Archive | December, 2014

A Case For Christmas

23 Dec

A case for Christ, this Christmas.

It isn’t easy to believe, especially if you haven’t really sought to believe. Maybe you sort of believe. That’s okay too..it’s a start.

Our sermon was founded on a study conducted by MIT Calculating Odds Of Jesus Fulfilling 8 Old Testament Prophecies! I loved the mathematical implications for Christ! I needed to share this.

This study took the specific prophecies and layed out the odds (Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies) but these were the prophecies that Jesus could not have manipulated.

“Many of the prophecies concerning the Messiah were totally beyond human control: Birth: Place, time, manner of Death: People’s reactions, piercing of side, burial Resurrection: Where did His body go? By using the modern science of probability in reference to just eight of these prophecies, the chance that any man might have lived to fulfill all eight prophecies is one in 100 trillion!
To illustrate this point: If we take 100 trillion silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas, they would be two feet deep. Now we mark one of these silver dollars and thoroughly stir the whole mass–all over the state. Now blindfold a man and let him travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick only that one silver dollar.

What chance would he have of picking the marked one? The same chance that the prophets would have of writing just eight of these prophecies and having them all come true for any one man if they had written them without God’s inspiration!
The chance of any one man’s fulfilling all of 48 prophecies is one in ten to the 157th power. The electron is about as small an object as we can imagine. If we had a cubic inch of these electrons and tried to count them, it would take us (at 250 per minute) 19,000 times 19,000 times 19,000 years to count them.

Now mark one of them and thoroughly stir it into the whole mass. What chance does our blindfolded man have of finding the right electron? “

There is so much out there, so much attached to the name of God, man made thoughts, legalistic ideas, religions and extremes. Thoughts that can keep a person from seeking Jesus all together. Be curious.

I spent years trying to find the measure of good enough. Being self reliant, thinking religion was for the weak. Seeing the hypocrisy of Christians and scoffing. Now I get that. We find Christ where we are at, not from perfection and Christ like behavior but rather from our brokenness. For me, that was the only way I would be able to find him.

Christ isn’t always found in the behavior of Christians, but Christ is who He said He is, and He beckons and longs for ALL of us. But you must make the first step.

This Christmas, ask Him to show you. Ask Him into your hearts and let Him begin to change your life. Look at that baby and wonder about a God so loving he would become so humble to come as a small new life.

Merry Christmas.

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Let It Go

18 Dec

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Our relationship with the Triune can be so influenced by our relationship with one another here. As a child we are born to trust but over time, our people, whom are imperfect, chip away at our innocence.

There is a theory, that if you can find what area’s of faith you struggle with, there is a direct influence of relational issues and strengths you carry, a belief system, based on what relationship you struggled with or relied on most in your life; what message you received.

This is it, broken down. This is rough and not perfect but hope will convey the point.

God is the Father: The Head, the corrector, the protector. What our relationship to our own father is, can determine what our relationship to God is. Are we intimidated, unsure of His approval? Is he a loving father, a distant, seemingly uncaring father? Is he weak?

The Holy Spirit: Comforting, convicting, full of wisdom, the promptings or thoughts in our head come from the Holy Spirit in us. Our relationship with our mother can influence our relationship with the Holy Spirit. What message did your mother give you. Do you have guilt or shame? Did you feel safe and loved? This area is great because of the wisdom factor.

Jesus is the Son, the giver, the heart. The unconditional love and acceptance. No matter what you have done, He loves you anyways.To believe He died for you, to truly have a relationship of faith and trust with Jesus, to see Him as your salvation, is influenced by your relationship with your friendships and can also be influenced by your role in your family with your siblings.

Finding the area’s within you that may need healing, to forgive or to lay at the foot of the cross because it is so huge, but that which may be keeping you from fully embracing a trusting, child-like relationship with the Triune. We are to become like children. That means letting go of all the messages we received over a lifetime and going back to square one. It means forgiveness, and a leap of faith. The world will tell you all sorts of stuff, but the fact is, most doesn’t line up to The Word of God.

The Word will not tell you to judge, not even your enemies. It will tell you to love your enemies. To love those that do wrong. To see those in need and distress. To especially love your fellow Christ followers because we cannot know what it truly means to have Grace and Mercy without that love; to be loved so much we know we are saved and washed clean of our sins, for no other reason than putting all our hearts and trust into one sacrificial lamb, one amazing Father, and to allow the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to reside within our hearts.

Find your idols, you will find your insecurity. Find your insecurities, you find your belief system. Humble yourself and let The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, heal your belief system, become child like and watch your faith grow.

We seek and seek, we try to run from or find the source of our pain, rather than finding the source of our hope. Our faithlessness or inability to trust is worldly. Seek and grasp your worth in the Holy Promise.

God chose every single one of us;Designed us and loves us beyond measure. Some of us will lay our hearts at the foot of that promise, letting it build great hope in us. Other’s will walk with a desire for more but a lack of ability to believe we don’t design our own destiny. We do, with free will, but heaven can only be achieved by letting go of self and leaping out away from the legalism of religion, pride, and trying to bend and twist a most difficult yet simple truth.

We can never be good enough nor bad enough to achieve or not achieve salvation. We can only be child like enough in our trust in Him, that He meant what he said. There is nothing weak about letting go of the idea that your life depends on you, do you really honestly believe you have complete control? Truth is: Your life depends on your relationship to the Triune.