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if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV)

Here in Jewett, we have recently been experiencing a time of Spiritual Awakening. Over the last 6 weeks or so we have seen many begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and follow through with baptism, we have seen some accept a call to vocational ministry, and we have seen several join the church body. This time of renewal has been simply awesome as we have seen God do great things through the lives of His people.

As I am here reflecting on this time of harvest, I cant help but think that this must be a small glimpse of what the early church experienced in Acts. Obviously we are not seeing the thousands added to our number like they were.  But the Spirit of the Lord is moving for sure. The whole thing is AWESOME!

That is why I am writing this blog after neglecting this website for so long. I am PUMPED for what God has done and what He is doing!

And I want to plead with you to seek the Lord for Spiritual Awakening in your church family. I know that there are many who are constantly praying for the Lord to bring awakening and I want everyone to join them. The Lord promises through His Word that He will hear and answer. We can trust that He is faithful to His promises.

Therefore, let us pray for the Lord to move greatly and for many to come to a saving relationship in Jesus Christ.

 

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As I sit down today to try to catch up with ministry thank you & encouragement notes (an attempt that I am forever behind on) I cannot help but realize how hard this is. This process is a hard one simply due to the amount of notes I would love to send combined with a lack of time and energy required for writing all the people who have, are, and continually impacting my life in ministry. There are so many around me that are growing in their walks with Christ & being used as the hands and feet of Jesus that it is hard not to think about the words of Paul to the Hebrews.

Hebrews 10:19–25
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

These Scriptures are an encouragement to me & I strive to fulfill them in the lives of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I have also seen how these Scriptures ring true in our culture today. There are so many around us that simply need a kind word of encouragement in life & in faith.

I would like to exhort you today as Paul did the Hebrews to encourage someone you know in the faith. Tell them how great they are doing. Tell them how their walk has affected your life. Tell them how their sacrifice is worth it and how it is building the Kingdom of the Lord.

It will not take too long.

Who will you encourage today?

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Pray for Revival at FBC Jewett!

Starting this Sunday we will begin our Spring revival at First Baptist Church of Jewett. The church members and I are very excited about this event and what God is going to do both in us and those who come to the events.

Will you join us in praying for this event? (Please Comment Below)

There are prayer points on the book mark in the image. If you would like your own, you can swing by the church and pick one up or email me and I can send you the PDF file. 😀

revival-best-bestThis weekend through Wednesday night I will be preaching at Revival at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Alvord, TX.

Please pray with me for God to change lives and for the people to be receptive to His message.

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Check It Out! I won a Free Book From Pastor Mark Driscoll!

Pastor Mark Driscoll is the leader of a large church in Seattle called Mars Hill & is the author of several best sellers. But I like Pastor Mark for another reason.

He is committed to Jesus and leading others to Jesus.

This is played out through the ministries of his church, his preaching style, and his heart to equip fellow pastors. His team produces one of the podcasts that really helped me grow in my faith as a new believer as well.

So Pastor Mark, Thanks for the book & Keep leading people to Jesus! All for His Glory!

 

love“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind;

love does not envy or boast;

it is not arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way;

it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.

Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13:1–13, ESV)  

Reflecting on these passages this morning, I cannot help but see the evident need of Love in our society today. With all the hate in the world, there is an obvious desire for acceptance and love by our society. It is almost as if our culture is calling out with a natural thirst for love.

This is the key for those who know Christ. We have seen love in action. We have experienced the power and victory of lov ein our lives. This is our opportunity to show love to others. Here, Paul makes this clear by outlining what love is; patient, kind, humble, easy going, and righteous.

Jesus commanded this of his disciples.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:

just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.””

(John 13:34–35, ESV)  

 

The command is clear. Now we must act.

Who are you being called to love?

How are you doing with loving others?

 

I was surfing the web the other day an found the Missional Wear T-Shirt company.

They have several really cool T-Shirts on here designed to bring up theological conversations & I thought that this may be just one more way to share a witness with the world around us. (I am not affiliated with this company and I do not receive perks from them. I just thought they were cool. If you would like to buy me on, I would be okay with that. 😀 )Reformed Theology   Missional Living Shirts  Decals  Hoodies  and More     MissionalWear.com

 

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I will be preaching this Sunday at Bear Valley Church in Colleyville, Tx.
If you are in the area and would like to join us, our services are at 10 AM & 11:15 AM.
More information can be found at www.bearvalleychurch.com

If you cannot make it, I will post the sermon recording on the sermon archives page shortly after.

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I will be preaching this Sunday at Bear Valley Church in Colleyville, Tx.
If you are in the area and would like to join us, our services are at 10 AM & 11:15 AM.
More information can be found at www.bearvalleychurch.com

If you cannot make it, I will post the sermon recording on the sermon archives page shortly after.

Because of the recent school shootings, I have had both family and friends come to me with hurt and frustration over this tragedy. Some of them are simply heartbroken over the loss of the event while others are angry that God could let this happen.

Because we live in a world full of tragedy and evil, I felt it could be helpful to some if I shared a few of the common questions I have received and gave answers for them based on what I know. This will be a series of posts over then next week as I work through each of the questions.

I would also like to note that there could be books written and are written on each of these topics. I am simply providing a few thoughts and feelings.

My hope and prayer is that these can be a learning and growing experience for all who read this and that their faith may be made stronger in The One True God in light of such events.

How can God be just and allow a tragedy like this to happen?

This is a tricky question, because it is actually two questions; Is God just? And if He is just, Why would He allow this to happen? It is easier to tackle both questions separately and then come to the entire conclusion.

Is God Really Just?

The simple answer to this is yes. We know that man’s morals are built on God’s laws and that His character defines justice. Therefore the only reason we know about justice is by His example. This is confirmed through the Scriptures in passages such as Exodus 34:6-7; Pslam 9:7-8 and countless other passages.

[6] The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, [7] keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7 ESV)
[7] But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
[8] and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the people with uprightness.
(Psalm 9:7-8 ESV)

 

If He Is Just, Why Would He Allow This To Happen?

Before we tackle the question we be honest, this is hard for people (including myself) because I can point out the wrong in other people’s lives very easily and ask God for quick justice. However in reality the Lord did not have quick justice on me when I first sinned (committed and evil act) and if He did, I would not have had the chance to understand His mercy and love. To dig a little deeper into this, when I look further into myself I find that I am not truly looking for justice, but vengeance when I make a judgment on the Lord’s timing. I want to see payback for those who have been wronged onto the person who committed the wrongdoing.

These are all very hard emotions to process in times of trials. Because we are hurt, because we want payback, and because in most cases we cannot do anything about it, we feel helpless and frustrated. Because of this, we often try take this out on God in an effort to lord over Him. All because we think our way is better than his. We think we could rule the world better than He does. To put it bluntly, this is rebellion (sin) and we are then no better than the one who committed the heinous crime in God’s eyes.

Now to the question, because we hold the fact that God is just, we assume that He will act in a certain way or do a certain thing (IE-prevent tragedy). However, justice is not based on our timetable or for our purposes. Or in other words, just because God is just doesn’t mean that He will act when we deem it necessary. Because God is not only just, but patient and loving as well, He allows bad things (or sin) to happen in order to give man the opportunity to see his evil ways and turn to the righteous God. This can be seen in passages such as 2 Peter 3:9 and Romans 2:1-8. Therefore the Lord allows tragedy to display His glory.

[9] The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9 ESV)

 [2:1] Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. [2] We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. [3] Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? [4] Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? [5] But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
[6] He will render to each one according to his works: [7] to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; [8] but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. (Romans 2:1-8 ESV)

The reality of this conclusion is sometimes a hard one to swallow. Especially if you are on the receiving end of the tragedy. I realize this and I am praying for those affected. However, I would also like to encourage you to place your frustration not on God but on the person or people who committed the action and to take comfort in the fact that their actions will not be forgotten or passed over by the Lord.

Furthermore, we must also try to understand what we as a people could have done to prevent this. Maybe we could have looked to the law of the Lord in the first place.

[13] “You shall not murder.
(Exodus 20:13 ESV)

(other posts on the subject: AlbertMohler , Mike Huckabee )

I hoped that this has sparked some thoughts or emotions. If you have further questions or would like a question answered, comment below.