Thinking About NVCC 8/13/2017

Matt 19:29 records Jesus’ promise of a, “A hundred fold blessing.” Shortly after that promise Peter said, “We have left everything to follow you. What is left for us?” The statement was one of pride for the good work the disciples had done, and the question was a negotiations for payment for that work. There is a great deal of revelation here about Peter, for he revealed what was on his heart. Instead of trusting God he was demanding to know, “What is in this for me?”

Fast forward to today and let me ask, “Christian are you now receiving a hundred fold blessing from God?” If you are not receiving such a blessing is it because you are negotiating with Jesus. Are you saying, “Jesus, I’ve given you my heart, now what will you now do for me?” Are you saying, “Jesus I will walk with you, if you will reward me.” Such thoughts, and statements are rebellion against Jesus and therefore against God.

If you are a Christian Jesus has already saved you completely. If you have accepted Jesus offer of salvation then it is an accomplished fact, and it is sinful of you to ask Him to do more than what he has already done. It is now your job as a Christian to simply trust Jesus and do what is right, and to get about the business of His Kingdom. If you will do that, then your blessing will truly be, “A hundred fold.”

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Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 8/6/2017

Moses was reviewing the Law with Israel and said, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in our house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontal on your fore head. You shall write them on the doorpost of your house and on your gates.” Moses said this because he did not want the people of Israel to forget God, His laws, and what He had done.

Jesus once also spoke some encouraging words, “With God all things are possible.” May I borrow from Moses’ command of long ago, and suggest you do something similar with them. Take Jesus’ words, “With God all things are possible,” and write them on the doorpost of your home. Write them on your hand. Memorize and repeat them through the day. Teach them to your family. Do this so when you go through your days, and when you find the world intruding on you with doubts and temptations that you have an answer to those doubts and temptations.

Do it! Write it! Remember it! Then you will remember that you are God’s child. Though all your question are not answered, one day they will be. Until then walk in faith knowing that, “With God all things are possible.”

Unconquerable,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 7/30/2017

A rich young ruler came to Jesus seeking answers to questions. His questions were sincere, for he did not have any ulterior motives. The man had much going for him. He was moral, rich, and obedient to the Laws of Moses, yet he knew God was requiring more of him. He asked, “What … must I do to get eternal life?” What does eternal life mean? Does it mean a continuation of the life we presently live? No, for the young man was aware that his present life was lacking.

The young man sounds like us, for we too know our present life is lacking. We seek eternal life, yet we do not know how to obtain it. We are aware of the infinite and hear its call, yet do not know how to grasp it. We hear echoes of the eternal, and do not know how to obtain it. Our record appears clean, yet we know it is not. The answers to our questions leaves us hungry, thus we ache for more. Nothing we do brings us rest, and so we attempt to take hold of a life that will satisfy the deepest in us. We know there is more than flesh. We know there is more than we already possess.

In summary what is our cry? It is the cry of God’s lost child calling out after their Abba God. We are seeking God, seeking life, and all this before we ever come to Christ.

Answers Found,

Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 7/23/2017

The Pharisees continually confronted Jesus with their interpretations of the law. In order to be right they had to make God wrong. When anyone attempts to make God wrong they essentially make gods of themselves. Jesus response to such god making is to take us back to the narrow gate with its narrow road (Cf. Matt 7:14).

Jesus takes us back because he desires to restore what was lost in the garden. He beckons us back so that he can restore our life to the way it is supposed to be with God. Go back with Him. Walk with Him. Talk to Him, and let him talk to you. Then, suddenly, in the midst of the conversation you will say, “Did not my heart burn within me while He talked to me by the way,” (Cf. Luke 24:32).

Jesus takes us back not to live in the past, but so that we will know where he is leading. Where is Jesus leading us? He is leading us out of this world so that he can lead us into a place where, “There will be no curse, the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servant will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamb or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”

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Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 7/16/2017

The Pharisees continually confronted Jesus with their interpretations of the law. In order to be right they had to make God wrong. When anyone attempts to make God wrong they essentially make gods of themselves. Jesus response to such god making is to take us back to the narrow gate with its narrow road (Cf. Matt 7:14).

Jesus takes us back because he desires to restore what was lost in the garden. He beckons us back so that he can restore our life to the way it is supposed to be with God. Go back with Him. Walk with Him. Talk to Him, and let him talk to you. Then, suddenly, in the midst of the conversation you will say, “Did not my heart burn within me while He talked to me by the way,” (Cf. Luke 24:32).

Jesus takes us back not to live in the past, but so that we will know where he is leading. Where is Jesus leading us? He is leading us out of this world so that he can lead us into a place where, “There will be no curse, the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servant will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamb or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”

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Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 7/9/2017

I’ve heard some say, “I don’t get mad, I get even.” The saying is a little humorous, but some actually feel this way. It is unfortunate to live a life that wants to get even, for it is the seed of anger, and when that seed is in full bloom it consumes a lot of one’s energy to sustain it. In the end anger hurts us more than it hurts the person we are angry at, for it affects our relationships, actions, and outlook on life. Therefore, it’s quite cathartic to let go of one’s anger towards another.

Jesus was asked, “How many times should I forgive someone? Up to Seven times?” Jesus replied, “Seven times seventy.” How could anyone count that many forgive-nesses? I think Jesus’ point was forgiveness is not simply tolerating another person, but it’s having a desire for real, personal, and loving forgiveness between individuals. Jesus demands such an attitudes from his followers because unlimited forgiveness ultimately points others toward God’s forgiveness of them.

I know what you’re thinking, “What about this case, and that case, and what if the person does this or that to me?” I am quite aware of all the contingencies that we live under, but I also know that God takes care of his saints, and oftentimes we just have to trust God to work some-things out, and to protect us. Thus we learn to let God take care of the details while we forgive others.

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Kirby

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Thinking About NVCC 7/2/2017

As we celebrate our nation’s birthday I wish to reflect for a moment on a line from, The Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” and ask, what did our founding fathers mean by that statement? Those great men recognized there was a natural law in the world that states everyone is endowed by their creator with inalienable rights; the right for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This then is the world view that our nation was founded on.

The only religious world view that would allow a nation to be founded on this principle is the Christian world view. The Pantheist does not believe we are equal; karma does not allow it. Buddhism does not believe in equality, for one is born again and again into different levels. Islam does not believe a person has the right to believe or disbelieve. Therefore America was founded on Christian principles.

The problem we now face is the freedoms are nations grants allows for the enjoyment of other religious views that when brought to their conclusion would destroy the very foundation on which our country is formed. Therefore, let us not forget our country’s underpinnings and hold fast to our Christian principles.

Happy Birthday America,

Kirby

 

 

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