Give to Get to Give

We just had our annual youth conference at our church this past week! The way that God used the preachers always amazes me! There were six messages this year and they were all needed and right on time for this generation we live in.

My biggest take away from the conference is the title of this post, “Give to Get to Give.”

The conference was bookended by two great messages on giving. Neither one of them were about giving money, although giving tithes and offerings is important.

The first message of the conference was taken from the story of the lad with five loaves and two fishes. This lad gave everything he had to Jesus, he gave all his food. To get a child to give a little part of his lunch away is a feat in itself, but to have a child give ALL his lunch away is amazing! Jesus took that little lunch, He took everything that the young man gave Him and performed one of the greatest miracles in the Bible. The feeding of the five thousand!

The lesson I learned from this message is a simple one but full of truth. If we give everything we have to Christ, He will do great and mighty things with it. It doesn’t matter who you are or how old you are or where you are from, God can still use you if you are willing to let Him use you.

To end the conference, we heard a message on getting and giving the blessing from the story of Isaac, Jacob and Esau from Genesis 27. In this story, we see how Jacob stole the blessing from Esau. The truth that was brought out from this story was that we as Christians need to have the blessing from God. If we don’t have it, we need to figure out what we need to do to get it! If we do have the blessing, then we need to do what we can to be a blessing to those around us.

In this selfish society we live in today, where everyone is out for their own good and how they can get ahead, these two messages were perfect for a youth conference. We all need to learn how to give. We need to give of our treasure, our time and our talents, and if we do, God will bless us in ways we can’t even imagine!

We need to learn to “Give to Get to Give” and continue to keep that cycle going and we will see great blessings from God!

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Blessings Of The Father’s House

The story of the prodigal son is one of my favorite stories in the Bible found in Luke 15. So many truths are found in this story. In fact, last summer, I did a short series on the prodigal son and the different truths I had learned from this story.

This past week, as I was preparing to preach in Children’s Church, I came across another truth that I want to share with you today, “Blessings of the Father’s House.”

Growing up, the younger son, the one we know as the prodigal, had everything he needed. His father provided everything and his sons never went without. His sons never had to worry where their food was going to come from, where they were going to sleep at night. Everything was taken care of by the father.

I believe that as these two boys grew up in this house, their father expected them to work. The father wanted them to learn the business and what it meant to have a job and do it correctly. Yet, the father still provided them everything they needed.

We all know the story. The younger son demanded his inheritance, he took it and journeyed to a far country. There in the far country, he wasted every penny of his inheritance until he had nothing left. A famine came and this young man went and found a job in a pig pen. A dirty, lowly job feeding and taking care of pigs. After some time, he realized that the servants at his father’s house were better off than he was. He started his journey home and when he was close, his father ran out and met him and welcomed him home. His father had a feast to celebrate the return of his son!

While this young man was sitting in the pig pen, he was thinking about home and how his servants fared better than he did. He was thinking about the blessings he had at his father’s house.

The first blessing this young man probably thought of was that of peace. You see in the father’s house, everything was taken care of. There was no worry or fretting or stressing out about whether things were going to be taken care of or not. There was a calmness about the house because the father was in control. When the young man went to the far country, there he lived a riotous life, a life of no peace, a life that eventually led him to a point where he was worried about food and his livelihood.

The second blessing that the younger son probably thought was that of provision. We see that when he came to his senses, he realized the servants at his father’s house never went without. While he was living at home, everything he needed was provided for him. In the far country, he had to provide for himself and he came to the point where he had nothing but the slop in the pig pen.

Another blessing I think this young man thought of was the blessing of protection. Why protection? Think of how nervous this young man was when he strolled into town with his inheritance. There were probably a lot of so called ‘friends’ after his money. News probably travelled fast of the rich kid in town and he probably worried day and night about his safety. While he was living at home, he had no worries of whether he was safe or not. He was in the father’s house and inside those walls there was protection.

This story is a parable told by Jesus. A parable is a fictitious story with a lesson to be learned from it. The father portrayed in this story is our Heavenly Father. We have an opportunity to be apart of His family, a child of God. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12 When we become a child of God, the blessings of the Father’s house become ours.

We can find peace as a child of God. God is there to help us through the storms and give us strength when we are weak. He is there to ease the troubled mind.

God provides for His children. He will supply their need. He will make sure His own never go begging for bread.

Our Heavenly Father protects us from the attacks of Satan. He will take care of His children when they are attacked and threatened.

The blessings of the Father’s house are there for each one of us to enjoy. But you have to be one of His children, are you? Do you know Christ as your Saviour?

Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord

“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Job 1:21

I was driving home from my part-time job last night and I was thinking about different issues and problems that I have to take care of in life. Nothing too out of the ordinary, just regular life problems. While I was thinking about what I need to do, a thought popped in my head. I thought to myself, ‘Man, the Lord really hasn’t done nothing out of the ordinary lately in my life’. Now I don’t know if that is a good or bad thought. I wasn’t trying to discredit the Lord for everything He has done in my life. Then I thought that we forget to take time to thank God for what He does for us on a daily basis.

Everything we have, everything we lost, the Lord has been in control. Today, I just want to list some of the ordinary blessings that I receive on a daily basis.

My health and the fact that I have been able to wake up every morning, blessed be the name of the Lord.

My wife and just how great she is. I know that I don’t thank her enough for everything she does for myself or our girls. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

My two beautiful, little girls. The joy and happiness they bring into our lives everyday. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The house the Lord has provided us. It may not be the biggest and fanciest house but it is way better than we deserve. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The car that the we have. It is a reliable car and my favorite thing is that it is good on gas. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Both of the jobs I have to provide for the family, so my wife doesn’t have to work. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The church I attend and have the opportunity to serve in. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The King James Bible that I have the opportunity to read and study. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

My parents and my siblings, the family that I am blessed to be a part of. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Safety and protection every day as we live in a crazy world. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The friends that I have in my life who help and encourage me. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

The food that I am able to eat each day, blessed be the name of the Lord.

Although I feel that my life has been ordinary recently, there is nothing ordinary about the blessings of the Lord. Each day I should be extra thankful for the extraordinary blessings I have from the Lord. Everything I have, I don’t deserve. I could be in a position that may seem worse than I am in now, but the Lord has given me everything I need and more.

Take a moment today and stop and thank God for your life and everything that He has given you.

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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