“There is an app for that.” While that certainly seems to be true, I have found some apps to be especially helpful. Here are some of them!
Here is one I use on a daily basis. This app enables me to have a plan for reading or listening through the Bible. I also love its ability to create church events on it for free. We are testing it our with our Acts series.
This is an app that I have been using for about a year. Essentially it is your public library at your fingertips—anytime, anywhere. This gives you access to TONS of digital content for free. I have been blessed to listen to many Christian audio books from great preachers and writers in the past and present.
This is an app that I have been watching for a couple of years and seems to be making great improvements. It is a soulwinning management app. Recently testing it for our church’s outreach.
Ever wish you could pull up a tract on your smartphone and use it to give the Gospel? Well, now you can. You can even keep a prospect list on it! It is a fantastic Gospel tool.
What you listen really influences you! Many times Christian radio does not sound so Christian. I have enjoyed listening to this internet radio station through their app. Give it a try! You will find the music to be Christ-centered and spiritually nourishing.
This year, at Grace Baptist Church, we are our learning our purpose and priorities. More than anything, we want to accomplish the purpose that Christ has given us to accomplish. In Matthew 28:18-20 says, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” This is a huge, monumental undertaking! However, as one man said, “Through God’s power, our faithfulness is always possible.” We have a purpose and we must faithfully engage in that purpose.
This past Vision Sunday, I was excited to reveal our public church purpose statement. Our purpose is to engage in the complete fulfillment of the Great Commission of Christ through the power of the Spirit to the glory of God.
During this first quarter of the year, I am preaching and teaching our priorities—how we will accomplish our purpose. I believe that accomplishing such a God-sized purpose requires that we plan and prioritize. You can listen to the message at our website, facebook or podcast.
What do you immediately think of when you hear the word “strength?” Perhaps you think of working out and building up muscle mass and endurance. Maybe you think about emotional strength found in a loving support system of friends. Some may equate strength as not showing any emotion in the midst of crisis. There are many concepts that come to mind.
I want to ask another question. Where does real strength come from? Would you consider and meditate on the thought that Daniel gives us?
Daniel 11:32 “…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. “
Real strength comes from a personal relationship with God. A relationship that secures eternal life. One that bears you up through trials and distress. More yet, this strength enables you to do exploits, what seemed to be impossible before.
Let’s seek real strength in a daily, dynamic relationship with God.
In the wake of the ruling that has been passed down from the highest court in our land, I want to point attention to a biblical character that gives an excellent pattern for Bible believing Christians. Daniel was unashamedly a follower of the one true God. He openly loved Him and sought His guidance daily. Daniel was so open, that those who worked closely with him knew his habits of prayer. When the new law was handed down from the king saying that the citizen could only pray to the king and no other god, Daniel’s co-workers knew that he would continue to pray to the God of Heaven.
Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Before we look at today’s ruling from the Supreme Court and bunker down, lets remember what Daniel did. He continued walking with God and seeking Him daily as he did aforetime. What do Bible believing Christ followers need to do today?
- Seek God
Don’t react publicly until you have sought God privately. Take time to pray today. Pray for God’s grace to stand and shine for Him. Pray for other believers to remain steadfast. Pray for our leaders to come to trust and follow Jesus. Pray for a revival of the fear of God in our country. You cannot go wrong in seeking the Supreme Ruler of All first.
- Share Jesus
Continue to witness for Christ. If you have not been an open witness, seek God’s forgiveness and begin right away. Jesus needs you to stand and shine for Him in the midst of spiritual darkness. Don’t allow fear and cultural trends to mute your witness for Jesus. He is the answer to all the chaos!
- Show Christ’s Love
As you witness, remember to speak the truth in love. Christ always showed compassion to those that were against Him. Let the love of Christ be most evident in your voice and eyes as you proclaim Jesus Christ. Remember, there is not a single person alive on planet earth that is beyond the reach of His love. Let Jesus love them through you.
The dishonoring of parents seems to have become an epidemic in this generation. The Bible tells us to “…Honor thy father and mother…” in Ephesians 6:2. The word honor means to ascribe worth to a person. It is a command that is to be consistently carried out and it has no expiration date. Honoring your parents as an adult entails giving them opportunity to guide you, to warn you and to advise you. We honor them when we give their counsel in our lives more weight and thought than the counsel of others. There are many more aspects of honoring but the bottom line is God never condones the dishonoring of parents. Even our Lord Jesus was subject to earthly, flawed parents. (Luke 2:51) He even honored his mother from the cross. I just want to say, it is my desire to obey God fully in this area, to teach my children to do so, and to call on others in my generation to do the same.
God has blessed me with loving parents who know what they believe and make no apology for it. I respect that in them! They are not perfect, but neither am I. I just thank the Lord for allowing me the privilege to be their son. Here are just some of the reason why I am thankful for them.
- I am thankful for their commitment to Christ. People can be committed to alot of ventures but my parents have been committed to the cause of Christ from my earliest memories. Nothing was more important to my Father and Mother than the ministry God had called them to. We all worked in it together and made it a family effort.
- I am thankful for their love for God’s Word. I remember walking in on my parent’s devotional time often. I could count on it that my father would be on the couch at about 6:30 AM reading his Bible and sipping Alfalfa (that particular practice I have replaced with a good cup of black coffee). I knew that walking with God and knowing Him in the Word was important to my dad.
- I am thankful for their standards. They taught me that standards were the fences we put up to keep from breaking the clear principles of God’s Word. They set their standards because of a desire to please the Lord. Due to their example, I have chosen to set standards for my own family.
- I am thankful for their provision of our needs. My parents were never rich, yet our needs were always taken care of. Whether it was a new pair of Nike’s or a bike it seemed my parents would figure a way to make it happen.
- I am thankful for the memories. Granted, we spent alot of time working together, but we had some traditions that made for great memories. We always took several weeks each summer to go to Milwaukee to visit my grandmother. During this time we would often do mountain biking, wading in Lake Michigan and sleeping in tents in the backyard. Sometimes we would go further north to my grandma’s cottage which was always an amazing adventure. There are many more memories, but I think these make my point.
- I am thankful for their character training. I did not like the work ethic while they were trying to instill it, but I am so gald for it now. They taught me to work hard and focus on the task at hand. Some children resent their parents for making them work, but I appreciate the training immensely!
- I am thankful for their faith through trials. Watching parent go through trials is not easy. Learning from their faith is amazing. I can think of several times when my parents we under pressure and rather than buckling they turned to God in faith and were strengthened.
- I am thankful for their faithfulness. I appreciate the fact that they have been faithful for over thirty years to the ministry God called them to. I am know it was not always easy and I am sure there were times they were tempted to quit. Yet they looked to God in faith to enable them to be faithful. They are an incredible example to me of faithful ministers of the Lord.
- I am thankful for an ongoing, healthy relationship. I appreciate being able to call home and talk to my parents with no tension. We may not do everything exactly the same (by the way, no two people do), but I respect them for the stands they have always taken. Because they taught me to keep a clean conscience, I don’t feel like I have to justify and argue constantly for my viewpoint on any particular issue.
- I am thankful for their guidence. I am thankful that my parents still feel the ability to call me up and advise or warn me. I appreciate the times I have recieved wise counsel from them. When something especially burdensome is on my heart, their is nothing like being able to talk it out with them, maybe even cry together. I welcome their guidence even as an adult.
If you have not stopped to think through the reasons you are thankful for your parents, today would be a good day. If you have a strained relationship with them, decide to work out the tension areas. Don’t let another day go by without choosing to honor them just as the Bible says. You will be glad you did!