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Teaching the Teachable

Philippians 3:10-13
(10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
(11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
(12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

3. Always learn from your past.
This is where the main thought for today is going to be. I believe one of the main frustrations in the life of any individual in the regards to personal failure is the inability to learn from your past. While we all have things in our past, including failures, if we learn from the past defeats or failures in our life, we will be able to grow and avoid the failure in the future. One of the reasons why God allows us to fail is for us to learn from our failures. I know that in my life, certain lessons could not be learned from succeeding. I would say that most of the lessons that stand out in my mind came from a failure so bad, I got burned. My body has a few scars on it from when I did not succeed. I have 2 scars on my right arm because I was running will a porcelain bowl that was filled with popcorn. I was 4 years old, and I was running from my mom who wanted some popcorn. It was a fun moment I was having with my mom, until I turned the corner and my foot slipped out from under me and I fell on top of the bowl. The bowl broke into pieces and a few of those pieces went into my arm. I was screaming bloody murder! Oh the pain! Oh the lesson I learned that day! That is probably my earliest memory ….a failure! Isn’t it amazing how we can remember a detailed description when we suffer? I learned that day not to run (especially from mom) when holding a porcelain bowl.
How good are you from learning from past mistakes, failures, and/or defeats? I would say that the ability to go to God and then be teachable enough to learn from your past will directly affect your ability to grow.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

What is hindering you from growing in the Lord? Whatever it is in your life, let me encourage you to remove any hindrances to your growth.

4. Help someone else learn from your mistakes.
Wow, this is not always easy. In order to do this, you must admit you have failed or have been defeated. Some people cannot handle this because their image is most important to them. How sad it is when individuals put their ego, their image, and yes their pride ahead of helping others. I have met many people who fit into that category. I also belong in that category when I allow my pride, ego, and image to get in the way of progress and helping others. We all have our moments of selfishness, but we can fight it and be a help to others.

Helping others learn also helps me learn on a different level. I learned in college a principle in education. That principle is this, “The person that does the work, is the person that does the learning.” This explains why the teacher who studies and prepares for the lesson that they will teach the class is the one who typically knows the most on the subject. When I help someone else learn the vital lessons that I had to learn the hard way, it engrains that lesson into my mind even more. You should try it. Teach someone a vital lesson that really helped you in your life. What starts to happen is growth in your life. Rather than feeling embarrassed, you will feel the gratitude from the heart of your teachable student.
Proverbs 9:9
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

 

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June 30, 2017 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Our Flag Was Still There!!

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Happy July 4th!  What an Amazing Blessing it really is to be an American!  Take a moment today while you are celebrating our country’s independence and thank God that America is One Nation Under God!  Thank a Veteran and take 10 minutes and watch this Video:

-Pastor Kennedy

July 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

There is Hope

I know it has been a long time since I have posted something.  I will start these blogs back up soon; and when I do, I will bring everyone up to speed on my life the last 6 months.  Until then, here is something that will bless your heart.

No matter what goes on in your life, remember this…as long as Jesus lives, there IS hope!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqvxnWQB_k0-click this link, it will bless your heart!

Pastor CW Kennedy

October 4, 2012 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

You Are Due For An Update!

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

How many things in our life require an update?  Firefox, Google Chrome, Windows, Cell Phone, and i tunes are all important aspects of life to a lot of people that constantly require updates at frequent intervals.  Many people anxiously await a new cell phone or the newest iphone or ipad.  We love to update everything!  How about your spiritual life?

When was the last time that your walk with God received an update?  When was the last time that we became anxious at the prospect that God will update us on what is important?  In order to receive an update, we must be willing to receive the update.  We have to stay connected to God for Him to keep us “up to date”.  I cannot update my computer’s operating system unless I connect it to the internet.  That is the chosen path for my computer to receive updates.  We must stay connected to the Lord to receive the updates that we need.  Are you operating under the “old system”?  That old system might have some bugs and might be out of date and not able to connect properly or to be effective in your daily service.  Last question, when was the last time you got an update?

February 22, 2012 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rejoice In the Lord

Psa 73:28  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. 

How do you respond to things around you?  Have you ever thought about your initial response when God allows things in your life?  I think about this all the time.  I want my responses to God’s moving to be that of faith.  This verse in Psalms has always tugged on my heart!  It IS GOOD for me to draw near to God!  I have put my trust in the Lord God!  Why…that I may declare all thy works.  God likes to shine through the works that He does through you!  One tough question for you…does God shine through your works in hard times, or does He look bad because of your response to hardship?  These are tough questions to ask, but they are very important questions.  Will you be a great display of God’s love or are you a display that blames God?  Can you say what Job said when God tested him:

Job 13:15  Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. 

Here is a song that might encourage you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyDOtcBX8M8

 

February 14, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Glad You Did or Wish You Had?

Mat 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

Mat 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

I am scheduled for pre-op today at 8:30 am.  This is the first time that I have ever gone in for surgery.  I know that it is minor surgery, but I still feel very anxious about it.  I was preaching at a nursing home on Friday morning to several retired people.  All of them remember WWII and can tell stories about it that will blow your mind.  One guy was in the search team that searched Hitler’s bunker.  Another guy landed on Omaha beach.  Many ladies told stories that their husbands told them.  One guy went 14 days without food because the german army cut off their supply lines.  It brought tears to my eyes and an overwhelming sense of gratitude to my heart for the many sacrifices that those elderly folks have made for my country and for my freedom.  They remind me a lot of my grand-parents.  I can’t help but think of my grandfathers when I listen to them.  I love spending time with those wonderful people!  Back to the devotional…I feel kind of like a wimp telling those wonderful people about my little out-patient surgery.  They were kind to me and were supportive…God Bless Them!  Those wonderfully aged people have had more hard times in the first half of their life than my life combined!

I am going to get ready for my surgery on Tuesday morning.  This thought came to me, spiritually, how willing am I to let God operate or “cut” on me?  This surgery will cost me a lot now, but hopefully it will benefit me for the rest of my life!  Spiritual surgery is the same. It will always cost you something, but you will benefit from it for the rest of your life.  The real question is are you willing to pay in the short term to have long term results?  The choice is easy to make and tough to live, but you will look back and say I am glad that I did, rather than I wish I had.

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In A Submission Hold

Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 

One of the keys to every relationships for everyone is the biblical philosophy of submitting.  No one likes talking about it, but it is a vital need in every relationship.  The Lord Jesus started this Biblical mandate of submitting by dying on the cross.  He didn’t want to die that way but He did.  The question is, “will you follow the Lord’s example of submitting in your own personal relationships?”  A husband submits to God by loving his wife like Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.  A wife submits to God by submitting to her husband just as if she would submit to the Lord.  While this may not be enjoyable, this is not an option given by God, it is  a command.  Do you want to be more Christ-like?  Christ submitted His will to the will of God the Father.  Christ obeyed even when He didn’t want to.  He submitted for the entire human race to benefit.  What about you?  Who will benefit from your submission?  Even if you don’t see who will, God still says to do it!

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Protector is Killing Me

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Joh 12:25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

A seed coat is an amazing thing!  It is representative of many things in our life.  Below is a detailed explanation of what it is and its primary function with the seed:

Significance

  • A seed coat protects the embryo of a new plant. It is a membrane that grows and coats the embryo after germination in the mother plant. Nestled inside the coat is the dormant embryo, the cotyledon or seed leaf, the plumule or first true leaves of a seedling and the radicle–the latter which is the beginning root system. Housed within the seed coat are the nutrients if the embryo will need them before it is able to gather nutrition from the soil it is rooted in.

Function

  • The seed coat, or testa, can be impenetrable, especially in long dormancy seeds. Dormancy is ensured because the seeds can not be easily broken into or out of. These seeds must be scratched (scarified), notched or split open to force them to allow for sprouting and growth of a new plant. Other seeds sprout more easily by being planted directly into moist soil or by being soaked in water for a few hours to soften the testa. The contents of the seed coat are protected until it is time for them to produce new life.

What once protected the seed from death, now can keeps it from the abundant life.  The seed coat MUST DIE in order for the new plant to grow.  For many people, the seed coat is different.  What I used to protect me now needs to get out of the way so that the real purpose for my life can sprout and grow!  I cannot grow to my purpose if I keep protecting the thing that is killing me!  Will you, Can you move on?  In order for you to live, your protector must die.

WHAT IS YOUR SEED COAT?  What is keeping you back from growing in Christ?

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

One last question, if you know what is holding you back, when will you allow your seed coat to die?

October 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My God, My Champion!

Psa 5:11  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Psa 5:12  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

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I love the ending of this chapter!  I love the actions that take place for those who put their trust in the Lord!  The Lord is doing three things for the righteous:

1. He is defending us.  Praise God!  Have you ever encountered someone who is stronger, tougher, and bigger than you?  No matter what you do, you cannot defeat him on your own?  Satan is that enemy.  I am also reminded of the story of David and Goliath.  Goliath was the Philistine’s Champion.  He was bigger and badder than all of those “big men” of Philistia.  King Saul was the champion for Israel.  He was head and shoulders above the men in Israel…yet, he was too afraid to go and fight Goliath.  He instead, allowed a little shepherd boy to go in his place.  Little is much when God is in it!  David, through God, killed the biggest and meanest man in the land…a little shepherd boy!  God does not need our help to defeat our enemies, we need Him!

2. He will bless us.  Are you at the place that you no longer need any blessings from God?  I am not there, and I don’t think I will ever get to the point to where I am not interested in God’s blessings!  No one can give you what God can!  No one can bless you the way God can!  No one can bestow honor on you the way God can!  I want God’s blessings!

3. He will gladly and lovingly compass us.  God takes pleasure in protecting us!  Verse 12 says that with FAVOUR He compasses us like a shield.  That means He encircles us with His love and protection.  No one can protect you like God!

October Bible Reading Schedule

16. II Chron. 33:14-36:23

Romans 16:8-I Corinth. 1:17

Psalms 26-27:6

Prov. 20:19-21

17. Ezra 1-4:24

I Corinthians 1:18-3:4

Psalms 27:7-28:9

Prov. 20:22-25

18. Ezra 5-8:20

I Corinth. 3:5-4:21

Psalms 29-30:12

Prov. 20:26-30

19. Ezra 8:21-10:44

I Corinth. 5-6:20

Psalms 31:1-18

Prov. 21:1-3

20. Nehemiah 1-5:13

I Corinth. 7:1-40

Psalms 31:19-32:11

Prov. 21:4-7

21. Nehemiah 5:14-9:21

I Corinth. 8-9:18

Psalms 33:1-22

Prov. 21:8-12

October 17, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment