Clear The Path. Mark 1

Genesis through Revelation

The story line of the bible clearly points to the Father’s redemption of His children through the sacrifice of the Son (Jesus) through the power of the Spirit.

25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.   Luke 24:25-27

Mark 1 reminds us of what the prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,”.  Isaiah is pointing to John the Baptizer.  John the Baptizer is pointing to Jesus.  Our calling is also to point others to Jesus…

Clear the Way

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Mark 1:3 states “the voice of the one crying in the wilderness:  Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”.  The message of the messiah is clear… the teaching that proclaims it can get kind of cluttered.  The bible, and the teachers of the the Word have a great opportunity to clear the path so that other can see that the way is narrow but true.

How do we clear path of the clutter to show us to the Lord Jesus Christ?  We must use the effective, sharp tool of the Word of God.  His word is true and effective.  1.  Read the Bible.  2.  Talk with Jesus as you read.  And obey what is says.  3.  Get under the accurate teaching of the word as much as possible.  4.  Teach others as you learn.  Be a disciple maker.  5.  Be aware of where the clutter come from ie. our own sin, other’s sin, hobbies, habits, idols, and much more….

As we teach the word, remember that we are path clearers so that other will be able to see who they are following…. Jesus.

What Now?

Clear the path as you encourage others to follow Jesus.  Continue in the word so that we clearly see who we are following.  When we discover that we are getting off that path, repent (turn back and follow Jesus).  (Mark 1:4)    And finally, hey if you want to eat some locust and honey and wear some camel hair… go for it be odd for God… Mark 1:6…  Let you message be clear even though you diet and outfit may be strange…

just a couple random thought about Mark 1

“just thinking out loud”..

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Suffering Does Not Define You, God does

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If you have time this message is a good one to give you a perspective on followers of Jesus going through blessing and suffering at the same time.

https://markdriscoll.org/sermons/colossians-4-4-musts-for-christian-maturity/

As we see and walk with Paul as he proclaims the gospel, we see that he experience blessings and intense struggle (Acts 27, 28).  He never overlooks his suffering, he just doesn’t let it define him because he has understood that his identity is set by God not by his suffering.

Believe who God says you are….it can and usually does help us deal with______________________..

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Are We Partners of “Pushers”

Do we partner with people in Kingdom ministry or do we push them around for the agenda we have set?

partnershipHave you ever served with people that celebrate your partnership in ministry more than what you bring to the “table”?  This environment disciples people to follow Jesus and enjoy Him in the process.  The other way uses people, and at first may be very exciting when the results and goals are met, but eventually leads to burn out and run out.  As ministers, we should be very cautious about what environment we foster.

When I think of the men and women that surrounded Jesus in ministry, we would not have seen them as people that could push much of an agenda, instead they followed Jesus and were eyewitnesses in the great work He accomplished.  Friend, this is still our joy.  A joy that comes from the understanding that we serve with the God of the Universe as the message (the Gospel) goes forth.  I do not know if you have realized this yet but one look in the mirror and you will see that “we ain’t much” but God still uses us.  At this point I am not going to fall for the temptation to say that we are champions because of Christ.  Instead, we enjoy the championship that He won.  Our victory is that He call us to His team and His work.   Thank you Jesus for picking me to be family.

What Now?

1.  stop using people to push your ministry agenda

2.  tell others to stop using you to push a ministry agenda

3.  celebrate because the victory and goal has been accomplished through Christ work and not yours.

4.  share the Gospel of Jesus not the Gospel of You, Me, Your local church, or Your great Pastor.

5.  Partner don’t push

Just thinking out loud.

 

The Misleading Language of the Social Justice Movement

This is a good read for a biblical perspective on the “social movement” agenda being pushed on communities of faith.

Just Thinking...for Myself

“The concept of the black race and the white race originated with the Enemy himself. Just as he sowed seeds of doubt in the garden of Eden with his “hath God really said,” he has continued through the ages to offer a lie in the place of God’s truth. His attack has been anything but subtle. This web of deceit has brought hatred and bigotry into the church. What we are left with is a huge divide that is no more evident than at the 11:00 worship hour on Sunday mornings.” 
– Dr. John M. Perkins, One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race


It was more than half a century ago, on December 18, 1963, to be exact, when, during a Q&A session at Western Michigan University, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated the following: “We must face the fact that in America, the…

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whom or what shall i fear

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Isaiah 6:1-7 English Standard Version (ESV)

Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;the whole earth is full of his glory!”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

NOT SO SCARY…

When in the presence of “the King” Isaiah seems to miss the fact the a scary Angel (by the way scripture records that angels usually have to calm people down when they show themselves) with a red hot poker is coming right at him.  Now in any normal (haha) situations most would turn and run like a scene in a bad horror movie.  However, something more “frightening” has Isaiah frozen.  Yep you guessed it, it is the PRESENCE OF THE MOST HIGH GOD.  His presence makes Isaiah feel as though he is going to literally blow apart… wow that is pretty scared…

SO WHAT ARE YOU SO SCARED OF

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What has you turning and running?  What do you tend to fear?  Have you ever considered that the “most High King” is to be feared more?  In the presence of the most high, all other “fears” end up looking kinda, well, not so scary.

NEWS FLASH

This “most High King” is, if you are a Christian, your Father.  In other words, in the words of the Chris Tomlin song…. whom or what shall I fear….video

Just thinking out loud again…

 

Embrace the “boring”

Just Breath and Be

The summer is flying by.  With family vacationborings, work, school and so much more, we find ourselves at the end of it before we ever knew that it began.  Well I want to encourage you, as I have challenged myself to stop, breath and be where you are for a while instead of stressing about where you are going or want  go.  I am thankful for the moments of quite community that many in the world would call “boring”.   Embrace the boring and realize that it may just be God ordained “Sabbath”.  

In other words…..there is no such thing as boring… just unrecognized rest opportunities. thinking like that may just be, well, …..boring

Miracle Alert

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It is essential to know that God, through Jesus, is perfect in his forgiveness.  However, because we are not, there is practical counsel we need when experiencing and giving away this precious grace gift from God.  Please take a few moments to view the discussion/conversation in the link below that may be relevant to your life now or in the future. 

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/must-we-forgive-those-who-sin-against-us-if-they-dont-repent