“DOERS DO !”

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46 NIV READ: LUKE 6:43-49 Dreamers dream. Talkers talk. Doers do! Are you a dreamer, a talker or a doer? Everything in life is a choice. What time you get up, what you eat, the car you drive, where you live and your job are all choices for the most of us. If you don’t like something about these things you can dream about changing them, talk about doing something or actually doing something to correct what you don’t like. Relationships are like that as well. You can do what is necessary to improve a relationship or you can talk about what needs to be done or be really passive and just dream about changing it. What about your relationship with God? Do you dream of a closer walk with your Lord and Savior? Do you talk about doing His work? You have a choice to have any type relationship with God you desire. It is not up to someone else. It is up to you. Be a ‘Doer’. Start by asking God what He wants you to do. Is God telling you to be more active in your church, join a bible study, spend more time with your family, to adopt an orphan, to tithe regularly or to go on a mission trip? It is time to stop dreaming and talking about what you can do with God. It is time to start doing as God is leading you. God has a plan for you. Listen to Him, then be a ‘Doer’ and...

“SOLD JESUS FOR A QUARTER!”

“THEN ONE OF THE TWELVE, NAMED JUDAS ISCARIOT, WENT TO THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND SAID, ‘WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE ME TO BETRAY HIM TO YOU?’ AND THEY WEIGHED OUT THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER TO HIM.” MATTHEW 26: 14;15 NIV READ MATTHEW 26:14-24 I WAS TOLD A STORY OF A MINISTER WHOM HAD JUST MOVED INTO A NEW TOWN. WHILE TAKING A BUS FROM HIS HOME TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA, HE DISCOVERED THE BUS DRIVER HAD GIVEN HIM A QUARTER TOO MUCH IN CHANGE. HE THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING UP AND GIVING THE QUARTER BACK TO THE BUS DRIVER KNOWING IT WOULD BE WRONG TO KEEP THE EXTRA QUARTER. HE ALSO THOUGHT ABOUT IT ONLY BEING A QUARTER AND THE TRANSIT COMPANY WOULD NEVER MISS JUST ONE QUARTER. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? AS THE FAMOUS PAUL HARVEY WOULD HAVE SAID: “NOW, FOR THE REST OF THE STORY.” THE MINISTER GAVE THE QUARTER BACK TO THE DRIVER AS HE EXITED THE BUS. THE DRIVER ASKED HIM IF HE WAS THE NEW MINISTER IN TOWN. THE MINISTER TOLD THE DRIVER THAT INDEED HE WAS THE NEW MINISTER. THEN THE DRIVER TOLD HIM OF HOW HE HAD GIVEN THE MINISTER THE EXTRA QUARTER ON PURPOSE TO SEE WHAT THE MINISTER WOULD DO. SATISFIED THEN THAT THE NEW MINISTER WAS A GOOD MAN, THE DRIVER ADDED HE WOULD COME TO THE NEW MINISTER’S CHURCH TO WORSHIP ON SUNDAY. THE MINISTER WAS WEAK IN HIS KNEES OF HIS ALMOST WRONG ACTION. HIS ONLY THOUGHT WAS HE HAD ALMOST SOLD JESUS, GOD’S SON, FOR A WORTHLESS QUARTER. A QUARTER OR THOUSAND OF DOLLARS DOES...

“BUY, RENT OR BORROW?”

“DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED. YOU BELIEVE IN GOD; BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. MY FATHER’S HOUSE HAS MANY ROOMS; IF IT WERE NOT SO, WOULD I HAVE TOLD YOU THAT I AM GOING THERE TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU?” JOHN 14: 1-2 NIV TODAY’S READING: JOHN 14: 1-12 WE BUY AND RENT HOUSES, CARS, PLANES, AND EQUIPMENT. SOMETIMES, IT IS MORE FINANCIALLY EFFICIENT TO BUY WHEN WE INTEND TO KEEP AN ITEM FOR A LONGER TIME, WHILE WE CAN RENT OR LEASE AN ITEM THAT IS NEEDED FOR A SHORT TIME. FRIENDS OFTEN BORROW AND LEND AN ITEM TO ONE ANOTHER FOR A SHORT TIME. I WAS JUST REMINDED OF A TOOL I BORROWED FROM A FRIEND SEVERAL MONTHS AGO WHICH I NEED TO RETURN. PERHAPS, YOU ALSO HAVE BENEFITED FROM A BORROWED ITEM. WHEN JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED, HE WAS BURIED IN A ‘BORROWED’ TOMB. HIS TRUE FOLLOWERS KNEW OF HIS PROMISE TO RISE FROM THE GRAVE IN THREE DAYS. EVEN AFTER KNOWING OF JESUS RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE GRAVE, MOST DID NOT TRULY UNDERSTAND OR DOUBTED AND MOURNED HIS DEATH. BUT, ON THE THIRD DAY JESUS INDEED ROSE FROM THE GRAVE. THE HUGE STONE ROLLED AWAY WHILE ROMAN SOLDIERS GUARDED THE TOMB. NOT KNOWING OF THE TRUTH OF JESUS RISING IN THREE DAYS, A RICH MAN NAMED JOSEPH HAD GIVEN THE TOMB HE HAD CARVED FOR HIMSELF SO THAT JESUS COULD BE BURIED. LITTLE DID JOSEPH KNOW, HE WAS ONLY ‘LOANING’ THE TOMB. WHAT ABOUT YOUR LIFE ON THIS EARTH? ARE YOU BUYING INTO ALL THE WORLDLY PROMISES? DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE...

“THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL!”

“AND EVERYONE WHO SPEAKS A WORD AGAINST THE SON OF MAN WILL BE FORGIVEN, BUT ANYONE WHO BLASPHEMES AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN.” LUKE 12:10 NIV READ: ACTS 1:1-8 DO YOU TAKE THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR GRANTED? HAVE YOU SEEN THIS ENTITY OF THE TRINITY OF GOD? YOU CANNOT PHYSICALLY TOUCH THE HOLY SPIRIT. UNSEEN AND UNTOUCHABLE; THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PART OF EVERY BELIEVER. YOU KNOW GOD THE FATHER, THE CREATOR OF ALL, MOSTLY BECAUSE OF THE MAGNITUDE OF HIS PRESENCE. IT IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND JESUS AS THE SON OF GOD SINCE HE WALKED ON THIS EARTH. EVEN IN PRESENT DAY, ARTIST AND FILMMAKERS HAVE CREATED IMAGES OF JESUS THAT WE CAN SEE. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS DIFFERENT. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AN EQUAL PART OF THE TRINITY. YET, WE TALK OF GOD AND JESUS MUCH, MUCH MORE USUALLY THAN THE HOLY SPIRIT. ARE WE SO ATTUNED TO THE PHYSICAL AND MATERIAL THINGS OF THIS WORLD THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO ASSOCIATE WITH A SPIRIT THAT IS SO ALIVE? THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS TAUGHT AND PROPHESIED THROUGH OUT THE OLD TESTAMENT. FAITH. FAITH IS THE KEY. THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS AS REAL IN GENESIS AS GOD THE CREATOR AND JESUS. THE TRINITY IS REAL THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURES. JESUS TOLD US OF THE HOLY SPIRIT COMING TO BE WITH US. IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER, THE HOLY SPIRIT RESIDES IN YOU. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT TO KNOW GOD IN HEAVEN. YOU HAVE THE TRINITY TODAY. HE IS WITH YOU IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. YOU MAY NOT HAVE WALKED THE PATHWAYS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL WITH...

“A SECULAR WORLD?”

“AND JESUS CAME UP AND SPOKE TO THEM, SAYING, ‘ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH. GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I COMMANDED YOU; AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.'” MATTHEW 28: 18-20 NIV READ: 2 TIMOTHY 1: 8-14 BESIDES WRITING THE ‘WEDNESDAY MINUTE’ AND ‘SUNDAY’S SERMON’ DEVOTIONALS, I ASSIST INDIVIDUAL CHURCHES WITH THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD GROWTH. MANY CHURCHES GET WRAPPED UP IN THEIR MEMBERS’ ACTIVITIES AND FORGET THE HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WITHIN A FEW MILES OF THEIR CHURCH WHO DON’T KNOW THE SAVING GRACE OF JESUS OR OF THOSE WHO ARE SAVED BUT ARE NOT ATTENDING A CHURCH FOR SOME REASON. LAST FALL, THE MINISTER OF SUCH A CHURCH WANTED HELP IN REACHING OUT TO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. THE CHURCH MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST HOLDING A REVIVAL WHICH WOULD HAVE INVITED 6,000 LOCAL RESIDENTS. THEY LIKED THEIR CHURCH THE WAY IT WAS AND DID NOT WANT THEIR CHURCH TO GET ANY BIGGER. THE MAJORITY HAD FORGOTTEN THE SAVING GRACE THEY HAD RECEIVED AND WITH NO CONCERN FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS, TOTALLY IGNORED JESUS’ COMMAND OF THE GREAT COMMISSION TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. THIS PAST WEEK, A STORY REPORTED THROUGH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TELLS US IN THE U.S. THE NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS IS DECLINING. AND THE NUMBER OF AGNOSTICS (THOSE UNSURE OF A GOD) AND ATHEIST (WHO CLAIM NO GOD EXIST) ARE INCREASING. ACCORDING TO THE NEWS REPORT, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SURVEY FOUND...