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Archive for October, 2018

October 16, 2018 Minutia

Today’s Minutia:

1 John 5:14 KJV  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

How confident are you in your relationship with Jesus Christ?  Confidence comes when you build your relationship with Jesus Christ on faith and trust in the promises that you have received by reading God’s Word and applying it to your life.  Confidence comes with experience and experience comes through allowing God’s presence to God to lead and guide you in all your life’s activities.  You know what God has provided for you because His Word reveals it in simple terms.  John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  Everyone knows John 3:16 and have recited it often.  It tells of God’s love for his creation.  It reveals the greatest gift that man can receive.  It tells of the requirement for receipt of the gift.  It also reveals the resulting promise from a relationship with Jesus.  Confidence comes from accepting what God offers and believing in the promise.

I don’t hope that I will go to Heaven when I die.  I know that when I die that I will be with God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ.  I have confessed that Jesus is God’s Son before man.  I have sought forgiveness for the sin in my life.  I have turn away from that sin that separates me from God.  I have tried to live the way that God desires.  Sure, I make mistakes along the way but I know that God hasn’t given up on me because He loves me.  I stay in communication for my God and acknowledge that without His presence in my life things would be pretty bleak.  Thank God that I am saved from the fate that awaits all those who have denied that God exists.  My confidence level in God’s ability to provide for me that which I need is great.

How about your confidence level?  Are you satisfied with who you are and where you are at?  If you don’t have confidence in your future, what are you going to do about it?  Seek God’s will and do God’s will in your life and see if your confidence level won’t improve.

Serving because Jesus lives,

Pastor Dennis Wildman

October 15, 2018 Minutia

Today’s Minutia:

Matthew 6:14 ESV For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

Forgiving others is one of the most difficult things you will ever be required to do. That’s correct, I said required. Our example is Jesus. Many times He had to forgive others for the indiscretions they imposed on Him. While dying on the cross and suffering for our sin, He boldly proclaimed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Herein lies the dilemma people find ourselves in. People get hurt either physically or mentally and often don’t know what brought about the intent to do them harm. The most appropriate and Christian thing to do is to first of all express our apology if we have done something to harm them. Next, we need to understand that we may never know what caused them to hurt us. We need to make sure we seek forgiveness from them and then forgive them in Christian love. That’s what Jesus would do and we need to reflect that in our lives. We must always do what we can to be the one demonstrating the love of Christ to others.

Serving because Jesus lives,

Pastor Dennis Wildman

October 14, 2018 Minutia

Today’s Minutia:

Psalms 31:3 KJV For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Everyone needs to have a place to find solace when they need help. David used the 31st Psalm to tell others that he knew who to turn to. He needed help and wasn’t too ashamed to ask God for leadership and guidance. Sometimes, it is the little things in life that draw us into doubt and confusion. Do you ever feel like you are an accident just waiting for some place to happen? No matter what you do, things just don’t work out the way you want them to. When that happens, why not just stop everything you are doing and go to the Lord to find out if you really need to be doing what you think you need to be doing. Maybe you will find out you just need to take your mind off of what you doing for a few minutes to refocus on the task at hand. I remember when I was working in the business world how I approached the tasks that were before me. Sometimes I had a long list of projects to complete. Some would be easy to do and others were a little more difficult. If I tackled the tough projects first, I would usually get bogged down and not get much accomplished. I finally discovered that if I would get one of the easier projects completed successfully then it made the tougher projects appear to be go a little faster. Success encourages success. Failure leads to potential frustration and a longer list to do the next day.

David said that God the Father was the foundation he needed. God provided the protection he needed from the enemy. I hope you know that the enemy, Satan, is always looking for ways to shake your faith. David said lead and guide me so I can show others just how great you are. I sure am glad that God inspired all the writers of the Psalms to record their thoughts and requests for direction. It gives you and I food for our thoughts as we look for peace in the midst of our storms.

Serving because Jesus lives,

Pastor Dennis Wildman

October 13, 2018 Minutia

Today’s Minutia:

Psalm 71:12 KJV “O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.”

Have you ever been in a bind? Have you needed help and didn’t know where to turn? David knew he could turn to the Lord in his time of need. As a matter of fact, we all can should we so desire. I am aware of all the weather related disasters that happen every day all over the world and sympathize with those who have suffered a loss of one kind or another. In some cases, the only option left for them is to turn to God because materialistically speaking they have lost everything they had here on earth. However, they haven’t lost the opportunity to turn to the One who can help them get to the next stage in life.

This doesn’t only apply to material things but also to spiritual and physical issues in life. Your life is such that you will at one time or another are faced with issues that are both spiritual and physical in nature. Trust that you have someone to turn to so that you can be seek resolution to these issues of life. The chorus of the hymn “Turn your eyes upon Jesus” has these words: “Turn you eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.” Of course, my prayer is that all would know to turn to Jesus when they have times of need. I am no exception. There are times that I must simply trust by faith that God will heal me physically. I hope you are praying for those who are not very close to the Lord on a daily basis. I just don’t know how I could get through each and every day unless the Lord is there to lead and guide me.

Serving because Jesus lives,

Pastor Dennis Wildman

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