Ending Summer Slump

Every summer christians all over the world get stuck in a slump.  During the school year there is clear routine and schedules.  During the summer, all of the routine and schedule gets thrown out.  So how do you keep your relationship with Jesus healthy?

I wish every person would read through the Bible every year, go to church every week, serve using their gifts and talents every week, spend time as a family talking about what God is doing in each person, serve people everyday, tithe to a local church, and be generous as a lifestyle not just to get the tax break (however I am very grateful for that break).  I know most of you would aspire to do many of those things but won’t.  So if I could encourage you to do one thing this summer it is this…..

Pray for at least 5 min a day

Pray like this…

  1. Say out loud that God is God. He is holy, righteous, good, kind, perfect, worthy of honor, worthy of praise, or anything else that speaks to His great value.
  2. Say out loud 10 things you are grateful for.  There is nothing that sets our heart right like gratitude.  If there is someone close to you that you are struggling with, speak 3 things that you are grateful for about them
  3. Confess the places you struggle with and ask God for strength and courage to life apart from sin. It is for freedom He sets you free, and by grace that you overcome sin. 
  4. Ask God to give you 3 people to encourage today.  They might need prayer, affirmation, or just someone to ask how they are doing and really listen for an answer.  
  5. Ask God to speak to you.  Now listen with your eyes and ears.  You might see something or hear something that will fill your soul

You will be surprised how fast 5 minutes will turn in to more.  

Psalm 27:Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
    Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
14 Wait patiently for the Lord.

    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

So today… Pray. God loves you and is for you.  His is not looking to catch you in sin but to forgive and save you from it.  Approach Him as a loving Father.  If you have never known a loving father, let Him show you and heal you.  He wants you to hear His voice more than you will ever want to hear his voice.  Go pray

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Tell’em What They NEED to Hear

Jossy Chacko grew up in India before moving to Australia for college in the 1980’s. He remained there after college, marrying an Australian woman and having a successful career in business. He stayed in touch with many friends in India, including a northern Indian minister named Phillip. Phillip regularly wrote asking for Jossy to come and help him minister, an invite he repetitively declined. One day Phillip wrote a letter informing Jossy that there were entire villages in northern India where no one had ever even heard the name Jesus before. Having grown up in India Jossy highly doubted that was true, so he wrote Phillip that if he could take him to such a village he would consider partnering with him. 

Phillip accepted this challenge, so while on a trip to India Jossy took several days to meet with Phillip. Sure enough, he was led to a village where not a single person had ever heard the name Jesus. Through a translator Jossy shared the gospel as the entire village listened intently. At the end of his message the entire village joyfully came to accept Christ as their savior! There was one man, however, who did not seem so joyful. When Jossy asked why he proclaimed “why hasn’t anyone come to tell us before? We’ve needed to hear this for generations!”

Those words really convicted me. While it is hard to imagine anyone in America who has not heard the name Jesus, there are millions who have never been lovingly told about him before. They’ve experienced judgement and rejection at the hands of Christians, seen Christians act hypocritically, and heard snippets about the Christian faith, but have they ever had anyone sit down and lovingly share the good news with them? They need to hear about what God has done not only for the world, but for them as well. And, they need to hear about how you’ve experienced God in your life. They need to hear your story, see your example, and to experience God’s love through you. I love how Peter explains this to us: 

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15

Friends, we always need to be ready to share the Good News with everyone we encounter. There are people in your community right now that could proclaim: “why hasn’t anyone told me this before!” They are waiting for someone to let God’s Spirit move in them to share the gospel message to them. Let’s take the time to actually share the good news with them. 

You can learn more about Jossy Chacko’s amazing life and ministry in his book Madness

The Oath

Numbers 30:2 New International Version (NIV)

When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.

I recently traveled across Nebraska to go see family in Colorado Springs. Most of Nebraska along Interstate 80 is flat. You can see far distances as you drive, but there are areas of rolling hills that surprise you.

As we traveled in Nebraska, I kept noticing the signs about this town that was a stop for the Pony Express. The Pony Express lasted only 18 months from 1860-1861. The Pony Express during this brief time in American History, even through glamorized, was a financial flop.

What interested me most, as I looked up the facts about the Pony Express, was the oath that the riders had to take. It goes like this: I do hereby sweat, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement as a member of the National Pony Express, I will under no condition or circumstances use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other member of The Association, and the in every respect, I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my associates. So help me, God.

Honor God and  honor those you work with. It takes a life time to build character, and it can only take a few minutes to lose it. Think about this oath. It could be applied to our lives today.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Want to read a very good book? Theodore Roosevelt served our nation well. This book by Darrin Lunde, The Naturalist, is about the live of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. He loved God and nature passionately, and he pursued the preservation of natural wonders in our country.

 

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