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8/28/12

We are a royal priesthood. The word “royal” speaks of a kingdom. It speaks of power and authority, and the fact that we are chosen by God as His representatives in this world to advance His kingdom purposes. As a Christian it means that our entire life, not just a few hours a week within the walls of the church, is to be lived for the purpose of representing God and His Kingdom in the world. We are not part time volunteers working a couple of hours a week for God. We are all full-time ministers.

The majority of our time is spent at work, and God has chosen us to be  agents of God’s Kingdom in our workplace. It means that we need to see our work as ministry unto the Lord. We are there to represent God and His interests, His Kingdom. Our call and our career are connected.

We really need to look at this more in depth, so that we will be able to grasp what it means for us and what it will look like in our lives, so that we put it into practice.

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Connect the Dots

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8/19/12

David had come to a place of convergence or integration in his life, where he saw how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together according to God’s plan, and he was experiencing utter joy and delight.  David simply delights in life.  He had come to the place of convergence or integration, where he had allowed God to connect the dots of his life, and that’s the place to which God desires each of us to come as well. God wants us to come to the place where our life is no longer fragmented but all of the facets of our life are connected in Him, and we are experiencing fruitfulness and fulfillment.

Today, we want to consider convergence, why it is important, and how to attain it, so that we can all come to that place where the dots of our lives are connected, and we can find the delight in life that David found.

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8/12/12

A reference point refers to a fixed point which helps ships and planes determine their direction, keep on the right course, and hit their target. God is the reference point of life. Our life finds its meaning, its purpose, and its direction only in relationship to Him. If we want to know why were created, why we are here, what our purpose is, if we want to find direction for our life, we absolutely must begin with God.

Unfortunately that is a lesson that Solomon learned too late.  In Ecclesiastes we have recorded Solomon’s search for happiness and the true meaning to life. Only at the very end of the book are we given a brief glimpse of the truth, that Solomon discovered, an alternative to the meaninglessness and futility:  Eccl 12:13 “Fear God, and keep his commandments” stands as the only alternative to utter vanity of life.

Unfortunately for Solomon, it appears that he discovered the answer too late. However, his own wasted life is Solomon’s gift to us, a lesson, that we might discover the truth before it is too late, before our life is wasted.

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8/5/12

Let ask ourselves a question today, a question that we are often too busy to even think about.  The question is: am I living life to the fullest? At the end of your day, before you crawl into bed, do you look back over your day with deep inner joy and say to yourself, “This is what I was made to do?” For most folks, too often the answer is a nagging “no.” We sense that there is something missing, that God made us to do more than pay the bills, do chores, watch TV, and go to bed. He made us for more than going to work.  He created us for good works.   Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath beforehand ordained, that we should walk in them. The key to helping us live life to the fullest as Christ intended, is found in this verse. There are three questions that have been identified as the greatest questions of life: Why am I here?  Does my life matter? And what is my purpose? These are questions for which the human soul longs to find an answer. This verse answers these 3 Basic Question of Life.

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