Sunday, March 29, 2015

Treasure in the Field

Chad's sermon today was on the church of Sardis and the parable of the treasure hid in the field. After listening to the sermon, be prepared to be watchful!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Prayer, Patience and Purpose

My day started out nicely, but quickly turned. It seemed to be one hardship after another and all I wanted was to get back home. I finally made it home safely and sat down to read to help calm my stressful mind. As soon as I opened up my book and read the chapter title, I was reminded of my morning Bible time and it all fell into place.

I was reading about the story of Joseph this morning during my Bible time. I even wrote a journal entry about it.

[Y]e thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good. ~ Genesis 50:20

Often times when something bad happens to us we go to God and ask, "Why?" It may not be for us to know or understand the why behind it. It was many years after Joseph was sold into slavery before he knew the why behind he was sold into slavery by his brothers.

We need to rest in the knowledge that God will use it for His good and His glory. I know it isn't always easy to do, but we need to try anyway. God will bless our patience and our diligence if we just wait on Him.

Balancing It All
So I finally make it home almost two hours after I had originally planned and sat down to read. I have been reading Balancing it All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose by Candace Bure. I only had one more chapter to read and when I opened to it and read the title, When Life's Got You Stressed, I realized it was perfect timing for me to be reading this chapter today.

Of course, she reminded me that I should have stopped and prayed today when I was in the midst of the troubles. I should have stopped my worrying and fretting and just laid it at Christ's feet.

I always try to start my day in prayer and if I don't, I have found that my day doesn't go well. I also usually find myself praying throughout the day about a number of things. Why, then, did I not turn to God in prayer today? I can't answer the why, but it is something I will think of often and hopefully remind me to do so the next time troubles enter.

Candace writes in this chapter, "A day without prayer is a day wasted of an opportunity to see God's hand in my life." How true that is! While I did realize and thank God that no one was hurt in today's proceedings, and I was thankful for the one person who stopped to help, and I was thankful my husband kept his cool and didn't yell, I didn't stop to ask God to help me with my own feelings and emotions. I could have seen His hand move in a mighty way and I missed out on that blessing.

I wish I would have remembered my morning reading when the troubles first began. I wish I would have been more like Joseph and been patient and waited for God to show me how He was working in my life. Of course, now that this has occurred and came home to be reminded once again, I have a feeling that it will stick with me better. Maybe this all happened so I could see how God was taking care of me even when I forgot to go to Him. Maybe this all happened so that the next time something happens, I will go to Him and patiently await to see His purpose in my life.

Leaven

My husband, Chad Carmichael, has been preaching since 2008. He started by preaching once a month at our then current church. He then started filling the pulpit for pastors who were either ill or on vacation. In January 2013, he became an interim pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Manton, MI. Then, in November 2013 he started preaching at Morey Community Church in Lake City, MI. Almost every Sunday since, he has preached at Morey Community Church.

Morey Community Church is a small, country church. We are a church where Christ is exalted. Preaching, teaching, and showing Christ is our mission. We don't have fancy sound systems, a big band, or multiple programs, but we are a church where Christ's love is shown. We are truly a family who welcome others in to join us.

We have been asked if there is a way to record the sermons and post them for those who can't make it to service due to illness, work, etc. After some failed attempts at recording, we finally have a version that will work to share. The sound isn't always the best, but you can hear the sermon and the interaction with the congregation. Chad encourages others to read from their Bibles and answer questions which isn't always picked up by the sound system, but you can always follow along with your own Bible if you can't hear it.

I hope you enjoy this first attempt at a recorded sermon.


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The Parable of Leaven

(The sound starts about 7 seconds into the video. I will need to work on fixing that the next time as well as how to have the picture show the entire video.)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Godly Wisdom is Worldly Foolishness

1 Corinthians 1:17-2:16

 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 

God uses things, people, circumstances that the world sees as foolish to show His power, greatness, strength and wisdom. When a non-believer calls me foolish, I should rejoice! They see the cross as foolishness. I see the cross as ultimate! God's great glory is shown through my "foolishness."

When I speak, it does not need to be fancy or of this world to reach the lost--it needs to be of the power of Christ. My faith in God should be evident by my speech and actions.

God has granted me wisdom by the Holy Spirit and I should endeavor to share that with others. We need more godly wisdom and less worldly wisdom.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Lord is my Shepherd

 Psalm 23 

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. 


God provides for my every need. He heals my hurting soul. He guides and comforts me with His presence, strength and love. I can not go wrong as long as I follow Him!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

God IS in Control!


God is in control! 

Nothing happens outside His knowledge. We need to accept His will and know that all will work for His good. Sometimes we need to suffer the consequences of our poor choices, our sin, or even the sin of others. Suffering consequences is not a bad thing. 

We can learn a lot from trials. In fact, we are to take joy in trials! God will use trials to grow us or to have His will be done. 

When we think we need to lay blame or seek justice, we need to remember His hand in the matter and that He tells us that vengeance is His.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coming back!

I've been praying about contributing to this blog again and I will start posting again soon! I have some ideas for posts already and some posts started. Life has been really busy as a homeschooling mother of 10 children, but I really miss my blog and the other blog I tried starting just over a year ago just didn't work out. I'm not sure how often I will be posting, but my prayer is it will be at least once a week. So I hope to "see" everyone soon!