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Good Morning January 30

It is almost time for the Super Bowl. People have their favorite teams they root for. I’m always interested to watch the fans at these events.  Fans will do the most outrageous things to support their team.  Painted faces, strange wigs, and other head gear, hold up signs, and wave banners, all manner of jumping, arm waving, and shouting.  The excitement over a good play pours out of the crowd.  I wonder why we can’t get that excited about the things of the Lord.  We don’t have to paint our faces and put on funny hats, but when we realize all that the Lord has done for each of us, it should bring a thrill to our hearts, an expressions of praise to our lips.  “Oh! but we are in church.  We have to be dignified.”  Jesus got excited.  When the disciples came back from their mission to the towns of Israel reporting all that had happened. The text says, “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit,” prayed…  The word translated “full of joy” really means “jumped for joy”.  He saw his people beginning to take hold of God’s truth, and was excited.  We do things “decently and in order” in church, but raise your hands once in a while in praise.  When you have a chance to pray aloud, let  the expressions of your heart glorify God.  No football fan should have anything on us.  We have the greatest God of all!

Good Morning September 20

As Christians we believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus are central to our faith. It is in these sovereign acts of God’s grace that we have forgiveness of sins, and a new and eternal life. This is the Gospel, the old old story that has been repeated for many generations. Recently I’ve been reading a work by a theological professor writing on the meaning of the cross. He brings out a depth of truth I had not thought of before. I have found it exciting to see aspects of God’s grace that are deep and wonderful. There is excitement for a new Christian when they realize that in Christ they have been cleansed and made righteous before God. But that’s not all. There is an infinite depth in our Lord that can never be exhausted. The excitement continues as the Lord draws us closer to Himself. Continue to read, think, and pray. There is always more grace, truth, and real excitement in walking day by day with Jesus Christ.

Good Morning December 20

Our daughter teaches first grade at a local elementary school. I asked her how the kids were doing in this week before Christmas. She said they were pretty much off the wall with excitement which make getting their attention a little difficult for lessons. But maybe we should take a lessons from them. Should we not get excited about Jesus? Oh, I know, there is a lot to do to get ready for “the day”. Gifts to buy, cards to send out, dinners to plan, visits to prepare for. All of that is nice and important, and yes, we know that “Jesus is the reason for the season”. But the more we think about what God has done for us in Jesus Christ – the depth of  love He has for the world that caused Him to come among us Himself; His plan of redemption to take punishment we deserve and give us the perfect righteous of His Son; the gift of forgiveness, new life, hope, and strength that we share in His presence each day. Are these not gifts far surpassing any package placed under the Christmas tree? The little ones don’t understand this yet. It is ours to show them that the love we share in material gifts can only come from the far greater love we have all been given in the Gift wrapped in clothes and lying in a bed of straw. And that is exciting!

Good Morning June 2

We had a service last evening dedicating our church building which we had recently purchased from the local Baptist church. It was a shared service with both congregations taking part. We had a wonderful gathering and a lot of fun. Fun? In a church service? Yes, absolutely. It was a great time of singing, speaking, praying, and laughing together with many friends who all love the Lord Jesus. Our problem today is that we have a very distorted view of what fun is. Fun doesn’t have to include alcohol, though I’m not opposed to drinking in moderation. Fun doesn’t have to be getting high or having sex. Fun is sharing one another’s lives in good fellowship with a common bond. Knowing our Lord and all He has done for us is great fun. The Bible tells us that “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”(Nehemiah 8:10) God is not just about giving a lot of rules and regulations. His is desire to give us the greatest joy in the best life possible. The joy we receive from our Lord lasts forever, and doesn’t come with any next day regrets or hangovers. Maybe we need to rethink what we really consider excitement, fun, and joy.

Good Morning February 21

The report was posted yesterday from the Sochi Olympics about David Wise winning a gold medal in a skiing event. Mr. Wise’ wife and young daughter were at home watching an interview with him on television. The wife had a video camera of the little girl’s reaction. When she saw her dad she jumped up and down, dancing and screaming, ran over and kissed the TV screen. “That’s my daddy!” Her reaction was wonderful. Think about how often we pray, “Our Father….” and call God our father. We also think about what God has accomplished, certainly much more than a difficult skiing event. We are made God’s children through Jesus Christ. It is He who has made us, loves us, and cares about all that we are and do. I think that deserves a bit of excitement, too.

Good Morning October 7

People go to all kinds of lengths for excitement and challenges. I understand that a new record has been set to the most bungy jumps is a short period of time, and the number of back flips across a football field. Certainly not something I ever would have considered trying. Even so it highlight something in our nature that craves a challenge, that thrives on excitement, and that desires to be singled out for a good accomplishment. Being a part of the nature God created, these desires are not wrong. The problem with so much of mankind is that we seek fulfillment in the wrong places. The Lord offers us all of these in His service. If you read the Gospels, the life Jesus is offering His followers is a constant challenge. A life of faith comes with no guarantees for an easy time, and without any knowledge of what is ahead. We enter a walk with the Lord where His central instruction simply says “trust Me”. From here He takes us in directions we never dreamed, but if we are willing to follow His path we will hear the only commendation that really matters, “Well done good and faithful servant.”.

Good Morning October 16

I’m always interested to watch the fans at a sporting event, especially a football game. Fans will do the most outrageous things to support their team. Painted faces, strange wigs, and other head gear, hold up signs, and wave banners, all manner of jumping, arm waving, and shouting. The excitement over a good play pours out of the crowd. I wonder why we can’t get that excited about the things of the Lord. We don’t have to paint our faces and put on funny hats, but when we realize all that the Lord has done for each of us, it should bring a thrill to our hearts, and expressions of praise to our lips. “Oh! but we are in church. We have to be dignified.” Jesus got excited. When the disciples came back from their mission to the towns of Israel reporting all that had happened, the text says, “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit,” prayed… The word translated “full of joy” really means “jumped for joy”. He saw his people beginning to take hold of God’s truth, and was excited. Oh, we do things “decently and in order” in church, but raise your hands once in a while in praise. When you have a chance to pray aloud, let the expressions of your heart glorify God. No football fan should have anything on us. We have the greatest God of all!