Archives for October 2014

A Busy Life

“In these days he went out to a mountain to pray.” Luke 6:12

Alan Redpath, a great English pastor and speaker, was said to keep a plaque on his desk that said, “beware of the barren-ness of a busy life.”

Many of us have busy lives. Often we are busy with good things for family, work and God. Some even begin to think that in the busyness of all the good they are doing God is pleased. That somehow the busyness of the things I do, instead of my relationship with him, is what pleases him. However, marriages, children, relationships and even our own health suffer if the busyness becomes to great. Our spiritual lives are no different and usually take a back seat. We have no time to read the bible, pray, go to church for the busyness of life is too great. Beware of the barrenness that the busy life leads one too, it leads many into a spiritual desert and then the one who is there has no idea how he or she got there.

My life is like that now. I type this devotional on a bus on my iPhone for I have no other time. Jesus too was busy, and busy like us with little time in a day. Yet the gospels show us he still made time for his spiritual life with the Father even though He was the Messiah. My highlight of each day is the 15 minutes I spend reading my Bible at 6:30 am with a cup of coffee. Because it gives me strength for the busyness of each day.


We continually need to point ourselves to Jesus for he shows us balance in life. If we have no or little time for him, our life is out of balance. My friends, beware of a busy life.


(this week from Bryan Jurkowski)photo-7

The Worth of the Church

by Tony Hayden 10/27/2014

Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-32

Title: The Worth of the Church


The Beginning of Life as We Know It – 10/26/2014

The Beginning of Life as We Know It
by Brian Lindman 10/26/2014

Link to Powerpoint

The Meaning of Life in 100 Words or Less

“…he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” -Acts 17:25-28

Ever wonder about the three big questions in life: where did I come from, why am I here and who am I?
Paul did. He answered the physical and the spiritual side of each question. And he managed to answer all three in 100 words or less! More importantly he put all of the physical answers in context with the spiritual and the spiritual in context with the physical, recognizing that people are both physical and spiritual beings. In doing so, he reminded us of the unifying principle for all of life.
Paul tells the Athenians that the life and breath of each individual is provided by God, and that the people, places and periods of each nation, or ethnic group, are also his according to his plan and provision. Each is according to his exact determination. When you consider, ‘where did I come from?’ marvel at God’s specific provision of you and for you. Be amazed at the detail of his planning and placement of your being in his creation.
When you meditate on those things, the ‘why am I here?’ question changes from a complaint of lack of meaning to a recognition that God has placed you here, wherever your here is, so that you might have a relationship with him. Spiritually, your ‘here’ is intended to point you toward him. Physically, your ‘here’ is to live and move and abide in him. Jesus is Lord not only of our spiritual being, but our physical as well. We exist to serve him and to reflect him to others.

So who are you? Physically, you are God’s creation; as Paul says in Ephesians, his poema, his masterful artwork. If you have placed your faith in Christ, spiritually, you are God’s offspring; he is ‘your heavenly Father,’ as Jesus stated.

What is that unifying principle of life for the believer? “For in him we live and move and have our being.” The life of the believer is to be completely bound up in God. When we recognize that we are his creation, his child and his treasured possession, we recognize that he is our exclusive purpose for being. So we should live like it.


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How in the world ________?

“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.” Psalm 25:4 (NLT)

Maybe you’ve said this phrase yourself. I know I have. “How in the world are we going to ________?!” Just fill in the blank. It can be about broken relationships. Finances. Taking on a new role or position or ministry. ANYTHING. No matter what follows this phrase, it leads us to seek direction from the wrong source.
I remember when I wanted nothing more than to step away from my career and stay home with my children. But when we put figures and bills and financial commitments on paper, it simply did not add up. It wasn’t going to work. How in the world could we do this? By the grace of God, we turned to God. We prayed. We sought Him. We trusted. At this same time, we also started to give more. And to show God through our giving that we trusted He would take care of us. As it turned out, I did leave an excellent professional position. And with the Lord’s guidance and care, we not only worked out our personal finances, but at this same time were able to start giving more away. It was at this very time that God also taught us remarkable lessons about giving and tithing.
I wish I could say I learned from this time in my life to ALWAYS seek God first and not question, how in the world am I going to _________” But, of course, I’m still learning. I pray that I would be taking steps in the right direction. And that God would place these following verses in my heart and mind so I do seek Him first, and not the world.

Psalm 25: 4-5 “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you” (NLT).

Psalm 32:8, “The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” (NLT)

(this week’s devotion from Lori O’Donnell)arrows500-2