Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
By Mike Messerli
RULE #1- It’s ALL about me! I’m the “god” of my world, the “lord” of my universe.
This would work for most people, except for the fact that Rule #2 is also true, it says:
RULE #2- Everyone else also thinks rule #1 applies to them.
The reality is that Rules 1 &2 do not “work”, thus Rule #3:
RULE #3- We all need a new God. The one we “worship” now is not working. We need to allow God, the one who made heaven and earth, to be the only God in our lives, and Lord of our lives. We must stop trying to be our own “gods”.
RULE #4- Sin is defined as any attempt I make to reestablish rule #1.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
I am the LORD,
the Maker of all things,
who stretches out the heavens,
who spreads out the earth by myself,
Last night my wife and I were talking about prayer. It's a difficult subject because we honestly know that prayer often is unanswered. We ask God for something and see nothing. We pray for someone and nothing changes. We ask and wonder....honestly wonder....does God answer prayer? Does it matter if I pray? I know God is able to answer prayer, but I often wonder if he is willing. It's a most difficult subject to talk about.
What I don't know, what I can't know is what God is doing. He is working. He made the heavens and the earth and what I don't know is all that he actually is doing because I have prayed. I may not see what I asked, but I don't know all that God knows. I may not know what is really going on, what is really needed, what God is REALLY doing. And so, often in my life to be honest with you, I ask and don't see answers to my prayers. It's not that God doesn't answer. It's just that I don't know what's really needed, what God is really working on. It's hard when you can't see all that God is doing and often don't see the results of the prayers you ask for.
Sorry to be so honest here, but as I thought about this after my visit with my wife last night I realize that, although I don't always see answers to my prayers, I have decided to trust a good God to work it all out. That may seem to leave a lot of these questions unanswered. If that is where I'm at I am comfortable with it. I have decided to trust God rather than myself. I ask and leave the rest to him. My faith is in a God who is able and willing, a God who knows what will best meet each need and work for the eternal good of the one I pray for.
So, have I created more questions than I have answered? I hope so. I hope you are uncomfortable with this whole idea of prayer and come to a place where you pray for big things and leave the rest to God...the results of your prayers, the answers, the prayers unanswered, the reasons, and simply rest in the hands of a big God who made heaven and earth and can mold my simple prayers into great thing.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”"
So, here are your instructions for the day as you encounter the host of fallen mankind that will make your day crazy- be merciful, don't judge, don't condemn, forgive, and give. These are Jesus' words to us because we can't see....
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I love to see new places, places I haven't been before. A new country, a different city, the people of that country all fascinate me. The great adventure of discovery is alive and well in this old pastor!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Friday, March 09, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Love is an interesting word in our culture. It's usually connected to emotion, feelings, and passion. But the Bible paints a completely different picture of what love is all about. As I read 1 John this morning I came to a passage and realized, as I read, that love (as the bible describes it) is a verb filled with action and demonstration. Our culture fills love with feelings while the bible describes actions and unselfishness. Here are John's words,
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Monday, March 05, 2012
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Thursday, March 01, 2012
A guy had been isolated on an island in the South Pacific for 10 years.
He lit a signal every night for 10 years but no one saw it and no one came to rescue him. Finally a passing boat did notice the signal and sent an officer and men in a small boat to investigate.
The castaway explained that he had been on this island for 10 years waiting to be rescued.
The boat captain ask "If you are all alone, what are those three huts I see built in the lagoon?
He answered "The first hut is my home. The second hut is where I go to church. And the third hut is where I went to church before I got mad and changed churches ..."