Friday, October 20, 2017

Moderation and Wisdom

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation, but neither gets practiced! - Augustine
Many of the godly kings of Judah destroyed the temples of Baal and Ashtoreth, but neglected the high places. Hmm!
As those made in the highest order of creation, we are by far the more intelligent beings, able to ‘subdue and control’ the earth. But in all our conquering the hardest thing for us to learn is to temper our appetites, control our desires, or restrain our impulses. After all, nobody but nobody knows what’s better for us than we ourselves is our way of thinking. But God really does know better, He created us, knows what we can withstand, knows how He wants to bless us, and knows how He wants to use us in His service. Moderation is difficult, of course; but the rewards are numerous and long-lasting. To improve our finances, health, or general well-being; then wisdom and moderation must be close traveling companions. God will leave the decision up to us, but then so are the consequences.
Until Monday…..
Pastor Botts
“…Better a patient man that a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city..” – Proverbs 16:32

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Miracles En Route

In order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles! - D. Ben-Gurion
At the wedding feast in Cana, Jesus' mother left it all up to him. Hmm!
It's very true. Every one of us has needs to be met. Those in addition to our daily bread and needs that God supplies without fail. And if we admit the truth we try and try to figure out ways to get God to meet them. We think "maybe God could do it this/that way if I do this....." or "maybe I could help God along with this...." The wrong in this is that we're then trying to manipulate God, and it just doesn't work that way. The source of God's supply, His miracle of deliverance for us never comes from where we think it will, it's always unexpected, it's the way God works. God is in the miracle working business, not us. Our role is to submit it to Him and trust in His ability and decision on the matter. He will work it out in a glorious fashion that allows us to praise Him even more. Whatever the miracle we await now is not the time to give up on it.
Until tomorrow.....
Pastor Botts
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." - Matthew 21:22

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

God Talk

God's native tongue is LOVE! - Anon
Though God scattered their language at Babel, He didn't scatter their heart's desire. Hmm!
Talk about a 'Ball of Confusion!' We get so up in arms on the tongue-speaking vs. non tongue-speaking issue, allowing this gift to separate us and define us as Christians/churches, when it was NEVER God's desire. He was and is always after uniting us as a body of ONE, and the only language that can do that is LOVE. No matter the culture, heritage, creed, or tongue - it is impossible to mistake the language of love. It is impossible to mistake the expression of care, concern, and compassion for another. It is impossible to mistake the willful giving of oneself in service to another out of love for Christ. YEP, God's nature is holiness, and His language is unconditional love.  So, what's on your tongue?
Until tomorrow....
Pastor Botts
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love......I am nothing" - I Corinthians 13:1

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Virtue First

Try not to become a person of great success, but rather try to become a person of virtue. – Albert Einstein
We read often of men like Abraham, Joseph, and David who had great success in their lifetimes. Not because they pursued it, but because they pursued God, and he granted it. Hmm!
It’s true we live in a world that measures you by your professional title, wallet, possessions, education, etc., however it’s important to remember we are not ‘of the world’ but called of God to make a difference in the world. There is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to do well in our social endeavors, but NOTHING should impede our ability and opportunity to serve Almighty God. I pray we will be zealous in all our endeavors for Him.
Until tomorrow……
Pastor Botts
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these….But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:28-29, 33

Monday, October 16, 2017

Meditation Feast

Meditation is the activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, and by the help of God. - J.I. Packer
As a psalmist David understood meditation. I think this is what endeared him as a man after God's own heart. Hmm!
The refrigerator! On average we visit it 4-6 times a day for life-sustaining nourishment (water, juice, fruit, veggies, meals, left-overs, etc.) and it often has exactly what we need. YUM! But what about God's Word, the life-sustaining nourishment we need for our soul. How often do we visit this resource each day? Once in a daily devotion is honestly not enough. That's why we need to 'hide it in our hearts' that we may feast on it throughout the day. This is where prayer and meditation come in. When we take time to pray the Word, time to memorize the Word, time to meditate on the Word (uncover it's deeper meaning/application) that we may have it with us at all times. If we eat often to keep our strength and vitality up imagine how much more spiritual will power we could have if we fed often enough from the Word. Hungry, anyone!
Until tomorrow......
Pastor Botts
"....I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you." - Psalm 119:11

Friday, October 13, 2017

Calculating Life

Price is not the same as value! - Anon
Don't ask Esau the value of a birthright. OUCH!
Price! So many different terms (wholesale, retail, discount, sales, etc.) it's hard to truly determine worth. And worth itself is somewhat objective depending on the individual. And what's worse is we've confused all of this with value. Example, we'll pay a star athlete or top-movie star millions a year to excite or entertain us for a few hours, but teachers and educators almost pennies on the dollar (comparatively) to educate us and help prepare us for life. Go figure! God referred to Esau as 'godless' for selling his birthright for a bowl of stew; meaning he did not know the true value of what he possessed. As a society often we're not far behind. God is not against fame or fortune, he just wants us to realize in the grand scheme of life they are not that important. What we add to life by way of the blessings He gives to us is the key. Don't miscalculate the value of your life or your contribution to God's work. We will all give an account one day.
Until Monday......
Pastor Botts
",,,.the Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are His delight." - Proverbs 11:1

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Not Of Our Own

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. – Carl Sagan
Paul stated emphatically that “all things were possible only in Christ.” Hmm!
Most of us can do some pretty amazing things, create some astounding inventions or designs, or even uncover deep-deep truths and wisdom. And it’s no secret most people pride themselves by such accomplishments and feats. While such skills and talents are wonderful, we must never forget they are ‘gifts’ from our Creator. Everything we work with was given by Him. And just as He reminded Job about where he stood in the creation, we must never define ourselves by these skills and talents, be remember to give thanks that they are ours to use for His glory.
Until tomorrow…….
Pastor Botts
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” – I Timothy 6:7