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Don’t Worry

A 90-year-old man was asked to what he attributed his longevity. “I reckon.” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “it’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”

Matthew 6:25 ‘’Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.’’

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”

–Swedish Proverb

Don’t Worry – Trust!

Because of Him,

Chris

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Knowing God

Psalm 25:4-5 ”Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

In these two verses we learn:

1] David has a teachable heart.

”Make me to know Your ways.”

”Teach me Your paths.”

”Lead me in Your truth and teach me.”

If we are ever to grow in our relationship with God we must have a teachable heart.

A] David wanted to know God’s ”ways.”

How does He operate? How does God work?

B] David wanted to know God’s paths.

David obviously needed some guidance, some direction and so he turned to the Lord.

God is our true source for guidance. Always turn to God for direction in your life.

C] David also wanted to know God’s truth. (v.5 ”lead me in Your truth.”)

This is the great need of our day – a knowledge of the truth of God’s Word.

David realized that understanding God’s truth will not come apart from God’s help. The Holy Spirit will teach you the truth of God’s Word.

1] David not only had a Teachable Heart:

2] He also had a Patient Heart.

V.5 For You I wait all the day long.”

Remember, If you want to grow in your relationship with God you must first have a teachable heart and be patient as He does His marvelous work in your life.

Because of Him,

Chris

Wake Up!

“A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.” Prov 29:23

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. The next week, the man realized that he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 a.m. for an early morning business flight to Chicago. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and lose), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5:00 a.m.”

The next morning the man woke up only to discover it was 9:00 a.m., and that he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.

The paper said. “It is 5:00am. Wake up!” -Men just aren’t equipped for these sort of contests.
Don’t let your pride keep you from having a wonderful day, remember “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”James 4:6

Because of Him,

Chris

Becoming Wise

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Proverbs 1:7

The verse centers on how we receive the instruction of the Lord in our lives.

1.  A wise man who fears God will “listen and hear” what counsel God would share with him.  This is the beginning of wisdom, for who can become wise without receiving wisdom?  And why would we receive?  Because we know that our lives are limited and useless apart from the works and words of God.  We fear being at odds with God because we understand the consequences.  And that is the foundation for being wise.

2.  A fool, on the other hand, despises wisdom.  He hates to be instructed in anything, for he either believes he already knows what he needs to know, or else he is simply too lazy to receive it.  Of course, one of the main emphases of this passage is the fact that the fool does not fear God.  He has no respect for Him, and he who scorns God will also scorn God’s word.

It is easy to spot a fool according to this passage.  It is equally easy for us to see our own foolishness at times.  God help us to walk as wise men and not as fools.

Because of Him,

Chris

What Can’t Be Undone

“The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.” Proverbs 10:18

According to a 19th century Jewish folktale, a villager developed a grudge against his rabbi and spread slanderous tales about him all over town. Days later, the gossiper came to his senses and was overcome with remorse. He begged forgiveness from the rabbi and offered to do any penance necessary.

The Rabbi surprised him by instructing him to take a feather pillow into the woods, rip it open, and let the wind take the feathers. The man did as instructed and returned to tell the rabbi.

“Now, gather up all the feathers,” said the rabbi.
“But the wind has scattered them, it’s impossible.”

“It is. And though your wish to make amends may be sincere, you can’t call back your hasty words any more than you can recover the feathers scattered by the wind.”

Remember, words are very powerful and you can never recover what has been said, edify don’t crucify! Be a person who encourages, not one who discourages. Remember, Thumper the rabbit, “If you can’t say something nice – don’t say anything at all!”

Because of Him,

Chris

World’s Greatest Church Tells Secret

In a surprising news release, the leaders of what many are saying is the most effective church in the history of Christianity, gave incredible insight into the success of the church. The report was actually written by a physician who was closely linked to the key leaders.

The church, comprised of nearly 4000 active attenders, was actually quite new at the time of the report. Somehow the leaders, most of them young and none of them seminary-trained, learned early in their ministry the keys to effective church growth. Surprisingly, their methods do not include what many would consider necessary for building a successful church. And the leaders themselves do not fit the model of what most of us would say are leadership essentials.

The report stated that the leaders determined that three very clear priorities would be established from the inception of the new church.

First, they would insure that the congregation would take of pressing physical and spiritual needs in a spirit of love – even designating a group of laypeople to see that this would take place.

Second, the leadership themselves decided to place an unusual amount of importance on the study of Scriptures so that they might be able to teach effectively.

Third, the leaders devoted themselves to large amounts of prayer.

Apparently, this three-fold focus has produced overwhelming results, with thousands coming to faith and being baptized.  The congregation itself sees to it that the message of the church just keeps spreading from person to person and from neighborhood to neighborhood.

This simple, but powerful formula has been overlooked by the many thousands of churches that aspire to see the kind of results that these leaders have experienced.

The church really doesn’t have a marketable name – they are simply called the church in their particular geographical location – Jerusalem.

The physician is Luke.

The report is found in Acts 6:1-7.

Because of Him,

Chris

Vacation

I will be away from my computer for a week. We will be leaving Monday morning for vacation. We will return next Sunday night. Please pray for our safety as we travel. Stay Faithful!!

Because of Him,

Chris