Who Are You Becoming?

“With God, it isn’t who you were that matters; it’s who you are becoming.”

Liz Curtis Higgs

This caught my attention.  I don’t know Liz Curtis Higgs, but I like her quote.

Uncensored – New Series at Graystone

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Small Groups – Why I love them

Over the years, I have grown to be a cheerleader for small groups.  First, let me say, I am in favor of all types of discipleship.  However, we have to make decisions on which is going to work best for us based on our schedules with family, work and spouses, etc.  We need to get the most for our time.

I love small groups because as a group you sit in circles instead of rows which makes for more interaction, accountability and connecting relationally with other Christ followers.  I am not against sitting in rows and learning from an excellent teacher, but that is called church.  There is less interaction, less accountability and less relational connectivity.  Think about it….if I go to a big church it’s easier for me to HIDE.  Agreed?

That being said, I love going to my small group because of the freedom.  Here is what I mean by freedom.  When I go to small group, I don’t feel like I am check marking a box to get some spiritual point or two.  I am going because of the need to interact with other believers.  We need to gain strength for our  own spiritual life from prayer, God’s word, and others.  We can learn from others.  We can encourage others.  We can help financially.  Small groups allow us to become close relationally and that is one of the greatest strengths. It’s also a great time to spend spiritually with your spouse.  You can grow with other couples who are experiencing the same phases of life as you.

I hope you are involved in some kind of discipleship besides just listening to your pastor on Sundays.  Let me ask you this?  How’s your relationship with your Pastor?  Are you guys eating together, spending time at the gym, getting together one on one to learn the Bible?  We need others and others need us.

If you’ve been a part of a small group, but have gotten away from it, let me encourage you to get back in the saddle.  You need it and others need you.  If you’ve never been a part of a small group….you don’t know what you are missing.  You will grow closer to the Lord, just try and see!

Spring Broke

This is the best time not to travel.  Dacula is empty during spring break, Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.  You can go anywhere across town in ten minutes because traffic is a breeze.  I love staying in Dacula when the masses leave.

I’m just enjoying the weather,  a Starbucks trip every now and then, working in the yard and waiting for school to get back in.  Thinking about going to Hawaii next year for spring break…..nah.

In Three Days

His followers HOPED it.  His enemies FEARED it.  He DID it!!

Praise God!  Jesus is a alive and He holds the keys to death and hell!  There is redemption through Jesus Christ for ALL sins!

Jesus gave the disciples, the religious leaders and many of the crowds he preached a clue about what He was going to do.  He mentioned rebuilding the temple and being raised up alive after THREE DAYS many times, check it out:

Matthew 12:39
Jesus said, “You’re looking for proof, but you’re looking for the wrong kind. All you want is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. The only proof you’re going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. Like Jonah, three days and nights in the fish’s belly, the Son of Man will be gone three days and nights in a deep grave.

Matthew 17:22
As they were regrouping in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him—and three days later he will be raised alive.” The disciples felt terrible.

Matthew 26:60
Finally two men came forward with this: “He said, ‘I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it.'”

Matthew 27:35
After they had finished nailing him to the cross and were waiting for him to die, they whiled away the time by throwing dice for his clothes. Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews. Along with him, they also crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: “You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days—so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you’re really God’s Son, come down from that cross!”

Matthew 27:62
After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate. They said, “Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will be raised.’ We’ve got to get that tomb sealed until the third day. There’s a good chance his disciples will come and steal the corpse and then go around saying, ‘He’s risen from the dead.’ Then we’ll be worse off than before, the final deceit surpassing the first.”

Mark 8:30
Jesus warned them to keep it quiet, not to breathe a word of it to anyone. He then began explaining things to them: “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.” He said this simply and clearly so they couldn’t miss it.

Mark 9:30
Leaving there, they went through Galilee. He didn’t want anyone to know their whereabouts, for he wanted to teach his disciples. He told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him. Three days after his murder, he will rise, alive.” They didn’t know what he was talking about, but were afraid to ask him about it.

Mark 10:32
Back on the road, they set out for Jerusalem. Jesus had a head start on them, and they were following, puzzled and not just a little afraid. He took the Twelve and began again to go over what to expect next. “Listen to me carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem. When we get there, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Romans, who will mock and spit on him, give him the third degree, and kill him. After three days he will rise alive.”

Mark 14:55
The high priests conspiring with the Jewish Council looked high and low for evidence against Jesus by which they could sentence him to death. They found nothing. Plenty of people were willing to bring in false charges, but nothing added up, and they ended up canceling each other out. Then a few of them stood up and lied: “We heard him say, ‘I am going to tear down this Temple, built by hard labor, and in three days build another without lifting a hand.'” But even they couldn’t agree exactly.

Mark 15:25
They nailed him up at nine o’clock in the morning. The charge against him—the king of the jews—was printed on a poster. Along with him, they crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: “You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days—so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you’re really God’s Son, come down from that cross!”

Luke 18:31
[ I Want to See Again ] Then Jesus took the Twelve off to the side and said, “Listen carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem. Everything written in the Prophets about the Son of Man will take place. He will be handed over to the Romans, jeered at, made sport of, and spit on. Then, after giving him the third degree, they will kill him. In three days he will rise, alive.” But they didn’t get it, could make neither heads nor tails of what he was talking about.

Luke 24:4
They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

John 2:18
But the Jews were upset. They asked, “What credentials can you present to justify this?” Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple and in three days I’ll put it back together.”

John 2:20
They were indignant: “It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?” But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple. Later, after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this. They then put two and two together and believed both what was written in Scripture and what Jesus had said.

The Greatest Pause In History

Symbolically, I believe today, the day that we mark as the day after Jesus Christ died on the cross over 2000 years ago, was the greatest pause in history.  The Master, the King, the Redeemer, the Savior of the world, Messiah had been put to death by human hands.  How could it be?  If Jesus was really God in flesh, how could he have been killed by His creation?

He laid down His life for the world, but what now?  The disciples must have been thoroughly confused and in immense fear.  Don’t you suppose they were wondering which of us is next?  They had all scattered as Jesus was captured and lead to the religious officials to be questioned, beaten and killed?  What now? 

What about all of those who had become follower’s of Jesus,but were not of the twelve disciples?  What were they thinking on this day?  How about those who had been healed?  How about Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead, what was he thinking?  Could Jesus be resurrected if He was dead? 

Aside from the followers of Jesus, I am sure the ones who had come after Him for His life were thrilled.  Life for the religious leaders could get back to normal or so they thought.  I would think business was slow in the villages with the news that Jesus had died.  I bet the day after He died seemed surreal.

Often before the climax in a great song, or before a great storm, or  before a great ending in a story there is a pause.  In a song, a pause or rest, is to create drama or to build a moment for a huge conclusion. 

The pause of this day in history was one not of the end, but the beginning.  It was the beginning of HOPE, ETERNAL LIFE, PAYMENT FOR SINS, REDEMPTION, but time had to pause for the MIGHTY day of RESURRECTION to come. 

Yesterday our Master gave the ultimate sacrifice for ALL.  Tomorrow He rises in ultimate GLORY!  JESUS RULES!