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God’s Truth and Life’s Facts

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you…And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’  then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.‘  For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over,  so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.  Joshua 3:5 & 4:21-24

There are moments in life where circumstances stare us in the face and cause us to cripple in fear.  These times can cause us to cave in and want to quit.  I call these situations, life’s facts.

For example:

The fact is you may be stuck in overwhelming debt.  Your marriage may be in bad shape.  The fact is you may be tired, overweight, and addicted to food.  The fact is your greatest fear may be powering over you more than Gods power flowing through you.  The fact is you may not feel good about yourself.  The fact is you may have an addiction that you cannot seem to conquer.  The fact is you may be about to lose or have lost your job and are without income.  The fact is you may not have the greatest relationship with your family.  You may not have been the greatest parent, friend, brother, sister, etc.

Get the picture yet?  Life’s facts can be very daunting.

They were overwhelming and impossible for the Israelite’s as well.  Israel needed to cross the Jordan.  How were they going to do it?  The fact is this was an impossible task.  But the truth was and still is that God was about to do wonders among them. We see this all through out scripture.  Where God’s people are faced with staggering life facts, God is eager to do the impossible.

The fact is the Jordan was full, flowing, and too deep to cross.  The truth is God dried up the waters for his people to get across.

The fact is Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego should have been burned to death in the fiery furnace.  The truth is God delivered them.

The fact is nobody is able to walk on water.  The truth is Jesus did and so did Peter for a moment.

The fact is at death we are supposed to be done.  The truth is Jesus died and conquered death through his resurrection and made eternal life available to all who believe in him.

The fact is the world appears to be going to down hill.  The truth is God has a beautiful plan that we can barely wrap our minds around.

So what about you?  Will you let life’s facts dominate you or will you trust God’s truth?

The fact is you may be in debt. The truth is when you steward your finances for God’s glory he is more than able to deliver you from debt.

The fact is you may not like yourself.  God’s truth is that you were fearfully and wonderfully made.  There is no one else just like you.

The fact is you may be addicted.  The truth is God’s power is greater than that your addiction.

The fact is you may have made some jacked up decisions in your past.  The truth is you are totally forgiven and set free through the blood of Jesus Christ.

I could go on and on.  The point is, if we are going to live the lives’ God wants for us, then we have to believe God’s truth instead of life’s facts.  The fact is life is tough.  The truth is our God is the creator and is greater!

Consecrate yourself and the Lord will do wonders among you!

P.J.

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Can You Carry The Mail?

Tychicus will tell you all about my activities.  He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.” Colossians 4:7

Have you ever thought about those in scripture who were in charge of making sure the letters of the New Testament reached their intended destination?  Because these biblical mail carriers are mentioned briefly, it’s easy for us to skim over their names, and move on to the meat and potatoes.  However, these people that carried the letters must have had great character.  They had to possess character qualities that proved they would make sure these vital messages reached the congregations that we now read about in the New Testament.

What about you?  Can you carry the mail?

This is a question about your character.  At each stage of our lives, we are entrusted with Continue reading


“I Will Not Lie”

“…it takes a great deal of courage to face life’s ordinary, everyday challenges.” Bill Hybles

Last week Lauren and I started watching the television show “Friday Night Lights.”   Pretty cool show.  Through out the episodes of season 1 that we have watched so far, we have seen the head coach (Coach Taylor) deal with the pressure of being a head coach for an elite high school football program in fictional Dillon, Texas.   Long story short, coach Taylor is placed in a position where he is expected to lie about the recruitment of a player on his team, that he did not really want on the team to begin with.  As coach Taylor is walking into this critical meeting, he courageously stops and tells the man with him “I will not lie!”

For six episodes we watched this head coach struggle with the pressure of fans, players, and high school football politics.  All of a sudden, in that moment, coach Taylor had backbone.  He was ready to stand up for the truth.  Even if it did cost his team a win, a talented player, and possibly stain his reputation.  Ok, I know what you are thinking,”Dude, it’s just a TV show.”  You’re right; it’s just a TV show.  But the point is in a moment where it would have been easier to compromise; coach Taylor took the more difficult path and chose to do the right thing.

You and I live in a world where Continue reading


More Than One Coat

Have you ever painted something that needed more than one coat of paint?

Lauren (my wife) has always wanted a house with a red door and red shudders.   Several days ago we went shopping for red paint.  This past Sunday afternoon Lauren spent a few hours priming the door, shudders, and applying a fresh coat of red paint.  After the project was complete, Lauren didn’t exactly like the shade of red she had selected.  She disliked the color so much that she bought a new shade of red.  Guess what?  She spent another 3 hours priming and painting.  And yes she likes the new shade much better and is much more pleased with result.

Where am I going with this?

There are going to be many areas in our lives Continue reading


More Than Enough?

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

If everything in your life was stripped away from you…would your relationship with God by grace through faith in Christ be more than enough?

This is a question that the Lord has been challenging me to look at closely for the past several months.  It’s a brutal question to answer.  I mean, he should be more than enough for me, and scripture says that he is more than enough.  But do I really believe that? On a deeper level, do I really live like it?

What about you? Do you believe it?  Do you live like it?  Is he more than enough for you?

The other night Lauren and I were Continue reading


What About Today?

Dwelling too much on the past or focusing too much on the future can paralyze YOU in the PRESENT.

We are all guilty of it.  So many of us live in the present trapped by our past.  Others live joyless in the present because they are too focused on the future.  Sound familiar?  It does to me.  I often miss out on what the Lord has for me today because I am too focused on where I want to be in the next day, weeks, months, or years to come.

The truth is, you are also guilty of this. There may be something in your Continue reading


The 2nd Greatest Story Ever Told

So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them. Mark 5:20 NLT

Every follower of Christ has a story.  A story of their life before Jesus Christ rescued them from sin, how Jesus rescued them from sin, and how he has changed their life since he rescued them.  This story is often called a personal testimony or salvation experience.  Every believer has one.

Unfortunately too many believers buy into Satan’s lie that their story isn’t worth telling and that no one would want to listen to it.

Have you ever felt that way? Continue reading


The Super Bowl: A Post for Church Leaders & Members

This afternoon I was thinking about all the preparation that is put into the  Super Bowl experience.  Thousands of people are involved in pulling off this big show and game.  Creative teams plan, graphic designers design, singers rehearse, singers perform, tickets are produced, priced, and bought.  Food is purchased, cooked, and purchased again.  Environments for the game are prepped.  Thousands attend the NFL experience before the game.  Thousands fill the stadium seats.  Millions watch from home, sports bars, and smart phones.  And then there are the two teams that play in the actual game.  They practice, watch film, practice, watch more film, walk the field, and answer questions for reporters all before the actual game.

Lots and I mean lots of time, energy, money, talent, resources, and people pour themselves into making sure the Super Bowl is something worth peoples time.  The NFL does it’s absolute best to make sure that it’s fans get the most out of their Super Bowl experience.

Where am I going with this?  Let me ask you a question. Continue reading


Confession: I’m Impatient

This week I’ve found myself struggling with impatience.  I would normally say that I’m a pretty patient guy.  However, when I think about me being a patient guy, I can see that I’m only patient when things are operating on my time line.  Which means, I’m not really patient, but controlling.  I’ll save the discussion of my control issues for a later post.

For a couple of hours here and there this week, I have been preparing to deliver the message to our congregation at Oasis Church this coming Sunday morning.  This has been kind of a difficult sermon to prepare.  Why? Continue reading


4 Reasons You May Be Frustrated (Sunday Sermon Recap: “RE:” Part 2 – Revive)

Part 2 of Oasis Church’s weekly sermon series RE:.

A new year brings a fresh start and plenty of room to write new chapters in the stories of our lives.  But, with new beginnings will usually come frustration.  Maybe you walked into 2011 already frustrated.  Frustrated with 2010 and the events that occurred throughout the year. Maybe 2010 was a year that made the high light reel of your life and you are looking forward to 2011 being filled with more of the same. At some point whether life is sunny or rainy, you and I will experience some frustration as we move forward.  If you walked into 2011 frustrated, you need to be revived.  If you walked into 2011 all smiles and life is great, hold on, frustration is just waiting around the corner.  And when it shows up, you will need revival.

When frustration seeps into the circumstances of our lives, we usually like to point the finger at Satan.  We say things like “this is the enemy” or “Satan is just trying to distract me”.  Don’t misunderstand me, I do believe that Satan loves to distract and get us off course.  But, the truth is, the enemy doesn’t cause much of the frustration we experience.   It is brought on by our selves.

With that said, here are four reasons you may be frustrated… Continue reading


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