Sunday’s Soliloquy

I am sorry this is late again, Sunday afternoons can be hectic, even though it is meant to be a day of rest…


Sunday Soliloquy

Pastor J.B. (Sister Church)

Topic: The Holy Spirit

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This Sunday was a little different at my church, we had our “sister church” join us in our service. The pastor of this church actually gave the sermon at the service I attend, it was okay, but it was different. He was a Pentecostal preacher, and very different than what I am used to, but it was refreshing to see another way to worship. The message he gave was that we all need a relationship with God and Jesus Christ; we need a relationship, not just to be religious. He loves us, so we should strive to have a personal relationship with him. God shows us love and support through the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. The pastor explained to us that in order to receive this gift from God all we need to do is throw up our arms in surrender and ask Him. He wants us to have the Holy Spirit with us, as the Holy Spirit is the one that gives us the promptings that help us to make our good choices. This will lead to blessings that we can enjoy, unless we are disobedient and cause the blessings to go to someone who obeyed.

I don’t want to miss out on any more blessings, I am surrendering myself right now. I am prepared to listen to the still small voice now that I know that my blessings could potentially go to someone else.

Are you willing to surrender and reap the rewards? I sure hope so!

-A

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-A

Sunday’s Soliloquy

I know this is a day late but yesterday after church I hit the ground running preparing for house guests and another church event, I apologize.


January 11, 2015

Pastor D.W.

Topic:  Cornerstone: The Authority of Scripture

As I write this please bear in mind that the thoughts are mine,
but some of the phrases and the general idea are originally from my Pastor,
these are just my thoughts and opinions of today’s sermon.bible

Today at church I was well fed prior to so I wasn’t clouded by hunger, I was also in good company as my good friends are back in town. Today was good! Not only were friends present, the weather nice, and my belly full the message this morning was great! It was something that I hadn’t actually thought about before. The series Cornerstone is all about the basic beliefs of Christians and today was the nonnegotiable fact that the Bible is the true word of God. The pastor took us to Hebrews chapter 4 verses 12-13 where the beginning of chapter 12 states, “For the word of God is alive and active.” aliveI hadn’t really thought about it, but the word really is alive. The Bible is fluid and is applicable to most situations in life differently for each person. How amazing is that? One thing though that I have always been twisted about he actually mentioned today, how is the Bible the word of God when it was written by people just like me, people that sin, people that are human? Why am I to follow their words when they are no better than me? Pastor today hit that one right on the head with one very powerful phrase “Look past the messenger, and take home the message”, humans wrote the book, the words came from God. Humans were prompted to write the words that we now know as the books of the Bible, therefore the Bible is truly the word of God and the authority brought forth from the words within does not come from the authors, but from the God himself.

The Bible is not just a book with words, it is a guide, it is a series of instructions, teachings, parables, and examples of how to live a “Holy Life” as he put it today. The following verse was presented,

 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,

rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly

equipped for every good work.”

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 We learned that “God-breathed” translates to “God-inspired”, solidifying that the scriptures are truly the word of God.

“In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.”

(John 1:1)

 The pastor today also mentioned the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan and how he continued to combat Satan by making it proclaiming that “It is written!” I learned today that in the Greek language that meant that the Word was final, it was complete, without argument, and without change. The word truly is the word of our Father in Heaven. The pastor stated that “to read the Bible is to truly know God”, and today that rang true and will help me to understand why I need to read daily and learn and study, so that is what I will do; I will get back on track with reading everyday.

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In Hebrews chapter 4 verses 12-13 it reads that the word judges the thoughts (negative thoughts) and attitudes (intentions) of us; but have you ever thought about what we are being judged against? The pastor expressed this thought that the standard by which we are judged is the Word of God, the Bible and its teachings.

He also pleaded with us to strive to live a “Holy life”, a life in which we strive to please God with all that we do. We live in a life of sin, pastor said today that we chose that life and “we walked into it, therefore we can walk out of it”. That struck me very hard as right now I am making serious life changes and I am finding that it is really easy to just walk out of that life when I have Jesus on my side. 2 Corinthians chapter 6 verse 17 says “come out from among them and be separate”, we need to do just that now more than ever in this society, don’t be afraid to be different and stand out against the crowd.

Today’s sermon was brought to a couple closing questions and they are as follows, please attempt to apply these to your life,

  1. Are you living the life that God wants?
    1. I am not, but I am seriously trying to do better.
  2. Are you able to look past the messenger and really understand and take in the message that God has given us?
    1. Now that I understand that concept, I will do much better in that regard.

-A

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-A

Thank goodn…God! (and proud of it!)

What do you have to be thankful for? Are you brave enough to thank Him? Or do you just thank “goodness”?


This post is kind of a rant of mine, but it irritates me when I say "Thank God" in a respectful 
manner and someone corrects me, here are my thoughts..

Have you ever sarcastically muttered “Thank God for that!” or “Phew! That was close! Thank goodness!”? I know I have and until recently I hadn’t thought that much about what I am actually saying.

Why don’t people say “Thank God”? Is it because we have been trained all our lives to leave God’s name out of things? Or is it because we are afraid that it is against the social norm?

I’m sorry but if I narrowly miss a car crash and the first words out of my mouth are “Thank God I had to go back and get xyz item from home” I’m gonna say it! Why you may ask? Because if I hadn’t taken that extra few seconds I would have been hit by the careening car or I would’ve been on the bridge when it collapsed.

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People say that God has a plan, He does, this part is true. However every single solitary detail in our lives is not planned out for us. In the playbook of life it does not say that you are going to eat roast on Saturday January 2, 2015, that’s not what He has planned. He does however plan on you eating so that you can live and fulfill the greater mission He has for you.

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You are the God who works wonders; 

you have made known 

your might among the peoples.

(Psalm 77:14)

With that said though, have you ever wondered why some of the little things in your life just work out perfectly? God does afford us little miracles everyday; such miracles come in someone’s kindness whether it be actions or words, they can be in the form of minor annoyances that save you from a bigger problem (see car wreck example above), or they can be the Holy Spirit who whispers or touches you to guide you to do something. These are all things that someone may exclaim “Thank God!” for, and he would rejoice!

God also bore witness by signs andpath to miracles

wonders and various miracles and

by gifts of the Holy Spirit

distributed according to his will.

(Hebrews 2:4)

What small miracles do you have to be thankful for? Are you brave enough to actually thank him by name? Or will you conform to social norms and just say “Thank goodness”? Don’t be afraid to thank Him by name; I know he would it would be well received because as the song says, “I know this ‘cause the Bible tells me so!”

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the lord, 

And to sing praises unto thy name…

(Psalms 92:1)

Give thanks in all that we do!
Give thanks in all that we do!
-A
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God bless!
– A

Sunday’s Soliloquy

I am going to start a weekly post on Sundays called “Sunday’s Soliloquy”. This will be an avenue for me to write my feelings about what I have heard and experienced at church each week. I have come to the conclusion throughout my many years as a college student that I actually listen more actively and retain more if I take notes during the lecture, so I have now started to take notes during church…and some doodles, What? I get bored too…  So welcome to the first installment in the new weekly posting of “Sunday’s Soliloquy”.


January 4, 2015

Pastor G.M

Topic:  Expectations

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      This morning it felt great to be at church, I was thankful that we made it safely as the roads were spotty with ice and it was 9 degrees outside, so the warmth of the spirit and the warmth of the building’s furnace was comforting. Besides being very cold this morning I was also suffering from another chronic condition…starvation! So here are my thoughts that have may been jaded by hunger, but that I found to be very interesting and thought provoking.

Expectations

“What do you expect to receive from God?” Seriously? He asked us that question and my answer right away was “Nothing”. Apparently that was the wrong answer. I have always been taught not to expect gifts from people; yet at my birthday parties I was always sad to see someone come without one, but that was rude to expect a gift. So why are we to expect gifts from our Heavenly Father? While I am still a bit blurry I have an idea, here it goes. Having faith is believing in something that you cant see or touch, it is a belief that something is real yet can still come to pass, so therefore wouldn’t having faith also be an “expectation”? I think so. In that light I expect many things from God, I expect health, love, and forgiveness; however I also expect miracles. When I pray for a miracle and it doesn’t happen does that mean that he didn’t listen or didn’t give me what I wanted? No it means that he will give me what I need when I need it and right then may have been the wrong time. I also expect my Heavenly Father to help me and guide me, but with this He has expectations of us too.

The pastor today posed the question “how many times have we dismissed a prompting to do something and have been disobedient?” His follow up comment hit me hard, “how many blessings have we missed out by doing so?” Wow. How many times have you been doing something that you shouldn’t be doing or thinking about doing and heard the still small voice say “don’t do that” and we just ignore it? That is God telling us that we are better than that, yet we ignore Him. Imagine how our lives would be different if we actually heeded each of those promptings. Are we living up to his expectations so that our expectations of Him come to fruition?

Blessings

When you do something of lesser intelligence in front of my grandma she sarcastically fires off “bless your heart”. It is really funny when it happens and it has become a family joke, but today the pastor brought this statement into the light. He asked the congregation what it truly means when we haphazardly throw around the words “bless you” or “bless your heart”; what are we really saying? Blessings aren’t something to mess around with. The pastor directed us to Genesis chapter 27 and read the story of Jacob stealing his fathers blessing from Esau by tricking his father and how the blessing was important enough to Esau that he vowed to kill his brother…

From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because their father had given Jacob the blessing.

And Esau began to scheme: “I will soon be mourning my father’s death.

Then I will kill my brother, Jacob.”

(Genesis 27:41)

      This story that was shared in relation to our lighthearted use of “bless your heart” made me wonder why we do so when blessings are truly that important. In every prayer that I say I thank God for my “many blessings of which I am not worthy”, and now I know why. My Father in Heaven has given me his blessing. I don’t know about you but my Earthly dad’s blessing is what I strive to receive, but my Dad in Heaven, a man much greater than any earthly person has already given me his blessing. I need to strive to live up to His expectations, because after all I have expectations of Him, and it’s only fair. Today’s sermon was closed with one last series of questions, and I will pass them on to you and ask you the same things, what are your expectations of Christ? What do you expect to receive from Him? Will you miss your blessings because your expectations are misguided? Or will you expect and allow God to guide to your life by listening to the still small voice?

“Open your heart and eyes to the expectation that God is working for us.”

(Pastor G. M. 1-4-15)

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-A

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-A

Have you been Shocked by Jesus?

As a medic I have had the opportunity to shock many people “back to life”. This process involves using an electrical current that passes through the heart to restart the AV node into firing normally again. This technique is used on people who are clinically dead. Now, I am not clinically dead as I do have a pulse, however I feel that I have been spiritually dead for the majority of my life.

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      In order to be clinically alive you must have a heartbeat and you must be breathing, and to be spiritually alive you must have a relationship with Jesus and you must have faith. With these criteria in place, I am diagnosing myself as spiritually deceased purely due to the fact that my relationship with Jesus has wavered.. This condition is considered terminal but with proper treatment and better living habits myself and others can be “saved”.

Who has heard the phrase “saved by Jesus”? Who actually knew what that meant when the crazy person was saying that they were saved? Saved from what? From who? What was wrong with you? And how does an unseen entity “save” you from anything? To say that I was skeptical is a huge understatement, but now I myself have been “saved”. I now know what it means. Jesus has “shocked” me back to life through recent events and realizations of my faults, and this has caused me to make Him the center of my life, the point which all my decisions revolve around, therefore according to the book of Acts, Jesus has saved me!

And they said,

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,

and thou shalt be saved

(Acts 16:31)

Back to the question of what we are being saved from, who or what are we saved from? I believe that Jesus is offering to save us from an eternity of darkness and misery and promising us an everlasting life with Him and our Father in Heaven for one small favor, have faith in Him. It states in Ephesians-

8 For it is by grace you have been saved,

through faithand this is not from yourselves,

it is the gift of God 9 not by works,

so that no one can boast.

(Ephesians 2:8-9)

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If you’re like me, this verse will shock you. It will feel like electricity pulsing through you when you read it. It doesn’t matter what your career is, how many lives you save, how many friends you have, all you have to do is have faith that Christ is the Lord and you too will be saved by His grace. Living a Christ centered life and striving to be a better person and having faith in Him will earn yourself a life in Heaven for all eternity. This verse puts every human being on an even playing field. Whether you are royalty or a servant, having faith in Jesus and the Father will secure your place among the Heavens.

How long will it take you to be “saved”? Tomorrow is not guaranteed, today is. Use today to change your life. Allow Jesus to come in and fill you with happiness, joy, love and peace, I promise you it will feel better than anything the physical world has to offer.

Be faithful until death,

and I will give you the crown of life.

(Revelation 2:10)

-A

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God bless!

-A