Tuesday, November 25, 2008

2007 Christan Bloggers Survey

ministrypastor.blogspot.com
http://ministrypastor.blogspot.com
Simplyjosh.com
http://Simplyjosh.com
churchonomics.com
http://churchonomics.com
marcpitman.com
http://marcpitman.com
ifjesushadawebsite.net
http://www.ifjesushadawebsite.net
ngpfocus.wordpress.com
http://ngpfocus.wordpress.com
danieldecker.net
http://www.danieldecker.net
ericbryant.org/blog
http://www.ericbryant.org/blog
thefissiongroup.com/blog
http://www.thefissiongroup.com/blog
livelikejesus.com/blog
http://livelikejesus.com/blog
emergingwomen.blogspot.com
http://emergingwomen.blogspot.com
julieclawson.blogspot.com
http://julieclawson.blogspot.com
post-methodist.blogspot.com
www.post-methodist.blogspot.com
edbuford.blogs.com
http://edbuford.blogs.com
jeffsmithspeaks.blogspot.com/index.html
http://jeffsmithspeaks.blogspot.com/index.html
churchcommunicationspro.com
http://www.churchcommunicationspro.com
friesville.net/blog
http://friesville.net/blog
ministrymarketingcoach.com
http://ministrymarketingcoach.com
johnsmulo.com
http://johnsmulo.com
douglast.com/thoughts
http://douglast.com/thoughts
thebellsite.com
http://www.thebellsite.com
ghostofmediocrity.blogspot.com
http://www.ghostofmediocrity.blogspot.com
morethanstone.blogsome.com
http://morethanstone.blogsome.com
davedavis.typepad.com
http://davedavis.typepad.com
theflippingsweetblog.blogspot.com
http://theflippingsweetblog.blogspot.com
blog.aspiringindie.com
http://blog.aspiringindie.com
spirittalks.blogspot.com
http://www.spirittalks.blogspot.com
chiselrod.com
http://www.chiselrod.com
microexplosion.com
http://microexplosion.com
levite.wordpress.com
http://levite.wordpress.com
learning2beastoryteller.blogspot.com
http://www.learning2beastoryteller.blogspot.com
billspondering.blogspot.com
http://billspondering.blogspot.com
dhfriss.typepad.com
http://dhfriss.typepad.com
imageforth.com
http://www.imageforth.com
despuesdeldomingo.com
http://www.despuesdeldomingo.com
mattandnancy.org
http://www.mattandnancy.org
mondaymorninginsight.com
http://www.mondaymorninginsight.com
valuetheprocess.wordpress.com
http://www.valuetheprocess.wordpress.com
themerge.blogspot.com
http://themerge.blogspot.com
semilladeamorgt.blogspot.com
http://semilladeamorgt.blogspot.com
mattsingley.com
http://www.mattsingley.com
timsweatman.blogspot.com
http://timsweatman.blogspot.com
jenniclayville.com
http://www.jenniclayville.com
anotherstorm.com
http://www.anotherstorm.com
elblogdecristianosh.blogspot.com
http://elblogdecristianosh.blogspot.com
kelly94942.blogspot.com
http://kelly94942.blogspot.com
melindalgroth.blogspot.com
http://www.melindalgroth.blogspot.com
churchrelevance.com
http://www.churchrelevance.com
lapalabra.ws/blogs
http://www.lapalabra.ws/blogs
twelvewitnesses.com
http://www.twelvewitnesses.com
thoughtsofacountrypreacher.blogspot.com
http://thoughtsofacountrypreacher.blogspot.com
knhamann.blogspot.com
http://knhamann.blogspot.com
lizziesotola.com
http://lizziesotola.com
jdblundell.blogspot.com
http://jdblundell.blogspot.com
jason.voxtropolis.com
http://jason.voxtropolis.com
rwbooth.com
http://www.rwbooth.com
decloaked.blogspot.com
http://www.decloaked.blogspot.com
davetilma.com
http://www.davetilma.com
debbie-thoughtsof.blogspot.com
http://debbie-thoughtsof.blogspot.com
theclayvilles.typepad.com/brian
http://www.theclayvilles.typepad.com/brian
estudios-biblicos.blogspot.com
http://estudios-biblicos.blogspot.com
elcalvario.us/quicuj
http://elcalvario.us/quicuj
arator.wordpress.com
http://arator.wordpress.com
xanga.com/rtsguy
http://www.xanga.com/rtsguy
la-guarida-del-perro.blogspot.com
http://la-guarida-del-perro.blogspot.com
forgodssakeshutup.blogspot.com
http://forgodssakeshutup.blogspot.com
determinacionhoy.net
http://www.determinacionhoy.net
discipleshipmeanderings.wordpress.com
http://discipleshipmeanderings.wordpress.com
challies.com
http://www.challies.com
allensonthe.net
http://www.allensonthe.net
nanolog.blogspot.com
http://nanolog.blogspot.com
donniejohnson.blogspot.com
http://donniejohnson.blogspot.com
missionsconnexion.com/cs
http://missionsconnexion.com/cs
tonydye.typepad.com
http://tonydye.typepad.com
brianeberly.com
http://www.brianeberly.com
curtbradford.typepad.com
http://www.curtbradford.typepad.com
gavin.inthebackyard.com
http://www.gavin.inthebackyard.com
communionreflections.blogspot.com
http://communionreflections.blogspot.com
victorychristianfellowship.net
http://www.victorychristianfellowship.net/index.php?page=blog
timothymyson.blogspot.com
http://www.timothymyson.blogspot.com
rbcgrace.com/deanblog/index.html
http://www.rbcgrace.com/deanblog/index.html
youthguy68.blogspot.com
http://www.youthguy68.blogspot.com
digitalchurch.com.au
http://www.digitalchurch.com.au
djs-book-rants.blogspot.com
http://djs-book-rants.blogspot.com
robertpooley.org
http://www.robertpooley.org
wideworldof.blogspot.com
http://wideworldof.blogspot.com
revunplugged.blogs.com
http://www.revunplugged.blogs.com
xanga.com/welcometotheedge
http://www.xanga.com/welcometotheedge
collinwimberly.blogspot.com
http://www.collinwimberly.blogspot.com
thecrossers.com/blog
http://www.thecrossers.com/blog
atravelersjourney.blogspot.com
http://atravelersjourney.blogspot.com
kairosofthisworld.blogspot.com
http://kairosofthisworld.blogspot.com
revnorman.blogspot.com
http://revnorman.blogspot.com
soomah.de
http://www.soomah.de
leadingsmart.com
http://leadingsmart.com
pontiacbible.org/brian
http://www.pontiacbible.org/brian
tianke.multiply.com
http://tianke.multiply.com
mountain-top-musings.blogspot.com
http://mountain-top-musings.blogspot.com
discipletim.blogspot.com
http://discipletim.blogspot.com
macmike.typepad.com
http://www.macmike.typepad.com
mcfaddencircle.blogspot.com
http://mcfaddencircle.blogspot.com
getanchored.blogspot.com
http://getanchored.blogspot.com
bucketsfromgoldie.blogspot.com
http://bucketsfromgoldie.blogspot.com
leslieherron.typepad.com
http://www.leslieherron.typepad.com
adoracionyartes.blogspot.com
http://www.adoracionyartes.blogspot.com
johnnyleckie.blogspot.com
http://johnnyleckie.blogspot.com
ridleybarron.blogspot.com
http://www.ridleybarron.blogspot.com
davebowmanonline.com
http://www.davebowmanonline.com
kevinpurcell.org
http://www.kevinpurcell.org
evtales.com
http://www.evtales.com
checkyourcompass.blogspot.com
http://checkyourcompass.blogspot.com
theoskaris.blogspot.com
http://theoskaris.blogspot.com
samshaw.wordpress.com
http://www.samshaw.wordpress.com
zayasbazan.blogspot.com
http://zayasbazan.blogspot.com
explorechrist.blogspot.com
http://www.explorechrist.blogspot.com
gracepages-mbc.blogspot.com
http://gracepages-mbc.blogspot.com
morganchurchdevotional.blogspot.com
http://www.morganchurchdevotional.blogspot.com
2timothy22.blogspot.com
http://2timothy22.blogspot.com
mixmastersean.blogspot.com
http://www.mixmastersean.blogspot.com
freedombc.org
http://www.freedombc.org
velocityhsm.blogspot.com
http://velocityhsm.blogspot.com
josue.townhall.com
http://josue.townhall.com
echalelena.blogspot.com
http://www.echalelena.blogspot.com
myspace.com/ncm.pcc.syl
http://www.myspace.com/ncm.pcc.syl
anopendoerr.com
http://www.anopendoerr.com
rockc3.com
http://www.rockc3.com
youthministryhilarity.blogspot.com
http://www.youthministryhilarity.blogspot.com
otbthinking.blogspot.com
http://otbthinking.blogspot.com
cowboycountrychurch.com
http://www.cowboycountrychurch.com
xanga.com/apolizzi
http://www.xanga.com/apolizzi
newlifebrisbane.blogspot.com
http://www.newlifebrisbane.blogspot.com
straightfrompastor.blogspot.com
http://straightfrompastor.blogspot.com
lifeofchrisrandomthoughts.blogspot.com
http://lifeofchrisrandomthoughts.blogspot.com
arktrav.blgspot.com
http://arktrav.blgspot.com
jurgenvandenherik.nl
http://www.jurgenvandenherik.nl
johannesrueschel.de
http://www.johannesrueschel.de
hufi.blogspot.com
http://hufi.blogspot.com
completinggodsmission.com
http://www.completinggodsmission.com
cobbsinger.blogspot.com
http://cobbsinger.blogspot.com
fellowshipdayz.blogspot.com
http://fellowshipdayz.blogspot.com
bridgecommunity-mike.blogspot.com
http://bridgecommunity-mike.blogspot.com
jonathaneverette.blogspot.com
http://www.jonathaneverette.blogspot.com
thegatheringplacehome.blogspot.com
http://thegatheringplacehome.blogspot.com
seabourn.org
http://www.seabourn.org
gupdate.blogger.com
http://www.gupdate.blogger.com
jonathaneverette.blogspot.com
http://www.jonathaneverette.blogspot.com
myspace.com/morelikeyou
http://www.myspace.com/morelikeyou
preacherjoe.blog
http://www.preacherjoe.blog
theworldfrommywindow.blogspot.com
http://theworldfrommywindow.blogspot.com
attemptedphilosophyblog.blogspot.com
http://www.attemptedphilosophyblog.blogspot.com
amandaowen3.blogspot.com
http://www.amandaowen3.blogspot.com
pastorsview.blogspot.com
http://www.pastorsview.blogspot.com
severnrun.wordpress.com
http://severnrun.wordpress.com
waitingforsunday.com
http://waitingforsunday.com
lynda.pongracz.blogspot.com
http://www.lynda.pongracz.blogspot.com
reverandd.bravejournal.com
http://reverandd.bravejournal.com
oncoffee.blogspot.com
http://oncoffee.blogspot.com
otherstudentministry.com/blog.cfm
http://www.otherstudentministry.com/blog.cfm
jayhardwick.com
http://www.jayhardwick.com
stonecreekchurch.com
http://www.stonecreekchurch.com
unfoldingneurons.com
http://www.unfoldingneurons.com
the-beat-goes-on.blogspot.com
http://the-beat-goes-on.blogspot.com
fbcsulphur.org
http://www.fbcsulphur.org
evenyou.blogspot.com
http://evenyou.blogspot.com
now-lets-see.blogspot.com
http://now-lets-see.blogspot.com
becoming.voxtropolis.com
http://becoming.voxtropolis.com
emilioetaty.multiply.com
http://emilioetaty.multiply.com
hblogcpj.blogspot.com
http://hblogcpj.blogspot.com
marshilltop.blogspot.com
http://marshilltop.blogspot.com
jeffreycrawford.blogspot.com
http://jeffreycrawford.blogspot.com
thewhatisup.blogspot.com
http://www.thewhatisup.blogspot.com
trevorscott.vox.com
http://www.trevorscott.vox.com
gmchurch.org/blog
http://www.gmchurch.org/blog
blog.myspace.com/servingtheking
http://blog.myspace.com/servingtheking
chipsanders.blogspot.com
http://chipsanders.blogspot.com
tommyham/typepad.com
http://tommyham/typepad.com
highercallingchurch.blogspot.com
http://www.highercallingchurch.blogspot.com
livingwatermuscatine.com
http://www.livingwatermuscatine.com
thislamp.com
http://www.thislamp.com
blog.myspace.com/nathanhyde
http://blog.myspace.com/nathanhyde
bibleblog.typepad.com
http://www.bibleblog.typepad.com
peanutsizzler.blogspot.com
http://www.peanutsizzler.blogspot.com
danmoore.livejournal.com
http://danmoore.livejournal.com
cmol.org
http://www.cmol.org
mikebellanti.voxtropolis.com
http://mikebellanti.voxtropolis.com
lenscleanse.blogspot.com
http://lenscleanse.blogspot.com
darinsrealtruth.blogspot.com
http://www.darinsrealtruth.blogspot.com
graceforme.org
http://www.graceforme.org
jeffsmithspeaks.blogspot.com
http://jeffsmithspeaks.blogspot.com
simplyhsp.multiply.com
http://www.simplyhsp.multiply.com
untilsunday.blogspot.com
http://untilsunday.blogspot.com
umbl0g.blogspot.com
http://www.umbl0g.blogspot.com
lorenhicks.typepad.com
http://www.lorenhicks.typepad.com
caldjr.blogspot.com
http://caldjr.blogspot.com
thewallah.blogspot.com
http://www.thewallah.blogspot.com
louicanchola.typepad.com
http://www.louicanchola.typepad.com
tommyhargrove.blogspot.com
http://www.tommyhargrove.blogspot.com
leehodges.blog.com
http://leehodges.blog.com
growingtogether.net
http://www.growingtogether.net
nathanrice.org
http://www.nathanrice.org
sdmkp.blogspot.com
http://sdmkp.blogspot.com
360.yahoo.com/genblessings
http://www.360.yahoo.com/genblessings
donbillie/myspace.com
http://www.donbillie/myspace.com
pastorjohnccc.blogspot.com
http://www.pastorjohnccc.blogspot.com
ministrycenter.blogspot.com
http://www.ministrycenter.blogspot.com
brassworld.blogspot.com
http://www.brassworld.blogspot.com
pastoringonpurpose.com
http://www.pastoringonpurpose.com
kimzweygardt.com
http://www.kimzweygardt.com
tonymorganlive.com
http://tonymorganlive.com
andrewcairns.com
http://www.andrewcairns.com
paulpeterson.wordpress.com
http://www.paulpeterson.wordpress.com
freshfaithworship.blogspot.com
http://freshfaithworship.blogspot.com
newhopeaubrey.com/consume/consume.htm
http://www.newhopeaubrey.com/consume/consume.htm
markbatterson.com
http://www.markbatterson.com
runwithgod.com
http://www.runwithgod.com
sequimur.com/banditsnomore
http://www.sequimur.com/banditsnomore
kemmeyer.com
http://www.kemmeyer.com
danieldecker.net
http://www.danieldecker.net
adventurefaith.blogspot.com
http://www.adventurefaith.blogspot.com
michaeldeutsch.blogspot.com
http://michaeldeutsch.blogspot.com
xanga.com/timsmithxa
http://www.xanga.com/timsmithxa
tonystewardblog.com
http://tonystewardblog.com
p-robspot.blogspot.com
http://p-robspot.blogspot.com
johnnylaird.blogspot.com
http://www.johnnylaird.blogspot.com
chadkmiller.blogspot.com
http://chadkmiller.blogspot.com
anchorite.org/blog
http://www.anchorite.org/blog
e-devotion.blogspot.com
http://www.e-devotion.blogspot.com
chriswhitehead.blogspot.com
http://chriswhitehead.blogspot.com
nathandiehl.com
http://nathandiehl.com
girlrev-cindy.blogspot.com
http://girlrev-cindy.blogspot.com
revsonic.org
http://www.revsonic.org
jameslaws.typepad.com
http://jameslaws.typepad.com
elhammond.vox.com
http://elhammond.vox.com
georgejromano.blogspot.com
http://www.georgejromano.blogspot.com
faithengineer.com
http://www.faithengineer.com
edbuford.blogs.com
http://edbuford.blogs.com
stevansheets.com
http://www.stevansheets.com
baileythoughts.wordpress.com
http://baileythoughts.wordpress.com
barryclarke.blogspot.com
http://barryclarke.blogspot.com
lizardsmommy.blogspot.com
http://lizardsmommy.blogspot.com
wonderingthoughtsbyjoe.blogspot.com
http://wonderingthoughtsbyjoe.blogspot.com
achristianchronicle.blogspot.com
http://achristianchronicle.blogspot.com
blurty.com
http://www.blurty.com
theviewfromosprey.blogspot.com
http://theviewfromosprey.blogspot.com
trydyingtolive.blogspot.com
http://trydyingtolive.blogspot.com
genejennings.com
http://www.genejennings.com
ericmesselt.blogspot.com
http://ericmesselt.blogspot.com
InsightsfromRick.com
http://www.InsightsfromRick.com
chuckmusselwhite.com
http://chuckmusselwhite.com
stanchfieldbaptist.com
http://www.stanchfieldbaptist.com
pastorjohn58.blogspot.com
http://pastorjohn58.blogspot.com
rpc-foundation.blogspot.com
http://rpc-foundation.blogspot.com
discoverychurchjason.blogspot.com
http://www.discoverychurchjason.blogspot.com
simplystudents.blogspot.com
http://www.simplystudents.blogspot.com
wdmbarker.blogspot.com
http://www.wdmbarker.blogspot.com
timschmoyer.com
http://www.timschmoyer.com
serialyouthpastor.blogspot.com
http://www.serialyouthpastor.blogspot.com
gondimenespanol.blogspot.com
http://gondimenespanol.blogspot.com
pastorbrad.org
http://www.pastorbrad.org
ridgethoughts.blogspot.com
http://www.ridgethoughts.blogspot.com
xanga.com/revshortridge
http://www.xanga.com/revshortridge
jonsampson.blogspot.com
http://jonsampson.blogspot.com
juniorhigh.blogs.com/joshuamichael
http://juniorhigh.blogs.com/joshuamichael
wideopensecrets.blogspot.com
http://www.wideopensecrets.blogspot.com
studying-by-grace.blogspot.com
http://studying-by-grace.blogspot.com
undertheeagleswing.blogspot.com
http://undertheeagleswing.blogspot.com
myspace.com/blogpastor_charlie
http://www.myspace.com/blogpastor_charlie
mattandmeganmckee.blogspot.com
http://mattandmeganmckee.blogspot.com
flowerdust.net
http://www.flowerdust.net
revitalizeyourchurch.blogspot.com
http://www.revitalizeyourchurch.blogspot.com
xanga.com/samwisegmge
http://www.xanga.com/samwisegmge
pcnotas.com.br
http://www.pcnotas.com.br
supermom56.blogspot.com
http://www.supermom56.blogspot.com
lastsermon.blogspot.com
http://www.lastsermon.blogspot.com
djchuang.com
http://www.djchuang.com
tallskinnykiwi.typepad.com
http://tallskinnykiwi.typepad.com
pastormikeinantigua.blogspot.com
http://pastormikeinantigua.blogspot.com
myspace.com/stevepatient
http://www.myspace.com/stevepatient
268pastor.blogspot.com
http://268pastor.blogspot.com
growthstarts.org
http://www.growthstarts.org
horizonscommunitychurch.blogspot.com
http://www.horizonscommunitychurch.blogspot.com
paulneel.blogspot.com
http://paulneel.blogspot.com
cyword.com/jesusheaven
http://www.cyword.com/jesusheaven
jasondeuman.com
http://jasondeuman.com
talawas.com
http://www.talawas.com
chrisburke.ca
http://www.chrisburke.ca
joshcrain.com
http://www.joshcrain.com
jaycurlee.blogspot.com
http://jaycurlee.blogspot.com
themerge.blogspot.com
http://themerge.blogspot.com
weskenney.net
http://weskenney.net
churchtechmatters.com
http://churchtechmatters.com
daves-doodles.blogspot.com
http://daves-doodles.blogspot.com
blog.myspace.com/ricolsen
http://blog.myspace.com/ricolsen
doug-hart.net
http://www.doug-hart.net
chetswearingen.wordpress.com
http://www.chetswearingen.wordpress.com
armyrenewal.blogspot.com
http://armyrenewal.blogspot.com
bittersweetblue.blogspot.com
http://bittersweetblue.blogspot.com
randompokes.org
http://www.randompokes.org
calvaryaustin.org/blogs/allen
http://www.calvaryaustin.org/blogs/allen
debbie-thoughtsof.blogspot.com
http://debbie-thoughtsof.blogspot.com
gjblog.com
http://www.gjblog.com
wallsandgates.squarespace.com
http://wallsandgates.squarespace.com
nomad4god.blogspot.com
http://nomad4god.blogspot.com
vidaplus.blogspot.com
http://vidaplus.blogspot.com
smconger.blogspot.com
http://smconger.blogspot.com
mynameiselisabeth.blogspot.com
http://mynameiselisabeth.blogspot.com
timliu.org
http://www.timliu.org
praisegodbarebones.blogspot.com
http://praisegodbarebones.blogspot.com
assembling.blogspot.com
http://assembling.blogspot.com
gomotion.blogspot.com
http://gomotion.blogspot.com
pollections.blogspot.com
http://pollections.blogspot.com
downshoredrift.com
http://downshoredrift.com
talesfrommiddleearth.blogspot.com
http://www.talesfrommiddleearth.blogspot.com
davesamples.blogspot.com
http://www.davesamples.blogspot.com
davidpete.blogspot.com
http://davidpete.blogspot.com
worldoffaith.wordpress.com
http://worldoffaith.wordpress.com
mightyfowl.blogspot.com
http://www.mightyfowl.blogspot.com
blog.jasonkearney.net
http://blog.jasonkearney.net
kevinbussey.wordpress.com
http://kevinbussey.wordpress.com
pathwaycc.blogspot.com
http://pathwaycc.blogspot.com
robwitham.com
http://www.robwitham.com
matt-knight.blogspot.com
http://matt-knight.blogspot.com
themiracleofmercy.blogspot.com
http://www.themiracleofmercy.blogspot.com
texasinafrica.blogspot.com
http://texasinafrica.blogspot.com
reformedchicksblabbing.blogspot.com
http://reformedchicksblabbing.blogspot.com
blogministry.com
http://blogministry.com
glenwoods.blogspot.com
http://www.glenwoods.blogspot.com
journals.aol.com/marqduncan/the-bishop-blog
http://journals.aol.com/marqduncan/the-bishop-blog
suzy.theshipmans.co.uk/blog
http://suzy.theshipmans.co.uk/blog
CriesOfTheHeart.com
http://www.CriesOfTheHeart.com
pcnotas.com.br
http://www.pcnotas.com.br
dancort.gospelmais.com.br
http://dancort.gospelmais.com.br
marriagevictory.com
http://www.marriagevictory.com
videoadoracao.blogspot.com
http://www.videoadoracao.blogspot.com
blindbeggar.org
http://www.blindbeggar.org
paulmayers.blogs.com
http://paulmayers.blogs.com
missiodeiscandia.wordpress.com
http://missiodeiscandia.wordpress.com
thiagocarvalhodesign.blogger.com.br
http://www.thiagocarvalhodesign.blogger.com.br
iwerth.blogspot.com
http://iwerth.blogspot.com
thewearypilgrim.typepad.com
http://thewearypilgrim.typepad.com
coisasdemim.blogspot.com
http://coisasdemim.blogspot.com
davethepastor.vox.com
http://davethepastor.vox.com
davethepastor.livejournal.com
http://davethepastor.livejournal.com
newhopevalp.org/blogger.html
http://www.newhopevalp.org/blogger.html
itslikeherdingcats.blogspot.com
http://itslikeherdingcats.blogspot.com
prayershake.blogspot.com
http://www.prayershake.blogspot.com
missionalchallenge.blogspot.com
http://missionalchallenge.blogspot.com
igneousquill.blogspot.com
http://igneousquill.blogspot.com
chuckwarnockblog.wordpress.com
http://chuckwarnockblog.wordpress.com
amicusdei.com
http://amicusdei.com
dennyburk.com
http://www.dennyburk.com
stevebishop.blogspot.com
http://stevebishop.blogspot.com
ngpfocus.wordpress.com
http://ngpfocus.wordpress.com
cantodojo.blogspot.com
http://cantodojo.blogspot.com
gotgrace2.blogspot.com
http://gotgrace2.blogspot.com
littlepastor.blogspot.com
http://littlepastor.blogspot.com
julieclawson.blogspot.com
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Thanksgiving: A lesson in faith

Luke 17:11 – 19

Thanksgiving: A lesson in faith.


The Pilgrims began their Thanksgiving with five kernels of corn on their plate. They were symbolic of the daily ration they had experience the year before.

 

I.         Observations:

 

            A.        Desperation will cause you to do things you might not have considered.


“As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance [13] and called out in a loud voice, Jesus, Master, have pity on us! [Luke 17:12 – 13]

 

                        1.         Our adage: “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

 

                                    a.         These men went to Jesus because they had a need and they knew (on some level) that Jesus could do something about that need.

 

                                    b.         The first and most basic cry of the one in need is “Jesus, Master, have pity...”

 

                        2.         We are motivated by undercurrents of our mind.

 

                                    a.         Anger often drives us to do stupid things and is behind many addictive behavior. (The addictive behavior is an attempt to self-medicate)

 

                                    b.         Fear drives us passionately towards the cliff.

 

                                                1.)       We fear failing (ask any parent...). We try or work harder.

 

                                                2.)       We fear being alone (abandonment or hurt). We insulate ourselves with distrust and selfishness. We run blindly from relationship to relationship.

 

                                                3.)       We fear succeeding (attention and higher expectations). We do everything possible yet leave a trap door so we have an out if things become to uncomfortable.

 

            B.        The power of God will do things you might not have imagined.


“When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. [Luke 17:14]


 

                        1.         Jesus asked them to go to the priests while they were still “unclean.”

 

                                    a.         This was very difficult because of priests position.

 

                                                1.)       The priests had certified them “unclean” at the discovery of their leprosy. Now in the misery of the leprosy they were going to ask the priest to certify them clean.

 

                                                2.)       They were cleansed AFTER they left for the priests!

 

                                    b.         Noticed they were “cleansed” [v 14] but only one was “made well” [v 19]

 

                                                1.)       The word translated “cleansed” [v 14] means “to make clean” or “purify.”

 

                                                2.)       The word translated “made well” (KJV: “made whole”) [v 19] means “to save” as in “deliver” and “protect.”

 

            C.        Gratefulness will move you to action you might not think possible.


“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. [16] He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan.” [Luke 17:15 – 16]

 

                        1.         Impression: The man returned BEFORE he went to the priests.

 

                                    a.         Notice there is no vested interest in the priests certificate of cleansing. The man was a Samaritan (unbeliever by Jewish standards).

 

                                    b.         Image of the remnant of Israel that was preserved to return to the Promised Land. (I really hope “remnant” is NOT a spiritual principle, but it may be.)

 

                        2.         In throwing himself at Jesus feet, he did two things:

 

                                    a.         He humbled himself before The One who had cleansed him.

 

                                    b.         He thanked the one he earlier called “Master.”

 

            D.        Thanksgiving, expressed in knowing, doing, and feeling will make you whole.


“Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” [Luke 17: 19]


 

                        1.         God is pleased when we give thanks.

 

                                    a.         Jesus shows disappointment (possibly frustration) over the fact that only one of the ten returned to give thanks. [vv 17 – 18]

 

                                    b.         Jesus tells him to get up and gives him liberty to leave.

 

                        2.         Healing is made complete in faith that has taken action, trusted Jesus, and returned thanks.

 

II.       There is a serious issue at stake: It is caused by being out of balance.


William Barclay - “So often once a man has got what he wants, he never comes back.”

 

            A.        So what cause us to be out of balance?

 

                        1.         Faith comes in four forms:

 

                                    a.         Faith is a choice (response) based on God’s grace (initiative).


“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” [Ephesians 2:8]

 

                                    b.         Faith is expressed in obedience (doing).


“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.” [1 John 2:3]

 

                                    c.         Faith is dependent on what we know.


“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. [14] The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. [1 Corinthians 2:13 – 14]

 

                                    d.         Faith is confirmed and reinforced by what we feel.


“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” [Luke 2:20]


“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. [Hebrews 12:28]

 

                        2.         We get out of balance when we focus on doing, knowing, and feeling as proof or a means of generating RELATIONSHIP with God.

 

 

                                    a.         These things (doing, knowing, and feeling) become “proof” of faith not the substance of faith.


(Ill.) You buy a new car. It is exciting, so you call your friends and family. You take them the receipt of your purchase to prove you have the new car. You act like you have a new car. What’s missing from this story? (Hint: The new car.)

 

                                                1.)       The SUBSTANCE of faith is the RESPONSE you make to God on a daily basis.

 

                                                2.)       When we focus on the “proof” we miss the RESPONSIVE RELATIONSHIP we have with God.


                                    b.         These things (doing, knowing, and feeling) begin to define us.

 

                                                1.)       We tend to be more comfortable in one, doubting the others.

 

                                                2.)       Personally I dislike the emotional (feeling) side. Feelings can be based on to many variables, sometimes in contrast to facts.


(Ill.) Many people make outlandish claims based on some ecstatic spiritual experience. I still have a letter someplace from a “prophet” (written in December of 2001) stating that Islam would collapse and vanish in a couple of years. How can you argue against the claim of someone’s experience?

 

                                                3.)       Personally I distrust the doing side. I notice that we work so hard but have so little compared to our desire and our effort. Our work pulls us away from our core message.


(Ill.) Lots of churches have recreated the philosophy and style of the “Purpose Driven Church” (and other church growth ideas) but nobody has produced the same results as the original model. Until they do at a reasonable level, it seems to be all conjecture or wishful thinking at best and commercialism (trafficking in honest desire) at worst.

 

                                                4.)       So where does that leave me? Possibly with a cold, knowledge based, practice that distrusts the “latest and the greatest.” Rejecting an imposed, externally generated, worship rather than a continual, internal heart, worship.

 

            B.        So how do you/I find balance?

 

                        1.         First we need to revisit the concept of “faith.”

 

                                    a.         Faith is our response to God’s initiative (grace).

 

                                    b.         The result of our response is DOING, KNOWING, and FEELING. Not just one... Those three must be subject to our RELATIONSHIP with God, not trying to prove or generate it.

 

                        2.         We need to cultivate positive habits.

 

                                    a.         Thanksgiving is the number one way. Why? Because ingratitude it’s the first step in spiritual and moral degeneration.


“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” [Romans 1:21]


(Application: avoid complaining, become deliberate in looking for the praiseworthy, intentionally give thanks for what you have instead of focusing on what you do not have or want.)

 

                                    b.         We need to re-establish FAITH as the SUBSTANCE of what we do, think, and feel. That means returning to RESPONSIVE RELATIONSHIP with the one true God.


“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith.” [Romans 1:17]

 

                        3.         So where do we start?

 

                                    a.         Focus on God, not programs to do, things to believe, feelings to have.


“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.” [Romans 1:25]

 

                                    b.         Habitually look for God’s grace (initiative) in your life through regular things. (See the spiritual meaning.)


We live by faith, not by sight.” [2 Corinthians 5:7]

 

                                    c.         Daily respond to God’s grand substitution that allows King Jesus full control of you.


“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” [Galatians 2:20]


“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” [Romans 6:11]

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Psalm for giving thanks

Psalm 100

“A Psalm for giving thanks”


Thanksgiving is essential because ingratitude is one of the first steps to spiritual decline.


“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” [Romans 1:21]


About this Psalm: this is the only one with the inscription “for giving thanks.” Psalm 93 – 99 are the “Royal Psalms.” They proclaim God as King. Psalm 100 is the Doxology.

 

I.         We are SUMMONED to give thanks.

 

            A.        Where does it come from?

 

                        1.         Thanksgiving comes from the heart.

 

                                    a.         It is an attitude and an emotion.

 

                                    b.         Thomas Watson: “It is a sign that the oil of grace hath been poured into the heart...”

 

                                    c.         Charles Spurgeon: “Our happy God should be worshiped by a happy people; a cheerful spirit is in keeping with His nature.”

 

                        2.         Thanksgiving comes from a desire for God.

 

                                    a.         “Shout” is loud noise in the context of God as our King.


(Ill. Medical missionary in India found a cure for a progressive blindness through surgery. Nobody said “thank you.” It was not part of their language or culture. Instead they used a word that means “I will tell your name.” So where ever they went, they told people about the person who healed their blindness.)

 

                                    b.         “Worship/serve... with gladness”

 

                                                a.         The word translated “gladness” means “with glee” and has the idea of being given over to joy.

 

                                                b.         This is not some begrudged duty. It is not out of fear. (Two common ideas for serving God.) It is out of willing joyfulness.

 

                        3.         Thanksgiving comes from the Holy Spirit.

 

                                    a.         Joy is “fruit” of the Holy Spirit.

 

                                                1.)       In other words, it is the product of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

 

                                                2.)       It is the proof of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.

 

                                                3.)       “Fruit” is the excess energy of the life that is in step with the Holy Spirit.

 

                                    b.         Seriously...

 

                                                1.)       Look at the faces of those who say they follow Jesus: grave, gloomy, bleak, seldom smile. (But we’ve been burned by pastors who were childish. We train our hearts to think that joyful is childish.)


(Ill. My one grandmother believed that joy was something that a child had to give up to become an adult. Whenever I was happy, she would say, “Stop being foolish.” If I was not joyful, my other grandmother would take my temperature and ask if I was sick.)

 

                                                2.)       Feel the worship: either it is emotional fluff or bare and uninspiring. (But we’ve been burned by the “worship wars.” Formula is more comfortable than truth. Emotion substitutes for worship.)

 

            B.        What hinders us?

 

                        1.         We like to complain.


“Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. [2] When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the LORD and the fire died down. [3] So that place was called Taberah, because fire from the LORD had burned among them. [4] The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat! [5] We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. [6] But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!" ... [10] Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his tent. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. [11] He asked the LORD, "Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?” [Numbers 11:1 – 6, 10 – 11]

 

                        2.         We tend to forget.


“[12] Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, [13] and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, [14] then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” [Deuteronomy 8:12 – 14]

 

                        3.         We suffer from hard hearts.


“Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. [3] The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand." [4] Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.” [Isaiah 1:2 – 4]

 

II.       We CELEBRATE God in Thanksgiving.


            A.        We celebrate God’s nature [v5]

 

                        1.         God’s goodness.

 

                                    a.         Mercy – NOT getting what we deserve.

 

                                    b.         Patience – giving us every chance possible.


“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” [2 Peter 3:9]


“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?” [Romans 2:4]

 

                        2.         God’s love


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” [John 3:16 – 17]

 

                        3.         We celebrate God.

 

                                    a.         The LORD, He is God! [v3]

 

                                    b.         The LORD, He is creator! [v 3]

 

                                    c.         The LORD, we are His! [v 3]


Matthew Henry: “Knowledge is the mother of devotion and of all obedience; blind sacrifices will never please a seeing God.”

 

            B.        Why is gladness, joy, and thanksgiving so rare?

 

                        1.         The tyranny of inward sin. (Sin is NEVER mentioned with joy, gladness, or thanksgiving.) Includes past sin and their dents and scratches.


“Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. [3] When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. [4] For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah [5] Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"-- and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah? [Psalm 32:2 – 5]

 

                        2.         Lack of trusting God.


“There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. [32] In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God.” [Deuteronomy 1: 31 – 32]

 

III.      How to have a thankful heart:

 

            A.        You must have a right relationship with God... start here:

 

                        1.         ADMIT you have a problem.

 

                                    a.         It is called “sin.” Sin is a general state and specific attitude and behavior.

 

                                    b.         Sin separates you from God.

 

                        2.         BELIEVE that Jesus died to save you from the consequence of sin and reconcile you with God.

 

                                    a.         Claim that sacrifice and trust only that sacrifice.

 

                                    b.         Make Jesus your lighthouse and beacon in the storm.

 

                        3.         CHOOSE God’s way of thinking and living.

 

            B.        Make these your habit:

 

                        1.         The habit of joy and gladness [Psalm 100:2]


                        2.         The habit of public worship together [Psalm 100:4]


                        3.         The habit of worship in word [v 1] and song [v 2]


BOTTOM LINE: Thanksgiving is intentional. It is a choice, it is doing, it is taking time.


“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name. [16] And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” [Hebrews 13:15 – 16]


***** Story of Thanksgiving: New Englanders had been in serious trouble trying to survive. They called for fasting and prayer. The people were gloomy and discontent. Some considered going back to England. Leaders proposed another day of fasting and prayer. On plane, common sense man remarked that they had brooded long enough and needed to consider their blessings... religious liberty. We should do that in America... because we may not have that much longer.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

This it the way, walk in it.

Isaiah 30:19 – 22

This is the way, walk in it”


Israel’s Problem:

 

            1.         They were STUBBORN.


“Woe to the obstinate children,” [Isaiah 30:1a]

 

                        a.         The word translated “obstinate” literally means “unmanageable” [BDB]

 

                        b.         In other words, they had willfully chosen to NOT be lead.


[Ill. The TV show “The Apprentice.” Strategies to be “unmanageable” and not get caught or the blame... “Passive – Aggressive” is one way to be unmanagable.]

 

            2.         The made PLANS WITHOUT GOD.


“...to those who carry out plans that are not mine...” [Isaiah 30:1b]

 

                        a.         The plans made did not include God.


“In the school of church growth, there is no room for the Holy Spirit.” [Dr. George Hunter III]

 

                        b.         Here is a test: If you can accomplish it with your own strength, understand it with your own mind, resource it with your own labor.... It’s not from God.


“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” [Isaiah 55:9]


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; [6] in all your ways SUBMIT him, and he will make your paths straight.” [Proverbs 3:5 – 6 TNIV]

 

            3.         They made ALLIANCES.


“forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit” [Isaiah 30:1c]

 

                        a.         Resources their plans...

 

                        b.         Fuel their unmanageable disposition.


[This was a political problem... in psychology there are “enablers” who in some form help the bad behavior. One way to “enable” is to keep silent.]

 

            4.         The COMPOUNDED SIN.


“heaping sin upon sin.” [Isaiah 30:1d]

 

                        a.         Sin is addictive and blinding.


“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. [“desperately wicked” KJV] Who can understand it?” [Jeremiah 17:9]

 

                        b.         In other words, “you can’t change.” It is willful and habitual.


“Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.” [Psalm 19:13]


RESULT: “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” [Isaiah 30:15]


*****The natural human tendency is the habit of NOT listening to God.*****


God’s solution to our habit of NOT listening is GRACE and COMPASSION.


“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you...” [Isaiah 30:18a]

 

            1.         This is the “grace” and “mercy” complex.

 

                        a.         Grace is getting what we do NOT deserve.


“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” [2 Corinthians 5:21]

 

                        b.         Mercy is NOT getting what we deserve.


“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” [Psalm 103:10]

 

            2.         Patience to God means something different than it means to us.

 

                        a.         Patient is not inactivity.


“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” [2 Peter 3:9]


“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” [Isaiah 40:31]

 

                        b.         Patience implies we have a choice of destiny.


“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...” [Joshua 24:15]


“For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.” [1 Peter 4:3]


Why then do we behave the way we do?

 

            1.         Being SELFISH is easier.

 

                        a.         If all we have to consider is our own self, our self-interests, our self-wants... it’s simpler than having to consider others.

 

                        b.         We want to do what we want to do, when we want to do it, the way we want. It is the willfulness of a child. (“Woe to the obstinate children,” [Isaiah 30:1a])


“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” [Romans 1:21]

 

            2.         Being IGNORANT is easier.

 

                        a.         Knowledge implies responsibility or a call to action. Neither are comfortable.


“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. [20] Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. [21] But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” [John 3:19 – 21]

 

                        b.         If we KNOW God is right... the we are faced with the choice of allowing God to be right about everything and follow God’s directions.


“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it.” [Isaiah 30:21]


“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. [25] Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” [Galatians 5:24 – 25]

 

            3.         Being NEGLECTFUL is natural.


We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. [2] For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, [3] how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. [4] God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” [Hebrews2:1 – 5]

 

                        a.         Spiritual drifting, it is a slow, casual, movement away from God’s truth. It is the systematic (deliberate or otherwise) deafness we develop.

 

                        b.         Another sure sign of spiritual neglect is the ignorance and non-exercise of spiritual gifts. (We are going to be talking about this early next year.)

 

            4.         God meets these with “adversity” [literally “narrow” “tight”] and “affliction” [oppression, distress, and pressure]

 

                        a.         When God narrows our choices or makes us feel like we have no choices (as opposed to us feeling comfortably in control) then we had better be listening.

 

                        b.         God wants the best for us.


“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” [Isaiah 30:15]


What do we need to do about this?

 

            1.         Pray for God to give us a new heart.


“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” [Ezekiel 36:36]

 

                        a.         Everything reflects relationship with God.

 

                        b.         If you can live our lives without God, you are in serious trouble.


“You say, `I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. . . . [20] Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:17, 20]

 

            2.         Deal with your idols.


“Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, "Away with you!” [Isaiah 30:22]

 

                        a.         Maybe you are “unmanageable.”

 

                        b.         Maybe you have no place for God in your plans.

 

                        c.         Maybe you have acquired the necessary resources to put God on a shelf.

 

                        d.         Maybe you willfully add sin to sin.


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