Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Scrutiny of God

Okay.  This week's post may be controversial but it is a topic that most everyone has struggled with at one time or another.  No, I'm not talking politics, sex, or child rearing.  I don't even think this topic is restricted to religion.

Regardless of who you are or how you were raised; at one time or another we have all questioned God.  You know what I'm talking about.  There in the midst of the storm you look up to heaven and ask, "Why?"  "Why me?" "Why this?"  "Why now?" "Where are you, God?"

We tend to scrutinize the plan of God and question Him as though we would be better off if we were in charge.  Some may even believe they are.  And so we fire our questions at Him and have the audacity to think He should answer us.  Kind of arrogant on our part.  Here the Sovereign Ruler of all Creation is interrogated by those He created.  Should the jar question the potter?

We must remember, GOD IS GOD AND I AM NOT!

At the same time, I don't think that in questioning God we can or will diminish who He is one iota.  Throughout Scripture we see examples of those who have scrutinized the plans of God.  David, Moses, the Disciples and more.  However, in each example, it is evident that in the end they all concluded, GOD IS GOD AND I AM NOT!

So, this week I took a closer look at one such example: Job.  Job.  You think you have it rough, try walking in his shoes.  In the end Job concluded, GOD IS GOD AND I AM NOT!

For the full message shared on 05-27-12 at the  First Church of God - Racine, WI go to: 
The Scrutiny of God

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Woman of Strength

Mothers are not only wonderful teachers, they are full of incredible strength.  There is a difference between strong women and women of strength:

  • A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape, but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.
  • A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything, but a woman of strength shows her courage in the midst of fear.
  • A Strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her, but a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.
  • A strong woman walks sure-footedly, but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.
  • A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face, but a woman of strength wears grace.
  • A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey, but a woman of strength has the faith that in the journey she will become strong.

For the full message shared on 05-13-12 at the  First Church of God - Racine, WI go to: 
A Woman of Strength

Monday, May 7, 2012

Precious In His Sight

Remember that song we learned as children:
   Jesus loves the little children, 
   All the children of the world,
   Red and yellow, black and white,
   They are precious in His sight
   Jesus loves the little children of the world.

As a kid that was such a wonderful though, that God loves me.

But as we grow up, often we forget how precious we are to Him.

Today I hope to remind you of just how precious you are to our Heavenly Father.

In order to do this we must look at four areas:

  • The Purpose of our Redemption,
  • The Cost of our Redemption,
  • The Plan of our Redemption, and
  • The Result of our Redemption
Value is determined by the amount one is willing to pay to make a purchase.  Considering the price God paid don't you think you are...


For the full message shared on 05-06-12 at the  First Church of God - Racine, WI go to: Precious in His Sight

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Conduct of a Believer

You may talk the talk, but do you walk the walk?

That question often comes to mind when I consider the way believers are suppose to act.  It's been said that Christians are among the most judgmental people on earth; and that may be true.

It is sad, but true.  We talk the talk - "Love your neighbor" - but how many of us will go out of our way to help those in need?

Unfortunately, we judge people based on what we gain from the relationship.  Now consider this, what if God treated us the way we treat others.  Would you receive mercy?  Would His grace rain down on you?  Would His gift of salvation be free?

The Conduct of a Believer is to be based on God's actions toward us.  He withheld the consequences of our sin to provide us the opportunity to turn to Him.  He poured out His grace so that our cup overflows.  "He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life." [John 3:16].

So does your conduct reflect the Savior?

For the full message shared on 04-29-12 at the  First Church of God - Racine, WI go to:
The Conduct of a Believer