Talk to Him

As I sit and ponder what kind of devotion I can write, know that I am no different than you.  I am not well read, I am just a person like you.  I have schedules, plans, family and the list goes on and on.  So I think to myself, “What to say?”. I can only tell you of the things I know.  I love the Lord and know that whatever I go through in the better or the worse, He is always there.  It tickles me when I get that glimpse of how God lays His blessings before me. I am truly blessed to have witnessed all I have seen.  

One moment would be when my daughter was involved in an accident.  She pulled out in front of another car and was t-boned.  I arrived to find her trapped in the car and no one could tell me her condition due to how she was stuck in the car.  I waited and watched as they worked to remove her from the car.  Naturally, I prayed continually.  When she was finally removed from the car for a brief moment I was able to see her and talk to her.  The funny thing you find yourself saying is, “I love you and can you feel your fingers and toes?”. Still no one was able to tell me how she was due to the concern of possible internal bleeding.  She was airlifted to St. Joseph in Tampa and I told her I would see her at the hospital then they took her away.  At that moment, I was reminded of when I was 18 and my grandmother was also in an accident and had been t-boned and died due to internal bleeding.

The ride to the hospital was long, God and I talked a lot.  When I arrived at the hospital, I had to wait in the waiting room not knowing what was happening to my baby girl.  Finally I was able to see her and she looked shaken but good.  The Doctor came in and reported that she had escaped any serious injuries!  Bumps and bruises only - I was blessed that day.  God was with me every step of the way.  I could feel His presence with me the whole time.  

As you go through your day.  Talk to Him. Let Him know your happiness, your pain, even talk to Him when you get angry.  Let Him tickle you when you see His handy work.  Open your eyes to the possibilities.  He will hold your heart.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exalt over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

Blessings to you today, 

Tonja

One Day At A Time

If I were to give you 30 seconds to think of what lies ahead for you in life during the next month or so, what would come to mind? For most of us, coming up with that list would require much more than 30 seconds. Your list may have been majorly compiled of family events, work or school related tasks and deadlines, or all of those other “to dos” may have been crowded out by one or more big, upcoming decisions regarding health, relationships, finances or family.

The thought of what’s to come in the future could be exciting, happy, scary or pretty heavy at times. God’s word (Matthew 6:34) says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” None of us can know for sure what will happen tomorrow or in the days to come (Proverb 27:1/James 4:14), but the saying, “I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future,” reminds us that we can have peace, even in uncertainty.

God does have good plans and works laid out for our future (Ephesians 2:10/Jeremiah 29:11), but when things are hard, and the future seems bleak, here are two ways to help take things one day at a time while trusting the One who holds that future. God promised that His word would be a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). Your feet are located right where you’re at today. Spend some time in God’s word today. See what He says, then apply it right where you’re at in life. Then, for the future, make the plans that need to be made, but also surrender those plans to God’s guidance every step of the way. Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Whether the days ahead hold exciting prospects or whether they are dotted by difficult decisions, take each day one at a time, seeking the only One who can give true peace, inerrant guidance and the strength you need for today.

Pastor The Dave

“I will seek You in the morning and I will learn to walk in your ways and step by step You’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days.”

For more Scripture on this subject, check out: Matthew 6:25-34, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 11:25-30, Luke 10:38-42, Isaiah 41:10,13    

Change or Die

It has been said that the only people that like change are ‘wet-babies’.  Nobody really likes change.  We are creatures of comfort.  As a people we are reluctant to change when we are comfortable.  Comfort is the enemy of obedience!  Trusting God requires that we leave the certainty of what we know to be ‘safe’ and step into the unknown.  This ‘unknown’ is where we see God do incredible things in our spiritual journey.  To be conformed and transformed we must be willing to move…and even change.  It requires a personal surrender on our part, as an individual and as the body of Christ.  The last thing we can be as a church is stable. Stable churches result in comfort.  Stable churches do not create new groups.  Stable churches do not reach their community.  Stable churches are not on mission.  Stability is an illusion.  Stable churches die!  It is past time to leave our pew and become engaged with the population around us!  Our vision as a church will foster our mission, resulting in a strategy that will reach the community with our action plan.  It is time to stop dating the church and time to fall in love with Jesus and His church!  Change or Die…that is the question. 

Because He Lives!

Pastor David  

Daily verses to read & reflect:  Romans 12:2 / Prov. 3:5-6/ Mark 16:15 / Matt. 16:24

What is the writer saying within the context of these verses?

How can you apply these verses to your life for today & throughout this week? 

As a follower of Jesus, what is your mission?  Big Picture, do you know the mission of your church and are you engaging in this work?  If so, how?  Clarify your mission today.

Wrestle with the fact that you might be ‘comfortable’.

What do you need to surrender today to be ‘uncomfortable’? 

Ask God to take you to the ‘unknown’. 

The Hurt in our Lives

I remember being a young minister of music in my early 20’s and having my first experiences visiting folks in the hospital. I went to visit Mr. Tom who had just completed knee replacement surgery a few days prior. I asked Mr. Tom how he was doing and received a lengthy description of his pain and suffering. He told me that he had spent time that morning walking for the first time since surgery and how miserable in pain he was. Then he said, “My physical therapist told me that sometimes you have to hurt in order to heal”. This is true in the Christian Life. We go through surgeries, trials, tragedies in our lives and in order to heal sometimes we must hurt. Thank God, we don’t have to hurt alone! Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Rest in that promise today. 

- Pastor Jack