Posts Tagged ‘ Bible ’

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

Just pray….Scripture

So often we have prayed for “favor…in the sight of God and man”, but I think if we were to actually quote the scripture correctly we wouldn’t pray that at all. Instead, we would pray “let love and faithfulness never leave you”. This verse is much more about our obedience to Him not what’s in it for us.

As Christians I feel most of our personal time in prayer is nothing more than selfish ambition. I believe that if we were to quote more scripture during times of prayer our motivations for faith would be deeply rooted. I believe that because our prayers have been selfish we are not seeing the fruit we expect and it’s somehow God’s fault. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The verse in its entirety is this: Proverbs 3:3-4

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

It’s much more clear that when we read and quote scripture accurately what the intentions of the verse are. The verse’s context will also speak volumes for its intent. Remember this: pray God’s word accurately and believe it is for our benefit.

Selah

How Do You Measure up?

2 But they delight in the law of the L ord , meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.This describes a life lived for the Kingdom of Jesus

4But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. This is what happens to a life not lived for Jesus ‘fame.
(Psalms 1:2-5 NLT)

These scriptures are a fair guideline to measure your life by.
These scriptures alone do not save ones soul, but after one is saved they can keep that soul protected from the enemy who is out to destroy it. (John 10:10)

What an opportunity we have to be reminded that Jesus came to save US all.

What else in scripture reminds you of His faithfulness?

Selah

This is How I Start

First, I am not one for the popular route, nor have I been one to set goals.
This is primarily because I don’t know that I have ever achieved something that I have set out to do.
Yes very bleak and quite downing for an intro to a blog.
It turns around I promise!

I am late in preparing on what I would like to achieve this month, and even year.
There are many things before me that I would love to start changing, better yet quitting(positively)!
I suppose with any decent goal their is first a plan of action.
Even before the plan of action there must be a brainstorm.
This will be that brainstorming session.

What comes to mind first is: start something small.
Have the feeling of accomplishment first before climbing ‘Everest’ as some goals may look like from Day number 1.
So I choose a 14-day Bible Reading plan through the YouVersion app.
This plan is the Fresh Air reading plan, developed from my Pastor Chris Hodges.

Before I think of my next goal, I’d like to pause before making plans of climbing the summit, because I forgot my parka in the car.
What I mean by this is we can often times get bogged down and lost in the planning of all the achievements we would like to see before even reaching the first plateau or goal.
This blog entry may only need to be my personal development of setting my first goal.
Along this journey as I feel more confident in this new routine, will I then choose my second goal to reach.
There is no reason to choose five goals now, only to feel overwhelmed in doing them all at once.
Especially for myself and anyone else who do not typically set goals.

Start strong with clear vision and along the way continue to dream of the next achievement

While planning your goals what do you struggle with the most?

Why do you feel you are struggling with that?

What would help you not struggle as much?

to God be the glory!
Selah

First Class at Highlands College- Notes

Pastor Keith Lindsey

Theology of Biblical Servanthood

 

  • God is a God of purpose              
    • Purpose is who He is

 

  • Everything in life has a purpose

 

  • If you want to know the purpose of a thing, never askthe thing
    • You ask the Maker of the thing.
    • If you don’t know the purpose of thething, Abuse is inevitable!
      • Why are we sometimes bad husbands? (We lost the understanding of why God designed marriage.)
      • Purpose of a thing is wrapped up in the mind of the Maker.
        • “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1Cor 2:11)
        • The Maker of a thing usually writes its name on the thing it makes.

 

TEST MATERIAL!! Daniel 6: 1-1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.

 

  • Daniel was chosen because Daniel had values.
    • KNOW THE CORE VALUES!!
      • Love for God
        • Intimacy: Prayer, Bible Study, and Regular Fasting.
        • Purity: A life of holiness, integrity, and character.
        • Anointing: God-grace for the task.
        • Love for People:
          • Relationship: Building, maintaining, and enjoying strong relationships.
          • Influence: Developing a circle of influence.
          • Teamwork: Cooperation ahead of competition
          • Work Ethic:
            • Excellence: Demonstrating competence in your area.
            • Productivity: Setting Goals, taking risks, going the extra mile.
            • Frugality: Efficiency with time and money.
            • Attitude:
              • Servant: Considering other better than oneself.
              • Fun/Enjoyable: Having fun, enjoying life.
              • Loyalty: Devoting oneself to the call of God and to the church.
  • Love God more than ever before.
    • Prayer: I want to love You(God) more tomorrow than I did today!

John 21:15-18 [15] When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

[16] Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

[17] The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. [18] Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

  • Deep and sincere love for people.
  • It is His love that compels us to do His will.
    • Get to a place where a love for people surpasses everything but God
    • Marriage(Relationships-in general) ought to be the first and best representation of loving others-Love them more than we love ourselves
  • Relationship-Building deep, strong, meaningful connection
  • Influence-Am I developing a circle of influence?
  • Team work-Do I put consideration ahead of competition?

 

  • Excellence- Constant pursuit of what is best

 

  • Highlands College-ME- extension of the staff of the church

 

  • Work Ethic: Am I giving it my all?
    • Am I productive?- Setting goals and meeting expectations
  • Frugal- Am I efficient with my time & the time of others?
    • Financially Frugal- Priorities
  • Attitude: Expressions
    •  Evaluate your heart
    • initiative- go the extra mile