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Thursday, December 8, 2011


It was obvious Aaron was enjoying teaching last night in our mid week service. His words were passionate as they rolled off his tongue.  His body language, the sparkle in his eye, the passion was his words--his entire being was wrapped up in the message of Christ he was presenting to us.  He asked a question, "Why do bad things happen to good people."  After much discussion, he brought us back to the Scriptures to explain there are "no" good people (Romans 3:9-18).  Aaron was passionate to explain Christ--our need of Him and our need of each other. 

What about you?  What are you passionate about?  I'm asking myself the same question this morning.  Where does my passion lie?

After the service, I spoke with Catherine and Rebecca, our children's ministry workers.  The passion in Rebecca's words were obvious.  She loves these children and has godly desires for each one of them.  We minister in a tough neighborhood.  The majority of our children come from broken, poverty laden homes.  Sin rules rampant in these homes with drugs, abuse, neglect, and the like.  Our children come dirty and hungry.  Rebecca's passion, to fill their bellies with food and their heart with Christ, is evident in her words and actions.  Her passion was displayed as she shared her frustration in doing crowd control instead of actually teaching these children about our Savour and their only hope-Christ.  Our prayer for this ministry is Luke 10:2-3.  "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few, therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

We have many school teachers in our body of believers.  I enjoy listening to them share their hearts as they teach their students.  Jennifer returned from conference in Chicago with a passion for writing.  The excitement of teaching these children writing skills was evident by her passion. 

Again I ask where does your passion lie?  Who is your passion?

Many people are passionate about seeking their own selfish fleshly pleasures and desires.  Their main desire is fulfilling the lust of the flesh- adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like Galatians 5:19-21.  I'm sure you have observed an angry person and you see their passion.  Fleshly passions are running rampant in our culture today. 

It is time to stop and ask ourselves what are we seeking after?  What is our heart's greatest longing?  If you find your heart is seeking after sin and selfish desires find repentance, cleansing, and righteous passion through a relationship with Christ Jesus.

I pray you find your passion today rooted in Christ through sharing His word.

"Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, and who delights greatly in His commandments (Psalm 112:1).

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