Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Bible Messages by Mark Worden

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Psalm 18 – Waves of adversity and God’s deliverance

Have you ever been caught in the waves of life’s adversities?
In Psalm 18 David expresses his Love for God and profound appreciation for God’s deliverance from oppressive and life threatening enemies that assaulted him like powerful waves.  He uses a number of picturesque analogies in describing his relationship with God.  He says, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (vs.2).   He then exclaims, “I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies” (vs.3).

In your waves of adversity, are you calling upon the LORD?

In your trials of life, do you recognize God as worthy of praise?

If you have called upon God and offered praise in the darkest moments of your life, no doubt you have a testimony of God’s deliverance to share! Will you share it in a way that reflects God’s gifting in your life?  Not everyone is a poet like David who sets his verse to music.  Maybe you can share your story in a small group, paint or draw a picture, or write in a card or blog post a testimony of praise to God that will encourage others.  How will you share a testimony of God’s help in you life?

Last week I was asked to minister at a memorial service and found myself way to emotional to be of much help.  I called on God for help, praised Him in my heart, and felt the strengthening grace of God fill me to minister in ways beyond my own ability.  God is my Rock when I am weak!  He is worthy to be praised!
During my trip to help my friend, I had the opportunity to view and walk along the Oregon beach.  I picked up a small stone, shell, and piece of driftwood for each of my three oldest grandchildren.  These treasures were more beautiful because they had been buffeted by the waves.  Are not our lives more lovely when we receive the grace of God during the polishing waves of life’s adversities?

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Doing God’s work on earth . . .

I was reminded twice this past week that there is really no difference between the sacred and the secular.

IMG_9109First, as a handyman, I was called into a home to deal with a mold problem. Somewhere in my conversation with the home owner I mentioned that the Bible gives detailed instruction on how to deal with mold (leprous disease) in a home (see Leviticus 14:33-57).   Knowing that I previously pastored a church in our community, she said to me, “Then you are still doing God’s work.”   I smiled and said, “Yes!”   She then commented that I probably was able to help just as many or even more people as a Christian handyman than a pastor.   I find this true.  While I am not in the pulpit much anymore, I am able to help people with their physical needs that often leads to helping them spiritually by giving Bible counsel and praying together.  If we are to do as common a thing as eat for the glory of God,  then we certainly can do our work for the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).

Second,  I finished reading The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer. The last chapter, The Sacrament of Living, begins with this statement:
One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular.
The whole chapter was a rebuke and help. I highly recommend that you read this Christian classic.