What Will It Take For You To Go To Church Sunday?

I am dog tired.  I've worked at the church for 13 hours today.  If you would like to see why then I suggest you attend Faith Family Worship Center tomorrow.

Heb 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

If you're not going to attend church tomorrow in Palm City, then where are you going?  But you might ask.  Why should I go?  Well, thank you for asking. 

Worshipping God with others encourages your soul.  Have you had a bad week?  Then you need some encouragement.  If you had a great week.  Then share your encouragement with others. 

Worshipping with others is in obedience to Him.  Anytime you obey God He notices.  

Be around people of like faith.  They are going through many of the same things you are.  Let them show you how to do it.  

Jesus will be there.  He promised that He would be, so why not go spend some time with Him. 

The Holy Spirit will do something in your life.  He wants to, just give Him the permission He needs. 

It's an opportunity to give.  Not just in the offering, but from your heart.  Followers of Jesus focus more on what they can provide than on what they are going to receive.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I am going to church this Sunday.  AMEN  

It's How Many Days Until Easter?

That's right, Easter is less than two weeks away.  So let's get a few things out of the way.

#1 - Yes I know that Easter falls on April Fools Day.  But Easter is no joke.
#2 - Easter is very early, but it is based on a Jewish Calendar.  Passover is March 31st.

At this point in Jesus' life here on earth, He is making His way back to Jerusalem.  He knows what is waiting for Him there.  There are crowds of people who love Him, (Palm Sunday) and the ruling authorities who want Him dead.

Jesus was ready to give up so you might be able to go up.

It was time to change man's relationship with God.  From the time of Moses until then mankind's relationship with God was based on obeying the law.  The law itself wasn't what, "made" people acceptable in God's sight.  It was their love for Him that lead them to willing choose to obey.  But that relationship was limited at best.  Its purpose was to point to a new day, new hope and a new life.  That new hope would be found in the Savior, Jesus.

Think of it this way.  Before Christ's sacrifice on the cross and resurrection, mankind's relationship with God was limited.  But after, the opportunities become endless.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

We can receive power from the Holy Spirit to enjoy a new, broader and better relationship with our Creator through His Son Jesus.  Jesus gave His life for that relationship.  So ask yourself this question.  

Would you cherish someone who was willing to give their life to save yours?  Of course, you would.  

Do you cherish your relationship with Jesus today? 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I will cherish every moment I have with you every day.  Let me have a better relationship with You.  AMEN   

A Pot of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow.

It is St. Patricks day this weekend.  This week I ate at a favorite Irish restaurant and came to this conclusion.  I'm not going there this weekend.  Everything was green, and I mean everything! 

So where did this whole idea of Leprechauns, pots of gold and rainbows come from?  

Well, the myth goes like this.

Once upon a time, the Vikings lived in Ireland, looting and plundering they burying their ill-gotten treasures all over the countryside. When they departed from the Isle, they inadvertently left behind some of their gold, which the leprechauns found. To ensure no humans could take what they now considered their gold, the leprechauns reburied it in pots deep underground all over the island. When rainbows appear, they always end at a spot where some leprechaun's pot of gold is buried.  Believers who've searched for the legendary pot o' gold always end up stymied, because they can never find the rainbow's end. 

How here is the science. 

It's true rainbows appear to form perfectly rounded arches. But in reality, rainbows form full circles. When we are standing on the ground, we can only see the light that's reflected by raindrops above the horizon. Thus, we can't see a rainbow's lower, hidden half.  If you're are in an airplane, or climbing a tall mountain and can see below the horizon – you might see a rainbow as a full circle.  Rainbows seem to move when you do because the light that forms the bow is always at a specific distance and angle from you.  A rainbow is an optical illusion. That's why you'll never find your pot of gold. Proverbs 28:19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.

There is a lot I can do with this so I will keep it short. 

Don't believe leprechauns.  The world will sell you on a bill of goods that don't exist.  After you've done everything they told you, which didn't get you want you wanted, then you will hear the phrase, "Oh, well you need to do this now."  Or,  "You didn't do it right." Or, "Apparently this isn't for you." 

The closer your relationship with God is, the more you will see.  It is evident that if you can see the whole rainbow, you will know that there is no end or pot of gold.  God will raise you up above the world and let you know the truth of its madness.  

If what you are chasing keeps moving, stop running.  This is the definition of being a rat in the rat race.  If someone else is pulling strings it's to their own benefit, not yours.  Stop playing their games. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to pursue Your will first and allow me to see the truth of your wisdom every day.  AMEN  

The Smart Man Missed The Obvious

Stephen William Hawking passed away today at the age of 76. He was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He was one of the smartest men alive. Many considered him to be in the same league as Albert Einstein.

But Hawking made it know that he was "not religious in the normal sense" and he believed that "the universe is governed by the laws of science."  Later he stated that "The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws." Then in 2014, he declared himself an atheist. "Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God' is, we would know everything that God would know if there were a God, which there isn't. I'm an atheist."

He missed it. 

The idea that science and faith have to mutually agree with other is a common mistake scientist make.  The idea that science in some way has to prove the existence and action of God isn't acceptable.  I know that many will disagree with me, but follow along.  

The Creator isn't subjective to His Creation.  God is above everything that He has created.  He can do anything outside of the laws of science that He has created. 

The Creator isn't obligated to tell His Creation everything.  God isn't forced to say to us how He created us.  Nor is He obligated to share with us the secrets of the universe.  

The Creation can never be equal with the Creator.  Hawking said, "we would know the mind of God' is, we would know everything that God would know..." If we knew everything that God knew, we would be God.  The creation cannot be the Creator.

Ps 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

I don't have a Ph.D. in anything.  But I get it.  Humility is the real key to wisdom.  We can search for all the knowledge we want.  But without God's wisdom, it can become our idol.  Seek Him and allow His grace to lead your life.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I humble myself and ask for your wisdom to lead me to have a more excellent relationship with You.  AMEN  

(Insert Angry Comment Here)

We've all had those days. I'm having one of them today. It starts out ok. Then it all goes south. Then after that, it gets nasty. After it gets that bad, BAM! It gets worse.

No, my day hasn't been that bad, but I've had a few of them in my lifetime. Sometimes you just want to scream and (insert angry comment here).

James 1:2-7  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

"Count it all joy", says James.  Really?  I'm supposed to be happy about being in trouble?  Well, maybe.

First of all, James isn't saying that if you're in any kind of trouble, you should be joyful about it.  His point is that if you are faithful to Jesus, as He was to His Father, then the trouble your experiencing can be attributed to on thing. Your faith.  That's right, faith can get you into trouble.  If you're doing what Jesus did, then be thankful that they are treating you the same way they handled Him.  

Secondly, the trials that you are going through are producing unwavering loyalty to Christ.  In other words, you are following Him where He leads you.  

Thirdly, if you are in trouble, but don't know what to do then ask for wisdom.  God will always help those who need Him.  Especially when you're in trouble.

But!  Do this by faith.  When you're in trouble, don't follow doubt.  It will just get you into more trouble.  Follow faith.  It will see you through it.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, see me through my bad days, buy faith.  AMEN!

What Is Normal?

There is a phrase that each of use again and again.  We use it to reassure people.  We use it to help people come to terms with something.  It is this.  "Oh, that's normal."

Normal defined means to conform to the common behavior of society.  The problem is, standards are always changing.  What is, "normal" today may not be tomorrow.  This makes normal frustrating.

Matthew 24:37-39 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Normal, for the follower of Jesus, isn't based on culture.  It's based on the Word of God.  To have a Biblical point of view.  

Jesus is being quoted in Matthew 24.  He is, in essence, saying, normal for the world will be like it was just before the world was destroyed by the Great Flood.  

Marriage, family, and life will have little value. 
Corruption and crime will be acceptable. 
Hedonism and selfishness will be the rule of the day. 
Faithlessness and atheism will be normal.  
Man will think that he is a god. 

So what is normal for the follower of Jesus?

It is normal for God to keep His promises.  
Deuteronomy 7:9  Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

It is normal to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

It is normal to go to church, to love others and to worship God with all of your heart, soul, and strength.  It will be normal to tell others about your faith.  It is normal to trust God.  But you and I live in a world where the truth of Gods Word is allowed to be interpreted by culture.  What was clear becomes confusing.  What was understood is now misrepresented.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will keep your heart clear and that you will continue to feed His Word into your life every day.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to keep Your truth the center of my life every day.  AMEN