"What would you do if I gave you a million dollar bill? Would you be pretty excited about that? Well, it's not a real one, but, uh, my grandkids had me get it for them the other day and I've got to put this in an envelope and send this to them." 

Family Discussions:

  1. When's the last time you shared Christ with someone?
  2. When was the last time you were in seat 34B? Described that experience, can you?
  3. Do you know anyone who's speeding towards hell right now?
  4. What's your strategy to help them slow down and to give their heart to Christ?

Transcription:

00:14 What would you do if I gave you a million dollar bill? Would you be pretty excited about that? Well, it's not a real one, but, uh, my grandkids had me get it for them the other day and I've got to put this in an envelope and send this to them. But, uh, I want to talk about the greatest gift of all. We're an Acts chapter three in verse 17 and 18. And, and just in context, Peter and John had just healed the first guy after they'd received the Holy Spirit. The power of God in them healed this man who had been crippled his whole life. Now you guys, Peter could have run for office that day. He could have, he could have taken the presidency. I mean, people were gathering around him and ready to proclaim him as God. But, uh, properly so Peter did what he should have done.

01:05 It says this, and 17. He said, "and now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance just as your rulers did also with the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets that his Christ would suffer. He has now fulfilled. All the things that were announced before that Christ would suffer. He has now fulfilled." Peter just proclaimed Jesus because to him it was more important than any title or office position in the whole wide world. You know, what? Of all the most exciting memories of my life or when, you know, God allowed me to do that. I was just thinking about one a minute ago. I was delayed on an air flight, was supposed to be flying from New York to my home in Missouri and, and we were, uh, sitting on a different plane through Orlando, Florida. And I knew in my heart that God had a reason for that delay.

02:03 Uh, even though it was going to be three hours out of the way. While I was in seat 34B. And sure enough, next to me in 34A, uh, there was a woman there, she was a business woman and she was a consultant. Brilliant lady. And she was on her way to consult for some businesses in Orlando. I just kind of started, uh, you know, reading this little Bible that I carry around with me. And, um, and somehow she became curious in what I was doing. I forget the question she asked me but I said, I said, do you ever think about spiritual things? And she started talking about her new age faith and how she was steeped in the new age faith that she was one with God and that you know, that everything was God and she didn't need Jesus.

02:43 And, and, and as she began to tell me her whole story, what happened was, was that when she was 12 years old, she went to her, uh, uh, church experience. And the guy who was leading the church, she kind of confessed your sins to this church leader. He said, you know what, if you sin before you return for your next confession time, he said, you know, you could die and go to hell. So be sure and come back next week. Well, it scared that little girl so bad that if she died between her confession times that she could go to hell. She went out on the front porch, that church to kill herself, but she was too afraid to do that. So she just ran from the church and ran into the new age philosophy. Well, all I did was just turned to this little verse in the Bible in Second Corinthians 5:21 and I handed my bible to her and she read this.

03:35 "God made Jesus who knew no sin became sin on my behalf, that I might become the righteousness of Christ in him." And then I turned to Ephesians 2:8-9 and I handed it to her and she read it. It said, "by grace you've been saved through faith and not of yourself. It's a gift of God that no one should boast." Now I turned to John 1:12. And I handed it to her and she read, "but to as many as received him to them, he gave the right to become children of God." And folks, 30 years of anger at God, 30 years of fear. Improper fear of God melted away in those three or four Bible verses. And that lady for the first time in her life saw the gift of grace. And you know what? I got to pray by that lady that day.

04:30 And um, you know what? Um, it's the greatest gift I could have given her and, and you know what you've got your seat34B. You're in seat 34B right now. You know, you're in class somewhere and you're in seat 34B and in 34A there's someone sitting right next to you that needs the gift of grace. You know, you're out there in the marketplace working. There's somebody in your company right now sitting in seat 34A and you, you get a chance to give them something that's a whole lot more than a million bucks. You get to give them the gift of eternal life. Go for it. Here's the questions for today. When's the last time you shared Christ with someone? When was the last time you were in seat 34B? Described that experience, can you? And then let me ask you this. Do you know anyone who's speeding towards hell right now? What's your strategy to help them slow down and to give their heart to Christ? And then here's a great thing to do today. Find somebody to share Christ with. Begin to pray for them and, and, uh, and ask God to give you the opportunity to share with him the greatest gift you could give them.

"You may be like the boy that I just met last summer camp. Kid's 13 years old. He was watching CNN and he saw an orphanage on the network and he goes, "you know what? I'm going to build an orphanage in Africa."" 

Family Discussions:

  1. What do you have to give in the name of Christ?
  2. What do you have to give besides your money?
  3. What are you going to do with what you've got to give to glorify Jesus?

Transcription:

00:14 Hey, if you ever wondered what the world would be like or even what your world would be like if Christmas was 365 days out of the year? Well, um, it can be. Look at chapter three of Acts. Starting in verse one, and it says this "Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer, and a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along whom they used to sit down every day at the gate of the temple, which is called beautiful in order to beg alms for those who are entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter along with John fixed his gaze upon him and said, look at us. And he began to give him their attention, expecting to receive something from them.

01:07 But Peter said, I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk." Man, it's like a root canal. It's like a spinal tap. It's like an ulcer, a tax audit, you know, pain is inevitable. But to probably, you know, to probably a whole lot of people sitting in church, there are few things as painful as listening to the preacher talk about, you know, giving your money, you know, to the church and, and you know, what's interesting about the sermons that, you know, that preachers have to give about giving money, they probably are harder for them than they are for us. But it's not that the preachers trying to make it, you know, personal gains, I don't believe that. I believe that he's just sharing the Word of God.

01:57 Um, you know, it's our obligation to give and not always obligation to give. It's our obligation to give it joyfully. I don't know anything more exciting, I mean, I really don't know anything more exciting than to take the stuff that God's given you. You know, whether it's your finances or whether it's your talent or whether it's your, you know, your, your sweat equity that you can bring to something, I don't know anything better than giving yourself away for the cause of Christ. There's nothing more joyful than that. There's nothing better than feeding orphans. There's nothing in this world better than putting clothes on people who don't have any clothes. There's nothing better than sacrificing in the name of Christ for folks who don't have as much. And you know what? You may have a lot of money and you may be able to give a lot.

02:43 And if you do, man, have fun giving it or you may be like the boy that I just met last summer camp. Kid's 13 years old. He was watching CNN and he saw an orphanage on the network and he goes, you know what? I'm going to build an orphanage in Africa. I'm serious. The kid's 13 years olds. True Story. He put up three lemonade stands and all weekend it, through the winter started working those lemonade stands. Except he would give the lemonade away. But he let people make a donation for his dream for an orphanage. Well he got a lot of donations. In fact, he got $46,000 in donations and then people who donate continue to donate. He's built this first orphanage for 20 orphans in Africa. And now he dreams to have two more. I remember one girl who didn't have a whole lot of money to our camp, but she grew her hair almost down to her waist.

03:34 And then she went to the hair place and they cut all of her hair off and made a wig for a girl who had cancer and was bald and didn't have any hair. Boy, there's a lot of ways to give alms, you know, silver and gold have I none. But what I have, I'm going to give Ya, cause what I've got is Jesus. Let me ask you a couple of questions today. You know, what do you have to give in the name of Christ? Think about it. I mean, besides this, and you know what? Even if it's a quarter, put it in the piggy bank, you know, after a year

04:10 to a lot. Uh, but, but what do you have to give besides your money? And I ask you today to make a point, make a plan. What are you going to do with what you've got to give to glorify Jesus? And, and, and here's the lifeline for the day. It's in giving that we receive. It's in dying that we receive eternal life.

"A little girl that day as she received the grace, the love, the complete peace of God. She just received the peace of God in her heart. A few nights later, we were doing our youth rally called K-Life. And she said, "I want to get baptized. When can you do it?" And I said, "right now.""

Family Discussions:

  1. If you've been baptized tell everybody that's in your family, what that experience was like for you.
  2. If someone asks you to explain baptism to them, what would you say?
  3. Why are the words repent and be baptized often linked together?
  4. In the Greek language, the Greeks use the word Baptiso for baptism which meant the dying of a garment where they would baptize or Baptiso a white garment into the red dye and the garment would come out red to taking on the properties of the dye. What does this insight give you into the baptism of you Christ?

Transcription:

00:13 Hey, I want to tell you about the best night of my life over the last 365 days. It's a night I will never forget as long as I live. But first I want to read you Acts Chapter two in verse 37 through 41 and it says this, "Now, when they heard this, they were pierced to their heart and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, brethren, what shall we do? Peter said to them, repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you'll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the promise is for you and your children. And for all who are far off as many as the Lord God will call to himself. And with many other words, he solemnly testified and kept exhorting them, saying, be saved from this perverse generation.

01:05 So then those who received his word were baptized and they were added that day, about 3000 souls." Best Day of the year for me, um, this precious girl at our sports Kamps at Kanakuk. Uh, she was a ninth grader. She was a virgin. She had been raped by a senior and worse than that, um, um, he told a whole lot of his friends about it and it had just broken her little heart. It had wrecked her world. But, um, but there at Kamp, she and her counselor. And I, uh, you know, did some counseling. That precious girl allowed Christ to fill that broken place in her heart. And, and I saw literally, I saw this girl come alive. It was a second Corinthians chapter five verse 21 where it says that Christ became our rape. He became our brokenness. He became our sin. Whatever it was, he became our pain so that we might become the righteousness of Christ.

02:06 And that little girl that day as she received the grace, the love, the complete peace of God. Although she was totally a victim, it wasn't her fault at all. Um, but she just received the peace of God in her heart. A few nights later, we were doing our, our youth rally called K-Life. And, and she said, I want to get baptized. When can you do it? And I said, right now. And, and so she grabbed her counselor and we jumped on a four wheeler road down the hill and waited out to Table Rock Lake. Uh, because that girl wanted to be baptized for her, for her newly found faith in Christ. And, and you know what? The night was dark, but there were stars all over the sky and she and her counselor, and I were standing there in waist deep water. And, um, this is a true story.

02:51 As dark as the sky was just before I baptize that precious girl, the moon, and I'm talking about the most beautiful, full orange moon you ever in your life lifted out of the trees on that little Ozark mountain side that made the lake that we were standing in and the moon and the moon. We just stood there and watched the moon rise and the reflection of the moonlight just glittered on the water and danced on her face. It was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen in my life. Y'All, when a believer, you know, gives, gives his heart to Christ. You know that believer's baptize in the name of Jesus and, and you know what all over the world today, in fact, our missionary friends tell us that 176,000 at least new believers in Christ are baptized in some pool, some pond, some lake, some river, some church in this world, every single day.

03:45 You know, we're, we're baptized because Jesus asks us to be baptized. We're baptized in water as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, baptizing our heart into Christ. Cause when you're baptized into Christ, you're placed into the family of God. It's like in the water. The old you dies and everything that you were, stays in the water. It's like the water washes your sins. And when you come out of the water, it represents your new life in Christ. You know, if you've never been baptized in Christ, then men, you know, go to your pastor and get him to do that with you. But if you have go back to that day and live like you're walking with the full moon shining. Man, the moon is rising on your life today. And the reminder of God's reflection of his beauty is everywhere inside of you. You're the bride of Christ. You've been baptized into that.

04:41 Here's my question is for you today. Hey, if you've been baptized tell everybody that's in your family, what that experience was like for you. And if, if, if someone asks you to explain baptism to them, what would you say? And, and then this, why are the words repent and be baptized often linked together. This is a great question and repent and be baptized. Why? Why are those words often linked together? And, and, and then, and then in, in the Greek language, the Greeks use the word Baptiso for baptism, which, which meant the dying of a garment where they would baptize or Baptiso a white garment into the red dye and the garment would come out red to taking on the properties of the dye. What does this insight give you into the baptism of you Christ? And then the lifeline is this, uh, you know, there may be somebody in your family or in your world, still is not been baptized. Uh, pray about it. Kind of set a date with your pastor and then your whole family can join the event.

"Do you feel like you want to see the world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your family change? Is there a relationship in your life that you want to see change?"

Family Discussions:

  1. How do you think it felt for those early Christians when they were so filled with the spirit that people even thought they were drunk because they were so consumed with his love and his joy and his laughter?
  2. With Peter responded their accusation, why do you think 3000 people came to Christ?
  3. Why do you think tens of thousands of people became Christians in the first generation of those people?
  4. How do you think the Holy Spirit can speak through you today in the situation that you're in with your life?

Transcription:

00:14 Do you feel like you want to see the world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your world change? Do you ever feel like you want to see your family change? Is there a relationship in your life that you want to see change? Uh, and I'm talking about change for the better. Well, um, today we're going to help with that. In fact, hopefully we're going to help a lot. We're in Acts chapter two and we're going to start with verse one and it says this, "and when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place and suddenly there came from heaven, a noise like a violent rushing wind. And it filled the whole house where they were sitting and there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves and they rested on each one of them and they were all filled with the holy spirit and to begin to speak in other tongues in other languages because the spirit was giving them utterances."

01:03 Let me paint the picture for you. Jesus had died. He had resurrected from the dead. He had left them to ascend, to be with the father. He had promised them that he was going to send his spirit to live in their hearts. And now they're all gathered together. The disciples are there and it says that there are men gathered with them. It was Passover, the Jews from every nation. It says in this chapter under heaven, and because they were all given languages by the Holy Spirit, it says the, they all, every single man from every nation that was there, they heard the mighty deeds of God spoken in their language. I mean Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, every, you know, African dialect that was represented there, each heard the spirit speaking through these men in their language. No wonder 3000 people were saved that day. No wonder they saw God.

02:03 You know what? Um, the language of the Holy Spirit is also in the fruit of the spirit. You know, the language of the Holy Spirit is also love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self control. Hey, I believe with all my heart, if God wanted you to speak French, just like that, he could give you that language. If it was going to be to his glory. I believe God could do anything. He did it then he can do it now. But you know what? I also believe that that you can, you can change the most difficult relationship in your home today. When the Holy Spirit gives you the language of the fruit of the spirit, and that's his love. You know, I believe that you can change the most difficult relationship in your school. I believe you could change the most difficult relationship in your neighborhood or in your, uh, you know, in your company that you're working in.

02:52 If the spirit of God begins to speak his language through you to somebody else. You think Moses really raised his staff one day and the Red Sea parted. Well, I do. And I think the things that God did then God can do now. But I believe when Jesus said, you're going to even do greater things than I did. I believe the Red Sea could part any day that God wants it to and he's going to use you to part the Red Sea. When you see the Sea of lust taking over your mind, allow God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and watch him part the Red Sea. When you, when you see, you know, Satan putting you know, bitterness in your mind for somebody else or worry in your mind or fear in your mind, watch God raise the staff and part the Red Sea. When he gives you forgiveness and peace because your little heart is filled with the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit of God is literally God.

03:51 He's the one who spoke and the whole cosmos, which was created, and he lives in your heart and as he lives in your heart, He can feel your heart. He can dominate your heart. And with Christ, it says in scripture, all things are possible. So today, uh, ask him, say, God, fill me with your spirit. Take the place of everything that's going on in my life. I want to speak the language of your spirit and watch your world change. Here's the questions for you today. How do you think it felt for those early Christians when they were so filled with the spirit that people even thought they were drunk because they were so consumed with his love and his joy and his laughter? And then with Peter responded their accusation, why do you think 3000 people came to Christ? And more importantly, as the disciples went own in their ministry, why do you think tens of thousands of people became Christians in the first generation of those people? And then lastly and most importantly, how do you think the Holy Spirit can speak through you today in the situation that you're in with your life? And then here's the lifeline for the day. Um, thank God for giving you the Holy Spirit and then, and then ask the spirit to guide you today and to lead you in the most difficult thing in your life. Watch. Watch the change that happens.

"I heard an old country friend of mine say one time, "you know, there's only three things you need in life. Duct tape, wd 40 and Jesus." Well, I suppose that's true because Jesus is included."

Family Discussions:

  1. How did Jesus' departure make you stronger than even if he was standing by your side?
  2. How is the force similar to our faith? But how is the force of star wars different than our faith?
  3. What difference does it make in your life today that Jesus is praying for you?
  4. What difference does it make in your life today that Jesus, is building a mansion for you?
  5. What difference does it make in your life today that Jesus is allowing his spirit to live inside of you?

Transcription:

00:14 I heard an old country friend of mine say one time, you know, there's only three things you need in life. Duct tape, wd 40 and Jesus. Well, uh, I suppose that's true because Jesus is included. You want power? You want authority? You want strength? You want courage? Hey, get into this devotional a day and you're going to find it. It's from Acts chapter one verses nine through 11. Jesus and disciples are on the Mount of olives and he's about to be taken away. It's called the ascension. And here's here it goes, Luke is writing. He says, "after he had said these things, he was lifted up while they were looking on and behold, a cloud received him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while he was departing, behold two men in white clothing stood beside them. And they also said, men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky?

01:06 This Jesus who's been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you've watched him go into heaven." My little grandson, Dax, uh, who are loved so much. He is a big time star wars fan. And uh, you know, I remember in the first star wars movie, you know, where, I think Obi wan is talking to you know, Darth Vader and he says, if you kill me I'll be stronger. And, and what he's talking about is this new age idea about the force. May the force be with you, whatever. And of course it's, it's, it's a new age concept. It is absolutely useless. But there's something similar to that. Although this one is true where Jesus said to his disciples, I'm not going to leave you as orphans in John 14. He said, I'm going to come to you in a little while.

01:52 He said, the world will behold me no more, but you will behold me because I live. You shall live. Also in that day he's talking about he said, I will be in the father and you will be in me and I will be in you. He's talking about the Holy Spirit and you know what? The Holy Spirit, which of course is the spirit of God, is who you receive when Christ comes into your life. And, and y'all, you talk about motivation, you talk about power, you talk about hope. Now check this out. When Jesus went to be with the father, three things happen on that day. One, he went into the construction business because he said in John 14, he said, I'm going to go prepare a place for you. I'm going to go to prepare a mansion for you. The second thing that he did on that day is he begin a work in your life through the Holy Spirit.

02:45 And the third thing he did that day, he went to be with God. And as Romans eight says, he began to pray for you. He began to pray for you all the time. What would you do if Jesus came back and he literally, uh, begin to hold your hand and began to walk with you every where you went? You think you'd be powerful? You think you could be strong? You think you could overcome temptation? And what if Jesus was right over there? Next you and you saw him on his knees praying for you all the time? You think things in your life would change? You think your attitude would change? You think your faith will change? And then, man, what if, what if every morning you and I woke up and we saw this mansion, this mansion in heaven, that's going to be yours forever.

03:33 that he had personally built for you, what do you think? You think our life would change if those three things were reality in our life? Well I'll tell you something, they are. They're reality in your life. So here's the questions today, how did Jesus' departure make you stronger than even if he was standing by your side? And then in kind of a crazy way. How is the force similar to our faith? But how is the force of star wars different than our faith? And then what difference does it make in your life today that Jesus is praying for you? What difference does it make in your life today that Jesus, is building a mansion for you? And what difference does it make in your life today that Jesus is allowing his spirit to live inside of you and the lifeline for today is this live today in the power of his presence and watch what happens.

April 19, 2019

Simply Wait - Acts 1:4-9

"I gotta tell you my favorite days over the past few years have been going up to school to my grandkids and always go by McDonald's. Get in line and get a happy meal and take it to the school and have lunch with these kids."

Family Discussions:

  1. Why is waiting on God's so amazingly different?
  2. Why is it so much better to wait on God's timing?
  3. When a person receives Christ as savior and Lord, how does he know the Holy Spirit has come in to him? How did you even know?
  4. What's the evidence in your life that God is in your heart?

Transcription:

00:14 I gotta tell you my favorite days over the past few years have been going up to school to my grandkids and always go by McDonald's. Get in line and uh, get a happy meal and take it to the school and have lunch with these kids. Um, y'all were fixing to get into this book in the Bible. That is phenomenal. It is an awesome book. It's the book of acts today is going to talk about waiting. Um, and, and what waiting can do if you wait in the right way. It's acts chapter one, and we're looking at verse four through nine. It says this, "In gathering them together, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the father had promised, which he said, you heard from me, you know, y'all, Jesus has resurrected there on the Mount of olives. He's about to ascend to be with the father.

01:03 And He's speaking to the disciples. He said this for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. And so when they had come together, they were asking him saying, Lord, is this the time you're restoring the kingdom to Israel? He said to them, it's not for you to know the times or the part, which the father fixed in his own authority, but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witnesses, both in Jerusalem, Judea, Sameria, and to the most parts of the earth. And after he had said these things, he was lifted up from them. And behold, while they were looking on a cloud, received him out of their sight. Waiting." Uh, I am the world's worst. Waiting at Mcdonald's for the happy meal, uh, waiting at the red light, waiting on God's promises.

01:57 Uh, Hey, what about you? Is Waiting on God for a strength? Is that a strength for you or is that a weakness for you? Ah, man, the disciples were weary from the long years of political unrest that dawned on Israel with each new day. Now their allegiance to their risen savior brought new tensions into their lives. Who would be the next to go to the Roman cross? They wanted to, they wanted an in to it all. Stop it. Come back now Jesus set up your kingdom and let us rule with you. They were saying. His reply to them was simply, wait, we don't God. That's all you need to know. I told you I'll be back. I told you my very spirit would come to live inside of you. Now wait, believe and wait growing up without a following requires lots of believe in wait time, doesn't it?

02:52 Uh, the Bible says sex is for marriage only. So wait, it's so much better that way. Getting high comes through knowing your, your God's and God is yours and, and he's going to be there in all your circumstances. Getting high comes when you hold your hands and a pure relationship. Getting high comes when you fall in love righteously. Really getting high comes when you put joy from God in your life. Getting high is when you leave the chemicals and the alcohol alone. Getting high is when you wait. Really getting highs when you believe and wait. You know, God repeats the message in our inner hearts over and over again in so many ways. Every day doesn't make any, you know, every time we listen, we're blessed. You know, every time we rushed to the front of the line and try to take a short cut on purity or shortcut on, you know, stuff we're supposed to wait on.

03:47 Every time we, we rush the front line, we get hurt. Which, you know what? The disciples are waited. And God came through. Those guys went out and turned the world upside down. Everything good is worth the wait. And, and here's the questions for today. Why is waiting on God's so amazingly different? And, and why is it so much better to wait on God's timing? And then this question, When a person receives Christ as savior and Lord, how does he know the Holy Spirit has come in to him? How did you even know? What's the evidence in your life that God is in your heart? Part of the evidence is going to be waiting. So today, uh, ask the Holy Spirit to empower you today to wait on God's best for everything in your life.

"The story goes of a poor young boy over in the nation of India who sought out a great wise sage to ask him a very pressing question that everybody asks eventually in their lifetime. When the boy found the sage, he said to him, sir, how might I find the Kingdom of God? The sage look carefully into the boy's eyes and said, you don't want it bad enough." 

Family Discussions:

  1. What made it easy to say I love God, but to show it by loving others, it takes great desire. Why is that?
  2. How can great desire enable you to love God by loving others more?
  3. What did Jesus mean when he said to Peter tend my lambs and?
  4. Why does loving Jesus mean loving others?
  5. How do you apply that parable of the man and the little boy when he said that little boy, what did you want more than anything else in the world?
  6. How do you apply that today to your relationship with Christ?

Transcription:

00:14 Hey, in the next five seconds, what do you want more than anything else in the world?

00:20 For me, it's oxygen. And I want to tell you a story today about that. A story you will probably never forget. Today we're in John Chapter 21. Uh, we're in verses 15 through 17. It's after the resurrection of Jesus. And an interesting encounter between Jesus and Peter, a guy who loved him a lot and wanted to know how he could love him better. Here is the account. "So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these? Peter said to him, yes Lord, you know that I love you. He said to him, tend my lambs. He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love me? He said to him, yes Lord, you know that I love you. He said to him, shepherd my sheep. He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love me? Peter was grieved because he said to him a third time, do you love me? And he said to him, Lord, you know all things you know that I love you, and Jesus said to him, tend my sheep."

01:28 The story goes of a poor young boy, uh, over in the nation of India who sought out a great wise sage to ask him a very pressing question that everybody asks eventually in their lifetime. When the boy found the sage, he said to him, sir, how might I find the Kingdom of God? The sage look carefully into the boy's eyes and said, you don't want it bad enough. The boy departed with great disappointment, but return the next day and again he said, sir, how might I find the Kingdom of God? Again the sage said, boy, you just don't want it bad enough. The third day, the board repeated his question persistently, the sage replied, meet me at the river tomorrow. The next day, the boy was at the river ready for his answer. The sage walked into the water with the boy until they were waist deep in the river. The sage abruptly took the boy, dunked him under the water and held him until he completely ran out of breath.

02:21 The boy finally jerked up his head gasping for breath. The old sage said to him, boy, when you were under that water, what did you want more than anything in the world? The kid said, oxygen, sir, I wanted oxygen. He said, boy, when you want the Kingdom of God as bad as you desire that you'll find it. And here's the questions for today. You know what made, it's easy to say I love God, but to show it by loving others, it takes great desire. Why is that? And the second question is, how can great desire enable you to love God by loving others more? And this is a puzzling question. What did Jesus mean when he said to Peter tend my lambs and, and then why does loving Jesus mean loving others? And then the last question is this. How do you apply that parable of the man and the little boy when he said that little boy, what did you want more than anything else in the world? How do you apply that today to your relationship with Christ? Here's the lifeline. Hey, love begins at home. If it doesn't happen here, it can truly happen anywhere else.

" I was just with my grandson the other day, little bitty guy. He caught five rainbow trout. We put them on the grill. We smoked them and served them for dinner. He was tall, as any little kid if you ever saw in his pride, because he brought home dinner."

Family Discussions:

  1. What's everybody fishing for?
  2. What's a great catch a fish to you?
  3. Why is it so much better to fish on the right side of the boat?
  4. Why do most people fish on the left?

Transcription:

00:14 Man, I love to fish when it's with my grandkids. I was just with my grandson the other day, little bitty guy and uh, he caught five rainbow trout. We put them on the grill. We smoked them and served them for dinner. He was tall, as any little kid if you ever saw in his pride, because he brought home dinner. I wanna tell you a fishing story, but this is a true one. John Chapter 21 verses one through six. This was a great day. Listen to this. It said, uh, and this is after Jesus' resurrection said, "After these things, Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberius and he manifested himself in this way. Simon Peter and Thomas called Didymus and Nathaniel of Canaan and Galilee and the sons of Zebedee and two others of his disciples. I think that seven were together. Simon Peter said to them, I'm going fishing. They said to him, Hey, we'll come with you.

01:12 They went out. They got into the boat that night and it says they caught nothing. But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach. Yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, children, do you not have any fish? Do you? And they said to him, no. And he said to them, cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find a catch. So they cast and they were not able to haul in because of the great number of fish." That is a fishing story. Uh, some of my best friends are fishermen. Aren't yours? I have a son named Brady who is a fisherman all the way through high school. He fished for basketball goals every Monday and Thursday night during basketball season. Uh, my daughter Courtney, was a fisherman. She fished for good crowds support as she cheerlead for her high school.

02:09 Uh, my friend Ryan is a fisherman. He fishes for good art projects, as he uses artistic talents to their fullest. My friend Michael is a fisherman. He fishes for songs to entertain kids and adults all over the country. Scott's a fisherman. He fishes for fair, honest ways to help his business grow. My wife Debbie Jo's a fisherman. She fishes for her Bible study that she'd been teaching for the last 18 years of 50 or 60 women in the city and she fishes for our home to build a home that's pleasing to God. You know in a way we all fish for a living, don't we? You know, every day we have to decide which side of the boat to cast our nets upon. The left side of the boat is man's way of fishing. You know, it says that successful fishing happen when you join the crowd. It gossip, cheating and telling lies and you know, drinking, doing drugs, going to question well movies, you know, taking advantage of other people to catch fish.

03:11 You know, probably almost everybody's fished on the left side of the boat. Sometimes and sometimes it feels good over there, doesn't it? But that net always comes up empty in the long run. Hey, Jesus still manifest themselves today through his word in our minds, in our conscious, and he still calls us to throw our nets on the right side of the boat. It seems awkward with everyone else fishing on the left side to having ever fish on the right side, but, but just like the disciples learned, the catch is abundant on the right side. In fact, at the end, it's so abundant, you can hardly get it to the shore. Let me ask you these questions a day. You know, what's everybody fishing for? Let me ask you this. What's a great catch a fish to you and why is it so much better to fish on the right side of the boat and why do most people fish on the left? The lifeline is this, every fisherman need someone to remind them where the good fishing is located.

"When an air plane, you know shoots down a runway, the wind rushing over the top of the wing creates a vacuum under the wing and the air that rushes in to fill that vacuum under the wing pushes the wing upward and gives that plane the lift that it needs to get off the ground." 

Family Discussion:

  1. Why did Thomas need to touch Jesus to believe in?
  2. How can you put faith in Jesus even if you've never seen him?
  3. What's your favorite lift that God gives you and why?
  4. Why do you have to put your wings in motion before you can fly?

Transcription:

00:14 Do you ever question your beliefs? and um, and, and do you, does your life, uh, need a lift today? I just, I just hope this devotional would give you a lift and I hope it will help you with your faith. Um, and you know what, if you, if you, if you've had a day when you don't believe, I hope this will encourage. We're in John Chapter 20 Verse 27 through 29. Um, it's after the resurrection of Christ and there was somebody there who has my middle name by the way, who didn't believe his name was Thomas. It goes like this. "Then he said to Thomas, reach here with your finger and see my hands and reach here your hand and put it into my side and do not be unbelieving, but believing. Thomas answered and said to him, my Lord and my God, Jesus said to him, because you have seen me, you have believed, but blessed are they who do not see and yet believe."

01:09 You know when an air plane, you know shoots down a runway, the wind rushing over the top of the wing creates a vacuum under the wing and the air that rushes in to fill that vacuum under the wing pushes the wing upward and gives that plane the lift that it needs to get off the ground. That's how it flies. As a Christian, God gives you wings to fly and even though you don't have to run to activate those wings, the more you swiftly activate the wings, the higher you go. Faith flies when you trust God with your needs, with your worries and with your plans and with your dreams. Hey, scripture flies when you read it carefully and do what it says. Prayer flies when you pray to God with a sincere believing heart. Your witnessing flies when you live a life that others can see is unique and not like the crowd. Fellowship flies when you keep the right friends and spend time with other believers. Let me ask you this questions today. Hey, why did Thomas need to touch Jesus to believe in? How can you put faith in Jesus even if you've never seen him? This is cool. What's your favorite lift that God gives you and why? And lastly, why do you have to put your wings in motion before you can fly? And the lifeline is this. What can we do to put lift under each other's wings in our family?

"In my billfold, I keep a baseball card of Willie Mays who struck out his first 36 strikes before his first hit. Unbelievable! Jim Abbott, I remember watching the game. He was born with only one hand, but he pitched the victorious gold medal game for the United States Olympic team and pitched a no hitter for the New York Yankees."

Family Discussions:

  1. Describe a time when you thought your dream had died.
  2. Why does God let visions die before they're completely successful?
  3. What's the difference between down and out?

Transcription:

00:14 Hey, today I want to talk to you about your dreams. Your greatest dreams in sports. Your greatest dreams in art. Your greatest dreams in music. Your greatest dreams in academics. Your greatest dreams in business. Your greatest dreams in family. And then I want to talk to you about the greatest day of all. Can I do that? John chapter 20 verse one through eight. We'll never get tired of the resurrection story will we? It says this "now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb while it was still dark and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and she said to them, picture it. They have taken away the lord out of the Tomb and we don't know where they've laid him." Can you picture the scene?

01:01 "So Peter and the other disciples ran to the tomb they went forth is they were going to the tomb. The two were running together, it says, and the other disciples ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first. And stooping and looking in. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. And so Simon Peter also came following him and entered the tomb and he saw the linen wrappings lying there and the face cloth, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place all by itself. So the other disciples who had first come to the tomb then also entered and he saw and he believed." You know, that uh, Abraham Lincoln lost his, uh, first, uh, six elections before he became the most famous president, perhaps in United States history. Uh, in my billfold, I keep a baseball card of Willie Mays who struck out his first 39, 36 strikes before his first hit.

02:12 Unbelievable. You know, Jim Abbott, I remember watching the game. He was born with only one hand, but he pitched the victorious gold medal game for the United States Olympic team and pitched a no hitter for the New York Yankees. Believe it or not, Michael Jordan was cut from his ninth grade basketball team because they said he wasn't good enough. One of the great quarterbacks of yesteryear, Warren Moon, his junior high coach said he stunk as a quarterback. Another great quarterback from yesteryear, Joe Montana was knocked out of the game permanently. They said before he led the 49ers to a Superbowl championship. And yeah, Jesus was buried as a dead man before he rose from the dead on Easter morning. You know, your greatest dreams will die before their most glorious moment. Every dream I've ever had as died at one point or another before God brought it back to life. You know, you'll be knocked down every time you dream big.

03:14 Don't forget this, but down is not out because great success comes after what seems to be great failure, because that's when God gets all the glory. The Resurrection Day of Jesus, Imagine what that day was like. Hey, don't forget it when it looks like somebody is buried your dream. Hey, here's your question for today. Describe a time when you thought your dream had died. Let me ask you this, Why does God let visions die before they're completely successful? And here's the last question. What's the difference between down and out? And the lifeline is this specially in your home, Remember Easter and someone's in a tomb.

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