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Nov 21
2013
Steve Marr

Standing Firm for Principle

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Christians often are called to stand for principle. Today, Christians are martyred for their faith in many parts of the world.  When faced with a choice, these saints choose principle, and death, over renouncing faith in Christ, and living on earth.

In the United states, we face choices everyday, do we stand for Christ, His ways and His principles, or do we fold? The pressure may come from being expected to laugh at an off color joke, lie by omission to get through a situation or to condone public policy that does not uphold a Biblical standard.

A choice we have is, give up, or stand tall. Will we be remembered as one who stood for the Lord, or surrendered? Is the road to surrender really easier?

Oct 24
2013
Steve Marr

King Solomon’s Warning To Avoid Disaster

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King Solomon, the wisest person to ever live wrote: (Proverbs 20-33 NIV)

“Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
    she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall[a] she cries out,
    at the city gate she makes her speech:

22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
    How long will mockers delight in mockery
    and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
    Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
    I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
    and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
    and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
    I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
    when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
    when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
    they will look for me but will not find me,
29 since they hated knowledge
    and did not choose to fear the Lord.
30 Since they would not accept my advice
    and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
    and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
    and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
    and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

First, the Lord grants wisdom, wisdom is available all over town.

Second, the Lord confronts, and rebukes. Why? To turn us around.

The Lord is always pouring out wisdom and sound teaching, we merely need to listen. We can refuse, but at what price if we disregard the Lord?

The Lord will, “I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;” (Proverbs 1:26)

The Lord knows some will only call upon the Lord when under distress. However, the Lord will not answer at that time because people have refused to listen and respond.

Perhaps on reason the Lord allows disaster is to drive people to Him. Some will simply refuse to seek God until forced to their knees by circumstances. This is not what the Lord would prefer, He would rather people embraced His word and holiness, rather then be forced by a disaster.

The Lord is saying the people, “would not accept my advice” (Proverbs 1:30).  How often do we concisely or un-concisely refuse to take the Lords advice?

The bottom line: “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33)

CEN application:

1.     How do we help others understand God’s warnings?

2.     What steps do we take to insure we are listening to Gods advice?

3.     How do we help people avoid disaster and lead them to God’s safety?

Aug 23
2012
Steve Marr

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

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Luke 10:25-37 NIV:

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”


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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”


But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?  1 John 3:17

It wasn’t that long ago that I was in a business management class at a small college in San Diego.  One of the assignments for the semester was a group project. The instructions were to work in a team of 5 people and create a set of instructions that would show how to build a small model boat.  We were to design the boat, provide a blueprint, and the build the model boat to show and demonstrate our product.   I sat down with my group of motivated leaders - poised and ready give all they had to this project.  However, what seemed such a simple project, in short order, turned into a complicated nightmare that kept me awake until 4am in the morning.  In the first hour of our planning time came 5 different opinions on the grandeur of how this small model boat should look.   Suddenly a small model boat turned into a world-class yacht.  A simple plan would yield a simple set of instructions, but several members were on the fast track to show off their artistic skills rather than focusing on the requirements of the assignment. I was hindered from accomplishing the assignment’s goals, and my frustration grew. My teammate’s egos were getting in the way because the sky was the limit.  They wanted to build the coolest model boat ever, but they were missing the point of the assignment.

Jun 21
2012
Steve Marr

Thoughts on Corrupt Leadership

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The prophet Hosea was speaking and said:

“Judah’s leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water. Ephraim is oppressed, trampled in judgment, intent on pursuing idols. I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah. “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria, band sent to the great king for help. But he is not able to cure you, not able to heal your sores. For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them. Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me.” Hosea 5:10-15 NIV)

We see the situation, at the time, Judah’s leaders were corrupt, Moving boundary stones was stealing land, something prohibited by the law of Mosses.  Second, Ephraim was pursing idols, clearly an abomination to holy God.  Third, Ephraim refused to turn to the Lord for help and instead asked Assyria for help. 

Feb 15
2012
Steve Marr

Understanding Threats- A Lesson from Joshua

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Mosses led the people to the promised land, Joshua led the people to conquer the land, with the Lords direction. The City of Ai was attacked by Israel  and Joshua gives us lessons we can apply today. See Joshua chapters 7 and 8 for the full text.