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Sometimes I Am Not Thankful

Sometimes I Am Not Thankful

May 17, 2021

I am bothered by a response that you now hear when you say “thank you” to someone

 

Instead of “You’re welcome” we now mostly hear “No problem!”

 

As I checked out with two turkeys yesterday I wanted to scream - “Of course it’s no problem. I am a gentle person, I am not angry, what I have caused you to become involved in is part of your job for which you are paid and is not really that taxing on your abilities….”

 

But, the real issue is how seldom you even hear people say “thank you”

 

As I was thinking about this all week - mostly because we were approaching Thanksgiving - God said that this was true even in my relationship with Him

 

That I am not expressing thanks to Him for who He is and all that He does for me

 

When I do something for someone I always appreciate it when they thank me for my time, my work, my concern…

 

It is always nice when you feel “appreciated” for who you are and what you have done

 

The other day I went a little above and beyond what would normally be expected of a person

 

And the people involved thanked me for taking the time to be there for them and for caring and sharing

 

It feels good when I know I’m appreciated — not just for what I do but for who I am

The Church as we Know it is Coming to an End

The Church as we Know it is Coming to an End

May 17, 2021

Around the world the Church, as we know it, is in trouble

 

Most church leaders are unaware that they are in trouble or have chosen to simply ignore the issues that the Church is facing (see Life-Giving Church, Part Fifteen)

 

In some places it is seriously dying - growing smaller every year 

20% decline a year due to deaths, moves, and people leaving

So to remain steady at the same number of people annually need to grow 20%

 

In some places there is decreasing ‘life’ and a focus on format and ritual, tradition and religion

 

2 Timothy 3:5 “… having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”

 

In some places the Church has fallen into heresy - teachings that are not biblical. The church grows but it is sliding away from biblical Christian doctrine and becoming a cult / sect

 

2 Timothy 3:7 “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.”

 

In some places there are what we call “man-made moves of God” where the churches are growing but it is by programs and hype, charismatic leaders who tickle ears. Then the main charismatic leader dies and the church eventually dies as well.

 

2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

 

In some places the Church is growing quickly and attracting young people but these young people soon recognize that the structures and traditions are, in many ways,  hampering and hindering the flow of the Holy Spirit

 

And so they don’t stay - they look elsewhere or plant a new expression of the Church

 

My point: To continue to be a life-giving church we need to recognized that we are entering a season of change and we need to respond to the direction and moving of the Spirit

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Sometimes the Fire Dies

Sometimes the Fire Dies

May 17, 2021

The Scriptures frequently comment on living the Christian faith with passion

It is very clear that as believers we cannot be passive

We must embracethe truth and engagewith the world for that truth

Jude 3b “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”

TPT “(I) felt the need … to challenge you to vigorously defend and contend for the beliefs that we cherish. For God, through the apostles, has once for all entrusted these truths to his holy believers.”

“vigorously defend and contend…”

My personal favourite Scripture regarding living the faith with passion - serving Jesus with my heart and soul

God spoke it to me … planted it deeply in my heart in July of 2007

Romans 12:11 “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord”

 

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Sometimes I Feel That I’m Too Old

Sometimes I Feel That I’m Too Old

May 10, 2021

A Christian hero - Dr. J. Vernon McGee - Pastor and Bible teacher - died in 1988 at the age of 84 …still preaching and teaching on a daily basis 

 

When Dr. J. Vernon McGee talked about the Bible, people listened. He was the most beloved Bible teacher of his generation.

 

In a sit-down conversation after he had preached what would be his last Sunday sermon he did not talk about the past

 

He did not mention the good old days and all that he had accomplished for the Kingdom - which was seriously substantial

 

The only subject that interested him was the future

 

He was fascinated by the technology of audio-tape and broadcasting

 

He was looking to the future and how to keep his ministry fruitful long after he was gone

 

He was correct about that

 

Fifteen years after Dr. McGee’s death (2003), the Wall Street Journal published an article about him

 

Writer Anne Wilde Matthews reported that McGee’s radio program was broadcast on 800 radio stations in the U.S. And Canada

 

His teachings were being beamed around the world via satellite and the Internet in more than 100 languages

 

Thru the Bible, his radio program, had added an additional 300 North American affiliates and dozens of new languages since his death…

 

A side note: The numbers are even greater today as every year his ministry grows in nations around the world

 

Dr. McGee’s wholehearted ministry has not stopped even in his death 

 

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Sometimes I Don’t Walk By Faith

Sometimes I Don’t Walk By Faith

May 10, 2021

I don’t believe that disciples of Jesus - those of us who follow Jesus today - were ever suppose to end up as couch potatoes

 

Sitting in one spot can feel so comfortable - physically, emotionally, mentally, and relationally

 

Just coasting in life and accepting things as they are is simply not the call upon the believers today or any day

 

The early believers we read about in the New Testament did not just sit and accept what was because it was

 

They fought against great odds to live by faith and share their dynamic and vibrant faith with others who were not followers of Jesus

 

They understood that there was this call to live deep … to fulfill their destiny

 

To engage life

To embrace life

To share life

To truly live life to the fullest

 

It was something they felt in their heart 

They knew they had a destiny to fulfill

It was a ‘matter of the heart’ and they would not settle for normal

That there was more beyond what they were already experiencing

 

 

Today, many believers have simply settled into a routine that is comfortable and they no longer feel challenged by their faith in Christ

 

No longer believe there has to be more to life than what they are experiencing

 

No longer look for a better way to live - are not pursuing their destiny or pushing their boundaries

 

They are no longer walking by faith — They have settled into a routine and into life as it is

 

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