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Crazy Theology

posted Feb 7, 2011, 9:10 AM by Steve Datema

I've always wanted to do a sermon series on Crazy Theology.  I think I'd begin with this one:  God will never give you more than you can handle.  People use this statement all the time and many are certain that it is a verse from Scripture.  But it isn't.  That statement is not Biblical at all.  Some claim it is found in 1 Corinthians 10:13.  But this passage is all about temptation - God will provide a way out of the temptations we face every day.  He gives us the chance to follow Him - but so many times we choose otherwise.  Paul states in Romans 8:12, "Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation" - but that obligation is not to sin.  Simply put, we do NOT have to succumb to sin any longer.  We can live the victorious life today all because of the Holy Spirit.  My friends, take heart, listen to God's leadings, and live that holy life. 

Thanksgiving thoughts

posted Nov 24, 2009, 5:03 PM by Steve Datema

God's Word tells us to "be thankful in all circumstances."  This week we find ourselves in the midst of Thanksgiving week and we really have a lot to be thankful for indeed.  The Thanksgiving dinner at church was crowded with many friends and lots of new friends too.  The food table was packed with the most delicious foods ever tasted by any taste buds.  And to think that most of us get the chance to join family on that special day to do the same - eat, eat, eat some more.  The holidays truly are special times and leave us with grateful hearts through and through. 
May we give thanks for every bite we eat, for every family member (even the odd ones...), maybe a chance to get out and do a little hunting, a good football game (Lions?), and just for some good times and good memories which will be made.  God has blessed us.  I truly hope you experience those same blessings and give Him thanks in these circumstances.  Blessings!

There is something out there...

posted Aug 14, 2009, 7:49 AM by Steve Datema

Some people claim there is no life outside of life on earth.  I simply cannot agree with that.  There is life out there.  The past few nights have been great for checking out the meteor shower - and there were meteors!  It was rather spectacular indeed.  The Psalmist says in 19:1 "The heavens proclaim the glory of God."  That was all I could think of as I watched the stars fly past at speeds that are blazing fast.  Countless stars, shooting stars, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, and a myriad of other mind boggling images of the vastness of space.
Is there something out there?  You better believe it!  Our sovereign God continues to uphold not only our teeny world but also the massiveness of all of space.  It is His!  And He nightly displays His works to those who are looking.  This week that was me.  I hope you took the time to journey with God into the beauty of His creation.

Sshhh, I think I hear something...

posted Aug 7, 2009, 8:30 PM by Steve Datema

My friends,
When all is still and seemingly nothing is stirring, when all avenues of direction appear to be leading in no particular direction, when the silence of life and of the soul are so loud that you cry out simply wondering what is going on - then please, please just trust.  Jesus said, "I am with you always."  When will we believe Him?  When will we live that way - where His presence isn't next to us, behind us, or in front of us, it is IN us.  And it is in YOU.  Trust that God IS at work in the quiet times.  And while we wait God is preparing us for something far greater than we could ever imagine - way better than any plans we've ever had - because it is God's plan and not ours. 
May you today fully surrender for we "have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me." 
Just pondering,
Pastor Steve

Making Adjustments - August 5, 2009

posted Aug 5, 2009, 10:11 AM by Steve Datema

So how are you doing this week?  On Sunday we were challenged by God's Word to remember that when God's calls you to follow Him that often times there are some major adjustments in our lives that need to take place.  Remember the rich young man in Mark 10?  Jesus called him but he was unable to follow because he simply couldn't give up what meant so much to him - his wealth.  It had become an obstacle in his walk with God.  On the flip side, remember Elisha in 1 Kings 19?  God called him and he literally burned his bridges behind him and followed the Lord.  Here we have two completely opposite reactions.  One left sullen, the other faithfully followed.
So, again, how are you doing this week?  Has God given you an assignment which means making some adjustments in your life so that you can be found faithful?  Just remember, any adjustments needed are for your own good.
I hope you are having a GREAT week!
Pastor Steve

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