One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me I was maybe 2-1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift and it was one of my favorite toys. Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought Daddy a little cup of 'tea,' which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The Greek phrase here for “continued steadfastly” is “intense addiction”. You could translate this verse, "And they addicted themselves to the apostles' doctrine and fellowship." The apostles' doctrine and fellowship became so important to the early believers that they could not live without it!
Wow, what a concept. We also see this spirit in 1 Corinthians 16:15 where it says, “ that Stephan’s household has addicted themselves to ministering to the saints. These guys were so committed to being there and helping a brother or sister make it through to victory; it became an addiction to them. Come on now, that’s real.
If you know anything about a drug addict you know that they cannot make it through a day without their drug of choice. Without taking the drug on a daily basis, the addict will go through incredible withdrawal pain and both mental and emotional trauma.
That is what developed among the saints in these verses. They were totally committed to each other. They were there for each other; facing adversity together; suffering together; experiencing persecution together; and rode it through to victory together. And as a result of their faithfulness and loyalty to each other, we are told that they “experienced miracles”. Look at verse 43, “Everyone keep feeling a sense of awe and many signs and wonders were taking place”.
Bottom line is; we need each other! When you are not sharing your life with other believers, you end up carrying all your pressures and problems on your own and in the process will just wear out. You need the passion of other believers to keep your own dreams fresh and alive!
So find ways to have contact with other believers on a daily basis. Encourage and support one another in whatever way you can. Find and join a home
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Then they came to the other side of the sea... then Jesus got out of the boat, and immediately there met Him a man with an unclean spirit, who lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him with chains, because the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
In Mark 5:1-6 we see Jesus crossing the stormy sea because a man had a need. The man looked one way, but wasn’t. He looked strong on the outside, but was crushed by what he had become, on the inside. Jesus didn’t come because of an unclean spirit, but because the man was “crying out”. The man of the tombs was crying out at what he had become; He didn’t want to be the man he was; He didn’t want his future to be the same as his past.
The man had a past, but Jesus was more concerned about his future. And it’s the same for us today.
Are you like Tomb Man? What is it that you don’t want to be anymore; that you don’t want to do anymore? Maybe you don’t want to be a drunk, a drug addict, a homosexual, hooked on porno anymore.
OR maybe you don’t want to be angry anymore; or critical; or lazy; or cold and aloft; or
destructive; jealous; suspicious; or condemning, OR maybe you don’t want to lie anymore; or steal anymore; or manipulate anymore.
Whatever it is God will hear us today when we cry out; He won’t condemn; He will come to us and deliver us today, yes, He will set us free. How much longer will you cry out? Receive your freedom now, in Jesus name.
And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I am excited about our new Growth Groups starting up in a couple of weeks. Last Sunday we had a great start of sign ups... so don't be the last one... Go to Faithcity.tv and sign up now... Get a group mentality it does a body good...