Sunday, May 13, 2018

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry

By Rick Warren — May 13, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

3 Secrets to a Less-Stress Ministry



Ministry is full of stressful moments. Sometimes it’s conflict between members or staff. Sometimes it’s just the week after a high-attendance Sunday, like Easter, and we’re concerned about following up. 

We all face a variety of issues in ministry that raise our blood pressure. Fortunately, we’ve got a great model for ministry in Jesus.His life was under constant demands. Crowds were always pressing up against him, asking him to take care of their needs. He was misunderstood and criticized by religious people. Sound familiar?

But through it all, Jesus never got depressed or discouraged. He never gave up. How did he manage to be at peace under pressure? And how can you experience that kind of peace, too?

1. Know who you are.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12 NIV).

More than 18 times in the Bible Jesus says, “I am . . .” and then gives a descriptor. He was always defining himself. He was saying, “I know who I am.” There was no doubt about it. As a result, he wasn’t under pressure.
Often, we get stressed when we try to be someone we’re not. We put on masks and hide from others. When you do that, you’re always afraid you won’t be able keep up the facade. Then comes stress. If you’ve never come to terms with who you are, it’s like trying to live a double life.
Counterbalance this stress with an internal sense of satisfaction about who you are and who God made you to be. You discover who you are by discovering whose you are.

2. Know whom you’re trying to please.
“By myself I can do nothing: I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:30 NIV).

Jesus dedicated his whole life to pleasing God — not himself or others. He realized that pleasing God would always be the right move. You can’t please everyone, so Jesus focused on pleasing his Heavenly Father instead.

And he did. At the Transfiguration, God said of Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17 KJV).

If Jesus couldn’t please everyone, you can’t either.

You can please Crowd A, and Crowd B will be upset at you. Sometimes I’m asked how I handle criticism. It’s simple. I know who I am, and I know whom I’m trying to please.

I’m trying to please God. I’m really only responsible to him. When somebody criticizes me unfairly, I say, “I’m God’s man with God’s message for this situation.”

3.Know what you’re trying to accomplish.
“Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and know where I am going’” (John 8:14 NIV).

Jesus knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish. You should, too. Get your life organized around some basic goals. Plan your priorities.
Those most stressed are those who have no purpose. Everyone operates under one of two principles: priorities or pressures. If you don’t decide what’s important in your life and what you want to accomplish, other people will decide for you.

Having a plan keeps you from being a victim of the tyranny of the urgent — just going around and putting out fires. No one likes to get to the end of the day and wonder if they accomplished anything meaningful. Busyness doesn’t always mean we’re achieving something significant. It can just mean we’re walking around in a circle.

Clear goals will simplify your ministry and your family life — and reduce stress in the process.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Lord’s is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)



Psa. 23:0 ¶ A psalm of David. 
Psa. 23:1 ¶ The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 
Psa. 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 
Psa. 23:3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 
Psa. 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
Psa. 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 
Psa. 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. 

Introduction

The threefold testimony, I shall lack nothing (1), I will fear no evil (4) and I will dwell (6) encapsulates the psalm, dividing it into three parts: the sheep and the Shepherd (1-3), the traveler and the Companion (4) and the guest and the Host (5, 6), respectively teaching the providence of God, appointing life’s experiences, his protection over life’s pathway, and his provision now and always.

It is not the inexperienced shepherd poet because the writer of the song experienced the valley of death and had enemies. It is the voice of God’s Spirit in the experienced King, David.

1. The Shepherd and The sheep (vv. 1-3)
A. The Lord’s is my shepherd (v. 1)
·      Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection.
·      The N.T calls Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11), the great Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4).
·      The verse does not focus on the sheep or himself but the great shepherd, the Lord.
·      The great shepherd, Jesus, came to the world to find the lost flock, sinners. That’s why, we celebrate Christmas. Christ chose to become our shepherd.
·      Can you say, “The Lord is my Shepherd”?
·      If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life.
·      The warrant is not in yourself, but in your Savior; not, “I am one of Christ’s flock,” but, “He is my Shepherd.”
·      If you can say this, then you may fearlessly cast all your care on him, and finish the verse, “I shall not want.”

B. When we allow God, our shepherd, to guide us, we have contentment (V. 1b, 2,3)
·      The Lord chooses the path for us.
·      As the Lord is the good shepherd, he knows what he is doing and where he is leading us. He never makes a mistake.
·      Rom 8:28 – He is doing the best for us.
·      He chooses the path of righteousness or character development than our comfort.
·      When we choose to sin and go our own way, however, we cannot blame God for the environment we create for ourselves.
·      Our shepherd knows the green meadows and peaceful streams that will restore us.
·      We will reach these places only by following him obediently.
·      Rebelling against the shepherd’s leading is actually rebelling against our own best interests.

2. The traveler and the companion (v. 4)
·      In contrast with the joyous experiences of the sheep (1-3), the pilgrim pathway traverses harsher terrain.
·      Although we are believers, we are not exempted from suffering.
o   Jesus was suffering at the garden of Gethsemane.
o   Paul was requesting God to take away thorn from his flesh but God says that “my grace is sufficient for you.”
·      Shadow of death is really ‘deepest darkness’ which includes, of course, the darkness of death.
·      But in these experiences the he of vs 1-3 becomes the you, significant of closer personal touch, and the leader (2) comes alongside (with me).
·      The darker the shadow, the closer the Lord! And he brings every strength, rod and staff. The duplication denotes completeness. Rod (taltum) (Lv. 27:32) possibly signifies protection; staff (kinghrol), possibly, support (Ex. 21:19).
·      When John Wesley lay dying, many of his friend came to visit him. Strong Christians as they were, they were anxious to encourage him with the promises of God. At one point, however, Wesley raise himself in the bed and with special energy side to them: “Yes, tall these promises are true. But best of all, God is with us. The Great shepherd, Jesus is with us always.

3. The guest and the Host (vv. 5, 6)
·      In ancient Near Eastern culture, at a feat, it was customary to anoint a person with fragrant oil.
·      The anointed head speaks of the Lord’s welcome; the overflowing cup his lavish provision.
·      But this goodness and love will continue as long as life lasts (lit. ‘to length of days’) and beyond there lies the house of the Lord forever.
·      God’s goodness and love always welcome you as you are.
·      Dwell is a traditional adjustment of the Hebrew text and may be correct, but lit. ‘I will return to the house’, i.e. when earth’s paths (2, 3), valleys and threats (5) are over, there comes the real return home.

Conclusion
1.     The Lord is our good shepherd who gave his life for us.
a.     He always leads us the best place for us.
b.     Let us obey and follow him.
2.     Sometimes, the path that the Lord leads us full of harsher terrain. Don’t be afraid. If he allows you to go there, he is always with you. He never leaves you alone.
3.     Even if we make a mistake, he always welcome us with his love and grace. Thus, his goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives. Moreover, when the earth’s paths, valleys and threats are over, there is home that we will go.



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December 30, 2017
Dr. Za Hlei Thang teih inn ih ka simmi a si.


Reference:
J.A. Motyer, New Bible Commentary
New Living Translation Study Bible
Pulpit Bible Commentary


Monday, August 28, 2017

To Get More Passionate, Get Closer to God

By Rick Warren — Aug 28, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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Friday, December 30, 2016

How Big Is Your Vision? 3 Determining Factors


 

By Pastor Rick Warren
VisionOver the years, I’ve learned that – contrary to popular opinion – the bigger the vision, the easier it is to reach that vision, and, ultimately, the size of your vision should be determined by the size of God.
How big do you think God is? The issue is not who you think you are, but who you think God is. In your dreams for your ministry, don’t limit yourself by saying, “What can I do?” Instead ask, “What can God do in this place?”

How many people could be reached here?

When determining the size of your vision, you need to keep three factors in mind. The first factor is the ultimate population of your ministry area. Obviously, if a church planter is going to start a new church, he doesn’t plan a church of 2,000 in a town that only has 500 people in it. Be pragmatic.
I tell people: Go get a map of your community, draw a circle that would include approximately 15 minutes’ driving distance to your church, and find out how many people are in that area. Then you say, “Ultimately, we want to try to reach everybody. We know we can’t reach everybody. But we assume the responsibility for reaching everybody. We pray that other churches will reach people, but we want to assume responsibility for that.”

How long are you willing to stay?

The second factor is a question only you can answer: How long do you intend to stay there? There’s an old saying: “Inch by inch, anything is a cinch.”
Most of us overestimate what we can do in one year and underestimate what we can do in 10 years or 20 years. The trouble with most goal setting is we set our goals too low and try to accomplish them too soon.
Instead, we need to set big goals, huge goals, enormous goals, but plan on plenty of time in getting there. I tell everyone who comes on staff with us, “We don’t expect a miracle overnight. Let’s build.” We’re not interested in building a mushroom. We’re interested in building an oak tree. A mushroom takes 12 hours to grow; an oak tree takes 60 years. But an oak tree is going to last.
To reach big goals, you have to plan for the long haul in ministry. There are lots of flash-in-the-pan churches. There are churches that have grown larger than our church in a shorter amount of time. There was a church once near Saddleback Church that started with 1,200 people within the first month, but a year later the church was dead. It didn’t build the structure. It didn’t build the roots. It didn’t build all the other factors. Everything rises or falls on leadership.
So how long will you stay there? If you don’t plan on staying someplace for the long haul, don’t go there. You must plan for time. Persistence is the key in reaching a large goal. Conversely, the size of your goal will be determined by how much of your life you plan to spend in reaching it.

How has God gifted you?

The third factor for determining the size of your vision is a frank appraisal of your own gifts. The Bible clearly teaches that there are one-talent people and five-talent people and 10-talent people.
Some pastors will never have more than 150 in their church because they insist on doing everything themselves. They do all the prayers, all the visitation, all the counseling, all the marrying and burying. They want to know everybody by name. This shepherd-type of pastor loves the personal contact of getting involved with people in that area.
There’s nothing wrong with having a shepherd’s heart. God loves people with shepherd’s hearts. That’s why he made so many of them. There are about 400,000 churches in America and maybe 95 percent of them run less than 300 on a weekend.
Most of those are led by pastors who have a shepherd’s heart. But if your church is going to grow, you must be willing to raise up other leaders and other shepherds, too — it’s one of the prices of growth.
In other words, you’ll have people who do not come to you, personally, for counseling. They won’t come to you for weddings. They won’t come to you for funerals.
The same thing is going to be true of your area. If you have a vision to grow a large church that reaches people from across the spectrum, you’ll have to change the way you think. That’s why you have to do an honest assessment of your gifts.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Can Someone Tell Me What CNTG/NO KO Means??!!

Good Afternoon, 

I get that question all the time! I wrote this blog on my website earlier this year regards to that. Hope this helps! Pending is can be any of the 2nd 3rd or 4th of these categories. 


Can Someone Tell Me What CNTG/NO KO Means??!!
ACTIVE- Good news for you. This home is on the market and is looking for a ready, willing and able Buyer to submit a contract. This will be the most common status that Buyer's will see. Plain and simple it is ready for you to come and take a look.

CNTG/ NO KO- OK, this is the one that really confuses most Buyers. This status means "Contingent with No Kickout". I'll break it down for you. Contingent- Another Buyer has submitted a contract the seller has agreed to the terms and signed it. The contingency could be a home inspection, Buyer financing, Third party approval etc. Whats most important to you is that this home is no longer available to be shown. If the inspection go bad or the financing falls through, you will se the home back on the market in an ACTIVE status. NO KO- No Kickout-Simply means that even if the Seller got an offer for more money they could not accept it or "Kickout" the current Buyer's contract. They are locked into it.

CNTG/KO- OK, CNTG means the same as it did above. The difference here is the KO-Kickout. Now the Seller can accept anohter offer is they received one. So let's paint the picture. A buyer and seller have agreed on a contract for the Seller's home. The Buyer has to sell a home in order to qualify. This is just one of many reasons that it would be in this status, Home Sale just happens to be the most common reason for a CNTG/KO status. If during the time that the Buyer is trying to sell his/her home, the Seller gets anoher contract, and wants to accept it, They can "KICKOUT" the buyers offer and take the new contract. This status is very rare but it does happen.

Contract- Very simple, the Buyer and Seller have agreed to all terms of the contract that the Buyer presented and there are no contingencies. Both parties are locked in and obligated to perform.

Sold- Buyer and Seller have gone to settlement and the Buyer is now the new Owner. Congratulations!!

So there you have it. I hope this helped to eliminate some of the confusion of the differant statuses that a home goes through when it is on the market fro sale. Please feel free to call, txt (410-802-4331) or email me any time with your questions.

Thanks so much for allowing me to be your REALTOR!!

Aaron