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A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU!

December 21, 2016

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. (Luke 2:11, NIV)

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He was just a little baby. He thought like a baby. He cried like a baby. He giggled like a baby. He learned to crawl before he could walk. He made baby sounds before he could talk. He cried when his teeth started to come in and he cried when he was hungry.

Yes, he was a baby – just like we were once babies. But he grew into the man who would become our Savior. He spent his time on earth teaching those he met how to love and to live in this crazy, mixed up world. The times were different, but the problems were unmistakably similar to the problems we experience today – the world was full of hatred, jealousy, war, terrorism, cheating, stealing, adultery, murder, and so on! This young man, named Jesus, was not afraid to make a stand for his Father to show the world a better way. He refused to give in to the political pressures of the time. He did not allow anything to stand in the way of his purpose. He was willing to die for his beliefs!

Am I willing to give my life for my beliefs? Most of the time I’m not even sure what my beliefs really are. I struggle every day, wondering “what is my purpose here on earth?” I live and work in a different world than Jesus. My job takes up 50% of my day; sleep takes up another 30%. That only leaves 20% of my day to eat, relax, and enjoy my family. There’s not much time left to give to the Lord! What am I supposed to do?

Believe it or not, many of us go through life with that kind of thinking. I did it for years. I did it until I began to realize that my beginnings were very much like Jesus’ beginnings. We were both helpless little babies, waiting to be led by the hand into a huge world of unknowns. It took me a long time to realize that the very same Spirit that lived in Jesus lives in me – right now! The same spirit that allowed Jesus to arise from the grave, gives me the power to lead others to Christ during my working hours and throughout the rest of the day. My job is a blessing, a gift from God. It’s a place for me to share God’s love with those who may have doubts. My entire life is a blessing. My wife, kids, and grandchildren are all beautiful gifts from our Savior – gifts from that little baby that was born 2,000 years ago in a manger in Bethlehem.

What is my purpose here on earth? My purpose is to share the love of Jesus with anyone who has ears to listen! Today, a Savior has been born to YOU!!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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CONFESSION ISN’T ENOUGH!

February 13, 2015

But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. (Ezekiel 18:21, NIV)

Change Ahead

Each of us has secrets. Even after we confess our sins, there are still certain parts of our lives that we keep hidden away. Perhaps we are hiding these little secrets from our spouse, or maybe our children, or even a co-worker. One thing is for sure – we can’t hide anything from God! He knows everything we have done and is aware of everything we are going to do in the future. Since we are already aware of that, what do we do? In many instances, we simply turn away from Him and continue down our own paths of destruction. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

There is another solution; one that will bring peace and joy to your life. It’s called repentance. It’s often difficult to confess our sins, but nearly impossible to repent for all the many sins we have “hidden” away. Repentance involves turning: turning away from our sins; turning our back on our old selves, and turning toward our Lord and Savior. Repentance is a willingness and commitment to become new men and women, to become loyal followers of Jesus Christ. Confession is critical, but it’s only the first step. Repentance is the greatest step!

Ironically, confession requires great courage to clean out everything hidden away in your life. Repentance, however, requires a soft, willing heart. In the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus taught that it’s not sin itself that imperils us, but rather a hard, stubborn heart, an unwillingness to turn, an unwillingness to repent. The younger son lived a life with ostensibly more sin. The older brother simply harbored resentment and jealousy. The younger brother repented for his sins; the older brother did not. Their father welcomed the younger brother and celebrated his return: this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. (Luke 15:32, NIV) The father pleaded with his older son to join in the celebration, to soften his heart. But the older son refused.

Without repentance, we continue in our sin. Without repentance, we continue down our own path … one that leads to death. Jesus said: But unless you repent, you too will all perish. (Luke 13:3, NIV)

Take a close look inside yourself. The stuff you need to confess, do it now! And repent! Turn your back on the person you once were; the one who kept those little secrets to himself. Take a deep cleansing breath. Listen to God. Astonishingly, he’ll always give you a fresh start. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out … (Acts 3:19, NIV)

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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SPEND A DAY IN HIS COURT!

January 5, 2015

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere” – (Psalm 84:10, NIV)

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What have you done lately that requires faith?

Many of us have never experienced a “lack” of anything. Compared to others around the world, we live in luxury and comfort. We have jobs, money, beautiful homes, cars, and plenty of food on the table every single day. Because of this abundance, we often take life for granted. We take Christ for granted. For this reason, we often choose our own lifestyle over a lifestyle that places Christ above everything else.

Jesus understands that we need to be disciplined in the way we think and behave. In order to choose Him above our worldly comfort we need to strip away predictability and self-sufficiency and intentionally move into situations that we can’t handle by ourselves. Jesus sent His disciples into such situations: “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” (Luke 10:3, NIV) He instructed them to travel light and resist anything that could provide comfort, predictability, self-sufficiency – money, extra clothing, other people: “Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.” (Luke 10:4, NIV) They had to rely on Him for everything. Because they put their faith in Him, “… they returned with joy.” (Luke 10:17, NIV) Because they were willing to move in faith, into risk and discomfort, they were able to spend precious days with our God. Jesus told them: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:23-24, NIV)

These guys did not “see” beautiful luxury homes on the beach, or drive exotic sports cars, or eat at the finest restaurants in the world. No! They simply spent a little time with our maker. They allowed Him to fill their senses and treat them to the most satisfying lifestyle that is humanly possible. They were able to see beyond their own way of life into a way that leads to an eternity with God Almighty.

We have that very same opportunity to spend our time with the Lord. We need to abandon the idea that our lives revolve around our jobs and around the luxuries that our money can buy. We need to look for opportunities to serve others instead of ourselves. We need to reach out to someone who needs help. Perhaps we should spend a little time with someone who just needs to talk. It’s important for each of us to make a commitment to a service project in our communities. Most importantly we need to talk to a friend or co-worker who doesn’t know our Savior and offer them the very same comfort and love that the Lord has shown us.

It’s time for us to step out of our comfort zones and place our faith in the One who can bring life to our souls!

Enjoy today, “Working for Christ!”

LIGHT UP YOUR WORKPLACE!

October 23, 2014

“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)

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Are you in the right job, following the proper career path, living in the right city? How can you be certain that God has you where he wants you? The strongest evidence is simply that we’re there. He knows where we are. He sees us (Luke 12:6-7). He is always with us (1 Corinthians 3:16). He has a plan for each of us. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).  So where we are now – no matter where that may be – is no accident. Until we hear differently, we’ve got to assume that where we are is where He wants us to be – for His reasons, and for His purposes.

One of those purposes, if not the main one, is to bring “light” into our regions of influence and impact (Matthew 5:14). Jesus tells us not to hide the light that radiates from us when we follow Him.let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Our light begins to dim when we get too comfortable with the places where we work and live. Our light is extinguished when we succumb and begin to follow our worldly desires instead of those ordained by Christ. We need to resist the worldly beliefs and values that so many of us tend to follow. We need to remember who we are – as Christians.

We follow Christ! Our values are His values! We believe in Him! That is the belief we live by!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

BRING JESUS TO WORK WITH YOU!

October 13, 2014

“the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (Luke 22:26, NIV)

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We devote so much time and hard work to our own advancement. We strategize, we plan, and we put our heads down and grind our way to the “top.” Somewhere deep down within us there is something that drives us toward securing greatness – of some kind or another – for ourselves. Maybe it’s on a small scale. Maybe on a large scale. Maybe in our work, our communities, or maybe even in our faith. But, because of our human nature, that drive just exists within us.

The twelve Apostles (all human by the way) had this drive, too. In the upper room, a dispute arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the “greatest.” But Jesus intervened and taught them (and us) that this inner drive must be refocused. “But I am among you as the one who serves” (Luke 22:27, NIV). Shouldn’t we be trying to become more like Jesus in everything we do? His life was designed to be a blueprint for our lives. We must follow it and no other. We must reject all blueprints drawn by our pride, or envy, or selfishness.

Refocusing this drive, away from ourselves and toward lifting those around us, is one of the most important things we can do. When we do this successfully, others begin to see Christ in us. Our lives will move from being self-centered to being compassionate, generous, merciful, and loving – all characteristics which help define the nature of Jesus Christ.

Serving others is a better way to live – better for God, better for us, and better for those we are to love and serve. Look around you today, and this entire week, for people who are in need. Perhaps they need encouragement, or someone to talk to. Perhaps they need someone who will listen to them. Maybe they just need someone to acknowledge them – a smile, a “good morning”, an “atta boy.” Bring Jesus to them through you. It’s important to honor Him in everything we do!

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Have a blessed day, “Working for Christ!”

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES!

February 21, 2014

As they were walking along the road, a man said to Him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Follow Me

Jesus was not being callous when He replied, “Let the dead bury their own dead,” and “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” He was stating a simple truth that is still valid today. We have the choice to follow the world’s way or God’s way.

“I’ll start tithing just as soon as I make enough money to get myself out of debt.”

“I’ll start reading the bible when I can find the time to sit down and relax. A time when I don’t have to think about my work plans for tomorrow.”

“I’ll help feed the poor when I get a little extra time and money on my hands.”

Excuse, excuses, excuses! We can always come up with an excuse to follow the world’s way. Jesus doesn’t buy our excuses. He is commanding us to “follow” Him. That means we are to proclaim His love to the world – before we get out of bed, when we get into the shower, as we’re driving to work, as we read our emails, when we engage our co-workers and customers, while we drive home, and when we spend time with our loved ones! There are no excuses. When Jesus says, “Follow Me,” that’s exactly what He means.

Have you ever heard of anyone who on his or her deathbed has said, “I wish I had spent more time at work and less time with my family or with God.”?

If we base our decisions on our own security and comfort, we will have a hard time following the path God has laid out for us. It’s always easy to look back and see our mistakes. How much better would it be if we would look forward and avoid those mistakes?

Jesus has said to each one of us, “Follow me”. I can’t think of any good reason why we shouldn’t, can you?

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

GOING UP?

February 12, 2014

“For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.”  (Luke 14:11, NIV)

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In the business world, you hear people say they are trying to “make it to the top.” But God’s view of our world turns everything upside down. Jesus was exalted – after volunteering to give up divinity. Jesus was lifted up – after going down to the grave. Jesus was honored – after submitting to the Father. Jesus was glorified – after dying.

Exalting God is pressing the DOWN button on the ego elevator.

We were made to serve others! No matter what our position or title, our job is to serve!

Work for ChristEnjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!


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