Over the past few weeks I’ve found my way back to my small group at my church. My church doesn’t have “Sunday School” like a lot of traditional churches might have, instead we have “small groups,” that are based on just that….. Smaller groups of people, getting to know each other as Christians, great fellowship, and for my group a lot of fun! We are getting to know each others needs as God’s followers better, learning what other Christian people have in common, and at the same time getting to know our God better. I’m going somewhere with this so please stand by…..
My small group is studying a video series with an interesting title….. Based on “social media” terms, it’s called NOT A FAN, with one big question in mind….. Are you a FAN or a FOLLOWER of Christ? Sounds interesting, doesn’t it! Makes me think on so many different levels, because for most of my life I have been the very casual “fan” of Christ. It’s only recently, not even a full year, that I’ve become this “follower” that I’m so proud of. I chose this to write about on Easter Sunday because this is probably the most popular Sunday to make an appearance in church. I’m not here to label that as right or wrong, but to make a point, and to ask you one question…..
Are you a fan of Christ or are you a follower? What makes us followers? For me, it’s a one (1) word answer…..
Commitment.The one word that has probably haunted me most in my adult life, especially with my faith and my relationship with God. I was reminded this past week that although I’ve admitted that I’ve been more of a fan that a follower it was one decision that I made that changed all of that for me. One decision that helped me transition from a fan to a follower…..
I am not a perfect man, I’m not a perfect Christian, but I want to share with you a perfect moment that I experienced in 2012 with a group of Christians at my church. I am forever bonded with these FOLLOWERS!
On this Easter Sunday I urge you to give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ as He is risen today!
March 31 , 2013 Bible Reading
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All kidding aside, today is remarkable day in our Christian faith. Today marks the day that Jesus went into Hell, took the keys, and carried the captives home. Today is Holy Saturday. This is the day Jesus’ body rested in the tomb while His Spirit did the mighty work that was foretold here:
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. (Isaiah 42:7 NIV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (Luke 4:18 KJV)
A day of reflection for us. The Lord fights for us. He battles for US. By His great mercy and grace He went to battle for us.
The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name. (Exodus 15:3 NIV)
Yes. His body rested on the seventh day of the Holy Week, but He was not at rest… He fights for you… and me. Today reflect on all that Jesus had to do for you and I. It will only magnify His mighty grace and love. We SO do not deserve any of His work, but because He is mighty, graceful, loving, and loves us He saved us. Thank you, God.
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Today marks a somber day in the Christian Faith. Some of us have the day off and are happy about that. Some of us add this weekend to a collection of 3-day weekends throughout the year without a second thought. Today however, marks a day of darkness for humanity and at the same time an unimaginable hope that only God can provide… and boy did He.
Whether you have today off or you are like my old banker friends and never get a Friday off, spend some time today contemplating what sin costs. This is NOT a guilt trip. This is a trip down the road of redemption and the road leads to Christ.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
For three days our Lord God lay dead, but know this… while He was not with us on earth any longer, He was fully at work. More to come on that… stay tuned.
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The parables that Jesus tells in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) used to just baffle me. It’s strange really. I prayed for a long time to understand them when I first began reading the Bible back in 2002. Over the course of time God has granted that request through experiences in my life. Now I truly cherish the messages Jesus shares in the parables. After all, they hold the secrets of the Kingdom. Don’t take my word for it, take God’s Word:
“The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “ ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’ (Luke 8:10 NIV)
If the Bible is still not making sense to you and you have been on the journey with us since the beginning of this year or longer, I urge you to pray to God for understanding. He will grant you understanding of His Word. God is faithful, just, and He loves us.
Lord, thank you for the blessing of your written Word. Thank you for revealing the secrets of Your Kingdom to us as believers in Christ. Please bless us/me with a deeper understanding of Your Word that we/I may become the seed that falls on good soil and that we/I may produce a crop for You a hundred times what was sown.
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Following God is not always easy, is it? God may ask you to do something a certain way that seems odd to others around you. He has His ways for sure. God may ask you to abstain from something you love or dive into something that scares you to death. The thing God is asks you to abstain from is may not be a sin. Not doing the thing you are afraid of may not be a sin either. However, God still asked you to
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We come across the bedrock of the Law today. The Ten Commandments. I love how the Bible tells us to “write them on our doorposts”. I love that so much that while our home was being built, just after it was framed, I did just that. I came to the skeleton of our home and in the dark wrote on the beams that support this place God has blessed us with. Some scriptures that are important to me, some that are for protection, some for blessing, and all for God. This may seem silly to some, but to me it is important. Important because in order to create life, God spoke. In order to save us, God sent His Word, Jesus. (John 1:1). Therefore, what He says, matters. What we say matters. For that reason I want what I say to be what God says.
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What amazes Jesus? Before we talk about that think about the last thing that truly amazed you. Webster talks about it like this:to fill with wonder : astound
So have you thought of the last time you were amazed yet? Truly amazed? The reason I want you to think about when you were last truly amazed is because we need to frame what we read in Luke today the right way. Today our scripture talks about the Faith of the Centurion.
A Centurion was a
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