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Friday, August 6, 2010

Food for thought from two sermons and a blog post:

First sermon:  “Keep the Change” by Jason, Youth Pastor,
Life Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene.

Several books were mentioned; here are two which spoke to me.

“Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe” by Larry Osborne –

One of the “dumb things” is that God has a blueprint for my life.  The author proposes that God’s plan is more like a game plan than a blueprint.  A blueprint must be followed exactly; a game plan changes based on circumstances, paths taken, and paths not taken.

“Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will
        or
How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions,
Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers,
Writing in the Sky, Etc.” by Kevin DeYoung –

Don’t wait on God for clear directions; just do something.  Does God care where we work, or how we work?  Does God care where we live, or how we live?

Second sermon:  “May God Bless Us” by Randall, Senior Pastor, Life Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene.

The entire sermon is based on Psalm 67.  Here is the NIV:

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
       and make his face shine upon us,
       Selah
 2 that your ways may be known on earth,
       your salvation among all nations.
 3 May the peoples praise you, O God;
       may all the peoples praise you.
 4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
       for you rule the peoples justly
       and guide the nations of the earth.
       Selah
 5 May the peoples praise you, O God;
       may all the peoples praise you.
 6 Then the land will yield its harvest,
       and God, our God, will bless us.
 7 God will bless us,
       and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Verses 1 and 6 are prayers for blessings.  Verse 1 is for spiritual blessing; verse 6 is for material blessing, e.g. wealth and success.

Verses 3 and 5 are identical that we are to praise God.

Verses 2 and 7 show that our motive should be that God will be glorified.

Verse 4 is the “big idea” that God rules us justly and guides us.

Blog post:  “Your Work is Worship” by Bradley J Moore at The High Calling Blogs.

Here is the link:


These three things work together and I’ve been implementing them into my daily Walk.

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