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Today's rumination on the Word brought me to the spot where Jesus is lamenting about Jerusalem and its not so stellar track record with the prophets. Jesus is bummed (is that a Biblical word?) about how Jerusalem has ignored His frequent attempts to bring them close and into his protective custody. Instead of being embraced by God, they have stiff-armed Him and killed His loved ones. Jesus must now proclaim over them "desolate house". The emptiness of those who are without Christ ought to sadden us too. To continually reject and ignore the advances of a loving Christ is spiritually arrogant.
1. Do you have friends who have constantly, and sometimes violently, refused to hear truth about Jesus? Does it break your heart? Weep with Jesus over the lost ones who refuse to be found.
2. Have you made the offer of refuge under the protection of Jesus to people this week? Have you made the offer known? Or is it a secret?
3. Can we make a practice of praying over our city for Christ? Is this a passage that suggests such an action for today?
I rejoice in the fact that God has the planning all worked out for us. We must trust Him to leave us here as long as the goal is unfulfilled. We journey here today and tomorrow and the next day! After that, only God knows.
in Wyoming, working the work,
Saturday, October 25, 2008
S-sin that I need to confess, repent of
P-promise that I can embrace today
E-example that I need to follow or not follow
C-command that I need to obey
T-thanksgiving or praise that I need to give to God
Today in my QT, I read Luke 11, where Jesus tells the disciples, "You can say some pretty nasty stuff against the Son of Man (Jesus), and you will be forgiven for that; but don't talk bad about the Spirit -- that's blasphemy! because that will never be forgiven." (this is a Parisphrase)
The unforgiveable sin is blasphemy against the Spirit. That is the only one! Blasphemy against the Spirit is a rejection of His power or a disregard for His work. Part of Hs work is conviction of sin. Therefore, the only unforgiveable sin is to reject the promptings of the Holy Spirit in your life. I believe Jesus is also not talking about all of the times that we blow through HS stop signs. He is talking about the future before the angels in this passage. I believe Jesus is saying that a rejection of the HS here sets you up for judgment there. SO, do not blaspheme and if you do, confess it quickly!
Listening to the HS,
Monday, October 20, 2008
1. A place established according to the Word of God. (20:1-2; cf. Num. 35:6-34)
* Our goals, purposes and agendas must be Biblical and aligned to the Word.
* Ministry to people must be our priority.
2. A place to come when there is trouble in your life. (20:3-4)
* Our church must be accessible and open to all who need to come.
* Our reputation “on the street” should be positive.
3. A place where someone will listen and give Biblical advice. (20:4-6)
* Our counsel must be Biblical.
* All sin must end with us.
* Godly resolution, reconciliation and restoration must be part of our vocabulary.
4. A place filled with people who have a “rescue” story. (20:6)
* The miracle of escape from the avenger must be proclaimed often.
* Our own rescue should make us more willing to be “bound” to this ministry.
5. A place networked with others built on the same principles. (20:7-9)
* Our congregation should be strategically located.
* Our congregation should be well named and true to its calling.
Wyoming Baptist Church must be a place where broken people can find refuge and rescue from their life of running.
1. What are we willing to pay to be this kind of church? It will cost us to minister to hurting people! (Think beyond finances)
2. What might happen (positively) if we gave all to this kind of position in the community?
3. How does Luke 11:41 (from the Sunday PM service) fit with this concept of "city of refuge"?
4. Are we willing to do whatever God calls us to do even if we are criticized by others? by brothers? Are we ready to embrace the socially active aspects of the faith that we claim/proclaim?
5. If you could rename our church, what would the name to live by be? Would you include the name Baptist?
I want to offer a place of refuge to a running world,
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here is the outline of the message that I shared last night:
Any great spiritual awakening results from God’s initiative:
1. He is revealing His character
patience, longsuffering (1:4)
2. He is building our character (the backdrop of the exile)
3. He is equipping us to do His will (1:4-7)
4. He is stirring our spirit, inviting us to respond (1:1, 5)
All great spiritual harvests are the result of a response to God’s initiative:
1. Discover and delight in His character
a. worshiping Him
i. re-establishing the sacrificial system (3:1-7) and festivals (6:19)
ii. rejoicing over successes (3:11; 6:22)
b. proclaiming that knowledge to others –
i. Ezra made it his “job” to tell others about God (7:10)
ii. How does Cyrus know what he does about God? Perhaps by Ezra’s ministry to him? (7:27-28)
2. Appreciate His ongoing, intentional work in our lives
a. acknowledging His righteousness and justice (9:5-15)
b. growing through it (6:19-22; 10:1-3)
3. Move forward in His revealed will (both general and specific)
what He has shown us and equipped us to do (2:1; 3:8; 6:15; 7:21, 23)
4. Invite others to do the same (7:28)
- Is God stirring your spirit today?
- Are you awake now? How will you stay spiritually awake?
- Will you respond to His gracious initiatives?
- What has God uniquely outfitted and called you to do today?
- Will you go make a difference in His field?
I am ready, here I am,