Funky Water

Posted: November 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

John 2:1-10

1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,

2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so,

9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside

10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

In this passage of scripture we see the first of many miracles that Jesus performed.  He turned water into wine.  The cool thing is HOW he did it.

The stone jars for ceremonial washings had to have been very heavy.  I’m sure there was no way to get all of the dirt out from the bottom.  That being said, when they filled them up with water it had to have been pretty funky!  But that’s the best they had at that point in time.  What does Jesus do?  He took the best they had to offer up at that point in time and not only turned it into wine – He turned it into the BEST wine.

That holds true even today.  All we can do is offer up our best and ask God to bless it –  put it in His hands.  When we turn to God and give our best, great things can happen!

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Back To The Future

Posted: November 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

200px-BackToTheFutureLogoJohn 1:45-46

45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.

Our backgrounds (where we are “from”) sure have a way of following us in life.  People tend to look more at where we come from rather than where we are going.  This was also true at times for Jesus.

Phillip tells Nathaniel that he has found the Messiah – the one that Moses and other prophets wrote about.  And he just happens to be from Nazareth.  Now Nazareth was a very small and insignificant place and Nathaniel has a hard time with the fact that anything good can come from there.  But Jesus was able to rise above where He was from and God used Him to do great things!

We all probably have a Nazareth – some insignificant place in our past.  The good news is that it doesn’t have to define who we are today or where we are going.  We can all rise above our past and be used by God.  Remember:  God isn’t concerned with your past – He’s concerned with your future!

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Love is patient

Posted: November 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

One line of scripture is stuck in my head today – “Love is patient…”  I know why it’s there.  It is something that I struggle with.

I am not a patient person.  Here’s the definition of patient:

1. able to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset

2. able to persevere calmly, especially when faced with difficulties

That’s definitely not me; not today.  But – I claim to LOVE my wife, my children, my Mom….  Yet I’m not very patient with them.

To take the power of sin away we must confess it.  Well, this is my confession.  I am an impatient jerk to my family.  I hate it.  I can’t stand it when I lose my temper with the ones I love the most but I can manage to keep it together around people who annoy me to no end.

Not anymore.  I claim right now in Jesus’ name that I am a patient man with my family.  I strip the power from the enemy and claim victory over this area of my life.

Love is patient – and so am I from this day forward.

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Under Surveillance

Posted: November 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

securitycameraI found a picture of a guy that I have known for years on commercialappeal.com. Unfortunately, it is from a bank surveillance camera. The picture shows my friend holding a gun demanding money from the teller. There are several comments listed by people who don’t know this guy – they are only going by what they see in the picture. It breaks my heart to know that my friend would do this. He is/was a great guy and just made some bad decisions in life.

How many of us have done things that we regret? I know I have. I’m just glad there wasn’t a camera on me at the time to capture it like my friend. The cool thing is that even though the world has this snapshot of him robbing the bank, God knows his heart. God’s surveillance camera is full of grace and doesn’t have this image on it.

Psalm 103: 8-12

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

We all make mistakes. I challenge you today to not focus on the mistakes of those around you. Show someone some grace today. Erase the surveillance tape!

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Something New

Posted: July 10, 2009 in Uncategorized

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I received an email from someone yesterday thanking me for showing them how to do something on the computer.  They stated that I taught them something new and they always thought this kind of stuff was complicated.  I’ll bet there are many people in the world that think a relationship with Jesus is complicated – simply because they don’t know.  Let’s all show somebody something new!  Let’s show them how easy and life-changing God really is!

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vacation

Posted: June 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

wake up

eat an uncle dean breakfast

shower

pool

lunch

nap

dinner

beach

sleep

rinse

repeat

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Duct tape

Posted: June 22, 2009 in city church of olive branch

Duct tape is incredible. You can really fix just about anything with it. When we arrived in Orange Beach for vacation, we had to buy some duct tape to fix the canopy we bought at a garage sale. I was getting ready to go fix it when I looked over at our cooler. The plastic tread had slipped off the tire about a year ago and I have been struggling with this thing since then. A little duct tape and this thing was like new. Same for the canopy. That made me think about the original duct tape – Jesus.

I had some broken things in my life that I just accepted for a long time. But just like the canopy or that wheel on the cooler, I put some Jesus brand duct tape on them and now they are like new.

Jesus is our healer.   Isaiah 53:5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions,
       he was crushed for our iniquities;
       the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
       and by his wounds we are healed.

He makes all things new.  Revelation:21:5 –   Behold, I make all things new.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been broken.    John 5:5-9

5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

 7“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

 8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

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