Because Brenda Asked

Posted by Perry

The following is the outline for the previous Sunday's sermon...

JOSHUA 5:13-6:21

CBC 10/25/09 SM
Joshua facing battle of Jericho…
Survey situation before the battle…
Have a heart check-up before battle…
overcome challenge of past failures
failure 40 yrs ago disobedient nation…
Phil 3: (Paul says…)
V12 no one escapes failure of some kind
V13 leave the past where it is…in the past
V13 focus on those things you can do something about
friend or foe… “NEITHER”…?
God doesn’t take sides
God takes over!
Don’t ask if God is on our side…
Ask if we are on God’s side!
Physically, emotionally & spiritually
Israel had tried to take the land on their own previously…
w/out God they failed miserably
Must encounter Jesus Christ
fell on face & worshipped Him
angels don’t allow that
what are my instructions?
Take off shoes, holy grd
V2 battle won, past tense (B4 it ever started…)
strange instructions for battle
march around city for 6 days
ark of covenant (presence of Lord) out front of procession
people shouted & walls fell??
God sometimes puts our contributions on sideline so people can see GOD!
2Co 4:7 We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us.
don’t shout, yell, talk or respond to those on the wall…
by 6th day everybody was on the wall watching, heckling, spitting…
control our tongue & let God do the speaking
Exo 14:14 The Lord will make war for you, you have only to keep quiet.
Psa 46:10 Our God says, "Calm down, and learn that I am God! All nations on earth will honor me."
Psa 46:11 The LORD All-Powerful is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress.
picture this…2 million people marching 7 times around a walled city…the lines began to overlap until the city was surrounded on all sides by multiple lines hundreds deep…
SHOUT! And the people shouted
Wall fell flat (w/ crowd on top)
God honors “obedience”
Not our strength, intelligence, good looks…
Victory doesn’t usually come in the first round…
everyone in city killed, young & old
Jericho had 40 yrs to repent
While Israel wandered in wilderness
2Pe 3:3 But first you must realize that in the last days some people won't think about anything except their own selfish desires. They will make fun of you
2Pe 3:9 The Lord isn't slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
2Pe 3:10 The day of the Lord's return will surprise us like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe. Then the earth and everything on it will be seen for what they are.
2Pe 3:11 Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live.

How To Be A Good Father

Posted by Perry

1.- LOVE YOUR WIFE – Ephesians 5:28 – “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.”- You are creating a pattern and model for how your children will live their lives as parents and mates.

2.- DON’T EXPECT PERFECT CHILDREN – Colossians 3:21 – “Fathers, don’t make your children resentful, or they will become discouraged.”- Don’t expect your children to fulfill your unfulfilled goals.- Accept your children … acknowledge their imperfections … and love them in spite of their imperfections.

3.- ENJOY YOUR CHILDREN – Psalm 127:3 – “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is your reward.”- Have fun with your children.- The QUANTITY of time you spend with them indicates how important they are to you … don’t give them your leftovers.

4.- LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN – Proverbs 1:5 – “A wise man will hear and increase in learning.”- They need your undivided attention … be available.

5.- PROVIDE FOR YOUR CHILDREN – 1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.”- Don’t rob your children of the blessing of WANTING, WORKING and WAITING for material things.- Providing TOO MUCH is as bad as providing TOO LITTLE.

6.- TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN – Ephesians 6:4 – “And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”- Teach your children BOUNDARIES … to respect authority.- If you don’t, THEY will become the authority in the home.

7.- PRAY FOR YOURSELF – 1 Chronicles 16:11 – “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.”- You need help … you can’t do it alone.

8.- PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN – Psalm 55:17 – “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice.”- Let God do for them what you can’t … He loves them too!

9.- BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL – Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”- You ARE a role model … like it or not!

10.- PREPARE YOUR CHILDREN – Proverbs 23:24 – “The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.”- Prepare them for eternity … have a Godly influence on the path they take for eternity.

Parenting The Early Years

Posted by Perry

Sunday Mornings @ 10am in room S-103 we are going through a study that is designed for parents with small children. It is video based with a take home workbook. The video segments feature Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Let me give you a taste of what the class is about.
"Dad," my first grader asked me a couple months ago, "what are you going to do when you come to my class for Parent's Day?" He was standing on the opposite side of my desk in my home study.
"What have the other parents done?" I asked, looking up from my computer screen where I was replying to email.
"Anthony's dad let each of us try on his fireman's helment and heavy jacket," he said excitedly. "It is so heavy and it smelled like smoke! Anthony's dad rescues people from burning buildings with a big ax! Have you ever done that, Dad?"
"Well, no. I haven't done that," I said clearing my throat. "What have other parents done when they come to your class?"
"Nick's mom is a doctor," John continued, "and she put a cast on Nick's arm right there in the class and then she cut off the cast and passed it around the room so we could touch it...but Taden didn't want to because he said it was gross."
"Wow!" I said, trying to join in on his excitement."
"So what are you going to do dad?" John asked earnestly.
"Well, son, let's see. Umm, what do you think I should do?"
"Mommy says you work at your computer and talk on the phone a lot."
"I guess she's right about that - but I don't think I want to do that for your class."
"Nooo!" John giggled.
"Let me talk to your mom about Parent's Day."
With that, John scampered out to the back yard as I tracked down Leslie in the kitchen. "What am I supposed to do in John's class for Parent's Day? John's going to think I'm the most boring dad in the world and he'll remember this forever," I said frantically.
Leslie started laughing.
"I'm serious."
"I know. I just got a mental image of you showing the class how you talk on your cell phone and write at your computer."
"Very funny!" I snapped. "John and I have already made that joke - and I didn't laugh then either."
Just then, John came in from the backyard and said, "Hey dad, why don't you bring your brain to class."
He wasn't joking. John had once sat in on one of my lectures at the university where I talked about the human brain. I'd used an actual human brain from a formaldehyde container I borrowed from the biology department. Needless to say, he was facinated - as were my college students.
And that's exactly what I did for Parent's Day. I explained to his first grade class that I was a "doctor" who works on feelings and that feelings begin in the brain. I showed them a colorful wooden model of the brain and then asked if they'd like to see an actual brain that I had in a cardboard box.
"Yes - show us the brain!" some students shouted.
They were now literally sitting on the edge of their seats and John was grinning ear to ear. The anticipation in that first grade classroom was palpable. I put on my protective goggles and latex gloves before reaching into the box. The children were wide-eyed - except for Taden. He was peeking through his fingers.
I spent the next few minutes answering one question after the other. And the questions ranged from the practical ("What are all those lines on it?") to the curious ("Whose brain is it?") to the theological ("Doesn't he need his brain in Heaven?").
Needless to say, I was a hit. The kids still talk about it when they see me picking up John after school. And so does John. "Remember when you brought the brain to my school, dad?" he'll say. "That was awesome!"
Whew! I did it. I made my son proud. And isn't that what every parent wants? Don't you want your child's perception of you to be as positive as possible?
That afternoon after buckling John into his car seat and traveling back home from school, Leslie and I were talking about what we might do for dinner. Then, during the brief lull, John said something that would melt every parent's heart: "Dad, I want to be like you."
Truth is, whether a child says it or not, they feel it. Children aspire to become what their parents are. And that's precisely why it's critical to be the kind of parent you want to be.
John's comment got me to thinking. If he wants to be like me, how does he perceive me? What qualities does he see in me that he wants to emulate? Suddenly I was more self-conscious than I'd been in years. Metaphorically, I began to "check myself out." Was I a patient man, I wondered. Would my son look at me and say "I want to be patient like dad is"? Was I an optimistic person? I sure wanted my son to be. Was I forgiving, empathic, comforting, kind?
Have you ever thought about that? What traits does your child see in you? Perhaps more importantly, what traits doesn't you child see in you that you wish he or she did?
From the day John was born I was so focused on what I would do as a parent - reading all kinds of books on techneques and strategies - that I hadn't given much thought at all to the kind of parent I wanted to be.
Leslie felt the same way. And the more we talked about it, the more serious we became about what we've come to call "intentional traits." We each made a list of the top five traits we wanted to be sure our children saw in us. And our lists were very different. What is more, some of the traits came naturally and easily to one or the other of us, while other traits would require more work.
Now, don't misunderstand, we are all for using good parenting techniques for disciplining and motivating; but your child's character hinges on the traits you exhibit as a parent. And who you are as a parent is not left to fate, luck, or chance. While there are plenty of things about your child's life that are unpredictable and beyond you control, you can choose to be the kind of parent you want to be.
Being a parent - not just doing parental things - is the most important calling you will ever have. But it's also the most rewardeing enterprise of your life - especially when you are the parent you want to be.
Excerpt from "The Parent You Want to Be" Copyright 2007 by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott. Zondervan Publishing House.

Proverbs: Wisdom Versus Folly (An Introduction)

Posted by Stephen

This is a video explaining the lesson I taught yesterday in the high school small group in case you missed it, or if you just want to see what we were doing yesterday!

Time Goes By Fast - Make It Count

Posted by Perry

In the book of James it says,
Jas 4:14 What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little while before it disappears.

The psalmist said that life is like grass. It rises in the morning, grows tall in the afternoon, only to be cut down in the evening. Job said that life is brief, like the swift flight of an eagle, swooping down after its prey. They were all right, weren't they? Life is definitely short.

How long has it been since you sat down with your Bible and read about the life of Jesus from His birth in Bethlehem to His death, burial, resurrection and ascension? It doesn't take that long to read about it, it was only 33 years. Yet look what he did in that short time span. He moved from obscurity to world renown. He touched lives in various ways. He changed the world without the use of books, magazines, radio, television or the internet. The life that was formed in a carpenter's shop ended abruptly on a cross, yet Jesus made every day count.

You want every day to count too, don't you? You want your days with your spouse or your kids and grandkids to count. You want those days to mean something. We want to know that we've left our mark. In every human being there is a need that's been hard-wired into us that drives us to desire significance and value.

Think back over the last week. Were there conversations you wish you'd have had? Relationships you wish you had nurtured? Prayers you wish you had prayed? Was there something of significance you wish you had done? Or done differently? Think back over the past month, or even better, to the first of this year.

Has your marriage grown the way you secretly hoped it would? Are you still in that relationship you thought would end? Did you save the money you wanted to save? Did you take the trip you'd been dreaming of taking? Did you form that friendship you thought you'd form? Did you keep the commitments you made to God? Was there a giant in your life you planned to slay? You were going to give up smoking, but you didn't. You were going to stop watching so much TV, but you haven't. You were going to start spending more time with your family, but it didn't happen. And we won't even mention those few pounds you've been meaning to get rid of.

We've got to make every day count! Let me remind you of something from God's Word that I think will help. In the book of Numbers 14 God tells the people that are 20 years old and older that they are going to die in the wilderness. They would wander around for 40 years, a year for every day they spied out the land and witnessed its bounty. And for 40 years they would live with the knowledge that their carcasses would fall there, never really knowing the great blessings of God. The people's disobedience was so offensive to God that verse 36 tells us the 10 men who gave the evil report were struck dead instantly.

Do you know what important lesson those men and their families learned that day? It was the same lesson God is trying to teach us today: life is short. Make every day count.

Num 14:39 The people of Israel were very sad after Moses gave them the LORD's message.
Num 14:40 So they got up early the next morning and got ready to head toward the hill country of Canaan. They said, "We were wrong to complain about the LORD. Let's go into the land that he promised us."
Num 14:41 But Moses replied, "You're disobeying the LORD! Your plan won't work,
Num 14:42 so don't even try it. The LORD refuses to help you, because you turned your backs on him. The Amalekites and the Canaanites are your enemies, and they will attack and defeat you."
Num 14:43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you will be put to death by their swords: because you have gone back from the way of the Lord, the Lord will not be with you. Num 14:44 But the Israelites ignored Moses and marched toward the hill country, even though the sacred chest and Moses did not go with them.
Num 14:45 The Amalekites and the Canaanites came down from the hill country, defeated the Israelites, and chased them as far as the town of Hormah.

What did they do? How did they respond? As soon as Moses told them what they had done and what God was going to do about it, they were gripped with REGRET! They knew they had missed out on abundant life. They knew they were passing up the Promised Land. They knew they had offended God. They knew they were condemned to life in the wilderness, and they knew they were condemned to die in the wilderness. And they regretted giving in to their fear.

So what's the answer? If life really is short and we really do want every day to count...if we're going to get to the end of our lives and have no regrets, then how are we to spend our days? Jesus told us. We've got to give ownership of them to Him. We've got to lose our lives for His sake. We've got to be so absolutely given over to Him that when he says to do a thing or to go some place or to say some thing, then that's exactly what we're going to do, when He says do it. It really boils down to living each day of our lives with a kingdom focus.

That's easier said than done, but it can be done. Is your life absolutely given over to Jesus Christ? Is He really the Lord of your life? Is He the One calling the shots? Will you be able to stand before Him unashamed with what you've offered to Him with your life?

Maybe you still don't see how that helps, or how that does anything to alleviate or eliminate any of our regrets. But it does. Because you see, there are so many unimportant things in our lives that Jesus speaks perspective into. So you regret that you didn't buy that hot rod or you regret that you didn't finish some project. A kingdom focused life may demonstrate that in the grand scheme of things those particular things didn't really matter. Lot's wife regretted having to give up those sorts of things, and when she looked back to see them, she was turned into a pillar of salt. (another sermon...)

Following Jesus puts life into perspective. Life is short. And I don't know about you, but I want every day that I live to count. I want to know that when I get to the end of my life, whether that be this year or in 40 years when I'm 90, that it has been spent on something significant: that I have made my mark. That's a God-given desire, a desire that can only be satisfied by Christ. If that's what we want, then we'd better make sure we're spending each day in the center of His will, doing what He says, living lives of humble obedience one day at a time: offering to God a life committed to His kingdom values and goals.

* Jesus Christ is calling you to follow Him closer than you have been. What blessings will you pass up if you keep your distance?

* What lives will go unchanged because we're too busy to pray for them?

* What riches will go unnoticed because we don't like to read God's Word?

* How would your family dynamic change if you were completely honest and obedient with your parents/spouse/boss/friends?

* What would you attempt for God if you could trust Him in that decision you have to make? If you weren't stalling out of fear?

There are so many questions. What's going on in your life may be completely different than what's going on in my life. For me, I finally decided to quit leading out of fear of failure of what others might think. I decided to let go of those fears because without realizing it I was trying to save my life, when in reality I was losing my life. If decided to follow Christ. I had put my hand to the plow years ago. It was time to quit looking around and looking back and get my heart and head fully engaged in where God was trying to take me. Life is short. I want to make every day count for Christ. He'll take care of whether my life has significance. He'll do the same in your life too if you'll let Him.