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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Either/Or

Pondering the application of the message to the Church at Thyatira and how it rings true to the “church” today in many ways.

  Revelation 2:19-20 - "I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants…
 
• With God it’s either/or – either repent and be forgiven or be rebellious and face judgment

• With “Prophetess Jezebel” it’s both/and – “you can be a follower of Christ and do whatever you want, whatever feels good to you…after all who am I to judge?”

• Jesus slams the church for tolerating false teaching by “so-called spiritual leaders” That’s the issue.

• The church isn’t at war with non-Christians, it’s at war with the deceiver.

“God, please help me as I follow you to have love and faith and service and perseverance and keep living and loving in your Name but Lord, help me to know the truth that comes loud and clear in your Word and hold tightly to it every day not a leader, a President, a King, a Court or anything other than You Alone.”

Friday, June 12, 2015

Known...

I'm reflecting today on how people young and old want to be known, loved, respected and appreciated and I'm pretty sure we all want to go “where everybody knows our name.”

Maybe that's why the the show “Cheers” was such a huge hit back in the day. Sure, the show was set in a bar, and sure, much of the conversation that took place in the show and in most bars for that matter, is not really what I’m about, but man there’s a lot of truth in the lyrics of the theme song…

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got; taking a break from all your worries Sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came; you want to be where you can see, our troubles are all the same; you want to be where everybody knows your name.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Rescue...

I've been thinking a lot about faith in the midst of difficulties and trials lately.

Maybe it's because of the really heavy load that people in my sphere seem to be carrying these days, or maybe it's just God trying to get my attention that no matter what He's right beside us every step of the way.

I was reading in Colossians today and when I got to verses 13 and 14 in chapter 1 it hit me all over again. God did so much for me and He's not about to leave me hanging!

Colossians 1:13-14 says ...For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Now I've read these verses hundreds of times but apparently the Holy Spirit wanted me to grapple with some descriptive verbs that seemed to just jump off the page (or actually the screen from my Bible app) and smack me around with a powerful reality when I'm down or grumbling or whining or tempted to book a venue and cater my own pity party.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Doors...

Recently God opened a new door for me and my family. We'll be moving back to New England where I'll serve as the Senior Pastor at Union Church in Rockville, CT.

The hard thing about new doors opening is that in order to walk through the new door you need to walk out of the one you are currently in.

This past Sunday I read my resignation letter to the Church where I have had the honor of serving for the past 5 years.

It was difficult for sure, but the thing about God's work is that to go through a new door doesn't mean totally closing off the old door because as Christ followers we're all in the same family!

I'm looking forward to what God has in store through this new door, but I'm also praising God for what He's done...so, for those who weren't at my church on sunday here's the statement I read to my church family at MHCCC...