Fathers

I’ve been thinking about fathers and the lack there of.  My guess is that even here in Loveland, CO where it’s nice to live there are lots of people who are fatherless.  It’s amazing how our society has dropped the ball when it comes to being fathers.

It’s on my heart that starting in Loveland and in our church we start filling the gap.  I believe there are men who are called to step up both in the church and outside.  We can’t afford to continue being a fatherless generation.

I think it can be easier than we think.  I recently heard a story where a man was asked to mentor a younger man who was having trouble with his family and finances.  This man didn’t have time to meet and spend time with him, but decided to start texting him after praying about it.  He simply text him thoughts a couple of times a week.  Six weeks later the younger man’s pastor called and asked “how did you find time to meet with him, and what did you do?  He’s a changed man!  He and his wife are doing better and their finances are turning around!”  All he did was spend a few minutes a week texting and it was life changing for this young family.

So, I challenge you to ask for wisdom and insight for new ways to start impacting this younger generation.  I’d love to see Loveland and the entire US changed by a fathers wisdom.  People are hungry for someone who cares and need some wisdom to get through life.

Out!

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Depart from Me, I never knew you

This phrase from Matthew 7:23 has been running through my mind the last couple days.  What grabs my attention is the verse before where it says, “Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons and perform many miracles?”.  These people were calling Him Lord and clearly thought they were in, so it does get your attention.

First, this verse has the potential to scare most of the current church here in Loveland and elsewhere.  If we live with a works based mentality, then most of us are in trouble.  The people Jesus referred to healed the sick, cast out demons, and performed many miracles.  Most of us haven’t performed a handful if any.  We would normally think anyone doing any of these miracles would be a shoe-in to heaven.  How could anyone perform these miracles and not “know” Him?  Good question!

I’m not even going into a debate about “once saved, always saved” or whether we’re secure or not.  For me, this scripture does bring that question to mind, but what the Lord has had me focus on is the “I never knew you”.  This in itself is another example in scripture of the Lord choosing to relate to us. Of corse He knows us, because He’s all knowing, and He knew us from the womb.  This scripture lets us see He wants us to be “known” by Him.

I desire to prophesy, heal the sick, and raise the dead.  I believe we’re even commanded to do all these things, but I think we have to remember daily to make ourselves “known” to God.  For me, this is a new concept to make myself “known” to God.  I’ve always focused only on knowing Him, and trying to find out more about Him.  I’ve also always thought of intimacy with Him only from the one sided aspect of getting to know more of Him.

So, my encouragement  for you is to make sure you’re making yourself “known” to God.  It’s clear that we are called to do powerful and amazing works for Him, but we can’t let the pursuit of works take the place of knowing Him or being known by Him.  How cool will it be to stand before the Lord and He open His arms to give you a warm embrace(or maybe a high five)!

Peace Out!

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