Bible says in Isaiah 40:31 that they that "wait upon the Lord will renew their strength."  Not they that "wait" upon the latest Facebook post.
 
And btw, thank you for focusing enough to finish the blog..... :) :)
 
Just a thought for a Tuesday.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thoughts from the weekend

Thoughts from the weekend:
 
I just have to say first off that I am very, very grateful for the many that are coming to Christ through the ministries of our church this past week!
 
Literally thousands came to Christ through the ministry of our Stone Church Tanzania missions team (They are now on their way back to Chicago - let's continue to pray for safe travels for the team).
 
Hundreds connect to Jesus at the Reinhart Bonnke crusade - many, many thanks to all of our Stone Church volunteers for going and serving in ministry - a special thanks to Phil and Nicole Buck for their leadership in this endeavor!
 
During the second service yesterday, several raised their hands, signifying that they would like to restart or start a relationship with Christ!
 
Powerful, powerful stuff.
 
We have been praying for a long time that we would become an "outreach" church - and it is coming to fruition!
 
I can sincerely say - with gratefulness in my heart - Praise God!
 
I have been receiving emails from people who were touched by the anointing and ministry of the Holy Spirit in our services yesterday.  Truly God was present!
 
Jesus has not gone back into the grave - God is in control!
 
RFKC camp this week - we look forward to hearing the great reports of what God is going to do in the lives of foster children.
 
I loved the old chorus we sang in the first service altar time:  Let it breathe on me.  Let it breathe on me.  Let the breath of God now breathe on me.  Let it breathe on me.  Let it breathe on me.  Let the breath of God - now breathe on me.
 
Breathe on us, oh God!
 
We desire more of your presence!
 
More and more, I am once again realizing the power of prayer. 
 
God is recalling us to pray!
 
Two of our church family were healed at the Reinhart Bonnke crusade.
 
I had the privilege of speaking with a younger guy yesterday (new to our church) who accepted Christ.
 
Love you all........
 
 
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Praying through

Warning:  Reading this blog might be hazardous to the health of the trials you are facing, the struggles and challenges that are coming your way - and to the very effectiveness of the enemy who is trying to destroy you.  Read only if you want to walk in victory.
 
Back in "the day" we used to have an expression that whenever faced with a challenge, we as Christians are to "pray through."
 
In other words, we are to pray until the answer comes - or until an event has taken place.
 
There is a lot for us as a church family to "pray though" about (please see the end of the blog for the prayer requests) (I have intentionally been spending an hour of prayer each day this week for these events).
 
First of all, a story from Tim Keller, a prolific author and pastor in New York City.
 
He writes:
 
"In the second half of  my adult life, I discovered prayer.  I had to.  In the fall of 1999, I taught a Bible study course on the Psalms. It became clear to me that I was barely scratching the surface of what the Bible commanded and promised regarding prayer.
 
Then came the dark weeks in New York after 9/11, when our whole city sank into a kind of corporate clinical depression, even as it rallied.
 
For my family the shadow was intensified as my wife, Kathy, struggled with the effects of Crohn's disease.  Finally, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  At one point during all this, my wife urged me to do something with her we had never been able to muster the self-discipline to do regularly.  She asked me to pray with her every night.  Every night.
 
She used an illustration that crystallized her feelings very well.
 
As we remember it, she said something like this:
 
Imagine you were diagnosed with such a lethal condition that the doctor told you that you would die within hours unless you took a particular medicine - a pill every night before going to sleep.  Imagine that you were told that you could never miss it or you would die.  Would you forget?  Would you not get around to it some nights?  No, it would be so crucial that you wouldn't forget, you would never miss.
 
Well, if we don't pray together to God, we are not going to make it because of all we are facing.  I am certainly not.  We have to pray, we can't let is just slip our minds."
 
Good stuff.
 
Here are some needs to "pray through" about:
 
Our Stone Church Tanzania missions team:  Safety.  Effective ministry.  Hundreds to be saved.  Boldness to share the Gospel.
 
RFKC camp:  Safety.  Effective ministry to the foster kids.  Relational harmony amongst the staff.
 
Reinhart Bonnke Crusade:  Strength for our Stone Church family who are serving as altar workers.  Safety in travel to and from the arena.  Thousands to be saved!
 
A spiritual revival in the Chicagoland.
 
Signs and Wonders at our church.
 
A desire to seek after God amongst all Christians in the Chicagoland.
 
I leave you with this from James 5:16:  "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman) is powerful!"
 
Just a thought for a Thursday.
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wigglesworth and boldness

Sometimes, when you walk in the spirit with boldness - it can be misinterpreted as arrogance.
 
Ministering and relating to Christ and praying are to be done with an audaciousness and boldness that can only come through the anointing.
 
Most of God's kingdom either have never seen a true manifestation of walking in power - or are offended by the audacity of someone walking in faith.
 
I refer to the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:12 (KJV version) where he says, "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
 
The NIV says it this way:  "The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it."
 
Friends, I am going to remind us this coming Sunday morning - in a teaching entitled, "Overcoming the counter-attacks of the enemy" that we are at war.
 
War is not pretty.
 
War is ugly.
 
Our enemy does not fight fair.
 
War is not nice.
 
I encourage you not to be afraid of or offended by people walking in a God-given authority.  Those who know that their authority comes from the Holy Spirit - and who walk in the humility of Christ in realizing that what takes place is all God.
 
Smith Wigglesworth used to say, "You know, you can't treat the devil lightly.  You have to be rough with him.   You have to mean business.  You must tell him with authority to come out.  It's not use telling him a second time, because if you do, he knows you didn't mean it the first time.  You have to have enough authority in the name of Jesus to command him to come out.  In that name, he must come out."
 
I encourage you today, my dear friends, to take authority over your situation.  Be bold.  Be strong, for the Lord thy God is with thee.
 
Just a thought for a Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What if God were on Facebook?

Facebook is now officially one of the greatest addictions - if not the greatest addiction a lot of Christians have.
 
I think sometimes that we consider it a "safe" addiction.
 
When in doubt, get online and check out Facebook.
 
Live your life vicariously through others.
 
Check up on what others are doing.
 
Instead of living a moment completely - spend the time (in the midst of that moment) putting it on Facebook.
 
Disclaimer:  Being on Facebook is not a sinNot at all.  Like anything else - it only becomes a negative in our lives if we allow it to consume us - in place of spending time with God.
 
For instance:
 
Physical rest can become laziness.
 
Quietness can become non-communication
 
Interest the possessions of others becomes covetousness
 
Enjoyment of food becomes gluttony
 
Self care becomes selfishness
 
Self-respect can become conceit
 
Communication can become gossip
 
Judgment becomes criticism
 
Carefulness become fear.
 
The list goes on and on.
 
Most of us won't often be tempted to commit obvious sins such as armed robbery, murder or rape.
 
Satan is too clever and subtle for that.
 
Instead, his tactic is to entice us to push something good beyond the boundary of the will of God until it becomes sin.
 
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:12, "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable.  All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything."
 
Green lights are there on all things - as long as they don't run the red light of putting God first.
 
Some suggestions: 
 
Limit yourself to getting on Facebook once or twice a day.
 
Limit yourself to "x" amount of minutes.
 
Every so often - take a break from Facebook altogether.
 
Use Facebook to encourage and lift up - never to criticize or tear down or passively aggressively revealing your emotions toward something or someone.
 
Practice your spiritual disciplines before you get on Facebook.
 
I read a great thought today from John Ortberg:
 
"What if God was on Facebook?"
 
What would his page look like?
 
What would His profile look like?
 
Name:  The Deity.
 
Relationship status:  Triune and serenely blissful.
 
Number of friends:  I only know.
 
Unfriended:  List currently blocked
 
Photos:  None available (see second commandment)
 
Timeline:  From the beginning - created the world, didn't I?
 
What's on your mind?:  What isn't?
 
Recent posts:  My book is still the all-time bestseller and the bestseller every year.  Now have a billion worshippers.  What ever happened to Zeus?  Taking the day off.  Thank me it's Friday!
 
Great stuff.
 
What is God spent all day on Facebook?  "Uh, hold on there with that need, Bill or Betty, I am on my Facebook page."
 
You see, God doesn't need a Facebook page because He has already revealed himself in Scripture and in the life of Jesus!
 
To see God, look at Jesus!
 
And thank God we are called to seek His face and not His Facebook.
 
Just a thought for a Tuesday.
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thoughts from the weekend

Thoughts from the weekend:
 
Summer is here!  Yeah!
 
Vacations are in full force - have fun spending time with your family and friends!
 
I really appreciated the sweet, ministering presence of the Lord during communion yesterday.
 
I am thankful for the cross and forgiveness of sins.
 
Powerful altar time during the first service yesterday - God is good!
 
Men, you and I are to be the spiritual leaders of our home.
 
Review of the principles from yesterday:  As spiritual leaders of our home, guys, we are to walk in integrity, a passion for God and his kingdom, humility and prayer for our family.
 
There is no greater calling than to pray for our children.
 
God is our heavenly father, and he watches over our children as we pray.
 
God uses both our successes and failures to keep us humble.
 
Humility is simply have a right understanding of who you are:  both your strengths and your weaknesses.
 
Let's all continue to pray for the Reinhart Bonnke meetings this coming Friday and Saturday.
 
My prayer is that during the meetings, the hearts of the lost will be open to hear the good news of Jesus Christ - and connect to God.
 
Lots of horrific stuff going on in the world - I sincerely believe that Jesus is coming soon!
 
Even so, come Lord Jesus!
 
Let's all pray for the kids at children's camp this week:  Camps are always a time when our kids draw closer to the Lord.
 
Can I tell you something?  Debbie and I love all of you very much............