Month: January, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
HOUR OF POWER
Have you set your phone alarm to remind you to pray for our church body and search team each day? Time is a unique, wonderful gift of God given to everybody equally.
Some have great talent, others abundant money, but everyone has exactly twenty-four hours everyday!
May the scriptures below guide your prayers this week.
Psalm 63:3, Hebrews 13:15, Matthew 6:9b
All prayer should begin with a recognition of God’s nature. The Lord’s prayer -- our model for all praying -- begins with "Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be they name." Praise is that aspect of prayer which vocally esteems God for His virtues and accomplishments.
Psalm 37:7, Isaiah 40:31, Lamentations 3:25
Not only should we begin prayer with praise, but time also should be given to being "quiet" in God’s presence. The original Hebrew text of Psalm 37:7, "Rest in the Lord," really means "be still" in the Lord. This is not meditation, or just a time for listening; is is simply taking time to let God love you!
Sunday, January 18, 2015
PRAY FOR THE SEARCH COMMITTEE
Here are four areas to pray for on the behalf of your search:
• Pray for patience. Pray that the group would wait for God’s timing.
• Pray that your search committee will have the mind of Christ and agree. Much of the process is subjective. Personal opinions adn preferences are involved. Differences can divide. Ask that they would heed Paul’s advice for unity, having the humble attitude of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:1-12, especially verse 5). It is so easy for us consciously -- or more often, unconscoiusly -- to bring our own agendas into church business.
• Pray for wisdom to choose the right person. Pray that the pastoral search committee will renew their minds in the Bible so that they can have Word-centered wisdom (Romans 12:1-2).
• Pray for discipline for your search committee and other church leaders. The search process will require a great deal of follow-through on the parts of individuals. It will also require that they not digress from the agenda or retrace decisions they have already made. Pray for unity and agreement between your elders and the pastoral search committee.
Taken from When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
WHAT DID I BRING TO THIS CONFLICT?
"MAKING THINGS RIGHT"
Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."
○ Love – Did I in word, though, and deed, consistently demonstrate and unswerving devotion of commitment to this other person, with selfless sacrifice seeking his/her best interests before the Lord, or did I focus primarily on myself and my wants?
○ Joy – In this situation, in word, thought, and deed, did I exemplify and undisturbed happiness in God so that my confidence in who He is let me maintain my composure, or did I exemplify delight only when I got my way?
○ Peace – Did I, in word, thought, and deed, maintain an inward calm in God throughout the conflict, confident that His will would be done, or did I respond sinfully with inward turmoil and aggravation at those who made my life harder.
○ Patience – Did I, in word, thought, and deed, endure a long time with the irritations of this situation, and continue to persevere in my commitment to this person or did I carry around obvious or subtle frustration?
○ Kindness – Did I, in word, thought, and deed, go out of my way to extend a pleasant and generous attitude to this person – one that communicates tenderness and affection, despite the irritations and frustrations of the conflict, or did I close up?
○ Goodness – Did I, in word, thought, and deed, invest in the other person with a kind of overwhelming care to help him/her to be all that God would have him/her be, where his or her needs were my priority to meet, or did I pull away?
○ Faithfulness – Did I, in word, thought, and deed, follow through on my commitments to the Lord and this person, despite the perceived wrongs done to me, or did I leave this person to himself/herself?
○ Gentleness – Did I, in word, thought, and deed, seek to soothe, refresh, and nurture the other person, so that his/her heart and life was encouraged, or did I treat him/her harshly, callously, or ungraciously?
○ Self-control – Did I, in word, thought, and deed, restrain my own passions from venting against this person, or did I take this conflict so personally that I expressed anger, quarrelsomeness, or rudeness of any kind?
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Pastor Walt Moser
Sunday, January 18, 2014
How do we control what our mind thinks? The Bible tells us to set our minds on things above (Col 3:2), yet we are consistently bombard by things that can draw us away from Christ centered thinking. Currently, in the news we hear about the Charlie Hebdo shooting; the arrest in Belgium of suspected terrorists; a judge in Sioux Falls declaring same sex unions are legal; in the small town of Beresford a man was shot by police; headlines in the Argus Leader say that human trafficking is in our backyard; the stock market tumbled this week; plus many more news accounts that cause us to take our mind off “things above.”
I was asked this week how life is going , my response was “right now life is like herding cats.” Numerous issues of importance seem to be running rampant in my life right now. Issues like, where is God calling us to serve him? Our vehicles are high millage. Do we replace them now or do we wait? What do I need to do for our summer bicycle trip of 4000 miles across the US, and many more. All of them trying to take my mind off “things above”.
Setting our mind on things above requires we know our “life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). Two major things we most since we are hidden with Christ: 1) When God sees us He sees Christ. God doesn’t see all the sins we have committed, because the cross covers them. The payment for our sin is covered in full. God see the work of Christ on the cross for all who believe. 2) We have shelter or protection in Jesus. No matter what Satan or his host of warriors may try to say or do against us, it doesn’t change how God sees. It cannot rob us of our God given status. We are secure in Christ.
The Apostle Paul tells us to put on, or be clothed with compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven us. Keeping our mind set on things above is done by making these character traits who we are. Paul summarizes how we keep our mind on Christ by saying, “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17).
What steps can you take today to get keep your thoughts on things above?
Mind Meld from WCB on Vimeo.