In the fall of 1991 I first made my way

In the fall of 1991 I first made my way into the assemblies of the Sunnyvale church after at bible study led by Robert Hudson. The was filled with hearts that have become dear to me beyond measure. They have encouraged me, supported me in the preaching of the gospel (in Louisiana, Oregon and the Philippines) but more than that they have continued to both an example in faith and friends though the days beyond the first encounter. I have recently learned that the members who currently comprise the work have made the emotion filled decision to “dissolve” the work there and join in gospel work with the Santa Clara church. I still profit from the leadership of men like Don, Pat, Howard, and so many others had such a strong influence on my bumpy start into growing as God needed me.
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Over this weekend I have learned of the passing of Don Alexander (writer of so many powerful hymns that help guide the heart toward God through song, and the news that Jerry Earnhardt has been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. Jerry and his family came to mean much to Jill and I while in Oregon.
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beyond all these things I am learning more and more that with God his timing is beyond ours.
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it is good then for us to remember:
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this world is not our home: 1peter 2:11
our earthly tents are but a wisp in time: 2corinthians 5:1
heaven is truly worth the journey: revelation 22:1-3

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)
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The praise of the God from who all thing

The praise of the God from who all things moved and persist shines forth from one who is worthy of praise. Our Lord in Christ is seen upon a throne that no other could even begin to fill.
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11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” ~ Revelation 4:11 (ESV)
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Eyes of your Heart

Ephesians 1:18 [mobile-1262x1262]

18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, ~ Ephesians 1:18 (ESV)

One of Paul’s prayers for the believers in Ephesus should be our own. The ability to see with genuine spiritual discernment is a window to great spiritual success. How we see what surrounds up will always drive us to the choices we make on our journey to be evermore like Christ. When we begin to value our spiritual blessings beyond our temporal surroundings hope will abound beyond compare.

What does heart look like?

Hebrews 12:1 [fullscreen]

We recently had the privilege to spend time with family and friends in Texas. I’m not sure if everyone knows this or not, but it is often pretty warm in a Texas summer, and pretty humid. So, what would you think about getting out and plugging in some miles to build yourself into a stronger runner while there? Pretty crazy if you ask me. But that’s just what James (age 10) asked me to help him do. Sure, it was hot and running is hard, but he got out and did the work. (about 2.5 miles 2x while there.)

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we van imperishable.” ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24–25 (ESV)

What about us? The work our Lord wants us to be busy at isn’t always easy. Sometimes we have to endure heartache unplanned, survive the pain of growth and reach new heights (and valleys, but the work is worth it. The journey is worth it. Heaven is worth it.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” ~ Hebrews 12:1 (ESV)

2 “Must Haves” for every Gospel Preacher

“Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.”  ~ 1 Timothy 4:16 (NASB95)

Don’t get caught up in the latest hype or fads, successful gospel work stands on these 2 pillars…

  1. yourself: Develop personal integrity that matches your message, far greater harm than can be imagined is done when the one tasked with sharing the gospel of God’s grace destroys the impact of their work by the stain of rebellion. Paul was keenly on point  “but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NASB95)
  2. your teaching: Be true to the book. No amount of “relevant ideas”, “new line thought”, or “it will help right now well wishing” can suplant the simplicity and genuine effectiveness of the very message God wants to be spoken. The Holy Spirit charged “But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine” ~ Titus 2:1

Beyond this, there is clearly the need for hard work and competent answers to the challenging questions of life and Godliness, but if you deviate from these 2 pillars no amount of sophistry or worldly wisdom will undo the lasting harm done.

 

How to regain control of your Facebook Feed in 3 easy steps.

Perhaps you’re like me and enjoy staying touch with friends and family, but are not super interested in being distracted by any number of the facets of modern social media. Here’s a short tip to clear up an overly busy facebook feed.

Say you have a good friend or family member who is really into a particular hobby, maybe it’s Kayaking. Now, I don’t know why people would want to kayak, since canoeing is so much more civilized, but you love them despite this one flaw. 😉

Step one: Find this little inverted v and select it

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Step two: You may need to select the option for more as seen below

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Step three: Hide all posts from that page!

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Victory!!!!

While I illustrated this with a little bit of humor, you could easily apply it in an effort to seek that your facebook feed is filled up with things, noble, pure and good, and to keep out the few weeds that sometimes crop up

ready to eat

tacos3+ times a day most people make that simple part of life a success. We’ve made the preparations needed, saddled up at a favorite spot, and hopefully had a healthy rewarding meal.
I wonder though, how much we connect the same premise to the hearing of God’s message. All over the kingdom preachers and teachers are doing their level best to prepare a spiritual feast for their families. Dutifully laying out a diet balanced on the razor fine edge of God’s word.

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NASB95)

So following the obvious theme, here are a few simple suggestions.

Don’t Spoil It

pieHow many times have we heard or said, don’t eat that, you’ll ruin your dinner… It’s a common refrain I’m sure. We’re really hungry, Dinner is just around the corner, but sitting there on the table is that freshly made chocolate pie, just staring us down… We know that it would be unwise to eat it now… but the draw of the sweet treat is drawing us in. So it is too with our lives toward spiritual things. We can allow the sweet things of this life (even when they are “good” and “wholesome” to so full us up) that we have no desire for the meat and potatoes of God’s word.

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Hebrews 5:12–14 (NASB95)

Don’t Avoid It

lbWhen the spiritual plate is unfurled and the meal is being shared, don’t allow the appearance of our least favorite foods to keep us from what they will bring to our soul. That grapefruit, those lima beans and whatever else shows up is part of God’s plan for our growth and strength, and we need it like a dying man grasping for his last chance

1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

2 Timothy 4:1–4 (NASB95)

Don’t Toss It

With the stubborn heart of rebellion, it would be a deep shame to have once tasted of such a holy feast, but then at the last chuck it all aside and return once more to the sorrow filled pit of the world’s end.

21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them. 22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

2 Peter 2:21–22 (NASB95)

On more bit, perhaps as a sense of “dessert”?

Season it with Grace

For everyone at the table: (the whole family, preachers, teachers, and all beyond)

5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Colossians 4:5–6 (NASB95)