I have continued to practice riding my unicycle.  I learned how to do what is called a “free mount” last week.  That means that wherever I am, I can hop up on the unicycle and start pedaling.  I am now able to go around the neighborhood and only have to stop when my legs get tired.  Unicycle videos on Youtube have been really helpful in my learning process.  I have learned a lot by watching and listening to those who already know how to ride a unicycle.  By imitating them and practicing regularly, it is getting a lot easier.  As I was reflecting on this the other day, I was reminded of Paul’s words to the church in Philippians 3:17.  Paul writes:

Phil 3:17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

In this chapter, Paul is speaking to church about living a life that glorifies Christ.  Paul exhorts the church to have the right attitudes and to display the right behaviors.  Paul instructs and encourages the church to imitate the good things and the godly things they observe in the lives of Paul and his fellow ministers.  In this instruction, Paul is not being egotistical.  Earlier in this very chapter Paul was very transparent about his transgressions, his pride and his sin that characterized his life before he met Christ.  Paul knows very well the power of Christ to transform lives!  Paul knows very well the willingness of Christ to equip us and empower us to be who He has called us to be.  With that in mind, Paul encourages the church to imitate him as he seeks to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Paul says, “I haven’t arrived yet, but if you want to know how to get there, follow me.”  I like that.  We can learn a lot from watching, listening and imitating someone who knows what they are talking about.  It is a blessing to have an example to follow.  And if we keep watching, listening and imitating the godly lives of others, we will be an example for others to follow.

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Trust Your Heavenly Father

I have had an opportunity to visit with several different people this year who have been contemplating things like switching jobs, changing careers, or retiring altogether.  These types of decisions are important and should not be made lightly.  Many times, such decisions are accompanied by a little bit of worry or anxiety.  Sometimes they are accompanied by a lot of worry or anxiety.  In such moments, it’s good to reflect on the words of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount as He spoke about our tendency to worry.  In Matthew 6:26 – 32, Jesus instructed us not to be overwhelmed with anxiety regarding earthly things.  Jesus reminds us that we can always trust our Heavenly Father.  Christ tells His followers that the Heavenly Father feeds the birds of the air and clothes the flowers of the field and we can trust Him to meet our needs too.  Jesus goes on to say,

Mat 6:33  “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 

We don’t have to be overwhelmed with worry and anxiety.  We can trust in the Lord God and know that He will take care of us.  We can trust Him to provide for us.  We can trust Him to lead us and guide us.  The decisions we make about jobs, careers, families, and everything else should be made in a spirit of trust and prayer and not in a spirit of worry and anxiety.  Our Heavenly Father knows about all our needs and He is ready, willing, and able to provide for our needs.

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Be Encouraged and Persevere

I bought a unicycle and it arrived about 10 days ago.  One of the things that has really stood out to me is that learning to ride a unicycle changes the way you view success.  Learning to ride is a very slow process at first.  One the first day of practice you are just trying to sit on the unicycle without falling off while you lean against a wall or hold onto a rail.  You may or may not try to move along the wall as you push the pedals.  You think, “Man this is hard.  What was I thinking?”   You measure success in increments of “Hey!  I only fell off twice in the last minute – woohoo!”  That’s day 1.  On day 2, you begin to try to turn the pedals as you push off the wall with one hand and wave your opposite hand wildly in the air.  You get excited and say, “Hey!  I made it three feet today!”  On day 3, you get even more excited because you finally made it to the end of the garage.  You look back, you see the streak of sweat that your hand left behind as you crept along the wall and proudly think to yourself, “I’m getting better.  I made it across the garage and I haven’t had to call an ambulance yet!  Now where’s that Advil?”

From there, the next day you set even more lofty goals – no more touching the wall, no more leaning against things.  You go to the park and you get excited about wobbling 15 feet on a basketball court.  The next day you try to make it to the 3-point line.  Every day you challenge yourself to do just a little bit better and go just a little farther.  Pretty soon, you can go all the way down the street without stopping.  At least, that’s been my experience.

I know that I have a long way to go to become an accomplished rider.  But I also know that I have been steadily making progress since that first day of practicing and falling in the garage less than 2 weeks ago.  And as I think about how excited I have been with even the smallest increments of progress I am struck by the fact that in our society we rarely congratulate ourselves or anyone else on such small, tiny, incremental successes.  Let’s face it, I have fallen off or had to abandon an attempt to ride that unicycle dozens and dozens of times each day.  And yet I am continually excited about trying again and not giving up.  I am continually excited and encouraged by doing just a little bit better today than I did yesterday.  It even causes me to look forward to doing even a little better tomorrow.

I have found that I have offered myself more grace and patience while learning to ride the unicycle than I have offered myself in other areas and at other times of my life.  I know there have been times in the past where I have been too critical of myself or too critical of others.  We live in a society that demands instant success and immediate progress and does not provide allowances for falling down and having to pick oneself back up.  In our society, we would rather point out the falls and the failures rather than praise the persistence and the progress – no matter how slight the progress may be.  I am afraid that too often we get caught up in pursuit of perfection and as a result, we do not offer enough grace to ourselves or to others.  When it comes to learning to ride a unicycle or just life in general, we need to practice the exhortation we find in Romans 15:5

Romans 15:5  Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus…

Maybe there is something different or new that you have been trying to learn or do and you find yourself frustrated by your falls and your failures.  Don’t give up!  Be patient.  Emphasize and focus on the progress and the successes even if they are small.  Challenge yourself to do just a little bit better today and go a little bit further today than you did yesterday.  Be encouraged!  Show yourself some grace and you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish.

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All Powerful, All Knowing and Ever Present

I have been doing a sermon series this month entitled, “The Attributes and Characteristics of God – Knowing Our Creator.”  This week we are considering the omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of God.  That is to say, God is all powerful, all knowing and ever present.  The other evening, while I was working on the sermon and reflecting on such things, I asked the Lord to give me a greater appreciation for His attributes and how they work in perfect harmony together.  About that time, I got a text.  The text said, “Hey, can you pray for someone in Brazil? You don’t know him and I don’t either, but God does and this guy is very ill and needs prayer.”

I am always humbled and amazed at God’s timing.  Through the act of someone asking someone to ask others for prayers for a friend, I had a greater appreciation for God and who He is.  I stopped what I was doing and began to pray for someone I don’t know, who lives in a place I’ve never been, and who is dealing with a situation that I really don’t know anything about.  And although I don’t know the person, the place or the situation; I know that God does.  I know that God knows them, knows what they are going through and He is near them and able to strengthen them, comfort them and give them His peace.  God is indeed all powerful, all knowing, ever present and nothing escapes His attention.  Not you, not me and not someone’s friend in Brazil.

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A Matter of Perspective

Our granddaughters got a new puppy about 2 months ago.  It is a golden retriever and he is very smart.  He can do more tricks than I can!  He was only 8 weeks old when they first got him, but he has been growing fast.  The girls brought him over the other day to introduce him to our dogs.  We have two little weenie dogs, and they aren’t very big.  When the girls came over the other day, they came in, looked at our dogs and they both exclaimed, “My goodness these dogs are SO SMALL!”  Now our dogs are the same size they were last year when the girls stayed with us for a couple of months.  But the girls’ perspective has changed.  They have been spending all their time with their new puppy and he is growing so much that he makes these other dogs look so much smaller.

Their remarks about how small our dogs look now made me think of a Bible verse.  In his second letter to the Church, Simon Peter exhorts believers in 2 Peter 3:18 to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”  I love that verse.  And I love the encouragement for us to grow in regard to our knowledge about the Lord and His grace.  As we spend more time with Him and come to know Him better, our perspective will change.  Some day we will look back and come to realize that the things of this world aren’t quite as big or as impressive as we once thought they were.  And that’s not a bad perspective to have.  As the hymn writer says, “The things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

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Happy Fourth of July

I hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July! As I write this morning, it seems that as a country, we are in yet another season where we need to be able to endure and overcome some difficult times. We are in a season where more than ever we need to look to God and let Him lead us, guide us and help us so that we may persevere, as individuals and as a nation. Our nation proudly proclaims the ideals that “all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” And while those ideals are expressed by our nation, they are not always experienced in our nation. My hope and my prayer for our country is that each of us will look to God and the precepts of His word so that we can do a better job of proclaiming and practicing these ideals. My hope and my prayer is that everyone would embrace and experience the truth that all men are indeed created equal and endowed by their Creator with the God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. May God bless America.

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Flowers and Butterflies

Lord, we see Your beauty in flowers and butterflies
And we love all the colors,
Why can’t we use these same eyes
To see Your beauty in others?

We see distinctions and differences
And we let them divide us,
We forget that the same kind of heart
Beats inside us.

We’ve all been made in Your image
Each one is a gift from above,
Lord, give us Your perspective,
Lord, teach us to love.

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Be A Living Sacrifice – Be Transformed

Romans chapter 12 is one of favorite chapters in the Bible.  I have always considered it to be one of those chapters that starts off strong, stays strong and finishes strong.  Come to think of it, that’s the exhortation Paul seems to be giving to the Church.  Start strong.  Stay strong.  Finish strong.  The chapter opens with Paul exhorting the Church to present themselves as a living and holy sacrifice to the Lord.  Paul says that living in such a way is the reasonable thing for Christians to do.  We are urged to give ourselves wholeheartedly to the One who gave His all for us.  Paul then speaks of our need to be “transformed by the renewing of our mind” so that we can do those things that are good and acceptable and lined up with God’s will, things that honor the Lord.  In the ensuing verses, Paul paints a picture of what that kind of life looks like.  He speaks of serving one another, loving one another, rejoicing with one another, weeping with one another and seeking to bless one another.  We are even to bless those who persecute us!   We are never to pay back evil with evil.  We are to do our best to be at peace with all men.  We are to feed and care for enemies.  We are to overcome evil with good.

Wow!  No wonder Paul speaks of sacrificing ourselves.  To live that kind of life we have to sacrifice some of our natural reactions.  We have to sacrifice our own selfish interests.  We have to sacrifice our own will and our own desires and intentionally give preference to others.  We have to sacrifice our desire to get even.  We have to sacrifice our desire to hit back.  We have to sacrifice our desire to do so many things that do not honor God.  No wonder Paul speaks of the need we have to renew our mind.  We can’t live a life that is holy and set apart for God through our own natural means.  We can only do it supernaturally, through His power.

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Proverbs 20:7 How Fathers Can Bless Their Children

Good morning, I thought I would do something different today and share my Father’s Day sermon on this blog.

It is an honor and a blessing to share God’s Word with you one more time.  I hope you had a good week and I hope you know how much God loves you!  This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day.  It is a day in the year in which we take a time out to give special recognition to our fathers and to those who have been father figures in our lives.  As we discussed last month when we celebrated Mother’s Day, it is good for us to honor our fathers and mothers.  God tells us to do that very thing in the Ten Commandments.  The first four commandments deal with our relationship with God and the next six deal with our relationships with others.  And the very first relationship with others that is mentioned is the one we have with our father and mother.  And today we are going to honor our fathers.  We will look at several verses about fatherhood this morning, but I want to start off by sharing one with you that has been on my mind the most in the last couple of weeks.  It is found in Proverbs 20:7.

Proverbs 20:7   The righteous man walks in his integrity; how blessed are his children after him.  <PRAY>

I love this verse from Proverbs.  I love the wisdom it shares with us who are fathers.  I love the responsibility it places on our shoulders.  I love that it speaks to us about walking in integrity and living in such a way that we bless our children.  As the Bible says in Psalm 127 children are a blessing and as fathers our hearts ought to be inclined and our lives geared to being a blessing to them.  I want to explore that concept and that thought this morning in a message entitled “How Fathers Can Bless Their Children.”  And the first step I want to talk about is that fathers are to love their children.

 

  1. Love Your Children

If I were to just say, “Dads should love their children” I believe that almost everybody would agree with that statement.  But just saying that statement alone is not enough.  I think it is important for us as fathers to consider, what does that mean?  What does loving your children look like?  And when I ask that question, what I really want to know is what does God say it looks like?  And when I want to know what God says about something, I look at the precepts and the principles found in His word.  I think a good starting place is to look at Psalm 103:13 and explore what it says that fatherhood should look like. In Psalm 103, David writes:

Psalm 103:13  Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

David uses the example of the compassion of an earthly father to help us understand and appreciate the compassion shown by our Heavenly Father.  From this psalm we see that a father is to show compassion to his children.  That is the norm, that is the expectation, that is the way things ought to be.  A father ought to have compassion on his children.  The Hebrew word that David uses for compassion in is “racham.”  It is a word that means to love deeply, to show mercy and to treat someone with tender affection.  So how do you love your children?  You treat them in such a way that they experience compassion, love, mercy and tender affection in their interactions with you.  That is how children should experience their fathers.  I think it is good for fathers to consider does that describe the experience your children have with you?  Do they feel loved?  Do they feel valued and appreciated?  Would your children say that they have received tender affection from you?  The experience children have with their earthly father is important.

It is important because the way a father treats his children can greatly impact the manner in which his children view God.  Many children have developed the perspective that God is demanding and demeaning.  They have developed the idea that God is far off and only has words for them, only has time for them when He is punishing them.  And many of them get that picture of God based on their interactions with their earthly father.  They see God as demanding, demeaning and disinterested.  That’s not an accurate picture of our heavenly father and it should not be an accurate picture of earthly fathers.  One way we demonstrate love for our children is by showing affection, attention and compassion to our children.

The scriptures also remind us that we are to provide for our children.  We are to make sure their needs are met.  Our kids don’t just need time and attention; they need food, clothing and shelter.  And even in situations where the father is no longer present in the home, the father is still called to provide for the care and the needs of his children.  The Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:8

1 Tim 5:8  But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Calling somebody worse than an infidel?  Those are strong words.  For some those would be fighting words.  But it is true, a father is supposed to provide for his children.   That is one way we bless them.  That is one way we demonstrate our love for them.  Another way we demonstrate love for our children is by providing discipline and correction.  The Bible says in Proverbs 3:11 – 12,

Prov 3:11    My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, 12 For whom the Lord loves He disciplines, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

We are to teach our children right from wrong.  We are to teach them that there are consequences for our actions.  Just as the Lord corrects us out of love, we are to correct our children in a spirit of love.  That can be tricky.  Paul said in Ephesians 6:4

Ephesians 6:4    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

We are to discipline our children.  It is the loving thing to do.  But when we discipline them, we are to do it in a loving way.  We are not to discipline them in a fit of anger.  We are not to do it in the heat of the moment.  We are not to do it in a way that dishonors God.  Our goal should be growth and restoration.  We are to correct and discipline our children in such a way that we still show compassion and God’s grace.  I love the picture of the grace of the father that Jesus gives us in the parable of the prodigal son.  The prodigal son treated his father badly, he separated himself from his father and lived in a way in which his father did not approve.  The prodigal son demanded his inheritance, went off to a foreign land and burned through all his money.  Let me rephrase that.  He burned through his father’s money.  The prodigal son ended up slopping hogs and decided to go back to his father’s house in shame.  Let’s look at the way Jesus described his homecoming in Luke 15:20

Luke 15:20: “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

The father saw the boy coming home from a long way off.  The father was looking for him, longing for his child to come home and when the father sees him, he runs out to meet him.  He embraced the boy, even though the boy had done wrong, even though the boy had messed up.  The father was filled with compassion for his son!  He saw his son while the boy was still a long way off!  He was looking for his son, longing to have their relationship restored.  What a lovely illustration of the way our Heavenly Father looks for us and longs to have our relationship restored with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.  And this is a great picture for us as fathers.  We should treasure our relationship with our children. Even if they do wrong, and wander off.  Even it they treat us poorly and despise our teaching we are to pray for and seek out reconciliation with them.  We are to love our children!    The second lesson I see is that a father should love their children’s mother.

 

  1. Love Your Children’s Mother

If you really want to bless your children, you need to love the children’s mother.  Two of the best instructional verses we find in the Bible on how to do that are found in Ephesians chapter five in verses 25 and 28.  In that chapter Paul talks about the roles and responsibilities Christians have in this world and in our families.  And when it comes to responsibilities, Paul lays a heavy one on husbands.  Paul writes to the church:

Ephesians 5:25   Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her…

28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself…

I really like the reminder in verse 28.  Paul says “husbands you do yourself some good by being good to your wife.”  And when you look at verse 25, you see that husbands are to be servant leaders in the family.  A husband is to sacrifice for his wife, tend to her, care for her and care about her with the same sacrificial and loving spirit with which Christ loves the Church!  That’s the way a husband is commanded to treat his wife.  That’s they way a father should love the mother of his children.  You may say, “Wait a minute preacher.  I’m not married to the mother of my children.”  I understand.  For whatever reason, that is the case sometimes.  But I believe the precept of this verse is still vitally important for us to embrace and abide by as fathers.  Maybe you are no longer married to the mother of your children.  Maybe you never were.  Whatever the situation was, you can’t change the past.  But you can impact the present situation and the future for your child.  And if you want to bless your children, you should still treat your children’s mother with dignity and respect even if you don’t live in the same household.

Someone may shake their head and say, “You don’t know the situation.”  You’re right.  I don’t know the situation.  But I know if I jump back a chapter to Ephesians 4:32 that I will see the exhortation to Christians to “be kind, tender-hearted toward one another, forgiving one another just as God in Christ has forgiven you.”  Whatever the situation.  Do your best to forgive.  Do your best to be kind.  Do your best to move forward and treat your children’s mother with Christian compassion, dignity and respect.  Don’t talk down to her and don’t talk down about her.  Don’t complain to the kids about her.  Kids have enough stress in this world without having to worry about how mom and dad are getting along.  One way you can bless your children is by loving the children’s mother.  The third lesson I see is that we are to love other people.

 

  1. Love other people.

If you want to bless your children, let them see you loving others and treating othes with dignity and respect.  Treat everyone that way, not just people in your immediate family.  In Matthew 22:37 Jesus was asked by a scribe what is the greatest commandment.  Jesus responded,

Mat 22:37    And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’

Loving others, loving our neighbor as ourselves sets a great example for our children and it blesses them when we consistently model this behavior for them.  By loving others, we can teach our kids that all people have been created in the image of God.  We can teach them there is inherent worth and value in every person.  We can teach them that we don’t discriminate or treat someone unfairly, poorly or badly because of their race, color or creed.  We can teach them that we don’t treat someone unfairly, poorly or badly simply because they have a different belief system than us.  We treat everyone as a unique individual created in the image of God.

We may not agree with everyone, but we can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable.  By loving others, we can teach our children how to love others.  We can teach them how to engage in discussion.  We can teach them how to properly handle conflicts.  Our children can learn so much from us when they see us loving others.  Let me give you one more step, one more lesson for today before we go.  I think it is the most important one.  Fathers if you want to bless your children, then love the Lord.

 

  1. Love the Lord

Proverbs 20:7   The righteous man walks in his integrity; how blessed are his children after him. 

Deuteronomy 1:31   “There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

I think the most important thing a father can do to bless his children is to love the Lord and have a right relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.  If you want to be a righteous man you need to be right with God.  If you want to walk in integrity, you need to walk with the Lord.  If you want to love your children in the best way, you need to love the Lord.  If you want to love your children’s mother in the best way and love others in the best way, you need to love the Lord.

I started off saying that I love the responsibility that Proverbs 20:7 places on our shoulders.  Doing a good job, a godly job in each of these areas can be tough sometimes.  And I have to tell you that it doesn’t matter how broad your shoulders are, you can’t carry fully carry that responsibility well unless you let the Lord carry you.  And you can trust that He will carry you.  If you let Him.  Fathers, my prayer for you is that you will love the Lord and let Him carry you so that you can be the best father you can be.  My prayer for you is that you would come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and model that lifesaving relationship to your children.  If you would like to know more about how to do that, or what that may look like, I would be glad to speak with you and address your questions or concerns.

May God bless you,

Pastor Phillip Stephens

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Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Juneteenth!  Juneteenth is the annual holiday which commemorates the day of June 19, 1865 when the news of emancipation reached people in the Galveston, Texas area.  Sadly, this day came almost two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

One of the verses I reflect on when I think of Juneteenth is found in Galatians 3:28. In this chapter Paul exhorts the church to live by faith.  He exhorts the church to not trust in their own good works, but to trust in the grace of Christ.  Paul then wraps up the chapter with these inspired words of scripture:

     Gal 3:28   There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

In Paul’s time these words displayed a concept that many of the church were not demonstrating in their lives.  Many of the Galatian Christians still wanted to observe a dividing line between those Christians of Jewish heritage and Christians of any other heritage – often referred to as Greeks or Gentiles.  Paul reminds the church that God does not see one person or one group or one category of people as better than or more valuable than any other.  Every person has been created in the image of God.  And God loves every person; He loves them so much He sent His Son to die for them.  Christ died for all and Christ offers forgiveness to everyone!  God is no respecter of persons.  Someday in heaven, praises will be offered to God by people of “every nation, every tribe, and every language (Revelation 7:9).”

What a glorious scene!  All types and kinds of people worshiping the Lord together in unity and harmony.  What a beautiful picture!  Sadly, it’s not the picture today.  For that reason, Paul’s exhortation to the church is just as relevant now as it was then.  Each of us, whatever group we may identify with, need to see other people as being valuable individuals, created in the image of God.  We need to treat everyone with dignity and respect.  We need to listen to one another, help one another and work together to address the distinctions, the dividing lines and the disparate treatment that some people groups still experience today.  Church, we should make it our goal to work together, to love others and let the Lord lead us and guide us so that we can help solve some problems and begin to experience some of the unity and harmony in the “here and now” that awaits us in the hereafter.

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