Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Power Of One

Did you know that Lydia the seller of Purple helped start the church at Philippi?

The book of Philippians uses the word joy or rejoice 16 times. Paul didnt have much correction for the Philippians, he was deeply touched by their giving love, and their service. He gushes about how much he loves them and how impressed he is with their love for him, others and most importantly Christ.

Paul deeply loved the Philippians.

Philippians 1:8 For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
My point is that this awesome church was started because one woman opened her home. She practiced hospitality.

One woman. The power of one. Neat huh?

Acts 16:14-15
14One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. 15When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Moses Intercession

Moses interceded for the children of Israel when they were worshipping that glitzy cow. He could of said "Yep, God your right they are idolatrous and carnal...strike em dead Lord, burn em up", and ya know that would of made Moses life soooo much easier. Moses risked his life to ask mercy on behalf of a bunch of partying worldly rebels. God listened, and then Moses was stuck with having to lead the knuckleheads.

God loved Moses for his heart to love others. Moses was a type of Jesus, he saw others problems and said Im going to reconcile that problem, even if it means I have to die to do so.

We should have the same heart, one that says...these people are wrong, but God put me here to love them, help them and reconcile them.

2 Cor 5:16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.