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Seeking Jesus for the right reason

This week I want to start off with some verses,  Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”  They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.”  Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:13‭-‬21 This is a story that you have probably heard, if you have been in church for very long. I want you to think about the crowd who followed Jesus across the sea. There were probably one of four different reasons that these people were following Jesus.  Reason number one, they wanted Jesus to heal them, someone in their family or their friends. Reason number two, they thought He was the Messiah or a rabbi. Reason number three, they were interested in what Jesus had to say. Reason number four, they were doing it because they went with someone they knew or because they wanted to feel good about themselves. The ones who chased Jesus’s boat around the sea to  where He stopped and more that gathered with the crowd, were about 20,000. It is quite impressive that they followed Him that long and far. We don’t know how far it was but Jesus said “they had been with Him 3 days”. I want you to think about the 4 reasons that the people in the crowd followed Jesus. These are very similar reasons that we follow Jesus today or seek Him. We know He is the Savior, we may want something from Him and that is the only time we seek Him, we see the crowd and follow them or you are following because you are going through the motions. So this week I want you to think about which of these four reasons and ask yourself why are you  seeking Jesus? Do you seek Jesus only when you want something from Him.  Are you one in the crowd who doesn’t know Him but saw the crowd and gathered with them. Now you have a choice to make.  You have heard who Jesus is, your choices are in the words of C. S. LEWIS, He either was and is the Son of God, a liar or a lunatic. If  you want to  know Him today you can! If you want to know Him better you can read the Bible and pray to Him so you can know Him better. This week let’s seek Jesus not for what he can do for us but for what we can do for Him and His kingdom. Because the ultimate reason we were created was to draw others to Him and have communion with Him.

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Standing at a fork in the road

This week I want to start off with a verse, Thus says the Lord : “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way; and walk in it,  and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16 In this verse God is encouraging us to stop when we come to a crossroads in our lives, to pray and ask him for the good way. And if we are honest a lot us may find ourselves at a crossroad in our lives at this time, maybe you lost a job, have to be homeschooled, having to homeschool your kids, or having to pick between being safe or making a living or going to church. It also says in this verse to follow the ancient path, in this world that we live in, we are the most connected generation there  has ever been. We know what you ate for breakfast before you even take a bite, but in this connected world we are also so disconnected from everything and everyone around us. It also says, we should walk in the good way, which is the path God would have us take and find rest. In the past we used to be connected on another level not through a screen, but by sharing in each other’s lives, having dinner together,  spending time in each other’s homes and other daily activities that helped us get to know one another. In this life we all come to the point where we realize what death is and from that point on we are at a crossroads. Will you choose to take the path that God wants you to take that leads to eternal life and a life here that is more abundant? Or will you choose denial and not walk in it and deny the greatest gift ever given to us, the gift of being with God for eternity. So this week pray for guidance from God to make the right decision at the fork in the road. And if you don’t know Jesus you can pray and ask Him to forgive your sins and accept His free gift for you.

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Strength to share our faith

This week I want to start off with some verses, Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16‭-‬20 In this passage Jesus is  telling us to go into all the world and make disciples. I don’t want you to laugh or stop reading or watching this, but I want you to think about a commercial most of us have seen, it is a Liberty Mutual commercial, one of the ones with the Limu Emu and Doug. Link for the clip is at the end of the blog. The commercials are Doug telling everybody about their insurance and then Limu Emu starts doing something weird that scares the people away, but not before Doug hands the person an insurance card. When I saw this commercial this week on tv it made me think, if we as Christians were as fervent as Doug is about insurance when we share the gospel, imagine how many people we could reach. But, if we were honest  most of us act more like emu than Doug when it comes to sharing the gospel. If we pray to God and pull strength from Him we can be bold with our faith. So this week think about who you act more like, Emu or Doug. So wherever you are social distancing or not pray and ask God for strength to share your faith.

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If Jesus can do the lowest task in the room so can we

This week I want to start off with some verses, Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”  Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”  Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,  but is completely clean. And you  are clean, but not every one of you.”  For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”  When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.  Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant  is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.  I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’  I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.  Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” John 13:1‭-‬20 Jesus in this passage does the lowest task you could do, washing His disciples feet. The reason this would be the lowest task was because in this time transportation was by foot or by animal, so sandals and feces make stinky feet. In this time in the Middle East, when you ate you would be laying in a reclined position at a table and so people’s feet would be near other people’s faces. So it was very important for a guest’s feet to be washed.  Typically this task was done by a servant,  but God washed the feet of His disciples.  This is an example for us no matter who we are, we can do something for God and no matter what it is, if God calls you to do it, He will  empower you for the task. This week let’s listen to God to see what He wants us to do and ask others what we can do for them. Also, this week if you do this you will share the light of Jesus everywhere no matter the size of the task.