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Billy Redd

I'm just a nobody, trying to be a somebody, in a world full of everybodys

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January 2016

Can We Apprehend God?

My favorite book other than the Bible is AW. Tozer’s Pursuit of God.  It was recommended to my by a family member just after I was born again. To this day, I still have the same book and pull it out from time to time and read through the words written long ago and the words God had laid on my heart the first time I read it. One chapter sticks out more than the rest and that is Chapter 4. “Apprehending God”

 

Tozer notes, that for most people God is an inference, not a reality.  They say, “He must be, therefore He is” with out every truly knowing Him. They have never bothered to think about Him but have only heard of Him through others. To many, God is but an ideal, another name for goodness.  Tozer even goes on to say that for many “Christians” only believe in a theory. God is no more real to them than a mere set of principles in which to live by.

However the Bible tells us that we can know God with such intimacy, at least the same degree as we know anyone else.  His word tells us we can “Taste and see, that the Lord is Good”- Psalm 38. “My sheep HEAR my voice” John 10:27.  What can this mean? We have organs in our body that can know God. We have been made to experience the Godhead. But first, a saving work must be done. Our spirit must testify with His spirit. We must be made right with God.

 

Living in the right world

We live in a real, physical world. We experience that world through the 5 senses that God has given us. But,  we also live in a spiritual world. The physical world dominates our every thought. We give it all of our attention and focus. We must begin to shift our thinking and our focus.  “He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)  The good news is, we don’t have to choose. We can have both. One can perform daily mundane duties and still have his thoughts on God. We must walk out our purpose on earth day-to-day, while keeping our mind on Heavenly things.  This is not a an easy task. Most of us only think of Godly things for a moment until something in this world steals our attention and focus away to other things. This is where we must, moment by moment, turn our attention back to God. Listening for His voice, looking for His presence.

The Omnipresence

God is omnipresent. He is here with me as I write and He is there with you as your read this. He is in the church service where I feel the goose bumps and also the service where I have my mind on task I need to complete. The difference is not God, the difference is us. At times we turn our attention and focus to Him, while other times we dismiss the very thought that Jesus is present, sitting just beside us.

My final thought. No matter how spiritual you may think you are, you are still a sinful human being that must constantly ask for forgiveness and repentance is almost a moment by moment reality. In order to apprehend God, we must first admit that we are incapable of doing it on our own, we must have His help.  Begin by asking God to help you stay your mind on things above.

 

BR.

 

 

Ministry Goals for 2016

2016 is upon us and it’s time to get cranking. I wanted to share just a few of the ministry goals I have.  These particular goals are designed to make the ministry I am entrusted with better.  I trust that you have at least thought about what things you want to accomplish and how you are going toget there.

 

Goal #1.  Recruit and train 3 ministry directors.

My plate is getting fuller and I have noticed lately that people will tell me things or have needs and I totally forget them.  I find myself dropping the ball with people, resources, and planning.  Our ministry has grown over the years but I have failed to add proper leadership in key areas. I have been trying to juggle to many plates.  I have in mind to recruit and train a Preschool Ministry Director, A children’s small group director, and a Sunday morning large group director. My purpose in this is to help keep volunteers managed, communication flowing, and a team I can brainstorm with.

 

Goal #2. Implement Security Standards.

We have been slowing implementing a church wide security team. Our leaders have began to wear name tags but not across the board and we are checking in kids electronically.  But, we find people hanging out in kids areas that are not serving. Not that they are a direct threat but for some its a hideaway, a place to get away from attending the service. I plan to have name tags with photos on every person who is serving kids and our security team can question anyone in a kids area who isn’t wearing a name tag.  I assume there will be some  push back but I think it’s for the best.

 

Goal# 3. Take all my vacation days.

I failed to take all my vacation days this year. Not because I am a workaholic but because I failed to schedule them. I did take a couple of short vacations but let time get away. What will I  use these for?  Some days will be to get a few extra things around the house done. Other days will be for fishing or playing golf and others will be for family vacations.

 

These are not all my goals but these are three that I will be intentional about.  What are your goals for 2016?  What is standing in your way?  I love to hear what your planning.

 

Billy

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