Aug 19…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…How’s the wait?
…”Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Ps116:15
…It seems that we are all waiting for something or someday when we can say, “I’ve arrived. This is it. I am done.” We are not alone. The Lord is waiting, too. The Lord awaits the arrival, in heaven, of those who are His. He is looking forward to welcoming us home. Waiting is part of God’s plan. It is how value is established. Our willingness to wait for something determines the value we place on it. For those who follow Jesus, the day will come when the wait will be over and what we value most will have arrived. We will pass from the life of faith to the life of sight. All will be transparent between us and Jesus. There will be no unanswered questions. We will know that we have arrived. We can say, “This is it. This is where my soul has longed to be.” In the midst of today’s challenges, thank God that, someday, you will be with Him forever. He can hardly wait!
Aug 19…DAILY ENCOUNTER
Great weekend at Victory Hill Church in Scottsville, KY with Pastor Nathan Oakes. 26 Salvation Decisions @ the wild game dinner Saturday and 8 salvation decisions Sunday morning. Great church! Awesome people!
Aug 15…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Are you enabling a dysfunctional person? …2Thes 3:10 “…If a man will not work, he shall not eat.’” …Those of us who are followers of Jesus are called to show compassion by helping meet the needs of the less fortunate. We are not called to enable those who are lazy. Unfortunately, many people in our culture today have developed the mentality that they don’t need to work, even when they can. It is just as wrong for us to give them a handout to keep them from working as it is for us to refuse to care for those who cannot work. We are enabling the person who refuses to work to continue a dysfunctional lifestyle. Have you been contributing to the chronic laziness of someone by continuing to give them hand outs? Set them free today to find their life’s work and their dignity. They just may thank you someday for helping them find the purpose for which God created them.
Aug 13…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Where is God?
…”But Stephen…looked up to heaven and saw…Jesus standing at the right hand of God.”Acts7:55
…We have all wondered, at times,
whether God is involved in what is happening. Christians are being persecuted, even slaughtered, by barbarians in our world. In our daily lives, everyone of us have faced situations where we have asked ourselves, “Where is God in this?”. Stephen was dying, being stoned by the religious barbarians of his day. I am sure that, as he felt the stones striking his body and heard the snap of his bones breaking, that he, too, for a brief instant, wondered where God was in his pain and impending death. Then he looked to heaven and saw Jesus “standing” by the Father. The Scripture says that Jesus sat down by the Father after the cross and His resurrection. Why does Stephen see Him standing? Jesus is standing to welcome Stephen home. Jesus was feeling every stone that Stephen felt, and He wanted Stephen to know that he was not alone. Jesus feels every slash of the Islamic sabers and the penetration of their bullets. He knows the pain of the cancer ridden body. Jesus is watching. He is involved. In fact, given what is happening in our world today, I believe that He is standing a lot right now for those who are His. If you are His, remember, He is involved, and, someday, He’ll rise to receive you, too.
Aug 12…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Do you need an encounter today?
…“‘Who are you, Lord?’Saul asked.’I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting, ‘he replied.” Acts 9:5
Saul had an encounter with Jesus as he was in route to kill Christians in what is now Syria (sound familiar), and he became a changed man. He became Paul, who instead of seeking to kill those who knew Jesus, he began to live for Jesus. An encounter with Jesus changes everything. Ask Jesus to help you encounter Him today. It will change everything for and about you. Then unashamedly tell others the story of your encounter. It may just be that they need an encounter with Jesus themselves. Remember, someone with an argument is never a match for someone with an encounter.
Aug 11…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Are you on target?
…”May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.” Ps 25:21
…We are protected by consistency, both ours’ and God’s. There are those who tell us that consistency robs us of freedom, that it is boring, repetitious, and stifles creativity, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the absence of consistent, moral behavior creates chaos. Intuitively, we know the damage inconsistency creates, so we expect everything from our automobiles to our relationships to our aim to be consistent. Fortunately, our God is consistent. He never changes, so our faithfulness to His moral guidelines protects us from unnecessary consequences and insures that we make right choices. Living within the boundaries of the “integrity and uprightness” of our God’s guidelines insures our optimum freedom and creativity to live out the purpose for which we were created. In other words, we stay on target. Your hope today is found in the protection Jesus offers you when you are faithful to His guidelines. Don’t miss the target!
Celebrating a great week. I am so thankful for those who help us help others encounter Jesus that I wanted to share with you what Jesus has done this week:
1. Tues… Aug 5… Conducted Power Lunch at Kentucky Baptist Building. I shared a message: “How To Keep From Being a Loser”. Touched many business leaders.
2. Wed… Aug 6… Promise of Hope launched a new initiative. We fed lunch to the faculty and administrators at Wilt Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Taught on “How to Be the Best Teacher You Can Be” for in service training. We had 8 teachers accept Jesus as their Savior.
3. Thurs… Aug 7… I spoke to messengers from about 20 churches at the Gasper River Association and challenged them to embrace our “Tell Your Story” campaign to tell someone everyday the story of their encounter with Jesus. They committed to tripling the number of people next year that they reach for Jesus.
4. Sat… Aug 9… We conducted a wild game dinner for the Oldham-Trimble Baptist Association in Buckner, KY. We had 38 unchurched people accept Jesus, including 3 entire families as well as a father and son that Janice and I invited.
5. Sun.. Aug 10… I spoke at the Sunday AM service at Buckner Baptist Church. 4 individuals accepted Jesus, including a family that began attending church when their daughter was diagnosed with cancer. The altar was filled with people committed to telling the story of their encounter with Jesus.
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Aug 9…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Struggling with a bad habit?
…”Jesus replied,”I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”John 8:34
…Habits begin with a single choice. We tell ourselves, “I’m free to drink or do drugs or gossip or steal this answer or take that dollar.” Soon, we are not doing these activities, they are doing us. We first make our habits, then our habits make us. We lose our freedom because the activity that we have chosen to engage in soon becomes our master. We become a slave to the very thing we were “free” to do. We are chained by our habit. The best way to conquer a bad habit is to never make the choice that leads to the habit. Are you already struggling with a habit that has become your master? Then you need to change masters!! You want freedom? You find that in Jesus! He can help you break the chain, the habit, that binds you. Turn to Him today! Ask Him! He will help you take the steps necessary to LIVE FREE! That choice, alone, will be your greatest achievement!!
Aug 8…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Got any secrets?
“The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”Pr 15:3
…GOD sees the good we do and the bad. He doesn’t miss a thing. Even the reasons we do what we do are an open book to God. Remember that today when you’re tempted to think that nobody will know what you’re about to do. God will.
Aug 7…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Got a plan for your life?
…”Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands,…”1Thes 4:11
…As I have grown older and logged the passing of a few birthdays, I have come to realize that life is much simpler than I have made it in the past. Be “quiet” so that you can hear God or you may miss a blessing. “Mind your own business” by focussing on what you’re doing, being distracted limits your effectiveness. Don’t be afraid to “work” hard, that is how you achieve your potential. Sounds like a good plan for life if you ask me.