Feb 9, 2014
Kindness and Loyalty = Favor with God and Other
Proverbs 3:3-4, Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3-4 is one of my top 20 favorite passages. It is clear and straight forward. Loyalty and kindness grant me favor with God and people. An added bonus is that I will earn a good reputation. As a pastor, I have concluded there are two main reasons Christians are not kind. 1.) We do not have the desire or ability to be kind. 2.) We think others do not deserve our kindness. God has a solution for these problems. The solution to the problem that we do not want to be kind or cannot be kind is the Holy Spirit. An outcome of the Holy Spirit controlling our lives is kindness (Galatians 5:22-23a). Kindness is a by-product of living by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13:4 teaches that an aspect of love is kindness. Love and kindness are readily available to the Christian that desires to be kind. All Holy Spirit transformations are a process. The process to transform us into kind people can take years. BUT, we have hope. With the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, anyone can become a kind person. The solution to the problem that we do not think others deserve our kindness is humility. The Bible is very clear that God is kind to us. He does not give us what we deserve, and He expects us and empowers us to give undeserved kindness to others. Romans 2:1-4 and 3:23-24 clearly teaches this truth. Luke 6:35 reads, Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. Colossians 3:12 teaches us that God chose us to be the holy people he loves,  and that we are to clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. May God bless your journey of becoming a loyal and kind person, Pastor Greg
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  • Feb 9, 2014Kindness and Loyalty = Favor with God and Other
    Feb 9, 2014
    Kindness and Loyalty = Favor with God and Other
    Proverbs 3:3-4, Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3-4 is one of my top 20 favorite passages. It is clear and straight forward. Loyalty and kindness grant me favor with God and people. An added bonus is that I will earn a good reputation. As a pastor, I have concluded there are two main reasons Christians are not kind. 1.) We do not have the desire or ability to be kind. 2.) We think others do not deserve our kindness. God has a solution for these problems. The solution to the problem that we do not want to be kind or cannot be kind is the Holy Spirit. An outcome of the Holy Spirit controlling our lives is kindness (Galatians 5:22-23a). Kindness is a by-product of living by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13:4 teaches that an aspect of love is kindness. Love and kindness are readily available to the Christian that desires to be kind. All Holy Spirit transformations are a process. The process to transform us into kind people can take years. BUT, we have hope. With the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, anyone can become a kind person. The solution to the problem that we do not think others deserve our kindness is humility. The Bible is very clear that God is kind to us. He does not give us what we deserve, and He expects us and empowers us to give undeserved kindness to others. Romans 2:1-4 and 3:23-24 clearly teaches this truth. Luke 6:35 reads, Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. Colossians 3:12 teaches us that God chose us to be the holy people he loves,  and that we are to clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. May God bless your journey of becoming a loyal and kind person, Pastor Greg
  • Feb 2, 2014Kind Words are Sweet to the Soul
    Feb 2, 2014
    Kind Words are Sweet to the Soul
    Proverbs 16:24 reads, “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” God has designed the human body to absorb words that are spoken to us by others. Good, loving, truthful and kind words impact a person for the good; whereas, negative, evil, unkind lies have a negative impact upon people. God has called us to be His spokespeople. We are to have his disposition and use our words the way He intended them to be. Look at this short list of the positive affects truthful words have upon a person. Proverbs 10:11a, The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; Proverbs 10:32a, The lips of the godly speak helpful words, Proverbs 12:18b, the words of the wise bring healing. Proverbs 15:4a, Gentle words are a tree of life; Proverbs 12:25b, an encouraging word cheers a person up. I encourage you to “test” God’s word. Do this experiment. For one week speak only kind, helpful, life inspiring words to those around you. Keep a written record of the outcomes. If at the end of the week, you come to the conclusion that God’s word is truthful and the kind words are sweet to the soul, then incorporate this behavior into your character for the rest of your life. God bless, Greg
  • Jan 26, 2014Fear of the Lord is the Foundation of Wisdom
    Jan 26, 2014
    Fear of the Lord is the Foundation of Wisdom
    The Bible is clear that to fear the Lord is the foundation of knowledge and wisdom. Proverbs 1:7—Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 9:10—Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment The Bible is also clear that to fear the Lord is a life-giving fountain. What I have noticed over and over in my life and in the life of others is that fearing someone or something results in imprisonment. Fearing people, situations, circumstances, the past, the future, etc., results in limiting oneself and limiting God’s destiny for them. Yet, when we fear God, God infuses us with an abundance of His life, His power, His character, His energy, etc. Proverbs 14:27—Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. The question then is, “How does one come to fear God?” Once again, the Bible is clear on the process of learning and developing the ability to fear God. The first needed characteristic in the person wanting to fear God is humility. I define humility as living under God’s authority and headship. Proverbs 11:2—Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. The second needed characteristic in the person wanting to fear God is determination that results a constant and ever growing pursuit of wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 2:2-5—Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. May your ability to fear the Lord continue to grow and develop throughout your journey on earth, Pastor Greg
  • Jan 19, 2014The Benefits of Wisdom, Part 2
    Jan 19, 2014
    The Benefits of Wisdom, Part 2
    Proverbs 9:1 (NLT) reads, “If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.” This year is dedicated to understanding and living by God’s wisdom. Wisdom is the path to a successful life. Today, we looked at five benefits of wisdom. They are: F. Safe from Evil People, Proverbs 2:12-15 G. Safe from Immoral People, Proverbs 2:16-19 h. Receive Favor from God, Proverbs 8:35-36 I. A Life Filled with Joy, Proverbs 8:321-34; 29:3a J. Safe from Mockers, Proverbs 15:12 We are encouraging our people to read one chapter of Proverbs for the day of the month it is, e.g., on the 5th read chapter 5. Proverbs 19:8a, “To acquire wisdom is to love oneself.”   God bless, Greg
  • Jan 12, 2014The Benefits of Wisdom, Part 1
    Jan 12, 2014
    The Benefits of Wisdom, Part 1
    Proverbs 9:1 (NLT) reads, “If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.” This year is dedicated to understanding and living by God’s wisdom. Wisdom is the path to a successful life. Today, we looked at five benefits of wisdom. They are: A. A successful life, Proverbs 1:3 B. A long and satisfying life, Proverbs 3:1-2 C. Healing and strength for our bodies, Proverbs 3:7-8 D. A life lived in peace, Proverbs 1:32-33 E. Rescued from our own negative schemes, Proverbs 1:29-31 F. Safe from Evil People, Proverbs 2:12-15 We are encouraging our people to read one chapter of Proverbs for the day of the month it is, e.g., on the 5th read chapter 5. Proverbs 19:8a, “To acquire wisdom is to love oneself.” God bless, Greg