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Bare Footed Christians

Many times as children

We want to go and play

Sometimes in the backyard,

Or in a mow of hay.

 

Often in our excitement

We go without our shoes.

The ground may be soft mushy

And between our toes does ooze.

 

The ground may contain hidden objects

Like screws or nails or glass.

But from our eyes are hidden

Or covered up with grass.

 

Mother often tells us

As we run out to play,

“Better put your shoes on

Or you’ll get hurt today.”

 

We do not heed the warning

As out the door we go.

What we are going to step on

We really do not know.

 

Then sure enough it happens

Our foot sustains a cut.

 We really didn’t see it,

That glass thrown in a rut.

 

We don’t want Mom to know it

So we stay outside and play.

Our foot begins to swell,

But what did mother say?

 

Our foot is filled with infection

And is turning very red.

Because of our condition

We need to stay in bed.

 

I can’t go out and play now

As I lie here in my bed.

I am feeling rather guilty

Wish I’d done what mother said.

 

I am wondering dear Christian,

As you travel down life’s road,

“Are you going about it your way

Not doing what you’re told?”

 

Are you walking daily

According to God’s plan?

Do you have your feet shod,

Or do you follow ways of man?

 

Are you listening to the Father

And in His word well rooted?

Or are you doing it your way

By going around bare footed?

Ephesians 6:13-15(NIV)  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

NOTE: Scripture in this blog was downloaded from www.biblegateway.com

 

Why Did Jesus Suffer?

The amount of our sin did not affect the degree of Jesus suffering. It was God’s plan, not our plan that caused Jesus to suffer. God did not have Jesus suffer so we would feel guilty about our sin, nor did he suffer so we would be proud of how sinful we were. In the very beginning, God planned for Jesus to suffer so we would not have to suffer. In fact, that was the very reason that Jesus came to earth. God caused Jesus to suffer so we could see how much God loved us, not to show how much we sinned.

 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:10-12(NIV)

Jesus wanted to follow the human way when he went to Gethsemane to pray. He did not want to suffer for our sin so he asked God to take the cup of suffering from him. And three times he prayed that it not be his will, but God’s will be done. (Matthew 26:39, 42, 43) Three times Jesus surrendered His will to His Father’s will.

Jesus also told his disciples that the spirit was strong but his flesh was weak. The human nature that Jesus was given, wanted him to forgo the suffering.

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” Matthew 26:36-46(NIV)

God made Jesus suffer so we would not have to suffer for our sin. Jesus became the blood sacrifice that satisfied our sin debt.

As we think about Jesus death and resurrection, let us not get caught up in the suffering of Jesus. Do not dwell on our past sins, God does not remember them anymore so why should we?  Rather, let us think about God’s great love for us. Let us think about the victory that Jesus won when he became victorious over death.

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me,  from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34(NIV)

God loved us so much that he provided a way for us to overcome the damage that Adam and Eve caused when they ate the forbidden fruit. Through Jesus death and resurrection, the penalty for our sin was paid in full, we have been adopted into God’s family, and we can enjoy a restored relationship with God.

Have a happy Easter, basking in God’s love and the freedom we have in Christ Jesus!

NOTE: All scripture used in this blog was downloaded from: www.biblegateway.com, March 28, 2015

Mother’s Day: and the Churches Responsibility to Mothers

To my fellow pastors concerning mother’s day.

Do any of you have women in your congregation that have had an abortion? Do you have anyone in your congregation that has recently lost a mother? Do you have any people in your congregation whose parents are divorced? Do you have any one in your congregation who has tried to have children but couldn’t? Do you have anyone in your congregation that has had an abusive mother? Or maybe they grew up being passed from one foster home to another? Do you have any mothers who gave birth out of wedlock?… And the list goes on.

Please think about what your church does to women on mother’s day. The church does not have the right to abuse women just because it is mother’s day.  The mother-child relationship of your congregation is a private issue between a child and a mother. It is not a public issue! God is in control and some mothers are struggling with what God has given them. They may not be ready to tell the whole church about their relationship with their mother. Some women have finally come to grips with their mother-child relationship and we dig it up again. Perhaps the church is placing a big stumbling block in the way of women, and preventing them from becoming the woman who God called them to be?

Does your sermon make reference to Proverbs 31?  If it does, please put the scripture in context. This writing is not about the modern day, American woman. So don’t try putting the guilt trip on women who do not live in the culture or time that the passage was written.

Why not talk to women about the plan that God has for them?  How about telling them about what the Holy Spirit wants to do in their lives? Being a Christian mother is more about spiritual living rather than it is about gaining possessions or becoming a workaholic.  How about giving them words of encouragement ?

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. Hebrews 3:12-14(NIV)

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11(NIV)

Or perhaps you could talk about why God created woman?

But for Adam, no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;  she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:20b-25(NIV)

If you believe that the church has a place in the lives of mothers, then maybe mother’s day would be a good day to talk about James 1.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:26-27(NIV)

Or about 1 Timothy 5

 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need. 1 Timothy 5:16(NIV)

So, on mother’s day, let us give up the traditions of abusing women. Instead, let us encourage them to keep faith and to become the person that God intended them to be.