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Good Works

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).

God prepared good works for us to do before we even knew Him! Christianity now becomes an even more exciting adventure. This verse clearly states that God made us for a reason and that reason is for us to do good things that He designed. In a fallen world, the need for good works is astronomical. Good works can lift people up, brighten a day, or even give someone hope.

Because we can easily get to a place where we see only the evil in the world, it is important to be involved in doing good works. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to bless someone. A smile and hello to someone who looks like they are having a bad day can go a long way. Good works look like this; giving your seat to someone on the bus, baking cookies for the neighborhood children, visiting someone in the hospital or someone who is homebound, giving the neighbor a ride to work, sharing an encouraging video, going to Bible study, the list can go on forever.
One of my goals is to bless someone every day. This is not difficult, in fact, it is so easy that I often get to bless more than one person every day. It can be as simple as yielding to traffic, letting someone in front of you. That’s a pretty cheap way to bless someone and on a heavy traffic day, the person might wave a thank you for helping them out.

At one time I had a lunch ministry. My goal was to have lunch and spend time with at least one person a week. Not only did I get to bless someone in that way, I also was blessed. An hour or two sharing thoughts and ideas can be invigorating. Some of the things I learned have been invaluable. Speaking of gifting someone, a gift can be simply giving them the seat with the best view. They may never know that you gave it to them, but that makes it more of a blessing.

Good works that are the most fun for me are ones I can do without getting discovered. It comes down to an attitude of love and generosity. We can afford to be extremely generous in the sense that God has given us everything we have. He owns everything. Yes, really, it all belongs to Him. Gifts He has given us are many, but they include your time, your intelligence, your speech, your money, your affection, and more. We are rich in the Lord, so go out and share Him. He has gifted us for good works. You can bless someone today!
And what should our attitude be today? There are many good choices, so it may depend on the day. Most days will encompass several of these.

• Joy in walking the path God prepared.
• Love and generosity.
• Putting the needs of others before mine (servant’s heart).
• We are God’s handiwork and perfect just the way we are.
• We have abundantly more than we need.

Most Gracious Heavenly Father, thank You for Your many gifts and blessings. I humbly accept the challenge to do the good works You have planned for me. Direct me to those You want to bless through me. Amen.

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Down and Out?

On Sunday evening, March 11th, I will present a thought provoking message, “Down and Out?” to the congregation at the evening service at Alma Temple. The service begins at 6:00 pm. Beginning at 6:30 pm the message will be on live radio broadcast on KPOF, AM910 and audio streaming via the internet. You are cordially invited to join us. Alma Temple is located at 1340 Sherman Street, half a block from the state capitol building, Denver, Colorado.

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The Slimy Pit


“I desire to do your will, O my God, your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8 NIV).

Psalm 40, written by King David, expresses the journey of our own walk with God. We have something in common with King David, because he had a great desire to do God’s will. Don’t we all? But here is the conundrum. We are not worthy. God works in mysterious ways.

In times of distress we ask for the Lord’s help. When He doesn’t respond immediately, we must wait. Here’s where an attitude of patience is necessary. If we wait patiently, He will come and change our circumstances. Chances are that we find ourselves in trouble because of our own wrong choices. Often we act before we seek God’s will. Then we find ourselves in trouble. In the very next verse David sings, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire” (Psalm 40:2). He lifted David out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, and He can do that for you and me.

God went even further than rescuing David from a dangerous place in life. He changed him. Verse 3 says, “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.” God blessed David by rescuing him, and David ‘grew’ a new attitude. When David’s attitude of patience was rewarded, he turned it into praise. Because of the attitude of praise and worship, many will put their trust in God.
As believers, this is our purpose ― to worship and glorify God and to increase His Kingdom. God blesses those who trust in Him, not those who follow the popular and famous, or those who turn to false gods.

To keep an attitude of awe and praise toward our God, here are the things that we must remember.
1. Many are the wonders the Lord has done.
2. He has planned our future.
3. Nothing can compare to Him.
4. His blessings are too numerous to count.
5. He is in control.
6. Every breath we take is a gift from God.

We cannot keep His love and faithfulness to ourselves. We simply feel the urge to share it with everyone. And in the midst of all this, we cling to His mercy because we know we’ve done nothing to deserve His grace. He loves us. No matter how many troubles surround us, He is there to protect us. He is greater than the evil one. When we seek His will we do it through prayer, Bible study, our church community, and appealing to the Holy Spirit. We are poor and needy, but when we seek His will in humility, we can rejoice and be glad in Him!

So what should my attitude be today? If you are in the slimy pit and in overwhelming need of rescuing, patience and trust in the Lord and His timing are the only attitude you need. However, most of us are not overwhelmed by a single problem, so we have different attitudes in different areas. An attitude of patience is required in areas where God has not acted or answered prayers yet. In other areas, attitudes of praise and gratitude are most important.

Father in Heaven, I desire to do Your will. Rather than worry, I trust You and Your timing in all situations. Meanwhile I obey the commands Jesus gave us in the New Testament to love God, and love my neighbor as myself. Fill my heart with love for others. Help me recognize divine appointments You’ve made for me. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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Burden Bearing


“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NIV).

When we become a burden-carrier for others, we need a deep faith along with an extreme prayer life. We cannot shoulder everyone’s burdens. We are not made for that; only God can carry everyone’s burdens. We are made to listen to the cares and concerns of our believing brothers and sisters. If a brother or sister sins, they may want to talk to someone about it. And when we realize they are confessing sin, we should pray with them. Don’t judge them; that is God’s job.

Our job is not judging, but to exercise our attitude of love and forgiveness. Galatians 6:1 says, “Brother and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.” Two key words point to what our attitude should be, they are ‘restore’ and ‘gently.’

When we discover that someone has betrayed the faith we had in them, it is easy to fall into a quick judgment of the situation. Often we find it easier ‘to be done’ with that person rather than give them a chance to explain or repent. I learned a long time ago that excuses are like belly buttons ― every body has one. And you may have to sit and listen to a litany of excuses from an offender until they see the fallacy in the discussion. When God puts a mirror in their face they have no choice but to look themselves in the eye. Then they finally realize that they are merely dodging responsibility. They need you to still be listening.

They may ask you to go to the foot of the cross, pray with them, and plead forgiveness. Beyond that, they need you to support them in their journey of restoration. This will take time and effort on your part. Not only that, it might affect your reputation. There are Scriptures that warn not to even eat with such a person and others may decide that Scripture applies in your situation. If God has called you as a burden-bearer for this person, go deep into your prayer life and trust God rather than men.

Sometimes you will want to walk away, and maybe for a short time you should. But then go back and check on the progress of the restoration. It will be worth it in the end; when you know you’ve done the right thing. An attitude of love is rich with opportunity.

On the other hand, there may come a time when you need to share your burdens. Choose wisely with whom you share personal information. A fellow believer should respect your confidence, but be sure to pick a mature believer. Bathe the situation with prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as you share.
Isaiah 61:1-2 prophesizes Jesus’ coming, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.”

So what should our attitude be? The person whose burden we carry should see us as serious and trustworthy. And that should be our attitude. However, in our deepest prayers we may confess an attitude of unworthiness and ignorance about how to restore the person. Thankfully, we can ask God to lead us through the valley of uncertainty. He knows every detail of the situation and nothing is a surprise to Him. We can faithfully do our part and be confident that God will honor our efforts.

Father in Heaven, give me strength and wisdom today regarding the people around me that need someone to listen. Show me how I can help carry their burdens so I can glorify You and fulfill the law of Christ. Amen.

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“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:4-5 NIV).

In any team sport, the players must exhibit an attitude of team work. Ask any football player about teamwork. The quarterback cannot do everything. He needs protection and he needs a good receiver to take the ball into the end zone. Teamwork is paramount in order to win a game.

I remember attending our basketball games when I was in high school. There was one person that wanted to make all the shots. He got tired and began messing up, but refused to share the ball. Once our team member learned to share the ball, we made more points and won more games.

This attitude of teamwork must exist in the body of Christ. Not everybody is called to preach. We all have different gifts. If someone has the gift of prophecy, then allow them to use that gift to glorify the Lord and don’t condemn them for it. Some people have a servant’s heart. We often depend on them without ever thanking them. God values them for their great sacrifice and humility. We should too.

Some have the gift of teaching, so let them teach. Some people seem to be natural encouragers, something all of us need from time to time. And then some people constantly look for ways to help other people, so let them do it and do it generously. If someone has the gift of leadership, let them lead. And if you know of someone who has the gift of mercy, be blessed and let them do it cheerfully. We must use all of these gifts of God to glorify Him. Our generous God has given most of us more than one gift. Don’t value one gift more than another and only use that gift.

Your church may be like my high school basketball team. You may be gifted in the area of leadership, but another person gets asked to organize every event. They are great at it too ― until they get burned out or overloaded. Perhaps you will have to sit on the bench for a while, willing to go in when needed. The team members on the bench are members of the same team and their availability is key to the success of the team. You may find that after you have been faithful in small things, when called in to substitute, you will be playing more and more often.
The very idea that God has gifted each of us so that we are equipped to work hand-in-hand with Him to further His kingdom is incredible! He is the leader; we are each part of the team.

You may be jealous of another person’s gift. Drop that attitude immediately. Jealousy is sin. Condemning another teammate is the same thing as undermining the game. As one member of God’s team, we ought to do everything we can to support the team. That means cultivating an attitude of teamwork with our fellow believers. Cheer them on and discover ways we can use them to further God’s Kingdom. When you discover your own special gift from God, add it to the resources used to glorify God.

Father God, I praise and thank You for the many gifts You have bestowed upon us for the sake of the Kingdom. Help me find my own gift so that I can contribute to the team. If necessary, grant me patience to wait in reserve. Those who wait on the Lord also glorify Him. Thank You for giving us each other. Amen.

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Guard Your Heart


“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us” (2 Timothy 1:14 NIV).

Everyone has regrets. Paul is writing to young Timothy, warning him that the good deposit that was entrusted to him could be taken away. When we are young, we tend to make mistakes as we try to find our way around in this world. We have learned expensive lessons simply because we made wrong choices.

Paul could certainly identify with making choices that he regretted later. Some of those choices included the hunting down and killing of Christians. Whether we make these wrong choices out of ignorance or rebellion, we still suffer the consequences of sin. Paul did amazing things when he finally converted. I often wonder how much more he would have done if he had turned around sooner.

One event Paul never forgot was when he stood and watched Stephen die. Paul held the coats of the men stoning Stephen and cheered with the rest of the crowd. He saw Stephen pray while men stoned him, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And then Stephen fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this he fell asleep (died). And Saul [Paul] was there, giving approval to his death (Acts 7:60).

Our lives are important to God, but sometimes we don’t make choices that enhance our lives. Rather than study, we play. Instead of applying ourselves, we fritter the days away. We knowingly take bad advice. We watch television programs that do not glorify God or the way He would have us live. We sometimes treat ourselves as though we are worthless. It’s as though our decisions as to how we might serve our Mighty God succumb to earthly do-nothingness and the opportunity is lost for the day or, sadly, for all time. God has a plan for us. He has made a way for us to be reconciled to Him because we are valuable to Him.

In this verse Paul tells Timothy to guard his heart. In other words, be on the lookout for what may damage him spiritually, and avoid it. I’m sure that goes for the physical, too. Protect what God has given you; it is a gift that no one can duplicate.

You may be asking yourself what guarding your heart means. We are surrounded by negative influences over which we have little control. I’m speaking of media and other sources of advertising. They seek to destroy your contentment and often your purity. We need to guard our hearts from the people we associate with. We must have an attitude of awareness. Be sure that non-believing friends are not influencing you. If you have friends that you know aren’t good for you, perhaps you should move on. If you find yourself in uncomfortable places, leave. Then avoid those places. Guard your heart.

Any deposit that God has given you is valuable. Sadly, many Christians take His generous gifts for granted and fail to protect them. You are valuable and your relationships are valuable. There are always thieves who want to steal anything valuable. Therefore, we need an attitude of awareness that any gift bestowed by God makes it valuable. We need an attitude of alertness, too. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). So be as alert as you would be if a lion was loose and looking for you. Peter continues with advice to resist the devil. James promises “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)

My husband offers this practical advice that he learned early in his Christian walk. The devil is tricky. In our sexually permissive society, the devil can easily put men in a provocative situation where for some reason they cannot flee. God always provides a way of escape. Recognize the devil’s involvement. Repeat over and over to yourself, “Greater is He [Jesus] that is in me than he [the devil] that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). As your thoughts turn to Jesus and you keep repeating the verse the devil will flee. He hates the name of Jesus. The devil will return and try again. However, the more faithfully you do this, the longer he will wait between attempts.
So let your attitude be one of awareness and always be ready to escape.

Lord Jesus, keep me from the attacks of the evil one. Keep me in Your will and hold me close as I pray and ask for protection and wisdom. Remind me that this body and the Holy Spirit is Your precious gift to me. Help me guard my heart. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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Me – flying the shuttle! I finally got to be an astronaut!

On October 22nd I will present a message titled, “A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way to Heaven,” to the congregation at the evening service at Alma Temple. The service begins at 6:00 pm. Beginning at 6:30 pm the message will be on live radio broadcast on KPOF, AM910 and audio streaming via the internet. You are cordially invited to join us. Alma Temple is located at 1340 Sherman Street, half a block from the state capitol building, Denver, Colorado.


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