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I Can’t   Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes look in the mirror and see glaring back at me nothing but my own limitations.  We are finite creatures with physical, emotional, and spiritual limitations.  There are some things that we simply cannot do.

The disciples were in a situation with Jesus one day and what they saw were limitations.  A huge crowd was gathered and meal time rolled around.  They suggested sending them away when Jesus asked what was in the pantry.  “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish.” (Matthew 14:17, NIV).  ONLY.  This is all we have.  You can’t get there from here.  Here is the need and we can’t meet it.  We can’t.

Where we see limitations, God sees opportunity!

We know from the text that Jesus took those loaves of bread and two fish and miraculously multiplied them to feed the crowd of 5,000 men, plus the women and children present who were not counted.  You and I can look all around us and see ministry needs.  We need to reach our community for Christ.  We need to minister to real needs of hurting people.  We need to not only help groups and organizations that are making a Kingdom difference in our neighborhood and world, but we need to also be busy about this work ourselves!

How do we do this?  How do we meet these needs?  If God has unlimited resources, unlimited love, and unlimited compassion for our world, then why would we want to put our “limitations” in between Him and the ministry He calls us to perform?  There is no answer to that question.

When you sense God’s leadership in your life or your church, look to the Resource and not your own resources.

Random Thought   Leave a comment

How different will the world look tomorrow if I wake up and ask, “How can I bless God today?”

Doubts   1 comment

John 20:24-29

The Resurrected Jesus appeared to his disciples on many occasions, being seen by 500 people before ascending to heaven.  One of those appearances gives us a great word for today.  Thomas said that he would not believe Jesus was raised until he saw him and touched his wounds.  In other words, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  Jesus appeared.  He saw.  He believed. Read the rest of this entry »

When God Calls   Leave a comment

Sometimes, God’s call can be confusing.  I was recently invited to be part of a team to go help conduct Christian Ethics conferences in Tanzania, Africa.  My first and relatively immediate response was, “Nope.”  The invitation was reiterated along with information concerning some other invitees – people I know.  I conferred a bit with a couple in particular, but still determined my answer to be “no” because I simply couldn’t afford it and reasoned negative personal circumstances for rationale.

So when the third invitation transpired, something clicked in my mind: Samuel.   He heard the Lord call yet didn’t clearly understand.  Wise Eli told him to go back and listen one more time, then he would find his answer.  I believe this to be what has happened to me.

A third time I considered this invitation, only this time asking the Lord to help me see His heart and not my circumstances.  I called upon wise, prayerful friends to pray for God’s clear answer.  I asked spiritual leadership partners to pray and discuss this and let me know their collective thoughts.  Alas, my clear answer came.

Tanzania, by God’s grace, here I come!

Living Hope – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 10:34-43.

So God took hard-headed Peter and showed him that all things are good in God’s sight that He has created.  Then He took Peter to some Gentiles who were anxious to hear the Gospel message that ol’ hard head thought was pretty much just for “his” people. Read the rest of this entry »

Joy in the Adventure – Sermon Summary   1 comment

Philippians 3:4b-14.

The worldly definition of JOY differs from the Christian definition. Read the rest of this entry »