Toby Mac — Lose My Soul

November 24th, 2010 |

In Mark 8:36 Jesus asks, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Toby Mac and Mandissa sing about this verse with this great song.

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God Promised

October 7th, 2010 |

The other night I was reading in Joshua and something caught my eye. It caught my eye so much so that today, several days later, I am still thinking about it. I have reread it several times over the days.

What passage?

Joshua 21:43-45

43 And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. 

44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

There is something beautiful about this passage.

Think about how long the Children of Israel were roaming through the desert. God had mad a promise to them, but they wouldn’t accept that promise. They were unwilling to take the gift God wanted to give them. That is another lesson in itself.

But then God comes through.

God gave them all the land He promised to their parents.

God gave them peace and safety as He promised. Israel’s enemies fell before her as God promised. Every single thing God promised came to pass. He left nothing undone.

All came to pass.

You might be asking, “So what? God kept His promise.”

He did. But more than that, He kept all of them. Sometimes, as Christians, we look for God’s promises and when we get a blessing, we stop looking and expecting. We think, “OK, I got something, I should be content.” But if God promised, you can take it to the bank. If God promised, you should expect it. If you aren’t expecting God to deliver, He might do the opposite, just as He did to Israel. He might put you in a spiritual valley until you are ready to accept He wants you on the mountain.

Because they were not willing to possess the promise God gave them, millions died without. Because Joshua was willing to accept God’s word, he received the promise.

The point is this: It doesn’t matter how big or how small the promise, God will keep it. Our confidence in Him, our faith in His word guarantees that all will come to pass.

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Hold Strong

July 28th, 2010 |

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. Unfortunately, he is very good at what he does. Just as thieves can steal cars that have alarms or break into banks and other protected places, the Thief can also sneak in and rob us while we are unaware–even if we are praying.

People ask, “If there is a God, why do bad things happen to good people?” Sometimes non-believers ask, “If there is a God, why have your prayers not been answered?”

The answer is above. The Thief comes to steal and kill and destroy. Yes, we may be praying, believing, and going to church, but those defense systems only defend our souls 100% of the time. Our worldly gains, be they money, children, or our health are protected, but not as well. The Thief  may still slip in and nab an item here and there.

If the Thief has taken something from you, I encourage you to hold strong. Hang on! Because Jesus didn’t end with simply telling us about the Thief. He said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Jesus came that we can have life and have it more abundantly than we could without Him. Hold on to the promises of God. Yes, the Thief may have taken something or someone from you, but Jesus has come and has promised you a wonderful life.

Don’t chase the Thief trying to get that thing back. If you do, you only leave your other treasures unguarded so more thieves can slip in and plunder them. State your case to Jesus. Let Him chase down the Thief and restore you.

John 10:10

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Which God do you serve?

July 22nd, 2010 |

Life is tough. We face challenges daily. The greatest challenge each of us faces every day is which god will we serve? Will we serve the God of heaven and earth; the God who formed us and knew us in our mother’s womb? Or will we serve someone or something else?

In Matt 6:24, Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Because mammon means “money,” some people claim Jesus was speaking against wealth. That is inaccurate at best and deceitful at worst.

Jesus was not talking about “money” but about “the world.” We can discern this by verse 25. In context, we see that we cannot serve heaven and earth at the same time. Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, but Satan is the Prince of the earth. So, we cannot serve Jesus and Satan simultaneously.

But what does it mean to “serve” the world?

You do not need to bow down and say, “Hail Satan” to serve the devil. Every time you place some “worldly” thing above Jesus Christ, you elevate the Prince of the earth and deny Jesus Christ His rightful place of glory. For an extreme example, the person who chooses to go get drunk instead of going to church silently says, “Alcohol is more important that God.”

But often times, our decisions to serve Satan are much more subtle. Even many of us who can be found in church and reading our Bibles may be duped into serving Satan at times. Consider the “Christian” salesperson who conveniently omits a couple of truths or exaggerates a bit to make the sale. Whom is he serving? Only himself. God is not glorified by his actions. Consider the “Christian” who is caught speeding. Is lying to get out of a ticket any better than lying about something else? Is God glorified by lies? In both of these instances, the person is only serving his or her own personal interests. They are serving the things which they can see and feel instead of God. While He is watching, because they cannot see Him, they do not serve Him–like those demanding a golden calf to worship while moses was on the mountain.

As you face tough situations and decisions, I encourage you to ask yourself, “Which decision will glorify God? Which course of action will elevate God above everything else?” Sometimes your path will be the more difficult or costly one, but it will definitely be the right one.

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Bless the LORD!

July 7th, 2010 |

Bless the LORD, oh my soul!
Bless the LORD, my friends and family.

He alone is worthy of praise. The LORD is good and faithful and honest and true.
Bless the LORD, passersby.

The LORD has saved me from the pit.

By His stripes we are healed;
By His blood we are redeemed;
By His love we are forgiven!

Bless the LORD everybody.

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Sing me

June 25th, 2010 |

I confess… I had a crush on Sonya Isaacs before either of us were married. :)

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Every Knee Shall Bow video

June 17th, 2010 |

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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Never Let go (David Crowder Video)

June 7th, 2010 |

I like this song by David Crowder. It says a lot about our relationship with Jesus Christ. He never lets go. I know sometimes it feels like He has forgotten us–especially with the trials we go through–but He promised us He would be with us always.

In Matt 28:20, Jesus said, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

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Jeremy Camp – There will be a day

June 4th, 2010 |

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Pray through the pain

June 3rd, 2010 |

I haven’t posted here as much as I wanted to. I will get better about that. I believe it’s important that every capable voice preach the gospel. Some will plant seeds; others will water them, etc.

I posted a few things about how great God has been to me. About how He made me wait and then blessed me. I wish this were one of those posts.

Last father’s day (2009), a cat I’d had for 11 years (since he was born) went out and didn’t come home. At the end of July/beginning of August, my wife brought me a stray kitten she had found. He weighed 2.4 pounds–with all the worms in him.

This was shortly after he came home…

Last week he started sleeping late (getting up at 6:30 instead of 5:30am).

How could this not bring joy and laughter? This was completely unstaged. We walked into the bedroom and found him like this:

But that was last September. On Monday, Memorial Day 2010, he couldn’t breathe. He spent all day in the vet on an IV and getting oxygen. At roughly 6pm, we said goodbye and put him out of his misery. He was a great companion–even if only for a short while–and brought me an immense amount of joy.

I admit I bawled like a baby. It has been a couple of days and I still get teary. I loved the little booger. What can I say?

There is a point to this story…

We don’t know what God has in store for us. I have no idea why He chooses to allow some people to suffer. I have no clue why he lets Satan destroy the joy from our lives. Perhaps God wants to teach us to praise Him through the storm; to pray through the pain. And that’s what I am working on. I’ve had my fair share of heartache in the last couple of years.

If you’re going through something you don’t understand, please keep the faith. Jesus will see you through. He will see me through. He will get us through these trials. In the end, we shall come forth like gold! And the prize of that high calling is unlike any other.

Read Rev: 21 & 22. If we can’t imagine half of the greatness of heaven, consider John’s revelation as a minor scratch on the surface.

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Rev 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Rev 21:13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

Rev 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Rev 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

Rev 21:16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

Rev 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

Rev 21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

Rev 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

Rev 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

Rev 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Rev 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Rev 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Rev 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Rev 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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