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Thinking Aboug NVCC 6/7/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on June 7, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (4)

In music when a note is played that is different from the other notes the sound is unstable; it is called dissonance. When the dissonance is done on purpose it is to create interest in the musical score. At first when the composer does this the note does not sound right, but in the next note he will use a note to resolve the dissonance and make the note sound stable.

Have you noticed that everything in creation, with the exception of man, does what it was created to do? Everything from elephants to ground hogs, sequoias to dandelions, eagles to roadrunners, and blue whales to minnows; there is no dissonance in them. Man stands alone in creation saying, “I am, I will be, and I will become.” Doesn’t sound right does it?

God, our great composer, sent a note to resolve this dissonance of man in creation; His Son Jesus Christ. When you let Jesus play his note in your life, all unstable notes are resolved and made stable. The past dissonance becomes nothing more than a passing interest.

Resolved,

Kirby

Thinking About NVCC 5/31/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Henri Nouwen was a trapeze artist and wrote, “As the flyer is swinging high above the crowd, the moment comes when he lets go of the trapeze, when he arcs out into the air. For that moment, which feels like an eternity, the flyer is suspended in nothingness. It is too late to reach back for the trapeze. There is no going back. However, it is too soon to be grasped by the one who will catch him. He cannot accelerate the catch. In that moment, his job is to be as still and motionless as he can. The flyer must never try to catch the catcher. He must wait in absolute trust. The catcher will catch him. But he must wait. His job is not to flail about in anxiety. In fact, if he does, it could kill him. His job is to be still. To wait. And to wait is the hardest work of all”

I thought how well his words describe the Christian life. A person hears God’s call and lets go of their life, and for a moment there is the feeling of vulnerability. The question is, will you trust that God’s hand will catch you?

Caught,

Kirby

Thinking Aboug NVCC 5/24/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I thought this week of Abram’s father, Terah (Gen 11:31). Terah was going to Canaan Land, but stopped in Haran. Terah’s name in Hebrew means, “The man who stopped.” I wondered, “Why did he stop?”

 

What cause me to think of Terah is another man who has made a Phoenix bus stop his home. At first you think he is a shadow, but he is a man who has made the stop his airy home. Daily he sits with Dread-locked hair, dirt caked skin, and layers of baggy clothes exposed to the elements. Occasionally a car stops, and an outstretched hand gives him a sack of food. I wonder how it came that he said, “This far and no farther?”

 

In many ways we are Terah, and Bus Stop Guy when it comes to God in that we have gone so far with God and stopped. We think what we learned from our parents, a teacher, or a friend was all there was to know about God.

 

It’s sad to think about Terah and what he missed. In sad to think of Bus Stop Guy and his conditions. It is sad if that is how you feel about God!

 

Going All The Way,

 

Kirby

Thinking About NVCC 5/17/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 18, 2015 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

On May, 7th the Ecumenical Church came together in Anthem’s city park to pray. The denominational walls came down and Christians by the hundreds came and prayed in unison for the family, the church, the sick and homeless, our government, and the schools.

 

The universal church came together, but it was not Roman Catholic; those present believed in baptism, but they weren’t Baptist; they believed in the Reformation, but they were not Lutheran; they believed in the new methods of teaching, but they were not Methodist; they believed the church was to be led by elders, but they were not Presbyterian; they believed in the teaching of the church, but they were not Orthodox; they believed in spreading the Gospel message, but they were not Evangelical, they believed in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but they were not Charismatic. Also present was a Jewish synagogue who believes Jesus is Messiah. What were they then? They were just Christians!

 

Who is a Christian? The person who when asked, “Who do you think Jesus is?” They reply, “I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

 

My faith is built on nothing less,

 

Kirby

Thinking About NVCC 5/10/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

“Jesus did not trust himself to them, for … He Himself knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Think how Jesus knew people: About John the Baptist he said, “I must increase, he must decrease.” Andrew asked, “Where are you staying?” He said “Come and you will see.”

Impetuous Peter denied him; He restored him. Philip would not come unless called, so He called him. His mother Mary; He corrected. To the intellectual Nicodemus He said, “You must be born again.” To the Samaritan woman who wanted to argue; He made her a messenger to her city. The nobleman whose son was ill; He healed him. The cripple at Bethesda; He stood him on his feet. The adulterous woman; He delivered her and charged her. A man born blind; He gave him sight. Lazarus, who was dead; He gave him life. Thomas was skeptical, so He was patient. Judas was a thief, so He exposed him. Mary Magdala was possessed with evil spirits, so He cast them out.

Here is the truth of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation; Jesus knows you. All things are naked and open to His eyes, and He loves you and is able to save you to the uttermost.

He knows,

Kirby

Thinking About NVCC 5/3/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on May 3, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

There is a great restlessness in the world today. A manifold restlessness of world leaders expanding their boarders, migrants seeking a better life, and refugees fleeing wars. A world on the move from sea to sea, east to west, and north to south.

I’m reminded of Amos 8:11, “I will send a famine through the land … a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” In the next two verses you find the similarity to today’s restlessness: Staggering, wandering, searching, but not finding. Interesting it is not a famine, drought, or plague that causes this turmoil, but a famine of God’s word.

It is a mistake to think God has nothing more to say. It is not that God ceases to speak, but man has lost his ability to hear God. Even though God’s Word is living and quick and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword, it fails to affect anyone. When this happens a great ceaseless searching, and restlessness occurs, and I believe that is what is occurring in our age.

Drought, disaster, disease, or terrorist causes us to tremble when we hear it touches our shores. But speak of hearing God’s words no more and people shrug and continue to look for more.

Listening,

Kirby

Thinking About NVCC 4/26/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on April 26, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The old hymns have hidden truths. In the hymn “Rock of Ages,” there is a line that calls upon the blood of Christ to, “Be of sin the double cure; save me from its guilt and power.” What is the double cure? With regard to God we have two problems: First, we have broken God’s Laws and are liable for the law’s penalty. Second, we continue to sin. Because our problem is twofold, God’s grace must offer a double cure.

When a person believes in Jesus, they are justified – just-if-ied never sinned – which removes all punishment for our past sins. Secondly, the Holy Spirit enters the repentant sinner and begins the work of sanctification and regeneration. God, like a Physician, cures our sin disease and ends our continual spiritual corruption.

Sanctification and regeneration is an ongoing process in which the Christian becomes more and more separated from sin itself. It is a continual transformation of our inward character and our outward behavior. When we sin, we confess our sin, and Christ intercedes for us before God as our high priest. This is how we, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2Peter 3:18).

Jesus, what a savior,

Kirby


Thinking About NVCC 4/19/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on April 19, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In chapters one and two of 1st John, the word abide appears nine times. When a word appears that frequently it means the author is trying to make a point. John’s point: In times like these if a Christian is to remain faithful to Jesus they must abide. Abide means to wait patiently for. As Tennyson put it, "I will abide the coming of my lord."

How does one abide in Christ? You abide by spending time alone with God, reading the Bible, fellowshipping with Christians, and attending church. Many say, I get two days off from work and the whole church thing is a bit tedious, especially when I could be doing so many fun things.

There is an ancient story of the Spartan son who returned home and said to his aged father who bore the scars of many battles, “My sword is just a little too short for me.” The old man responded, “Add a step to it.” Do you feel your Christian walk is tedious, then add a step to your walk. You say your sword is too short for you to win, then add a step and take a harder thrust. In God’s name I commend you, add a step.

Abide,

Kirby

 

Thinking About NVCC 4/12/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on April 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Jesus said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear,” (John 16:12). This has always been true. God has more to say to us, but it is more than we can now bear. So God must patiently wait for our ability to bear before he speaks to us about things we should know. We see this idea expressed by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly,” (1Cor 3:2-3). Here then is the law of Divine revelation: God never leads you forward into any new truth concerning Himself, until you have not only realized a new measure of truth, but also obeyed that measure of truth.

 

A case of arrested development has seized the church, and by the church I mean the universal church of Christ; all Christians. We have lost our appreciation for the things Divine, and it is because we have failed to submit, failed to obey, or failed to understand. God cannot advance you in a new truth because as of yet you have not accepted a previously revealed truth.

 

Can I tell you what it is in your life that you have not submitted too? No! But, if you are honest with yourself, you already know! Go back through the years to the point where your last excitement for God was; the place where the fire began to grow cold; it is there where you failed to submit. Why are you not submitting? It is as G. Campbell Morgan said, “I am more afraid of light than darkness, I will hark back to the mist to escape the blinding glare of the Throne of the infinite knowledge.”

 

If you will finally be true to Jesus Christ, the blessing of this morning will eclipse any blessings that proceeded it.

 

Yielded,

 

Kirby

Thinking About NVCC 4/5/2015

Posted by North Valley Christian Church on April 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The family is the foundation of a society. It is sad to see that our society’s families are being destroyed. As a result of that destruction many children have grown into adulthood having never known an intact home. Damaged in childhood means damaged in adulthood, for the damage doesn’t magically repair itself on the day of one’s emancipation. Naturally when something of ours is broken we spend time trying to fix it, but how does one repair a damaged childhood caused by a broken family?

Jesus said, “He that has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Interesting that he did not say Elohim, not Jehovah, not Adonai, or any of the other great names of God found in the Bible. He said Father, or Abba which means daddy, or papa. I think it means that no matter how damaged a person is, our heavenly Father is able to repair what was lost or never was.

It should make us gasp that God, the one who is mighty, holy, and beneficent, is our Father who sacrificed Himself to restore what was so broken that it seemed irreparable. This is Jesus’ story: God has suffered everything to restore what was lost.

Restored,

Kirby


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