Posts Tagged ‘Denominations’

Stair-Master “Faith”

10/12/2011
Church of Christ at Wedderburn, Victoria

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Today is part one of a two-part message, I put together to describe two different kinds of “faith” people like to follow, or tend to, and it is unfortunate that they chose either.

Have you ever been on a stairmaster? Ever gotten off of one, realized how much work you had just done, and acknowledged the fact that you are standing in the exact same place you were, pre-workout?

That is the crummy faith life that many in our modern society have. They show up for church on Sunday, maybe even two or three more times during the week, but as soon as the key is in the ignition and they drive out of the parking lot, followed by unlocking the door and walking into their homes, it’s over until next time.

They built up a spiritual sweat during service and worshipped with all of their hearts while learning with all their minds. But when the lights of the church go off for the day, so do those people’s faith.

The workout in the gym might be great, but living your faith life that way is absolutely counterproductive to what Christ instructed us to do. We are instructed to serve the purpose of Christ in all aspects of our lives, not only at church.

My advice for you today, if any of the above applies to you, as your personal spiritual trainer for the day, get off of the stairmaster, and hit the spiritual cross-country track of the world to share the love and redemption of Christ.

 

Chris

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POWERLESS

08/29/2011

Bulletin/Handout notes
 
Original Message/Sermon: James Chastain
 
From One50Five service on 8/21/11.
 
(listen to sermon at one50five.com)
 
From the series: “I AM SECOND” 
 
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
 
3 QUESTIONS WE SHOULD ASK OURSELVES EVERY DAY
 
1. Who am I sumbitting to? God, or the world?
 
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17
 
2.) Who am I resisting? God, or the devil?
 
“Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4b
 
“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” Romans 12:21
 
**DOING GOOD REQUIRES YOU TO: Become powerless. (Humbleness: a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience.)** 
 
3.) Am I receiving God’s POWER by becoming POWERLESS?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Make every day Pay-Day (3)

06/06/2011
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(continuing where we left off yesterday)

How often to we promise God things and go back on it later? Some of us have done this even to each other. How far ahead of us is this old hero Jeph? Think of the vows you took as members of your church. Many of us haven’t even fulfilled our commitments to our debtors much less our churches. Some of us have yet to even pay for the clothes we are wearing right this second and never will either.

 Maybe we made promises to serve in our church or financial commitments and never came through just because our church won’t sue us. Keep in mind that those promises to your church, were not made to men and women of the church, they were truly made to and before God himself.

Many of you reading today have read other messages on this site, and made commitments to God based on the impression God put on your heart after reading the message. Remember, most of you didn’t tell me of those promises, some did, but the fact is, it isn’t me you turn back on your word with, it’s God. Just like Jeph, “you gave your word to God and cannot take it back”.

What about the promise you made to God when you were sick? What about the promise you made to God if he would bless your family with a child? What about the promise you made to God by the death-bed of a love done? I pray that God will help us make today a spiritual pay-day to Him. I pray that we can all honestly say “I have given my word to God, and I can’t take it back”.  

God Bless

Chris

A matter of trust.

05/11/2011
Haida gold box - Bill Reid

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God gave me two boxes, one was black and the other was gold. He instructed me to place all my sorrows in the black box and all my joys in the gold box. So I did, I placed all my sorrows in the black and all my joys in the gold. As time went on, I noticed the gold box was getting heavy. I decided to check the black box, it was much lighter. That’s weird, so I opened the black box and to my surprise it was empty! As I was looking in the box, I noticed a hole in the corner. I wondered, where did all my sorrows go? I showed God and mused , where could all my sorrows be? He smiled gently at me and said,”My child they are here with me.” I thought further on this & asked another question. Why did you give me these two boxes? He responded,”My child, the gold is so you can count your blessings and the black is so that you let go of your sorrows.”
 
I want to thank my friend for sending me the above story, it really came in a time of need. I believe the point of this story is that we truly give God our sorrows. We make that black box a part of our walk with God. So many times we hold on to the past, instead of looking to the future God has for us. When we hold on to the past, it hurts us even more. Anger, jealousy, sorrow, and all the many hurts we have in life, tend to make us bitter and depressed. God gave us the Bible to tell us how to live. If you read it, He shows us how to deal with all this stuff, in such a way , that we get past it and even prosper because of it. We need to remember that God will make all our wrongs right, if we let Him handle it. Instead we sweep it under the rug or even worse than that
we try to fix it in our own strength, the worlds way. Which usually turns out bad and definitely not to our good.
 
“God will fight for you and you will hold your peace” Exo. 14:14

God is so good that if you trust him, he  gives you peace. This is so true! God gave me this word to stand on when I felt ill-equipped to fulfil the purpose he had for me. He led me to the tools I needed or sent someone else to fight for me. He also made right my wrongs and used them to help other people. When I listened or followed, there was such a peace. I kept my focus on the purpose God had for me, and the wrongs were made right. My issues were dealt with and I was able to go onto the future. Was it easy? No! Was it worth it? Most definitely, Yes!
 
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matt.6:33
 
Look for the purpose that God has for you and he will work all of your issues out. Letting go, means trusting that God has you and if you fall, he will be there to lift you up. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Trust him, It is just a matter of trust.

God bless you all,

Hope                                    

God Reveals Himself

03/25/2011

Let God Be Your Light In Your Tunnel

Have you ever had problems in your life that you just simply could not see how God could let you go through them? Well, have you ever thought that maybe just maybe, sometimes Jesus puts things in our lives to build us up? What about the thought that maybe he puts these in our lives to reveal himself to us? To show you His grace first hand.
 
God really put me through the ringer last year. I could not be more grateful either. I turned away from my family, my friends, my church, and most importantly, God himself. I completely ceased being charitable, stopped serving, put everything on the shelf that I was involved in. I lied to people, lots of people. I started heading down a dark road that didn’t at all feel like “me”. I know what triggered everything. And I have put that particular grief behind me, as has my wife. Sometimes when we are going through the worst storms of our lives, we don’t want to see God in the middle. But once you find yourself in the eye of the storm, you feel the peace in the center. That peace is God, showing his grace in abundance even when it doesn’t feel like it. Like the Allstate insurance commercial says, “that light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t have to be an oncoming train“. They could not be more RIGHT! That light doesn’t have to be a train, but if you calm yourself, breathe deep, and actually look around, you will see that it is not a light at all, it is God, in his own way, showing you Himself.
 
God Bless
 
Chris

SLOW DOWN

03/01/2011
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A man was running late for a job interview. When he arrived, he couldn’t find a parking space. He prayed aloud: “God, if you help me find a parking space, I will go to church every Sunday, a Bible study every week, and be more charitable with my money. Amen”. Just then a parking space opened up right in front of the buildings entrance. The man said, “Never mind God, I found one myself”.

How many times have we sat in lectures or services and heard the pastor speak about LISTENING to God. The man in the above story loved speaking to God, but apparently was soooo busy with trying to get to the interview God gave him to begin with and asking for even further help to get in the door, he didn’t “hear” God. God spoke quite plainly to him, without even using words, God’s actions spoke for Him, yet the man could not hear because he was so pre-occupied. Speaking of getting things done in an orderly fashion….

We stay up late, get up early, avoid having fun and keep our loved ones waiting all for the sake of “getting everything done”. We tell ourselves that there will be plenty of time for all of the good things in life once we complete the tasks we have laid down for ourselves. Let’s be real here for a second people….once that list is cleared, we generally have already replaced all of the old tasks with new ones! Keep in mind, nothing is more important with your walk with Christ therefore nothing is more important than your true happiness. Your true completion. Try to remember friends, that the purpose of life is not to get everything done but to enjoy each step along the way. There will always be unfinished business to take care of, but at the same time all things, including our to-do lists, will fade away but the Word and Love of God will not.

Be Blessed,
Chris