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Blessed To Use Our Time

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.


Daily Bread

Give us today our daily bread. — Matthew 6:11 (NIV)

…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. — Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

We spend so much time worrying about tomorrow.  John Powers said, “Worrying is the same thing as banging your head against the wall.  It only feels good when you stop.”  I LOVE THAT!  Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us today our daily bread” (emphasis added).  In other words, don’t worry about what you are going to eat tomorrow.  Know that God will provide for today’s needs.  While tomorrow will come, we must remember that God is already there.  He knows what tomorrow holds.  He is the same God who is here today.  He will provide for tomorrow’s needs tomorrow.  Let Him worry about tomorrow.  Pray and trust for today.

This is a message that I need to be reminded of constantly.  I need a big ol’ sign on my forehead that says, “Stop banging me against the wall!”  I worry waaaaaaaay too much.  God knows what I need and has promised to be my provider.  God has blessed me in so many ways.  How can I doubt Him yet again?  That’s the root of worry — doubt.  We will doubt God’s willingness and ability to provide and we have no basis for either.  He has promised to provide and of course He has the ability.  Nothing is impossible for God.  I think that it is when we confuse wants for needs that we get into trouble.  We will pursue our wants and then we don’t have enough for our needs.  That’s when we cry, “HELP!” and we start to sink.  Our eyes turn to our circumstances instead of our Savior who is ready, willing and able to catch us when we sink into doubt.  Trust for today, my friends and God will provide our daily bread.

PRAYER:  Father God, I need Your daily provision in my life.  Help me to remember that You are the one who provides for all of my needs.  Help me to know the difference between wants and needs that I may be wise with how I use what You provide.  Thank You for providing for me in the past.  Help me to trust You for today and to remember that You’ve got tomorrow already taken care of.  Thank You for Your love and grace.  In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.


A Solid Foundation

But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.  — Matthew 7:26-27 (NIV)

Jesus’ longest recorded sermon is the Sermon on the Mount.  It is full of practical ways to live for the Kingdom of God.  Jesus clearly defines what a Kingdom person looks like.  The one thing that a Kingdom person will do is to put His words into practice.  Why?  Because they provide a solid foundation for our lives.  He compares the wise and foolish people with two men building homes.  One builds his home on a foundation of rock and the other on a foundation of sand.  When the storms come, one house stands and the other falls flat.

How true is this in our lives?  When the storms of life come, we discover the foundation on which we’ve built our lives.  If we are putting Jesus’ words into practice (especially, I believe, Matthew 6:25-34), then we can withstand the storm.  If we are not putting Jesus’ words into practice, our lives fall apart quickly.  As we face storms in our lives over the next few weeks, may we read Jesus’ words and put them into practice.  It’s not good enough just to hear them.  We need to live them!

Have a great weekend!


What Are You Working For?

For what or for whom are you working?  For whom do you commute to and from work each day?  Are you working for your spouse or your children?  Are you working to build a company or to make a better life for your family?  Are you working to make a difference or just to make ends meet?
How do you view work?  Is it a necessary evil?  Is it fun and enjoyable?  Is work stressful and worrisome?  Is it hard and yet yields very little in the way of results?
King Solomon viewed work as meaningless.  Look at verses 22-23:

What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. – Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 (NIV)

We work our fingers to the bone for 30-40 years and why do we toil?  We work hard to provide for our families.  We work long days in order to do a little better than our parents.  We work the midnight shift to make ends meet.  We work 2-3 jobs just to put food on the table.  Never mind getting ahead.  We’re just trying to keep our heads above water.  We’re tired and our backs ache and yet we cannot sleep because of anxiety over our work.
What does all of this work get us?  Solomon describes work with some pretty harsh words:
  • Grief
  • Pain
  • Worrisome
When we come to the end of our lives, we discover that all of our work cannot add an hour to our lives.  The overtime we worked will not have mattered.  As you are surrounded by grieving loved ones, your portfolio will be worthless to you and will eventually be fought over shortly after you pass.  What will have mattered?  Your relationships will be all that concerns you.  Your relationship to God and your relationships with others.  Why are you working?  What sacrifices are you making so that you can make more money?  Which is better to sacrifice, time or work?  Is there an expenditure you could cut in order to work a little less to have more time with those whom you love and who love you?  You cannot buy time or love.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone.  Don’t regret the time you spent working because you missed out on those moments with those whom you love.
Ecclesiastes 2:17-23 (NIV)
17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

Worry Is (NOT) For The Birds

The video of the message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana from August 31, 2014.


Victory At Dawn

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.


Worrying About The Temporary

One of my favorite quotes about worry is attributed to a man named John Powers.  It goes a little something like this:

Worry is a lot like banging your head against the wall.  It only feels better when you stop.

Jesus knew that worry can consume the life of a disciple.  We worry about so many things.  We worry about everything!  The safety of our children.  Our mortgage payment.  Our jobs in these uncertain economic times.  Our families and keeping them together.  The rise in crime.  The fall of the stock market.  Our daily bread.  Our retirement plans.  Our health.  On and on it goes.  If there is something that we can worry about, we will do it!
Jesus says not to worry.  In verse 30, Jesus says:

the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. – Luke 12:30 (NIV)

God knows what you need.  He knows that you need food, clothing and shelter.  Jesus says not to worry about these things.  What we should be focused on are the things of God’s Kingdom.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.​ – Luke 12:31 (NIV)​

If we spend our days seeking the temporary things of this life, we will miss out on what matters most.  It is the things of God that ultimately matter most.  Why?  Because only the things of God are eternal.  Your job is not eternal (though there are days when it feels like 5:00 just won’t ever get here!).  Your health is only temporary.  Termites eat homes (trust me, I know!).  Clothes go out of style and get holes in the knees (I have a 7 year old).  Food is either eaten or goes bad.  Only the things of God last forever.  Let us commit ourselves to focusing on God’s Kingdom.  To sharing our faith with those who will live forever separated from God.  Let us focus on helping our kids love Jesus.  Let us seek to build Christ’s church.  Let us commit ourselves to doing God’s will.  When we stop worrying about the things of this world and focus on the things of an eternal nature, God will provide all that we need in order to get the job done.

Luke 12:22-34 (NIV)

Do Not Worry

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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