Monday, October 28, 2013

Keeping God First

“And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:1-4)
How do we combat the temptation to be involved in modern day idol worship?
Here are some steps from  the local youth group (CHAOS came up with:
1.     Pray: pray for the Spirit of the living God to help us recognize when something or someone is taking the place of God in our life.
2.     Pray: pray for God to give us the strength to crush the idol. This prayer may involve praying for God to help us walk away from a relationship that is now consuming us and perhaps has us compromising our morals and Godly values. This prayer made involve asking God to help us spend less time with video games, watching sports, adding to our music library, shopping, etc.
3.     Pray: pray for God to help us spend more time with him and less time with the idol. REPLACEMENT: Do not just stop worshipping the idol. Replace the idol with Godly activity. Increase our prayer life, time worshipping, reading scripture, involvement at church and youth group, volunteering. Basically spend more time in kingdom work.
4.     Pray: pray for a Godly friend or love one to pray for us daily in this area and help hold us accountable. One example: parents that limit our daily use of video games.
Finally: Remember: We are JESUS followers. We are people of the BOOK (the LIVING word of God).  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

LOVE Is An Action

God is LOVE
God does the action of LOVE
No where is God's LOVE action so clear than on the cross
God loves us so much he took action on Calvary's Cross to reunite us with himself

God is LOVE
God commands us to LOVE
God commands us to do the action of LOVE
What does the action of LOVE mean for you today?
What does the action of LOVE mean for you?
How is LOVE displayed in your life?
What does it mean to you?
How is God displaying LOVE in you?

LOVE is an action
God is LOVE
God is in action
God commands us to LOVE
God commands us to do the action of LOVE
Go LOVE God - LOVE your neighbor - LOVE The People in your life.
Action - LOVE

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Acts 16: 22-24
"The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose."

This scripture reminds us that things are not always as they appear.  To the natural eye, Paul and Silas had been beaten and thrown in prison.  So, they were in a hopeless situation with no hope of getting out, but God.  God intervenes in the middle of the night, opens the cell doors and loosens the chains.  So, the question is "Are you expecting to continue to live in your current prison?" or "Are you expecting for God to break the chains and open the doors?".  

Note: If you choose to breakout in prayer and praise are recommended.