My prayer for our nation and communities.
We must learn to enjoy the secret place. God is waiting for us to abide in Him. In His presence is fullness of joy.
It’s Good Friday, the day we remember the brutal death of Jesus Christ. He willingly laid down His life that we might have redemption from our sins. It is called Good Friday because of the good that came out of His death. It was on this Friday that they laid Him in a tomb. The Savior was dead! But as the famous preacher once said, “It’s Friday! But Sunday’s comin!”
We are superhuman when we are empowered by His Spirit. We can work for Him as He works in us.
Here is a repost of the number 2 article on life of a pastor blog. It’s still get hits after 6 years.
I am finally coming out with something that has been bothering me for years. It has to do with candy. I love candy. But for the last five years the candy makers have made some changes that I am not happy about. For some reason they thinking every body likes sour apple flavor. Sour apple does not belong in a box with other flavored candies. I am okay with sour apple Jolly Ranchers by themselves, but don’t mess with my box of Sweet Tarts. I love Sweet Tarts! This is one of my all-time favorite candies along with Skittles. Both of these candy makers replaced the traditional beautifully flavored green candy with a sour apple flavor. I am ticked off because of that. I don’t want sour apple I want whatever the green flavor was before. The problem is I love Sweet Tarts so I am not going to stop eating them because they throw in a sour apple. I will just not eat that one.
There is a good change that Sweet Tarts has made though. It is the blue sweet tart. That is my favorite Sweet Tart. I can over look the sour apple as long as the blue one is in there. As a matter of fact, the blue ones are the ones that they have the least in the box, but I still like the blue ones. In Sweet Tarts defense, they made a good decision in making the blue ones, even if I am not happy about the green change. Some changes are good and some are bad.
To be honest, no body likes change. I don’t like change…I like the familiar and you are probably the same way. The truth is things must change. There are some changes we like, some we don’t but we must overlook the ones we might not like and focus on the ones we do like.
In the church world, change is a necessary part of preparing for the future. I am not a proponent of just throwing away anything old. I believe we can add to what has already been done. However, there might be things that need to change because they aren’t working. Even if we cannot see it. For the future and building a church for the generations, we must allow God to lead us to the changes He feels necessary for our church. We cannot focus on one thing (the sour apple) but on the whole picture of what God is doing and wants to do.
Thinking of the candy makers. It wasn’t a conspiracy because they knew I didn’t like sour apple. The truth is there are probably more people that like sour apple than don’t. I am just picky with my candy. I challenge you to evaluate things by the big picture not just the sour apples.
I’m excited to preach from this text today. God is a good God. Even in hard times we can taste and see that He is good. Whatever you are going through today, you can still see His goodness in something. Praise Him with all you have and you will be able to see that He is good.
What a powerful verse for those who are going through hard times. God sees your hurt and pain. You are never alone.