Showing posts from April 5, 2017

How do we see God?

“"Be still, and know that I am God..."” Psalms 46:10 ESV

          Everyone struggles with seeing God for who he really is. The amount of faith we have in God is directly proportional to the picture we have of him. The difficulty lies in truly knowing how it is we actually view God. What we might write in an essay about him is likely only a reflection of what we know Christians are suppose to believe.

          Many Christians are upon more dangerous ground than the average atheist. To be operating unknowingly on a false picture of God is more damaging than to openly reject God based on limited information.

          How we live our lives is the most accurate indicator of what our internal concept of God is. If we are impatient, easily irritated, and hot tempered, what does that reveal about our concept of God? Joyful loving Christians are the only ones who have really discovered what He is like.

          We cannot afford to assume that just because we have been baptized an…

Learning to Drink Living Water

“Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith Jehovah: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.”
Jeremiah 42:11 ASV

More harm than good is accomplished when we unmask the enemy without revealing the Savior. If we acknowledge our sin and stop short of discovering how Jesus is able to fill our emptiness, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. Conscience will simply be further silenced when sooner or later broken cisterns are hewn out all over again. Rather than attempting to effect change through a fearful focus on our great sinfulness, we must choose to dwell upon Jesus as our completely sufficient savior.

The use of fear to motivate change makes for a shallow foundation. When highlighting the danger of worldly music, movies, or video games, great interest is often awakened. Many individuals immediately purge their homes expecting their victory complete. Unfortunately dying to self is not as simple as breaking a cd or…

Breaking The Sin Cycle

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Philippians 4:8 ESV

As we approach the new year, we can all think of things we aught to leave behind us. One worthy resolution would be to guard more closely the avenues of our soul, namely what we watch, read, and listen to. We are ultimately a product of the influences we surround ourselves with. Why then is it so difficult to cut out influences we know are not pure, kind, and true?

For those who know better, feelings of shame and condemnation attend poor media choices. The ability to be honest regarding whether or not something is genuinely a positive influence is important, but it is only the first step towards freedom. Once our conscience is awakened to our need for change the enemy changes his tactics. When we will no longer excuse poor media choice…

Gifts on Christmas

"...when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
Matthew 2:11

Merry Christmas! Today many gifts will be exchanged, some with delightful expectation and others with dry obligation. We typically learn what not to do when studying Israel's history, but there were some tremendous bright spots in their experience. One of them was when they gave abundantly and joyfully of their possessions to aid the creation of the tabernacle. Their generosity was so great that Moses actually told them to stop because their gifts exceeded the need.

The investment of the wise men was an eternal investment and it still impacts the world today. May we invest our gifts this season in what counts, this is how we engage in the great exchange. The exchange of our earthly resources for heavenly treasure.

Like the Magi we too can bring gifts to our savior. The only difference is that instead of providing for his first advent our gifts will help …

Coming King

"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
Matthew 2:10 KJV

There are people all over the earth looking for hope. People longing for something more in life, a better way. The Magi from the East were noble-hearted men, men who understood the world's need of a redeemer. Through their diligent search the Holy Spirit had revealed to them that the deliverer had arrived. Faithful to the light they were given they followed a star they believed to be moved by a Divine hand.

By this angelic star, God led the wise men to Jerusalem, the center of life for his chosen people. These sheep from another fold were astonished at the indifference they encountered from the religious leadership in Jerusalem. The very people from whom the world's redeemer had come were unaware and uninterested. The Wise men feared their brightest hopes and dreams were to be disappointed. But God never disappoints us when we search diligently for him.

Their great disappointment was over…

Time With God

“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.”
John 1:35-39 NIV

The time we spend with God is what effects change in our hearts. We can not seek the Lord day after day and remain the same. Not every devotion may feel like a breakthrough, but that is how relationships work, slow and steady. The time we invest in those we love deepens our love for them, it is how we are wired. This is why spending time with the Lord is an absolute necessity if we want to love him.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew


“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”
Psalms 34:11 ESV

The evolutionist argues that fear is a protective mechanism which has helped our species survive. There is a fear, however, spoken of in the Bible which leads men to do strange things, things which run against the evolutionary grain of explanation. To lay down one's life for a belief or to jump into harms way to save an enemy reveals the existence of something outside the evolutionary model.

When we discover that fellowship with our Creator is the very essence of life and that death cannot rob us of it, the only thing left to fear is bringing dishonor upon the One we have come to love more than life itself. This is the beginning of wisdom, this is the fear of the Lord.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew


“And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.”
Luke 5:11 ESV

Do you ever feel like God is against you? When even your best efforts come to nothing and it seems as though you are supernaturally opposed? If so, you are in good company. After being brutally rejected by the people of Nazareth Peter and his fellow disciples sought to find security in that which they knew best, fishing. But no matter how hard they tried they could not bring in a single fish.

Jesus knew the pain and doubt through which His beloved disciples were passing that night. Touched by their sorrow, He waited for just the right moment to bring hope and further inspire their faith.  But before Christ stepped in to save the day He allowed his disciples to experience total failure at that which they felt most capable.

Finally, after an exhausting night on the lake Jesus opened their eyes through a miraculous catch of fish. Ironically this amazing catch inspired them to leave the fish…

Hope vs Condemnation

“And when he saw their faith, he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"”
Luke 5:20-21 ESV

Luke chapter 5 confronts us with a story contrasting the faith and tender mercy of a few friends with the unbelief and cold indifference of the pharisees. When Jesus forgave the sins of the cripple lowered from the roof into his presence, two different reactions transpired. The great joy of the cripple's friends was nearly equalled by the disgust of the pharisees.

Powerfully illustrated in this story is the fact that faith in Jesus and a merciful spirit are inseparable. Likewise a lack of faith in Jesus and an unmerciful attitude of condemnation also go hand in hand. If our attitude towards others is not characterized by mercy, we are not walking by faith.

When we rush through our days without a consciousness of God's heart toward sinner…