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Reconciliation – the Dire Need

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Reconciliation – the Dire Need

No relationship can continue indefinitely without the need for reconciliation. We will hurt each other in some way. It is inevitable. We must seek reconciliation and pursue it.

It is easier to cut people out of your life or eliminate them from your contacts than it is to make amends and reconcile. That said, there are issues that should not be reconciled. If there is on-going sin and harm or if there is Biblical principle at stake, then reconciliation is typically wrong.

Some people must be eliminated if they are irreconcilable and/or abusive. That should be true in very few situations. If truth is compromised of if harm is being done, separation has to occur. Even in those cases, some level of reconciliation should be sought.

All humans will eventually fail you. All close relationships will eventually bring some level of pain. All will need your forgiveness and you will need theirs.

“I have tried to live to bless you. I have failed. I still love you and I will still love you. I need your forgiveness. You are allowed to reject me. That is your privilege. If you do that without good reason, we both will lose. If we reconcile, we will both win – and God will win also.”

Some people do not feel worthy of love or forgiveness. They do not want to allow themselves to be loved because they do not feel worthy. They do not love themselves. Rejection feels more normal to them than acceptance. It is difficult to love someone who does not love him/her self.

Open you heart and mind and life to reconciliation today. Seek those who have offended you and those whom you have offended. Without any compromise and without any rejection of truth – reconcile. State the case simply and clearly but state the case.

Reconciliation is not always restoration. Reconciliation restores the option of restoration. It states the case for re-establishment of respect and cooperation.  It makes the case for restoration.

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is our task in this world. Employ it today. Be the minister of God to your world – reconcile.

 

Coaches and Cheerleaders

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Coaches and Cheerleaders

First of all, keep in mind that there have been many women who have been coaches and many men who have been cheerleaders. This is not about gender. This is about life. This is about winning.

Cheer leaders are impressive. They believe in their team. They put lots of energy and time into cheering and practicing their cheering. They seem to enjoy what they do. They believe that their team is going to win. Even if their team is losing by 10 points and there are only 20 seconds left to play, they still think their team is going to win.
Cheerleaders are loyal. They adore the players. All of that is may be good, but…

Cheerleaders are not allowed in the locker room. That is for the coaches. Coaches tell the team what they need to do if they want to win. They draw lines and Xs and 0s on the board and tell the players what they need to do and how and why and when. They expect complete cooperation. Their goal is to win. They are interested in details of the player’s lives. Coaches are very specific.

They tell the players:
• What to wear
• What to eat
• What to not eat
• How much to sleep
• How to run
• How to pass
• How to catch
• How to throw
• How to slide
• How to hit
• How to not get hurt
• How to prepare mentally and physically for the contest
• How to keep their bodies in shape

Coaches are critical to the success of the team. There can be two teams with players of similar skills. One team wins. The other team looses. What is the difference? The difference is the coaching. Good coaches are in high demand. They demand much from their players. They give much to their players and to the game.

They send in plays. They sub in players. They know the abilities and weaknesses of each individual on the team. They know the weaknesses and strengths of the opposing team. They do their research. They prepare their team for the up-coming games. They are constantly making plans for next: game, week, year, and beyond.

Coaches can raise the ire of the players. But, eventually the players realize that they win because of the coaches. They respect the coach because they know the coach will always work for the good of the team.

What does this have to do with life or with anything for that matter? Life is just like this. There are many cheerleaders. There are few coaches. Cheerleaders get the attention. Coaches give constant attention and focus and direction.

There are many cheerleaders. They cheer for their team win. There are too few life-coaches. We desperately need more coaches.

We need coaches who can live the life and show us how to live the life by their lives.
We need coaches who know how to win the “game” of life.
We need coaches who tell us how to live, work, love, plan, teach, parent, lead, in all areas of life.
We need coaches who can call together a team of dedicated people who submit to the “rules” of life and faith.

Unfortunately churches also seem to have more cheerleaders than coaches.
They can tell you how good it is to be part of their “team.” They are loyal. But,
Where are the coaches?
Where are the leaders who can and will hold the people accountable?
Where are the men who can chart a course through the chaos of this modern society?
Where are the men who can tell us how to live and not lose the “game?”
Where are the men who can stand the pressure of the world system?
Where are the men who will not be distracted by the allures around them?
Where are the men who can guide us safely into the future?
Where?

The few coaches we have, need to be coaching a whole new generation of new coaches who will be able to learn how to live life and pass on the values and beliefs and convictions to the next generation. It is time to teach the teachers. It is time to lead the leaders. It is time to coach the coaches so they can coach the people.
It is time. It will soon be too late. It is time, now.

The Apostle Paul was a “wise masterbuilder.” The word means architect. He was an architect of the Christian life and Church. He was a coach. He lived the life. He taught the life. He taught coaches. There were many leaders of his day. He is the one that God features prominently in the Book of books.

Cheerleaders are impressive but, only coaches know and show and teach us how to win.
Cheerleaders are forgotten. Coaches, never.

“His Royal Blood”

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“His Royal Blood”

A Child of The King
By: Cindy Walker

Once I was clothed in the rags of my sin,
Wretched and poor, lost and lonely within,
But with wond’rous compassion the King of all kings,
In pity and love, took me under His wing.

 

Now I’m a child with a heavenly home.
My Holy Father has made me His own,
And I’m cleansed by His blood, And I’m clothed in His love,
And someday I’ll sing with the angels above.

 

Oh, yes, oh, yes, I’m a child of the King
His royal blood now flows in my veins.
And I who was wretched and poor now can sing,
Praise God. Praise God, I’m a child of the King.

 

Does the Royal Blood of The King flow in your veins? If you are a child of the King, then His blood does flow in your veins. You have a new DNA. You have a new life. You are the result of a new birth – the birth of the Spirit of God.

That which is born of flesh is flesh – we are all born of flesh.
That which is born of Spirit is Spirit – Are you born of the Spirit?

The Royal blood of King Jesus cleanses us from all sin. The Royal blood of King Jesus powers us for all of life. No more need to sin. No more need to fail. No more need to live to the flesh. 

Oh, yes, oh, yes, I’m a child of the King
His royal blood now flows in my veins.
And I who was wretched and poor now can sing,
Praise God. Praise God, I’m a child of the King.

Come, Gracious Spirit

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Come, Gracious Spirit, Heav’nly Dove,

 

Come, gracious Spirit, heav’nly Dove,
With light and comfort from above;
Be Thou our Guardian, Thou our Guide,
O’er every thought and step preside.

 

The light of truth to us display,
And make us know and choose Thy way;
Plant holy fear in every heart,
That we from God may ne’er depart.

 

Lead us to holiness, the road
Which we must take to dwell with God;
Lead us to Christ, the living Way,
Nor let us from His pastures stray.

 

Lead us to God, our final rest,
To be with Him forever blest;
Lead us to Heav’n, its bliss to share,
Fullness of joy forever there.

 

Simon Browne – 1720

God the Holy Spirit – 36

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God the Holy Spirit – 36
The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of redemption

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Redemption. Not death. We are sealed, not until death but, until the day of redemption. It is not safe to live without the blessed Holy Spirit indwelling. It is not safe to die without the blessed Holy Spirit indwelling. The Holy Spirit seals us through death until redemption – until Father God gives us our new body to join our redeemed spirit. As we traverse the path from earth to Heaven, we need to be sealed. Now and ever. That sealing shows the evil spirits that we have the stamp of God on our spirit. We are His. We are sealed. Carried by angels and sealed by the seal of the Holy Spirit of God. Safe in the arms of Jesus.

Father God
We thank and praise you for the sealing of your Holy Spirit. We do not want to grieve your Spirit. We dare not grieve your Spirit. It would grieve our heart to grieve your Spirit. We long for the day when we shall experience and enjoy that sealing that continues until we are redeemed, body, soul, and spirit – now wholly sanctified and then, wholly redeemed. We praise you.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 35

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God the Holy Spirit – 35
The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of adoption and redemption

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

We groan. We groan because we are part of a creation in travail. Creation groans. We groan; even those of us who have the Holy Spirit. We have the first fruits of the Spirit. Someday, we will experience complete redemption. Not only the Spiritual redemption we currently experience, but the adoption and redemption of our physical being – someday we will have new bodies to go along with our renewed minds and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. For now, we groan.

O Heavenly Father,
We long. We wait. We groan. Jesus Christ groaned when He was a man here in His creation. We long for the redemption of our physical bodies – the new bodies you have promised to your children. No more groaning. No more tears. No more crying. No more fear. No more death. We long. We wait. For You. For no more groaning.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 34

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God the Holy Spirit – 34
The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit of confession of truth

Acts 5:1-3 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?

The Holy Spirit confesses truth. These two early Church members did not confess truth. They lied. Peter says that Satan has filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit. This is very serious – serious enough to cause death. They persisted in the lie that Satan put in their hearts. The Holy Spirit knows when we are truthful and when we are not because He is the Spirit of Truth.

O God of Truth,
We confess truth before you. Your Holy Spirit in us confesses truth – You are the God of Truth. Only your Holy Spirit in us can keep us walking in your Truth. We purpose to be truthful in all things and at all times, as your Spirit controls our lives.
Amen