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Service is an Act of LOVE

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1 Peter 1:22

Service starts with LOVE.

Jesus loved His disciples and showed His love for them through service.

Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end… so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 13:1-5

He also demonstrated the immeasurable love of God for us through His ultimate act of service:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Love is the tether that holds us together and gives us the humility to serve one another.

Mountain climbing is dangerous business. Mountain climbers use rope tethers to attach themselves to their climbing partners. It requires the attention and the concern of every member of a climbing party to secure the safety of the entire group.

Everest was first successfully climbed in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. They tethered themselves together to make the climb to the summit. In doing so, they served each other. If one of them fell, the other could catch him. If one of them started to lag behind, the other could lend their strength and pull the straggler ahead. It required trust and LOVE to serve one another in such dangerous circumstances (the peak of Everest is just over 29,000 feet, near the cruising altitude of a Boeing 777).

In 1953, only two men had ever stood on Everest’s summit. In 2019, hundreds of adventure tourists paid guides to lead them to the loftiest pinnacle on earth. Most of them lived to share their experience, but not all. Eleven people perished on Mount Everest in the very brief climbing season in 2019.

The nature of Everest adventure seekers has dramatically changed with the commercialization of the Everest experience.

Today, rather than having concern for their fellow travelers, Everest climbers are characterized by their indifference to the needs of their fellow sojourners. The mountain is literally littered with dead bodies. Over 100 bodies remain on Mount Everest because of the expense and danger involved bringing the deceased down off the mountain.

Everyone who attempts to climb Mount Everest knows the risks going into the trip. And, especially these days, everyone who even attempts to climb Everest coughs up an astounding $45,000. Some pay much more. You can understand how someone might be a little callus toward their struggling fellow-traveler when they’ve paid a year’s salary to take a once-in-a-lifetime kind of journey to the top of the world.

Christians serve one another, not because we are tethered at the waist by a rope, but because we are tethered by bonds of love that reach to the heart.

If we aren’t serving one another, then we aren’t loving one another.

Being tethered together keeps us spiritually alive. The Strong can lend their strength to the Weak. The Helpless can find aid from the Helpers. The Worried can rest in the prayers of the Confident.

When we are tethered together with cords of love, we can all get to the goal of our journey, TOGETHER.

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Sabbath, What Is That?

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
Mark 2:27

Who gets to say what we can or can’t do on the Sabbath? That’s been a BIG question down throughout the years. The Jews have argued among themselves for centuries about what you can and cannot do. The Jewish Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday evening and runs through setset on Saturday evening. (Go back and read Genesis 1 for a little background as to why they would say a day starts when the sun sets. Really interesting that God would say during the days of creation, “And there was evening, and there was morning…).

Rather than holding a 7th day Sabbath, Christians quickly moved to celebrating a First Day of the week Sabbath. Our day set aside for resting and focusing on God centers around the Resurrection of Christ.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
Matthew 28:1

As I studied Sabbath in seminary, I found it fascinating how many branches of Christians continue to hold to a 7th day Sabbath. There is even a group called 7th Day Baptists (there are only about 50,000 of them in the world and most live in India, though the interwebs say there are about 5,000 living in America).

Christians in the early centuries after Christ’s resurrection migrated to a First Day Lord’s Day. I’ll be the first to admit, there is no clear, monolithic, Biblical proof text that we can point to and say, “Ah Ha…this is why we worship on the 1st day of the week.” But the preponderance of the evidence leads us to the conclusion that God accepts our worship on the First Day of the week as much as He accepts it any time we offer it.

Sabbath goes back to the week of creation found in the book of Genesis. After God made the universe, the world and all that lives and breaths, and finally man and woman, He paused from his labors on the 7th day, and declared it a day of rest.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Genesis 2:2-3 28:1

God didn’t rest because He needed to. He rested because He was delighted with his creation.

Fast forward a LONG time.

As God delivered the 10 Commandments to Moses, He proclaimed the 7th day as a day of rest, or Sabbath, for all of the people.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Exodus 20:8-11

Sabbath gets more words from God than any other single commandment out of the 10 God gave to Moses on the mountain! It probably means that we really need to pay attention to practicing Sabbath in our lives, don’t you think?

So what are we supposed to do on the Sabbath?

Sabbath is a day of switching gears. It’s a day for putting aside our normal labors so that we can take up the work of tending to spiritual business. Sabbath is the day we carve out of our schedule each week to allow God to delight in us, as we delight in him.

Sabbath is a family and community day. The best Lord’s Day Sabbaths that I can remember have been ones that involved not only church but a long and delicious meal shared with friends and loved ones.

Sabbath is for naps. There is nothing more refreshing than dozing off on a Sunday afternoon! Sabbath recognizes that even when we fall asleep, God is still on duty and watching over us, and who we love. It’s amazing that He can keep the universe spinning and going without our help!

Sabbath is for reflection. Without Sabbath, we get swept up completely in WHAT we are doing. As we learn to Sabbath, we allow ourselves to consider WHY we are doing? Who are we truly working for? What is the goal of all of our labors? Where does our true value lie?

Sabbath is a day that give meaning to all the rest of our days. As we consecrate the Lord’s Day as our day of Sabbath of rest, worship and reflection, I trust that God will use the time we set aside to know Him, and to enjoy Him, to grow us and to bless us!

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Prioritizing Prayer

A woman locked her keys in the car after frantically trying to pick up medicine for her ailing husband. She spotted an old coat hanger on the ground and picked it up with a prayer: “Lord, I’ve never done this before so I desperately need Your help.”

A rough looking biker immediately pulled up next to her and offered his help. In less than a minute the car door was open so she sighed, “Lord, thank You for sending this nice man to help me.”

The bearded man, who was covered with tattoos, replied, “Ma’am, I’m not a nice man. I just got out of prison for stealing cars.”

The woman hugged the man and voiced another quick prayer, “Thank You, Lord, for sending a professional!”

Scripture tells us that God can do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” With that in mind, I wonder why we don’t pray more? I wonder why we don’t seek God first in our times of need rather than as a last resort? I wonder if we really believe that God hears us, or is willing to act on our behalf?

Jesus told his disciples to pray and to bring their worries, anxieties, frustration, and worshipful praise to the throne of God.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV

The secret to powerful prayer, fruitful prayer, and effectual prayer is being FAITHFUL in prayer.

Prayer, in and of itself, is an act of FAITH. We pray believing that God exists and that he hears from his children.

Our praying ought also be faithfully consistent. Is your prayer life consistent? Do you have a time set aside in your schedule to talk to God and to hear from God? Is prayer a priority in your daily task list?

I want to encourage you to seek God regularly, passionately, and intentionally this week. I love the way Charles Spurgeon describes the effect of prayer for the life of the believer:

I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer.
Charles Spurgeon

You Must Dig Deep to Grow Tall

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  Jeremiah‬ ‭17‬:‭7-8‬ 

 

Roots Come Before Fruit

The greater the tree, the greater the roots must be. 

What is above the ground is supported by what is within the ground. 

When the connection between the roots and the branches is healthy, fruit will come in its season. 

Our life in Christ mirrors the life of trees. 

When we lose touch with our connection to God, our life withers. But through spiritual disciplines, especially those that are inward and private, our life grows. 

God causes us to produce spiritual fruit in proper proportion to our faith. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭22-23‬ NIV

To cultivate spiritual fruit, maintain the disciplines of prayer, study and worship. These disciplines stretch the roots of our soul and feel our heart, our mind, and our Christian imagination. 

Roots and Hidden Disciplines

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬

Jesus warned against performing our spiritual disciplines for others to see and admire. He chastised the hypocrites’ desire for praise from men through their praying, fasting, and acts of charity.   

Jesus said: 

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. ‭

To grow in Christ is to focus on the hidden parts of our lives: the places our true character reveals itself.  

To hide in Christ is not to hide our faith from the world, but to maintain a focus on God. He is the source of our life. 

For in him we live and move and have our being.  Acts‬ ‭17‬:‭28‬ NIV

Strong Roots Keep Us Secure In Difficult Times

The tree whose roots grow deep beside the stream never has to fear the drought. 

Any tree or herb or grass can flourish in the wet years. But only the trees with roots that touch the hidden aquifers will thrive in the dry years. 

Plant deep roots before the wind blows or the clouds hold back their moisture. 

Make God your delight before the times of hardship come. 

 

Death Gives Way To Victory, But First We Must Deal With Death

The Sunday before Easter gives us an opportunity to deal with the dark themes related to our faith.

In order to deal with salvation, we MUST deal with death.

Jesus told his first followers about his death three times before it occurred. Three time he also shared about his resurrection on the third day. Three times they heard him but never believed the resurrection part. Resurrection sounded too good to be true.

Because Jesus’ disciples didn’t know what to make of his talk about resurrection, they were all the more surprised on the first Easter Sunday morning, bright and early, when the women came to report that Jesus was gone from the tomb.

Surprise turns into worship. When God reveals he is greater than death, we can’t help but to worship.

We don’t have the luxury of being surprised like the first followers were. But we can walk through the themes they had to wade through in order to get to that glorious first Easter.

They had to deal with Jesus’ death: the dark theme that is our focus for the Sunday before Easter.

What To Expect

  • We’ve done some elaborate things on the Sunday before Easter in years’ past, but not this year. I want us to give all of our attention to the words of Christ.
  • We are wrapping up our sermon series, “I Dare You To Believe,” this Sunday. I dare you to believe this statement: God is Greater Than Death.
  • We’re reading from John 12, with a focus for the teaching part of the service coming from verses 23-33.
  • We’ll have some special scripture reading times included in Sunday’s worship. The Gospel of John devotes about a third of his book to the last week of Jesus’ life. I think that’s good counsel for us to give more time to reading about the meaning of Christ’s cross.

How To Prepare

  • Be Present–There are some blessing you can only know through participation. Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, makes Easter Sunday better just as the Dark before the Dawn makes the sunlight seem brighter. To experience the contrast between these two Sundays is what makes us appreciate, all the more, what Jesus did for us.
  • Be Prayerful–Our hearts are the target for God’s message. When we’ve dressed our hearts through prayer, we are made fit to be addressed by God in worship. You know the difference between those Sundays when you came into the Lord’s House, prayed up and tuned into what God might reveal to you, and those other Sundays where the distractions of the world and the worries of this life divided your attention. Prayer that seeks to connect us to God makes being present to God a powerful resource for our lives.
  • Be Reverent–There is an enigmatic saying in the the book of Ecclesiastes: It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. The somber times are the fertile soil for the salvation we celebrate. If every day were a festival day, then no day would seem festive at all. We willingly walk through the sad moments, with Christ, to be delivered to the glorious moments. Reverence is the best attire for the Sunday we deal with Jesus’ death.
  • Share–We shouldn’t keep Christ’s sacrifice a secret. Learning about what his death means might be the key to understanding all that Christianity means for someone on the outside. I hope you’ll find someone to share an invitation with.

The reason we are able to deal with death this Sunday is because we believe “Death Gives Way To Victory…. Because He Lives“. Death is our last and ultimate enemy, but it has been defeated. Remembering how Christ conquered the grave by surrendering to it helps us to celebrate our salvation.

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

 

I sure hope you can join us, but if you can’t, follow along here to keep in touch with what’s going on during this season of Resurrection.

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I’m OK With Getting More Than I Ask For!

I’m ashamed to admit this. I think this thought comes from my inner child. It’s bold enough to tell God, “I Want It My Way.”

We’re all a little preconditioned to make demands like this. Remember the Burger King Slogan: Have It Your Way!  

Burger King knows how we think. 

It doesn’t help that advertisers bombard us with messages telling us we can have what we want, when we want it, if we have the money to ge it (and if we don’t have the money they will divided up the cost into 4 payments of $19.99 so we can go ahead and get it).  

We’re an impatient people. 

We live in a microwave world. If it takes longer than three minutes to get what we want we look for other alternatives. 

So what does this do to our spirituality? How does this effect our faith? Does it hinder or help us in our relationship with God?

It’s difficult to cultivate a deep and abiding faith in Christ when we are accustomed to getting what we want, when we want it. Christ, the Word of God made flesh, the Son of God walking among us, wasn’t so privileged to have what he wanted. 

The most mature prayer in scripture is prayered by Jesus just hours before his ordeal with the cross. It reveals his desire to avoid pain. But it also shows a willingness to be connected to the purpose of God. 

 “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭26‬:‭39‬ NIV)

God is Good and God is Able. In fact, we saw this morning in worship that he is able to…

 …do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬ NIV)

But with that being said, there are times when we pray, and God does not answer, or he doesn’t answer in the manner we expect. 

God tells us No. What good parent hasn’t told their child No

God tells us to wait. By waiting on him we learn about ourselves, we learn about him, and we grow in our trust in him. 

And there are times that God’s answer to our urgent prayers is better than we could have imagined. 

God is Good and God is Able. These two thoughts belong side by side. They help us learn to trust God in those moments when our prayers are not answered the way we want them answered. 

The book of Hebrews tells us how this worked out for Christ. His submission to God’s will in the prayer from the garden turned into glory for us all. 

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ NIV)

We would do well to learn from him. Our pain is real and our concerns are legitimate, so we speak to God in prayer, casting our burdens on him. But we trust him enough to remain faithful, even when it’s painful, because we know he has something better in store for us than we can even imagine. 

 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ KJV)

Just because a prayer isn’t answered, don’t stop praying. Just because God hasn’t moved, don’t stop trusting. He moves in his time, in his way, according to his good purposes, to bring us more joy than we can ask for!

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Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer?

When we pray, we expect something to happen. 



We want pain to be removed. We want bodies to be made whole. We want relationships to be restored. We want life to be extended. We want peace in our lives. We want our loved ones taken care of. We want protection for our family. We want anxiety to flee. Etc, etc, etc, ad Infinitum. 

We want a lot of stuff. 

But what about when God doesn’t respond to our prayers? 

That throws a kink in the whole system. We hear from friends who have their prayers answered. We read in scripture about God answering prayers there. We believe from the bottom of our hearts that he hears us and is able to act on our behalf. 

So why does God remain silent when we lift up some of our most sincere prayers?

Could it be that God is asking us to wait?

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭46‬:‭10‬ NIV)

Waiting stinks. But when we wait with hope, we can endure just about anything. 

Could It be that God wants us to learn something during the wait? 

That was certainly the case with the Apostle Paul. He learned something about God’s grace after multiple prayers were denied. 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬ NIV)

Could it be that God has something better in mind?

Did you know that even Garth Brooks had this figured out a couple of decades ago?  In his song Unanswered Prayers, the chorus says:

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs that just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care. Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. 

I trust God always has our best in mind. He sees all things at all time! 

He’s got the whole world in his hands!


I Dare You To Believe God Is Not….

Sunday I’m getting into a new series of sermons that I hope will help with some of the biggest questions people have about God. I’m calling it, “I Dare You To Believe….”

If you’re a believer, you probably tucked these questions away long ago. These questions aren’t the kind of stuff you bring out into the light of day very often.

If you’re not quite a believer, but you’re not a full fledged skeptic, these are probably questions that you’d like to have addressed.

I don’t want to spill too many beans, let cats out of bags, or tip you off to everything you’re going to hear Sunday, so I’ll stop short of spoiling the surprises.

What I will say is something that will help you think about who God is by talking about what he isn’t.

First, he isn’t a Genie is a Bottle

That’s disappointing, because I think most of us, at some point, are looking for a god we can summons, and command, and stuff back in a bottle. Instead of prayers, we’d like to direct our wishes to a Genie who will never question us.

That idea scares me now, and I hope it scares you a little, too. Let’s be glad God is not our Genie.

Second, God is not our Lucky Charm.

Did you ever have a rabbit’s foot? I remember getting one at the Hico Old Settlers’ Reunion when I was a kid. It was dark green.

I didn’t put much stock into it but I did carry it around for a few days. I’m sure I had the good fortune of losing it before I became too attached to it.

A rabbits’ foot is the ultimate symbol of bad luck. Think about the rabbit! It didn’t serve him well.

Anyway, we would like a god who lives in our pocket, and can be brought out when we feel a little anxious. A lucky charm god makes no claims upon our lives and doesn’t care what we do. We can get pretty cozy with a lucky charm god who doesn’t challenge us!

It doesn’t work that way either. God is not a charm or a talisman or a trinket. He refuses to be made into a graven image that we might hide him in our pocket or wear him around our neck. He offers us so much more than luck.

Third, God is not a Heavenly Magician.

I love watching a good magician. Especially when they do the rabbit in the hat trick. You know those are the lucky rabbits they use since the rabbits have all 4 feet still attached.

As the rabbit goes into the hat, the magician waves his wand, speaks his spell, and POOF, the rabbit disappears. Then with a wave of the wand and a word from his lips, ALACAZAM! The rabbit reappears. Magic.

We all know there are slights of hand, trap doors, and mirrors to disguise the illusions magicians perform.

The magician in the Wizard of Oz reminds me of the folly of looking for a magician god. A magician can make a lot of smoke and noise, but he can’t bring about change. Magicians are great for entertainment but are terrible at transformation.

God refuses to entertain us. He’s in the transforming business.

Sometimes you have to deal with the weeds before you can plant your garden. We’re going to plant a garden that teaches us about the God we read about in the Bible. Let’s clear out the Genies and Charms and Magicians that cloud our thoughts about God before we begin.

I dare you to go with me.

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Location, Location, Location

Your Address is Sacred

It’s not just in real estate or business that we need to be reminded about the importance of location. Location has spiritual significance.

We’ve been studying the impactful lives of the earliest Christian believers on Sunday mornings at FBC Nederland. This weekend we find ourselves looking into the life of Lydia.

She’s only mentioned a couple of times in the book of Acts. (Go ahead and check out Acts chapter 16.) That doesn’t mean she’s insignificant. In fact, most of the people we’ve studied are mentioned merely a couple of times, but their impact was tremendous.

I like Lydia because she is a businesswoman. She probably had some idea of the importance of place. She was a purveyor of purple cloth. There’s a single, huge Greek word for that occupation, but you’ll have to show up for worship to learn what that is.

She just so happened to be in Philippi peddling her purple wares when the Apostle Paul came to town preaching. She had not always been in Philippi. Her hometown was Thyatira, a place known for producing purple dye. We don’t know if Lydia was a recent transplant to Philippi or a longtime resident. What is important is that God had her in the right place at the right time.

Lydia was at a place of prayer when Paul came preaching. Her heart was opened and she responded to Paul’s message, and she, along with her entire household, were baptized. After receiving Paul’s message, she offered the apostle and his companions a place to stay.

Paul’s mission to Macedonia would not have been possible if God had not placed a person like Lydia in his path. Without Lydia, the missionaries would have no base of operations in Philippi. Lydia had neighbors who needed to hear the Good News Paul was preaching. Without Lydia’s influence, Paul would not have gained a hearing among the Philippians.

Lydia invested in the place God planted her. Her hospitality for the apostle provided for the spiritual well being of her neighbors. Her business network became a means of sharing Christ’s salvation with the community. The Philippian church was know for their generosity and support of Paul’s broader missionary journeys. Lydia’s life was intricately involved in a special place, with a specific address, in order to play a crucial part in the history of the church.

My Place. My Time. My Turn.

God planted us where we are right now on purpose. Place is sacred. All places are sacred when we recognize God’s presence with us. Our lives take on significance when we live purposefully in the place we were planted.

This week, pray for your town, your community, and your neighborhood.

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭7‬ NIV

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A Short Conversation With 2014

Good morning 2014!

You are a bright one here in our part of Texas.

You arrived a little earlier than I expected.

Excuse the mess. I’ve not had a chance to put away all of the Christmas stuff yet.

You’re bright but at least you’re quiet, for now.

I’m glad we have a chance to visit before everyone else wakes up. I have some things I want to share with you over a cup of coffee.

First of all, don’t expect to stay perfect. You entered on a strong note, your first few hours were well spent, and you have a world of potential, but don’t be afraid to get a little messy in the days to come. There will be hiccups and heartaches and obstacles among your many moments, so get ready for them. Be prepared to be disappointed by them, but certainly don’t let them derail your dreams. The worst thing you can do is to allow your mistakes to define you. I hope you will dare great things, even if it means failing at some of them along the way. Let’s see your stuff 2014.

Second, time is a good gift if used correctly. Many people will just live out the 365 days you will provide them and chalk their breathing and eating and sleeping and sitting a success. That may work for some people, but you and I know that your time was meant for more. The time that you are going provide deserves to me measured in Love and not minutes and seconds. Without love, a day is a hollow chamber, an empty treasure chest, a barren cupboard. Throw a little love for neighbor into it and it becomes sacred time. Let’s have some of that sacred time 2014.

Lastly, because I don’t want to keep you too long, don’t think you have to make up everything as you go along. It’s only January 1st. No one expects you to know it all today. It’s OK to look back over the notes that were left by previous years. Take some of their advice. Learn from what they did. Avoid their blunders. Don’t just look back to the most recent years. There are plenty of years worth if history to learn from; thousands and thousands of years to glean your wisdom from. Take something from each of them. And as you take from them, get ready to leave something for the years to come. December is not the month to start working on your legacy. January is the right month for having a vision for how the history books will remember you. I have a hunch that you are meant for something significant 2014.

I’ve kept you too long. People are waking up. You have work to do.

Let me pray for you before I go:

Lord, I don’t know what’s going to happen this year we call 2014, but I know that you will be here with us. Along with your presence, add your blessing. I ask for nothing less and I can dream of nothing more. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

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