Thursday, September 27, 2012

Complete Devotion

"Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."   Joshua 24:14-15

Joshua makes it clear as to what it means to be completely devoted to God. 
  1. Complete devotion begins with the fear of the Lord.
  2. The way we faithfully serve our God will make it obvious that we are loyal to our King.
  3. The commitment we have will be shown by the way we rid our lives of anything that gets in the way of our relationship with God.
  4. Our devotion to our Lord will be evident because we will be intentionally choosing to serve God every day.
  5. Like Joshua, our complete devotion will be a bold statement to everyone about who our God is.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I have learned from living in Milledgeville for 4 years

It has been four years since we moved to Milledgeville.  I have learned a lot in four years.  Here are a few things that I have learned.
  • Deer aren’t very good at crossing the road.  They rank right up there with possums in their ability to cross roads.
  • If someone says that you are acting like a patient, they are not paying you a compliment.
  • Vegetarian dishes in Milledgeville include meat.  In fact, most vegetable dishes have more meat than vegetables. 
  • You are most likely to get in a traffic jam at Columbia and Roberson Mill.  When we have a rush hour, it usually occurs there and lasts at least 30 minutes.
  • There are no international flights at the Baldwin County Airport. 
  • Deer believe that my yard is a restaurant.  They don’t tip well.  Cows tip better. 
  • Most of all, I have learned that God is alive and well in Milledgeville.  He is clearly doing more than we can ask or imagine at Northridge.  We are looking forward to greater things.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

No Excuses

We have no excuse for losing battles against satan!  “No weapon forged against you will prevail,” Isaiah  54:17.  It will not be easy as we go into battle against the evil one.  He fights dirty, but he doesn’t have any weapons that can prevail against us.   Remember that we have “divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)   Our radical obedience, desperate prayer, passionate worship, and complete devotion will give us access to God’s power that will make satan flee.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hitting the Mark

We are starting a new series at Northridge called “Hitting the Mark”.  We believe in the power of reading God’s Word.  Over the next month, we will be reading the book of Mark together as a church.  We will be supplying a Bible reading resource during this series.  The Bible study method that we will be using is called SOAP.  That acronym stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer.  It is a simple but powerful way of examining Scripture.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

50 Years!

Kathy and I attended a retirement celebration for Tom Plank as he steps down from leading Galilee Christian Church.  Tom had an amazing 50 year ministry in that church.  I think of 2 Peter 1:5-7 when I consider a ministry of 50 years.  “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”  In 50 years, you can do a lot of adding of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.  However, the one trait in that list that sticks out in a 50 year ministry is perseverance. I am thankful for the example of perseverance that Tom Plank has been for so many of us over the years.  

Friday, September 7, 2012

Prevailing Against Satan

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon forged against you will prevail.”
We know satan is scheming to take us down.  We also need to know that he has nothing that will prevail against us.  This Sunday, we will be studying 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 to learn how to access the weapons and power that we have in Christ.  If you are suffering losses in your battles against satan, this Sunday is for you.  As we learn to gain entrance into God’s armory, we will see some incredible examples of what God can do.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Help For Samson

Samson had a weakness for the ladies.  This weakness is what caused him to lose the power of God.  This was a habitual weakness that repeatedly caused Samson problems.  Samson needed to be in a LIFE GROUP that could have prayed for his weakness and held him accountable.  Samson didn’t have anyone asking him the hard questions.  Each of us needs a need a close circle of friends that will help us do life together God’s way.