Hal has been attending Revolution for a few months now. He is a sweet guy, who is always concerned for other people. On August, 6th his wife Robin underwent groundbreaking surgery at University Medical Center, you can read about it here. Please keep Robin and her family in your prayers as she is continuing to recover at home.
Sunday Morning Review August 23, 2009
So my Sunday Morning Review will actually be up on… (drum roll, please) …Sunday!
David talked about about how we don’t need to just do church, we are the church and we don’t just play as Christ-followers we are Christ-followers. As a way to move forward in your journey, you need to find a mentor. Don’t just enjoy what they say, but allow it to sink in and change your future. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit… knowing the shoes that he would have to fill.
To believe in God requires a step of faith, and then many steps of faith. It requires something of you.
Death scared Elijah so much it paralyzed him as a follower of God, and yet that thing never happened. Is there something in your life that is paralyzing your relationship with God?
Elijah knew it was his last day and he changed nothing, he continued doing God’s work…
How can we follow after God if you are a slave to ?
How to Respect and Support your Husband… August 18, 2009
What do you do when the spark in your marriage is gone? When you are going through the motions, so you feel more like roommates than soul-mates? How do you treat your man when you feel like he is not holding up his end of the bargain? I can tell you now that I do not have all of the answers, but I think that there are some things that we can do and some attitudes that we can have to help protect our marriage in those difficult times, as well as create a foundation for a stronger future.
1. Stop blaming your spouse, hoping that he will change so things will get better. Work on the plank in your own eye!
2. Evaluate your own life and actions. What things have you allowed to creep in that are not edifying and glorifying to God; have you become sarcastic, do you name call or not fight fair, do you pick at and nag, do you make fun of or drag your husband through the coals in front of him or when he is not around? Take a minute to confess these to God, and apologize to your man and kids if you do it in front of them. Now change that behavior. (Easier said then done I realize.)
3. Take time to sit with God and help Him to create a spirit of Rest and Retreat in your heart. If you are looking for your husband, or anything else, to complete you then you have totally missed the mark. You are only complete in Christ. Allow Him the time to sing over you and mend your broken places, it is only from the deep well that is God that you will be able to have patience and grace towards those that you love.
4. Evaluate ways that you can speak respect to your husband. When was the last time you had sex? How can you talk to him to let him know that he is not only a man in your life but THE MAN in your life? Communicate your appreciation of the things that he does well; work hard to provide for the family(even if you work), that you notice the little things that he does,how strong, handsome, and smart he is.
5. Communicate with your man. Take time to ask him how you can support him? Ask him what you say or do that cuts at his manhood and what encourages it?
6. Remember. If I have learned anything in life it is the heart tends to follow the head, so start remembering and thinking on the positive rather then the negative. When Josh and I were first married it was hard for me to do this, so I started to write down in my journal all of the little things that he did for me. This allowed me to have a warm, loving heart toward him, instead of a judging and resentful heart.
7. Expect the best! I am reminded of a conversation that I had last week, a husband had started a project and then left it undone. So the wife has now taken over the space with her things, so even if he wanted to work on it he would have to wade through her stuff first… So clean out that area and let him know what a great guy he is and how much you will appreciate having that project finished! He may not get to it this week or even this year, but at least when he is ready, he will have access to it. Don’t allow those things that are left undone to add fuel to your frustration and discouragement. Instead take time to pray for him or encourage him when you see that sore spot instead of mutter under your breath.
8. Push back to him the responsibility that he has shirked. Because of original sin we as women naturally tend to take over and do things that are in our husbands role. What are you doing that you should let go of? Don’t throw it in his face, but let him know how you feel. After Josh and I first got married, I decided to write our check for our tithe. I did not think twice about it because he was a pastor, but he let me know that we were not going to be tithing. So instead of kicking my feet and doing it anyway or throwing a tantrum, I let him know that it was really important to me to tithe, and we would do it when he was ready. Soon after that Josh started his Master’s Degree and our prayer was that we would get through it without any debt. For that prayer to become a reality we needed to be giving back to God, so the light bulb came on for Josh and he started to sign our tithe checks. I don’t say all of that because I was a relationship genius or even knew what I was doing at the time, but so that you can see what giving over control to the man in your life who is called to be responsible for the house can look like.
I guess that is all I have to say right now… think about it, chew on it and let me know if anything changes in your house after you start to worry about your attitude and actions instead of those around you.
“Sunday Morning” Review August 9, 2009
We are in the second week of our Elijah series; this week Josh tackled 1 Kings 18 (My God can kick your god’s butt). It has been awesome to have Josh preaching again, he gets this look in his eyes that reminds me he is passionate about preaching God’s word, and reaching our city!
Josh started out by talking about Obadiah. He was willing to do some great things for God, as long as no one knew about it. Obadiah is confronted by Elijah, who had put it ALL on the line for God, and told him that it was time to go public.
If you are embarressed by God, and don’t want others to know that you go to church or pray; then do not be upset if when things go wrong, you wonder where God is… Obadiah did not want to go public, or be different because he was more concerned about his life and position then God’s glory. Have you ever seen an alien? We as Christians are not suppose to fit into the status quo, we are supose to be different. Unfortunately, too often, like Obadiah, we have created a faith that does not require God to step in. All of our prayers and expectations are small enough that we can accomplish them on our own. Faith is supose to be an adventure, but that kind of faith requires our vision of God to be big, and Obadiah was content to have a small vision of God.
Elijah confronts Ahab and calls out all of the prophets of Baal and Asherah, 850 in all. A battle of the Gods on Mt. Carmel, Baal’s homecourt. All of Isreal comes to see who will win. Elijah admonishes the crowd, If God is not God then follow Baal.
And so the prophets of Baal call out for 3 hours, Elijah wonders aloud to them,” Maybe he can’t hear you, or his is in the bathroom. Why don’t you call louder.” So for another 3 hours they cut themselves and call, but nothing happens. No one answers…
Elijah takes a moment to address the nation of Isreal reminding them that this is their God, and he is calling them back, remember their history, that they have forgotten. And then after dumping water on the alter and bull Elijah prays a BIG prayer, for God to come through. And fire from heaven came down and there was nothing left.
Josh quoted Mark Batterson, ” you need to pray like it all depends on God, and work like it all depends on you.” Elijah not only had big prayers, but he showed up and did the hard work.
Josh ended with some vision casting about what drives us as a church, instead of recaping it I think you should take a moment and listen to it yourself. It will definately be worth your time.