I find myself seeking God in a multitude of areas of my life, if not every area. He will answer one of my prayers and I spend to little time in thankfulness. The next thing of urgency or importance automatically moves to the top. There will always be prayers that are not yet answered and it is easy to move on to them when the most important one preceding it is answered. Or, we might have a prayer answered that was not the most urgent/important and we miss the answer. Our mind is go focused on the next task at hand that we fail, or at least I do, to take time for thanksgiving and or celebration.
I have gathered with the church in many environments in different countries and in diverse situations. However, this past Sunday was the first time I had gathered with the church for praise, prayer, preaching, giving and more in a local coffeeshop. Sitting around tables with friends and family over a cup of coffee and food is often what Jesus did (maybe not coffee but I think they might have). One of our best local coffeeshops, Heritage House Coffee & Tea, in Tuscaloosa rents us some space to gather. We turn a coffeehouse into a house of prayer and praise. It was refreshing. It felt real. It was amazing. When we gather in the name of Jesus, He does some amazing stuff. One Church Tuscaloosa is going to continue to gather in this fashion and I am so excited to see how Jesus is taking people deeper in His love.
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Most people have good intentions. They really do want to help. They really do want to give. They really do want to make a difference. They really do want to be good parents. They really do want to be good friends. They really do want to _____________________ (fill in the blank). So, why don’t they? We are all busy people in busy places. We are also selfish people in selfish places. Who all have you told, “Let me know if I can do anything?” Well, here is a news flash. They are not going to let you know and that is not your release to do nothing. How many people have you told, “I’ll pray for you?” You ever thought about being the answer to your own prayer. Don’t just pray your friend finds a job, help them find a job. Move beyond good intentions. Make it happen. Be intentional.
Intentions has to do with purpose and/or attitude. It is state of mind that intends on doing something.
Intentional has to do with something being DONE with a certain purpose in mind.
Make your intentions intentional.
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10, ESV)
“To be grateful for an unanswered prayer, to give thanks in a state of interior desolation, to trust in the love of God in the face of the marvels, cruel circumstances, obscenities, and commonplaces of life is to whisper a doxology in darkness.” 1
1 Manning, Brennan. Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2002. Print. p. 37.
This week 1000’s of hearts have been drawn to God through tragedy and suffering. Olivia Mills’ life of commitment to Christ Jesus before her accident has given God a launching board to proclaim His glory. Over 36,000 are following Pray for Olivia Mills and 1000’s more will probably follow. Some things to think about.
1. God is drawing masses of people to Himself. (John 6:44)
2. If you are not a believer, God is drawing you to salvation that can only be found in Christ Jesus. (Luke 19:10).
3. If you are a believer that has drifted away, God is calling you back to Himself through Christ Jesus. (Rev 2:4-5)
4. If you are a believer walking in a love relationship with Christ Jesus, talk with those being drawn about their relationship with Christ Jesus. (Matt. 28:19-20)
Years ago, a friend ask me why no one put Psalm 22:1 on a T-shirt. I was unlearned as to what that verse said so I asked,
“What does it say?”
“My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?”
We live in a world and a Christian culture where those words are taboo. It is ungodly to ask such a question, isn’t it? Maybe not! Jesus said the same words on the Cross (Matt 27:46). The Psalmist felt like God had left him and turned deaf to his cries. He felt trouble and alone. Is there a more miserable place to be? He felt physical exhaustion and a melted heart. He was at the bottom but he continues that he will proclaim and praise God “in the midst of the congregation”. He knew God had “not hidden his face from him”. He knew God had “heard when he cried to him”. He knew he would “be satisfied”. He knew his kingship “belongs to the Lord”.
If you put Psalm 22:1 on a t-shirt you must put it on the front because that is the beginning of the song not the end. On the back you must put the last verse,
“His righteous acts will be told
to those not yet born.
They will hear about everything
he has done.”
It is not what we feel that matters the most. It is what we know.