Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Finding Faith in Fasting

Every time I read Hebrews 11, I am encouraged, challenged, & impressed all at the same time. Often times called the "Faith Chapter" it lists the Heroes of the Faith from the Old Testament. They each believed God at his word, and followed in obedience.

The apostle's lesson begins with a clarification of what faith is, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for." This confidence and assurance are 2 outcomes that will further develop during these 21 Days of Faith through prayer & fasting.

This week, let me encourage you to read Hebrews 11 and discover how the Lord fulfilled His promises to His servants. While I won't go into detail here, much of this is accomplished through revelation, also called understanding. Just like God used these "heroes," God will use you as He:

1. Increases our Understanding of Himeself(God)
2. Deepens our Understanding of Self
3. Broadens our Understanding of our Circumstances

Monday, March 28, 2011

Finding God as the Source!

As we begin this second day of fasting, we move into the normal cycle of life (ie, work, school, etc...). Fasting causes us to merge the Sacred with the Secular. Our love for God joins with our responsibility in the world. This is an important time to keep the Word of God close to our hearts, and before your mind. His Word will feed your soul when you're not feeding the body. Psalm 62 spoke to my heart this morning and I wanted to share it with you today:

PSALM 62:1-2 (the Message)
God, the one and only— I'll wait as long as he says.
Everything I need comes from him,
so why not?
He's solid rock under my feet,
breathing room for my soul,
An impregnable castle:
I'm set for life.

TODAY, allow God to invade your normal activities and you WILL find him as your ROCK!

Monday, March 14, 2011

On a Mission

Yesterday, Sunday 3/13, we talked much about Cornerstone's Mission to express Christ's love in action. Sunday AM we talked about the opportunity we have to provide Clean Drinking Water for the people of Tanzania-Africa. In the evening, we talked about the strategy to impact Port Richmond, through planting the gospel with Pastor Doug and Kelly. Below is a video that challenges us to "REACH OUT".

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Poverty in Africa - In your Eyes

God has made us with many complex and interesting senses the 5 primary senses are touch, hearing, taste, smell & sight. With each of these there is a complex relationship between each of them. For instance, smoke can be seen, smelled, tasted, and even felt. Even with our "taste sense" the tongue has been divided into 4 main tastes: 1-Bitter, 2-Sour, 3-Salty, & 4-Sweet.

Our senses enhance our lives as well as protect us from dangerous threats. The capacity of the senses do not stop with the Physiological senses. God's creation has also the ability "feel" for others. Some have experienced sympathy pains when a loved one is suffering. Others have felt sick when seeing someone sick.

Sensing the pain and suffering of others is defined by the word COMPASSION. As you watch this video, allow your COMPASSION-SENSE rise up and move you to action.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

21 Days of Faith

Beginning March 27, Cornerstone will embark on a spiritual journey called 21 Days of Faith. It will be a power time of prayer and fasting before the Lord. With one heart and mind, our spiritual family will call upon the Lord. Here's a few more details for you in video.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Superman - Parkour/FreeRunning extreme

Today we talked about how the Holy Spirit adds the EXTRA in the ORDINARY of life. The empowering of God's Spirit through His Baptism makes our lives, roles, homes and ministries EXTRAORDINARY! This is a video of a truly extraordinary man. Most people walk or run down the street, not him. Enjoy your introduction to a Free Runner! Certainly not ordinary! Let's allow God's Spirit to empower us to be extraordinary!

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Father's Promise

One thing was certain when my sister and I were growing up... What Dad said, Dad did. He was always good to his word. If he said we would go out for ice-cream at the drive up Stewart's Root-Beer shop, you knew it was safe to plan your "order." Since Dad always meant what he said, his reliability produced anticipation in us kids. Dad Delivered!

This provided a great deal of security for us as kids. Dad was reliable! The same message is dominate in the New Testament portion of the Bible. Many promises and prophecies were made in the Old Testament (400-4000 years prior to the NT being written) that filled God-Fearing individuals with anticipation and hope. The two main promises: 1-the coming of the Messiah, & 2-the sending of God's Spirit upon on all peoples.

These promises of God the Father are the central message Peter communicates in Acts chapter #2. He says in verse 39, "The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Even more reliable than my earthly father, is our Heavenly Father. He always follows-through!!!

Jesus, who fulfilled the first promise mentioned above, spoke of the promise of the Father, the sending of the Holy Spirit. He says in Luke 11:11-12, "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

If you have already personally received God's first promise (Jesus), let me encourage you to ask God for His second Promise, "The fullness of the Holy Spirit." Since God can be trusted, and He calls the Spirit a "good gift," have you asked him to deliver this promise in your life.

Take Him at His Word... GOD ALWAYS DELIVERS! You can trust the "Father's Promise."