Weathering The Wind

Well the winter is peering it’s ugly head around the corner. Even though we haven’t ‘officially’ begun winter we still see its forecast on the ground and in the air. Something about standing in the cold with that nasty blustering wind blowing on your face. I find the colder it gets outside, the less people care about how fashionable they are!

Well when it comes to living for God, the Bible tells us that all of the storms of life are worth it. “Therefore, my dear brothers [and sisters], stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain” (1Corinthians 15:58 NIV).

No matter how hard life may be, God tells us that endurance and persistence will always outweigh the temptation to give up and forget it. It might get “chilly” out there but the destination is always worth it!

At least that’s how I see it,

 

Craig

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If God is Love

If those who are the religious elite are closest to God, why is it that they are so rarely closest to love?

If God is love, then those who know God best would love people most. Jesus said he came not to condemn the world, but to bring the world life. Why is it that so many who represent him are ever so quick to condemn?

At least that’s how Erwin McManus sees it,

 

Erwin McManus – Soul Cravings – Intimacy – Entry 13

Is Job only about Job

Well I’m approaching the mid-way point of the Bible for my devotions. I’m right now in the middle of Job (the book – pronounced “Jobe”) and as I am reading it I am noticing something rather intriguing. Is the book of Job only about Job?

Every time I’ve read it and every sermon I’ve heard about it speaks time and time again about the sufferings of a man who lost everything around him. Now, to give all of those preachers credit, I think that God speaks rather clearly to us about how we need to trust in Him during hard times and I must admit that I’ve used his story from time to time.

But what about those ‘friends’ of his? Oh my goodness! If I had friends like that I would throw them off the side of a cliff!!! Naggers, know-it-alls, self-righteous pious snibbling fools! They think they have the inside scoop on how to fix everybody else’s problems but imagine if they themselves had to go under the same microscope? I wonder how great they would turn out?

Then that gets me thinking… I wonder how many times we as followers of Christ, with the best of intentions I’m sure, tell other people what we think about their current circumstances hoping that we know what’s best for them? We give our advice, perhaps even jump to conclusions before even taking the time to listen and think that we’re doing them a favour when we may be doing more harm than good.

I like what Job says to his buddies in chapter thirteen. He says, “If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom (v.5).” That’s classic! I love his honesty with his friends. He’s saying, “Back off and just let me be. Will you just let me deal with this and hang around for support?”

We want to help people and we feel useless just staying there sharing oxygen. We want to fix the problem and come in with a ‘revelation’ that will save the day. I think that if you read Job through the lens of people who abuse their opportunity to speak into someone’s life like I am reading it right now, you may come back with a fresh and different perspective of what it means to “be there for someone”.

I’d be interested in your thoughts. Do you think that people can abuse the confidence that they have with people in times of crisis and trouble and perhaps even make things worse? Perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end of it. Perhaps you’ve been the ‘friend’ that should have just shut your trap. Tell me what you think. You can email me at Craig.

At least that’s how I see it,

 

Craig

Thank God for Mechanics!

It never ceases to amaze me that I can bring my car into the shop at eight in the morning worrying whether or not it will actually make it there and by the time I get a call a few hours later, it’s almost as good as new.

 

I don’t understand all of the components of a car. I could probably fool someone for a while but soon enough the other person will realize that my automotive knowledge is fairly limited. The more foreign the problem is to my understanding, the more amazed I am that there are people who can diagnose and fix the problem.

 

What about the human body? Scientists are daily scratching their heads trying to figure out how something SO complex could be ever imagined, planned, and created.

 

Thousands of years ago a man named David wrote to God “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous – and how well I know it. Psalm 139:14 (NLT)” It’s often not until we get sick before we recognize how incredibly intricate our bodies are and that the slightest variance can be fatal. May I suggest that we take time today, sick or well, and thank God that He put that much work into us? Isn’t it beautiful that He cares that much about the lives of you and me?

 

At least that’s how I see it,

 

 

Craig

 

What A Morning!

Well I’m just taking a break in between the services and wanted to say how excited I am about the morning.

This morning I got to experience Evangel first-hand… no more stories, guesses, or wondering. I was so impressed with the people’s friendliness, the passion for the Word of God, and the praise and worship. There were so many great people that we got to meet and they really went out of their way to make us feel at home.

It’s surreal to think that this was the beginning of a great and wonderful journey as we grow in our faith with God.

It was definitely a very exciting day. Can’t wait for the next one. Isn’t that the way church is supposed to be?

At least that’s how I see it,

 

Craig

It’s not Kansas anymore!!!

Hello all. I’m starting up a new blogsite for my journey here at Evangel Church. This is going to be kind of cool because I’m starting it at the VERY beginning of my life here in Brantford. As you see this blog develop, I really think that you will be able to see God’s hand weaving His way through the dreams, discussions, decisions, and directions that we make as a church.

Part of this blog is for me. It will be my typepad to get thoughts out and hopefully foster discussion. It will make me continually try to think outside the box – or at least think inside the box knowing that there is an outside the box out there. It will help me process your thoughts as you comment and bring your own thoughts and concerns to the table.

Another part of this blog is for you. It will be my typepad to pour into your lives with thoughts, devotionals, and insights that I have with the express desire to help you grow in your walk with God. It will be an inlet to allow God’s Holy Spirit to speak into your lives and challenge you to move from where you are today and develop more and more into the man or woman that God intended you to be.

Let’s grow together as we all pursue our great God together.

 

Craig