Below are some links to a study I thought would be a good follow-up to my previous blog on Should I Stay or Should I Go? The series below is found in YouVersion and is entitled Promises of God: Traveling With Unmet Expectations. My wife and I read this together and enjoyed our discussion about the content the author includes throughout this devotional. Hope each of you enjoy it as well. I’ll be away from my computer until mid-January and won’t be sending any devos out between now and then, so take your time to work through these and grow because of them.
I pray you’ll all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
How many times throughout your day or life do you start a question by “should I?”
Just think about it…
Should I wear these clothes?
Should I eat this food?
Should I date this person?
Should I marry this person?
Should I buy this car?
Should I buy this house?
Should I get away for a weekend?
Should I go to church today?
Should I go to College? Which College? Which career path?
Should I hire this person or that person?
Should I explore a career change?
I’ve entitled today’s message: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
In 1982, the band named Clash released their song Should I Stay or Should I Go.
Let’s consider the following…
Should I stay or should I go? We may not have a cloud by day, or a pillar of fire by night to guide and direct us to an answer. I’m sure we’re not waiting to go until we have an angel appear and give us the green light…make this a personal question…so how do I know if I should stay or if I should go?
Katy Nichole & Big Daddy Weave sing the song God is in this Story. Here is the link to the official music video and the lyrics https://life979.com/songs/god-is-in-this-story/. Lately I’ve been really thinking on two parts of this song. One, God is in this story. And two, God is in the details. Not sure what it is that you may be experiencing in your life right now, but these two truths have helped me face whatever it is that He’s been placing in front of me. I hope this song, and these truths can be of help to you in your life as well.
Had another great turnout at Ox Strong this past Saturday…around 30 men were in attendance. I was not able to be present this month but was able to go back and view/listen to Kevin’s message. Here is the link to his message...https://youtu.be/tQ5GrHxDaRM
Kevin spoke on Keeping the Faith—A Recipe for your best foot forward. Kevin and his family have faced some challenges through the years and it’s great to see how he’s recognized how God is right there going through each one with them. Emmanuel…God with us!!!
Next month we’ll have brother Todd Vokoun as our guest speaker. He’ll kick the new year off for us. Hope to see y’all there.
I have some good news to share with each of you that’ll make you very happy. Before I do that, let’s consider some leading up information…
The title for today’s message is BEHOLD!!!
In the 2022 World Cup, “Cristiano Ronaldo has come in for criticism over the way he handled Portugal’s opening goal against Uruguay. It looked to everyone that the former Manchester United striker had given Portugal the lead…when he wheeled away celebrating having seemingly flicked on a Bruno Fernandes cross. However, the goal was in fact awarded to Fernandes.” Full Article
If you get an opportunity to view that play, then you too will see that Cristiano never touched the ball, yet in fact celebrated as though he scored the goal. And when the announcement was made in the stadium that the goal was awarded to Fernandes, Cristiano put his hands up in disbelief. What does it matter? It should be about Cristiano’s teammate and country scoring a goal, but he chose in that moment to make it about himself.
The desire for attention isn’t something that originated with Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup. This is a concept that man has struggled with even in the NT times. For instance…
Three Godly Examples for us to Follow when it comes to this idea of BEHOLD…
Are you more prone to react like Cristiano Ronaldo did in the World Cup? “Look at me.”
Or would you say that your life has proven that you’re more prone to react the way that John the Baptist, the Apostle Peter, and the Angel did? “Look, Behold…ALL attention on Him alone!!!”
Everything I do is about Him.
Don’t make this holiday season about you…look for opportunities to point others to Him.
Be Thou My Vision…Thou and Thou ONLY! So, He can be THE vision of others as well.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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