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September 24, 2012, 2:13 PM

Why Not Pray This Prayer


 

Why not pray this prayer?

   The Bible is full of prayers some famous, most are not. The famous ones I hear people pray often. I suppose the most well-known is what we call the Lord’s Prayer. It’s really an example prayer for us to pray, taught by Jesus himself. We hear it often, and I’m sure we should. I ran across one I don’t think I ever heard anyone pray. It helped me to understand the prayer Jesus taught.

Proverbs 30:7-9 "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

    It occurs to me that I have never heard this prayer…” God don’t give me too much!” It helps me understand Jesus’ teaching when He told us to ask only for our daily bread. You see if I have more than I need, well it’s so easy to say I don’t need You any more God. I have all I need! If I receive less than I truly need, well it’s easy to go out and dishonor Him.

  I hear and see frequently how America has wandered far away from God. I also hear and see frequently how blessed we are. We have more than we really need. Maybe this prayer in Proverbs 30 is teaching us what we need to remember and pray for. The biggest fear I have for us and our country is we may have come to the place where we have so much, we now ask, “Who is the Lord?” Maybe what we need is not more…. but less. Less, so we might trust Him more. Lord God, give us just what we need for today so that we might learn how to depend on you more tomorrow.

I need You more
More than yesterday
I need You Lord
More than words can say 
I need You more 
Than ever before 
I need You Lord 
I need You Lord 

Today may we receive only our daily bread, so we might learn the need to trust Him more.  Have a great week!     Philip


 




September 12, 2012, 2:13 PM

Where were you?


 

Where were you?

 

   I think it happens for every generation at least once. For my parent’s generation it was December 7, for mine it seems to be September 11th. We will always remember where we were on that September morning 11 years ago. I think it’s a good question to ask. Where were you?

   Today as I write this there are many gatherings planned to help us remember. We remember those who died, we remember those who rushed in to help the dying and how it cost them their lives. I remember where I was that morning. But I also know memory is a tricky thing. There are a lot of things that happened I don’t remember. And it’s not one of those anniversaries’ we want to celebrate, we just remember what happened in New York, Washington D.C. and some field in Pennsylvania. I will never forget those who lost so many loved ones on 9/11.

   Tragedy has been part of human existence for a long time. We humans seem to be pretty good at that. Here is what I want to remember. Our God is pretty good, no He is real good at taking the tragedy we create and turning it around, and that’s something I will always remember. If you asked the disciples where they were when Jesus died, no doubt they could do that. I also have a confidence they would remember how God took that tragedy and turned it into the greatest victory mankind had ever known. I’m sure they could tell you where they were when He died. Lost and without hope. Ask Judas. But the more important question is where they were the next Sunday. The moment they surely will remember is where they were when they heard the good news that Jesus was alive. In fact it was so good they couldn’t believe their own ears! But it was true; God had taken human tragedy, human sin and turned it into VICTORY.

   Now that’s worth remembering. I will never forget where I was when I heard and realized the good news! Luke 24:33, 34

They didn't waste a minute. They were up and on their way back to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and their friends gathered together, talking away: "It's really happened! The Master has been raised up—Simon saw him!" (msg)

Where were you when you heard?  Have a great week!        Philip

 

   

  

 

   




September 4, 2012, 11:09 AM

Shelter


Shelter

   The past couple of years I have become a fan of those shows where a guy or two, or a man and his wife are put out in the wilderness and have to survive with just a few things they have with them. I do not enjoy watching them eat some of the things they choose to eat, but I suppose if I were to get hungry enough I could do the same. I do enjoy watching them always try to construct some kind of shelter before the night comes. I think even in the best of climates, we as humans realize the need for shelter when the night comes. This fall the Wednesday morning ladies class will look at The Shelter of God’s Promises. The books will be in the office by this weekend and we invite all ladies interested to come and be blessed by our study.

  One of my favorite songs growing up, (and still is today) was Standing on the Promises. We know because God says so, we can always count on His promises! So we sing with confidence of standing on the promises of God. I know from my own experiences when the weather is good, the seas are calm, I don’t spend too much time thinking about shelter. The time comes when darkness or bad weather descends and I really understand the need for the shelter of God’s promises! It’s those times I begin to wonder if maybe God has forgotten me! Of course I know He hasn’t, but I may need to be reminded on a regular basis of God’s promises of protection and deliverance. We will spend the next few months searching scripture for what God has promised, what those promises mean and how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the greatest promise God has made to us. God has been providing shelter for a long time to His people. He has promised to do the same for us. A long time ago God said this to one of His prophets, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.”

   God promises to place us where there is shelter. It will always be a place near Him, A promised place where we can stand. Come and join us each Wednesday morning at 10 am as we seek the Shelter of God’s promises! I love you all.      Philip

 

 




August 28, 2012, 9:30 AM

I like new! Most of the time.


 

 

  I really like new stuff, Leigh and I just got a new car. By my count it is the 4th brand new car I ever had! I really like new cars. Sometimes though I really like old stuff, you know the things that I have and will never get rid of as long as I am alive here.

God’s word calls on us to become new, over and over again. Usually when we talk about it we connect it with baptism and being born again as a new creature. Now that is certainly what happens when we are baptized but when Paul talks frequently about becoming a new creation he is speaking to folks who were baptized a while ago. In Colossians he writes, “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Paul is plainly talking here about Christians becoming “new” being a process. The goal is of course to become an image of our Creator! (Genesis 1)  He gives us great instruction on what is our responsibility in this ongoing process! First we clean up our mouths, we stop being angry, not to just stop saying angry hateful things, but to actually stop being hateful people! Now I will be the first to admit how hard that is to do. But God doesn’t leave us on our own, He sent His Spirit to act on our hearts, if we will only submit to Him. We with God’s help we take off and put on. “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. It’s my prayer this week; I continue to take off the old and continue to put on the new! I think I will like it. I love you all!             Philip




August 21, 2012, 10:54 AM

Phil Us Up!

 

Believe the Story

 

   I was reminded by a friend of mine a story that I have known since I started going to Bible School many years ago. I can still learn some things from those old childhood stories. We all love the story of David and Goliath. The bravery of little David going out with just a sling and some stones and taking out the big evil Goliath! After David does that we read—“Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines.” I always admired the bravery of David and the “men of Israel”. But wait a minute, in the narrative of the story David has to go out and face the giant because “the men of Israel” were all scared to death! No one in the whole country could be found to take on the Philistine champion, except little David. I read a commentary that says this about 1st Samuel 17. “They shouted of a victory to which they had contributed nothing except six weeks of cowardice.”

   Now wait a minute, these cowards still experienced victory over the Philistine but only by getting behind God’s chosen one, David. Victory was theirs! I can just see the men of Israel, “come on guys, we got em on the run now!” The whole nation celebrated because victory was theirs.

   Same story, second verse for us, Satan comes, shouts threats, and we are scared. The young man, Jesus shows up, and says I’ll take him on. Jesus wins, Satan loses, we shout victory as if we have won, and we have because we are in Christ, buried with him in baptism. He fought, we won. Now I have to believe the story!  Have a great week! philip

 


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