Welcome to my Blog

Wow, you made it. Welcome to my blog. I trust that what I say here will be thought provoking and beneficial to you in some way shape or form. It's my desire to share with you what I've learned regarding navigating this journey we call life. Perhaps you can glean something from some passage of mine.
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May God keep you. Wear the crown!

Peace is the presence of the goodness of God.
P. Jas.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Free Will

God has granted us all free will. The challenge comes when you've surrendered your life to Him and then find your free will in conflict with His will. If we are actually in relationship with Him and we are enjoying fellowship with Him then we know when we and our will conflict with Him. Even when we begin with the best of intentions, somewhere along the way we realize that this isn't God's best for me.
You can keep yourself from these situations by prayer. Pray and read the Bible. God has a plan for you and it's a plan that is beyond belief. Ephesians 3.20 says - “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”
Keep that in mind as as you ask God to guide your life. Keep in mind that His plan is far better than you can imagine or conceive of in yourself. Ask Him to show you and then be sure to listen after you've asked. You must listen and read your Bible.
Praying and then acting without waiting is not what the Bible tells us to do. The Bible tells us that if we wait it will be worth the wait. Isaiah 40.31 tells us, “But those who wait on the LORD
      Shall renew their strength;
      They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
      They shall run and not be weary,
      They shall walk and not faint.”
Wait on Him and He will direct your path. I pray that you have a terrific week as you walk out the path that God has for you in His strength and surrounded by His perfect love.
Keep the faith and wear the crown. Holla!

Pastor James

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Church

The church. What a topic. The church has many critics, but no rivals. Lots of the opinions that are formed and trumpeted about the church come from people who aren't even in the church. Curious... I have a question. What does Jesus think about the church?
When we think of church our minds immediately gallop to the church gathering. We come, we greet, we sing, we pray, we listen, we seek, we repent...and all of those things are important. How often though do we stop and ask Jesus, “What do You think of the service Jesus?” Would Jesus be pleased?
Before I begin to attempt to unravel that notion I want to say something of the nature of Jesus with respect to His church. I find many times that churches and ministries try to make Jesus feel welcome and they feel that this should be the ambition of the attenders as well. I submit to you though that if it is His church, why should He be treated as a guest? He is Host, not guest. I think if we bear that in mind in designing what happens at the gathering, and aligning our expectations, we'd be far more effective at drawing all men unto Him even through the gathering.
Just food for thought. I'll get at you later with some more. Keep the faith and wear the crown. Holla.

P. Jas.