Friday, May 25, 2012
We can learn a lot about prayer from the book of Ruth. There are six prayers in the book. The prayers are never for the person praying. They are always praying for someone else. All of the prayers are answered by the end of the book. I would encourage you to read Ruth and take some notes on prayer. You will learn a lot!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Boaz was the man! We can learn some important lessons from him. He instituted the first sexual harassment policy by telling his men not to touch Ruth while she was gleaning in the fields. When we look at women as the daughters of God, we will also want to protect them. He looked beyond Ruth’s past and her circumstances to show God’s love to her by providing a safe place for her to get food. He prayed for Ruth by asking God to bless her and keep her safe. You will be amazed at how that prayer is answered. It may change your prayer life.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Do you want to guarantee that you never fail at anything? Do you want to never experience the pain of failure again? There is a sure-fire way not to fail. All you need to do is nothing! However, that is not an option for people who follow Christ. God did not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear is the opposite of faith. We must continue to step out in faith. Yes, there is a risk of failure, but there is also a greater chance that God will honor your faith and His name by doing something big. Here are three risks you could take this week.
- Sharing Christ with a neighbor or co-worker
- Giving a tithe (10%) at church
- Inviting a friend to church with you
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
When it comes to being baptized, I hear all sorts of excuses. This past Sunday, we had a man in wheel chair that found a way to be immersed. He had legitimate reasons for not being baptized. He is in a wheel chair, and there steps to navigate to get into the baptistery. He couldn’t get his foot wet. It would take many men to make this happen. There were lots of reasons he could have given to put this off for a more convenient time. However, he was determined to obey God. With the help of four friends, all of the obstacles were overcome and God was obeyed. This reminds me of the story in Mark 2:1-5. That is the type of determination that we all need.
Monday, May 14, 2012
They made a wrong turn and ended up in a bad neighborhood. That is the story of the first chapter of Ruth. It made sense to Elimelech to leave Bethlehem, “the house of bread”, and move to Moab for food. There is some irony in people starving in a city that is called “the house of bread”. The only problem with that move is that he left God’s people and moved to a very pagan culture. You have heard it said, “The end does not justify the means.” You cannot disobey God and expect a good outcome. However, God doesn't leave them stranded. He begins to move Naomi and Ruth back into His protection. As you read Ruth, notice the hand of God bringing blessing to His people.
Friday, May 11, 2012
We are starting a study of the book of Ruth on Sunday mornings. I love this book. It is a story of suffering, God working, blessing, risk taking, resourcefulness, redemption, and love. You will see the hand of God working. In the end, you will be surprised by what God does with a bitter old woman and her daughter-in-law. I hope you join us as we discover how God works in this special study starting on Mother’s Day.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
The real key to living a “no regrets” life is changing directions when we realize we are moving away from God. The further we move away from God, the greater the regret. When we turn back to God, there will be godly sorrow but no regrets. If there is regret, that is worldly sorrow that leads to death. A true change of the heart and actions comes from Godly sorrow.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Is it was alright to pray against things that hurt us and God’s kingdom? The answer is in the Psalms. David often prayed against his enemies and those that were against God. In Psalm 68 and 69, you see David prays against his enemies and the enemies of God. I think we must also pray against the enemies of God. We should be praying against the drug dealers, porn sellers, those who are pulling our children away from God, and anyone who is damaging the church. Revival will begin in our country when we begin to pray militant prayers like David’s in Psalm 68 and 69.