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Our Weakest Moment is His Greatest

Paul thought he knew all there was to know about God, but on the road to Damascus what he learned changed his life. Paul was a very intelligent Jew who traveled in prestigious religious circles. He had permission to persecute people from this new religious sect, Christians.

While travelling on the road, a great light struck him blind and he heard the words of God speaking to him. I am sure it is terrifying coming close to something you know only to find out, you don’t know it at all.

He learned that God on the inside of your heart is better than head knowledge. He knew the more of himself that decreased, allowed God to increase and change the world.

Ever thought you were going somewhere, but it turned out that wasn’t it at all? Trust the process.

When You Think He Is Done

He is just getting started. Naomi thought her life was over. Her husband was dead. Her sons were dead. There was nothing left to live for. She went home to die.

Instead she found a daughter-in-law who would not desert her. She found a God who would not desert her. He made her later years better than her beginning.

Even When He Knows We Will Fail

He gives us a chance anyway. Saul looked like he could fit the role. But the important things Saul needed, he lacked. God knew Saul’s character flaws but gave him a chance anyway.

Saul ruled Israel for 40 years but never really understood the role.

He failed miserably. God knows when we are going to fail. He always gives us the opportunity to turn to Him. Those who do find redemption.

When God Calls Your Name

make sure you answer. God first called Samuel’s name when he was a young boy. It changed everything for everyone around. Samuel listened for God all of his life and had an incredible journey from anointing kings to advising them. Again, this is a drawing based on work by photography by James C Lewis.

I Double Dog Dare You

I remember it was in between the first and second service when the worship pastor pulled out a flip chart in the center of the worship team. It was not what I was expecting. Normally we do this thing where everyone checks in and tells what God is doing in their life.

He said to us, he wanted to do something a little different because he cared about our relationship with God.

He drew a circle. He placed an x inside the circle. He placed another one outside the circle.  He said many people do church like this.  The X on the inside represented people who came to church regular. Served and participated. They were doing good works. They were checking things off the list of the things they had been taught to do. 

People on the outside of the circle were not into serving or coming every time the church was open. They were not considered one of the in-crowd people. They were thought to be far away from God.

On the other side he wrote God. He put an x close, then one far away. He drew arrows pointing the x toward God. He said it is not so much that we are serving but serving is good. He asked are you doing what you are doing with a heart for Jesus or checking things off a list?

He asked if we had a heart for the things God has a heart for. It was more than coming to church every Sunday. It was more than serving and giving. It was about what kind of heart do we have for God. What heart motives our relationship with God?

He challenged us to check our heart’s motives. Is our life and service drawing us closer to God?

As a result, I have been asking God about my heart towards Him. He has been answering. I have found him in places I wouldn’t have under ordinary circumstances. In revisiting old things, He has shown me Himself in a new way.

This past week, I watched the movie Paul, the Apostle of Christ again. One thing this movie does well for me, is shows how to love in a hard space. Watching Christians being burned alive or sent to face wild animal attacks in Nero’s circus reminded me that true Christians never have it easy.  Yet what absolutely sold me was the word of God being an active participant.

Now the only thing that changed in my second viewing of this film is me. I watched as Paul continued to stress this love. I still don’t understand it, but I know it is important to God.

My challenge to you is that there is something stirring deep within you. Ask the Holy Spirit to change your heart for Him.  God has promised that his love is longer, deeper, wider, and much higher than anything we can imagine. There have been moments this week His love has taken me into the stratosphere.  There have been some moments when it just wrecked me. His love is great.

I double dog dare you to ask God to show you His love.

James C Lewis, an international photographer, created a series of images of people from the Bible.  I was inspired by his images and have drawn the ones that I like the most. This month we will turn back time follow some of mt favorite bible people. The first one is Jesus.

Book of the Month: How To Raise God Wise Kids In A Satan Rich World

It is summer and they are watching everything you do. As a matter of fact, they are going to do what they see you do. How do you get around this?

You better know God.

In a world that can seem hopeless, kids need a reason to hope. In addition to teaching our children how to get into college, play sports and chase the American Dream, there is something greater to be learned. He created the universe with stars and planets, yet the desire of His heart was to reconcile with people whom He loved. In this devotional, the author shares ideas of how to help your children have a personal relationship with God. Through scripture, art and stories, she shared the opportunities she had to teach her own child to get to know God.

 

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