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Thursday, October 20 2016

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Tuesday, December 29 2015

Almost every day I am posting thoughts from the PROVERBS -- a study I've been doing for 2 years. The chapter from Proverbs matches the day/date. So, today's (12/29/15) will be from Proverbs 29! -- Enjoy & let me know what you think!!!                                                      

Good morning! Looks like the heat wave is over... Proverbs 29:1 "A man who remains stiff - necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed --- without remedy." Kind of an ominous start to this chapter. "Without remedy" is such a hopeless place of despair. But the sad part is, it didn't have to be that way. There were plenty of warnings & opportunities to turn, to change. But they were either missed or ignored. We all have areas where we are "stiff-necked". God promises to not let us alone in these areas. When He rebukes us, He is trying to get our attention so that we can find remedies -- before it is too late! I pray that you develop a "soft neck" -- a soft heart to God & His word to you!

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Tuesday, June 09 2015

Great thoughts going into your summer vaca plans!!

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Thursday, January 01 2015

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those HE LOVES, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 2:11-12) He who…loves (his son) is careful to discipline him. (Proverbs 13:24)

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful…” (Hebrews 12:11)

I’ve become very aware in my life and in some recent conversations with believers, that although we all know we should “grow” and have a desire to “grow”, we often hit a stumbling block on HOW we grow. And that stumbling-block has everything to do with discomfort and pain.

As Americans, we’ve been trained to understand that life can be made painless. We really do live a fairly comfortable life, compared to most of the people on the planet. We miss few meals, and if so, by choice, not by lack of food available. Check our medicine cabinets – they are filled with all kinds of OTC and prescription remedies to bring pain relief in one form or another. And so, when it comes to American Christianity, we find ourselves recoiling at any experience that makes us uncomfortable or causes inner or outer pain. Internally, we have been trained to believe that no pain is good. And, even in the church, we avoid uncomfortable situations like the plague.

Pain itself is not the problem. Pain is the way God designed our body to indicate that something else is not functioning well and needs attention. If we ignore pain too often, we could easily put ourselves at greater risk of health failure.

Jesus packaged the wisdom of the Proverbs this way: “my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2) Notice who does the difficult (painful) work of pruning? It’s the Father! Someone we can TRUST! So, here’s the issue: Are you willing to trust your Father?

Combining Jesus’ words with the ancient wisdom of the Proverbs, we find a way to see discomfort in a positive, life-producing light.

EVERY ONE OF US experiences pain. Daily. Weekly. Seasonally. It can be in our body, in our emotions, or between our relationships. Also, some pain is out of our control. Some, if we are honest, we bring on ourselves. Proverbs & Jesus speak to both types. The only people who escaped pain were Adam & Eve before they sinned, and anyone who is already with the Lord in heaven. The rest of us must face it. And, we must do better at what we think about pain and discomfort. I’m suggesting, we let Jesus redeem the painful situations of our past or present, and allow Him to use them for our GROWTH!

I’m convinced that we will never grow unless we experience some discomfort or pain. Sometimes it’s because we are stubborn. Sometimes it’s just because we are human. Either way, pain is the agent of change.

Here’s another truth I’m discovering in numerous discipling relationships I’m involved with: Sometimes the discomfort comes through a difficult conversation with someone I love. This involves two points of discomfort. 1) The person who is bringing up the difficult subject often struggles with how to say it, or even if it should be said at all.  2) The person listening to the “rebuke” also can feel pinched or hurt by what is shared. To both of these, Proverbs has much to say:

Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.(9:8)

He who walks with the wise grows wise (13:20)

So, this year, instead of running from pain, avoiding it, or denying it, or trying to face it alone, I invite you to GROW FROM YOUR PAIN. If you are finding yourself in an uncomfortable situation or relationship, ask God what He wants to teach you IN it and THROUGH it. And, find some trusted Christian friends to talk it through.

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life,

but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. (10:17)

He who ignores discipline comes to poverty & shame,

but whoever heeds correction is honored.(13:18)

Painfully yours J,

for growth!

Pastor Al

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Tuesday, March 25 2014

KAIROS moments are all about learning to pay attention to, dissect and interpret life --- as it happens each day -- in light of God's promised Presence, His Word and with the foundational understanding that ALL of life has a PURPOSE. -- That there is truly NOTHING RANDOM!!!!

EVERYTHING has purpose and meaning -- AND -- God wants to instruct us and CHANGE us from the INSIDE OUT!!!

So, when Jesus says: "THE TIME HAS COME. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR. REPENT & BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS" he is inviting us to believe that His Kingdom is breaking into our current, personal, day-to-day life experience. And, if THAT is true, then what we go thru EVERY DAY contains an element of truth & instruction and offers us the possibility to CHANGE (Repent & believe --- Re-think, change direction in thought, word and/or action).

And WHEN WE DO, His Kingdom goes even deeper into us!!! -- see Mark 1:15

And, if all that is true, then God is already speaking to you.... right now.... even as you're reading this.... His Kingdom is NEAR. The Time is NOW. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO LEARN & CHANGE, in response to His Kingdom coming closeby?

(Unless of course, you already have it all together!! LOL!!)

PS --You might not think you are qualified to interpret your life events. You might not think you know enough about God, or the Bible or theology, to do this. That's crap! God will work with you WHERE YOU'RE AT, WITH WHAT YOU KNOW and will teach you as you go. Just start! Take some time to look at what has already happened today. Ask Him to show you His Kingdom (which is near) and what He wants to show you about yourself. Then, be ready to grow, change and process what you're learning with a few others on the pathway with you in Christ. The journey begins!

Those who have been around the "church" for any amount of time, might be tempted to think we are not yet qualified to interpret our own "KAIROS" MOMENTS -- until we learn more Bible knowledge. But, God's Spirit will ALWAYS lead us and help us interpret our lives. It's true. The Word is THE Text of life and will always help us know God and His will more clearly --- but it ONLY comes alive when it INTERSECTS with our current reality and understanding....

So, in one sense, we are ALREADY EXPERTS on ourselves! And, that is where we MUST start --- THAT is where God is willing to meet us and instruct us. IF we're willing to make the time for Him and for others to join us in the journey!

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