Broken Escalators: The Great Hot Dog Snatcher
March 18, 2019
Is there someone in your life that drives you crazy? Someone who knows just how to push your buttons? A person who really just rubs you the wrong way? Maybe there is an individual in your life who “makes” you act in foolish ways and say things you never meant to say; one who “makes” you act in ways no one else can.
The Bible has much to say about a person who gives in to their feelings and acts foolishly when stirred to anger like this…
Proverbs 29:11, “A fool vents all his feelings. But a wise man holds the back.”
Proverbs 16:32, “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”
Proverbs 22:24, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered.”
Proverbs 14:29, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”
Proverbs 19:11, “A person’s wisdom yield’s patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
The truth is… No person can “make” us act foolishly. No man can “make” us lose our cool or say things that aren’t already dwelling within the boundaries of our hearts. When someone pushes our buttons, rather than make us angry, that irritation should act as a warning sign to us; a sign to point us to the weaknesses we have in our lives. It should cause us to draw closer to Jesus – that we may become more like Him.
In this weeks podcast based on chapter 4 and 5 from Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators,” we will address the question… “What if God intentionally allows irritating people in our lives to help us realize only he can affect our promotions?” Through closely examining the life of King David and King Saul, we will look at how our character and relationships with God affect the anointing in our lives. I hope you will join me in this spiritual journey to discovering a deeper meaning to then nuisances in our lives as you listen in.
Broken Escalators: Exploding Potty Buckets
February 23, 2019
Chapter 2: Exploding Potty Buckets
We all know that life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to, but why does it seem like for some people, life just seems to add up? Why do some people appear to have an easy journey through life whereas others have a much rougher path? Why does it seem like some people’s prayers get answered speedily and others are left waiting for what seems like an eternity.
The truth is… No matter what it looks like to the outsider, everyone goes through difficult seasons. Everyone faces unanswered prayers. Everyone feels lonely at times. Everyone deals with grief and loss. We all feel disappointed when things don’t turn out the way we had hoped. In fact, it is very possible that someone who looks like they lead a “charmed life” may very well be going through one of the toughest seasons of their life. Just because you can’t see difficulty doesn’t mean someone is not experiencing it.
No matter how much we try to prevent it, suffering impacts us all. The Word teaches us that we should not to be surprised when we face trials; that if we want to experience God’s glory, we must also partake in His suffering. It is in suffering that we are forced to learn His ways- which is ultimately for our good and teaches us character.
1 Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”
In this week’s podcast based off chapter two of Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators,” we will review some of the ways to let go of control in your own life and learn to walk in the victory Christ died to give you. It will remind you that suffering is a part of life that God allows in order to teach you the real value of life. Most importantly, I believe you will walk away refreshed, with a fervor to believe God. He will use every difficulty you face for your good and the good of others, if you will only allow Him.
John 16:33 (AmpC), “In the world you will have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer (take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted)! For I have overcome the world. (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.)
Broken Escalators : Who’s Your Daddy?
February 14, 2019
The way we respond when tragedy happens reveals a lot about our relationship with God. How we pray reveals a lot about our theology. If our prayers are filled with doubt, worry, anxiety and fear; if we are constantly trying to figure things out or trying to control the circumstances or people around us, there is a good possibility that we don’t understand the fullness of the love of our heavenly Father.
The Word says in Matthew 7:7-11, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
The Lord is a loving Father. When we pray, He hears. The Word says He actually bends down to listen to our prayers. Like any good Daddy, His ears are open to the cries of His children- even when it seems contrary. As the Word promises, when we pray for a fish 🐠, God doesn’t give us a snake🐍. He gives good gifts to those who ask.
When our prayers are not answered in the way we expect them to be answered, there is always a reason. God sees the bigger picture. He has the good of His kids in mind through every situation. He knows the parts we don’t, He sees the parts can’t, and He is working out the details to point His kids wholeheartedly to Him.
In this podcast, you will be encouraged to trust God on a deeper level than you have ever known. You will be reminded that the middle of a trial is not the time to determine whether something is good or bad. You will be encouraged to lay aside anxiety, fear, doubt and worry and exchange it for the rest and peace of God.
I hope you will take a few minutes to listen in to this podcast based on Chapter One of Peter Haas’ book, “Broken Escalators.” We are meeting at the Avenue Worship Center of East Coast Christian Center every Thursday from 9:30 to 11 am now through April 18, 2019. We would LOVE for you to come too!❤️