Monthly Archives: March 2010

Getting Caught In God’s Story–“HIStory”

In a recent sermon series our minister, brother Mark Maybrey, made a statement. I don’t remember the exact quote, but it was something like, “Get caught up in God’s story–HIStory, instead of trying to ask God to fit our version of the story.”  His point was that we tend to expect God to bless the plans that we’ve made rather than trying to seek where God is working and get involved in His work.

Today, I read my friend Ron Ethridge’s blog which talks about whining Christians in this present age.  In making his point he says, “How we act in adversity and in disappointing times reveals… exposes… and proves our faith.”  How true that is!!

Here is a connection I made in my mind in thinking about these two brothers and their wisdom.   I even commented on Ron’s blog to this effect.  It could be that God is preparing our hearts in these hard times to reach out to the world. I wonder too if God is not allowing my family to struggle in order to get us ready to help others who will struggle soon.

It is a tough world right now, that’s not even debatable.  The real question for us as God’s children is, How are we going to respond to the call of God to reach out to those who are hurting?  I realize that our definition of “hurting” in America compared with the rest of the world might be skewed by our prosperity, but hurting is hurting and people in our country are hurting.

Here’s the deal.  People all around us are trying to find their way.  I am trying again to find my way back into the kind of ministry God wants for me.  I have no clue what that is going to look like, but I’m just glad to be back in the frame of mind to want it again.  I am looking for places where God is working and trying to get involved there.  If that is a church, fine.  If that is bi-vocational, fine.  Even in the hard times we are going through, if that is where He wants me, I guess that will have to be fine too!  The point here is focusing on what God wants for me and my family.  That is a daily process.

Let us all do one thing that brother Ron asked of us in his blog.  Let’s stop whining and start trying to spread Jesus to the world.  God knows our story better than we know it ourselves.  Let’s trust Him to take us through.  It’s time for all of us to begin living what we’ve been telling the world and that is:  God is still in control!  Trust it!  Relax!

(Proverbs 3:5 NCV)  “Trust the LORD with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding.”

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When Your Hut Is Burning

I read the following in an email today and it blessed my life. God is looking out for us all.

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and  to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames,   with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with  disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, ‘God! How could you do this to me?’

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him!  ‘How did you know I was here?’ asked the weary man of his rescuers. ‘We saw your smoke signal,’ they replied.  The Moral of This Story: It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn’t lose   heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.

Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that  summons the Grace of God.



Improving

The word for today is “IMPROVING.” I guess frustration is a state of mind. I guess I’ve just been more seeking and not finding “yet.” Just like Greg said, “God is awesome, never fails, and His grace is sufficient.” I just think that sometimes those things get clouded by much lesser important things.

So, at least for today, I feel I am “Improving” my attitude. Praise God!!

Thank you Sonny for the Psalm passage reminder. Wonderful words from a man who went through so much!!


Frustrated

There you have it my blog for the day! FRUSTRATED!!


American Christianity — We Ought To Be Ashamed

Any time my mom said, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself boy,” I knew I had done something that required lots of remorse to show that I cared at all. Those words came to my head again after watching the following video on a friend’s blog. I had to share it with you guys. Please take the nine minutes of time and watch this. It just might change our perspective about what really matters.

This past Sunday at our church it was reported that someone got up and left claiming to never be back. The bottom line reason was that “things were just getting out of hand.” Know what tipped her over the proverbial edge? We actually clapped a little louder during the song “Shout Hallelujah.” I’m sorry, but that doesn’t even show up on the radar of importance from the perspective of scripture and especially in light of persecution.

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