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Don’t Frighten Timothy

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On Frightening Timothy
It would be a shame to have a dream and not fulfill it because we were afraid.
This Sunday we wrap up our series from 1 Corinthians in a message called “Don’t Frighten Timothy.”
DON’T FRIGHTEN TIMOTHY
If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one, then, should refuse to accept him. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers. 1 Corinthians 16:10-11 (niv)
 
This is more than a 30 minute sermon to fill a space – this is a common known reality we all deal with almost everyday.
FEAR and CREATIVITY – The polar opposites of my personality and maybe yours as well.
 
When it comes to these two real facts in my life I talk to both of them!
 
CREATIVITY – I love your energy and expression. But, I only have a certain amount of time in a day and I need a certain amount of sleep each night……HOLD THAT THOUGHT AND LET ME GET BACK TO YOU TOMORROW ON THAT.
I need to have a GRATITUDE FOR FEAR!
 
FEAR–  “I thank fear for what it has done for me in the past ..Like keeping me from going down a certain street or not driving my car too fast or saying no to the telemarketer who needs my routing number to my checking account.
 
BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I REALLY DONT NEED FEAR AND I HAVE A CONVERSATION LIKE THIS.
Thank you FEAR for everything. But, I really dont need your services right now.Because today I am just writing this sermon.  Today I am just relaxing with this cup of coffee.Im giving you the day off FEAR.”
 
Be grateful for fear  – Bow to fear at the right times. ( we say things like; Im gonna punch fear in the face. – “Kick fears butt – I dont know about you but anytime I have attacked anything.It attacked me right back.
 
INTERVIEW WITH JASON DYER
 
DON’T FRIGHTEN TIMOTHY
If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one, then, should refuse to accept him. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers. 1 Corinthians 16:10-11 (niv)
 
1. IT DOESNT TAKE MUCH TO FRIGHTEN TIMOTHY.
 
Timothy can represent a PERSON or a POSSIBILITY.

Allowing timothy to thrive in his:
Ambitions
Ideals
Dreams

 
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING “TIMOTHY” AROUND YOU .
 
That NEW thing – That NEW tomorrow – That YOUTHFUL HOPE – That God POSSIBILITY – That thrill of the next thing God has in store for you. – That place were you still believe  the scripture that promises you Behold I am doing a new thing . – Isaiah 43:19
 
Its an evil thing to frighten Timothy. – Its SO easy to do it. 
Timothy is very young and very tender – HE always has been and he always will be!
Timothy has solved the problem of perpetual youthfulness.
He represent the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.
He will never grow old. – He refuses to grow old.

If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, – 1 Corinthians 16:10-11 (niv)

1. The RARITY of Timothy. “If Timothy comes”. Vs. 10

2. The NEED of Timothy. “SEE TO IT”. VS. 10

3. The TENDENCY of Timothy. “fear while he is with you.” vs. 10

4. The VALUE of Timothy. “he is carrying on the work of the Lord.” vs. 10

5. The CONNECTION of the old and the new. “No one, then should refuse him.” vs.11

3. MOST PEOPLE DIE AT 25 AND AREN’T BURIED UNTIL THEY ARE 75.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young , but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 (niv)

 
Youth – Neotetos – reffering to anyone under 40.
 
EXAMPLE IN SPEECH.
EXAMPLE IN LIFE.
EXAMPLE IN LOVE.
EXAMPLE IN FAITH.
EXAMPLE IN PURITY.
If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one, then, should refuse to accept him. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers. 1 Corinthians 16:10-11 (niv)
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My Gifted Little Child

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Dear readers,
Many of my blogs are made up of sermons outlines and quick thoughts.
These are here to accompany the video of the sermon link below.
1 Corinthians 12:1-4,11
Now, concerning the gifts from the Holy Spirit.I want you to know the truth about them, my friends. You know that while you were still heathen, you were led astray in many ways to the worship of lifeless idols. I want you to know that no one who is led by God’s Spirit can say “A curse on Jesus!” and no one can confess “Jesus is Lord,” without being guided by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them..(Vs 11) But it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person. (31) 31 Set your hearts, then, on the more important gifts.
 
cha·ris·ma
kəˈrizmə/  – Gift – charisma: a gift of grace, a free gift
My Gifted Little Child
Matthew 18:3 3: And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
It’s like Jesus is saying ….the first years of your life as a believer are some of the most important ones.
GOD IS CALLING US TO BE CHILDLIKE … NOT CHILDISH.
Has you get older, the opportunities to learn new things gets harder and become fewer.
IF WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT, WHEN WILL WE HAVE TIME TO DO IT OVER?
You will only be a CHILD for a certain amount of TIME
Time cannot be STOPPED. STRETCHED. STORED.

God gives us some insights about TIME.
Eph. 5:15,16 make the most of it.  –  Col. 4:5 redeem it. – Matt. 6:33 prioritize it.

I Samuel 3-4:1….The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.

I. God Is Crazy About Children and people that are childlike.
When it comes to gifts….”Become like little children.” – Matthew 18:3
THE GIFTS

A. DISCOVER THEM

B. DEVELOP THEM

C. DISTRIBUTE THEM

D. OR THEY WILL REMAIN DORMANT.
 
Illustration – NO RUNS, NO HITS, NO ERRORS

In one little Midwestern town, Miss Jones had the distinction of being the oldest resident in town. So when she died, the editor of the local paper wanted to print a little article remembering this dear old lady, except he couldn’t think of anything to say when he sat down to write the article. Miss Jones had never done anything terribly wrong. She had never spent a night in jail or had ever been drunk. On the other hand, she had never done anything significant. 
With this still on his mind, the editor went down to the local café, and there, ran into the local funeral director. He too was having the same trouble. He wanted to put something on Miss Jones’ tombstone besides “Miss Nancy Jones, born such-and-such a date and died such-and-such a date,” but he couldn’t think of anything to write either. 
The editor decided to go back to his office and assign the job of writing up a small article for both the paper and the tombstone to the first reporter he saw. When he got to the office, he ran into the sports editor, who got the assignment. So somewhere in some little community in the Midwest there is a tombstone which reads: 
Here lie the bones of Nancy Jones, 
For her life held no terrors. 
She lived an old maid. She died an old maid. 
No hits, no runs, no errors. (C. C. Mitchell, Let’s Live!)
I’m afraid to say, “That’s the way many Christians live their lives.” They’ve never done anything terribly wrong, but they never accomplish anything significant for the Lord.
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2. The Gift Giving Heart Of God.
“Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God.” – James 1:17
 
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them – 1 Corinthians 12:4
“ as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.” 1 Corinthians 12:11
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3.  God Loves the CHILD Inside You!
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
We will have all of eternity to talk about our victories….but only today to win them and share them.
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THE OTHER GIFT
 
Eu·cha·rist
ˈyo͞ok(ə)rəst/ The good gift/thanksgiving/the good grace
 
 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat;[b] this is My body which is broken[c] for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
 
The last supper is about the Christ story.
“My body is broken and my blood is spilled out.
 
Its is about giving out and taking back in.
 
The FATIGUE Of and the RHYTHM of Jesus. 
Communion and the table is all about staying in a sustainable rhythm of giving and receiving.
 
Your life is also a EUCHARIST TO ALL OF US – LEARN THE ART OF THE EUCHARIST RHYTHM.
BODY BROKEN-CUP POURED OUR – BODY RESTORED –  FILLED UP.
 
 
 

 

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What Are We Working For?

Here are some of the notes from the message What are we working for?
Pastor Steve Lummer
1 Corinthians – Part 3
Take the initiative
There’s a story about a great fisherman who always came home with a load of fish. One day a stranger asked if he could accompany him the next time he went out. “Sure,” the fisherman said. The next morning the 2 made their way to a remote cave. The stranger noticed that the fisherman didn’t have any poles or other equipment, just a rusty tackle box and a scoop net. After the fisherman shut off the motor he opened the tackle box and pulled out a stick of dynamite. He struck a match, lit it, and then tossed it into the water. After a deafening explosion, he grabbed his net and began scooping up fish. With a hard look, the stranger reached into his pocket and pulled out a badge with the words Game Warden. “You’re under arrest,” he said. His words didn’t faze the fisherman. He simply reached into the tackle box again, lit another stick of dynamite and held it while the fuse burned down. Then he handed it to the game warden and said, “So, are you just going to sit there, or are you going to fish?” The moral of this story is – successful people don’t need a fuse lit under them. Their motivation comes from their God-given purpose within. They live for a cause greater than themselves.
If we wait for others to motivate us, what happens when “others” don’t show up? We need a better plan than that. And the Bible gives us that plan: “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that.”
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– We all have seen the bumper sticker that reads “I OWE I OWE SO OFF TO WORK I GO.”
– I remember a sign hanging in a grocery store window in Springfield Mo. That read ” WANTED, CLERK TO WORK 8 HOURS A DAY TO REPLACE THE ONE WHO DIDN’T.”
– A sign at a highway construction sight : “MEN WORKING, and the night before someone had painted – “WE HOPE SO.”
Quotes from our discussion about work.
– “ Success comes before work only in the dictionary” – Jim Nowlin sr.
-“Whistle while you work”. – Jim Nowlin sr.
– “ We making a living by what we get ….we make a life by what we give.” Kate Pressman
– “find something you love to do and work toward that” – Dave Sewell
– They say that you get out of life what you put into it…and that for many is the problem …..a lot of people are sitting around waiting for their “ship” to come in when in fact they never sent one out.
our VOCATION is much more than what we do for a living!
For many the best part of their VOCATION is their VACATION! – But God has gifted you for the work you do!
Work gives people a sense of purpose. It’s not uncommon for work to be a large part of a person’s life. People need to feel accomplished, successful and work allows us to strive for our best and to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 (GNT)
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Did You Know?

• In your lifetime you’re going to spend about 150,000 hours at work
• The average person spends from 40%-70% of his waking hours in job-related activities.

“What do we gain by all of our hard work?” Ecclesiastes 3:9 (NLT)

 
1. My work matters to God because WORK IS A GIFT FROM GOD.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Gen 2:15 (NIV)
 

“God wants all people to eat and drink and be happy in their work, which are gifts from God.” Eccl 3:13

 

2. My work matters to God because MY WORK DEVELOPS ME.

“A lazy life is an empty life, but’ early to rise’ gets the job done.” Proverbs 12:27 (Msg)
 

“God is far more interested in what you are than what you do.” – And WHAT YOU DO has a lot to do in SHAPING WHO YOU ARE.
“While you’re working on your job, God is working on you. What God is doing in you is more important than what you’re doing.”
“The most important thing you bring home from work every day is not your paycheck. It’s you.”

Let me ask us a question here today. – Are you satisfied with what you’re becoming?

Illus – In Florida There’s a jellyfish that loves to swallow a certain snail. But the snail has a hard shell and the jellyfish can’t digest it. So the snail fastens itself to the inside of the jellyfish and slowly begins to eat away at it. By the time the snail is fully-grown, it has consumed the entire jellyfish.

Understand this: a lot of the things we think we can handle, finish up consuming us – things like appetites, overwork, stress, greed, or simply the aimlessness of our lives; there’s a real killer!

God has a wonderful plan for you. Spend time with Him today and let Him tell you about it.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” Jeremiah 29:11-14

 
INVEST TIME WITH YOUR CREATOR AND SEE HOW HE SHARPENS YOU.
ILLUS – THE GRINDSTONE – ARE YOU BEING GROUND DOWN OR SHARPENED UP?
 
The duller the ax the harder the work; Use your head: The more brains, the less muscle. Eccl. 10:10 (message)
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“Make a careful exploration of…the work you have been given…then sink yourself into that.” Galatians 6:4 TM
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3 My work matters to God because IT HELPS ME TO BE GENEROUS.

“We must work, doing something useful with our own hands, so that we may have something to share with those in need.” Ephesians 4:28 GN)
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4. My work matters to God because IT HELPS PEOPLE TO SEE GOD THROUGH ME.

“Take care of your own business, and do your own work: if you do, then people who are not believers will respect you.” 1 Thess 4:11-12 (NCV)


“Whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus.” Colossians 3:17 (NLT)


“As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more” (2 Corinthians 3:18b NLT).
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REMEMBER: – WHILE YOU ARE AT WORK …..GOD IS AT WORK ON YOU.
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The Color of IT.

IN LIVING COLOR
Steve Lummer
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“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,

    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived” –
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (NIV)
 
Job 11:7, – Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
1 corinthians 2:9-10, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,  – no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.” —
but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God.
 
Psalm 115:5-6
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,

    noses, but cannot smell.
 
 
WE GATHER HERE
 – We gather here once a week for worship to remind ourselves that there is a center to the universe and that center is not us.
 – I CHOOSE TO gather with others on a Sunday to remind myself that there is a throne and Im not on it.
 
the term “inattentional blindness” – also known as perceptual blindnessA Wikipedia article regarding  inattentional blindness says “it may be further defined as the event in which an individual fails to recognize an unexpected stimulus that is in plain sight. 
 
1. THE ISLAND OF THE COLORBLIND.
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The Island of the Colorblind

In the Island of the Colorblind, Oliver Sacks writes a colorful account about a tiny island in the South Pacific. Pingelap is less than three square miles, and the highest elevation on the island is only ten feet above sea level. In 1775, Typhoon Lengkieki swept over the island destroying all of the vegetation and killing 90 percent of the inhabitants. The twenty survivors resorted to fishing as the only means of survival until the island revegetated.

After the great typhoon, a genetic peculiarity evolved. A surprisingly large proportion of the next generation was born colorblind. Elsewhere in the world, less than one in thirty thousand people are colorblind. On the island of Pingelap, one in twelve is born with the condition. The high percentage can be traced to the fact that several people in the surviving gene pool carried a rare gene responsible for congenital achromatopsia.

Those of us with normal color vision have approximately 7 million cones, allowing us to distinguish up to 10 million different colors. Congenital achromatopes have no functional cones. They rely exclusively on the 120 million low-light photoreceptor rods in the retina. As a result, they are hypersensitive to light. They often wear several pairs of sunglasses or avoid light altogether. Their poor visual acuity forces them to use a monocle—a handheld magnifying glass that looks like a telescope—to read text or see things from a distance. And, of course, they cannot perceive color.

The sad irony is that few places on earth are more beautiful or colorful than this tropical paradise. “It was striking how green everything was in Pingelap,” notes Oliver Sacks, “not only the foliage of trees, but their fruits as well—breadfruit and pandanus are both green, as were many varieties of bananas on the island.” The island is full of “brightly colored red and yellow fruits—papaya, mango, guava.” The island is literally bursting with tropical colors, but the colorblind Pingelapians cannot perceive it. They lack the perceptual capacity simply because they have no cones.

Sad, isn’t it? But many of us are as blind to wonder as the Pingelapians are to color. There are miracles all around us all the time, but we lack the perceptual capacity to perceive them. We are in the presence of God, but we are unaware of it. We are surrounded by the glory of God, but can’t see it.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning put it in poetic terms.

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;

The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote these words – The average person looks without seeing, listens without hearing,touches without feeling, eats without tasting, inhales without awareness of odor  or fragrance and talks with thinking.”
 
God is awed by His own creation – 
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31
It’s almost like God say’s – “I outdid myself , if I say so myself.”
 
“No Eye has seen, no ear has heard , no mind has conceived what God has in store for those who love him.”
                          OUR LACK OF WONDER IS REALLY A LACK OF LOVE
You can count the seeds in an apple , but you can count the apples in a seed.
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In the Far East, there is a tree called the Chinese bamboo tree. This remarkable tree is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. While most trees grow steadily over a period of years, the Chinese bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the first four years. Then, in the fifth year, an amazing thing happens – the tree begins to grow at an astonishing rate. In fact, in a period of just five weeks, a Chinese bamboo tree can grow to a height of 90 feet. It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before your very eyes.
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Well, I’m convinced that life often works in a similar way. You can work for weeks, months and even years on your dream with no visible signs of progress and then, all of the sudden, things take off. Your business becomes profitable beyond your wildest dreams. Your marriage becomes more vibrant and passionate than you ever thought it could be. Your contribution to your church, social organization and community becomes more significant than you have ever imagined.

Keep Watering Your Bamboo Tree –

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2. 30 MINUTES OF SILENCE.
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Revelation 8:1
 
Our relationship with God should enhance our sense of AWE. – A capacity of wonder.
 
 
 
3. THE MIRACLE OF SIGHT
 
A BABY AT 6 MONTHS BEGIN TO SEE PAST 13 INCHES IN DIAMETER OF LOW DEFINITION BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES – AFTER 6 MONTHS THAT SAME BABY BEGINS TO VISUALIZE FIVE TIMES GREATER THAN BEFORE .NOW THE WORLD BURST INTO A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR.
 
Our spiritual eyes for wonder develops in much the same way.
 
 
Ephesians 1:18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
 
What happens when we pray: We see things no one else sees. And we see things before others see them. Why? Because prayer gives us a God’s-eye view. Prayer heightens our awareness and gives us a sixth sense that enables us to perceive spiritual realities. –
Prayer turns us into first-class noticers. It helps us see what God wants us to notice. The more you pray, the more you notice. –
We often think of prayer as nothing more than words spoken to God, but maybe it’s more than that. Prayer is also when God speaks to us through dreams and desires and promptings and impressions and ideas. Prayer is the mechanism whereby God ideas are conceived and captured. And it’s our capacity for prayer that will ultimately determine our creative potential. 
 
4. A SIXTH SENSE
“Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”  – Luke 24:45
 
“What no eye has seen,

    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived” –
    the things God has prepared for those who love him— I Cor. 2:9,10
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