Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
by Dr. Paul Chappell
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
One of the most exciting pieces of news in the electronics industry last year was the release of the Play Station 3. But even though marketers were anticipating a number of sales, they were not prepared for the great demand that came about after the release. Nationwide, short supplies of the PS3 and strong demand led to long lines of buyers, some waiting for days outside stores. Once the doors opened that Friday, they pushed and shoved their way to the shelves in several cities to get to the limited supply. Two people were arrested in Fresno, California, after a crowd trampled people in a parking lot, and in Connecticut, a man was shot while waiting in line.
We must admit that we live in a very materialistic society. People thrive on gaining the latest gadget or toy. While it is not wrong to have nice things, our Lord desires that we as His children would be content with what He has given us.
We must be careful with the passion to possess. We are certainly pushed with this in today’s society. Marketing researchers spend their lives developing slogans, music, and commercials to get us to buy things. But God tells us in Luke 12:15, “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” God desires that we keep Him first in our lives and be content.
We see in our verses today that God commands us to avoid discontentment. He desires that we would focus on Him and not the possessions we do or do not have. As we have seen over the past few days, we must thank God for all He has done for us! One way we can remain content is by being thankful for what we have. When we take time to realize all God has given us and thank Him for it, we will realize how greatly He has already blessed us! We must thank Him daily in order to remain content.
Not only should we thank Him daily, but we must also fix our hearts on Him. Many people in our society look to possessions to bring them joy and fulfillment, but when our hearts are fixed on God, He will fill our lives with joy! The things of this world do not bring true happiness but only temporary enjoyment. Psalm 57:7 says, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” God has always been concerned not only about outward behavior, but also with the heart. When our hearts are fixed on God, He will give us joy, and we will be content with what He has given us.
When we become discontent, we are really telling God that we deserve more than what He has given us. God has blessed us beyond what we ever deserve! He has given us salvation! We all deserve to spend eternity in Hell, yet He sent His only Son to die for us. When we put things in perspective, we will see that God has given us far more than we could ever ask! We must remember that, even though we may not have the latest gadget, we have God’s Son, and He is all we need in life.
Have you found yourself desiring things others have that you don’t? God has given each of us exactly what we need to fulfill His will for our lives. We must thank Him for what He has given us and fix our hearts on Him. Spend time with Christ now, and be content knowing that you are saved and on your way to Heaven!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I am challenged by all of your thoughts on this....
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Maybe I am writing on something that does not bother most of you...it has been bothering me...
I have a problem with Christians that say "Good-luck" to anyone and ESPECIALLY each other.
Recently I was in a situation where this phrase was repeated to several Christians that were about to set out on some life changing experiences. They felt the Lord was leading them. It just twisted in my heart when the person sent them off ONE by one with the phrase"Good luck"....to me this reeks of superstition. Would it not just be so easy to say, I (we) will pray for you, or many other exhorting phrases that we use. I see them everyday in blogland. I do not believe personally, that this phrase should be any part of a Christians vocabulary. It seems, shallow and so worldly. I don't know if this is just me....what do you all think?..am I just being to picky? I personally do not want this said to me. Please I want God's guidance and God's will....not a life left up to "LUCK" ?
Monday, August 20, 2007
So here you go:
You Are 81% American
You're as American as red meat and shooting ranges.
Tough and independent, you think big.
You love everything about the US, wrong or right.
And anyone who criticizes your home better not do it in front of you!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
We have a team of missionaries at our church helping and coordinating some re-constuction in our church. This is their ministry and mission.
They are with "Cornerstone Baptist Builders"..they help out churches FOR FREE.
Well Bro. Tom LaSalle hit his leg with a nail from from his nail gun. OUCH....it hurts to even think about it.
Last I heard last night was he was waiting to go into surgery.
I am SURE he and his wife, Lori would appreciate prayer.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Kind of Fun to do.
You are most like:
You are cool and soothing, with a hidden spontanious side. You are deeper than most people percieve, and you care a lot for those whom you surround yourself with.
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Lisa came home yesterday....she is very tired and in some pain...
Her kids are in VBS this week which is a blessing.
My sister Susie has littleNehemiah.....
Thank you...so much for your prayers.
When you hear all the deragatory stuff about the internet...I think about times
like this when you KNOW that you have prayer support from people
you don't know *in person*...but love the LORD....and they are willing to spend their time to take a prayer request of another and make it their own .
I am grateful for you all.
ps...the picture is my Azalea bush when it was in bloom
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
how I can let things that will have no bearing on eternity
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
by Dr. Paul Chappell
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
New Ager, Shirley MacLaine once said, “I know that I exist, therefore I am. I know that the God source exists. Therefore it is. Since I am a part of the force, then I am that I am.” Many people in our society have placed themselves above God. This form of idolatry is causing many people to neglect God and focus their lives on other things.
God commands us to not worship any graven image. He desires to be the sole recipient of our praise and worship. While we may not ever consider worshipping an idol as the pagans of old, there are things that may come into our lives that take our worship and praise away from the Lord.
Many people replace God in their lives with self. For example, Dan serves his athletic body. He works out in a gym five days a week and has impeccable eating habits. He feels lonely and empty and eventually becomes bored and bitter. The false god of vanity fails him. While Dan may not think he is replacing God, his love of self and drive for self promotion has stolen his time and worship from God. We must be careful that we do not focus on ourselves or on our own self promotion so much that we fail to make time for God.
Also, some people worship things more than they worship God. Janice is very proud of her home. She spends hours each day cleaning, vacuuming, and dusting. It makes her feel good when visitors comment on what a beautiful home she has. But her children resent her compulsive cleanliness. She spends far more time working on her home than she does on Bible study, prayer, and family time. Janice has placed her home above her God.
Our world is a materialistic society that focuses on gaining possessions. Marketing is an enormous industry that seeks to promote goods as the source of happiness. But God commands us not to place the goods we own above Him in our lives. He has given us everything we have and He alone has the power to bless us. We must make sure that we worship God and praise Him more than we worship our possessions.
It is also sometimes easy to place other people above God in our lives. Debbie’s family means everything to her. Her son and young daughter play sports, take music lessons and attend a private school. Debbie spends every waking moment of every day caring for the kids. She seldom has time for her husband. He feels neglected. If he feels neglected, how does God feel? She lives through her children. They are like false gods in her life. Although family is important and God desires for us to nurture the hearts of our children, we must make sure that we are not placing them above our Lord. We must spend more time worshipping God than worshipping other people in our lives.
Who or what do you worship most in your life? God desires that He would be the number one object of the worship and praise in your life. He deserves it! Think about this past week. Did you spend time with God, or were you too busy with other things? Make sure nothing is becoming an idol in your life by taking your worship and praise from God. Spend time with God now, and worship Him for all He has done for you!