Archives for July 2014

Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing – Setting the Right Primary Priority

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”         -Jesus,  Matthew 6:33

In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives a prescription for avoiding worry, managing possessions, money and the emotions that go along with them, and creating a God-centered, God-serving framework for life.

The prescription is making God’s kingdom and righteousness the primary priority and focus in your life. Just before this statement he warns against making possessions or money that priority and he counsels against allowing worry to take our focus off of him.

The problem is that we are easily convinced to reprioritize other things ahead of the Main Thing; even good ones like family or education or charity. If you read the Wall Street Journal, Forbes or other business publications, you can’t help but notice how frequently CEO’s and other corporate leaders identify loss of focus and misprioritization as sources of downturns in their company’s performance. The problem may lie in one of two places; setting the wrong priorities or becoming distracted from the right priority, but the result is the same – loss and dysfunction.

In this part of the Sermon, Jesus identifies the wrong priorities, identifies the correct priority and he commands us to select the right one. He also identifies with our human tendency to want to know what is in it for us if we do. He doesn’t simply tell us to prioritize the kingdom and God’s righteousness, because he said to. He tells us that when we keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing, the rest of the structure and workings of life fall into place. And when they do, contentment, provision and peace replace greed, need and worry. rxfordevo600adj

Keys to a Dynamic Church – Accountability and Responsibility of Leadership

Keys to a Dynamic Church – Accountability and Responsibility of Leadership

by Brian Lindman 7/28/2014

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Just Wait and See(k)

Waiting is hard. The internet is full of “Life Hacks” that help us avoid it at all costs. De-fog that bathroom mirror with a hair dryer in 10 seconds. Fold that T-shirt in 2 seconds instead of the life-crippling 4 seconds it’s been taking you your whole life. Waiting is very uncool. Yet the bible says:

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”  Lamentations 3:25 ESV

We can wait passively or actively and in this verse we are called to wait in a way that seeks him.


Passive waiting leads to apathy.

Active waiting leads to expectancy.


Passive waiting can stir pessimism.

Active waiting can stir hope.

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This verse calls us to set a course for Christ! If we do so, as individual believers and as a body, he will be true to his word and his word is good.

Dare To Be Different

by Pastor Dave Rockness 7/20/2014


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Peter’s New Birth

Learning from “Little Ones”

“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 18:2-4 (NIV)

One day this spring, my family packed a picnic lunch and headed to the park. We happened to sit at a picnic table near two young mothers and their children. Each mother had a son who appeared to be around 3 to 4 years of age. We were enjoying watching the boys, as they were being silly, making each other giggle with their goofy antics and “preschool humor.”

When it was time to leave the park and head for home, the mothers instructed the children to pack up their things and follow them to the car. I watched the boys as they chased each other to the garbage can to throw away their trash. They laughed and teased and made faces at each other as they zipped up their lunch bags. Then they grabbed their toy cars and action figures, and obediently followed their moms to the parking lot.

The boys didn’t argue or try to suggest a different plan. They didn’t say, “No, Mommy. I think I’ll go home with those other people over there.” They didn’t say, “You go on ahead, Mama. I’ll just spend the night here at the park alone and fend for myself.”

At the time of this family outing, I was in a Bible study focused on the book of Matthew. The scene I observed with these young boys and their moms gave me a visual of Jesus’ words to the disciples in the beginning of chapter 18.

  • I noticed that these two children had COMPLETE TRUST in their mothers. Of course, the boys knew their mothers intimately. They knew their mothers’ voices well, and they responded naturally and joyfully to these trusted voices.
  • They did not question or doubt the words their mothers spoke to them. When instructions were given, these two boys responded with HUMBLE SUBMISSION.
  • two boys 500 sizeAlso, the boys were WILLINGLY DEPENDENT. At age 3 or 4, they were not at all self-sufficient. Instead, they boys showed a HUMBLE DEPENDENCE on their moms to act in their best interest.

Dear Father in Heaven,
We are Your children. Please give us teachable hearts, that we may grow in humility and in trust. May we grow also in obedience, knowing that Your way – and not our way – is always the truer and better way. Please help us be WILLINGLY DEPENDENT on You.
In the name of Christ Jesus, who models perfect humility,


(this week from Lori O’Donnell)