Archive for March, 2014

John 14: 1-14

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. (John 14:9, 10 ESV)

Allow me the liberty to unpack this.

Jesus is having to ‘defend’ himself to the disciples who have witnessed amazing things! They witness these things and still ask for “The Father”?

How more blind could they be in this moment?

What I really want to focus on is that in the text above Jesus is in the Father and the Father in him, but there is no Holy spirit because He is about to be introduced in verse 15.

BUT…

verse 12 messes me up

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 ESV)

Wait, what?

We are going to do greater than you?
Is this with Just the Father and You, because the Holy Spirit isn’t here yet!
This must have been what the disciples were thinking

Now we know today that The Father, Jesus and The Holy spirit are all together all the time, but the way Jesus speaks of this Comforter coming doesn’t help us understand who you really are Jesus?

It really is amazing to know that we’ve been promised to do greater things on account of His name!

He has trusted us enough to carry His name to the nations and share the Good news of the death, burial and resurrection.

It is my…your… Responsibility to take this message to all who will listen!

Selah

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What’s Your Personal Vision Statement?

Ever read a vision statement of a vision statement and just think to yourself, wow? Or even I can’t imagine how long it took them to come up with that!

Maybe even you’ve struggled with what you believe your purpose to be. The hardest part may not be what you believe your purpose to be, but how do I tell people about this purpose.

Does it have to look a certain way?
Does it need to be a certain length?
Does it really matter anyway?
My answer to each of these is the same, It is up to you!

You decide how it looks.
You decide how long it is.
You decide what matters most, and you make it count!

What I have now is not at all what I thought mine was for so long, but both are the same.

Originally: “To allow and facilitate breakthrough in the lives of the ordinary.”
Now: “Living by faith, learning through relationships, and loving God with all my heart, soul and strength through service.”

What’s yours?
I’d love to hear it!

Selah

Wilderness

What is your ‘wilderness’?

What is your place of isolation where you can focus on what’s most important in life?

For Christians, it may be your time in the morning or evening where you spend time in worship/reading the Word.

For others, it may be your time on the basketball court or out during your morning run.

Whether you are a believer or just here visiting, I believe it is imperative that we have a ‘wilderness’.

We all need that place we can rely on being there when we need it most.

We need to have that place where we will always know when we get there we can realign our thoughts and intentions towards our goals personal ambitions.

Without this place, our vision for what’s ahead becomes clouded and without form.

Without this place, our actions become purposeless and quite often hurtful towards those that we never intended to harm.

Think about where your ‘wilderness’ is and find a new way to incorporate more time there.

If after reading this you realize you are without a wilderness and would like this in your life, decide now that you will create this experience for yourself.

You will thank yourself sooner rather than later!

 

Reference Bible: Luke 7:11-35

 

Selah