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  • Pastor Ryan 8:35 am on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    What are You Thankful for Today? 

    “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, in the company of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord, they are studied by all who delight in them. Splendid and majestic is His work; and His righteousness endures forever.” (Psalm 111:1-3)

    Take some time today to pray. And when you do praise the Lord. Think on something that you are thankful for. Give thanks to the Lord with all your heart for the blessings you have in your life. We all have been blessed in our lives.

    Even when we are in the darkest of times and in the most difficult circumstances there are blessings to be thankful for. We just need to open our eyes to see them.

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  • Pastor Ryan 8:24 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    How Can a Young Man Keep His Way Pure? 

    “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!

    In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭9-12, 14-16‬ ESV)

    The Psalmist gives us clear instructions on how we can keep ourselves from evil. The way to do this is through knowing and obeying God’s Word.

    It is vital for us as believers in Christ to have a daily discipline of Bible reading and prayer. Whether you do this in the morning or evening doesn’t matter that much, what matters is that you do it every day.

    Seek the Lord with your whole heart and be careful to know His Word and not wander from it either to the right or to the left.

    Delight in His Word as much as all riches. Desire His Word more than silver or gold or houses or cars or iPhones or money in your bank account.

    To meditate on His Word is to read it over and over again and to think on it. Think on how His Word applies to your life and your activities for the day. Reading the same passage many times will help you to know it more deeply and not forget it.

    So pick a daily time to read the Bible and pray. Set a reminder in your phone to trigger you to keep that time. Read a Psalm or another passage from one of the Books of the Bible and then pray for at least 5 minutes thinking of what you just read. Pray for your family, your church, your friends, your work and your community.

    Keep this discipline and you will keep your way pure. Store up His Word in your heart that you might not sin against the Lord.

     
  • Pastor Ryan 10:12 pm on January 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Maranatha – O Our Lord, Come! 

    How often do you pray for the Lord Jesus to come?

    I venture to guess that it doesn’t cross our minds that often in the pampered and comfortable Christian Church in the west.

    It was however the regular cry of the early church and I hear of this cry more often in the persecuted church in Communist and Islamic countries today. Countries where Christians are tortured and killed simply for loving and believing in Jesus.

    “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?” (‭Luke‬ ‭18‬:‭7‬ ESV)

    These believers cry to Jesus day and night. They long for Him and his presence with a feeling like a great homesickness in their souls.

    It is no coincidence that the very last words of the Bible are first the words of the Lord:

    He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”

    And then the response of the church: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (‭Revelation‬ ‭22‬:‭20‬ ESV)

    This is the cry that the whole Bible is meant to leave in the hearts of Christian people.

    So if you find that you are not longing for the Lord Jesus to come, then ask yourself “Why not?” Perhaps you are so satisfied with the gifts of God that you no longer desire the Gift Giver.

    Maranatha – O Our Lord, Come!

     
  • Pastor Ryan 9:49 pm on January 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Where do you find your deepest satisfaction? 

    Where do you find your deepest satisfaction?

    In God, or in His gifts?

    Most of us would like to say that God is enough. That we don’t need the material blessings of life to have joy in God.

    But what if you had a Job like experience and everything you held dear to you in your life was suddenly gone? Health, family, home, money, all suddenly gone.

    Would Jesus be enough for you?

    Would you curse God or praise Him?

    Would you say as Job said “Though He slay me I will trust Him?”

    What we need in our souls above all physical healing and all financial security and all employment success and all career guidance and all relational harmony, is the divine help to see and savor the glory of God in Christ.

    “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.” (‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3‬:‭17-19‬ ESV)

    O Lord, give us a hunger and thirst for you alone in our souls.

     
  • Pastor Ryan 8:59 am on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul 

    “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭1-5‬)

    What is it that your soul longs for? You can know the answer to that based on what you think about the most throughout the day. For most people it is more money, a promotion at work, time with children, more likes on their Instagram post, etc….

    The problem with those worldly things is that they are all temporary pleasures. None endure over time.

    David, the writer of the Psalm above understood that enduring love and joy can only be found in the Lord. So it was the Lord he longed for. It was to the Lord he lifted up his soul. His continual desire was to be in the presence of the Lord.

    I pray that is also the desire of our souls. I pray that we would have a hunger and thirst in our souls for the Lord and that we would seek Him throughout the day in prayer and reading His Word, the Bible.

    He is the One who brings enduring satisfaction to our souls.

    He is the One who never disappoints those who trust in Him.

    He is the One true God of salvation to all who trust in Him.

     
  • Pastor Ryan 11:20 pm on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Are You Hungry For God? 

    “As the deer longs for the water brooks, so my soul longs for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” – Psalm 42

    What does your soul “long for” today?

    What is it that you are seeking to satisfy the longing of our soul?

    There is a hunger in each of our souls that must be filled.

    There is a deep longing and desire there that only God can fill. Sadly though many seek to fill it with other things. It is this desire for other things that is the real enemy to our relationship with God and the killer of our faith. And the only weapon that will triumph over this enemy is a deeper hunger for God. The weakness of our hunger for God is not because He is unsavory, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with other things.

    What is at stake here is not just the good of our souls, but also the glory of God. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied and delighted in Him. The fight of faith is to feast on all that God is for us in Christ.

    What we hunger for the most, we worship.

    When God is the most supreme hunger of our hearts, He will be supreme in everything.

    The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink every night. It is the swiping and selfies and following we fill ourselves with every day. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not His enemies but His blessings. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when we replace a hunger for God Himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.

    Lord please help us to see the idols we have created in our hearts and lives. Help us to understand in what ways we have turned away from You in our lives. Give us a deep hunger and thirst in our hearts for you O Lord. May You and You alone be the supreme joy and delight in our lives and may we long to be in Your presence forevermore.

     
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