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B Moments, replug

This Lent Season: Replug and Renew

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 145:3 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about the need to replug into my source, who is Christ.

As the Lent season is upon us, typically we talk about giving up something. Specifically, I’ve talked about giving up negative behaviors, such as worry and anxiety, which can create distance between you and God. Yet sometimes, rewiring our minds not to worry about something can be easier said than done. Yet it is at this time I know I need to replug into my source, who is Christ.

In fact, this is exactly what Mary did. Shortly after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Mary and Martha threw a huge celebration dinner for Jesus. During the party, Martha spent her time running around, worrying about whether or not everything was perfect for Jesus.

Meanwhile, Mary was found at Jesus’ feet, breathing in, listening to, and soaking up every word that came out of his mouth. Mary knew the importance of plugging into her source, who was Christ.

Eventually, Martha complained to Jesus, asking him whether it seemed fair that Mary spent her time sitting while Martha spent her time trying to perfect things. However, Jesus told Martha that there was only one thing worth being concerned about and that was something that Mary had already discovered.

Let us begin to lay the groundwork for a good Lent season today by remembering these few words: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 145:3 (ESV)

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So today, replug and renew.

B Moments, childlike

Is Your Faith Childlike?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am asking the question, is your faith childlike?

Recently we talked about the parable of the rich, young ruler. The wealthy, young man approached Jesus one day and asked him what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus told him to sell his possessions, give the money to the poor, and to follow him.

Yet the man went away sorrowful. He couldn’t part with his possessions or the identity and sense of control these possessions gave him.

Unlike a child, who is dependent, the man’s wealth gave him a false sense of independence and self-sufficiency. He thought that at any given time, he could meet his own needs without God. A faith like that definitely doesn’t lead to eternal life.

When we put this in a practical context, most of us strive to be debt free, to be in good health, and to, hopefully, leave wealth for the next generation. This is all wonderful—as long as we never lose sight of who the provider and the source is.

Remember, we cannot accomplish these things in our own strength. If I ever lose sight of this, I remember these words: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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So today, keep your faith childlike.

B Moments, miracle

Don’t Stay: Move Forward Toward Your Miracle

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:23 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God won’t allow you to stay where you are to do His work.

In this series, we’ve been talking about clarity of our life’s purpose. Sometimes we’ll gain a greater clarity of purpose after enduring a season of testing. After he was tested in the desert by Satan, Jesus spoke definitively when he said, “I came to preach the good news to the poor and to heal the afflicted.”

We also said that greater clarity helps us to see that our life’s purpose is not about serving ourselves but about being of service to others. In fact, when Jesus visited a town to fulfill his purpose of teaching and healing, the people of that town wanted him to stay with them forever.

Sometimes people can become so dependent on you that your sheer presence gives them a sense of security, so they pull on you to stay with them. Staying with someone isn’t always physical. It can also mean staying with them at a certain educational or socioeconomic level, or sharing the same mindset, both mentally and spiritually.

What I have learned is that fulfilling our life’s purpose is not confined to who and what we already know. Jesus’ response to the people who wanted him to stay was simply, “I must preach the good news in other places too because this is why I was sent.”

Don’t let 2019 be another year where you continue to stay somewhere when God is pulling you toward your miracle. To give you strength, hold onto these words: “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 (NLT)

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So today, go for your miracle.

B Moments, clarity

Expect More Clarity in 2019

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about having clarity about life’s purpose.

It is common to seek a deeper understanding of our life’s purpose when we start a new year. In Luke Chapter 4, Jesus gives us a good example of what it looks like to have clarity of purpose. Specifically, he talks to the people in the synagogue and tells them, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has appointed me to preach the good news to the poor.” Luke 4:18 (NLT)

It was a powerful moment. The Scriptures go on to say that everyone in the synagogue just sat there and stared at him intently because he made it very clear who he was and why he was there.

Personally, this passage reminds me of the days when I tried to explain to someone what I believed God was calling me to do. I’d ramble on and on, confusing both myself and the person I was talking to.

One thing I observed in this passage is that prior to Jesus’ appearance in the synagogue, he spent forty days and forty nights in the desert, being tested and being tempted. Clearly, going through a period of testing can bring about great clarity.

What trials have you experienced in the last few years that have been preparing you for 2019? As you think about that, remember these words: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life…” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, if you were tested last year, clarity may follow this year.

B Moments, Christmas

This Christmas, Be a Beacon of His Humility

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Luke 2:14 (KJV)

Transcription:

Merry Christmas, B Moment listeners! I’m not in the studio today, but I am thinking about you! This is the day that the King of Kings was born, and we rejoice because he still lives on.

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus came into this world and how he left it. We know that the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a son who would be called Son of the Most High.

Yet Jesus’ beginnings were very humble. He was born in a stable; he first laid his head in a manger, or what is also known as an animal feeding trough.

I read once that a pastor said being born in a stable doesn’t seem fitting for a king or Son of the Most High, but it is a perfect place for the lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Jesus’ humble beginnings make him accessible to any man who chooses to seek him.

During the final week of Jesus’ life, he also rode in on a donkey and colt to bring salvation to the world. Jesus could have chosen a different set of circumstances, but he chose a position of humility.

To honor Jesus’ life, let’s keep a loving and joyous yet humble spirit, especially today—such to the point that others want what you have. Not in terms of a gift, but just in terms of your spirit. So carry these words on your heart today: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (KJV)

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So today, be a beacon of his love, joy, and humility.

B Moment, perfect

God Will Deliver You at the Perfect Moment

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God is creating the perfect moment to deliver things for you.

We recently talked about how trust far outweighs understanding. We discussed how as close as the disciples were to Jesus, they often didn’t understand him. Yet what they lacked in understanding, they compensated for with a willingness to trust in Jesus.

If I am to confess my weakness, I struggle with trusting God’s timing on things. As much as He has always delivered on time and has never been late, I still find myself fretting over His timing.

One passage that inspired me was a time when Jesus was in the temple, and the Jewish leaders attempted to arrest him but couldn’t. Think about this for a moment. The conditions were perfect for Jesus to be arrested, but the time itself wasn’t right.

Jesus was, in fact, in his season since shortly after that incident, he was arrested. Yet he had to be arrested at that precise moment that was created for him.

This precise timing inspires me because it reminds me that so much is going on behind the scenes. When it seems as though God isn’t answering, He is actually at work, creating the perfect moment to answer our prayers.

Join me today in thanking Him in advance for being at work, creating this perfect moment. As you do that, remember these words: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, know that God is creating the perfect moment to deliver for you.

B Moments, first

No Matter the Season, Keep Him First

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how, no matter the season, we have to keep God first.

We’re wrapping up our series on being in a new season today. So far, we’ve talked about trusting God’s path even when it seems indirect, avoiding having one foot in today and the other in tomorrow, remembering the Holy Spirit as our Counselor when we are embarking on a new season, and keeping our expectations high. Let us close this series by remembering to always keep God first no matter the cares of this world.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the one beautiful example of a woman who came into the home where Jesus was having supper. She carried an exquisite jar of perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head to anoint him. In that moment, she was preparing his body for burial.

However, the Scriptures say that the disciples were indignant because it was a very expensive bottle of perfume. They believed it was a waste of money and that she should have chosen to use it another way.

Yet notice now how she poured the perfume gently over him anyway. She acted with a sense that her earthly needs and what she could have done with the expensive perfume were secondary to how she would put God first in her life.

Let her be an example to us today as we look to put God ahead of the cares of this world. As we do that, let us remember these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

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So today, no matter the season, keep Him first.

B Moments, preoccupation

Avoid Paying the Price for Your Preoccupation

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 55:22 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can allow ourselves to become preoccupied with the actions of others.

Recently, we’ve been talking about the days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. Despite many challenges, Jesus stayed his course. It was two days before the Passover festivities and the leading priests were meeting to determine the best way to secretly capture Jesus and put him to death without causing a riot.

First, it is important to remember that Jesus doesn’t need to be standing in front of you to know what you’re thinking or doing. The Scriptures give us example after example of how Jesus knew a person’s motives in advance.

That being said, Jesus knew exactly when and where these priests were meeting to plan his death. Yet Jesus didn’t isolate himself or have trouble thinking straight because he was so preoccupied with their schemes. Instead, he stayed his own course.

Sometimes, we can become very preoccupied with the actions of others. We’re either preoccupied with what someone will do or can’t get past what they’ve already done. In the end, preoccupation distracts you from staying on purpose.

Therefore, release whatever person or situation that is preoccupying you today into God’s hands and hold onto these words instead: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 (ESV)

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So today, remember preoccupation has a high price tag.

B Moments, spirit and truth

Wherever You Are, Worship in Spirit and Truth

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 4:24 (NLT)

Today, I am reminding us about the importance of worshiping in truth and in spirit.

We are approaching summer, and I must say that I am so grateful that June is finally here. This is the time of year for travel and fun times with family and friends.

With that thought in mind, however, it is also those summer months where we can be most thrown off our routine. This reminds me of the importance of always remembering to worship in spirit and in truth, whether you’re in the comforts of your own home, or you’re off somewhere on vacation.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Initially, this woman thought Jesus was a prophet, so she began to ask him a lot of questions.

One of the questions she asked was why the Jews insisted that Jerusalem was the only place to worship, while the Samaritans claimed the only place to worship was Mount Gerizim, where their ancestors had worshiped.

Jesus explained to her that a time was coming when it would no longer matter where one worshiped because true believers worshiped the Father in truth and in spirit.

Jesus was teaching us that all of that other stuff that sometimes we may place more emphasis on is immaterial to him. He’s more interested in the fact that when we do come to worship, we do so in truth and in spirit.

This summer, if your schedule is all over the place, just remember these words when you do worship: “For God is spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 (NLT)

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So today, worship in spirit and truth.

B Moments, remain steadfast

Remain Steadfast Despite Others’ Disbelief

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should remain steadfast, even if we don’t have the support of those closest to us.

Recently we’ve been honoring graduates and talking about being on a new path. Sometimes, when we start something new, we don’t always have the support of those closest to us. This was surely the case for Jesus when it came to his brothers.

While Jesus’ mother, Mary, knew his real identity and his true purpose here on Earth, Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe he was the Messiah until after his Resurrection. Not only did they not believe in him, they even taunted him and made fun of him. They would mock him by saying things such as, “If you can do such wonderful things, then go and prove it to the world.”

Jesus teaches us two key things about how to respond in a situation like this. First, he ignored their criticism and sarcasm. He did not allow their disbelief to stop him from fulfilling his purpose. Second, and most important, he showed appreciation and respect to those who did support his efforts.

Do you have someone close to you who is not supporting you the way you’d like to be supported? If so, love them anyway, as Jesus loved his brothers, and be sure to love and show appreciation for those who are supporting you.

As you do that, remember these words: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

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So today, remain steadfast even if those closest to you don’t believe.