Monthly Archives: October 2009

10.25.09 @ MeadowBrook

Praise God for moving in our gatherings lately!  He has been making His presence known and it has been incredible.  This Sunday we will continue in Luke (awesome) and sing:

Arise

Our God Saves

Exalted (Yahweh)

Sinner Saved By Grace (choir)

I Will Never Be (the Save Again)

I can’t wait.

Brian

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thanks for praying

We could totally tell that you were praying.  The mood was very different this time.  We only met with Nathan, but he was very humble.  The pride from our last visit seemed to be gone.  He accepted the answers to his questions without argument.  He raised some other questions, ones that were a little deeper, and God gave us the wisdom to answer.  In fact, they led to several presentations of the Gospel.  He really seemed to be seeking truth this time.  Pray that he continues to seek the truth and that God will reveal Truth to him.  By the way, without going into details of a personal situation, we found out that there is now a Christian in his house.  God is amazing.

Brian


pray for Nathan and Gary – and us

Whew!  I have no time right now.  No time to think.  No time to post.  And God is doing so many amazing things.  There is so much I want to say and so many funny pictures I want to post.  But that’s not for today.  Today, I need your prayer support.

Last week, our student pastor, his wife, and I met brothers Nathan and Gary while doing some old-fashioned door-to-door evangelism.  They are self-proclaimed (boy I’ve really used the hyphen today) atheists.  Well, sort of.  They like Buddhism.  And they like reincarnation.  I know – a mixed bag of religions.  Also, big fans of reincarnation.  Wow.

Anyway, they pointed out several scriptures that they said were “errors” in the Bible.  Things we don’t study.  I wasn’t familiar with all of them so I promised to research them and come back, if the guys would be there today.  They agreed.  So we go back at 3:30, a little less than half an hour from now.

The issues were easily answered.  Most, just by reading the verses in context.  Things about four-legged insects and Jesus calling people “fool.” (went to the Greek on that one)  The main thing is this, I want to approach them with love, answer the issues, then let God do the real work.  I love what Acts 16:10 says about Paul’s encounter with Lydia and her salvation, “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.”  Pray for the Lord to open their hearts.

Please pray for Nathan and Gary.  And please pray that we will be the Lord’s instruments.  Thanks.

Brian


10.18.09 @ MeadowBrook

Wow, God really moved in our services last week.  Especially the early service.  Like, stop what you’re doing and get low in His presence.  It was awesome in the truest sense of the word.  This week my mind has been so consumed with so many things that I haven’t even posted about it.  The charge from Randy was pointed and so true.  This week we will continue in the Gospel of Luke.  Read chapter 3 then join us on Sunday.  We will sing:

Days of Elijah

How Great Thou Art

How Great is Our God

Thou, O Lord (choir)

Jesus Messiah

I can’t wait to see you in worship Sunday.  Until then, let’s seek Him!

Brian


and now, the rest of the story//different is not the same

Ok, most of you know that this past weekend I took a stand for God’s reputation on Facebook and caused a little stir.  I am not ashamed of it.  Psalm 79:9 says, “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; deliver us, atone for our sins, for Your name’s sake!” (ESV)  We should have concern for God’s reputation.  Salvation is for the glory of His name.  I’ve discussed before that revival is for the glory of His name (Daniel 9).  Everything He has created and does is for the glory of His name.  And now, the rest of the story:

God began a stirring in me Saturday morning as I watched the local news.  There was something in an interview that just blew my mind.  I’ll let you watch it for yourself but keep these scriptures in mind as you do:

James 3:9 – 12 (talking about the tongue) “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people people who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.  My brothers, these things ought not be so.  Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?  Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs?  Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”

2 Corinthians “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Luke 6:43 – 45  “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Now, watch this:

Are you as shocked as I was?  Guys, we are to be different.  We are supposed to be new creations.  The old (the sinful nature) has passed away.  The new (the nature of Christ through the Holy Spirit) has come.  Different is not the same.

We can’t be perfect, that’s for sure.  But let’s be different.

Brian


i am an idol//repost

In response to recent events, I feel compelled to repost this one.  I am becoming more and more aware that while we have many idols these days, the most wide spread one is the idol of “self.”  Many use the excuse of “being real” to justify sin.  Evening twist scripture to defend breaking other parts of it.  All of this is because many feel that they control their lives.  That they deserve something.  That they have the right to have whatever or to do whatever they want.  This scripture has become so true:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-contol, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.  2 Tim. 3:1-5a

3:5b is a command: “Have nothing to do with them.”

Here is the original post:

No, this is not what you think.  I’m not thinking too highly of myself.  Just the opposite.  I had a very “honest” time with God yesterday.  I rose early to spend time with Him in preparation for worship.  I didn’t expect the conversation we had, but then again, I’m not really in control of it.  I asked that He reveal those things in me that keep us apart.  To break me.  A hard prayer, but a necessary one if you want to know God more.  If you want revival.

He set me up for this one by taking me through Hosea recently.  By teaching me about idols. Real idols.  Idols of today.  My idols.  Then He really hit me:

I am my worst idol.

Me, myself, and I.  God started by bringing to my attention the “high places” where my idolatry is expressed.  T.V.  Food.  (those were the easy ones)  Working out.  (O.K., now we’re getting personal)  My service to Him. (really)  Friendships.  (can it be? hold on, I’ll explain)  FaceBook.  This blog.

Then, the Lord of Lords brought it home.  What’s the one common denominator in all these places?  ME.  I am so self-centered and selfish.  My motivation for most things in my life has something to do with my benefit.  Yeah, this is all tied up with pride as well.

I watch T.V. when I could do something better because “I” need to unwind.  I eat things that aren’t good for me because “I’ve” had a rough day.  I workout so that “I” will feel better when “I” look in the mirror.  If I’m honest, “I” like a pat on the back when I’ve done something good for the Kingdom and I like the way it makes “me” feel to do something for someone else.  To continue being honest, I have to confess to being a selfish friend.  Not praying for my friends enough.  Being jealous when “I” don’t get enough attention from them.  “I” FaceBook to be noticed.  And I check my stats regularly to see how many of you read what “I” have to say because days with high numbers make “me” feel good.

I could say that I have many idols, but I really only have one: me.  What do I do with that?  Submit it to Him.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (or creature).  The old has passed away; behold the new has come.  (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Now, my face is unveiled.  Transform me Lord.  I am yours.  I will not be my idol anymore.  You are my Lord of lords – Yahweh, my God.

Brian


Sunday @ the Brook

We are going to start a series in Luke.  I can’t wait.  We will sing:

To the King

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Revelation Song

I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy (choir)

Wonderful Merciful Savior

Come and worship and seek the Lord!

Brian