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Quit Grovelling

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:19-25 NLT)

I hear too many Christians who live in this constant state of fear, sorrow, pity, powerlessness, and timidity. They act as though they are this abused puppy that flinches at the mention of the power of God; and dread the thought of standing boldly and proclaiming the freedom, promises and victory we have in Christ.

Should we be humble? Yes.
But don’t confuse confidence with pride.

Should we be meek and fear The Lord? Yes.
But don’t confuse meekness with weakness.

Many people confuse the victorious battle cry for the prosperity gospel. They are too afraid to boldly proclaim the authority we have in Christ Jesus and the promises given to His children in the Scriptures. Instead they want to beat themselves with a whip and cry out, “Woe is me!”

That response is usually the product of either false teaching or false humility.

We can BOLDLY enter the presence of God!

Quit groveling! If you are born-again believer in Jesus Christ, you have become an heir to the throne of the King of kings! You are a prince or princess! Act like it!

Let us STAND and proclaim VICTORY!

Pressing on

Steve

The Best Advice Ever (Along With the Rest)

This morning I was doing some reminiscing, and it lead me to thinking about some of the best advice I have ever received.

I was blessed to have an amazing man of God as a youth pastor growing up.
He is a man full of wisdom, humility, and faithfulness; and also lots of useless information. ;)

His name is Mike Montag, and he would be humbled by the previous accolades; and would whisper to me that they aren’t true; which only proves my point (except, or course, when it comes to the useless information, which he would jokingly agree with).

As I graduated high school, I was certain of where I should go, but took a year to finally make the jump and go to college in Pennsylvania.

Upon making the journey to a new land, I received these words of advice from Mike:

Always remain teachable.

Other than “Don’t drink the water in a third-world country,” it’s safe to say that up to this point in my life, of all the advice that I have been given, this has had the greatest impact.

No matter where I’ve been, what I know or think I know, and what I’ve experienced, I have also learned that I don’t know it all. [This was also pointed out to me by another great man of God, the late Rev. Frank Linton.]

Making the choice to remain teachable means that you’re humble and open to learning from whoever, whatever, whenever; and that you haven’t figured it all out. There’s always another angle, or perspective, or piece of information that you haven’t factored in, and as long as I allow myself to be teachable, I will continue to learn, grow, and become more effective in what the Lord has called me to do… oh, and I will also gain that coveted thing called wisdom.

  • Have you ever been given a piece of advice that has greatly impacted your life?
  • Was it a positive or negative impact?
  • Was the individual that gave you the advice doing so with your best interest in mind? (In other words, were they trying to help you or hinder you?)
  • Can you see any long-term affects in your life from the advice?

Thank you, Mike, for giving your all to discipling me. Your efforts have reaped a great harvest in my life, and those fruits have always stayed with me. My life as a follower of Christ, husband, father, and minister are directly connected to what the Lord has done in and through your life. Thank you for remaining teachable, and in return passing the wisdom on to a young, loud, prideful boy that is now beginning to understand (only slightly) the depth of the wisdom passed on.

Still learning…

Steve

McChurch: I Want to Be Served.


Say what you want, but we are lazy by nature.

If I had it my way, I wouldn’t do any work.

I want my marriage to be great = Love and serve.
I want money = Work.
I want to be healthy = Exercise and eat right.

With church, it’s the same.

Too many of us see church as a weekend car wash.
Drive thru to clean up and be on your way.
Quick and easy, and cheap.

Or, maybe we don’t go to Church A because the music isn’t our flavor.
Church B has bad preaching.
Church C is full of old people.
Church D serves bad coffee.
Church E…

Here’s a challenge:

It’s not about you.

The reason we become so discontented with churches is because we make it all about us.
Maybe God is directing you to that church because He wants you to serve there.
Maybe the person serving coffee doesn’t know any better, and you can help!

Philippians 2 reminds us, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Another way of saying is this:

TODAY IS NOT ABOUT YOU.

Let’s ditch the selfish my-way-or-the-highway mentality, and realize that the church is the bride of Christ.
It’s designed to be His way.

Let’s seek to serve the Lord and serve others.
When we do so, I think the church will begin to look more like it should — as a blessing to the world!

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