Open or Closed Doors?

November 20, 2009

God leads His children. 

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14)

Sometimes, as He leads, we clearly understand that He has opened a door:

“…for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” (I Cor. 16:9)

This Sunday we will look at how God led the Apostle Paul as he began the Second Missionary Journey.  There are clear examples of open doors…and closed doors. 

Pray for God to speak to His people.  Next week, I’ll update this site with our observations of how God led Paul and review the ways God opened and closed doors… and how He might be leading you.   

 

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Weight of glory?

November 12, 2009

Earlier this week we attended a conference for NC Baptist pastors.  The speakers were fellow pastors who opened God’s Word and encouraged our hearts. 

Ed Litton, pastor of FBC North Mobile, shared from the heartache of his wife’s accidental death a few years ago.  He opened up his life and challenged the pastors to seek God’s presence in the midst of our storms by:

(see 2 Cor. 4)

1.  Renewing the heart daily  (“…being renewed day by day.” 4:16 )
2.  Seeing the unseen (spiritual warfare of 4:1-6)
3.  Focusing on eternity (4:18)

Hearing these things applied from a heart that has suffered moved me deep within.  Paul called incredible earthly hardships “light afflictions” when compared to the “incomparable eternal weight of glory.” (4:17)

I have a lot to learn about the eternal weight of glory!