“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

This verse comes at the beginning of Jesus being tempted in the desert by Satan. Jesus had been fasting for forty days and forty nights. Jesus was probably hungry. Satan thought that tempting Jesus while He was physically weak he would be able to drag Him down. Although Jesus was physically weak and hungry (can you imagine how hungry you would be if you had fasted for forty days?), Jesus was not spiritually weak. As a matter of fact Jesus was probably more in tune spiritually at this point that if He did with a full stomach.

Jesus wants Satan to know that the physical world is not all there is to life. Yes, we do live in a physical world but the spiritual world is just as real. When we eat a meal, we taste and smell our food. Our senses tell us that the food is real. The same is true when we read the Scriptures. Our senses tell us this is real and it is nourishing to our souls. We read the Bible with our eyes, we hear it with our ears. The Bible is real. But we also have the Holy Spirit that helps us see even deeper into God’s Word what the words mean, and how they should be read and applied.

Our sustenance, the nutrition that we need to be consuming, is more than proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Our diet needs to consist of our Bibles, the very words of God. Next time you eat a meal, be reminded that the Scriptures provide just as much nutrition for energy, and for the vital processes of your body and soul to grow.

All for Jesus,

Fletch

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Don’t Miss it!

August 10, 2016 — Leave a comment

In 1 Chronicles 16, King David brings the Ark of the Covenantmountainsclouds back to Jerusalem. If you remember, during the time of King Saul the Ark had been stolen and misused. But King David recaptures the Ark and brings it back to Jerusalem and plans a huge worship service. 1 Chronicles 16:8-36 recount the songs of praise and prayers during the worship service.

In verses 25-29 the attributes of God are magnified. As you read (pray) through these verses look for specific attributes of God. I think too often we miss looking at the Scriptures this way. We can get caught up in the narrative and miss seeing who God really is and how we should worship Him. These attributes have an impact on our daily lives. Here are a few that I found.

25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;  (1 Chronicles 16:25-29)

great, above all gods, maker of the heavens, majestic, strong, joyful, glorious, holy, beautiful, eternal, compassionate, humble, a reviver of spirits and hearts

And if you keep reading (praying) to the end of the worship service (v.35-36) you will see that it ultimately points us to Jesus, who is our salvation. God alone is worthy of our worship and praise. It is good to get to know His attributes and His characteristics because this creates more intimacy in our relationship with Him. It also strengthens and encourages our faith in the One whom He sent to die for us, be raised from the dead and is now seated at His right hand, ruling over all creation.

All for Jesus,

Fletch

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“In the beginning God…”selfish3

These are the first four words of the Bible in Genesis 1. These first four words remind us who the entire Bible is about. They remind who all of life is about, and its not about me, or you. God is the center of the universe and it is God who is the reason for everything that is in existence. We have to keep reminding ourselves of this truth each day in order to be more focused on glorifying God and not ourselves.

These are the first four words of the Bible in Genesis 1. These first four words remind us who the entire Bible is about. They remind who all of life is about, and its not about me, or you. God is the center of the universe and it is God who is the reason for everything that is in existence. We have to keep reminding ourselves of this truth each day in order to be more focused on glorifying God and not ourselves.

As you think about this particular day, ask the Lord to keep you from being so self-focused on your own pleasure. Instead, ask Him to keep you focused on who He has called you to be. So that the people you interact with, the relationships that are growing and developing in your life will not be about Continue Reading…

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All Creation Sings

August 9, 2016 — Leave a comment

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O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.

He set the earth on its foundations
so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.  Psalm 104:1-9

As I read this passage this morning, I was convicted of how little I actually look around at creation and praise God for what He has made. It is good to meditate on creation in order to see the love and grace of the Creator. We tend to forget that the world is so much bigger than the tiny universe that we have created for ourselves. God is so big, so vast, so immense, that nothing can contain Him.

After reading this passage and heading out to a meeting this morning I decided to just look around at the creation when I got to a stoplight. Right in front of me was this awesome rainbow. I know it sounds cheesy and too coincidental that I saw a rainbow after I had just read about them. But, that is what happened. So I just received it for what it was, a gift of grace. You see, the rainbow is a sign of God’s promise to His people. It is God’s promise that He will never destroy the earth again with water, but even more than that, the rainbow is God’ promise that He will keep His Covenant of grace with His people.

The rainbow is a physical reminder of what God has done for us. That God has seen our sin and rebellion and chosen to rescue us from ourselves. It is a reminder that God sent His Son, Jesus, to bear the wrath that we deserved to have poured out on us. It reminds us that our sin has been forgiven, that we have been made new and beautiful creations in Christ. The rainbow is a reminder of God’s unfailing and unwavering steadfast love toward His children.

Be encouraged today by what God has made, be encouraged today by how God has dealt with you with His grace. Look around and see His beauty and worship Him.

All for Jesus,

Fletch

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Safe and Secure

August 8, 2016 — Leave a comment

This God—his way is perfect; mountain-path-1119909_960_720
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

 For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?

Psalm 18:30-31

To follow God is a way that will always be best. It may not be the easiest or the safest way, but it is always the best way. “For your way is perfect…” You just can’t go wrong if you choose the path that God leads you down.

To live according to God’s Word has proven to be Continue Reading…

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Light and Darkness

August 5, 2016 — Leave a comment

1 John 1:15  “God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” hope-light-in-darkness1

This verse provides hope for everyone. We know there is darkness in the world, because we know that the world is full of sin. But not just the world, we are full of sin. You are full of sin. That’s the bad news. We have all turned our backs on God and chosen to live life our way instead of God’s way.

The good news is that God has provided a way to overcome the darkness, namely Himself. God is light because He has no sin. So how do we get this light? The apostle John who wrote this verse, also records the words of Jesus in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” When we put our faith in Jesus, we Continue Reading…

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The famous football coach Vince Lombardi blockandtacklebelieved that if his team could learn two things they would win football games. Just two things were the key to winning games? What about a thick and complex playbook? Don’t you need the fastest running backs and the most agile quarterbacks? Well, according to Vince Lombardi all you need to learn and execute are two things: blocking and tackling. If he could get his players to do those two things better than anyone else then they would win football games.

The Christian life points us in this direction as well. Not that we need to learn how to block and tackle, but there are two basic skills that are so foundational to life that we will be at a great loss if we don’t learn them. There are two things that Continue Reading…

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What Never Fails?

August 3, 2016 — 1 Comment

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God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Nobody is worried about whether or not the sun will come up tomorrow. The sun always comes up. But the sun comes up because Continue Reading…

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Gospel Rest

July 13, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Gospel Character

July 6, 2016 — Leave a comment

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