Time To Re-Focus?

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“As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”  (John 9:4, NIV 1984).

“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4, NIV 1984).

My Musings – “They were disappointed but believed they could solve the problem.  So they started earlier, stayed longer, and worked harder.  They kept doing the same things over and over again and wondered why things didn’t get better.  They were beginning to realize the difference between activity and productivity.”  (Adapted from “Who Moved My Cheese?” By Spencer Johnson, M.D.).

Activity or productivity? Start earlier, stay longer and work harder.  Doing the same (unproductive) things over and over, but things don’t get better.  Sound familiar?  Jesus knew there was much work to be done, and that His “night” was coming.  But He never confused the important with the urgent.  As a result, with merely three years of ministry, He completed the work that the Father gave Him to do.

How are we doing?  We are called to follow in His steps.  Are we starting earlier, staying longer, and working harder, but getting nowhere?  Maybe it’s because we are doing things in our own strength and wisdom?  Striking out on our own?  Straying from the path?  Losing sight of our calling?

My Advice – How can we follow in His steps if we are not keeping our eyes on the path He followed?  Maybe it’s time to refocus

Because He Understands

Original blog from April 10, 2019. He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Surely He bore our iniquities. He understands more than we could ever know. That’s why He came in the first place. That’s why some day He’ll come again.

The Brew Is A Musing

Hebrews 2:18Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Jesus not only suffered by dying on the cross for our sins, He suffered by being subjected to the same temptations that we are – yet without sin.

My Advice – Don’t think that Jesus does not understand the temptations that you face. He does.

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The “Bourne Again” Ultimatum

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Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”  (John 3:3, NIV 1984).

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6, NIV 1984).

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them:  “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:8, 12, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Ultimatum, a final demand or statement of terms that if not met, will end a relationship or otherwise result in some serious consequence.  Unambiguous, not open to more than one interpretation.

Ultimatum – Unless he is born again.  Through me. Must be saved.

Unambiguous – No one can see.  I am the way.  No one can come.  Found in no one else.  No other name.

There can be no relationship with God without coming to Christ (born again).  Otherwise, the consequences are quite serious.  Eternal separation.  Eternal damnation.  There is no other interpretation or conclusion that can be reached.

My Advice – Meet the terms.  Come to Christ and be born again.  There is no other way.

Driftwood

Original blog posted April 9, 2019. In some respects, it seems like the Church has been drifting along some time now. Going with the flow of the waves. The waves are whipping up now into a tempest. We need to turn into the wind, resisting the tide of worldliness.

The Brew Is A Musing

Hebrews 2:1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is easier to drift away if we do not pay attention.

My Advice – Pay attention to your life in Christ and to developing your relationship in Him. Keep your spiritual focus so you do not drift away.

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The “Bourne Again” Supremacy

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It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices [the blood of goats and calves], but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices [the blood of Christ] than these. For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”  (Hebrews 9:23–26, NIV 1984).

My Musings – The blood of goats and calves, were only temporary coverings of sin that had to be repeated time and time again.  They had no power to permanently remove the sin.  It took a better sacrifice.  It took the supreme (superior to all others) sacrifice.  The blood of God’s only Son. The “once for all” sacrifice “to do away with sin,” not just cover it. It must be offensive to God, for man to assert that there are other paths to salvation apart from His Son.  If there were, His Son’s sacrifice would not be supreme.  In fact, it would not have even been necessary.  But there is only one path.

My Advice – Don’t settle for solution other than the supreme solution — The “Bourne” Again Supremacy.

Show and Tell

Reblog from April 8, 2009. It’s been said that everything we ever really needed to learn we learned in kindergarten and the sandbox. While that is a bit simplistic, there were some valuable lessons learned there. Show and tell is a particularly fond memory for, something that excited us and something we looked forward to. I wonder what changed as we grew older and “wiser.”

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Philemon 6I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Witnessing is more than just how we “show” our faith by how we live our lives. It is also about how we “share” our faith in words. People need evidence (show) and testimony (share) in order to reach a verdict about accepting Christ.

My Advice – Don’t be afraid to share your faith with others. Some will reject, some will ridicule, some will hate. But none of this is directed at you. And remember, some will accept Christ, and that is a great thing to be a part of.

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Where Are You Casting Your Net?

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Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.   (John 21:1–6, NIV 1984).

My Musings – They had seen the risen Christ, but went back to fishing, their old way of life.  The life they lived before Jesus changed their lives.  Catching nothing in the literal sense, and catching nothing in the Spiritual sense either.  Casting their nets on the wrong side of the boat.  “Fishing” in the wrong lake, for the wrong kind of catch.

My Advice – Most of us are not in full time ministry, so we do have to make a living in the secular world.  But we are changed, and our old way of making a living is no longer the way we make a life.  Do not go back to casting your net on that side of the boat.  It’s been fished out.