Monthly Archives: September 2013

It’s our choice. What are you going to choose?

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My favorite position on a football team is the Offensive Line. These men sacrifice all to make a play happen. If you ever watch a football game you’ll notice that after every play the offensive linemen are typically picking themselves up off of the ground. Why? Because they have to get low and block the opposing line and linebackers as well as blitzers in order to keep the play moving. In other words, they end the play on the ground to keep their quarterback or running back up and running. They bite the dust in order to insure the success of the play and the team.

We can learn a lot from offensive linemen!

We must submit and lower ourselves in order to pick up people. But here’s the catch. It’s an offensive lineman’s job to hit the ground and get dirty, but it’s our choice! We can choose if we submit ourselves to God and others in order to insure the success of others in the family of God.

Joshua 24:15 states “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” (NIV)

Our actions to follow God and lift up others is a choice. Sure, we might get a little dirty, but it pleases the heart of God and strengthens the family of God. Just like those offensive linemen, we’re likely to end up on the ground and we’re likely to get dirty, but we make a way to insure the success of others. This is true sacrificial living.

In order to live a life in sacrifice to God we must choose to follow him and his teachings.

Just as our sacrificial living is a choice, God chose us. Colossians 3:12 states: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (NIV)

Notice in this text that clothing ourselves in a way that honors God (and builds up the family of God) requires selfless actions. Actions that deny ourselves and lift up others. When we are compassionate, kind, humble and gentle, we are honoring God and lifting up others. We are submitting ourselves for the sake of the success of others…Kind of like an offensive lineman.

So it’s your choice, what are you going to choose?

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All Good Gifts Come From God

Recently our Children’s Ministry in my has church broken attendance records. We’ve had more kids attend recently than we have in a very long time. THIS TRULY EXCITES ME!!! However I would be foolish to think this was by my own doing. First, we have great leaders and volunteers who faithfully work, week in and week out, with our kids in our Children’s Ministry. These cherished adults are priceless and immeasurable in our ministry to Children and I am extremely grateful for them all!!!

We also have a group of committed parents who are determined to insure their kids are involved in environments where they can learn timeless Bible truths. These parents are tenacious in their willingness to make sure they bring their kids to our various and on-going children’s ministry activities and events. I want to say a special thank you to our parents…You are GREATLY appreciated!!!

Next and most important is the work of the Holy Spirit in the midst of all of us, for without him none of it would be possible. We would would all just be going through the motions, with no purpose, if it were not for the fact that God is moving mightily among us!

There are a couple of key texts that specifically apply here. First is Psalm 127:1: “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” The second is 1 Corinthians 3:6: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”

There are a couple of real life take aways we can use from these texts. First, we must do our part. We must build, we must plant, we must water, etc. God is faithful to bless our work, if we are doing his work with a joy deep within our hearts. Second, God is steadfast to honor the faithfulness of his people. When we labor with grateful and expectant hearts, and do the work of the Kingdom, God will surely bless.

I’m thankful for our kids and their desire to absorb the truths we’re teaching them! I’m thankful for our leaders and volunteers, they are the absolute best! I’m thankful for our parents, their resolve to see their kids grow in wisdom and stature is phenomenal! However, most of all I’m thankful to God because all good gifts come from him!!!