Monthly Archives: April 2015

Book Review: Led to Lead by Marty Berglund

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When you think about leadership books, sometimes it’s synonymous with the name John Maxwell or a powerful book written by J. Oswald Sanders. Most likely they will draw leadership lessons from characters in the Bible. It could be from the life of David, Solomon, Nehemiah, and of course from our Lord Jesus Christ. But I havent yet encounter a leadership book entirely centers in the life of Moses. “Led to Lead” is fill to the brim look at the faith AND leadership of Moses. I put the emphasis on “and” because both faith and leadership goes hand in hand especially with Christian leaders. With its 22 chapters, I think every aspect of faith and leadership are tackled in an easy to read manner. Journey along this book as it discuss relevant issues pertain a Christian.

This book has a nice and informative content, very inspiring to everyone not just for leaders but also to every believers. When I start reading this book, I feel that I can’t stand up until I finish it till the end. My favorite favorite chapters in “Led to Lead” are Chapter 7, 8, and 15. I learned here that in times we don’t know our future “Don’t Give Up” because in times like this, when we can’t see what instore in the future, it’s a great opportunity to trust God. We need to “Get Prepared” and always willing to obey, rely on God’s plan and when we trust in His plan in our life we could share it to other people this marvelous things God did to our life. When we want to be “Happy in Following God”, we need to take heed to His plan and be ready to listen to His voice.

“Led to Lead”

The Greatest Need of Man Answered and Settled by God Part 3

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Praise is due to you,a O God, in Zion,

and to you shall vows be performed.

 

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

 

When iniquities prevail against me,

you atone for our transgressions.

 

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

 

the one who by his strength established the mountains,

being girded with might;

 

who stills the roaring of the seas,

the roaring of their waves,

the tumult of the peoples,

 

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.

You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

 

You visit the earth and water it;

you greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

you provide their grain,

for so you have prepared it.

 

You water its furrows abundantly,

settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

and blessing its growth.

 

You crown the year with your bounty;

your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

 

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,

 

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy.

–Psalms 65:1-13

 

Salvation

The first thing we will tackle is salvation as one of the greatest need of man that God settled. Let’s look again the verses in Psalms 65 that focuses on salvation:

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

Psalms 65:4-5

With the abundance of spirituality in the world, one still can’t find the one true assurance that people are looking for. There will always be religious rituals that man can do, yet it does not give answers everyone is searching for. Sadly, many cling to it even if the answers are unclear. Yet the God of  the Bible settles it once and for all that we may find peace.

Looking back to Psalms 65: 4-5, it echoes some of words Jesus gave in John 6, on how the Father draws his elect to him for salvation:

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. John 6: 39

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37

Also in the very lips of Jesus as he pray in agony in the garden:

I am pray ing for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. John 17:9

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. John 17:24

With salvation met by God, we should put in mind that salvation is from God alone and we have no part of it. Springing out of that truth it brings forth assurance because of the giver (God) and not the receiver (us) is the one who is giving the assurance of that salvation. This assurance gives us peace that whatever happens we are in God’s hand.

Another aspect of this salvation since we are His children, we will bear fruit and this fruit will remain:

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. John 15:16

With that verse we can say that God is so gracious to us. He already purchased our salvation by the death of His Son. Now we should answer this question: are you His child already? Do you want your greatest need to be met by God and find assurance? Listen to what God has to say on John 1: 12:

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,John 1:12

Next week we will tackle the next important need of man that God already answered and that is prayer. Till next time. God bless!

The Greatest Need of Man Answered and Settled by God Part 2

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Praise is due to you,a O God, in Zion,

and to you shall vows be performed.

 

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

 

When iniquities prevail against me,

you atone for our transgressions.

 

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

 

the one who by his strength established the mountains,

being girded with might;

 

who stills the roaring of the seas,

the roaring of their waves,

the tumult of the peoples,

 

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.

You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

 

You visit the earth and water it;

you greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

you provide their grain,

for so you have prepared it.

 

You water its furrows abundantly,

settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

and blessing its growth.

 

You crown the year with your bounty;

your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

 

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,

 

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy.

–Psalms 65:1-13

 

What God Gave Us

Last week we had an introduction on Psalms 65, and like what I have said the song gave us the two important things man needs. As we check that psalm, it is a psalm of thanksgiving. What better way to be thankful for that give thanks to God’s precious gifts to man.

Remember that game show “Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire?” The mechanics of the game is to answer questions with a corresponding cash prize that reaches 1 Million dollars. In the initial rounds the questions are easy. As the contestant goes to the succeeding rounds, the questions gets tougher. The higher the cash the difficult the questions are. When contestants find it hard to answer difficult questions, they are given “life lines”. Life lines help contestants not just in those sticky situations but also keep them in the game.

If we look at what God gave us to our greatest needs it will pale in comparison to any  “life Line” this world can offer. Meeting our needs required God the Son to go to this world and to die at our place. As a result sinners can access God. Not being able to access to God is the greatest tragedy of all. But on the flip side, access to God is the greatest need that God answered to sinful men. Now let’s check out the two needs and in the coming weeks, we will focus on each of them.

Salvation

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,

to dwell in your courts!

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

the holiness of your temple!

 

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas;

 

Prayer

O you who hear prayer,

to you shall all flesh come.

 

When iniquities prevail against me,

you atone for our transgressions

Next week we will check the salvation as one of the greatest need God gave to man.

The Greatest Need of Man Answered and Settled by God Part 1

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Praise is due to you,a O God, in Zion,
and to you shall vows be performed.

O you who hear prayer,
to you shall all flesh come.

When iniquities prevail against me,
you atone for our transgressions.

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple!

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas;

the one who by his strength established the mountains,
being girded with might;

who stills the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples,

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

You visit the earth and water it;
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide their grain,
for so you have prepared it.

You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.

You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.
–Psalms 65:1-13

Introduction
While having my daily meditation, my reading came to this chapter. It was a blessing to me that I shared it as my message on our prayer meeting. Because the chapter was so good, I didnt concentrate on just one text but the whole chapter. I can see the goodness of God providing man the ultimate answer he needs.
Psalms 65 is a psalm of thankgiving for the providencial goodness of God. The chapter reaks with why God is good and praise worthy. As we study further, this psalm gives us the glimpse of what man is really longing for. As man looks for meaning and purpose we can see that God already gave it. Man by nature is sinful and doesnt want anything that has to do with God may trample these precious gifts. He might not need it because he find it worthless. Only the power of God can open the spiritually blind men to see these treasures.
If we look at the world, we see all unplesant things that get us down. Man is searching for some sort of relief for these miseries. The world may say “Love is all we need” or “Peace is the answer” yet those answers cant fill the void.
A Christian knows better on what is the real answer. God provided His children the lasting and satisfying answer that this world cant offer. Psalms 65 made mention the two important things that God gave to man which are salvation and prayer. Having these two, God responded an end to the search which brings comfort and assurance.
Next week we shall discuss the two greatest need of man that God provided already.