Gifts

God gave us the perfect gift, His son Jesus.

I am sure that I speak for a lot of people when I say, “I like receiving gifts.”

Taking it a bit deeper, God has given each one of us at least one gift. Are you using yours? Are you operating in your gifting?

Some gifts (this is not the complete list of all the gifts) identified in Romans 12:6-8 are prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and mercy.

Using your gift or operating in your gifting will be a blessing to others.

Father, lead me so that I can use the gift(s) you’ve given me to be a blessing to someone who does not know you or someone who needs an encouragement from you. May my gift bring honour and glory to your name. In Jesus name. Amen

How has your summer reading of the Psalms and the book of Proverbs going? Enjoying it?

What’s your DREAM?

What’s your dream?

Are you doing something on a daily basis that gets you closer to your dream?

I was recently reminded of something that I heard a few years ago.

Where is the wealthiest place on earth? Is it the diamond fields? The gold mines? No…….one more guess….

Is it the Federal Reserve of the USA? Unfortunately, NO!

The wealthiest place on earth is the cemetery. Here lie unexplored dreams, dreams that were put on the back burner, dreams that people talked themselves out of. Some of these dreams include books and that were never written, songs that were not written or sung and technology/machines that were never invented.

Some people have a dream of doing something for the kingdom. Do you have a dream of reaching the lost for Jesus?

So, I ask again, What’s your dream? Do something today that will get you closer to realizing your dream.

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That Song

Do you have a song that brings a smile to your face and spring in your step? If you are feeling down, or just not in the mood, you listen to this song and BOOM! You are ready to conquer the world.

One song that does this for me is “Just a little talk with Jesus,” the Andy Griffith version.

It does not matter what the situation is, I just listen to this a few times and I feel like I am a changed person. My mood changes.

What song gets you going?

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Vacation Time

This is the time of the year that’s popular for vacation and it got me thinking if we can really disconnect from all that keeps us connected (emails, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) Just recently, the big thing was to be connected all the time.

Now, the big thing is not to be connected all the time. It not enough to have an out of office auto reply for emails when you are on vacation; you have to indicate that you WILL NOT be checking emails while you are on vacation or people expect you to reply.

Can you leave your mobile/cell phone at home when you go on vacation? Or, if you cannot leave your phone at home when you go on vacation, would you try not to post or update or check in or reply to emails and just enjoy your time away? You can update your network when you are back.

Recently, I forgot my cell phone at home when I went to work. My colleagues thought that I lost it when they found out that I forgot my cell phone at home and that I did not feel the need to go home and get it.

What’s your take? Can you truly disconnect by choice? Remember that practice makes improvement and you can start today to intentionally try and not be connected all the time.

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When Troubles Come

I heard this recently – when troubles come, do you run to the phone or do you run to the throne?

Where we go first reveals where we feel the most comforted.

Going first before God should be a natural reflex that we build over time.

As we become more intentional about seeking God first, other areas of our lives will become more aligned with His will for us.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all-Psalm 34:19 NIV

How is your summer reading plan (Psalms and Proverbs) coming along?

** Mark your calendar, September 22 is the next breakfast. It’s also our work day.

Failure

Have you ever failed at something?

When failure does happen, it’s how you handle it that makes a difference.

The famous basketball player Michael Jordan explained that he missed over 9,000 shots in his career, lost over 300 games and failed over and over again in his life…but that’s what helped him to succeed.

If you try, you may fail but you should never fail to try.

The disciple Peter was considered to have failed the test when he denied Jesus, not one time, not two times but three times. Jesus knew that Peter would do this but still said to Peter, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matt. 16:18)

Whatever you failed at or are failing at today, pray and ask God to show you how He can use it to advance His kingdom. In our weakness, we are strong because of God.

Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.–2 Corinthians 13:7 NIV

Are you SPEAKING Life

The power of life and death is in our words. We may not ALWAYS be very conscious of what we are saying as we can sometimes be influenced by lyrics from a song or a catch phrase from a television show.

Using phrases like “I can never be as good as …….” or “I cannot get a good break” is a way of us talking ourselves out of what could be God’s will.

What are you saying today? What are you saying over your:

1)Education

2)Job

3)Ministry

4)Sickness

5)Love one who has not given their life to Jesus as yet

When you say something loud enough, you hear it and a seed is planted. I would like to impress upon you to say things that will encourage you and lift you up, like, I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21 paraphrased).

Words are powerful, let’s use them to impact the world for JESUS.

I would like to share with you a sample of words from the TobyMac song “Speak Life”

Some days, life feels perfect.
Other days it just ain't workin'.
The good, the bad, the right, the wrong
And everything in between.

Some days the tongue gets twisted;
Other days my thoughts just fall apart.
I do, I don't, I will, I won't,
It's like I'm drowning in the deep.

Well it's crazy to imagine,
Words from our lips as the arms of compassion,
Mountains crumble with every syllable.
Hope can live or die.

So speak life, speak life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak life.
When the sun won't shine and you don't know why.
Look into the eyes of the broken-hearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak...
You speak life, you speak life.

The tongue has the power of life and death….. –Proverbs 18:21 NIV

Summer Plans?

Summer officially started last week. Do you have plans? I’m sure you do. More specifically, do you have plans to read the bible a bit more than your usual devotions time reading? If you don’t, I would like to suggest a plan.

The plan I would like to suggest is reading the Psalms and book of Proverbs twice over the summer, once in July and once in August. There is a format to follow that goes like this – July 1 – read Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, 121 and Proverbs 1. You start with the date and then add 30 for the Psalms, for example, today is June 27, read Psalm 27, 57, 87, 117, 147 and Proverbs 27. Just remember: the date + 30.

If you wanted to double check you got it correct, here is a link to the guide of the daily reading - http://storage.cloversites.com/atlantametropolitancathedral/documents/30%20Day%20Psalm%20-%20Pr_2.pdf

You can move Psalm 119 from day 29 to 31 so that on the 31styour reading time is similar to other days.

If you miss a day, that’s okay. Start with the current day’s reading and if you have time and you want to catch up, read what you’ve missed.

Looking forward to seeing how many of you try this as part of your summer plans.

Through HIS Eyes

I’ve heard it said that we do not see the world as it is, but we see and understand it through our past experiences and our understanding of history.  With all our biases, this is sometimes not a clear and truthful view.

The difference between how a believer and an unbeliever sees the world is revealed by the way they judge things. The unbeliever, judge things by worldly standards and by past experiences. The believer brings God into everything, viewing things through His eyes and His values and His perspective.

If we see the world through the eyes of God, our perspective of the person or situation becomes so much different in a better way as He knows the good in us.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened …..–Ephesians 1:18 NIV

Are you Toiling for the Kingdom?

I came across this quote again this week - The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You usually hear or read this quote when someone graduates from college or university. It is also heard when someone achieves their dream after working hard and long to get there.

I started to ponder on what heights can I reach in my prayer life, my ministry or simply reading my bible more if I put in extra hours and effort into doing or learning more.

If I became more intentional in pushing myself to reach my potential so that God can use me to advance His Kingdom, would I be fulfilling my purpose here on earth?

How much more impactful our lives are for God’s Kingdom when we wholeheartedly choose to serve Him and do His will. Be all that you can be – join God’s Army.

The Need for Self-Discipline

Did you make any resolutions at the beginning of this year? If you did, what’s your progress? How are you doing with achieving them?

If you did not make any resolutions, did you plan to do something this year that you never did before? Or something that will stretch you or push you outside of your comfort zone?

Achievement of any goal takes discipline and a positive and healthy mindset. Self-discipline is a great tool to help us manage ourselves.

There may be speed bumps and rest stops along the way to achieving your goals. Don’t let these times of rest discourage you.

Remember, it’s not how you start……it’s how you Finish? I would like to finish this year well. Can you join me in challenging yourself to finish the year 2018 well? We have a little over six (6) months to do so. Whatever you had plan to achieve, bring it before God and ask for His guidance.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. –1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV

The Big GIVE

As our church participates in the Big Give this weekend, I am reminded that God performed the first ‘Big Give.’

When you love to help people in His name and be the hands and feet of Jesus, you prayerfully and obediently give freely what God has blessed you with.

God did not hesitate to Give His Son to die for our sins.

The eyes of our heart open when we start to understand what God did for us by allowing Jesus to die for our sins. We then freely give our time, talent and treasure for the advancement of His kingdom.

Consider what could be your Big Give, give it to Him and watch in amazement what only He can do in and through your life.

Looking forward to seeing what God will do at the Big Give this Saturday in the city of Ottawa and in our nation of Canada.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…...” John 3:16 NIV

Me? Serving?

Recently our small group has been studying the heart of service using a book call “Living Beyond Myself” as our study guide.  A week or two before delving into the study I felt a hint of dread as the thought of embarking on a two or three-month long journey into serving was less than appealing.  My expectations of my small group gatherings are simple.  I want my obedience to be God stretched; I want my “fleshy” nature challenged by the study and the discussion that follows.  I was not convinced a book on serving was going to accomplish the above.

After a couple lessons, I was pleasantly surprised how the study had deepened my understanding of how my love for people and my attitude towards service are so intertwined.  My love for people has a direct correlation to my service to others (and vice versa).  I wonder; is my love for people allowing me to be open to serve, or is the act of serving growing my love for people?  Is it both at the same time?

Take a moment to reflect on your current view of service and how it relates to the love of others.  Are you serving for your own gain, do you have difficulty allowing yourself to love others more?  If you are not currently serving inside the church or outside the church, is there a deeper reason than being too busy?

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

Waiting

What should I do while I wait on God to ……… (fill in the blank).

I find that the time spent waiting is an opportunity to grow in faith. The challenge is to ensure that our attitude is good, that is, our attitude needs to be an attitude of gratitude. We need to be obedient to God and keep doing what is good in His eyes.

And I believe HOW we wait will determine how LONG we wait.

We need to understand that our NOW season is preparing us for our NEXT season.

When I need a reminder of what I should do while I’m waiting on God, I find that the song “While I’m Waiting by John Waller” is a big encouragement.

Link to song here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6X71sXagUY

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!Joshua 24:13-14 ESV


PRAYER: My Heavenly Father, help me to stay faithful as I wait on you. Let me not lose faith but take every step knowing that you are by my side. In Jesus name. Amen

Are you ‘ALL IN?’

At the recent Promise Keepers conference, there was a talk about being ALL IN. It was explained that we are ‘ALL IN’ in something. We are either ALL IN in the kingdom of GOD or we are ALL IN in the kingdom of ME.

In the kingdom of ME – I pretty much do what I want, when I want, how I want, where I want. Essentially, I am my own god.

In the Kingdom of God, I follow HIS direction and do HIS will for my life.

At times, it is difficult to choose which kingdom we want to be ALL IN. It becomes less difficult when we intentionally choose to be ALL IN in the Kingdom of God - - trust Him, fix our eyes on Him and give Him first place in our lives, no matter what the situation is.

…… then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, …… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 NIV

Worrying

Why worry when you can worship? Why worry when you can pray?

 

Pastor Mark Scarr’s message yesterday was a timely reminder to me personally as I can sometimes be distracted by things that make me worry. At times of being worried, Luke 12:25 reminds me that worrying is not beneficial to me. Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? [Luke 12:25 NIV]” 

Part 2 of Pastor Mark’s sermon series “Beyond” highlighted “Turning Points” where I was reminded, “You can turn your WORRY into WORSHIP.” By worshiping instead of worrying, I am saying that God is in charge and I choose to trust Him. Once I truly give my worry to Him and just worship Him, the first tangible result of trusting God is experiencing His Peace.

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