This is part two of my first ever blog series from 2016. His Way Church was special. My wife and I got married there, we have a lot of good memories. Reading this again was a great reminder of God setting the stage for things. Unfortunately His Way Church is no longer running and I’ve lost touch with the Pastor. I hope and pray he is okay.
That’s when the urge started again to find a church. I would pray asking for guidance for two things, to find a church that would focus on Christ’s teaching and for myself to learn how to do works not just have faith. I had three bible verses that were on my mind. When James said faith without works is dead, when Jesus said to remove the plank from your eye before you worry about the spec in your brother’s eye and when Jesus confronted the men about to stone the adulterous woman he said, he who is without sin cast first stone. These three were very powerful to me.
Now Jane and I still talked about how we missed our old church. Then one day on the way home, we saw an advertisement for an Easter egg hunt and the address was the same as our old church. We couldn’t…
View original post 373 more words
This blog is inspired by one of my favorite ministries, “Bible Thinker” by Pastor Mike Winger. His mission is to get people to think biblically but today I want to take a different direction. Instead, I want to focus on behaving biblically.
Truth is behaving biblically in some ways is harder than thinking biblically.
We all fail at this but some fail and fall hard.
I see people fall deep into sin. I see people mishandle and manipulate scripture to fit their world view. I even see people who are well versed in scripture behave in a manner that is the opposite of the way a Christian should behave.
Which of course begs the question what is the point of you knowing scripture if you yourself aren’t behaving like scripture tells you?
Thinking Biblically and Behaving Biblically aren’t mutually exclusive as a matter of fact they go hand in hand. If you truly are thinking biblically then you should be behaving biblically.
So let’s think Biblically about behavior. They’re many examples on how to behave in scripture but today I want to focus on the scripture my Pastor preached on Sunday.
Luke 6:27-38 New International Version
Love for Enemies
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Meditate on that word and think how you can behave more like the way Jesus tells us to.
Have a Blessed Week,
Monday – Exodus 34:29-35
Tuesday – Psalm 99
Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Thursday – Luke 9:28-44
I have written twice and re-blogged once about the Importance of Rest.
I am writing about this subject again because quite frankly I am exhausted.
Some may point out to me that I have taken on too much lately but the truth is that is not the case. I have neglected my rest.
I have gone to bed far too late far too many times.
Then when I could sleep in or nap I chose to fight of the fatigue in order to stay awake to do other things. Often leisure and fun activities.
In the moment I always think I am just sacrificing rest to do what I need or want to do but the truth is what I am doing is wrong because God tells us to rest.
I need to repent of allowing myself to neglect my rest.
Also my Pastor preaches on rest and has talked to me personally about the importance of rest.
Really there is no excuse for me to continue to fail to get proper sleep.
So in conclusion I leave you with these 12 Bible Verses on rest.
Have a Blessed and Restful Week,
Scripture For The Week
Monday – Isaiah 6:1-13
Tuesday – Psalm 138
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Thursday – Luke 5:1-11
This entry will be the last (or at least I think it will be the last), entry in the Evangelism series. As I mentioned in the original entry, I am writing this as I learn how to evangelize.
Because of this, today is going to be more a video-based post.
Here are some how to evangelize videos.
This video I found interesting it is a full hour interview, the video focuses mostly on “reaping”…
To dig really deep in this, here is a three part series from Paul Washer on Evangelism.
Remember God loves you and wants to use you for this. I know it can be scary so here is one last video, it is how to deal with fear and anxiety when it comes to Evangelism…
Now go, be bold and brave. I will pray for you and please pray for me.
Have a Blessed Week,
Also, I would highly recommend you reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I recently read this and it was wonderful. I am leaving a link to the book on Amazon but you can always check your local library to see if they have a copy as well.
Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Ruth 1:1-18
Tuesday – Psalm 146
Wednesday – Hebrews 9:11-14
Thursday – Mark 12:28-34