Gettin’ Ready

January 5, 2010

A few weeks ago I started getting ready for one of our Youth Group Bible Studies. So I felt that we needed to discuss the end of times. But not so much that…but to be prepared because life as we know it could change anytime.

The weird thing to me is…all day today has been referencing to the end of times.  It almost seems like the second half of the N.T. is about the end of times and getting ready for our next life.

One thing I realized is …what do I want to be doing when the rapture takes place? Wouldn’t it be so embarrassing to be doing something you know you shouldn’t be doing? How humiliating would that be? I want to be found living a righteous and holy life when that time comes.

” But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be disolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.” 2 Peter 3:10-11

As I sit in my office on a friday afternoon, I decided that this would be a great time to maybe catch up on some homework that is due on Sunday Night.  I don’t know why, but I must have ADHD or maybe its the book I’m reading. Lets go with that excuse…so I’m reading “Milestones in Mass Communication Research”, so now you know why I’m struggling to stay focused.

While I’m reading I come across this:

“What do mass communications actually do to us, both individually and collectively? Are the mass media powerful influences that command the attention of every eye and ear? Do the messages that they bring us deeply influence our feelings, shape our  ideas, and channel our actions, good or bad? Or are they merely interesting diversions, conveyors of fun, p;uffery, and glitz-channels of information whose messages have only limited influence on what we feel, think and do?

What do you think? Are you affected by what you listen to and by what you watch? I know I am. Maybe you’re saying, that is crazy…it’s only music or its only a movie or it’s only somebody talking. So, be careful to who and what you listen to and look at. Because, gradually over time the way you think, act, feel, and the things that you say and do….are being influenced by somebody or something else…..I only hope it’s being influenced for the better.

 

Serving, wonderfully & fearfully

 

Joseph

FOCUS

September 15, 2008

Last night I was given the priviledge to preach at my home church.  I have just recently started working as a Youth Minister at East Lumberton Baptist Church and very rarely do I get a chance to ‘go home’.

My topic was staying focused.  This seems hard for us to do, don’t you think?  It’s even hard to stay focused while in the classroom; much less stay focused throughout life do what God demands of us. 

My text was Hebrews 12:1-3.  Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses  surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus,  the source and perfecter  of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him  endured a cross and despised the shame,  and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.

If we keep our eyes on Jesus, then we will stay focused.  But, if we take our eyes off of him just for one second then we have lost focused.  Life is tough and it is so hard to do everything that God has asked of us.  Often times, we don’t have to go out and find sin or temptations, they come looking for us.  So that is why each one of us need to make sure it is our goal to be FOCUSED on Jesus Christ. 

Maybe you are here today and have realized that you have never asked Jesus Christ into your life.  It is mighty hard to Focus on something or someone that you don’t know personally.  Or maybe you have realized that your focus has been anywhere but where it needs to be.  If you fall into one of these categories…don’t hesitate to contact me and i will lead you to the one who is able to save lives and that is Jesus Christ our Lord.

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