Archive for the ‘Gray’s Creek’ Category

Mt 19-20 “Cry out all the more.”

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

What a huge number of choice topics to choose from in these two chapters.  What caught my eye and heart was from chapter 20.

“31The crowd sternly told them to be quiet…” 

Many times we quite trying to be radical in our discipleship because it disturbed the status quo of the other followers.  These blind men, thankfully, did not listen to the crowd, but kept crying out… and Jesus responded to them and healed them.  I am convicted by their earnestness, and my own complacency… I am willing to wait to for another day for Jesus to come and touch me… and thus I miss out on today’s miracle… and show my unbelief that He would have compassion on one blind as I.  Preferring the darkness as it is familiar–I have learned to “get by” on sub-standard Christianity, without encountering the Power that is just a few feet away.

Sermon on the Mount

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Jesus covers such an array of topics and truths in such a short space.  Every word turned conventional wisdom on its ear.  What you cannot hear?  ….the silence, the sheer awe, of those who heard him utter those words for the very first time.  What a hush must have fallen as told them, “Love your enemies.” How the quiet must have rang as he told them, “You are the light of the world.”  How I wish I was sitting among them as these gigantic ideas fell from Heaven.  I wonder how their hearts burned and their minds churned to drink in this brand new ocean of living water, poured out in refreshing simplicity.

Clear a Path… Mt. 3-4

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Have you discovered the vast virtue of clutter?  Our culture and country have down to a science… and it’s disaster by design.  No margin, no quiet, no space.  Everything and every moment must be multi-tasked.  The result… clutter, endless waste in our wake and in our way…

   It’s a far cry (pun intended) from John the Baptist’s message,  “A voice of one calling in the desert,
   ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
      make straight paths for him.’ ”

 Maybe it’s time we “cleared a path” for Jesus to walk into our lives on a regular basis.  It might just make our desert a little more “user friendly.”  Who else can give us “Living Water?”

New Testament Challenge

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Our pastor challenged us to read through the NT this summer, two chapters a day through Labor Day.  So I read Matthew 1-2 today.  Amazing what a fearful thing, Jesus’ entrance into this world was.  Joseph had to have a lot of courage to be the earthly father of Jesus… suppose all parents need that kind of grit!

Resist discouragement

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Resist discouragement

by Rick Warren

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV)

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As a pastor, I’m sure many of you are discouraged.

Some of you are discouraged over your children that their lives are not going well. Some of you are discouraged about your marriage; it’s not at all what you thought it would be. You feel deflated and disappointed.

Some of you are discouraged about your finances, or your health, or the economy, or an unanswered prayer.

I want to say something to you, and it may sound mean, but it isn’t. It’s simply truth, so I say this in love: If you’re discouraged, that’s your choice.

We make a choice to be discouraged. We make a choice to let discouraging thoughts move freely through our minds. But, we can also make a choice to change our thoughts at any time, taking them captive in the Lord.

You get to choose what to focus on – your purpose or your problems, God’s power or your weakness, or your circumstances.We can fight discouragement. Here’s a tip to help: When you get discouraged, focus somewhere else. Say to yourself, “I don’t have time to be discouraged right now. I’m too busy fulfilling my life mission.”

This doesn’t mean you should be a Pollyanna and pretend everything is okay. You can be realistic, but you also need to be optimistic because you are a Christian: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NIV). God says, “Lo, I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20 KJV). He will help you and he will strengthen you. Faith starts with optimism.

Some of you have been praying for something specific and you haven’t yet gotten the answer. In Habbakuk 2:3 (NLT), God says, “These things I plan [for your life] won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.”

Just be patient. The answer you’re waiting for will not be overdue a single day. God’s timing is always perfect.

At Saddleback, we claimed this verse from Habbakuk for 13 years. We were growing bigger and bigger, but we still didn’t have the land we needed to build a worship center. We’d tell God, “Everybody else has a building. How come we don’t have a building?”

After 13 years, God answered our prayer – and we realized he had a much bigger plan than we did. The property we built on was not even available when we first started Saddleback. There weren’t even roads leading to the property. God had a plan and slowly, steadily, surely he began to fulfill his vision.© 2008 Rick Warren. All rights reserved.

The sun is rising, near where we live…

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

The place we live… has a rising sun…

QT Feb 21, 2008

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Prov. 21:5 Big encouragement that it pays to be diligent… leads to great advantage. That is what I want over the enemy. I am hoping that he underestimates what we can do at Easter at Gray’s Creek if we will put some elbow grease into it!