“YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND!” Sunday Sermonette

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”  Proverbs 3:5 NIV   Read:   Proverbs 3:5-8   Have you ever tried to explain a situation to someone who just didn’t understand?   The more you explain, it seems they just don’t understand.  They just don’t get it.   Sometimes, we are so into ourselves, our way of doing and thinking, we forget others may see things differently.    We may be right in what we believe, but we might also be less than right.   In fact, we may be dead wrong.   Did you ever hear there are two kinds of people in this world?   There is you, then there is everyone else.  Do you feel you think differently than everyone else?   Do you ever feel you know you are right and wonder why others don’t see things your way?   GOD did make you unique.   You may look different.  You may be taller, shorter, better looking or maybe less attractive than you would prefer.   Your hair may be thinner or thicker than a lot of others.   And face it, you may be thinner or thicker than others as well.   GOD made you the way you are.   But, HE did not make you so completely different than everyone else so that you can believe you know more or are wiser than everyone else.   Just look at those around you.   GOD created them, just as HE created you.   HE created each of us as HE alone decided.   So, when someone doesn’t understand you, stop.   Ask yourself why they don’t understand you.   Look at the...

“STOP, IT HURTS TOO MUCH!” Wednesday Minute

“All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.”   Psalm 38: 9 NIV   Read:  Psalm 38:9-22   Emotional and physical pain can be so tremendous we want to scream: “Stop, it hurts too much”.   We take and take and when we get to a point, it seems we can’t take any more, but we can.   We can go another step.   We can take on more.   We can endure more.   We can depend upon GOD, when it seems GOD has abandoned us during these painful times.  GOD is always there, even when it seems HE is nowhere in sight.   When Moses was struggling to free his people from Egypt, Pharaoh hardened his heart and put more burdens on the people.   He increased their workload.   He demanded they make even more bricks.   How could they believe and follow Moses when his efforts for freedom increased the work and pain by going to Pharaoh?   Have you gone through a similar time?   Maybe, you are going thru the tortures of emotional or physical pain today.  There is hope.  Not a little hope…a lot of hope.   And it may get worse.  Just as with GOD’S people in Egypt it will be temporary.    You have a blessing coming to you.   You may not be able to see or understand what GOD has for you, still GOD has a plan for your life to be better.   The emotional or physical pain may get worse before it gets better, but GOD is with you and HE is offering you HIS strength....

“AS SUBTLE AS A SLEDGEHAMMER!” Sunday Sermonette

“Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name.  1Corinthians 1:13-15 NIV    Read:   1Corinthians 1:10-31   Have you ever known someone who was very direct, who was as subtle as a sledgehammer?   You probably would not describe a sledgehammer to your face or any contact with any part of your body as very subtle.   There are times when we need that sledgehammer of truth.  There are times when a shadowy offering of information just does not convey the message.   Paul was a sledgehammer of truth.    While known as Saul, he slaughtered Christians.   Saul was a hater of Christians, a vile and angry man.   Then JESUS called him into the family of believers, but not patiently.   JESUS blinded Saul and took him to his knees in order to get Saul’s attention.   Saul found JESUS and accepted the name of Paul as JESUS instructed.  Then, Paul carried the sledgehammer of truth, the Gospel of JESUS.    When he preached, he preached the truth.   When the churches were being established he spoke of the wonderful grace of JESUS.  But, when they turned and did not listen he told them again message of JESUS CHRIST with the strength of a sledgehammer.   Can you, when needed, tell others of the wonderful world of JESUS, your SAVIOUR, the SON OF GOD with the strength of a sledgehammer?   Today’s prayer:  “JESUS, MY SAVIOUR, Thank YOU...

“DO YOU HAVE DISCERNMENT?” Wednesday Minute

“I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.”  Psalm 119:125    Read:  Psalm 119:121-128   Do you have discernment?   Some do and some don’t.   The dictionary tells us in everyday life if we have perception we have discernment.  Would you like discernment?   Discernment comes from faith.   We can have discernment because the SPIRIT OF GOD is alive in us as believers.   GOD leads us with a clear understanding without having a conscious, worldly judgment.   You can have discernment of understanding even the most complicated lessons of scripture.   You can have discernment of good or bad reasons, knowing the purpose or motives of others in a situation.  Discernment of the whys and why nots of any situation is the HOLY SPIRIT guiding you by HIS perfection.   Those who have not accepted JESUS as their SAVIOUR will not have discernment.   The HOLY SPIRIT comes only to those who have admitted their sinful lives and accepted the eternal forgiveness given by JESUS.  Then you can call upon the SPIRIT OF GOD alive in you at any time.   HE will guide you with discernment if you will follow HIS lead.   The more you have discernment of GOD’S WORD, the more you will have discernment of situations and of others in your daily life.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me YOUR guidance through YOUR discernment.   Help me to call upon YOU when I need the clarity of understand of judgment that comes only through YOU.  Amen.”...

“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...