“DO YOU RUN STOP SIGNS?” Wednesday Minute

“Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.'”  John 5:14 NIV   Read:  John 5:1-14   When you approach a yield sign, it can mean several things.   You may be able to continue if there is no opposing traffic, yield to another vehicle or come to a complete stop if you must yield to others who have the right of way.  But if you come to a stop sign or a red light, you have only one choice.   Stop.   Stop means stop, not slow or yield.   GOD tells us throughout scripture to go, to yield and to stop as well.  Are you running GOD’S stop signs?   We all, at one time or another, depend on ourselves and ignore GOD’S perfect instructions.  Oh, we don’t always intend on ignoring HIS lead.  We just become so overconfident in our own abilities, momentarily, we feel we can always make the best decisions on our own.   From Genesis through Revelations, HE has given us real examples of people and situations we can learn and grow from.  Do you view these as great stories of others and fail to apply the lessons to your own life?   GOD’S scriptures are not fairy tales.  They are for your benefit and mine.   As you go through your day, ask GOD if HE is giving you a stop sign, a cautionary yield sign or a bright green light.  He will guide you with HIS love if you will pay attention to HIS signs.   Stop, yield and go...

“I’M SORRY’, JUST DOESN’T CUT IT!” Sunday Sermonette

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:13 NIV   Read:   Colossians 3: 12-17   Has someone mumbled a half-hearted “I’m sorry” and it came across as insincere or was said only because they felt obligated to say it?   It is disappointing when this happens.   But, what if it was you who mumbled those insincere words?  When you are in error or have wronged someone in business, financially, personally or emotionally, do you accept your responsibility of making good on your wrong?   Of course, it starts with saying you are sorry.  Those words can start the healing process, but they do not need to be mumblings.  Your words need to be from the heart with the very best intentions.  But, there is more.  Your actions need to reflect your well chosen words.   When you say you are sorry, enforce your request for forgiveness with actions.   This is the time to act.  Show the person you offended how sincere you are.  Make amends.   Undo the wrong you committed.   Doing something to reverse your previous actions will not always be easy.   Correcting your mistake will likely be much, much more difficult than if you had done the right thing in the first place.   Now, you must not only right the wrong, but also remove the stigma of the wrong you put on someone else.  Give back more…much more…than you took or pain caused.  Accept full responsibility and be generous in your restitution.   How do you do these things?   Start...

“LOST AND REFUSING TO ADMIT IT?” Wednesday Minute

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV   Read:   Proverbs 3:1-8 It is a common assumption in our society that men refuse to ask directions and will drive in circles for hours while looking for their destination.   Even with GPS in our cars, there are times we don’t even trust it and rely on our own judgment…or lack of judgment…while driving a lost course.   If the scenario is true to you or not, we all can be so self dependent we rely on our own mindsets instead of asking for assistance from someone who knows better.   GOD warned us of this destructive quality in our sin nature.  Our self dependence is so great at times it destroys our reasoning and our ability to think and act logically.   Our misguided value of our own abilities can separate us from our HEAVENLY FATHER.   Are you lost?   Has your own trust in your abilities destroyed your faith and trust in our TRIUNE GOD?   Do you not need GOD anymore?   Or do you need HIM only when you decide?   We all need to trust GOD in all things.   Our selfish independence is a wedge dividing us from our LORD.   We need to take all our thoughts and decisions to HIM before we take action.   And, not just the big things.  GOD wants to hear our prayers ‘continually’.   “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you...

“DON’T EVER COMPROMISE!” Sunday Sermonette

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said.”  2Corinthians: 6:16 NIV   Read:   2Corinthians 6: 14-18   Have you ever been in a disagreement and decided a compromise was the best solution?   Was it?   Chances are you were not happy with the solution or you actually got your way and the other person was disappointed.  Usually, with a compromise, it is lop-sided and there is a very clear winner and loser.   Instead, find a solution that does not benefit either, but both can agree with and accept.   An example could be, a couple needs a new car.  He wants bright red and she wants baby blue.   Neither would be happy with the other’s choice.   But, both would be happy with a silver grey.   Coming to mutual terms avoids the problems created by compromise.   Settling differences by mutual agreement allows both to get some of what they wanted equally and there is no loser.   Don’t compromise your faith.   Your faith is a relationship with GOD alone.  If you compromise even a small part of your faith, you are abandoning GOD.   When you turn your back on GOD, you are turning to Satan in some manner.   You can’t have it both ways.   From Genesis to Revelation, GOD gives us HIS statutes with real examples of how others have and have not obeyed.   There are no compromises in GOD’S Word, just the truth…the whole truth and nothing but the truth.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me direction...

“STOP! DON’T TRY THAT!” Wednesday Minute

“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.”   Hebrews 11:29 NIV   Read:   Hebrews 11   Have you ever tried to do something and failed at it?   Of course!  In fact, everything you have tried to do, you have failed.   You see there is a world of difference in trying and doing.   When you try, you fail.   When you do, you do.  As complex as some things are, it is that simple.  Trying is trying.  Doing is doing.  By definition, trying is attempting.   When you attempt, you never complete the task…you attempt it.   When you clean your house, you clean it.  You don’t try to clean it.  You house is clean because you did not try to clean it you did it.  When you study scripture, you study GOD’S word.   You don’t try to study.   You do it.   When you love someone, you don’t try to love them.   You love them with all your heart and soul.  Being a Christian is being a Christian.   It is not trying to be.   Doing is knowing you will be successful because you have faith.   Our sin nature will cause us to fail sometimes.  But, failure when you are doing what you should be doing is much better than failing because of constantly trying over and over.   It is more than just attitude.   It is faith.  It is depending upon our TRIUNE GOD to help you along.  You can try on your own or you can have faith and...