Archive for April, 2011

Hope: The power of Easter

April 26th, 2011

If you talk to people today it seams that hope is in short supply. People are worried about everything; the state of the economy, the government, their job, their family, the war or wars, natural disaster you name it you can find someone worried about it. And I can’t help to think, may be the reason for all the worry is that we have misplaced our hope??????
Frederick Buechner said “Resurrection means the worst thing is never the last thing”
It’s an interesting thought. what if you could have a resurrection in any area of your life, what would you choose? so many people have given up on the hope of a resurrection so they stay in a DEAD situation, why attend a burial when you could have a resurrection??? are you willing to walk out of the “tomb” you dug? We (the body of Christ) often forget about the power of the resurrection, that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us, in you.
The resurrection validates everything Jesus said and did!
His message-Love God/Love people Mark 12:29,30
His identity-Iam the bread of life…. John 6:35
I am the resurrection…..John 11:25
I am the way…….John 14:6
His death Acts 2:22,23 and I cor 15:3-6
In Christ we have hope for something better, A Resurrection of all thats dead in your life starts with Jesus Christ He is worthy of your Hope, YOU can trust Him to care for you. You may not know what to do, but he does. and thats the way I see it in my market.

The power of words.

April 20th, 2011

The Bible says that the power of life and death is in the tongue and if we really believed that, I think our conversations would be quite different. Have you ever thought about the words you speak? the Bible also says that we will give an account of every idle word we speak and that is truly a scary thought. to think that one day I have to explain why I allowed all that trash get past my lips.
This would be a good time to pray!
I have been hurt physically and verbally and I have to tell you that thou by body still has the scars I remember very little of the actual pain, however there are some memories past events of words that where spoken, they still hurt and try there best to drag me back to live in the pain.
There is power in words.
Make no mistake about it, what we say matters now and in the future. Last time we where taking about the Cross and it is fitting to think about the words coming from the Cross.

The first one is forgiveness. we hear Jesus speaking words of forgiveness to the very people that nailed him to the Cross. Men had done their worst. what do we need to learn from Jesus? that no one is beyond the reach of prayer even the ones who hurt us the deepest, Pray for those who hurt you.
The second is a word of hope, God’s Hope is for today right now
The third is a word of comfort and Affection “I will see to it that you are taken care of” my paraphrase The Lord cares about the details of your life.
The next word is a word of separation God is always close, but the nature of sin will block and distort our understanding of God’s presence in our live’s
The fifth is a word of suffering “I Thirst” only in Christ can this need be met. I might never understand what you have been or are going through, But the Lord Knows.
The sixth is a word of Victory “IT IS FINISHED” nothing you can add or subtract It is GRACE and it is FREE. What you need to do is BELIEVE.
AND the final word is Submission Put yourself in the fathers hands.
Jesus gives us the example of how to act and react we would do well to follow his lead.
And thats the way I see it in my market.

The Cross

April 12th, 2011

The cross is all around us it adorn’s building and people and it has come to mean many different things to many different people. To some it is a symbol of a old religion that is no longer relevant. To some it is fashion, a little bobble to wear and to others it represents hate and a closed mind and yet to others it means nothing.

I don’t know where you are as you read this, but i have to tell you the Cross is the most significant thing that has ever happened in human history and to believe in it the way the Bible says it happened you don’t have to check your brain at the door. The Cross is able to take all the criticism you can throw at it and it will still stand as God’s remedy for the “Human Condition”.

After thousands of years we human’s still have the same basic needs: to be loved and to love, to have a purpose, to express ourselves, to belong and to become and to connect with our creator God not just any God, The God that made everything and everyone, “I Am” the God that showed the world what he is really like by coming to earth as a child and living with us to show us how much he loves us.

The cross is the ultimate expression of his love for us. and there are some things about it you need to understand.

1. The Cross will interrupt your plans
2. The Cross will take us to a place
3. The Cross identifies who you are
4. The Cross makes you chose

No matter what you think about the Cross sooner or later you will have to deal with it, and it is better sooner than later. Receive it, cling to it, love it because through it we will find God’s forgiveness “and they nailed him to a cross” Jesus died so you could truly live.

That’s the way I see it in my market.