Archive for October 2008

Model Making   Leave a comment

I was going to entitle this post as “Models,” but decided that might draw some of the wrong attention.  When I was a younger lad, I used to thoroughly enjoy making models, such as model cars, tanks, and especially military ships such as aircraft carriers.  While I was never the best at painting all of those tiny parts before gluing them into their respective places, I found myself enjoying the detail work – a pleasure that has since left my world.

Becoming a visionary leader has removed much of my desire for detail work, yet there are times when I find myself actually missing this part of the process.  Having this thought recur this morning reminded me of the great joy I took in paying attention to the most minor of details.  Then I happened upon 1 Kings. Read the rest of this entry »

The Next Step – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Joshua 22:1-6

The conquering of the Promised Land was now complete.  The tribes of Reuben and Gad along with the half-tribe of Manasseh were about to cross back over the Jordan to their promised portions of the kingdom.  It is here that Joshua gives a formula that will help every Christian as we continue to take forward steps into the center of God’s will for our lives and our churches. Read the rest of this entry »

Courage   Leave a comment

I was reading from the book of Esther this morning.  Within the first couple of chapters, it becomes obvious what needs to happen.  God will need someone of strong faith to find the courage to speak up boldly for Him and His people because the people of God are about to be wiped out.  While Mordecai was able to get Esther her opportunity to become the new queen, God was preparing her to learn her place not in society but before the King of kings.  Courage would be required of her at the risk of her own life. Read the rest of this entry »

The Family – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 2:42-47, 10/12/8

On a recent trip back home to Ohio something very rare happened.  My Dad was having surgery and my Mother, sister, and I were all in the room with Dad before they took him to the procedure.  I have to admit, I missed the meaning of the moment at that time because I found myself slipping into “pastoral” mode.  You know; asking the family to join hands, leading a heart-felt prayer, and then leaving the room with the family for the surgical waiting lounge.

It didn’t dawn on me until later – when was the last time my family of origin was together like that and actually prayed together?  To this minute, I don’t recall the last time.  But what I found to be a very good point to remember was that we did share this moment.  The feeling of “family” is essential for all of us.

So how does this apply to the church? Read the rest of this entry »

Can’t Do – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Selected passages from Exodus 3-4 and Mark 6.  10/5/8

I have had 6 knee surgeries.  The stories are long and I certainly won’t bore you with those here.  Following the last two procedures, I remember the my specialist going through a rather impressive list of things that I am no longer capable of performing.  He told me to avoid steps at all costs.  I should never get on my knees for any reason.  (It’s a good thing that being prostate before the Lord can be done spiritually).  When I sit, I should never cross my legs the way most men do.  On and on the list of things I can’t do goes.

When it comes to the church and God’s people, our attitudes and actions are what determine what we can and can’t do.  God’s people have a habit of learning the hard way that if we allow any of these to stand in the way of serving the Lord, the Lord will not be pleased with us. Read the rest of this entry »

Stand Firm – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Jude 17-25, 9/28/8

I love watching the weather channel when strong storms and hurricanes are imminent.  Call it my twisted sense of humor, but I get a chuckle out of watching the reporters trying to stand up in the face of heavy winds.  I was watching Fox News when hurricane Ike was coming into Galveston, Texas, and saw a report of Geraldo Rivera getting knocked over by a wave and tumbling across the screen.  Let’s face it, watching other people lose their footing can be quite humorous, especially when we know that they are not injured.  The funny video programs have made a fortune from these types of events caught on tape.

A message for the church today is that we need to be strong.  Be bold and courageous.  Stand firm, but don’t stand still.  Why?  Because the enemies of the Lord are working hard already and will increase their efforts to dissuade you from doing God’s will in His church. Read the rest of this entry »

Clearance Sale   1 comment

Everything must go!  Our family recently participated in a yard sale as we continue to make preparations for moving.  Just like everybody else who has such events, we had zero desires to take any of these “treasures” back into our house.  Our words to passersby and potential customers were something like this, “If you see something you like but don’t like the price, speak up!  We can take care of that for you.  This is a clearance sale and everything must go.”  To our delight and surprise, all but two medium-sized boxes remained.  God is good!

I doubt that the apostle Paul had any yard sales, but I do believe that one point he was making to the church in Philippi had some similar principles. Read the rest of this entry »