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From Picnic To Communion

August 4, 2016 - By

 

 

When God’s spirit hovers on bread and wine, they become holy.  In fact, they become the body of Jesus Christ.

When we gather and bless a meal in Jesus’ name, it becomes a blessing, and takes on heavenly note.

When we build a picnic shelter and bless it for ministry, gatherings there become holy, different than those of the world, and it becomes holy.

Picnic turns to communion, and communion becomes God’s people at their best.

When we think a thought, and it is inspired by God, it becomes a heavenly thought.

And when we think, eat, or speak in worship, those earthly actions become heavenly realities.  Psalm 34:8 shows us how to taste and see what God can do.

 

Let the things you do become holy by their closeness to God, and you will see ordinary situations turn into miracles.

An, Lord Knows, our world needs miracles.

Blessings and Peace,

Russell

Bible is the Key

April 22, 2016 - By

Friends,

There is so much confusion in our world as to what is right and wrong.   People do not know how to treat each other, and react in inappropriate ways all to often.

We must return to a knowledge of the Bible, and the perspective and guidance it can bring to everyday life.  As it has in every generation, it will transform society, and give us the balance and hope we desperately seek.

II Timothy 3:16-17 reminds of the authority of scripture, and tells us that we can count on it, we can bank on it, and it can help us grow as Christians.

So read the Bible on a regular basis.  Go to church where it is the authority above all.  And know the wonder, grace, and love which happens when God’s word bears fruit in our lives.

God’s word is available online in many versions.  I challenge you to download You Bible or You Verse on your smartphone, and start a reading plan to day for smart spiritual growth.

Here is a link to the Upper Room, where you can start right now.  http://devotional.upperroom.org/

Grace and Peace,

Russell

 

Soldiers of Christ

February 10, 2016 - By

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My dad was an infantryman, a forward observer for a mortar unit in the Korean War.  He said that the life expectancy of that position was about six hours.  It was a hazardous position, and thankfully he made it through for our country, for the world, and for me to be writing this to you today

I am thankful for the work that our soldiers do to protect freedom and to preserve a good way of life for future generations.

Christians are also soldiers, in a very real sense of the word. The word soldier is defined as a person in the army, or in broader terms, in military service.

The frontline soldiers are engaged in combat.  A life and death struggle against the enemy.

Christians are soldiers in every sense of the word.   For convenience’ sake we try to say we are just loving others and are not in a battle.  But loving God means we are devoted to the task which can be described as the battle of life and death, the battle for souls, against evil and for good.

Warren Wiersbe writes  ” Christian service means invading a battleground, not a playground; and you and I are the weapons God uses to attack and defeat the enemy.  When God used Moses’ rod,  He needed Moses’ hand to lift it.  When God used Moses’ sling, He needed David’s hand to swing it.  When God builds a ministry, He needs somebody’s surrendered body to get the job done.”

Know that we are in a war in which the enemy will used every means at his disposal to defeat us.  God has already won the war, but the battles go on, and we must be tough, faithful, and effective soldiers in his army.

So take up the armor and weapons God has made available.  Ephesians 6:12-17

Be a soldier of Christ in the trenches, and in celebrations of those who come to know Christ as Lord and God.  Take up your cross and follow him bravely and completely today.

Russell

 

Two By Four Moments

January 21, 2016 - By

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God does his wonderful work day by day, and many never see it.  Perhaps one of the reasons why is that we are stubbornly listening.

A long time ago a farmer wanted to buy a mule from his neighbor.  He asked the neighbor if the mule had any problems.

“No problem,” the neighbor said.  “This mule will do anything you ask.  All you have to do is ask him nicely.”

He bought the mule.  The very next day the farmer wanted to plow his field.  He hitched the mule to the plow.  The mule would not move.

The farmer said, “Git up!”  But the mule paid no attention.  The farmer tried talking nicely until his face was turning blue.  It did no good.  So, he called his neighbor over.

The neighbor came, over, heard the problem, then walked over and picked up a two-by-four.  He hit the mule right in the head and the mule fell down on the ground.  When the mule got up, he whispered in the animal’s ear.  That mule started plowing back and forth the field, turning the soil over without anyone standing behind the plow.

“I thought you said never to mistreat your mule,” stated the farmer.  “You said all that I had to do was to talk nicely to him.”

“Yes,” answered the neighbor.  “But first you have to  get his attention.”

Sometimes God has to get our attention.  It may be a phrase in the sermon on Sunday morning, a story we read in the newspaper, a comment online.

It could be in the midst of a difficult time for us.  A big decision, a tragedy, a personal loss.

There is so much more God can do in and through us, and many are as stubborn as a mule, never waking up to divine possibilities, never seeking the miracle and power and love that God makes possible on his heavenly ranch.

Perhaps we should all pray that God would get our attention sooner rather than later.   For when he finally does, and we see the marvelous plowing and harvest before us, there is no looking back!

Peace,

Russell

 

 

What is A Blog?

January 8, 2016 - By

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As we introduce a new element of ministry here at First Presbyterian Church, I am sensing a call to higher thoughts, prayer, and reflection on God Almighty.  So in these blogs, let us seek to find a devotional moment which lifts, encourages, and inspires us in our Christian walk.

You may or may not see things about specific happenings at First Pres, but the goal is to make them a part of the total plan God has, and seek to always look at God’s plans, not ours.

A.W. Tozer wrote

The world is waiting to hear an authentic

voice, a voice from God-

not an echo of what others are doing and

saying, but an authentic voice.

A blog is a truncation of the word web-log.  One has to “log” in, in order to blog.

In the same way, we need to “log in” to pray, to communicate with God on a regular basis to see what he is doing, to divine the sacred, to move into a realm reserved for holy things.

God’s word, the Bible, is a great place to begin. II Timothy 3:16-17

So let us journey, let us grow, let us pray

Blessings on the journey.

Russell