Thursday, October 21, 2010
Psalm 149 says that we should praise God’s name with dancing. In Psalms 98 Shout to the Lord, Psalms 138 says to bow down to the Lord. 150 Psalms in all speak of lifting your hands, clapping, jumping and expressing your praise to God. At first when you see people in church expressively worshipping God you might think, that’s a little weird. But it isn’t. You go to basketball game and people are raising their hands and jumping. No one thinks this is strange. Go to the dance club and you’ll see people dancing everywhere. No one thinks this is abnormal. But if people in church get excited, raise there hands, jump, or dance, then they are weird. Come on, lighten up. God gives more life than your favorite football team scoring a touchdown, and God is way more fun than some rave techno music. Or whatever. We are expressive people, we express ourselves when we talk, we like to be close to people we love, we hug and shake hands in greetings, so it shouldn’t strike anyone as odd that when you worship your creator, and the son who died for your sins, that you would be expressive. Get free and be expressive to your God.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
How do I tell others about Christ? This can be an awkward conversation to get into, so many avoid it. And randomly yelling at people who walk by to tell them they are going to burn isn’t quite what Jesus had in mind. I talk about this subject a lot cuz its important to you. IN Acts 22 Paul is arrested, and as his being hauled away he talks the commander into letting him address the crowd that had gathered. And the guard lets him. That was a miracle in itself. When you purpose in your heart to tell the gospel to others, God will make a way, and Paul takes the opportunity to preach, but what does he tell them? Does he just tell the story of Christ? No, he tell’s his story with Christ. He tells them his personal story of how Christ changed him on the road to damascus. Jesus has changed you, what is your story? People want personal testimony. They want to know how it worked for you! Paul told his story well. He was obviously ready to tell it, so that it would be full of impact. Your story is a great one, and its yours. You tell stories all the time about stuff that has happened to you! So be ready to tell others how you came to know Christ, how it felt, and what changed. Remember that the Spirit of God will not only help you with what to say, but will begin to work on the heart of the person you are talking to. You don’t have to get all mushy or weird with it. God is real. So be real. Tell your story.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I’m sure you’ve heard it said, well you reap what you sow… So lets talk about sowing and reaping, seed time and harvest Genesis 8: As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. A farmer will tell you If you plant corn, you will grow, corn. Well what does this mean to you. Whatever you currently have growing in your life, there is a good chance you planted the same thing some time ago. If all your friends have betrayed you and are talking bad about you, maybe you can go back to a time when you did the same to someone. If you got a ticket for speeding, you probably were speeding If you want love, give love. If you want friendship, give friendship. If you want hate, give hate. It’s all up to what seeds you plant. Galations 6 says “a man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the spirit, from the spirit will reap eternal life.” Hmmm, that’s a tough one, destruction/ or eternal life, destruction, eternal life…Lets all go with eternal life. So ask God, what can I sow today that would be pleasing. What are you going to sow today?