Monday, June 26, 2006

Here are my notes verbatim from Sunday:

“Hello, for those of you who are wondering who I am, my name is Robert Howard. I am the Junior High Pastor here at VCCG and recent VLI graduate.”

Thank you to Pastor Jack and Pastor Danny

Cruel joke-VLI student worst GPA to speak.

What's next after VLI.
Amadeo Church Plant in the near future
The Howards’ Roles
Youth Group
Small Group Ministries

Pray over the word.

Friends, I believe that some of us need a holiness make over from God.
Some Christians have taken on the worlds patterns while maintaining a façade of holiness and they make it hard to tell that they are Christians. Maybe you work with this guy. Maybe you’ve run into that Christian.

People I work with that I can tell they are different.

Let’s Read 1Peter 1:13-16:

“13Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."[a]

This word holy comes from the Greek word Hagios which means “Set Apart”.

This morning, we’re going to look at four calls to be set-apart from 1 Peter.

Prepare your mind for action
Soldiers don’t get drunk at war time.

Our minds are the first step in action. We must get our minds in line with God’s truth if we want to live an effective Christian life.

What are your thoughts like?
Do your lusts and anger play out in your mind like a never ending Saprano’s Episode?
Do you cuss out you co-worker in your mind when they make you mad?

If your thoughts are out of control, you will not be ready to do God’s work. You need to repent and take captive every thought.

Phillipians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Your mind makes the decision to be holy.

If you want to live a holy life, you must get your mind set apart for God’s glory.

Be Self-Controlled
Self-control in America seems to be a major issue. We have a help group for just about any addiction you can think of. We are called to be self controlled in all areas of our life.

What’s your addiction? For me, it’s food. You laugh, but I’m Serious. When I’m looking for something for breakfast and I have to choose between the Power Bar and Bonus 4-pack of Zingers, I’m going for the Zingers baby!

What’s yours?
Maybe you a closet alcoholic?
Maybe you checking out porn on your computer?
Maybe you gossiping uncontrollably about your friends?
Maybe you’re sleeping with someone that you’re not married to?
Maybe you spending 10 hours a week watching Family Guy and CSI while you neglect your kids and relationship with God?
Maybe you swear like a drunken truck driver with Tourettes?
Maybe you blowing your cash on beer and your quad but can’t a way to be consistent with your tithes.

If you want to live a holy life, you must be self-controlled! Get your desires and your lusts under control and set yourselves apart for God’s glory.

Do not conform to your old ways

(Story of shortly after I was saved with cussing, etc)

If you are a Christian, you will have noticed a radical difference in your life from when you didn’t have a relationship with Jesus and now that you know Jesus.

We all followed the pattern of this world. We looked just like everyone else. We talked like the world. We stole like the world. We cheated like the world. Now, hopefully, you have a different life.

Peter, here, is telling us not to go back to that way.

We have to be different. We have to be set-apart.

If you want to live a holy life, you must live differently than you did when you first met Jesus.

The final Exortation:

Be Holy like God’s holy
If Jesus is your Savior, you will begin to look like him.
You will walk like he did.
You will talk like He did.
You will pray like he did.
You will study like he did.
You will live like he did.

Just as a child steps into the mold of a life that is set out before them by their parents, so we step into the mold Jesus has laid before us for holiness.

Be Holy in all you do!

If you want to live a holy life, you must live as Jesus Did.

“How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing, it is irresistible.”
C. S. Lewis

Illustration of counterfeit next to real thing

Call to holiness:
Holiness. Holiness. Christian. Brother. Sister. Jesus is and has been calling you to live a holy life. This doesn’t mean that you have to lock yourself in a closet and pray and sing hymns for the rest of your lives. But what it does mean is that some of us here need to change. We need to repent of the thoughts we think. We need to get rid of the garbage we have in our home, and we need to focus our lives on Jesus Christ. YOU NEED TO BE SET APART. BE DIFFERENT.

“A holy life will make the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns, they just shine.”
D.L. Moody.

Let’s pray:
Committing or recommitting your life to Jesus.
Asking for God to come and purify your hearts and minds…making you Holy.

Friday, June 23, 2006

So, maybe some of you can help me out. I've been in several situations where I didn't know if I was supposed to tip or not. What do you think?

Here's the scenario: I ordered Macaroni Grille via the telephone and said I'd come by to pick it up at the take-out bar. When I went in and paid, the receipt had a subtotal, blank for you to write in a tip, and a total. I didn't tip. Am I supposed to? Where else should you tip and when should you not?

Socially retarded, Robert.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Man...what a bummer.

Maybe some of you men can identify with this: Last night, my beautiful barber with whom I am totally infatuated with...and I really think she's soooo hot....was cutting my hair when she stopped, ran her fingers through my hair, giggled like a school girl and said innocently: "Wow, you're hair's getting thin back here, too". Talk about a blow to the old Macho Man..."Twelf wound nokout". I do have to say, though. My wife is the best barber there is...although she doesn't mind finding my bald spots.