KNOCK, KNOCK . . . WHO’S THERE?

WHEN DID YOU LAST PLAY THE CHILD’S GAME OF KNOCK KNOCK? MY YOUNG GRANDSONS ENJOY THE JOKES AND I MUST ADMIT; I ENJOY THEIR REACTIONS MORE THAN THE KNOCK KNOCK JOKE ITSELF. SOMETIMES THEY TRY TO TELL A KNOCK KNOCK JOKE AND FORGET OR MESS UP THE PUNCH LINE WHICH MAKES IT EVEN FUNNIER! THERE IS ANOTHER KNOCK KNOCK THAT WE SOMETIMES FORGET. THIS KNOCK IS NOT A JOKE. JESUS TELLS US TWICE IN SCRIPTURE TO KNOCK. PERHAPS, YOU HAVE HEARD OR USE THE PHRASE “A.S.K.” A=ASK, S=SEEK, K=KNOCK. THIS IS TAKEN FROM MATTHEW 7:7; “ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND; KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU.” WHAT IS THE ‘IT’ THAT WILL BE GIVEN? WHAT WILL YOU FIND? WHAT DOOR WILL BE OPENED? JESUS ANSWERS CLEARLY IN MATTHEW 7, VERSES 8-12. YOUR PERSISTENT PRAYERS WILL BE HEARD. GOD WILL GIFT THE GREATEST TREASURE TO THOSE WHO ‘ASK, SEEK AND KNOCK’. GOD WILL GIVE YOU HIS LOVING SALVATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. “KNOCK KNOCK.” “WHO’S THERE?” “GEEZ.” “GEEZ WHO?” “JESUS!” IS JESUS KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR? UNLOCK YOUR HEART AND LET HIM IN! “SO I SAY TO YOU: ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND; KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS RECEIVES; THE ONE WHO SEEKS FINDS; AND THE ONE WHO KNOCKS, THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED.” LUKE 11:9-10...

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?

JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD CELEBRATED EASTER. SOME WORSHIPED WITH HUGE CONGREGATIONS HEARING THE WORDS OF CHRIST’S CRUCIFIXION AND THE DAY CHRIST WAS RISEN PREACHED FROM PULPITS AROUND THE WORLD, WHILE OTHERS WERE PERSECUTED AND WORSHIPED ALONE. MONDAY AND TUESDAY WE WERE BACK AT WORK, SCHOOL OR INTO OUR BUSY SCHEDULE WITH OUR THOUGHTS FAR FROM SUNDAY’S SERVICE. JESUS ROSE FROM THE TOMB AND IS SEATED IN HEAVEN NEXT TO GOD, OUR FATHER. WE ANNOUNCE HIS RISING EVERY EASTER. YET, WE SEEM TO FORGET; HE IS RISEN NOT JUST ON EASTER SUNDAY. JESUS IS RISEN TODAY. HE WAS RISEN YESTERDAY AND WILL BE TOMORROW. AS YOU GO THRU THE DAYS AND WEEKS TO COME, BE MINDFUL OF OUR SAVIOR’S RESURRECTION AND SHARE THE RISEN LORD WITH OTHERS DAILY…NOT JUST ON EASTER. TODAY, JUST THREE DAYS LATER, ARE YOU CONSCIOUSLY REFLECTING ON THE GREATEST WORK OF GOD WITNESSED BY HUMAN EYES? DO YOU THINK GOD HAS GONE THESE THREE DAYS AND HAS FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU? HIS WORD TELLS US DIFFERENT. GOD LOVES YOU AND WANTS THE VERY BEST FOR YOU. HE IS WITH YOU EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. ISN’T IT TIME YOU WERE WITH GOD EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY? TALK WITH GOD. SHARE YOUR DAY WITH HIM. LITTLE PRAYERS ARE HEARD. PRAYERS THANKING GOD ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS PRAYERS OF PANIC, NEED OR REQUESTS. TELL GOD YOU HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THE MIRACLE OF THE RESURRECTION! “LATER JESUS APPEARED TO THE ELEVEN AS THEY WERE EATING; HE REBUKED THEM FOR THEIR LACK OF FAITH AND THEIR STUBBORN REFUSAL TO BELIEVE THOSE WHO HAD SEEN...

WHOSE FEET WILL YOU WASH?

SCRIPTURE TELLS US OF JESUS WASHING HIS DISCIPLES’ FEET. JESUS WAS TEACHING THEM AT A TIME THEY WERE ARGUING AMONG THEMSELVES OVER WHO WAS MORE WORTHY THAN THE OTHER. JUST HOURS BEFORE JESUS WAS TO BE CRUCIFIED THEY STILL DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE EVENTS ABOUT TO BE PLAYED OUT. WITHIN HOURS JESUS WAS TO BE JUDGED, BEATEN AND CRUCIFIED. KNOWING THESE THINGS, JESUS WAS STILL HUMBLED TO WASH THE FEET OF HIS DISCIPLES. JESUS EXPLAINED HIS HUMBLE ACTION AS HE WASHED THE GRIME FROM THE DISCIPLES’ FEET. THEIR FEET WERE EVIDENCE OF DIRT AND FILTH FROM THE LAND WITH LITTLE PROTECTION FROM THEIR STRAPPED SANDALS. THE WASHING OF FEET IS FIRST DISCUSSED IN GENESIS, THE FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE. NO MATTER HOW CLEAN ONE WAS, HIS FEET WERE KNOWN TO BE DIRTY. THE FEET JESUS WASHED WERE EXAMPLES OF THE FILTH IN OUR LIVES THAT NEEDS TO BE REMOVED. WE SHOULD WASH THE SINS FROM OUR LIVES AND HUMBLE OURSELVES AS SERVANTS IN HELPING OTHERS REMOVE THE SINS FROM THEIR LIVES. ARE YOU PARTICIPATING IN THE RACE OF OUR SOCIETY TO PROVE YOU ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN OTHERS, TO HAVE MORE MONEY OR TO HAVE WHAT SOMEONE ELSE DOES NOT HAVE? DO YOU SEE YOURSELF BETTER THAN OTHERS? WHOSE FEET WILL YOU WASH TODAY? CHRIST DID IT FOR YOU. YOU CAN DO IT ALSO. HUMBLE YOURSELF. GET YOUR PAIL AND TOWEL. “NOW THAT I, YOUR LORD AND TEACHER, HAVE WASHED YOUR FEET, YOU SHOULD ALSO WASH ONE ANOTHER’S FEET.” JOHN 13:14...

IMPOSSIBLE!

“NOAH”, THE MOVIE, WAS RECENTLY RELEASED. THE PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS ARE ALL ‘HOLLYWOOD’ NOT BIBLICAL SCHOLARS. THEY ARE USING (VERY LOOSELY) A MIRACLE OF GOD TO CREATE THE BASIS OF A MOVIE WITH ONE MOTIVE…MONEY. THEIR INTENT IS NOT TO SHARE GOD’S WORK AND WORD, BUT TO ENTERTAIN FOR PROFIT. THEY USE SPECIAL EFFECTS AND AND HYPE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT DUPLICATE THE IMPOSSIBLE ACTIONS OF GOD. WHILE THE MOVIE MAY BE A BOX OFFICE HIT, IT IS NOT GOD’S STORY. STILL, WE CAN USE IT TO OPEN DIALOGUE WITH OTHERS AND LEAD THEM TO GOD’S TRUTH AND SALVATION. IN TRUTH, NOAH WAS GIVEN AN ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ TASK WHICH WAS MADE POSSIBLE ONLY BY GOD. DID YOU KNOW; THE MEASUREMENTS OF THE ARK HAVE SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY? GOD GAVE NOAH THE PRECISE MEASUREMENTS. THOSE DIMENSIONAL RATIOS ARE STILL USED BY ENGINEERS TODAY IN BUILDING THE LARGEST SHIPS. HOW DID NOAH KNOW THE IMPOSSIBLE? HE LISTENED. GOD TOLD HIM. WHEN WE LISTEN TO GOD, THE IMPOSSIBLE BECOMES POSSIBLE. THE SAME WAS TRUE OF ALL THE ANIMALS. HOW COULD NOAH FIND AND CARE FOR ALL THE ANIMALS AS GOD INSTRUCTED. IT WOULD BE AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK FOR NOAH, YET GOD PROVIDED THE ANIMALS. GOD MADE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE. WHAT IS IMPOSSIBLE IN YOUR LIFE? ARE YOU IN AN IMPOSSIBLE RELATIONSHIP, AN IMPOSSIBLE FINANCIAL SITUATION OR HAVE AN IMPOSSIBLE HEALTH PROBLEM? STOP THINKING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE AND TALK WITH GOD. BELIEVERS KNOW AND TRUST GOD’S WORD TO BE ABSOLUTE. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD. BELIEVE AND THE IMPOSSIBLE BECOMES POSSIBLE! “JESUS LOOKED AT THEM AND SAID, ‘WITH MAN THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT NOT WITH GOD;...

DOWN AND OUT.

WE ALL GET DOWN FROM TIME TO TIME. THE STRUGGLES OF LIFE ARE GREAT. AN ILLNESS, MARRIAGE PROBLEMS, FINANCIAL COMPLICATIONS AND MORE SET IN ON US AND OTHERS. IF NOT US, TODAY MAY BE THE DAY A FAMILY MEMBER, A FRIEND OR A CO-WORKER IS DEALING WITH A SITUATION. OUR BIBLE TELLS OF MANY WHO WERE ‘DOWN AND OUT’. MOSES WAS LEFT AS AN ORPHAN, KILLED A MAN AND CARRIED THE BURDENS OF HIS PEOPLE TO THE PHARAOH AND THEN THRU THE DESERT FOR 40 YEARS. WE HAVE TO KNOW; HE FELT DOWN AND OUT AT TIMES. WHAT ABOUT JOB? GOD ALLOWED SATAN TO TEST JOB. JOB LOST HIS WEALTH, ALL HIS CHILDREN WERE KILLED AND FELL ILL. TALK ABOUT DOWN AND OUT! BOTH MOSES AND JOB CONTINUED TO WORSHIP GOD WITHOUT FAIL. THEY REFUSED TO ALLOW WORLDLY TROUBLES TO DETER THEIR FAITH. ARE YOU DOWN AND OUT? TELL GOD. GO TO GOD IN PRAYER AND TELL HIM ALL IN YOUR HEART. GOD WILL LISTEN. IN TURN, DON’T END YOUR PRAYER AFTER VENTING. LISTEN. LISTEN CAREFULLY. LISTEN HUMBLY. GOD HAS AN ANSWER. WAIT FOR HIS ANSWER. AT THE SAME TIME, IT MAY SEEM IMPOSSIBLE, BUT THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS A SITUATION THAT IS MORE DESPERATE THAN YOUR PROBLEM. DON’T BE SO BLINDED BY YOUR OWN PROBLEMS THAT YOU FORGET OTHERS. WE CAN ALL REACH OUT TO OTHERS. SHARE GOD’S WORDS WITH THEM. LIFT THEM UP SO THEY CAN LIFT UP SOMEONE ELSE. “GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE TONGUE OF THE LEARNED, THAT I SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SPEAK A WORD IN SEASON TO HIM WHO IS WEARY.”...