2" dir="ltr"> MacArthur Blvd. Christian Church: January 2014

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Friday, January 31, 2014

We became the owners of a beautiful 3 month old puppy. She is a cocker mix. As anyone who has ever had a puppy, you know they are delightful and full of energy. Their inquisitive nature is wonderful to watch, but can be tiring at the same time. 

One must watch and train the puppy in proper etiquette. No nipping or biting, no chewing on wires, clothing, shoes etc. You can’t just let them run willy-nelly wherever they choose. Eventually if you persist in gentle, but firm training you will gain a life-long companion.

Do we train the puppy because we don’t love it? Absolutely not! It’s because we DO love the puppy that we spend the hours and days to help it become that companion.

We, are not puppies in God’s eyes, but we too must learn what it is to become a beloved companion of God’s. He desires a relationship with us that will last more than just a life-time; but for eternity.

When it seems like we are being disciplined, we are just being shown how to not do what it is we are doing. It’s for our good. God desires the best for each of us. He walks with us now but desires to walk with us forever.

Are you walking with God? Would you like to walk with God? I’d love to share more of this journey with you.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Our body of believers are going through a book called The Story. It’s the Bible written in chronological order and shares the scriptures in a unique way. This week we studied two kings from the Old Testament. Jeroboam and Rehoboam. Fun names right? Rehoboam was the son of Solomon, the wisest man in all the world. However, Rehoboam was not wise at all. It was requested of him to lower taxes and relieve the people’s heavy burdens. He went to his father’s advisors; wise and mature men in their own right. They advised him to do it. Then the son went to his friends, his cronies. They said the exact opposite. He followed the younger men’s advice. I suspect the friends said what they knew the new king wanted to hear. They either didn’t want to rock the boat or they found it advantageous to say what they knew Rehoboam wanted to hear.  

But what would have happened if they had wisely counseled him as the older advisors had?  Things in Israel would have been a lot different. The country divided and there were serious repercussions for many generations to come. Ignoring wise counsel affected not just Rehoboam but a whole nation.
I don’t want to address national issues in this piece. I want to talk about each of us and how our decisions affect others. We often know what would be the better action in a situation, but we ask our friend’s opinion knowing they will give us the answer we want to hear. We think because others have affirmed us that it’s a wise choice.  Our culture is so into instant gratification that self-discipline is almost obsolete. True maturity is taking a back seat to having what we want when we want it.  Maturity is listening to those who have gone through a particular stage of life and can share the pitfalls of their mistakes so we might not make the same ones.

It’s not always easy doing the mature thing in a situation. We’d rather have it our way and have it our way right now. It causes emotional turmoil to do the right thing for the right reason. However, in the long run, we develop maturity and it becomes easier. Until the next situation arises.
Have you had situations that have helped you mature? Was there someone who helped or hindered you? 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Do all things without complaining or bickering with each other, so you will be found innocent and blameless; you are God’s children called to live without a single stain on your reputations among this perverted and crooked generation. Shine like stars across the land. Cling to the word of life so that on the day of judgment when the Anointed One returns I may have reason to rejoice, because it will be plain that I didn’t turn from His mission nor did I work in vain.
Philippians 2:14-16   (The Voice)

I like reading the scriptures in different translations from time to time. This came in my email inbox as my daily scripture reading for the day.  Paul was writing  a letter of  encouragement to the Christians in Philippi. 
Paul spent much of his time traveling throughout the Roman Empire world sharing the Good News with anyone who would listen. At other times, he wrote letters to those he’d visited. The Philippian's church was one that followed the teachings of Christ fairly well but Paul wanted them to continue doing what was right so they would be good witnesses for Christ.  However, the last statement turns to  Paul and how their conduct would reflect on his legacy.

We all have spheres of influence. Whether it’s our children, our  worldly jobs or our walk with the Lord. We desire that when we are gone, others will look at what is left behind and see that  we  were faithful and productive.  My desire is to be found faithful and a person after God’s own heart.
What will your legacy be?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A new year has begun. Life is slowly returning to normal. The decorations are coming down, resolutions are already becoming a problem to keep. At least for some. The dazzle of lights and energy expended are exhausted and now we begin to drowse into our winter hibernation mode.

We notice the grayness in our lives more because of the recent events of eating, hanging out with our friends and family and sharing our love through the giving of gifts to each other. The interesting thing is the grayness was there all along. We just tried to ignore it for 6 weeks.

People stood on street corners with their card board signs. Others slipped through the throngs of folks as ghostly apparitions. Did we notice them? I’m sure some of us did, but the majority of folks put on blinders and rush from one event to another.

I’ve never truly been on the outside looking in at the craziness of our holiday season.  However, I’ve often wondered how it would feel. I imagine it would be achingly lonely or depressing to the point that one becomes apathetic to it all.

And then it hit me; just because one is busy and involved doesn’t mean you can’t be lonely as well. We put up facades and pretend all is as it should be but deep down, we’re drowning in wave after wave of loneliness.

There is a cure for this ailment called loneliness. It’s called Jesus. When we enter into a relationship with Christ, we are no longer alone.

Are you lonely? Is your relationship faltering? You’re welcome to join us any Sunday as we all strive to walk closer to our Lord.