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Finding Joy in Chronic Pain and Illness

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Attached are the slides from my seminar last Sunday at Christ Fellowship, McKinney Texas.

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Slides from Finding Joy Despite Circumstances

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Attached are the slides from my  message at Cross Connection on Sunday.

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Finding Joy Despite Circumstances.

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Yesterday I spoke at Cross Connection Escondido on the topic of being joyful despite your circumstances. The message is now available in both Audio mp3 and in video for streaming at the link below:

http://lifeinconnection.com/blog/2015/05/17/happy-and-you-know-it-finding-joy-despite-the-circumstances/

 

 

 

BLOG #38 The Roles of the Holy Spirit in a Believer’s Life

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1. BIBLE READING

HOLY SPIRIT’S ROLE:

AIDS UNDERSTANDING
ASSISTS MEMORY
SPEAKS TO US
CONVICTS
COMFORTS

RESULTS:

EDIFICATION
GIVES US HOPE
REVEALS TRUTH
WE KNOW GOD BETTER
EQUIPPED TO HELP OTHERS

2. PRAYER/WORSHIP

HOLY SPIRIT’S ROLE:

UNUTTERABLE GROANINGS
GIVES US REQUESTS
HLEPS MEMORY
BRINGS JOY
BOLDNESS

RESULTS:

LEADS TO WILL OF GOD
TRANSFORMS YOUR MINDS
RELEASES EMOTIONS
GIVES US EMPATHY
STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH

3. FELLOWSHIP/DISCIPLESHIP

HOLY SPIRIT’S ROLE:
INTRODUCES US TO BELIEVERS
HELPS ENCOURAGE OTHERS
HELPS EXHORT OTHERS
BONDS/BINDS/LOVE

RESULTS:

GIVE JOY

INSTRUCTION

EXAMPLES
IRONS SHARPENING IRONS
ENCOURAGEMENT
COURAGE

4 SERVICE/EXERCISE OF GIFTS

HOLY SPIRIT’S ROLE: 

DESIRE
ENERGY
ABILITY
COURAGE

RESULTS:

STRENGTHENS OUR FATIH
GIVES JOY
RELIANCE ON CHRIST
HELPS PEOPLE

Blog #34 Finding the Will of God in Job Decisions Part Seven

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7. Put Money First and You’ll Suffer and Toil in Vain!

PR 23:4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

ECC 5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. 11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? 12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.

ECC 6:1 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on men: 2 God gives a man wealth, possessions and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil. 3 A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. 4 It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded. 5 Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man– 6 even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place? 7 All man’s efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.

Blog #22 A Prayer for When You are Feeling Down

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HERE OUR PRAYERS

Here our prayers, Lord
For We have sinned.
For We are facing trials.
For We are in need.

Forgive us, Lord.
For You are kind.
For You are gracious.
For we know you are good and ready to forgive.

Restore us, Lord,
Do so out of your gracious mercy.
Do so out of your loving kindness.

Give us gladness, God.
Give us the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit.
Give us the peace that comes from the Holy Spirit.
We ask you Lord to lift up our spirits and be glad.

Turn to us, and be gracious to us;
Show us your kindness.
Show us your grace.

Let the nations bow down before you.
Let them glorify your name.
For You are great and do wondrous deeds;
For You alone are God.

Preserve us through your Word.
Give us strength to obey it.

We will give thanks to You,
O Lord our God,
with all our heart,
We will will glorify Your name forever.

In Jesus name, and for His sake, Amen.

Blog #18 LESS TIPS MORE VERSES

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Blog # 18: “Less Tips; More Verses”

Have you noticed the recent trend? I’m referring to is the now commonplace practice of preachers to package their sermons as tips for living. How often are we tempted with “seven secrets for overcoming sin” or “six steps toward a stronger prayer life” or “principles of Christian marriage”‘ or “the path toward true discipleship”?

It seems that once those who thought their job was explaining the word of God now consider themselves part of the same trade union as therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists. Has Christianity become a self-help guru bonanza?

The majority of what I see on television or on the book covers at the airport is not radical or even erroneous, but there’s just something about all those messages and all those sermons (and all those “deluxe CD or DVD albums”) that really bothers me.

When you listen to these sermons, although they are given by Godly men, you are lucky if you hear a scant reference to a Scripture here and there, or perhaps the whole hour is based on one verse. Now mind you, that’s not an hour of exegesis and exposition of that verse, it’s an hour of tips, secrets or principles created by the preacher, largely using anecdotes from daily life or observations the person has made.

There are a couple of exceptions of course. J. Vernon McGee’s Through the Bible program being most notable one and the fact that it’s on everywhere, several times a day now many years after McGee went to be with the Lord shows both the enduring nature of real Bible exposition and the demand for it. Also, the Calvary Chapel radio programs are much better about expositing the Bible.

Why do these men, mostly sound in their theology, good students of the Bible, and sometimes shepherds of congregations numbering in the thousands seem to feel the need to add so much to the Bible? Don’t they feel that the Bible is sufficient? Don’t they think their listeners will understand the Bible or perhaps not return to listening to the program?

Is it a motive to sell CDs and books that causes this phenomenon? Have marketing gurus advised our radio preachers that a book entitled “Exposition of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians” won’t sell a single copy, but “Seven Secrets to Strengthen Your Marriage” will sell a million copies? Is this the law of supply and demand at work here?

Last time I checked, faith came by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. I’d like a new movement to spring up in evangelical churches today. We have the inerrancy of Scripture; now let’s have the sufficiency of Scripture. Shall we?

Blog #12: A Prayer –Because I have failed You, shall I serve You less?

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Because I have failed You, shall I serve You less?

Heavenly Father,

Give me understanding to confess my sins.
Give me strength to turn away from my sins.
Give me courage to overcome my sins,
So that I might serve and honor You.

Forgive me, dear Lord, for failing You.
Remember not my forgetfulness of You.
Strengthen me, oh my God, to serve and honor You.

Not on the basis of my merit do I make this request,
But on the basis of Your mercy and compassion do I ask these things.

Because I have failed You, shall I serve You less?

Use me, oh Lord, as Your instrument.
Let me be a witness to You.

Please don’t let my mind be inhabited by doubts.
Do not let me become discouraged.
Fill me with the fruit of Your Spirit.

Because I have dishonored You, shall I praise You less?

Praise be to You, dear Lord, who,
knowing me before the foundation of the earth,
Chose to save me, nonetheless.

Praise be to You, Lord, who,
knowing me now,
remain patient with me, nonetheless.

Praise be to You, Lord, who,
knowing my future,
will remain faithful to me, nonetheless.

Praise be to You, Lord,
for your loving-kindness and graciousness,
which You bestow on the undeserved.

Praise be to You, Lord,
for Your steadfastness,
which preserves Your promises.

Praise be to You, Lord,
for remembering me,
even when I do not remember you.

Praise be to You, Lord,
for not failing me,
even when I fail you.

In Jesus precious name I ask these things.
Amen.

Philippians Attitude references

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Last week we looked at all the references in Philippians to attitudes. We uncovered five distinct attitudes: Affection, Confidence, Humility. Joy and Unity. Attached is a copy of Philippians highlighted to show such references. Note that half the entire letter refers to attitudes.

Philippians TABLE highlighted attitude

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