Wisdom

Greetings!

As mentioned Sunday, I am on “vacation” for the next two weeks.  When I return, I will begin a new series from the book of Proverbs. It goes without saying that one of the main themes will be wisdom.  However, some folks are confused on exactly what wisdom is.

I like to think of wisdom in terms of guardrails for life.  Have you ever taken the time to really consider guardrails?  If you have, it was probably when you hit one with your car.  While you damaged your car, the guardrail probably saved your life.  It was protecting you from possibly a steep drop off or oncoming traffic. It was placed there as a precaution to prevent something more serious from happening.

Such is the nature of wisdom.  When we listen and heed it, we put guardrails in our lives that prevent bad things from becoming worse things.  For example, there is great wisdom in saving money. When you do, you are prepared if a need comes up or you lose your job. Saving won’t prevent the problem, but it will keep from being a crisis.

I want to encourage you to make every effort to attend this series.  I know God is going to speak to us in very practical ways through this series.  If you cannot make it, be sure to catch online on our website.  I would ask for your prayers of protection during my vacation and that God would refresh and revive me and my family during this time.

I want to leave you with a verse to reflect on:

“The prudent see danger and take refuge. But the simple keep going and suffer for it.”                         Proverbs 27:12 NIV
 
See You in two weeks!
Mike
765-532-3996


Vacation

Greetings!

Summer is upon us.  It seems like we skip spring completely.  As we all take our vacations or simply travel for family weekends, I want to offer a few thoughts to keep in mind.  
 
  1. Don’t vacation from worship service.  Wherever you go, there is always a church nearby you can attend.  I know it can be a little awkward to enter another church but make the effort.  You might just find the difference refreshing and uplifting.

 

  1.  Don’t vacation from supporting the church.  It is important that everyone realizes that even though you are not here, the work still goes on and bills still have to be paid.  However, it’s not just your financial support but also your volunteer efforts are needed.  Please make sure if you are taking a weekend off that you are not scheduled to serve that Sunday.  If you are, contact the appropriate staff person ahead of time so a substitute can be arranged.

 

  1. Don’t vacation from God.  Vacations are a great time to get away from the day to day work schedule.  Do not use it as a time to take a break from your daily time with God.  In fact, vacations can be an excellent time to dive deeper.  Besides your daily devotions, why not grab a great Christian book to read or even listen to on the road.  This can make your time both physically and spiritually refreshing. 
 

As I mentioned, I will be preaching on Judas this coming Sunday and then I will be off for two weeks of vacation.  Dave Nance will be finishing the series on the Apostles of Christ.  I will begin a new series from the Book of Proverbs on Sunday, June 24.

I want to close by mentioning that Dawn Nance has done a wonderful job on updating our website.  The weekly sermons are there for you to listen to.  She is also broadcasting the sermon through FACEBOOK live every Sunday as well.  If you cannot make to church, you can catch the message via our FACEBOOK page.

See You Sunday,
Mike
765-532-3996



Because God Said So

Greetings!

Some of you may have heard of Andy Stanley. He is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church and several satellite congregations. Lately, he has caused some controversy by insisting that preachers need to change their approach to reaching post-Christian people. He describes them as someone who “has been there, done that, and has a closetful of camp T-shirts to show for it.”

Post-Christians are said to rely on their own common sense, science, philosophy, and reason when determining their worldview and making decisions. Stanley says, “Close to half our population does not view the Bible as authoritative either. If you’re trying to reach people with an undergraduate degree or greater, over half your target audience will not be moved by the Bible says, the Bible teaches, God’s Word is clear or anything along those lines.”

Obviously, Andy Stanley has lots more to say on this subject, and I will leave you to do more research on your own if you want to know more. Others have come out both in favor and opposing what he is saying. To put it simply, he is saying that “because the Bible says so” is not good enough for some “Christians” today. They no longer view the Scriptures as being true and without error in everything it affirms.

My take is different than most who disagree with him. The core problem is not that post-Christians view the Scriptures differently, but they conceive of God differently. It is their view of God that changes their view of the Bible.

Let me explain it this way. Growing up when I would question a rule or decision my father had made, his answer was often “because I said so.” He never felt compelled to explain the thinking behind his decision. He believes that “I said so” should have been sufficient for me. Now I think he was presuming that our relationship was better than it actually was. He assumed I knew he loved me and was looking for my best interests.

Here is where I think the post-Christians make their mistake. If I believe in a God who is both perfect in knowledge and love, how can I NOT trust what His Word says to me? How can I separate God from God’s Word? If I cannot trust WHAT God says, how can I trust Him? The flaw is not in the Scriptures, but in their Theology (The Study of God).

When the Bible clearly says something that contracts their “common sense, science, philosophy and reason”, they are not simply choosing to reject the Bible. They are rejecting God in favor of their other gods. It is their worldview that is wrong, not the Scriptures. As with all gods, they don’t stand up to true scrutiny. There is no real absolute truth, only their own “personal truth”.

This is nothing new. The devil used this ploy in Genesis when he was tempting Eve. “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” He knew that if he could plant that seed of doubt about what God said, she would be more likely to sin. To question God’s Word is to question the character of God Himself.

Paul said it best when he wrote, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”(Romans 10:17) He also believes in the total sufficiency of the Scriptures, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (1 Timothy 3:16,17)

Let me conclude with this illustration. As most of you know, a few years ago, I was responsible for transporting Miss Nimmer to her speaking engagements around the state of Indiana for nearly a year. We were traveling to places I had never been before. During that time, I relied on and came to trust my GPS. Not once were we late or lost or in the wrong place. It helped me to avoid accidents and backups on the highway and always provided the best, fastest route.

God’s Perfect Scriptures are the GPS of the Christian life. When you rely on them for your worldview and understanding of God, you will never be lost or confused or misdirected. There will be voices that will whisper to you that you should listen more to “science” or “philosophy” than to God’s Word. Don’t listen and stay true to Scriptures. You might not always understand, but trust God said so for good reason!

See You Sunday,
Mike
765-532-3996

 


Serving The Lord

Greetings!

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day this past Sunday.  It was great to have so many moms in the service.  I must admit to an oversight that I want to correct.  I should have taken the time to recognized April Townsend (pictured below).  Not that she does what she does for any recognition, but she should have been.
 
For the last few years, April has, with lots of help from others, been the point person for Women’s Ministry.  She has also put together the Mother’s Day Tea on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  This past Saturday, she did another outstanding job.  I have heard nothing but rave reviews from the ladies.  I wanted to thank her as I am sure the ladies have already done.
 
She is one of many individuals who make Crossroads the wonderful congregation it is.  There are folks Sunday after Sunday, and week after week who volunteer their time and talent in our ministries.  They cook, clean, and cuddle infants.  They cut the grass and maintain the facilities.  They don’t do it to be recognized, but to humbly serve their Lord and Savior.  They labors serve ALL OF US.
 
This coming Saturday is our monthly Men’s Breakfast at
8am.  We will continue our study of Leadership, specifically how to be a leader at work or in your profession.  Following the breakfast, we will be going to Tonya Grimm’s to move her to her new house.  This should start around 10am.  If you can come and help, it would be appreciated.

See You Sunday,
Mike
765-532-3996