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How To Avoid Spiritual Obesity

PROVERBS 29:19 By mere words, a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond. I was sitting around a table with several other pastors, talking about how to disciple our people more effectively. One of the other pastors was lamenting the reality that many in our church had been long-time members with significant biblical knowledge, but their lives weren't reflecting the love of Christ. In frustration he said: Too many people are 100 verses overweight. His statement is a great summary of Proverbs 29:19. Head knowledge alone doesn't lead to growth. If more information doesn't lead to greater transformation, it's wasted effort. James told believers to not just be HEARERS of the Word but to be DOERS. Jesus didn't tell His followers to "make disciples, teaching them all my commands." He told them to "make disciples, teaching them TO OBEY all my commands." God's Word teaches us what we need to know, and we must imp

Sermon Leftovers From The Fourth Commandmement: Remember the Sabbath.

1) We all face the temptation every day to wear our busyness as a badge of honor. We feel more important when we claim that our "busyness" is an impediment to connection with others. 2) Too many people claim to be "busy" in order to avoid conversation, authenticity, or deeper relationships 3) Much of our busyness is caused by our proclivity to fill the empty spaces of life (waiting in line; riding in planes, trains, and automobiles; bedtime) with technology. Instead of serving us by making us more productive, our gadgets have become our masters. Look around, everyone is bowing to their phone. 4) The deeper reason for our busyness is a desire to prove something to others or ourselves. We take on more and work harder in an effort to prove we are worthy or to disprove the judgment we perceive is directed toward us. 5) The Sabbath command is the only one of ten which demands a repeated ritual. It is a proactive command requiring intentionality and discipline.

Assumptions and Excuses Will Destroy Your Life

PROVERBS 22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!” This is one of my favorite proverbs because it paints such a vivid mental image for me. I used to imagine a young man, lying in bed and refusing to get up. His father tells him he needs to get out and get a summer job. Having exhausted every possible argument for why he cannot get out of bed, the son exclaims, "There is a lion in the street!" Today, the mental image has changed slightly. No longer is the son in bed, now he's in the basement playing video games. And he might be 30. And it might be his mother (or even wife) telling him to get out and find a job. Sluggard-Lifestyle has become an epidemic in 2019. DISCLAIMER: Men are not the only creatures who behave like sluggards. Women are also capable (although perhaps not as likely) of finding reasons why they shouldn't do what they know they ought to do. The foundational truth of this proverb is that the sluggard is sup

Your intentions may not be as pure as you think!

PROVERBS 16:2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Our dogs have a terrible habit. At least three or four times a day, they will begin barking at the neighbor's dog (actually, the neighbor's dog may be starting it). Their barking becomes so intense that they are all at the fence, clawing at it (sometimes even biting it), trying to get through to the other side. We have a command for them to stop. We say, "Leave it!" If they stop barking and follow us inside, they get a treat. If they don't, we scoop them up (they're quite small), carry them inside, and sentence them to 15 minutes in their cages. Every time this happens, I feel like Mylie (the smarter of the two dogs) looks up at me and her eyes say, "But master, I was protecting you!" She believes that her motivation was pure. I know she was simply acting on her beastly instinct. We do the same thing. We tend to assign ourselves the best motiv

10 Leftovers From The First of Ten Commandments

EXODUS 20:1-3 And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. 1) God is a PERSONAL God. "He is the Lord YOUR God". He is not absent, passive or unconcerned. He is present, active and full of compassion. 2) God sets captives free. God's path does not enslave us, it liberates us. 3) Because God is the ONLY God who delivers, He is the ONLY God we should worship. 4) Everyone is devoted to something. The outcomes of your life are determined by the devotion of your life. 5) To be devoted to God is to offer Him the first and best of every part of your life. 6) We offer God our first and best because He gave us His first and best. 7) Too often we are to our self. Self-devotion manifests itself in the pursuit of  POSSESSIONS, PLEASURE, POPULARITY, or POWER. 8) I cannot be devoted to myself and to God. 9) My devotion can be measured

A Fool Proof Plan For Personal Protection

PROVERBS 2:11 discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, Discretion is the practice of making decisions according to a predetermined plan. I show discretion when I choose not to purchase Swiss Cake Rolls because I am following a plan to save money and lose weight. Understanding is the practice of thinking deeply and investigating carefully before reaching conclusions. When I react without thinking, or when I believe the first thing I hear, or when I assume the worst about a person; I am demonstrating a lack of understanding. Discretion and understanding will protect you in life. Discretion is best when your predetermined plan is the path God has laid out in His Word. Understanding is most effective when your primary consideration is whether or not something aligns with the truth of Scripture. Don’t make snap judgments today. Don’t act quickly or without thought. Because you are living in a sinful world, your instincts are sometimes tainted by sin. Instea