Thought of the Day 1-5-16

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21 NKJV)

There is more instruction in the New Testament for parents than for children. This may be because the occupation of being a parent is harder than any other. It requires a God-given sensitivity. Authority must be used with restraint, because it’s excessive use may stiffen resistance. This verse warns us that insensitive parents can easily provoke their children to the point of discouragement.

In every way you are stronger than your child. You may subdue him by an overbearing will or simply by your physical strength. If you pressure him to such an extent, then he will just wait for the day of liberation. When that day comes, he will throw off all restraint and reclaim freedom in everything. Ask yourself, therefore, what kind of home it was that led the needy son to resolve, “I will arise and go to my Father.”

Pastor Pete clear:both

Thought of the Day 1-4-16

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:4, 5 NKJV)

Life can be so overwhelming. As work gets more and more demanding, you wonder how you will ever keep up or wonder how or catch up. Family time is often reduced to a quick meal or simply a good-night kiss and hug. Even Sundays are busier and busier with worship services, church activities, and family dinners. It’s easy to get so consumed in life that you don’t notice His voice.

If you listen carefully you can hear Him amid the daily life calling to you. Can you hear Him saying to you Slow down…..Come away with me…..I love you.

The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice. My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. (Song of Solomon 2:8-10 NKJV)
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Thought of the day 12-31-15

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given. (Proverbs 19:17 NKJV)

Everything you have God has graciously given to you. God has richly blessed you. Look around and consider the wealth, which flows far beyond money and possessions, the love of your family and friends, the health of your mind and body, the beauty of your surroundings.

God loves your tender heart and your benevolent spirit. When you give generously, you honor God. When you give of yourself through acts of service and return your tithe to the Father, He will pour out His blessings on you.

He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed. (Psalms 37:26 NKJV)

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the day 12-22-15

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. (Matthew 2:7 NIV)

Christmas is first and foremost an attitude of the heart. There are many people who shared in Herod’s attitude. He is the prototype of those people who live in sin and in enmity with God; who want to banish Christ from their lives. They hide their disapproval behind a mask of hypocrisy.

They also want to go to worship the Child. They also celebrate the Christ feast, but in reality their hearts do not belong to Him. Their motives are impure as they search for a Child.
They want to use religion to advance their careers and to keep the crown on their own heads.

Advent proclaims the following message: Christ can be found in Bethlehem, but only those who have the right attitude in their hearts and whose worship is true in spirit.

This is the attitude of the wise men. They came from a distant land, in the same way that we have to come from the distant land of sin as lost sons and daughters. They persisted in their search and did not allow anything to distract them from their purpose.

Jesus Himself promised that those who seek Him will find Him. The wise men stipulated no conditions. They expected a palace and a golden cradle, what they found was a stable and a manger. Like them, everyone who seeks can experience the joy of finding what God intended for each of us during this Christmastime.