Friday, April 24, 2015

Waiting Upon The Lord ~ by Kim Morin

Exodus 24:12-16 “The Lord said to Moses ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.’ Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. He said to the elders, ‘Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.’ When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sianai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud” (NIV).  

How many times have you gone before God and asked him for something or to seek his will? We go to our Father for so many different things, after all he is our Lord, our Savior, our guide our provider, our strength and the list can go on. We are told in the Bible to bring our thoughts to him, to cast our cares upon him. We are told to seek and we will find, to ask and it will be given. It is said that he will make our paths straight. But what about the times when we hear nothing? We go before God, sometimes on our knees, sometimes we fast, we come together in corporate prayer believing he will then hear us and show us what to do.  

God called Moses up the mountain verse 16 says that he waited on the mountain covered in clouds for six days without hearing a word. Did Moses hear God right? Did he call him up the mountain? Did Moses hear God at all? These questions would have been going through my mind, Lord did I really hear you? Can you hear me? Why are you being so silent? Does silence mean I am to go ahead or maybe not move ahead and stay put. The biggest lesson we can learn from Moses is to wait. God will show himself and the way. 

Six days on a mountain. For those who have never been on a mountain they are cold. The higher you climb the colder it gets. God did not tell Moses, hey I am going to have you camp on the side of a mountain for six days so bring blankets, a pillow, and some food and water. God called them all up to a certain point, fed them and then he called Moses up. Moses waited on God for everything, but most importantly what he promised. God had told Moses he was giving him the instructions and commandments for the Israelites. Moses was not leaving until he had them.  

Six days he waited, how long do you wait? Be sure to wait on him. Sometimes it will be an instant answer but more times than not we will wait. That wait may be six days or sixty years. Rest assured if you truly wait upon the Lord, he will answer.  But be careful not to miss ministry opportunities while you wait. God places things in our paths to help grow us and stretch us so that we will be ready for what he is calling us to do. Waiting is not passive, but active. Do the will of God while you wait. And remember the answers we are seeking should be that of God’s will not ours. For he always has our best interest, his perfect will in mind for us. 

Father, we pray today that you will help us wait on you. Teach us how to be still before you and active for you at the same time. Help us align our will our desires with your perfect will for us. For when we accept your will for us then we will find strength and peace.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

With All That We Have

Everywhere we go we often hear about the successes of the big church. As a pastor I hear about their multi-staff leadership teams, their almost professional worship teams, and their to dream for children’s ministries. If you go to the local Christian book stores you can find countless books authored by famous preachers and mega-church leaders and we are often left with the feeling as  a small church that we should maybe just give up and join something bigger, more successful, and current.

This past Sunday in worship I got totally lost in one of the songs that I was playing and ended up throwing the entire worship team off. I lost my place due to getting distracted with singing the song and forgot that I was also playing the song. At times I know that my voice was off key or a wrong note was played and I wondered…What does God think of this?

I came to the conclusion that we small churches honor God just as much as those big churches with all of their budgets, staff, and teams. God is honored by our efforts when we give God the best of our abilities no matter how it may sound to us.

Scripture tells us...
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV)

So our worship may not always look the most polished, it may not always be on key, our bulletins may not be in color or have a professional appearance, and people may not be rushing to the book store to buy any of this pastor’s books (by the way I have yet to write one), but I can tell you that God is honored by our efforts.

So whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Blessings my Friends,

Pastor Scott

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Let's Be Friends

The other night Kim and I were able to hang out with some good friends for the first time in a long time. This was a time of dinner, bowling, and of course ice cream; nothing extra special, nothing extravagant, just friends having fun together.

For some of us, friends are something longed for but seldom found. Now I don’t mean that acquaintance at work or the lady at the grocery store who we like to talk to. I am talking about those people that you can be yourself with and not worry what they are thinking. These are the people that we are able to let our guards down and simply be together.

But being a friend can be a risky venture. Friendship requires vulnerability on both parts. It requires authenticity in good and bad times. Friendship also includes dependability as you partner together through thick and thin. When I think of some of the greatest friends in all of Scripture I come to the friendship of David and Jonathan. Our Scriptures tell us…

1 Samuel 18:1-4 (VOICE)
1 By the time David had finished speaking to Saul, Saul’s son Jonathan was bound to David in friendship, and Jonathan loved David as he loved himself. 2 Saul took David into his service on that day and would not let him return to his father’s home. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as he loved himself. 4 He took off the robe he wore and gave it to David, and also his armor, sword, bow, and belt, symbolically transferring to David his right to ascend the throne.

Then we add to this the words of Jesus to his disciples…
John 15:14-17 (VOICE)
14 You celebrate our friendship if you obey this command. 15 I don’t call you servants any longer; servants don’t know what the master is doing, but I have told you everything the Father has said to Me. I call you friends. 16 You did not choose Me. I chose you, and I orchestrated all of this so that you would be sent out and bear great and perpetual fruit. As you do this, anything you ask the Father in My name will be done. 17 This is My command to you: love one another.

So I encourage you to be purposeful in developing your friendships. Be vulnerable with each other and get to know one another without judgement, without preconceived opinions, just people coming together to form one body called friends. And in everything may God get the glory!

Blessings my Friends,

Pastor Scott