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  • There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 3 - April 17, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 3 - April 17, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him!
     – Part 3

    While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" Matthew 17:5

    On the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses, the law giver, and Elijah, who represents the prophets, stood side by side with Jesus. But Jesus outshone them all. The Bible says, ‘... His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them... ’ Mark 9:3. In that moment Jesus was God in His purest form. Awed by Him, Peter said, ‘... “Lord... if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”’ (Matthew 17:4). It was a sincere sentiment, but it was sincerely wrong. ‘While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’’’ The word beloved implies ‘unique.’ There is no one else like Jesus! Not Moses. Not Elijah. Not Peter. Not Zoroaster, Buddha, or Muhammad. No one in heaven or on earth. Three shrines would have made Moses and Elijah equal with Christ, and God would have none of it. Only one shrine should be built, because only one person on the mountain deserved to be worshipped. ‘When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid’ (Matthew 17:6). The One who hung the stars in space and left Pharaoh dead at the bottom of the Red Sea stood among them. The sight of Him took their breath away, removed every trace of arrogance and caused them to end up face-down on the ground. How long has it been since you felt such reverence for God?

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, You truly are an awesome God who also knows and loves me. Thank You in Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 2 - April 16, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 2 - April 16, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him!
     – Part 2

    "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

    In a world out of control we like a god we can control: a comforting presence who blesses, provides, and advises. Kind of like ‘God in a box.’ But when it comes to Christ, no box works. His contemporaries designed an assortment of boxes for Him, but He didn’t fit in any of their boxes. They called Him a revolutionary, but He paid taxes. They labelled Him a country carpenter, but He confounded scholars. They came to see His miracles, but He refused to entertain them. He was a Jew who attracted Gentiles, a rabbi who gave up on synagogues, a holy man who hung around with prostitutes. In a male-dominated society, He recruited females. In an anti-Roman culture, He opted not to denounce Rome. He talked like a king yet lived like a pilgrim. People tried to put Him in a ‘box,’ but they couldn’t. And we can’t either; indeed we must not! ‘... Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God, insight into life from knowing a Holy God... ’ (Proverbs 9:7-12). Most of our fears are unhealthy. They rob us of peace and joy. But the fear of the Lord does the opposite. One author writes: ‘There is nothing neurotic about fearing God. The neurotic thing is not to be afraid, or to be afraid of the wrong thing. That is why God chooses to be known to us, so that we may stop being afraid of the wrong thing. When God is fully revealed to us and we ‘get it,’ then we experience the conversion of our fear... ‘fear of the Lord’ is the deeply sane recognition that we are not God.’

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me fear You and let You reveal Your true nature to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 1 - April 15, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 1 - April 15, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him!
     – Part 1

    I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. Isaiah 43:11

    The Israelites were commanded not to make any ‘graven image’ of God. Why? Because God made us, we didn’t make Him. A god you can make is a god you can control and make do whatever you wish. The ancient Greeks had a host of gods, all created by men. Some demanded human sacrifice; others permitted prostitution, and even promoted it in their temples. When we reverse the order and start to create God in our own image (according to our own imagination) we get the following things: 1) A god who’s liberal or conservative, a hawk or a dove; a god politicians conveniently pull out of a box at election time to gain votes even though they don’t truly serve him. 2) A flexible god who permits you to do whatever you want, and you can then say, ‘I just felt led to do it.’ 3) A god who promises to bless his children but never discipline them. 4) A god you can ‘keep in his place’ until you need him. 5) A god who is not supreme, but happy to be one of many deities offering many ways to heaven. Not so! God says, ‘I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.’ Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6). Jesus doesn’t need a makeover to bring Him into alignment with the Internet and the space age. He is Lord! Indeed, if He is not Lord over all, He is not Lord at all!

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, forgive me when I try to give You a “make-over” instead of You doing that to and for me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Earning the Right to Lead – Part 2 - April 14, 2014

    Earning the Right to Lead – Part 2 - April 14, 2014

    Earning the Right to Lead – Part 2

    if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:8

    Earning the right to lead calls for asking yourself: 1) Can I live with the results of this decision? Before you launch into something be sure you have what it takes to handle it. If you can barely cope now, how will you handle more? Before God builds the ministry, He builds the man or woman, because with added success comes added responsibility. 2) Is the return worth the investment? When you overcommit and overextend yourself, the first thing that suffers is your time with God. The next thing that suffers is your family. And without the covering of both, you’ll be vulnerable. There are a lot of good causes in this world, but God will only prosper you when you focus on what He has called you to do. 3) Are my expectations realistic? Hudson Taylor said, ‘Attempt great things for God and expect great things from God.’ When human wisdom and ability won’t take you a step further, faith will, because faith holds the hand of God. And with God, ‘All things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26). Just make sure you’re operating in faith and not presumption! 4) How can I survive today in order to thrive tomorrow? Obstacles and opposition are inevitable; they’re part of the journey. But you must not allow them to make you doubt God and what He’s called you to do. Be like Abraham—don’t ‘stagger,’ stand on God’s Word. ‘He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was also able to perform’ (Romans 4:20-21).

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me to be a leader who follows and trusts in Your leading me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Earning The Right To Lead – Part 1 - April 13, 2014

    Earning The Right To Lead – Part 1 - April 13, 2014

    Earning The Right To Lead
     – Part 1

    "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28

    Earning the right to lead calls for the following things: 1) Prayerfully evaluating before you act. The very thing that makes leading others so appealing to your ego makes you vulnerable to their pressures and praise. ‘When Jesus perceived that they were about to... make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone’ (John 6:15). Let’s be honest - who amongst us doesn’t want to be ‘king’ sometimes? But Jesus wasn’t led by the applause of the crowd, He was led by the will of His Father. And you must be too. 2) Not just filling the slot, but filling it with the right person. Sometimes we give people jobs because we can’t find anybody else to do them. But what happens when the job outgrows them? There’s more at stake here than sparing somebody’s feelings. Your fear of confrontation will permit people to languish in the wrong place, slowing down the vision and discouraging the gifted people around you who keep wondering, ‘How long are you going to put up with this?’ 3) Seeking the best counsel you can find. ‘Be with wise men and become wise... ’ (Proverbs 13:20). Don’t pay twice for the same information. Seek advice from someone you respect, someone who’s already done what you want to do, particularly when your decision affects others and will be called upon to stand the test of time. What looks good to you today, or in somebody else’s polished sales pitch, may not look so good tomorrow when you’re presented with better options. Jesus gives the bottom line: ‘Don’t begin until you count the cost.’

    Prayer
    Heavenly Father, help me to lead in a God honoring way. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen

     

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