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Committed to Serve – Part 3

September 30, 2009

Let’s ask this question today – How committed do you think Jesus is to you? Is He kind of committed to you? Is He very committed to you? Extremely committed? Completely committed to you? Yes. Yes. And yes.

Now, how committed are you to Jesus’ church? Are you very committed? Extremely? Completely?

This past Sunday the sermon was on the life of Ruth. When the last pages of the Bible are written, God ends up using Ruth’s family to play an important role in the ancestry of Jesus. Also in Ruth, we see the parallel between her working in her master’s field (Boaz), and us working diligently in our Master’s field. Boaz redeems Ruth to be his bride and we can see the analogy here as well that we are the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5, Revelation 19:7).

This is truth, and is vital in the Bible, but I don’t want to over emphasis what happens in Ruth 4 to what happens in Ruth 1. There’s no Ruth 4 without Ruth 1, and the thrust of Ruth 1 is commitment. In Ruth 1, Naomi tells Ruth to return back home after both have been widowed. Ruth refuses to leave Naomi alone, stays with her in Naomi’s hometown and God ends up blessing Ruth profusely.

It’s a beautiful thing when the story of the Bible and the story of your life seem to come together. It’s apparent to me that if I have a commitment to the church like Ruth did to Naomi, or that Christ does to me, that God would bless my efforts profusely.

I guess it comes down to this: How committed are you to being Jesus to others? Kind of, very, extremely, or completely? We want you to know that you a part of a church that is completely committed to Christ, and that commitment doesn’t find itself on the bench of life. Go serve and watch God move.

Zach

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September 30, 2009 Posted by | Zach | , | Leave a comment

9/30 John 1-3

John 1 starts with some very familiar verses:

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.

Jesus is the Word and he was with God in the beginning.

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Nothing that exists would exist without the involvement of Jesus.  This is an interesting verse.  If God spoke the world into existence and if Jesus is the Word and if through him all things were made, then what could we infer from this combination?

4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

Jesus is the source of life.  He is the light that we all look for when death and darkness overtake us.

5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Jesus is the light, but those in the darkness like it there.  Shining light on them reveals too much about them.

9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

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9/29 Luke 23-24

These last  2 chapters of Luke cover the trial, crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection.  In Luke 23 we read about the criminals crucified with Jesus.  It is a true example of the believer and unbeliever.  One hurled insults at Jesus and wanted him to get him out of the situation he was in.  The other must of been a believer because for one, he blasted the other criminal for what he was saying.  Two, he feared God.  Three, he asked Jesus to remember him.   Whether those simple words equated to belief in Jesus and acceptance, we cannot be sure, but it must of been.  Jesus’ next words were to say to the criminal “today you will be with me in paradise”  It kind of reminds me of the way Zacchaeus received his salvation.

39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

40But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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9/28 Luke 20-22

Many of the events in these chapters I have covered in previous posts, but the one I want to focus on today is Luke 22 31-32. This takes place at the last supper after Jesus teaches them about communion and what they are to do.  Jesus then makes this very sobering statement to Peter.

31″Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

It is interesting that Satan asks Jesus first.  In the King James it says, “Satan hath desired to have you.”  One would think from this that Satan does not have all the power to do whatever he wishes.  That it must be allowed by God first.  Oh, and by the way all my footnotes refer to the word you as plural, meaning not just Peter but all the disciples.  A similar event takes place in Job chapter 1. Follow this link to keep reading

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9/27 Luke 19

I am sure if you remember back to your childhood days, you would remember this song from Sunday School class or VBS.

Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see.

In Luke 19 we read the story of Zacchaeus and picking it up in verse 5:

5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ ”

8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
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9/26 Luke 18

God, I am thankful that I am not like this Pharisee…….  Hmmmm, God, I think I am just like this tax collector, a sinner.  Have mercy on me.

9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

How many times do we point to other people and say, “Not as bad as that person” or “At least I’m not like him or her.”  It is a shame that we often try and compare ourselves to others, when we really should only strive to be like Jesus.

Todo list for today:

  • Don’t be like the Pharisee
  • Assume the humbleness of the tax collector
  • Realize what I am
  • Emulate Jesus in all I say and do.

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9/25 Luke 15-17

In Luke 15 Jesus confirms what we see many times on Sunday morning.  When a person comes forward and gives their life to Jesus, repents, confesses, and is baptized we all rejoice because one more person is saved to live in eternity with God in Heaven.  At the same time the angels in heaven are also rejoicing.

8“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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9/24 Luke 12-14

Luke 12 has just a great section of scriptures on worry.  I know sometimes I worry about things that have yet to happen.  Things like power outages where I will have to reboot or the air conditioning might not work right on a Sunday morning.  You get the picture.  Others may worry about a speech they have to give next week or a meeting with the boss.  Or maybe the board of directors are asking for the impossible from the CEO.  We worry about the outcomes that haven’t even happened yet.  What if I fail or what if I look silly.  Say something wrong.  Yet none of it has happened yet.  Sometimes, well all of the time, it is better to just listen to the words of Jesus and realize how valuable we are to God, and then seek after Him.

22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?   Follow this link to continue reading

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Called to Serve – Part 2

September 23, 2009

Do you know what kind of people hold my day up? Do you know what kind of people push the pause button on my schedule? The people that fail to answer their phones (which I’m guilty of), but never get back to me. I’ve offered a call to them, hoping for a response, and if I never hear back from them, I feel ignored.

Well guess what? God has called you to serve, and I wonder how many voice-mails He’s left on your heart to get off the pew and jump in the game of serving. God calls. We respond. You and I (all Christians) are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity, and this holiness is conducive to a more human way of living – even in society here on earth.

We are all called in various ways to share in Northside’s mission of announcing the reign of God and transforming the world in the light of Christ. Most do this by working in the secular realm; but all are called do this by working in the church. We want you to respond like Jonathan did in this past week’s sermon – be proactive.

Working in the church is a path of Christian discipleship to be encouraged, which is why we’ve pushed for you to get off the pew and into serving. Remember, our goal at Northside is to have each person involved in an hour of worship (church), an hour of fellowship (small groups), and an hour of serving. And the main thing that keeps all of this together, moving smoothly, is relationships.

Ministry is diverse and profoundly relational because ministry has its source in the triune God and because it takes shape within the community called church. Through coming to Northside, we are all established in a personal relationship with Christ and in a network of relationships within the people of God. The personal discipleship of each individual makes possible a community of disciples formed by and for the mission of Christ.

We’re not asking you to respond to God’s call of serving in the church because we want to fill an hour of your time. We encouraging you to respond to God’s call of serving because there are lost people who need to know Jesus.

Zach

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9/23 Luke 9-11

I read 2 interesting sections of scripture from Luke 10 this morning.  The first was verses 17-20.  I thought it was interesting that Jesus states he saw Satan fall from heaven.  So that would tend to mean that Jesus was there with God when Satan was cast out and since Satan temped Eve at the creation, Jesus was there much as John writes in the first chapter of the Gospel of John.  Anyone have any thoughts?

17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Since Jesus has already overcome the enemy and if we believe and accept him as our Lord and Savior and our names are written in heaven, should we not go forth like the 72 and proclaim Jesus to all the world?  Just thinking out loud.  Then also in chapter 10 the story of the Good Samaritan. Follow this link to continue reading

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9/22 Luke 6-8

Reading from Luke 6, Jesus gives us some difficult teaching.  How hard is it to love your enemies?  Think back to the last election.  Anyone have a lot of love for the other side?  Yea, I didn’t think so.  It’s hard teaching but it’s that last verse that really hurts doesn’t.  “Even sinners love those who love them.  Ouch…..

27“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.

Then reading from Luke 7: Follow this link to continue reading

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9/21 Luke 3-5

Luke 3 starts off with John preaching in the wilderness and the baptism of Jesus.  Luke then lists the genealogy of Jesus.  It seems to be a bit different than the genealogy in Matthew.  Anyone notice the difference?

In looking at Luke 5, it has an interesting discourse between Jesus and Peter.

4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Follow this link to continue reading

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