Saturday, April 26, 2008

All Men Edified Now (A.M.E.N.): First Friday Fellowship (May 2nd) 6:30 pm- 8 pm

Join us for First Friday Fellowship (May 2nd) 6:30 pm- 8 pm 1144 30th Street (San Diego, CA) Christ Cornerstone Church Topic: Fueled by Faith (Hebrews 11:8-10; James 2:21-24)
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Let faith be your fuel for forging through this Christian journey!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Building Ministry on Solid Foundations (Matthew 7:24-27)

Life Path Ministries & Services' mini-conference "Building Ministry on Solid Foundations (Matthew 7:24-27)" scheduled May 24th, 11 am- 3 pm, at Bayview Baptist Church. $30 per person; discounted rate ($20) for senior citizens (55+), youth, college students, and clergy. Check out http://www.myspace.com/lifepathevents/ for more upcoming events and activities. Inquiries welcome at revbruce@ministriesinaction.com.

Get Connected to Continue

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. -Mark 1:35 (NIV)

Jesus provides us with an example of how to get connected in order to continue serving, especially if you've been doing a lot. In this brief narrative, between verses 21 through 34 of this same chapter, Jesus has been busy casting out demons, teaching, preaching and healing people. Yet, He takes time out to get connected with His source of power in order to continue with His work.

In order to get connected to continue, you should:
  • Get up early: This text tells us that Jesus got up "very early in the morning." Start out before the sunlight has struck the day. As the Word says: "while it was still dark."
  • Get away: The text shows that Jesus went to a "solitary place." He went somewhere that He could get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the multitudes and even His disciples. Get to a place where others cannot get to you readily.
  • Get alone (with God): Jesus get up early and got away, and then He prayed. He got alone with God. We need some one-on-one time with God. We need that time when He can speak to us in His Spirit through prayer.

If we get connected with God in a similar manner, then we can get to a point where we can continue in our service without feeling like it's all for nothing. Hear from God in prayer, meditation, and through Bible study.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

In Spite of the Circumstances

Picture this! Imagine a personal or professional venture where people in your community fail to support you (or your ideas), where corruption seemed to rule the rulers of the day, even the righteous religious ones, and where there was little to no family support. That doesn't sound so appealing to me, and I would imagine that it wouldn't seem so appealing to you either.



Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? (John 1:46, NASB)



The words of Nathanael echo in our ears daily. Can anything good come from a place where there is no support? Can anything good come from a single-parent family? Can anything good come from welfare and public assistance program recipients? Can anything good come from humble beginnings? What about the ghetto? What about the projects? What about dysfunctional families? Can anything good come from them?



Jesus demonstrated that it could happen. Jesus exemplified going for it in spite of the circumstances. If you ever feel that you don't have enough support or that life dealt you a bad hand prior to you even getting off to a start, look at what Jesus did in spite of the circumstances. The Master showed us that we can go beyond the limits that others set upon us. Keep going for it in spite of your circumstances.



For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 (NIV)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Planning Your Course (Proverbs 16:9)

In his heart a man plans his course,

but the Lord determines his steps.

Proverbs 16:9



Believers have a responsibility to plan and submit. We are to plan our lives and the steps that it will take to get these plans done. However, we are also to submit to the will of Almighty God. We may make daily plans, but the Lord can step in and call us to take another direction with our lives.

I say this with all sincerity and seriousness. We have to plan our daily comings and goings, but we must be prepared for God to offer us a change of plans. By doing so, we are not attached to the temporal things of this world but the spiritual things of the kindgom of God.



Final Note: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD; and He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 (MKJV)



Update: Life Path Ministries & Services' mini-conference "Building Ministry on Solid Foundations (Matthew 7:24-27)" scheduled May 24th, 11 am- 3 pm, at Bayview Baptist Church. $30 per person; discounted rate ($20) for senior citizens (55+), youth, college students, and clergy. Check out http://www.myspace.com/lifepathevents/ for more upcoming events and activities. Inquiries welcome at revbruce@ministriesinaction.com.
 
Amen Me!