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This past Sunday morning, we used the song “Thy Word” in our
worship time.This song holds a very
special place in my heart and in my life, from childhood to now.This was a song we sang at my church camp for
many years and in various youth groups I have attended.
God’s Word should be, without a doubt, the only guide for us
in our lives.It is easy to say that is
the way it should be.However, many
times, we end up trying to guide ourselves and break away from the path God
wants us on.It is so easy to become
distracted and become lost.Being lost
is no fun at all.When I am lost, it drives
me crazy and I want to find the path I need to be on again.
When we do not allow God’s Word to guide us and we decide to
do our own thing and go our own way, life seems to become derailed.Somehow, things just don’t work out
well.The great news here is that no
matter how far we drift away, God is waiting for us and longing for us to
return to Him while His arms are open wide.He wants us to stay on this true path where He leads.
We need to ask ourselves if His Word is truly a lamp for our
feet and a light for our path?Do we
truly desire to walk with Him?Are we
completely focused each day on staying on the narrow path?Again, it is easy to say we do, but living
that out is a difficult thing to do.
It is my prayer that we strive each day to follow God’s Word
and the path He is leading us on.If we
are not in tune to His way and His Word, then we will go our own way and
drift.Let His Word be our only way of
The Way It Was Meant To Be” By Zach Wood Matthew 28:18-20, Acts -47
It is very clear that Jesus gave a command for his group of
men to go out and make a difference in the lives of all people.He gave the Great Commission for them to go
out and make disciples and to grow the Kingdom.He also calls us to do the same.
I once heard someone say, Jesus gave The Great Commission,
NOT the great suggestion.Jesus was
clear of the mission that needed to be accomplished.There is nothing more important than going
out, meeting people, helping them and showing them the love of God and bringing
them to the Kingdom to know Him.We
should be all about building the Kingdom.
There are so many opportunities we have to go out and be the
church.I really started understanding
this more the past 8 years that I was working in the secular work
environment.I worked in a warehouse for
that time and my whole perspective on people and lives completely changed.I saw people who were very real and not trying
to be what they are not.I met many
hurting and confused people.Did I take
advantage of every opportunity?No.I missed many.Many times, I found myself not really knowing
how to relate to those people.
What I did discover along the way was that people did notice
something different in me.I learned I
needed to be that example and God was calling me to be the church to them.I needed to be real and genuine and not shove
religion down their throat, but to be a model of God’s Love to them.
There are so many broken people in this world today.People who are in need ofChrist’s Love.I honestly don’t know of any greater command
or mission to be part of than to get to know people and to try my best to show
them God’s Love.
My philosophy about ministry is simply this in only one
word, “Relationships”.Jesus built
relationships with other people.He was
real and genuine and that’s the only way I want to be.I am not about getting to know people to get
them into a church building.I want to
help build the Kingdom by getting to know people and showing them I care about
them.I don’t want to be fake and trick
them into anything.
The church and the
world are full of broken people who need Jesus Christ.We have people come here and need His Love.God wants to use you and I to bring people to
Him.Will we choose to let Him use us
and send us out to show His Love to others?
“A Challenging Exercise” By Zach Wood 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
For the past few months in our small group bible studies
here at church, we’ve been going through Crazy Love by Francis Chan.It has been amazing to talk about God’s crazy
love by sending Jesus Christ to die for us and how, in response to that, our
love by to Him should be just as crazy back.
I remember one week talking about this passage and how we
see a wonderful picture of what love should be.This chapter is a powerful chapter written by Paul to the church in Corinth.None of us completely understand what love
really is, especially the love Jesus Christ had for us when He went to the
Talking about this passage, it reminds me of one chapel
session back at bible college one Friday morning in our small group
gathering.The professor in our group
mentioned this passage to us.He then
proceeded to tell us that we should try putting our own name where “love” shows
up.He then asked us to read the passage
and see how far we get.
This was a challenge I have never forgotten about.Every time I see that passage, I am reminded
of his challenge to us.Needless to say,
I didn’t get past the first part of the passage.When I read, “Zach is patient” to myself, I
just stopped.I was already done!I have never been a patient person.It’s one quality about myself that I would do
anything to change, even with a magic wand!!!However, I do not have a magic wand, so I must ask God each day to give
me strength and guidance to think through situations and do my best to practice
patience.Patience really shows
As I read through this passage, I truly see qualities I want
to have.I want to be patient and
kind.I don’t want to be envious,
boastful, or proud.I don’t want to be
rude, self-seeking, or easily angered.I
don’t want to be known for keeping a record of wrongs.I don’t want to delight in evil, but in
So, how do I do these things?How do we accomplish these qualities?It’s a simple answer, but requires a lot of
work.These things come from a daily,
close relationship with God.Reading His
Word and being devoted and committed to being a disciple.It is a daily journey for all of us.
I ask you to try going through that passage and putting your
name in and see how far you get and then ask God for strength, guidance and
wisdom to attain these qualities.It is
a challenging exercise and only possible with God’s work daily through you and