What Takes Priority Over Worship?

“So if you are offering your gift there before the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go.  First be reconciled to your brother, and then come  and offer your gift.”  Matthew 5:23-24

My wife often has a reminder for me; a former teacher, “Don’t overthink it. Just do it.”

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Jesus does not give any options or let me consider how I feel.  He just says, “You remember… Go.”  Don’t try to get lost in worship and push down the damaged relationship.  Jesus values reconciliation more than adoration.

Also, be single minded.  When you worship have one thing on your mind.  If you need to go be reconciled be single minded in going to your brother.  Jesus values our obedience to the thoughts on our life we recall.

BE STILL!  TAKE A RELATIONAL INVENTORY.  LOVING GOD IS ESSENTIAL BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP.

What are your thoughts?

 

 

The Kingdom of God is Child’s Play Regardless of Your Age!

MEP_0290-meganpixels  “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  — Jesus

Lord,  May we, in joyful confidence in You

Willingly do small things;

      — Boldly do big things,

                  — and —

      — Be Relentless in doing all things you offer to us.

Like a little child may I run hard, enjoy every waking moment, laugh a lot, cry when I fall down, and run to your arms for your healing Papa kiss that makes it better.

May I so enjoy all the things you give me to do that I say, “I’m not sleepy!!!” and then as soon as I stop I am soundly and peacefully resting in you.

— Your kingdom children, Roy & Pandora

What is the difference between these words?

What is the difference between a problem and an opportunity?

What is the difference between a interruption and a surprise?

What is the difference between a complaint or a burden?

Most often the only difference is our PERSPECTIVE that is guiding our response to a life situation.

I can have a life full of opportunities, surprises, and burdens if I see God as bigger than anything touching my life.  If I embrace his good and loving heart toward me as seen in Jesus then the load is lighter and I am filled with gratitude instead of complaining.

I am NOT describing a spiritual denial — NO certainly not!  I am holding up a trust and confidence in God’s presence and activity in all spheres of my life.

He holds my whole world in his hands!

God’s Good News For Our Bad News

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God gave me the opportunity to preach at Sandhills Community Church in Columbia, SC on July 2.  My text was Revelation 1:4-8.

In the first 4 minutes I explained our new adventure which includes church starting and leadership coaching.

Whatever “BAD NEWS” is touching your life — God has GOOD NEWS to touch the hard painful places.  The good news centers on our God who IS, who WAS, and who is TO COME.  Enjoy!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SERMON.

I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS

Whisper from God

I am a member of a pastor’s prayer group.  Recently one of the men shared of a whisper of the Spirit he received during a period of worship.

From God, “It is OK to doubt yourself.  BUT do not doubt Me!”

As I have reflected on those words a recent reading from Oswald Chambers seemed to be saying almost the same thing as he wrote about Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” The first rule of  living in the Kingdom is to own our poverty before God.  We must be aware, feel and come to God as one who is poor.  Perhaps that includes all of those times when I doubt myself and see very well my frailty and weakness.  BUT — while poverty is the true state of my self never, never, never, doubt God.

Do not doubt Him as you stand there holding a few pieces of fish and bread.

Do not doubt Him when the storm is raging and the boat seems to be going down.

Do not doubt Him when you are in prison and they are sharpening the ax.

God has been working, will keep working and He is working right now, in this very moment.

Learning to See

Quotes from PURSUING GOD’S WILL TOGETHER by Ruth Haley Barton
Learning to See
 
Most people do not see things as they are; rather, they see things as they are.             Richard Rohr


In fact, the spiritual journey can be understood as the movement from seeing God nowhere, or seeing God only where we expect to see him, to seeing God everywhere, especially where we least expect him.


Discernment is an ever-increasing capacity to “see” or discern the works of God in the midst of the human situation so that we can align ourselves with whatever it is that God is doing.

I do not believe God hides his will and we must discover it. God is working all the time around us and we must be looking to see it.

WHAT HELPS YOU SEE GOD’S HAND?