Monthly Archives: July 2013

“2013: The Year Of Resolutions” August – Invite More

“2013: The Year Of Resolutions.”  The challenge is to end the year in a better place than we are today.  Unlike most years with one big resolution, we have a 12 step program to help us get there.  And here we are, over half way done.  But what is it that we have tried to do.

January – Pray More          February – Read More          March – Give More

April – Attend More            May – Get More Involved        June – Share Our Faith More

July – Call On Others More

As we come to the month of August, what shall be our challenge?  Just this past week, we had our missionaries from Central Brazil here to share with us the work that they are doing far off.  But what about the work that needs to be done right here in Sciotoville, and Wheelersburg, and Portsmouth, and Minford, and South Webster?  Who is going to do the work there?  Why not you?

In Isaiah 6:8 we read, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I.  Send me!””  For the month of August, my challenge to you is to invite more people to church.  When was the last time that you actually invited someone to come to the Sciotoville Christian Church?

Just last week, I challenged you to pray that God would give you open doors, opportunities to share your faith with someone.  Now, whether you prayed that prayer or not, I prayed that prayer for you.  I prayed that God would lead each of you to someone that you could share your faith with.  And this week, I pray that you will all step up to the plate, boldly share your faith, and use the opportunities, those open doors to invite people to come and worship and get to know God with us here at Third and Bloom.

I don’t know if you know it or not, but the great commission gave us ALL a job to do.  We have all been called to share our faith, and to invite others into a relationship with God.  We are told in Matthew chapter 28, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””

We all have that commission to answer.  And it’s as if God is up in Heaven right now saying, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?  Who will take my message to Sciotoville, and Wheelersburg, and Portsmouth, and Minford, and South Webster?  Who will invite those outside of me to come in?  Who?”

As you think about that, can you have the passion and the courage to say, “Here am I.  Send me!”

Here’s to “2013: The Year Of Resolutions!”

 

In Christ,

Josh

Vacant Homes, Vacant Lives.

Tifton, Georgia, the most interesting thing about Tifton is an abandoned Victorian house filled with thousands and thousands of bats.  Tift County declared the once elegant house in the town’s historic district off limits after a bat specialist said that there were an estimated twenty thousand bats that had moved in, apparently for good.

Today, local teenagers call it “The Bat House.”  People talk about the smell, which is an unholy mixture of animal urine and decaying wood.  “In the summer, oh, does that place reek,” said Linda Turner, age 69, and a retired nurse and neighbor.  “You ain’t smelled nothing until you come back here on a hot day.”

Now…, I don’t know about you, but I’m sure not interested in going to visit that bat house.  What a sight and what a stink it must be!  But here’s what we can learn, vacant houses get infiltrated with all kinds of creatures and probably not just bats.  And many of these creatures make a mess, create a big stink, and eventually ruin that dwelling.

But I hope that you understand that it doesn’t just happen with vacant houses.  It also happens with vacant lives!  If a person doesn’t fill their life with good stuff, the bad stuff, and sometimes the evil stuff will move in and take over.

What’s going on in your house?  No, I’m not talking about the structure that you live in.  what’s going on in your life?  Is it full of God, or is it vacant, waiting for some unwanted creature to come in and destroy?  Who are you going to allow to move in and take over residency and begin controlling your life?

In Psalm 119:11 it says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  The Bible will keep you from sin, or… sin will keep you from the Bible!  It’s your choice.

But make sure that you understand this, God wants us to stay clean in this world and that will only happen when we let Him move in.  When we fill our lives with worship, and prayer, and service, we remain elegant houses for God to reside in.  But when we allow the filth and the stench of the world creep in, then our lives become vacant, they become off limits for God.  Sure, He still wants to be there, there just isn’t any room for Him.

In your life, is it vacant, is it a bat house, or is God residing and ruling your life?

In Christ,

Josh