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By Wally Fry

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Follow Me!

Matthew 4:17-22

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

Update: As I said in yesterday’s post, I am going to recommence this series. While I get caught up pre-scheduling posts, I am going to re-run the original ones since it’s been a bit since I have added any. Build some momentum. Build me a buffer, actually. So, enjoy and thanks for reading. (Again, perhaps.)

For the next bit, time unknown, we are going to poke around a little bit in some Biblical characters who were at different times called to follow the Lord in some assignment. I don’t know who yet, really, but there are tons of course; and, they all reacted differently to the call of God in their lives.

Every word in God’s Word has a lesson for us today. If it did not, I don’t think God would have inspired the writers to include these narratives. So, as we move along through this, we will just take a look, see how different folks reacted, and see what present day lessons we can come up with for us in our own lives.

I have absolutely zero concrete plan for this, so we may bounce back and forth a bit from place to place as the Spirit moves.

I hope you will stick around and see where it all goes!

Follow Me!

Matthew 4:17-22

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

For the next bit, time unknown, we are going to poke around a little bit in some Biblical characters who were at different times called to follow the Lord in some assignment. I don’t know who yet, really, but there are tons of course; and, they all reacted differently to the call of God in their lives. Since I am still re running an old series on Mon, Wed and Fridays, the plan here is to run this new material on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Every word in God’s Word has a lesson for us today. If it did not, I don’t think God would have inspired the writers to include these narratives. So, as we move along through this, we will just take a look, see how different folks reacted, and see what present day lessons we can come up with for us in our own lives.

I have absolutely zero concrete plan for this, so we may bounce back and forth a bit from place to place as the Spirit moves.

I hope you will stick around and see where it all goes!

Just a Thought

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Christians ought to be careful about living on the edge.

It’s the sheep on the edge that get taken away.

Nine Indications that you are covering up your sins

Great writing on sin in our lives from SlimJim at The Domain for Truth. Blessings and enjoy!

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Our hearts are deceitful.  Sometimes people are covering up their sins when they think they are dealing with their sins.

Below are some indications to see if you are covering up your sins rather than dealing with them biblically with each point we have examples provided:

1.) You start downplaying the sin. That is, you see your sins less than how Scripture describe it. For instance, you have road rage and threatened someone. Biblically you have committed murder in your heart. But instead of interpreting your sins bibically you go ahead and say what you did was no big deal to the officer who pulled you over.

2.) You don’t let others know your sin who have the right to know. For instance, you cheated on a test and you don’t tell the school but you want the person who caught you to keep it to themselves. Or you stole something from someone but won’t let them know.  Or you are a seminarian and violated a serious offense against the student’s code of conduct but resist from letting it get reported to the seminary.

3.) You worry more about what people would think than what God thinks. For instance, you get arrested and are more worried what your church will think about you when they see the newspaper. Or you are in sin, the church removed you from choir but you are more worried about what questions people will ask more than what God will ask about your sins.

Read the rest of the post here: Nine Indications that you are covering up your sins

Just a Thought

wolf-vs-sheep-web_thumb

Christians ought to be careful about living on the edge.

It’s the sheep on the edge that get taken away.

ACTS of Prayer

Previously published by me on the Isaiah 53:5 Project

prayer

Prayer is tough. Some are prayer warriors, for whom communing with God is simply second nature, and they do it without thought. For others, including me, it is seemingly more difficult. Why is that? Well, the reasons can be many. We may see it as a cumbersome task to squeeze into an already busy day. We may not feel close enough to God to think we can speak with Him personally. In many cases, we just don’t know what to say! This of for those of us whose hearts are in the right place, but struggle to frame words which seem appropriate.

This is not a ritual or for praying, as we don’t need that, and God does not desire it. Prayer is no more than simply talking to God.

ACTS of Prayer

A is for Adoration

If we adore another person and want to show it, what would we do? We would TELL them! What would we tell them?

Tell Him you love Him

Tell Him the things you like about Him

Tell Him about His qualities that you admire.

Psalm 68:35 Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!

Psalm 66:3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.

C is for confession

We all sin, every day

Sin breaks our fellowship with God

With unconfessed sin, we don’t even have the right to pray for anything else

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

T is for Thanksgiving

Thank Him for saving us from our sin

Thank Him for the fact that we are alive to even be praying

Thank Him for previously answered prayers

We should thank Him for answered prayers before asking for more

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving

S is for Supplication or seeking His help

Really before we get to S, we should already have done A, C, and T

Pray for help for ourselves

Pray for help for others

Pray for our smallest needs, and our biggest

Intercede for others, such as brothers and sisters in Christ, or your pastor

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Have we done our ACTS today?

Read more posts at the Isaiah 53:5 Project

 

The Lord Needs It? I Am Humbled!

Previously posted by me on The Isaiah 53:5 Project

That’s a good point about not having ‘all’ the details.
Man can we have a field day with this. ‘The Lord needs the donkey eh?’
-Will I be paid for the inconvenience of not renting it out……..?
-Will he promise to feed it………..?
-I guess He wants the colt too………..?
-Will he be placing anything overly heavy on its back……….?
-Will it be back by 6? 😉
then there is always: The Lord needs it? I am humbled.

A comment from my friend ColorStorm at The Lion’s Den  on an earlier post.

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Matthew 21:1-6

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them

Jesus sent two of His disciples. We don’t really know who, and it probably doesn’t matter. We don’t even know what they may have been thinking. We can ponder about what WE might have been thinking if asked to do such a thing.

Donkey? I don’t see a donkey. Ok, so He just wants us to troop into town and find some donkey that we can’t even see? Sheesh!

Donkey, why a donkey? He’s a  King after all! Shouldn’t He come into town on a mighty war horse and get rid of those pesky Romans?

Get some guys’s donkey? Well, that could be trouble. After all, you really can’t just walk up, untie some guys donkey and stroll away with it!

Looking back, we can see the full picture, but likely those disciples did not. Jesus knew that donkey was there. He knew it was there, because He put it there from the foundation of the Earth. When God made the plan of redemption before there was even a NEED for the plan of redemption, that donkey was part of the plan. He didn’t tell the disciples, “Get that donkey over there.” He sent them for an animal they could not see, but He knew was there.

Why a donkey? Well He knew that also. In fact, He predicted it in the passage quoted above from Zechariah:

Zechariah 9:9-10

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

He knew Kings of war rode into town or war horses, but that Kings of Peace rode in on humble donkeys. Here we see this mission of Jesus that his disciples still did not understand. That He was here, not to restore the physical Kingdom of Israel to it’s earthly glory as a King of war, but to bring peace and restoration to all of mankind through his gift of forgiveness and salvation.

The disciples, however, still didn’t get that. Despite not getting it, what did they do?

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them

What about the fellow who owned that donkey? What was he thinking? Well, those possible thoughts were captured well in ColorStorm’s comment above:

The Lord needs the donkey eh?’
-Will I be paid for the inconvenience of not renting it out……..?
-Will he promise to feed it………..?
-I guess He wants the colt too………..?
-Will he be placing anything overly heavy on its back……….?
-Will it be back by 6? 😉

I say possible thoughts, as in the thoughts many of us would have had in this situation. That is not what happened, and Jesus predicted that as well:

If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”

That is what the donkey owner did; he sent them at once. There is no record of dissent, or argument, or requests for additional information, he sent them at once.

Are we like the two disciples and the donkey owner? Do we just do it, or do we have a million objections and questions?

That doesn’t make sense, and I don’t get it.

Huh? What? They might be mean to me!

What about my job, baseball game of that TV show I really like?

Let those OTHER disciples to that.

Let’s make this simple. How about we just say, when our Lord asks us to do something when we just don’t get it:

The Lord Needs It? I Am Humbled!

Read more posts at the Isaiah 53:5 Project

Impacting Our World for Christ, Part 7 How are you impacting the world for Jesus Christ?

By Bill Rudge. Blessings and enjoy! This is the last installment if this series and hopefully it has been a blessing. If it has, would you head over to Bill’s blog and let him know?


 

Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:20

by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

This blog will conclude our series on impacting our world for Jesus Christ. Previously we examined how Christians are called to be salt and light. We covered how we can do this by:

Striving for authentic unity,
Staying focused on our true mission,
Living out our hope in difficult times, and
Preparing to endure persecution.

So, is your life impacting this world for Jesus Christ? Are you making a difference in the lives of your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors? Maybe you are reading this and wondering how God could ever use “someone like me” to make a difference. Well, the key to being used by God is not merely based on your ability but your availability.

Such was the case with a friend of mine who was approached one day about reaching out to someone who was going through a difficult time – facing financial problems and caught in an abusive relationship. Her first question was, “Who am I to help this man?” Yet, despite her hesitation she did reach out. By helping him find an apartment and furniture she was able to get him out of the abusive relationship. This enabled her and her family to begin building a friendship with him…..Read the rest of the post here: Impacting Our World for Christ, Part 7 How are you impacting the world for Jesus Christ?

Quick Answer: How Do you know you are walking in Legalism instead of Grace?

The topic of legalism vs grace, and even the other extreme of license seems to be a hot topic in the blog world lately. Here is a great, succinct explanation of how we can tell the difference by my friend Jim.


 

grace or legalism

In another forum someone asked a good question about what are the signs one might know they are walking more of an attitude of legalism rather than by God’s grace.  I think this is an important question Christians should think about.

Here’s my quick reply:….Read the rest of the post here: Quick Answer: How Do you know you are walking in Legalism instead of Grace?

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