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Choices & Kicking Tires

Posted by richieg on May 22, 2014
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th  The nature of the Twenty First Century is “more choices.”  It’s the nature of the information age.  Our wants and choices keep expanding.  Leaders today say if you have a vision, strategies and projects in place then you have established the keys to making change.  All that is then needed is to define a project, now delegate and then you will accomplish tasks.  The goal is that change will always be for the better.

Back in the days when Ford Motor Company produced the first car to be mass produced, the Model T.  The strategy of Ford was to keep on making the same car (all painted black) and after thousand’s of people bought this car it would then cause an epidemic in that people would want one just to keep up with their friends.  But then a new carmaker came along to challenge Ford.  Many thought it was absurd for this new company to even think of challenging Ford.  But what was even more absurd; this company would manufacture a new model car each year and in different colors!

th  The genius behind this concept was Alfred Sloan who figured out that human beings desire “choice.” People want to separate themselves from the next guy.   We see in this example of choice how choice became part of our American Heritage.  So we have come to understand that Americans want control of their choices and our choices are an expression of our freedom.

But when we read God’s word we see how important it is for our choices to line up with His word.  For Scripture says: “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”  (Romans 8:5)

th  Some people come to church “to check it out.”  They want to know things like how many programs are there? How many pastors are there? How many buildings?  Is there a gym? Is there a men’s group and a ladies group?  What is there for kids?  How about covered parking?  Do we have to join the church?  How about a softball team?  Are the chairs comfortable?  These people would like to “Kick a Few Tires” before making any decisions.  Its not just about making the right choices, it is  most important to understand the importance of our motives when making choices.

God is watching each one of us as we speed to towards our appointed destiny, and we meander along pondering our choices and kicking a few tires along the way as if we have hundreds of years to figure things out.  Scripture clearly says:  “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”  (Proverbs 15:3)

Heaven forbid!

Posted by richieg on May 04, 2014
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th  This is a question I just can’t get around:  If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?

This may be a silly illustration, but if I told you I had an encounter with God where He entered my body and gave me a supernatural ability to play basketball, wouldn’t you expect to see an amazing improvement in my jump shot, my defense, and my speed on the court?  After all, this is God we’re talking about.  And if you saw no change in my athleticism, wouldn’t you question the validity of my “encounter”?

Church goers all across the nation say the Holy Spirit has entered them.  They claim that they are born again and  God has given them a supernatural ability to follow Christ, put their sin to death, and serve the church. Yet when those outside the church see no difference in our lives, they begin to question our integrity, our sanity, or even worse, our God.  And can you blame them?  As the caterpillar finds its new ability to fly, we should be thrilled over our Spirit-empowered ability to live differently and faithfully.  Isn’t this what the scriptures speak of?  Isn’t this what we’ve all been longing for?

“Heaven forbid we gain a reputation for being weird or immoderate.  Fear of rejection has paralyzed me more than once.  God has answered my prayers for greater boldness, but I would be dishonest if I did not admit there are still times when I worry about how others view me.  Most of us assume that what we believe is right but have never really studied for ourselves.  We were simply told. ‘This is the way it is,’ and didn’t question.  The problem is much of what we believe is often based on comfort or our culture’s tradition than on the Bible.”    –    Forgotten God, Francis Chan