• Christian Character 6 of 7

    Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. – Drake

    So now it’s actually time to start moving forward in faith and start making the Christian Character, ‘fruit of the spirit’ yours and increasing those traits that we already posses a measure of. If you’re like me you live by list, appointment at 0930, Check, grocery store for milk, Check, check the oil in wife’s car, Check. And that is how we tend to read the list Peter gives us and the other list of the ‘fruit of the spirit’ found in scripture but Peter wants us to look at this not as a task list, ‘Bucket List” of ‘Five year goal’ he makes it clear that whatever virtues, fruit, Christian Character Traits we already have need to be increasing!

    Ask yourself this ‘Do I Love already?’ chances are you said ‘Yes’, now ask yourself this question “Do I Love ENOUGH already?’…Do I have ENOUGH faith?

    Devotional Reading:

    Do I have enough Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:32, 2 Cor. 8:21, Thess. 5: 18, Matthew 10:8, 1 Peter 3:8, Philippians 2:4, Romans 8:25; 28, John 14:14, Romans 12:10, Mt. 18:2-4, Colossians 3:2, 1 Timothy 4:7, Galatians 6:9, James 4:6

    Character is a journey, not a destination. – William J. Clinton

    Father we are each at a different point in the journey of our continuing sanctification and we each one need your wisdom to deal with the issues of character in lives. Lord give us each the faith to be honest with ourselves about the areas in our lives that need dealt with now. Teach us to deal with the areas of our lives that don’t bring glory and honor to you.

    We pray this in the Name of Your Son Jesus, Amen



  • Christian Character 5 of 7

    Romans 13:13-14 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

    Making changes in our lives, actions, habits, character requires a step of faith. Unlike the world our faith is not that the changes will yield health, financial, or social benefits but that is will yield spiritual benefits by conforming us to the likeness of the one who purchased us. Peter tells us that ”if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Isn’t that our desire to useful to the Lord and to bear fruit. So lets look at Peters list again and start there “in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” Where are you in your walk what are you lacking? Are you dealing with, issues of self-control, having trouble persevering when things take longer than you’d like, maybe it’s moral issues. Take stock, evaluate yourself soberly and then lace up your walking shoes and get ready for tomorrow.

    Lord, you know me better than I could ever know myself, speak to me today about what you what YOU want me to address in my life. Thank you that you are completing the good work you began in me, continue to grow my faith and help me to become deliberate and diligent as I grow in my knowledge of you. Lord I pray this not only for myself but for my brothers in Christ as well.

     

    I Jesus Name, Amen



  • Christian Character 4 of 7

    “We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.” ― John Steinbeck

    Matthew 12:43“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

    When you started dating your wife chances are that much the same way you wanted to know and do what made her happy. Giving her flowers, cards, or talking with here for hours on the phone about her day. One of the ways you know a person is saved is because they have a new hunger, a desire to please the one who gave them life. We start reading the Word and we learn about the things we shouldn’t be doing, usually from our brothers and sisters in Christ. We start to remove ‘vices’, ‘sin’ from our lives and feel great about what we are doing but like a dog returning to his vomit we seem to keep returning to them. Nature illustrates spiritual truths, it’s this ‘Nature abhors a vacuum’ the space we empty must be filled with something and that is Christian Character.

    Devotional Reading:

    Galatians 5:16-24

    “He cannot “tempt” to virtue as we do to vice. He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.” ― C.S. Lewis

    Abba, Father thank you the grace and mercy you have filled my life with. Fill me with the fruit of Your Spirit and make no room in my life for the old man. Lord make me conscious of my actions and attitudes towards those I work with, those I encounter in my coming and going, and towards my wife and family. Father I thank you also that it is You at work in me and that the good, yes good work you have begun YOU WILL COMPLETE!

     

    In Jesus Glorious Name, Amen



  • Christian Character 3 of 7

    Rex Rouis - “In the same way that salt without taste is worthless, and a lamp that is covered is useless, so faith without actions is lifeless.”

    2 Peter 1: 3b-4 through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

    Faith requires action in our lives, it requires that we move forward from where we came to faith. Peter tell us that we are able to receive the divine nature (the Character and Virtues of God and Jesus Christ) and that that nature is different than the nature we had before accepting Christ. Peter also explains that it will only happen through ‘the true knowledge of Him who called us’. Stepping out in faith requires us reading His Word, in which we WILL find both examples of and clear lists of Gods’ divine nature as-well-as repeated calls to take on that nature.

    Today’s devotional readings:

    2 Peter 1:5-6

    Galatians 5:22

    Colossians 3:12

    Romans 14:17

    Colossians 3:13

    Philippians 2:8

    1 Corinthians 4:2

    Galatians 6:9

    “Tis not the dying for a faith that’s so hard… ‘Tis the living up to it that’s difficult.” – Thackeray, William

    Lord Father, we thank you for salvation for giving us the faith to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We ask for you open your Word of Life to us so that we can learn to move forward in learning what your character is and so that we may begin to take on the character you desire in us.

    In Jesus Name, Amen.



  • Christian Character 2 of 7

    The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. -George Mueller*

    2 Peter 1:1-3 To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and
    peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to
    life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

    Every aspect of our lives as Christians has to be founded in faith but not faith in skills, abilities, stock portfolios, or our fellow man. As
    followers of Christ Jesus the faith we have is given to us by the Grace of God the Father. It is impossible to manufacture faith or to “muster up”
    faith because it is given to each of us as a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). Through that faith, the same faith as was given to Peter, John, James, and
    Paul we are also granted an ‘all access pass’ to everything we need to live a godly life as opposed to the life we were living before Christ Jesus. Christian Character Begins with faith.

    Today’s devotional scriptures:
    Through faith we are saved: Eph 2:8

    Through Faith we are justified: Gal 2:16
    Faith is not given equally to all: Rom 12:3

    None-the-less Faith is a command: 1Jo 3:23
    Trials strengthen, test, and prove Faith:  1Pe 1:6
    Without Faith we cannot please God: Heb 11:6

    “I have joyfully dedicated my whole life to the object of exemplifying how much may be accomplished by prayer and faith.” – George Mueller

    Father, thank you for the gift of Faith that through it we may find life and life abundantly! We acknowledge right here and now that we had nothing
    to do with our salvation as it was through your grace that we were given the faith to believe in your glorious Son Jesus and through that gift were
    we saved. Teach up what to do with the measure faith you have given us each and how to glorify you in our families, work, play and church by stepping
    out and acting on that faith.

    In Jesus Holy Name, Amen.



  • Christian Character 1 of 7

    “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”August Wilson

    This weeks’ devotional study is based on a class I recently gave over the need, understanding and development of Christian Character. Spend any amount of time on social media or reading the news and it becomes quickly apparent that true character is sorely missing in much of our society. The truth is we all have “character flaw” as they are commonly called. Paul addresses them (1 Corinthians 6,Romans 8:29) Peter addresses them (1 Peter 2:9, 1 Peter 3:9) In reality from Genesis to Revelation God is pointing out the ‘character flaws’ in His people and the need for them to be addressed and corrected.

    For today read contemplate 2 Peter 1:1-11

    Character is the springboard from which all we do and say in life comes. Developing biblical character in the face of our daily lives and even in adversity is essential and the proof text that we have a growing relationship with Christ! Character is not just having integrity or honesty or doing the right thing; it is not one aspect or even a few. It is a living, growing relationship in Christ which produces a synergistic combination of the fruits of the Spirit.

    Dr. Richard J. Krejcir

    Heavenly Father we give you thanks for our salvation and we ask that you build us into the men you want us to be. Help us to see our strengths and weaknesses clearly remind us daily that we are to cloth ourselves in Christ.

    Father bless my brothers in their marriages, families, and work.

    In Jesus name. Amen.



  • Faith Comes From Hearing

    Pauls words in Romans 10:17 make a point that many today seem to miss. The Word of God was and is meant to be heard, read, listened to and shared. Here in the US we pride ourselves on literacy. From controversial ‘No Child Left Behind’ program to the local churches who provide adult reading classes. We believe that every adult must be able to read at least at a fundamental level.

    Personally when I preach or teach I push people to have their Bible in hand so they can learn how to locate all of different books and authors. I try to have people read along with me as I read the pertinent scriptures so they can see the words and learn the flow of the writing.

    But Paul says ‘Faith comes through hearing and hearing through the word of God’. Paul is than hearing the words that are being said. As you look at that verse from Romans again you will notice that ‘hearing’ is used twice the first time is straight foreword “Faith comes from hearing”. OK so faith comes from hearing, hearing is where you get faith. Well there is a stipulation, “and hearing from the word of God”.

    According to Paul just because you hear music, birds, waterfalls, or small children doesn’t mean you are going to develop faith. Faith according to Paul comes from hearing something specific “the word of God”. In order to have faith, the faith he has been talking about is ‘saving faith’, the knowledge of Jesus Christ you must hear the word of God. Not the stock market report, or cattle report or a great audiobook by whoever the latest greatest author is. Only through the word of God are you going find life saving faith.

    Sometimes we forget that the Bible was meant not only to be read but to be read out loud to others. We read it to ourselves in the quiet hours of the morning and call it good. But the reality of it is that we HAVE TO HEAR the word as well as read it. Now over the past several years I have trained myself to speed read. Sometimes I get so into it that I move past saying the words in my head as I fly through them and actually start seeing the sentences and paragraphs and pages as pictures of what the words are saying. I don’t actually hear the words anymore. But because Paul is so clear I take my time when reading the Bible and try to slow down and read the pages aloud so  that I can hear the words not in my mind but in my ear. If Paul is correct this method actually builds my faith.

    Another method of hearing the word is audio tapes, mp3s, cd or dvds of the Bible. List when you run, work, play, sleep. Build your faith! listen to the Word of God. Hear what He has to say to you.

     



  • May 2014 Workout

    Here is a great workout for the month of May!
    It consists of five exercises that you will do in a row with a 30-second rest between each and a 1-minute rest between cycles. Total number of cycles: 4

    • Chins/Pull–ups x 7–reps
    • Kettlebell/Dumbbell Clean & Press x 7-reps
    • Dips x 7-reps
    • Tactical Lunges x 7-reps

    If you need more rest take it but push to stay as close to 30-seconds and 1-minute as possible.
    Take a 2-minute rest and then do the finisher.
    While I prefer Mjolnrs you can use a ‘slamball’ for this one.

    You’re done!
    Do this 2-3 times a week and work on whatever you want for the alternate days. I do Kung Fu and Running for mine.
    May the Lord bless you and your house hold.
    John Roche



  • 2014 Horse Stance & Push Up Challenges are UNDERWAY!!

    So shortly before the beginning of the year I joined the fitness website Fitocracy and absolutely love the community and fellowship.
    Before the first of the year I decided it was time to set up an open fitness challenge for any takers. The challenge is to spend 2014 minutes in Horse Stance during 2014!
    You read that right, 2014 minutes. But in reality that breaks down to just over 5-minutes a day of Horse Stance training. Believe me that’s nothing. If you do 1-minute at five different times of the day you have it knocked in short order. The benefits are fantastic for your leg strength, balance and stamina.
    On weekends when things are quiet or when I am stationed in Master Control at work I have taken to doing one minute at the top of every hour for the entirety of the shift (10-hours) or the majority of the day. Now on the bottom of the hour I have am fulfilling another challenge from Fitocracy, the 20014 Push ups in 2014 Challenge. Ya’ 20014!
    I know that sounds like a lot but it amounts to 55-push ups a day. The challenge isn’t the number it’s the consistency. Doing them every day, without fail, week in and week out. Now that’s the challenge.
    If you are looking for a challenge for this year I would recommend both the Horse Stance and Push up challenges. Simply go to Fitocracy and set up a free account. Then in the search bar type in 2014 Horse Stance Challenge!, join the group and then accept the challenge. Do the same thing with the 20014 Push Up challenge and get started on a new you for the new year.

    May the Lord bless you and your house hold.
    John Roche



  • Year in Review: “Taste and see that the Lord is good”

    This is based off of a sermon I recently gave at the Wamego Family Worship Center in Wamego, Ks. Thank you Pastor Pat Green for the opportunity to preach again.

    Psalm 34: A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.

    1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

    2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
    3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
    4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
    5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
    6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
    7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
    8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
    9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
    10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
    11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
    12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
    13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
    14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
    15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
    16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
    17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
    18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
    19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
    20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
    21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
    22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.  Continue reading  Post ID 151