Death, Endurance and Denial

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It’s easy to forget how good we have it. If you’re reading this, at the very least you are alive, have eyesight, own some sort of technical device (maybe even more than one) and have enough fingers to type your way though the Internet. Timothy invites us to remember what’s important.

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Will You Follow?

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Jesus Christ challenges us to live outside of our comfort zones and apart from our selfish desires. His words in the Gospels compel us to sacrifice, serve and love.

The call to Christians to count the cost is laid out in Luke 14:25-33.

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Free Kindle Book Promo-Living In God’s Peace

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It’s time for another free Kindle book promotional. Click on the picture or the title to receive your free version of Living in God’s Peace available September 2-3.

In Living in God’s Peace, by Don Terry, you will find help to handle life’s challenges. Its chapters teach by sharing personal experience and Biblical illustrations to provide greater understanding, passion and victory in daily living.

Please leave a review on Amazon after you read the book.

Don

Living in God’s Peace -Paperback release

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Living in God’s Peace is now available on Amazon in paperback for $9.20. A free Kindle promotional is coming soon.

In Living in God’s Peace, by Don Terry, you will find help to handle life’s challenges. Its chapters teach by sharing personal experience and Biblical illustrations to provide greater understanding, passion and victory in daily living.

 

Storing Up

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Unselfish, humble, giving hearts. That is what God wants of those who are His own. How do I know this? Because that is His nature. Survival does not require hoarding and there is much more to being blessed than the accumulation of things. Let’s take a look at Luke 12:13-21

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Rescue, Redemption, and Revelation (Colossians, Study 2)

Here are some thoughts from our study of Colossians 1:13-20 and from 
The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Colossians
Become the Whole Person God Intends You to Be – Warren W. Wiersbe

Three words stood out to me as I read our scriptures for study 2, “Rescue, Redemption, and Revelation.”  We need all three, just like Colossians did. They didn’t think they needed the first two and looked for the third in the wrong places.

Rescue: We all need rescue from ourselves, our sins and from the powers of darkness.

Redemption through Jesus is a central belief of the Christian faith. God bought us from the power of death and hell by the Blood of Jesus Christ.

Revelation comes through the Word of God, His Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ. While there are many books that can give us great insights, it is vain and even dangerous to seek “special knowledge” or a “new revelation” about God. All we learn and hear about God must filter through the Word of God.

Here is the location of Colossea and the map of Turkey and the surrounding area at the time of Paul.
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Here is the map of the area today
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“Why is it appealing in our culture to treat Christ as important but not in a class by Himself?”

Here are some thoughts that stood out as I read Colossians 1:13-20…

13 For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.

-God offers safety and security in His power and through His Word. Satan is loose in the world, but has no power over us. Addictions are broken, hearts and minds are changed through the power of God.
-We are no longer in a dark place. We no longer live as we like, We are under the rule of Christ.

14 God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.

-Christianity is not a legalistic religion. People will try to point fingers and find fault as we continue our walk toward holiness and purity. But we are free because God has paid the price through His Son.

-We are not bound to our weaknesses, nor our sins. There is real freedom and power in the Blood of Christ.

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.

-All that God is, all His nature, His promise and His love is found in Christ. His deity is proclaimed here and His supremacy is undeniable.
-The following scriptures also speak to God’s reflection in Christ.

Hebrews 1:3 “The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.” NLT

John 14:9, “Jesus replied, “Philip, don’t you even yet know who I am, even after all the time I have been with you? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking to see him?” NLT

16 Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see — kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him.

-Consider the great significance of creation through and for Christ. For those who believe the Bible is the Word of God, the role of Christ cannot be diminished.

17 He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together.
-Since Christ has the power to hold creation together, we can trust Him to help us in our weaknesses, to strengthen and protect us from evil.

18 Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything.
-Christ must also be first in our hearts and minds.

19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
-We see the nature of God through the actions and words of Jesus Christ. We learn about these actions and words through reading and studying the Word of God.

20 and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross.
-Since all creation is held together through the power of Christ, it is fitting that all that was lost through the fall in Eden, is found and purified through the Blood of Jesus.

From Looking Inward  pg38
“Have you ever been tempted to solve your problems apart from Christ? If so, what did that look like? in what ways does Paul’s argument about the role of Jesus as Savior speak to those areas of your life you’re tempted to solve through other methods?”

From Going Forward pg 39
“Think about one or two things you have learned that you’d like to focus on in the coming week.” “Do you need to become more familiar with the basic doctrines of Christianity?”

From Seeking Help on pg 40
“Write a prayer, or simply pray one, inviting God to work on your mind and heart. Be honest about your desires and fears.”

I hope you enjoy taking part in our study of Colossians. If you find yourself in the White House, TN area during the coming weeks on a Sunday evening around 5pm, I hope you will let me know so you can join us in person as we discuss the scriptures together in my home.

Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or add to the discussion.

See you next week,

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Blessings to you all,

Don

Come, Holy Spirit – YouTube Release

Way back in June I shared the words to a new song, “Come, Holy Spirit.” Today, I am finally releasing the finished project on YouTube for free after many months and a decent amount of cash spent. It will soon release for download on iTunes and several other online music stores. But I couldn’t wait to share it with the world.

It would be fun for someone to buy the rights and to make money off of what I produce. But  I mostly want to release God’s gifts as quickly as possible. So, here you are. I hope you enjoy “Come, Holy Spirit.” As soon as the download is available, I will let you know.

Don

Click here for the YouTube video link.

Download it on iTunes here.

Song Credits:
Studio Engineer and recording advisor: Glen Dickerson
Vocals: Caitlin Capello
Keyboards: Josh Brewer
Drums: Randy Sloan
Acoustic Guitar and Bass: Brad Singleton
Electric Guitar: Kevin Smith
Songwriter: Don Terry

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Labor’s Love Lost


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So many people complain about their jobs. I have even been guilty of this, but why do we do it? We didn’t start out complaining. We certainly did not go into the interview saying,

“I really hate it here, but pay me anyway.”

Generally speaking, we apply for a job, hoping to get a job offer. We are even excited to get started. Then, somewhere along the way we run out of steam. We want to get away. We want to quit.

Some think that ministerial work is somehow different, but it is not.

On this day of relaxation, after so many of us attended church, I remind you that people in paid ministry have the same problems. Pastors, nursery workers, media directors and secretaries all get tired and frustrated; just like everyone else.

Some of you are, even now, visiting someone in the hospital, helping a person through loss, or handling another aspect of ministry in preparation for Wednesday or next Sunday wondering when, or if you will get any rest.

You chose ministerial work because you had a dream, desire and passion to serve God. What you didn’t realize was that you would have to work with and for people. Nor did you realize that working in ministry was so different than your expectations.

It was shocking to realize church people have the same hang ups and failings as those in the work world.

For some reason, when you went to work in the church, you assumed everything would be perfect, everyone would love you and everyday would be heaven on Earth.

So many in church ministry burn out or drop out, partly because their expectations were vastly different than reality. Others don’t make it because they don’t take enough time off.

Whether or not you are in church ministry, you need time away from work, to rest and refresh. You need time away so you have something to give back to your company, church and people you serve.

You need time away, in peace and quiet, so you can hear God’s voice and know whether or not it is time to move on. Don’t let the realizations and realities kill your dream or your calling. Let God refresh and move you into areas of service where you will excel.

In Jesus’ example, we see several circumstances when He clearly needed and sought after rest.

In Mark 1:35, “He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”

Also in Mark 6:46, “And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.”

And in Mark 7:24, “From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden.”

Later, after healing a deaf man, in verse 36 …”He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.”

You have taken on the burdens of your congregation.

You care, pray, teach, help and serve. Yet, you don’t take time for yourself and your familyThat is where you fail! You have to receive to give.

You need time alone with God.  You also need time with your family, away from work and the day-to-day grind.

God needs you. The world needs you.

Don’t loose the love of your work.
Be refreshed and labor in love!
Blessings to you all,

Don


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Ministry and Worship

 

I hope you will forgive me a second post this week. I just wanted to give an update on my book writing progress.

I have changed the title of my ministry book from So, You Want To Be In Ministry? to Are You Ready To Serve?

Also, I will be offering this eBook for free to all my current subscribers and for short period for all who sign up after.

This week, we will complete the vocal and keyboard tracks for “Come, Holy Spirit.”So, I hope to have that available on iTunes soon.

My next post coming on Labor Day is entitled, “Labor’s Love Lost.”

If you’ve ever been tired of working, I think you will like it.

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Are You Hungry?

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Appetite can be a dangerous thing for those who lack discipline.   I love food and don’t make exercise a priority, so I’m overweight. No big shock there. I could eat less and exercise more, but that would mean I’d have to give up something I really like for something I really don’t want to do.

Do you find yourself in the same situation? How about other appetites? There is a cause and effect to all of them.

There are consequence for overdoing. Sometimes giving in just once has dire consequences. Especially if you hunger alcohol, drugs, or sex. (click to tweet)  

I understand the desire to come home and relax with a drink. But there’s danger in putting your trust in alcohol to bring a sense of peace and relaxation. Drugs can help us heal and ease out pain when used appropriately. Used illegally, or abused, we can grow dependent on their effects. Sex is beautiful in the context of marriage. Outside of that context, it can destroy.

I like the taste of alcohol. I will go even farther and say I like the way it makes me feel. But I had to stop drinking altogether for a couple of reasons. I have a long and terrible family history involving alcohol. Both grandfathers and a step-grandfather were alcoholics, my father was an alcoholic and killed two people, using alcohol as part of his defense. The other reason was that I was beginning to enjoy it a bit too much. It’s easy to fall in love with that which tastes and feels good.

Marijuana wasn’t a big deal for me to quit. Though I loved the smell and taste (yes, I inhaled), it made my stomach hurt. Acid, aka LSD, was an interesting experience. But I didn’t like feeling its effects 3 days later. Tobacco was my drug of choice. I still love the smell of cigarettes. Didn’t think I’d go there did you? Might as well be honest, right? I used to smoke a pack a day, sometimes more. I loved smoke break time at work, smoking while driving, after meals, the first one in the morning, the last at night. I loved smoking. This one I stopped because I’ve had asthma since I was a child. Smoking and asthma don’t get along. Another reason I stopped was that it controlled me. I didn’t just like to smoke, I had to smoke.

I could write about my personal experiences with sex, but I don’t want to and you don’t want to know. Trust me. I will just say that I know from experience that sex is easy to confuse with love. Sex can offer a counterfeit sense of closeness and relationship with other people. Uncontrolled sex can be addicting. It can cause children to grow up without fathers, break up families, bring disease and even death.

God offers so much more than temporal things can offer.  Through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, we not only have eternal life, but the presence and power of the Holy Spirit that offers everlasting comfort and strength.

In John 6:35 “…Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

Trusting in the power of Jesus to save and help is safe. It is in His Words that we find true fulfillment. Drinking from the waters of eternal life, quenches our soul like nothing else on earth can.

Are you hungry? Don’t trust in things that can destroy your body and your life. Trust in Jesus Christ, the “bread of life.”

Live your lives as a song for God.

Don, donterry@ising4God.com

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