God-Like Thinking Not Positive Thinking
We hear it all the time. “Think positive”! There is a multi million dollar industry in the book world all about positive thinking. I get it. People are depressed. People get lonely. People get sad. Here’s the thing though. Without God we cannot change our thinking. Our thinking is all flawed because of sin. Sin has distorted everything about us. Especially our thinking. We cannot rely on positive thinking to change things. The Bible talks a lot about this. It is the doctrine of regeneration. The Bible is clear that there is a lot wrong with our brains, our spirit, and our soul. We are broken because of sin. Completely lost without Jesus. Yes I said Jesus that time instead of God. We cannot get to God without Jesus. It is impossible. Regeneration and Sanctification happen in the believers life when we replace our flawed thinking with God-thinking. Jesus had a lot to say about sanctification in John 17. In verse 16 the Lord says, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it,” and this is before His request: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (verse 17). WE are becoming something. Not by our own strength but by God’s power inside us. If you are born again, (which is the only way to enter the kingdom of God according to Jesus) you began a wonderful journey of sanctification. Part of that is your work and part of that is God’s work. The Holy Spirit changes the way we think. He replaces the old way of thinking with His kind of thinking. It does not happen overnight however. It is a process. How do we help the process? By staying close to Him. By reading His word. By praying regularly. By having quiet time with Him. That is our part. God does the rest. He literally replaces bad, flawed, garbage, and sinful thinking with His.
The Apostle Paul tells us “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
We want to put all that negative sinful thinking behind us and move forward with God like thinking. Try it today. Read the word of God. Pray to the creator of the Universe through Jesus. You will see what I’m talking about.
Pastor Robert Bullock
Trinity Baptist Church and Paradise Beach Weddings
The world seems to be getting a little worse all the time it seems. But it’s really not. Every sinful thing that is in the world has been a sin since the fall of man in Genesis. The problem comes when believers lose their head. Become afraid or overwhelmed by it all. Scary feelings are amplified by having world news right at our fingertips 24/7. Social media can be a good thing but also a bad thing for us.
God never intended for His children to live in fear. No matter what’s going on around us He is still in control. Yes Satan is real and he is on the earth but God is completely in control. He is preparing His church for greater things. His Kingdom. If you are part of His church you have nothing to fear. Their are a great many churches in our culture that are teaching lies today. As newly weds, I want to encourage you to find a church that does not compromise God’s truth. Oprah said something that is very disturbing at the golden globes awards. She said that “we should tell our truth”. What is bad about that? There is only one truth. There is either truth or a lie. Opinions don’t count. Where do we find absolute truth? Only in God’s word! If a church is not preaching the truth of God’s word then leave! These days you can find a church that will say that your sins are ok. But that is not what Jesus said. He told the woman caught in adultery to “go and sin no more”. Not, “go sin a little less” but no more! That is repentance. Turning away from the things that God detest. That is truth. God wants to change us. The Bible is not meant for our knowledge but it is meant to change us! Is it changing you?
The church should not lose it’s head in times of tribulations. The church should not be fearful in perilous times. We should look to the sky. Be ready. Jesus will come back for His church. Maybe your reading this and you are not a Christ follower. I want to encourage you today to start reading God’s word. Investigate it for yourself. You will find that it is truth.
When I was a kid, I idolized Michael Jordan. I read every book about him. I watch all his videos. Bought all the merchandise. I thought I was his biggest fan. I knew all his stats. I knew about his childhood. I knew where he went to college. I knew about his brothers and his parents. However, if I would have see him on the street and walked up to him, and tried to act like I knew him, what do you think would have happened? He would have said something like “security get this fool away from me”. I would say but Mike, I know everything about you! He would say something like “I don’t know you! Get away from me”.
The Bible says that many on the last day will say “Lord, Lord”. ” I know everything about you. I went to church. I even did good deeds. It is the scariest passage in the Bible because these people thought they knew Jesus. He looks at them and says “depart from me you evil doers, I never knew you”
Their are churches that are telling “their truth”. Which isn’t truth at all. Remember there is only truth and lies. Don’t lose your head. Jesus is truth. The world will be bad. Their will be false teachers. Actually the less discernment the church has, the more false teachers we will have. It’s almost like, we get what we deserve. But for those of you that are truly part of His church. Keep your head.
Pastor Robert Bullock
Trinity Baptist Church
Matthew 7:21-23New King James Version (NKJV)
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
2 Timothy 4:3-5New International Version (NIV)
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
We know that planning a wedding from afar is stressful. That’s why we make it easy! Robert and Amy started Paradise Beach Weddings Inc. 15 years ago for couples that wanted to come to the beach and have a wedding but could not bring their Pastor with them. We have grown over the years to include beach wedding packages and professional photography. We also have an event rentals business for all your reception needs. We know we are not for everyone because we use Christian Pastors to officiate your wedding. Most appreciate the fact that God is first in our company because most that book with us want to make God first in their marriage! We also get the special privilege of officiating and planning vow renewals for couples that we married years ago. We would love to speak with you about your beach wedding in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. Please call us soon as we do book up fast. We are the most affordable service like ours on the Gulf Coast. Actually we are unique as we use real Christian Pastors to officiate and Real professional photographers to make your photos the best they can be. We love weddings but most of all we love marriage because God created it. We celebrate it. Marriage is great and also marriage is hard. We are praying for you and we are here for you!
God invented Marriage. He created it, so Him and only Him can define what it is!
Genesis 2:22-24New International Version (NIV)
22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the riba] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul gives thanks to God that faith has produced work and love has produced labor and hope has produced endurance.
How Do You Keep On Going? When things are really hard.
What is the relationship between endurance and hope. Our text is verse 3 and in particular the phrase, “endurance of hope.” I take this to mean that hope produces endurance, or that endurance is the fruit of hope.
The question I want to ask is this: How do you keep on going on a road of obedience to Christ?
Now lets look at a great old testament example of someone that wanted to give up.
Jeremiah is a prophet…
he declares messages in t he name of God..
Israel has turned away from God..
Jeremiah’s message was a turn or burn message..
“get saved or microwaved”
nobody liked his message..
Then Jeremiah prays to God…
he says something like this: Are you there God? Do you see what is going on in our Nation? Why do the wicked prosper? Why do the faithful struggle?
God’s response to Jeremiah’s complaint? Endure it.
jeremiah 12New International Version (NIV)
You are always righteous, Lord,
when I bring a case before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all the faithless live at ease?
You have planted them, and they have taken root;
they grow and bear fruit.
You are always on their lips
but far from their hearts.
Yet you know me, Lord;
you see me and test my thoughts about you.
Drag them off like sheep to be butchered!
Set them apart for the day of slaughter!
How long will the land lie parched
and the grass in every field be withered?
Because those who live in it are wicked,
the animals and birds have perished.
Moreover, the people are saying,
“He will not see what happens to us.”
Jeremiah 12:5New International Version (NIV)
“If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[a] in safe country,
how will you manage in the thickets by[b] the Jordan?
Basically I get this : Jeremiah i don’t need you to understand, I need you to endure.
He doesn’t say I’m gonna make it better.
He basically says “its gonna get a lot worse.
He saying there is more for you to do!
Jeremiah is ready to quit.. God is saying there is more to do…
today you may see all the evil around us and be tempted to give up….
I believe that God would tell you “there is more for you to do…
God is with you and has strength for you to endure..
we must have endurance.
We celebrate people that overcome and have endurance though hardship
one of my favorite stories..
I love the story of Lous Zamperini: WWII
no food and minimal supplies, the men survived for 47 days and drifted 2,000 miles before being rescued/captured by the Japanese.
then spent two years in as a POW and tortured..
We love stories like these… we celebrate stories like this … but we do not want to live it out..
How do we endure in a world that seems to be so bad and evil seems to be getting worse..
in 2 Timothy 4
Paul is at the end of his life. This is the one of the last things he ever wrote.
He is in Prison and about to be executed.
Lessons that we can learn from Paul about endurance …
2 Timothy 4New International Version (NIV)
4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
some of us might think: thank God i’m not a preacher…
the word preach means to proclaim…
so this is for all of us! Proclaim the Word!
We are all ministers..
it is our job to make him known..
at school, at work.. …in our homes…
make him known…Preach the word.
have you ever been unprepared?
I was unprepared to be a parent…
They send you home from the hospital with a living human baby with no instruction manual..
you just have figure it out..
it is not fun to be unprepared
Paul writes to Timothy to be prepared, because he has gone through about everything..
He has faced it.
They tried so hard to kill him, shut him up, or to keep him in jail.
He says you have to be prepared for anything…
God is preparing you in this life for what He has for you…on this earth and in His Kingdom
David was a shepard in the pasture and God took what David learned in the pasture and used it in the palace.
God used Peter who was a FisherMan and turned him into a a fisher of men..
God can use every experience that you have for His glory..
God doesn’t waste what your going through right now. ..
He is preparing you..
My point is that maybe the things you are having to endure now are preparing you for where God will have you tomorrow.
He’s also pruning you!
As Christians we have to endure times of pruning..
Cutting away of things in our life.
pruning is to increase production of fruit.
but Pruning hurts.
Pruning involves cutting off branches of your life that don’t produce fruit.
It’s part of the sanctification process.
John 15:2New International Version (NIV)
2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful.
whatever your going through.. it’s for your good,,, IF you love God.
It is a promise..
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
I believe Every season in your life is preparation for the next!
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
that is for them! This is people that don’t know Jesus.
the world is gonna be bad… people are not gonna know what bathroom to use anymore.. men will ‘marry” men.,, women will get married women,, and some of the churches are gonna be ok with it..
SIDENOTE: Gay marriage does not really exist. We can not define what God designed. Marriage is a covenant relationship that was invented by God. So although two men or two women say the are “married” they really are not.
they will turn their ears away from the truth! …
we’ve seen this everywhere in our culture…
verse 5 is for us…
5 But you, keep your head (don’t worry, or be afraid) in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
What is God saying to His church?
yes the world is sinful, our culture is ungodly
He says.. endure, keep your head.
maybe we’ve been trying to escape what God wants us to endure.
The world is falling apart.. Because of sin. It will continue to do so.
I believe The reason God wants you to endure and walk through it is because He is preparing you for the next season in your life … or for His kingdom.
Paul tells Timothy: “Gods not coming to the rescue every time you have a problem…
you are gonna have to learn to ENDURE
man up …woman up.. put on your big boy pants and deal with it
God is telling us: He is not coming to the rescue every time we have a problem…..
I believe He wants us to endure!
Lastly, Remember how a marathon works
2 Timothy 4:6
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Historians say that Paul was boiled to death in a pot of hot oil and then beheaded… Roman Emperor Nero..
This is how he finished his the race…
Life is not a Sprint,to the finish line .. its a Marathon…
People that run marathons know its a long way to the finish line.
a marathon is 26 miles
you don’t just show up at a marathon and run it..
remember Forrest Gump: “for not particular reason I just started running”
its not the way it works
you have to train for a marathon…
training builds endurance…
endurance requires: Resistance…
Resistance is your friend..
I haven’t been to the gym too many times and seen someone pushing up an empty bar..
The weight, the resistance is what builds you..
whatever weight your carrying today I want you to look at in a new way…
That resistance in your life…,,, is making you stronger not weaker!
everyday that we endure it … we are getting stronger.
Paul had a thorn in the flesh… we don’t know what it was…
many scholars believe it was a problem with His eyes
There are several times in the new testament that suggest that Paul had poor eyesight..
whatever it was..
he prayed 3 times.. for God to take it away…
God answers: My Grace is Sufficient For You..
He tells Paul Endure it buddy. Remember you big boy pants!
Paul tells Timothy that “you gotta have some fight in you..”
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race
We live in a culture that if the going gets tough we go home..
Probably none of us will ever have to endure the things that Paul did.. but lets look at a few..
Acts 14:19English Standard Version (ESV)
Paul Stoned at Lystra
19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.
1 Corinthians 4:12
12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
2 Corinthians 11:25English Standard Version (ESV)
25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea;
Paul is saying to Timothy .. and us…its not okay.. to quit..
I read an article about someone who was being interviewed after a marathon…
the reporter asked them .. “what kept you going”
He said ..”remember why you started”
Remenber why you started the race to begin with..
Remember why you got married.
Remember why you started your career
Remember why you started a family
Remember why you started following Jesus.
finish the race… God is with you…
Pastor Robert Bullock
Trinity Baptist Church
Paradise Beach Weddings
Isaiah 50:4-10New King James Version (NKJV)
“The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.
I gave My back to those who struck Me,
And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard;
I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
“For the Lord God will help Me;
Therefore I will not be disgraced;
Therefore I have set My face like a flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.
He is near who justifies Me;
Who will contend with Me?
Let us stand together.
Who is My adversary?
Let him come near Me.
Surely the Lord God will help Me;
Who is he who will condemn Me?
Indeed they will all grow old like a garment;
The moth will eat them up.
“Who among you fears the Lord?
Who obeys the voice of His Servant?
Who walks in darkness
And has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord
And rely upon his God.
Christians sometimes approach obedience as a way to avoid the negative consequences of disobedience. When this happens, obedience becomes a heavy burden. But God intended our walk of faith to be a thrilling adventure, motivated by our love for Jesus Christ and our desire to please Him. Obedience is about discovering more of God, not avoiding negative consequences.
The reason we equate doing God’s will with burden is that we tend to think of all the weighty decisions we might need to make. Yet the Lord doesn’t give us something He knows we can’t handle. Our obedience in the smaller matters of life prepares us for bigger ones. When we place trust in the omnipotence of the Lord and act on His prompting, life becomes exciting. We need not be fearful because God already knows the outcome of our obedience—and He promises that He does everything for our good (Rom. 8:28).
We know that if we take one step in obedience, we’ll be asked to take another. That’s why walking in faith is so thrilling—each step is leading to a fantastic blessing from almighty God. Though we sometimes think the situations are unrelated, the Lord continuously moves us through a variety of circumstances toward His overriding purpose for our lives.
If we become fearful of consequences and back off from obedience for the sake of safety, we deprive God of the opportunity to demonstrate His awesome power in us.
Small choices may seem insignificant, but they lead toward a lifetime of walking with God. As you walk into this new year, ask yourself, What is my next step of obedience?
We know there are a lot of choices when you start planning your Gulf Shores destination beach wedding. When Robert and Amy Bullock started Paradise Beach Wedding Inc. that was not the case. We have been providing Alabama weddings for 15 years and counting! Ask yourself what are you looking for in a wedding service? Do you want a Christian wedding ceremony? Is experience a plus? What about your photos? Paradise Beach Weddings has the best Christian Ministers that make you feel at ease. Robert Bullock is a Pastor of a local church. Roger Strict is a long time minister in the Gulf Shores area. Robert and Roger did not just go online and get a ordination certificate. They really care about your wedding but more importantly they care about marriage! Is it important to you to have someone officiate your wedding that really cares about what they are doing? Amy Bullock has been planning beach weddings for 15 years. She has the experience to make sure that your special day is stress free for you. You just need to show up! Planning a destination wedding with someone inexperienced can quickly become a train wreck. So is experience important to you? If so when researching beach wedding companies look at their experience. Many will claim they have been in business for years, when in fact they just started. Anyone can come up with a website so be careful. Your photos will be treasured for a lifetime. Are photos important to you? Most would say yes. Our photographers are the best on the Gulf Coast. All your photos will be professionally edited for you. Some companies that provide photos with your package are giving out unedited photos. Some put stock photos on their website to make it appear that they provide quality photos. All of the photos on our website are ours. In fact a lot of brides book us just because of our photos. If these things are important to you then you are in the right place. Your search for a wedding provider is over! Call us today. Here is a sample of one our beach weddings in Gulf Shores at the Gulf State Park.
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