Run to Christ

January 31, 2017 — Leave a comment

57The Lord is my portion;
I promise to keep your words.
58 I entreat your favor with all my heart;trail running
be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies” Psalm 119:57-59

Every day our feet tend to wander away from the Lord and what He is calling us to. This can discourage us, demoralize us and make us feel that we are not worthy to be God’s child. However, the gospel has a different message. Christ died for our sins (past, present and future) once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring us to Himself (see 1 Peter 3:18).

What God wants from us is to examine our actions and the heart motivations behind them, to “think on our ways”, as the Psalmist says. Then we confess those sins to the Lord and turn away from them. But we don’t stop there. We then turn in faith to Christ, who is our savior and our sanctifier. Christ has promised to keep His Covenant with us, He will be gracious to us and He will extend His favor to us.

I want to encourage you to live in this rhythm of repentance and faith every day. Do not let yesterday’s sins discourage you. Repent of them and turn to Christ who loves you more deeply than you could ever imagine.

All for Jesus,

Fletch

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Several folks have asked for devotional ideas for this year. I love these getting these questions!

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Here are some top choices for spending time with the Lord:

  1. Just Read your Bible. Start with a particular book and read a chapter or passage each day. Ask yourself three question:
    • What does this passage tell me about who God is?
    • What does this passage tell me about who I am?
    • What is this passage calling me to do by the power of Christ living in me?
  1. Tim Keller has a new devotional: The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms. Each day has a Scripture to read, an encouraging word and a prayer to pray.
  2. Ken Boa has written several devotional books over the years and you can find them at www.kenboa.org The one that I have used regularly for over 20 years is called Handbook to Prayer. It’s a daily prayer guide that only uses Scripture, no commentary. I absolutely love it. These books come in leather which makes them a little pricey, but well worth the money.
  3. Scotty Smith’s Everyday Prayers is Andrew’s favorite and he has been leading our staff times with it. Highly recommended.
  4. Valley of Vision, a compilation of Puritan prayers. We use these prayers in corporate worship at times.
  5. Paul Tripp’s New Morning Mercies was my top choice for 2016, so if you didn’t get it yet, then definitely order it, immediately. Gospel centeredness every day, it is awesome. I’m doing it again, especially since I know that I didn’t actually read it every single day this past year.
  6. Heath’s top pick is Voices from the Past, Puritan Devotional Readings.
  7. You probably know that John Piper is one of my favorite authors/pastors/theologians. Piper has written numerous devotionals. The Godward Life is exceptional and I highly recommend it. You can also download his app called Solid Joys, which is a daily devotional on your phone. I have really benefited from this one as well.

I could go on and on, but we need to leave some information for another blog post. Bottom line is to encourage you to read your Bibles daily, spend some time praying and believing that the gospel changes everything!

What is YOUR favorite devotional?

All for Jesus,

Fletch

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Here are 5 Bible Reading

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NavPress Bible in a Year

Blue Letter Bible Canonical Reading Plan

Blue Letter Bible Chronological Reading Plan

Shirkers and Slackers Bible Reading Plan

Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Plan

All for Jesus,

Fletch

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1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says,

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”

The gospel is the good news that Jesus has come to save us from ourselves for Himself.  Apart from Christ we face Continue Reading…

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Just Push Through it

November 3, 2016 — Leave a comment

getting-out-of-bedDo you ever get up in the morning and you just don’t feel like getting out of bed. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong. Your circumstances are actually pretty good or maybe they aren’t that good. But you just feel blah, with no desire to get moving. Continue Reading…

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Why Not?

November 2, 2016 — Leave a comment

Romans 10:13-14 says,bartunlovable

“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”

Why not love the unlovable? Why not give grace to Continue Reading…

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Don’t Hold Back

November 1, 2016 — Leave a comment

 

What are you waiting for? You know Christ has called you to make disciples. You know the power of the Holy Spirit living in your life. You know that you wouldn’t be where you are today unless someone invested in you and discipled you in the faith.

So what are you waiting for? You already have someone in mind who you know the Lord is leading you to. Call them, text them, email them, whatever, just contact them and ask them to start getting together. Pray that God would put a burning passion in your heart for this person and that He won’t relent until you take action and contact them.

Discipling someone is the most rewarding thing you can do with your time. So take the time, carve out one morning a week, or one lunch a week or one evening a week. Take the time to really share your life in Christ with someone. People desperately need other people to love them and show them what it means to follow Christ. God as chosen you to do this. It’s not really an option if you are a Christian. This is how God has chosen to build and grow His Kingdom, through you to influence another and help them grow in their faith and understanding of the gospel.

Don’t hold yourself back, get started today. You will never regret it.

All for Jesus,

Fletch

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“All Scripture is breathed out by God…” The apostle Paul exhorts his young church planter Timothy that he is to preach and teach from “all of the Scriptures” because they are “profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-18). Remember, the Scriptures that Paul was referring to were the Old Testament Scriptures

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“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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