Choose a good reputation over great riches;
being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.
Posts from February 2010
Choose a good reputation over great riches;
“Rise up, my darling!
Come away with me, my fair one!
Look, the winter is past,
and the rains are over and gone.
The flowers are springing up,
the season of singing birds has come,
and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.
The fig trees are forming young fruit,
and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming.
Rise up, my darling!
Come away with me, my fair one!”
Song Of Solomon 2:10-13
We've been tackling some tough issues in The Sevens, our small group studies, over the past few months. Things like porn, drinking, and tonight...giving. Touchy subject with some folks but a very important topic. Here's a great clip from Mark Driscoll in his sermon series 'Doctrine'.
I just had a conversation with a friend about guilt trips. I myself am a sucker for a good guilt trip. Just lay it on real think and I'll do just about anything for you. Guilt trips work on me, so I know they work and my temptation is to use them on others. The problem is, guilt is a terrible motivation to do anything. Here's a better reason to do what you do...
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments." John 14:15
Fall so far in love with God that you will do anything for Him! My desire as a pastor is to lead people to fall in love with Jesus.
Why Do We Give? CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
We're asking everyone at Harvest to start depositing their change at the end of the day into one of these little coin banks for the next 10 weeks. We'll be emptying them and starting over every Sunday so that we are reminded weekly to give to International Missions. Last Sunday we passed a bank around and collected over $100 just from pocket change.
See you Sunday! Bring your World Missions Coin Bank!
Good people don't always give good advice. I am troubled from time to time when I see Christians struggling with issues turn to 'friends' for advice and then not test that advice with the scriptures. Make sure that those you turn to for advice value the Word of God. If they make statements like "I know the Bible says...but...", they are not giving you good counsel. That kind of statement sounds very similar to the serpent's advice to Eve in the Garden of Eden
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
Satan's evil scheme against mankind began by questioning the accuracy of God's Word, "Did God actually say,". He then denied the truth of God's Word in verse 4, "You shall not surely die." Finally, he questioned God's motives, "God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.". Eve fell for the enemy's lies and ate the fruit.
The devil doesn't fool any of us when we read through the Genesis account of Eve's temptation. How could she have been so gullible? The first verse tells us why, "Now the serpent was more crafty (subtle), than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made". Satan appeared to Eve as a beautiful serpent and she was caught off guard. Guess what! He's just as crafty today and even though we see it clearly in Genesis chapter three, we aren't as quick to spot his tricks in our everyday life. He sometimes speaks to us through beautiful people and catches us off guard.
There are two things we need to be very careful about. First, we must be careful to always honor God's Word in the counsel and advice that we give to those we love and care for. We must know the Bible and speak from a Biblical world view. Second, when people offer us advice, we need to really listen to what they are saying. Measure the validity of every sentence, every word, against what God has said in His Word.
God has given us everything we need, in His Word, to make good decisions.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work."
I'm working on my manners. I have an iPhone and I like it a lot. It does everything. Address book, calendar, email, Bible software, and so much more. The problem is that it's also a phone, text message, and Facebook device. I have found myself answering calls or texting while I'm with family and friends. The other night Kathy even caught me reading my Facebook Wall while we were out to dinner. I want to stop doing that.
If I'm talking to someone face to face I am trying to just let my phone go to voice mail rather than answer right then and interrupt the conversation I'm having. If I have someone sitting in my office I don't let people just keep walking in and interrupting so why should I allow people to call my cell and interrupt me? I want someone to know that when I'm talking to them that they have my attention, that they are important, and that I am interested in what they have to say.
The texting, as convenient as it may be for a number of reasons, can be very rude. Have you ever been in a room and a couple people starting speaking a foreign language in front of you, even though they both speak perfect English? That happens to me at the gym a lot and I despise it. Maybe you've been somewhere when people have kept whispering secrets in your presence? Rude! Texting can be just as rude and I never want to offend someone like that.
So here's the deal...I'm working on my manners, which means I may not answer every call or text the moment I receive them. Give me time, I'll get back to you. I just might be with someone at that moment and I want to give them my undivided attention. It might be that I'm spending time alone, reading, relaxing, regrouping, recharging. I might be spending time with the Lord, praying or studying. I'll get back to you and when I do I'll be renewed and ready to give you my very best.
How are your phone manners? Just a thought.