Mary vs. Martha

This week our pastor Jon Chasteen preached a wonderful sermon about a topic we’ve heard preached many times. He however, preached it differently than most sermons on that topic.

It was wonderful and insightful and flowed with a theme the Holy Spirit has been threading through the last several sermons, being present in the moment.

We all know the story of Martha and Mary where Martha was busy and Mary was seemingly doing nothing, sitting at the feet of Jesus.

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Wednesday Word Study – Power

August 31, 2011
 Power

Acts 1:8
But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.

 

This is the Strong’s Greek Concordance Number: 1411
Transliteration:: dunamis
Phonetic Spelling:(doo’-nam-is)
Definition: physical power, force, might, ability, efficacy, energy, meaning (b) plur:  powerful deeds, deeds showing (physical) power, marvelous works.

 

As a people we are drawn to power or the display of power.  From early childhood we are enamored with super heroes and the great and mighty deeds they did.  We all secretly wished we could do those things too!

 

We were also taught that those things were fiction.  There isn’t such a thing as a super hero.  People can’t fly.  People can’t stop bullets with their bare hands, people can’t walk through walls.  So we abandoned the thought of being a super hero.

 

But this word dunamis is just exactly that – supernatural power.  The Holy Spirit came to bring us His power; God’s power and ability into our lives.  We’ve not lived it because we have not believed it.  Believe today that you were meant to receive, posses and use dunamis in your life.

 

DUNAMIS:   physical power – force – might – ability – efficacy – energy – powerful deeds – deeds showing physical power – marvelous works.

Maybe we really were meant to be super heroes.  God’s super heroes, doing God’s will on this earth.

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Monday Meditations – Acts 1:8

August 29, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

Acts 1:8

But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.

 

I became born again when I was 13 years old.  I had known, walked with and loved the Lord for many years prior, but realized at 13 that I needed to be born again.  I attended a denominational church at that time which focused on salvation and very little else. Continue reading