Sunday, August 30, 2020

Legalism in Your Ministry?

COLOSSIANS 2:6  Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,


I once was a member of a motorcycle ministry.  I loved riding and ministering with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  I felt this is something I would be a "lifer" in.  I served as chapter chaplain, vice-president, and then president for 2 terms.  As with any organization, Christian or secular, they had there bylaws or "rules" to follow as members.  I believe you could call this the "legalistic" aspect of a club. (click image to read more)

 How the gospel frees us from legalism – Sabang Church of Christ Disciples

THE LORD'S PRAYER BY A 15 YEAR OLD: WORTH READING

 By a 15-year-old school kid who got an A+ for this entry (TOTALLY AWESOME)!

The Lord's Prayer is not allowed in most U.S. Public schools any more. A kid in Minnesota wrote the following NEW School Prayer:

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

POWERFUL TESTIMONY


  This is from Tony Peterson.  I have developed a relationship with Tony through volunteering at the Rescue Mission.  He graduated from their recovery program this past January and writes daily reflections and send them to me.  I am hoping to help him set up a blog so that all can check in every day to read his devotionals.  Tony was scheduled to preach at our joint worship service at Mountain Gate before everything was closed down.   Today's writing from Tony really touched me with the message of hope we have in our Lord and Saviour.  Here is his testimony:

“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.”
Psalm 119:50

God’s promises are a powerful tool for all Christians, they were especially so for me in early recovery. Today is a very special date for me. One year ago today I was four months into a year long residential recovery program. When I got to the program I was hopeless, my life was in despair. My wife had left me and was barely talking to me, I had wrecked all my important relationships, my finances were a mess, and I was unhealthy. A year ago today I went home for a felony court date. It seemed obvious that I was going to get some time, and so that is what I was preparing my mind for. My wife had let me stay the previous night over her house because the court date was early in the morning. So a year and a day ago from today, I was with my wife and told her, “I know it sounds crazy, and I know there is so much that needs to be worked on in my life, and I know I have court tomorrow, but I feel God’s call to be a pastor”. I said those words with nervousness because my life was still so jacked up and I only had a couple months sober. I’ll never forget her response, “so you’re gonna be some kind of felon preacher”. I didn’t go on much more about it. The next morning of the court date, I woke up to her stressing early in the morning. She was walking in and out of the bedroom saying, “oh my gosh, oh my gosh”. I got up and said what is it? She then held up a stick to say we were going to have a baby. After a shocking hug and embrace I distinctively remember holding hands and praying this exact prayer, “Lord, you have given us one miracle today, we need one more. If it be in Your will for me to be a minister I’m asking you take this felony away.” All last year I trained my self to stop saying things will be fine and started to believe that Jesus was going to give me the abundant life He promises to all. When things got stressful instead of telling my wife it will be fine I told her it will be abundantly good, He promised. A year ago I was so new in recovery, I had a failing marriage in which I just found out a baby was being added to. I had no job, no money, I was in debt, I had lots of broken relationships, and no trust. But, one thing I had and truly believed in was God’s promises. This was a year ago today. So, 365 days later, the Lord has kept every single promise. I am a full time intern pastor, I have a scholarship for Bible college, I’m debt free, I off probation as of today, the felony was changed to a PBJ, so therefore will go away with a soon expungement, my marriage is thriving, and our baby is beautiful, super loved, and healthy. I’ve been blessed so much in one year. My wife, who has always been the bread winner, is able to be a stay at home mom, which she always dreamed of. I tell you this to brag on God’s power in my life, “for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). God can take the most weak, broken situation and completely and radically change it in one short year, my life is a testimony to that, and if you consider it, your life probably is to! One thing that allowed Jesus to radically change my life from one year ago today, is that I truly believed in His promises for my life. Today, take hold of God’s promises for you. Pray, read the Word, and start to believe in His promises with a hopeful expectation that they will happen. You never know what He has for you 365 days from now. 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

You can't make this stuff up.

While gasing up at the Wawa in Frederick, MD, Eddie Gill (UMMA) and myself struck up a conversation with Dwayne.  We ended up blessing his bike and praying with him right there by the gas pumps.  We then invited him to church Sunday and a ride after and guess who showed up?  He said he loved hanging out with us and said no one ever invited him to anything like this before.  YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!  Please be bold and step out of your comfort zone. Share the love of Jesus with others. You never know whose life you may touch and make a difference in.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A marble and 3 words...

Allen and myself meet every Saturday Morning at the Urbana McDonalds at 7 am for fellowship, Bible Study, Discipling each other, Prayer, and to hold each other accountable in our walk with the Lord.  This past Saturday, we decided we needed to take it to the streets and see if there are those in the community that need ministering or witnessing to....or needed to just feel the love of Jesus.  We grabbed a case of water and headed out to the band shell at Baker Park. We set ourselves up at the top of the the seating section and Allen noticed a young man sitting in the seats below.  Allen told him we had some water if he needed any water we had some for him, so he came up and asked if he could have 2 bottles.  He graciously took the water and I said to him, "I have something else I want to give you."  I put a marble in his hand and told him that whenever he felt the marble in his pocket or saw it laying wherever he may put it, to use it as a reminder that "Jesus loves him and so do I".  He just stood and gazed at the marble. He obviously was at war with something,  He looked "out of sorts", discheveled and "lost".  I asked him if he wanted me to pray with him and he said, "no thank you....I am ok really."  I said God bless you and he went back down to the seat he had occupied at the botton of the venue.  I watched him and said to Allen that I felt he was really having difficulties about something and that I was concerned.  I went back down to him and asked him if he had had anything to eat and that I would be willing to go out and pick some food up for him.  He said, "no really, I am ok.  I just had a rough night", and he showed me his back pack where he had gotten sick on it.  Bingo, this young man was fighting a terrible hangover.  I assume he probably slept in the park that night.  I did not pass judement on him but showed him the love of Jesus and I told him that we all have bad nights from time to time, meaning that we all make bad choices in our lives.  I continuned that what is important is how we bounce back from those situations.  He thanked me again for the water and I went back to the top of the seats.  He was sitting in his seat with his head down, and it appeared from afar that he was holding the marble in his hand and looking at it.  After 10 or 15 minutes he opened his back pack and pulled out a 1/2 full fifth of liquor.  He looked at it and Praise God, he went over to the trash can and disposed of it.

I am not going to take credit for anything but I have to think that a marble, 3 words (Jesus loves you) and the power of the Holy Spirit led this young man to react the way he did by throwing his alcohol away.  I do not know this youngs man's name, and I regret not getting it, but God knows who he is so please pray for him.