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Friday Focus:The Guarantee

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.

John 10:28-30 ESV
http://bible.com/59/jhn.10.28-30.ESV

The ultimate security is knowing the place you are in, is safe. There is freedom in the obedience of Christ. Those who are in relationship with the father have the assurance that the Lord has them and no entity; large or small could physically remove them from the pressence of the Almighty.
This claim by Jesus is backed by the Father. In times like these, this guarantee should give us the motivation to do great exploits for the kingdom. It should free us to be who the Lord has called us to be. I get excited when I get to teach this message to teens; because, it allows them to recognize a constant in the tumultuous chapter of their lives.
As you get the honor of leading ministry, focus on the backing that you have in Christ. Focus on giving those you serve the oppurtunity to share the joy you have.

Friday Focus: be quick to listen….

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”‭‭James‬ ‭1:19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/jas.1.19.kjv

Ever hear the old adage? “God gave you two ears so you can listen twice as much as you speak.”  Now before you stop reading, hear me out(no pun intended).

As ministers and leaders this weekend lets really hear our brother and sisters real need.  Go past the “I’m fine” and hear what the spirit is telling you. I’m going to share a story , I had a guy at work come up to me and said he needed to talk, we went to the flight line and he began to tell me that his mom was sick, he went into detail on how the doctors were checking out the lab work and later explained the painful process of recovery, if she survived the surgery. I tried to reassure him that everything would work out, though he shot down any form of hope.  More on that later……

When folks speak to us are we really hearing what their need is? Jesus had Pastor-ed in this way,  he preached the word but he also met the need, even to a fault.  He gave them spiritual bread, but also met their physical hunger.  We as followers of Christ are to meet both in order for the germination of their faith to take place.  For example, we can preach on getting out of drugs or stop dealing in sin but never meet the need by helping them to rehab or helping them find alternatives to sin is as bad as, giving  guns to solders without ammunition and sending them to the front of the battle hoping they will survive.  Sorry about the rant, back to my story.

BE QUICK TO LISTEN..

Finally I said. “Brother, do you mind if we stop this conversation and just prayed that God would have his way and that we listen and agree to what He says.” He agreed. That opened up a door for the Holy Spirit to do what the word has promised.  Sure enough , mom has since recovered and back to full speed. Why? Because I listened to what was the need. Which was pray and give the situation over to the Lord.

SLOW TO SPEAK …

Communication is actually threefold transaction between two groups.  I have learned that there are three phases of effective communication and they are Sending the message. Receiving the message and, the Interpretation of the message. All transactions are needed. Additionally,  If the triad is disrupted in either action to the remaining two?  The consequences can be grievous.  We combat this by first, listening to the message, getting a clear understanding of what was said and then, speaking. It is very hard to be slow to speak while listening to the dialog and formulating a response simultaneously .

Next  week we will look at becoming slow to anger. So please join me as I share my thoughts next Friday.  You are awesome Leaders and Pastors. You are blooming where you are planted and I firmly believe that the Lord is not done with you yet!  The best is on its way look for the harvest not the lack. Pay attention to the leading of the spirit,  not the empty pews. You are making it everyday don’t quit. I’m praying for you! What are your thoughts?

Friday Focus: The Great Investment

When I think about retirement, and I know for many that may seem like a far away time and place. For me, however I know that this part of my working life is closing and a new one is opening. It is a part of life.

Looking back I wanted to invest in the stock market. I wanted to play the game, if you will. I dreamt of making it big and have enough for my family and I. Then as I was reading my bible plan, the scripture hit me with this:
     

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6:19-21

Investment takes commitment. It requires you to give attention to the matter of interest. It requires your heart. You may have to research the company you bought shares in. You may be reviewing paperwork on a home purchase. Investment may take your time. It can consume you because it is of value to you.
When I read this in scripture I thought it was just about money or financial planning. But as I started to contemplate the Lord’s true intent of these words I was gripped with how I am investing my life in ministry? Or to put it simply what am I doing for God that is of true value to both Him and I in that our hearts are united? How is my ministry bringing value to the kingdom of God? What treasure have I stored in heaven that out of it’s dividends I am able to effectively minister?

One of my favorite Pastors Benny Perez once said in a message “it is ok to have things…. Don’t let those things HAVE you”. I can agree with that.
The treasures you value can have you invested. There is no wrong in that. How is your return on your investment? Does it surpass the confines of time?
My son receives a commision for the amount of tasks he does around the house and at the end of the period he is paid. He also is responsible (with help) to divide his earnings into three areas; Giving, Saving, and Spending
By doing so he is free to buy his toys, because he has put some money away for somthing he may need and has money for offering on Sunday. It allows him freedom. He enjoys buying his toy, I as his Father enjoy his learning of finances. Toys break, but financial wisdom is timeless.
As we serve this weekend continue to invest in treasure Jesus held of value. So that as our hearts grow full of heaven’s return we can minister out of them freely.

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