Luke 19 in the Gospels, is a description of how Jesus the Messiah walked from the Mount of Olives to the city of Jerusalem with people praising him as God. He rode on a donkey which had never been ridden on, and people worshiped Jesus as God. The religious leaders wanted Jesus to rebuke his followers for singing to him. He refused. Then Jesus told them they missed out on the work of God because they didn’t notice the time of God’s coming. Do you know what time it is? Have you recognized the timing of God, to send Jesus to earth as a ransom for your soul. God has made a way to know himself, through Jesus, His only Son. Don’t miss out on the timing of God in your life. Don’t let pride get in the way of you recognizing God’s salvation.
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Jesus taught us to forgive others, so that the Heavenly Father can forgive us.
Jesus doesn’t ask us how we “feel” about this conditional statement in his sermon on the mount. In fact, most of the Bible doesn’t ask the reader how we feel about what God says. In light of that, how is forgiveness working out in your life? Are you one who holds a grudge? Are you letting the evil stored up in your heart spill out onto others, or are good things spilling out of your life? When God asks us to forgive others who offend us, think politics, think personal offenses, think mistakes made … He is asking our hearts to be in line with His heart, since God forgave us more than we could ever ask.
Let’s put it this way, maybe you only have to forgive others, as much as God as already forgiven you … that’s all. If we can figure out how to forgive, then our capacity to love will be even greater still. Let’s walk in the wholeness and grace of God’s forgiveness, which spills out onto others.
Do you face persecution as a faith person? Do you face trials that want to hurt your faith? We all face some kind of opposition in life, and even Jesus said, “don’t be surprised with people persecute you because of me, in fact, rejoice in your suffering.” We are called to a new perspective in suffering trials. Peter tells us to not be surprised with trials come, because we are enduring suffering with Jesus, as we walk by faith. Trials that come will make us stronger in faith when we endure to the end. We don’t want to be lawn chair Christians, kicking back and taking life easy. It seems like like would be better to not suffer for faith, but in the end that kind of easy life faith makes us weak and useless for God.
We get ourselves into a trap of pleasing others, which eventually makes us compromise our integrity, or sell out, or miss the goals we want to achieve. It’s easy to become a people pleaser if we remain obsessed with what people think about us. But when we embrace the identity that God gives us in Christ, we can live into the beloved child of God that He created. You choose. Keep people pleasing and feel empty, or be a God-pleaser and feel complete.
She saw the mission of God, working around the world. Little did she know that God would be building her up personally, as much as building up His Kingdom around her and through her. Join us as we hear how the work of God is seen in the world.
Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on wisdom as a spiritual discipline. People with faith in God are called to continue learning and sharpening their minds, so that they might honor God with all they have. Some people label Christians as following God with blind faith. They say, “How do you know if the Bible is true?” “Why would you put your faith into some God you can’t see?” Billy Graham said, “You can’t see gravity, or the wind, you can see the effects of each, but even though not seeing, everyone believes they are true.” People with faith in God believe that God exists and He wants us to truly know Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. You can know God personally, and even though it takes faith, we believe and continue to learn with wisdom how to trust in God.
This is going to be an amazing week.
I was asked to be the speaker for the mission trip with Redeemer Covenant Church, Orangevale, CA this week. They are a group of 29 kids and leaders who chose to forego their trip to Mexico this year, in light of the violence, and come to Soldotna, AK for a week.
Their goal is to minister to children through a VBS program all week. They are also connecting with young moms who are living in transitional housing and providing ministry connection points for them.
I have the privilege of hanging out with these 29 kids, learning their stories and speaking from the heart of God each evening. God is challenging me and my heart this week as a speaker. I usually come to camp, or mission totally prepared to share from God’s Word that which God has given me a couple months before a trip. This one is unique.
Matt, the youth pastor, asked me to come and hang out with kids, learn their stories and share from “whatever God is leading” in their lives. It’s a new adventure for me… and I like it.
This morning God lead us to Psalm 16:7-8 “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
I will give praise to the Lord for he is good, delightful, forgiving, merciful, bountiful, able, abiding, redeeming, larger than our plans…
The LORD counsels me, even at night… God will lead us and guide us through our week as we venture into this “unknown” together. Even at night God will guide us and lead us into thoughts that bless him and bless one another.
I have set the LORD always before me… God is the one who leads me, and he is before me. I must follow God and listen to his voice as he leads our group to something that will glorify him.
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken… there is nothing that can happen this week that will shake us to the core, because God’s right hand will guide and comfort us.
I am going to enjoy this challenge of seeking the voice of God for Redeemer Covenant this week. God is already giving me ears to listen and a heart to seek His voice as I speak. Join me this week in praying for God’s clear leading in our lives together.
We are blessed to be a blessing.