Small Thing Big Goal

It was during the church camp when I encountered this colony of tiny insects. While watching I tried to break their line and see what else they could do. They fought back and bitten my finger and my foot.

Have you ever seen a trail of ants going from one destination to another? They seem to know and intensely focus where they are going. So I asked how it is possible that such a tiny creature can achieve so much. I found out that ants have never given up and how they prepare for the future. Ants always seem to accomplish everything they set out to do. I took a closer look at ants and I learned some principles from them.

Ants are remarkably persistent. They are focused and determined to get there no matter what the obstruction. They often scale great heights and travel long distances in order to get to the food. No obstacle is too big to conquer. This remarkable persistence reminds me of the story in the bible about a friend comes at midnight in Luke 11:8 Because of his fearless persistence his friend rise and give what he needs.

I found out there is no other group of insects that are more efficient, effective, and motivated. They seem to always be focused and working towards the common goals of building and repairing the nest, collecting and distributing food, and caring for eggs. Their common goal reminds me of Philippians 4:13, while we Christians need motivation from church and guidance, Christians need to be driven by faith to continue the tasks in achieving the common goal. We need motivation from other in order to complete our goals, because God created us not to be alone. (Genesis 2:18) I learned also that ants know how to focus on what is important to themselves and the colony in order to stay self-motivated. Making a difference and contributing to a bigger cause is one of the best motivating factors we can have as the follower of Christ (Philippians 1:21).

Ants will do whatever is necessary in order to protect the queen from danger. They know that the queen is the most important component to the survival of the colony. While the community of Christian it is important to know that we have the King of kings and Lord of lords whom we served and important that we protect the values that are important to us. Your skills, talents, and ideas are at the core of your being. Use those things with everything you have in your church, just like in a colony for God, because any talent you can contribute to God’s kingdom here on earth is investing your treasures in heaven (Matthew 6).

Ants cannot be human but we can learn much about the accomplishment from them. They are hardworking, social, and persistent. I believe God created ants for us to see the importance of teamwork, fellowship, unity, and commitment. Next time you see a colony of ants, remember what we have learned from this tiny insect and see the impact it can make in the life of your church. The smallest thing we can do for the lost soul will benefit the big goal to make Jesus known in all nations.

Contributed by Mhar D

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Mansion on the Hilltop

There was a Pastor in the countryside with a small congregation. It was a long dream of the church to have a building of their own since they have a big block of land. Not too far away was a hill with mansion on top.

Every Sunday the congregation meets in a hired hall to have their worship service. One Sunday the Pastor’s sermon was in Matthew 16:18 about Peter entitled “On this Rock”. After the message was delivered, he made one step further to challenge the church and he said, “Church we will do it literally, every time you commit sin bring stone to our vacant lot”.

Time went by and after three months the Pastor visited the vacant lot. To his amazement there was a mountain high of rocks and stones in different sizes so enormous that there was almost no vacant space anymore. Thinking of what to do to get the church vacant block of land clean again, he realized the quarry company nearby so he called on the company for help. It was the owner of the mansion on the hilltop picked up the call, but before the Pastor was able to speak, the mansion owner said “I was watching day and night how the people carried stones and rocks of different sizes to the vacant land, but don’t worry” He said, “I will send my Son to clear the stones and rocks from your property”.

Just after the Pastor hangs up the phone, the Son came to clear them out. With Him were all the tools needed. All the rocks and stones were taken and crushed. Furthermore, the mansion owner compensated the church with assistance to have their own church building. Out of curiosity the Pastor asked the Son what they were going to do with the crushed rocks and stones, He replied “all the stones and rocks were crushed to make pavements and roads so the people who wanted to go to the mansion would have smooth journey”.

Remember my friend, next time you carry a stone or rock, the Father – mansion owner – is watching day and night, whether the sin is small or big in our life, bring it to a vacant lot because the Son is ready to crush them for us to have a smooth journey going to the Mansion on the Hilltop.

Contributed by Mhar D

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Be Careful with My Heart

Ezekiel 36:24-27 (New International Version)
[24] “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. [25] I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. [26] I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. [27] And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws

The Human Heart, the organ that provides a continuous blood circulation through the cardiac cycle and is one of the most vital organs in the human body.

The Spiritual Heart, the internal, invisible centre of our spiritual being that needs continuous work that only God can do.

Heart Problem

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NIV)
[9] The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? [10] “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

In the natural body there are a lot of reasons why we may have heart trouble.

1. Physically, we may have inherited some Bad genes. Our genes contribute to some heart trouble.

Spiritually, the “Old self”

John 8:44 (NIV)
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

2. Another factor that contributes to heart trouble is something called Diabetes.

Physically, we often call it sugar diabetes because it is the result of either too much sugar, or not enough sugar in the blood.

Now in the spiritual realm we can develop diabetes also.

It’s caused by an imbalanced diet the truth of God’s Word or the word’s of a worldly wise man preacher who does nothing but feed you sweet things.

We need to get some meat of the Word. We need to eat some vegetables, even though sometimes they are like swallowing bitter herbs.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

3. Another cause of heart trouble is something called “hypertension” or high blood pressure.

Physically, high blood pressure is called “the silent killer” because it often causes no symptoms for many years, even decades, until it finally damages certain critical organs.

Causes: Genes, stress, lifestyle, bad eating habit.

Lifestyle adjustments in diet and exercise and compliance with medication regimes are important factors in determining the outcome for people with hypertension.

The Cure for Heart Problem

A. Diet

What kind of diet do we need to have? What are some things we need to watch so we don’t clog our spiritual arteries?

Watch out for FAT

Revelation 3:14 – The church at Laodicea had just grown fat.

Luke 12:21 (NIV) “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

The rich fool was FAT!

The Point is: It’s not necessarily a sin to be rich.

There’s nothing wrong with having plenty of money — but if my lifestyle is marked by excessive and outrageous consumption of material goods and I no longer care about spiritual things — then a hardening of the heart will take place!

We must watch what we eat! Our spiritual diet must be monitored at all times.

The saying “We are what we eat” is true in spiritual matter as well.

B. Exercise

Do the FAITH STRETCH!

Spiritual exercise is tough because I really only want to do the things that feel good.

As anyone who has ever exercised will tell you, if you don’t stretch first, you can injure yourself. All of your muscles have to be stretched properly.

So we stretch
…our “patience” muscles
…and our “understanding” muscles
…and our “love” muscles
…and our “godly living” muscles.

How do we stretch those particular muscles?

We say, “God, I’m going to trust in You and do what You want me to do, period!”

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE: TEACH, SING, PRAISE

Philippians 2:12 (NIV)
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

SHARE Jesus, to a friend, a family member, co-worker. We can lead at least one person to the Lord.

SING a song from your heart — not necessarily the song that has notes — but the song that comes from our hearts because of our relationship with God.

PRAISE the Lord every day — This is probably our weakest area.

Conclusion/Question
What kind of heart do we have? Maybe it might help us if we could see what kind of heart we have.

OUR HEART IS PRECIOUS — IT IS THE CENTRE POINT OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE

Luke 10:27 (NIV)
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Ephesians 5:15 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise,

I DECLARE: I WILL BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART

Contributed by Ps Tim

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A New Season

Today is the first day of autumn, a new day of the SEASON. I don’t know about you but I love the Autumn Season. I think the beauty of God’s creation really comes out in the Autumn season and the beauty that God designed into the changes that take place in the Autumn season are just further proof that we have a God who loves us and has blessed us with such great beauty.

Everything has a season. All of this is to recognize that different life events lead to different seasons in our life. Some of us may be recognizing that you need to make some changes in life and thus enter a new season of life.

And as the seasons of the year become new, it means we are moving on with new seasons of our life as well. I believe FCCC is also entering a new season of our life.

The Bible tells about the seasons of life as well.  In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

The Lord is bringing us into a new season of blessings. Season of abundance, season of joy, season of peace, season of favour, season of harvest, season of power, season of intimacy.

It’s important to know that A New Season Brings Changes, A New Season Brings Challenges, and a New Season Brings More Champions.

But it all starts with accepting the changes He may want to make in your life, walking in faith through the challenges, and moving forward humbly and obediently into what the Lord would have you do.

I want to tell you that there is nothing greater than being used by God to accomplish something awesome.

Maybe you are unsure what the Lord wants you to do. Well, some things we can be sure of are that He wants His Kingdom to grow and is looking for people to help with the harvest.

Enjoy your day and enjoy the first day of autumn.

(written by Ps Tim)

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