Thoughts and Musings for Hope Connection Uncategorized

26
Jul

When Christians Fail

A recent flop in Christianity disturbs me. It should disturb you

A university, under legal pressure, decided to remove ChriStian religious symbols of the cross and Bibles from a campus historic chapel.  That does not disturb me.  

What disturbs me is that the Christian presence is weak enough to be questioned.  No one complained about Bible studies, just dusty books.  No one complained about mass conversions through revival, in fact they use the chapel for many non-Christian meetings. 

Pray for Christ’ life to be so evident on campus that the chapel is a moot point.

The failure of Christians to present a viable, soul winning action plan that puts living Bibles (believers) in and around the building is the angst.  The lack of dedicated servants that will take up their cross and follow Christ as living examples is the pain.

Pray for the congregation you attend and serve to be a challenging presence of Christ in community.  If you don’t attend and serve regularly, then join us at Hope.

This morning a friend called to report a young man came to a Bible study we host on campus at Hope Connection Christian Community Center. He struggles with drugs. He dropped in and received compassion, prayer, and Bible study. May our campus be open every day that anyone can find Christ. We are open on the internet 24/7 and constantly reaching with the gospel of Christ.  Some 2500 video presentations were seen in the last four weeks. 

I pray for you to be effective as a member of Christian community.  These are not days to travel alone.

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Jun
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28
May

Dad’s Tale on Memorial Day

I remember Dad today.  Early life was full of adversity, violence, and abandonment.  Tough stuff.  He prevailed through separations, unexplainable childhood expriences, and two wars on the ground. He prevailed through illnesses and raising a family. He prevailed with compassion for others who suffer and a spirit of self sacrifice for his family.  Money was never really important to him.  Have enough plus some to share.

WWII and Korea left indelible marks on his soul. He prevailed. His kids received the advantages he never knew. We did not have much but we had enough and a little to spare.  We all worked hard and young and enjoyed learning life.

Dad’s life marked my life and marks the lives of my children. We give freely of our time, talent, and treasure in many different ways. 

I’ve had opportunities to “make money” that would require stepping away from family and community action. People and family always won out over money and prestige.  Serving the heart of my Heavenly Father as best I could made my top list.  Others are called to make the money.  That is a good God calling. We must follow our call. I am called to serve in this path I walk.

Dad taught me that. Follow the call. Whether it be to be a manager or a minister or a millionaire follow the call not the desire or fad of the world.  Be who you are to the best. The world will fade. Dad lives on in the lives of others.

It is about the generations not the moment.

23
May

Retreat, evil! Advance, Christ!

Morning Moment of Power –

What about YOUR pain?

This morning I stopped in prayer for the tens of thousands we reach each week in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma and Northern Mexico and Central Oklahoma.  Many faces and names come to mind. Specific situations come to mind.

One is delivered instantly from a foreboding fear of death so evil it would wake him in the morning.  Another family is allowed to celebrate a big event that the normal evil wanted to stop. A woman crippled is given back her mobility with zero pain in an instant in prayer.  Children come home from foster care to a renewed family being built in faith not fear. Crime in our community went down 17% in the last year. 85% of those in community supervisor (probation) are completing their time against a national standard of 40%.  The daily miracles of life abundant are too numerous to list.

We sit in the shadow of the world’s largest casino where drugs, alcohol, violence, and human trafficking abound through the area and our community stares back and says, “Not here! Go away.”

It is not an easy road. TV preacher says, “Quit walking across the desert to serve those who won’t cross the street for you.” I am proud to serve Christ not Machivelli and grateful He crossed the expanse of eternity to serve me while I as yet broken, ungrateful, and self seeking. 

It is not a  easy road.  Some can only give a smile in return for great sacrifice. His grace is sufficient.

What about YOUR pain?

It is fine to read about someone else receiving a job after a drought of months of no paying work.  It is nice to take joy when a disease leaves someone else. What about me, Lord?

I simplified these verses and turned them into a declaration.  All the promises of God are YES in Christ.  When I walk in my new creation position in Him, I can see.  I can receive. Of course, I need to receive that new creation where old is past and all is new. I need to walk in Him and His grace not in myself.

Will you declare freedom in forgiveness?
Will you walk away from pain and embrace relief?

The decision can be hard. We love our pain. It gives us something to talk about.  We like sympathy it causes from others.  I like the power of freedom and the taste of strength and the satisfaction of evil running like a frightened dog.  I like the comfort of peace and security. I like the stability of Godliness and being surrounded by understanding love.  Those await all on the other side of pain and in the middle of the fight with pain.  When I accept my new position in Him, evil and pain begins a retreat into the invisible and ineffective. It may take a few days or months to get where you need to go.  It may be a bigger struggle than sitting down and living in pain. But, the walk becomes more peaceful and pain free every step I take toward Him and away from the normal evil of this world.

15
May

Opportunity from Disaster

Every disaster has potential opportunity.  These three wise women took action based on faith in God and faith in the future.

Consider their stories. Take time to open your Bible and read the story that surrounds each. Meditate on their actions.  I’ll post commentary and exposition through the week.
 Eve believed in life and men called on God.
Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord .Genesis 4:26

Naomi exampled faith and the heritage of Christ was set.
 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:16 NIV

Abigail overcame evil with good and a kingdom grew strong in God.
His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite. 1 Samuel 25:3 

04
May
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Apr

Walk Through : the Power of Resurrection

In His pursuit of serving, Jesus found many opportunities to “walk through” the resistance of the crowd and His personal desire.  What about you? Engage with His power of resurrection life.

14
Apr

In thanks to God

Maybe, you’ve been receiving for some time now through online teachings and devotions.  The Morning Moment is an outreach of Hope Connection Church. Take time to give back in offering of thanks for what you have received and in support that others might receive.  As many people on the Morning Moment are seeking Christ as those that have already found Him.

Luke 21:1-4J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS) 21 1-4 Then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping their gifts into the treasury, and he noticed a poor widow drop in two coppers, and he commented, “I assure you that this poor widow put in more than all of them, for they have all put in what they can easily spare, but she in her poverty has given away her whole living.”
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06
Apr

Conforming to Christ

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Our challenge is to conform our thoughts to the path of the Lord.

This tool, used on a regular basis will engage and enable the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Bible to see that happen.

You may get stuck when identifying an appropriate scripture to help you progress.

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