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Do you have time for Jesus? Of the 5 types of people we discuss, which do you most identify with? Do you identify with Joseph and Mary? It wasn't easy or convenient, but they made time for Jesus. Are you like the innkeeper? Do you not have time for Jesus because you’re too busy? Maybe you’re like Herod? You don't have time for Jesus because you’re self-absorbed in your own agenda. Perhaps you most identify with the religious leaders? You’re familiar with Jesus. but your heart is covered with calluses. You've heard the story so many times that you don't hear it anymore and you just don't care. Does the procrastinator group resonate with you? You know the need and you realize the peril, but you’d rather wait. Are you whispering to yourself? There's no hurry, I'll make time for Jesus…later. If God made time for us, can't we make time for Him this Christmas? Let's get ready for Christmas and make time for Jesus, beginning now.
In today’s message, we consider the last church that Jesus addresses: Laodicea. The problem with this church was that they were indifferent, self-reliant, and blinded by wealth and comfort. This is a very challenging message that our churches in America need to hear. Do we have the humility and heart to listen to what Jesus says?
Ronnie deals with immorality in the church and how we as members are to handle it. We are called to restore the person in the midst of scandal and not ignore or condone it. This will protect the church and honor Christ in the process. This process is done with grace, not foolishly condoning or condemning, but wisely restoring and transforming.
Advent is a season of new beginning, a time to turn again toward the Savior who is coming to redeem the world, a moment to decide to make a difference with your life.
We learn from scripture that God does not like lukewarm Christians -- he spits them out! So what does a lukewarm Christian look like, and how do we turn up the heat? When it comes down to it, "lukewarm Christian" is an oxymoron. We can't live the lives Christ intends for us, and still be lukewarm.
I think it is fair to say that all of us - if we are honest - have been tricked, duped, or charmed away from what is glorifying to God and into what exalts and promotes self and our own agenda as we are enticed and drawn away into our own evil desires (James 1:13 - 15) at one time or another in our lives. I know I am guilty. Having said this, is it really possible that the American church in 2011 has also been duped, tricked, bewitched, and charmed away from what God would truly have her be as the Bride of Christ? Listen-in to today's This Day In The Word radio broadcast and let's see what God's Word has to say.