“NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR PAIN?” Sunday Sermonette

” And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”    Romans 8:27 NIV   Read:   Romans 8: 26-30   You hurt.   You feel alone and think no one understands how you feel.   That may be what you think, but that is not true.   GOD feels all your pains…physical, emotional and spiritual.  GOD feels your pain just as you do and HE cares about how you feel.   Even when you feel alone, you are never alone.  GOD is with you.   We can find comfort in an assured faith.   GOD sent us HIS only SON.  HE was born as man to feel the hurts as pains we all feel.   HE suffered as man physically and emotionally.  HE suffered beatings, cried at losses and died as a man.  But as GOD, HE was able to deal with those pains.   As a believer, GOD will help you deal with those pains.   JESUS sent the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, to each of us who have trusted in HIM.   THE HOLY SPIRIT is alive in each of us who believe.   HE will never leave us.   Alive in us, HE feels all our aches and pains.   HE knows the emotional turmoils we deal with daily.   Everything you feel, GOD feels as a physical and spiritual part of you.   At those times, when you can’t find the right words or you don’t know the words to pray when asking for help, THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD knows just what to pray.   HE intercedes for us…for you…taking your needs...

“SINATRA: ‘I DID IT MY WAY!” Wednesday Minute

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.”  Psalm 37:5 NIV   Read:   Psalm 37:1-7   A few years ago, a very successful business man told me Sinatra’s famous song, ‘I Did It My Way’, was his personal theme song.  He bragged about how everything he had was because of all he had done.   He admitted, without any shame, there were times he lied to get ahead.  He cheated in business and in his marriage and claimed it was all worth it.  He even said he knew for sure he was going to hell.  He believed doing life his way on earth will be worth all the suffering he will endure in hell.   After all, he did it his way.   How wrong can one person be?  The problem is too many of us are doing life our way as well.   Oh, some may be believers, but we are still doing things our way.   We set up our own standards and are self dependent of what we want and what we must do.   Others of us have become modern pharisees professing hardnosed scripture for others while refusing to listen to the wonderful grace of GOD.   We have become experts at condemning others’ lifestyles, while doing what we want for ourselves.  We are so busy ‘doing it my way’, we ignore GOD talking to us and guiding us as individuals…just as he talked with Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jonah and others.   HE gave them very specific instructions of what HE wanted them to do.  If you will stop ‘doing it your way’ and start...

“WHY, WHY, WHY . . . GOD, WHY?” Sunday Sermonette

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?  Psalm 22:1  Read:   Psalm 22:1-10   You feel like you are at the end of your rope.   Your marriage has huge problems, your daughter is walking away from her faith, your boss is more and more critical of your work and bills are piling up.   So, you ask GOD why.   ‘Why, why, why…GOD why?’   Your rhetorical question does not need an answer.   And GOD is not going to tell you why. That is when we need to trust GOD.   We need to know HE has a reason.   HIS reason.   It may not be a reason we can be accepting or comfortable with.  It is GOD’S reason.   In time, in HIS time, HE may share that reason with us or HIS reason may not be known to you or others for generations.  We know of many of GOD’S plans in scripture.  But, we are privy to these thousands of years after the fact. At the time, those in the lessons we learn from usually knew nothing of GOD’S reasons.   They did not always know or understand why GOD was doing what HE was doing.   Today, we need to understand our problem and trust HIM to get us through it.   Remember Job?   He wanted to know GOD’S whys as well.   GOD never revealed HIS reasons.  Job’s friends came up with all kinds of reasons to explain all the hurt and loss Job was feeling.  They were wrong. ...

“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...