“A VERY SPECIFIC PRAYER!” Sunday Sermonette

” And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”  Matthew 6:7 NIV   Read:  Matthew 6:5-15   You have heard the old adage; ‘Be careful of what you pray for.’   This may be very true.  But, allow me to share with you something even more true.   Be careful of how you pray.   We often pray for things that are like a buffet of multiple answers.   If you have a problem or a situation, do you pray asking GOD:  “Please tell me what to do”?   Do you really expect GOD to send you a page by page instruction book of all HE wants you to do to solve your situation?   Or do you expect HIM to send you a simple to follow list of one or two steps?   GOD does not complicate HIS answers.  We do.   How about using the brain GOD gave you guided by HIS HOLY SPIRIT inside you to come up with the very best solution.  A very specific prayer can be answered with a very specific answer.  A very specific answer is simple and easy to understand.  A well worded prayer can be answered by GOD with a simple yes or no.   General prayers usually get general answers.   Very specific prayers get very specific answers.  In order to hear GOD’S answer to your prayer, you have to listen.   And always…always…start your prayer with thanking GOD.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD MY GOD, for listening to my jumbled prayers.   Help me be specific in expressing my...

“JUST WAIT A MINUTE!” Wednesday Minute

” Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves”  Matthew 7:15 NIV   Read:   Matthew 7:15-23   When was the last time you told someone “Just wait a minute!”?   If you have not said it, there is a good chance you thought it.   With bogus unsolicited phone calls coming in at all hours claiming to have information on your credit card account to someone wanting a donation for a fake law enforcement charity, it doesn’t seem to stop.   Maybe, you were buying a new appliance and the sales rep was insisting you buy their overpriced warranty or pay extra for their express delivery when you had to stop them with “Just wait a minute”.   False doctrine is like that.   Have you ever questioned what someone was spouting about their interpretation of scripture or insisting you believe something that you knew was wrong?   If you question false teachings, you have discernment.    Discernment needs to be practiced every day.   The evil one masquerades as prophets and teachers declaring GOD’S WORD with a twist…a twist that ultimately contradicts GOD’S true WORD. JESUS warned us of these things and of these false prophets and teachers.   Satan has no doctrine.  He steals the truth of GOD’S WORD to gain credibility and then professes his deceitful lies.   That is when you need to say:  “Just wait a minute!”   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for warning me of the false prophets and false doctrine that is all around us.   I need YOUR discernment.  I know YOUR WORD, will obey YOUR discipline...

“HEAVEN CANNOT BE!” Sunday Sermonette

 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17 NIV   Read:   Read James 1:12-25 Heaven.  Perfection.   Since we have never known perfection it is more than difficult for us to comprehend what GOD has in store for us.   We can create images of Heaven based upon what we learn from scriptures, but even in our most educated minds, we fall short in imagining the wonders of Heaven.   As we struggle in this sin impacted world, how could we possibly understand the grace and peace GOD has prepared for us in Heaven?   Living with sin around us, it is easy to be calloused and confused.  But, GOD has a better plan.   GOD lives in perfection…total perfection.  That is all we need to understand.  If we can accept GOD living in perfection, we can more easily understand the perfection of Heaven.  Understand, GOD is perfect and cannot be in a place less than perfect.   We will simply find perfection where GOD lives.   There is no sin in Heaven.  None.  Zero. Nada.   The problems we have on this earth  will be left here.   There will be no concerns, problems, bad health, fears, insecurities in Heaven.   There will be no memories of the bad things we have experienced on earth.   As much as we may feel that Heaven is too good to be true, Heaven is both real and true.   GOD has perfection in store for you…accept HIS invitation to live in perfection by accepting JESUS as your SAVIOUR...

“SOMEBODY, DO SOMETHING!” Wednesday Minute

“SOMEBODY, DO SOMETHING!”   ” Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.”  Exodus 5:1 NIV   Read:   Exodus 5   I read of a car overturning and trapping the occupants inside.   With super strength four college students were able to push the car  upright and pulled the passengers to safety.   The heroes did not wait for a rescue team; they decided to be the rescue team!  They did something.   People who are successful at any task are the one who do something.  In order to succeed, you have to do something.   While you may be able to accomplish something by hanging onto the coattails of others as they lead the parade, you will never be an individual success until you step up and do things on your own.   We all have heard of someone who failed and failed and failed; then they were a huge success.    You can be a huge success.   Just do something.   You can be that somebody who succeeds.   Maybe, you are challenged by a special project, a difficult class in school or a personal problem at home.   No matter the situation, you can rise above it.   Just start doing instead of thinking about it and putting it off.   Moses life led him to be an outcast at times with his people and with the Egyptians, but he prevailed.   He struggled to be obedient to GOD when GOD called upon him and he led GOD’S people...

“WHAT IS A TRINITARIAN?” Sunday Sermonette

” Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba,  Father.”  Galatians 4:6 NIV   Read:   Galatians 4:1-20   Trinitarian is a word not commonly used in our everyday conversation, but maybe it should be.   Are you a Trinitarian?   I hope so.   A Trinitarian is a believer that GOD is the TRINITY.    GOD is the FATHER CREATOR, JESUS THE SON, and THE HOLY SPIRIT.  If you believe GOD in these three PERSONS, you are a Trinitarian.   A Trinitarian is anyone who believes in the HOLY TRINITY.    Your belief is strong, so strong that you know without any doubt that our GOD is the GOD of THREE PERSONS.   GOD explains to us in the opening verses of our Bibles of being the CREATOR, of JESUS being the WORD OF GOD, and of the SPIRIT OF GOD hovering above the earth.   In the old testament, GOD told us he is “I AM.”   JESUS told us in our New Testament that HE is “I AM.” and HE told us of the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD coming to reside in all believers.   We have the singleness of GOD in three PERSONS of the TRINITY.   False religions do not have a god who is the CREATOR, THE REMOVER OF SIN AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD dwelling inside each believer.   You have our GOD OF THREE PERSONS.   This makes you a Trinitarian.   While it is important to know who we are, it is equally important to share who we are.   Tell someone today who you are...