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Win one for the Truth!

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 9:3

In the beginning of the football season, sports commentators make their team predictions.  They predicted how many team wins, how many team losses, the players to watch, who will win it all, and so on.  Sometimes their comments are quite flattering and given to high praise.  Sometimes their comments are blunt and pointed causing a bit of pain for even the most fired up fan.

Looking at his peers, his nation, his country, Jeremiah gave a sharp commentary on their spiritual condition.  He did not soften his words, nor did he flowery up his words.  It was real–it was really honest.  I cannot imagine what Jeremiah thought when he recorded those words.  Did he cringe?  Did he hesitant?  Did his heart pain for his countrymen?  Jeremiah’s lament reveals his deepest love and concern for his nation’s spiritual condition.

He lamented “…they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth.”  Being valiant for the truth has become so passe in our time.  Yet, every one of God’s people should have a courageous determination for the truth.  No man, woman, or child ought to relinquish the truth, but rather protect it as a hid treasure as the Psalm wrote, “Thy word have I hid [treasured] in my heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).  Too many of God’s people today hold truth so loosely that truth has become obscured in the land.   The very opposite is embraced–lies, deception, falsehoods.   To embrace lies is to embrace vanity and all that is worthless.  It consumes one so much that they seek that which will never satisfy–they proceed from evil to evil, hoping that the next lie will finally bring the satisfaction they so desperately seek.

The actual reality that brings complete satisfaction is only found in a personal relationship with the Truth–the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us not waste our time pursuing the worthless, but let us invest our time in pursuing the worthy.  May our hearts cry out, “Oh, how I want to be valiant for the Truth!”

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Monday Musing…

Every Christian’s spiritual journey is unique.  No two are alike because no two Christians are alike.  This truth makes the journey all that more exciting and memorable for each Christian!  Yes, the reality is discouragement, heartache, and trouble interrupt our journey, but through those rocky paths you discover a view of God you would have never seen before.  Often those rocky paths sharper our focus on God and who He is.

Should we then long for those rocky paths?  Not at all.  Your longing should be that God would reveal more about Himself to you as you walk with Him—whatever the way He chooses.  After all, an all-knowing God knows what is best and what will bring you to a place of joy and satisfaction.  No greater Friend will you ever find this side of eternity then you will find in a personal relationship with God.

Take your next step in your spiritual journey with a joy and confidence knowing that God will be with you at every step.

 

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. – Psalm 37:23

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Remembering God loved us first…

When you really begin thinking about the love of God, you can become quickly overcome by the depth of God’s love. We toss the word love around like we use the word great. I love the 49ers! I love that show! I love zucchini casserole! Ok, not the best examples, but you get the idea.

The Bible tells us that God loved us first. The holy, righteous, just God of the universe loved us—wretched, wicked, and unworthy sinners. I’m mean He knew all our secrets, even those deep dark ones that we have never told anyone. He knows us inside and out.

If He knew everything about us, our failures, faults, etc., why would He give His one-and-only Son, Jesus Christ. Because He loved us. It doesn’t make sense as to why, but it does draw us to praise and thank Him. Here’s a few verses on that thought…


 

Romans 5:12 KJV – Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 12:1-2 KJV – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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Upgrade ministry, increase effectiveness

Upgrade your ministry. That thought is the driving force behind my ministry. Effectiveness is an essential element in any ministry. To be effective, one must be willing to upgrade–improve–their ministry. The moment you settle and become content with where you are at, you lose your effectiveness. That’s why many ministries close their doors. They became content, comfortable, and eventually callous to ministry.

My goal is to help church leaders like myself (AKA “gadget pastors”) increase their effectiveness. Now, I don’t have all the answers and that’s great! Together in this blog setting we can share spiritual encouragement, ministry ideas, technology tips, etc. that will be a help to us all.

So sit back, bookmark this site, chime in, and let’s upgrade our ministries!

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