Saturday, March 21, 2009
Last week, someone told me that they were a member of my church. I was polite and very nice on the outside, but the inside of me was having a different type of reaction. First, I was thinking that I don’t have a church. I was not the One who paid for the church by giving my blood, body, and life. I wanted to tell this person, “If you knew Jesus, you would know it is His church!” I have been at Northridge for about 6 months. This “member” has not attended during this time. I am sure they are a card carrying member, but they have been disconnected from the body for at least six months. I think you call something that has been disconnected from the body for six months dead and stinky. Let’s not play games and think that membership has anything to do with our relationship to Christ. What counts is our daily walk with Christ and our connection to His body the church.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
In August, I visited the Richmond Outreach Center (www.richmondoutreachcenter.com) in Richmond, VA. This church is reaching a lot of people for Christ. I have gotten a number of emails from them. There is a Scripture reference on the emails of Daniel 12:3. I finally decided to look it up and see what it said. “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” I like what it says. It reminded me of Philippians 2:14-16 “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life — in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” I decided I want to be a star. I don’t want to be a rock star or a movie star. I just want to shine for Jesus and bring glory to the Father. Whenever I look at the stars and marvel at the greatness of God, I am reminded that I need to glorify God like those stars.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I have been praying through this Sunday’s sermon. It is the last in the Exodus series. The people of Israel see giants big and tall and forget all that Jehovah God has done to get them to that point. God persuaded Pharaoh with 10 unbelievable plagues. He split the Red Sea so they could walk across it on dry land. El Shaddai provided food and water for them in a miraculous manner. Through it all, He has given them a visible reminder of His presence in the cloud and pillar of fire. They are on the verge of the Promised Land and they forget what God can do. They end up wandering in the wilderness. I have been in that wilderness and I don’t want to go back. I am pumped about this sermon because it speaks directly to me – DON’T FORGET WHAT GOD CAN DO.