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  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM Cross The Bridge with David McGee Altar Call with Billy Buchanan Posted in Uncategorized on May 6th, 2009 by David McGee Had a great time with Billy Buchanan and his group. They really did an excellent job leading worship. Here’s a video from the altar call this past Sunday. Tags: Altar Call, Billy Buchanan, Calvary Chapel of the Triad; Calvary Chapel; love; Jesus; salvation Leave A Comment » Got Joy? Posted in Uncategorized on May 4th, 2009 by David McGee Romans 12:11 “not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;” NKJV Page 1 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM Life Lesson: We should be passionate about our spiritual lives. I have spoken in the past about being a spiritual ‘Eeyore’ verses being a spiritual ‘Tigger.’ Eeyore, from the old Winnie the Pooh children’s novels, is an old gray donkey who mopes about saying such bright and cheery things as, “We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it,” and “When someone says ‘How-do-you-do,’ just say you didn’t.” Tigger, on the other hand, is a spring-tailed ball of enthusiasm that is always bouncing about and throwing himself into life with gusto. There are Christians that go about their lives as spiritual Eeyores. Don’t do that! These folks mope about with all the enthusiasm of a concrete block serving their risen King as if to seem spiritually burdened, but they really come across as spiritually lacking. Now, now, Pastor David…you’re just getting off on a tangent. If you are truly spiritual, you will be suffering…after all, we are called to take on the attitude of Christ in 1 Peter 4, right? Well, yes, that is correct, but let me ask you…What do you think is the attitude of Christ? Jude 24 “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,” NKJV John 15:11-12 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” NKJV Friend, if you think your spiritual mope will make others want to come to eternal life in Christ, you are sadly mistaken. People want to be happy and seek joyful fulfillment in their lives. If they observe you, Christian, flogging yourself with pity, they will not want what you have. Jesus in His earthly ministry attracted crowds. There was something about Him that they wanted…the joy of living completely and totally for God. Got joy? Dear Father, Thank You for Your gift of eternal life. Lord, please forgive me for the times I mope around meaninglessly. I know it is not being a good witness to the lives of others. Give me the power to stand joyfully in the Spirit expectantly grasping all life in Christ has to offer. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Living to tell what He died to say, Pastor David McGee Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel of the Triad Tags: calvary chapel of the triad, cross the bridge, David McGee, Devotion, eeyore, Jesus, romans, tigger Leave A Comment » Romans 12 Question Posted in Thoughts on May 3rd, 2009 by David McGee Page 2 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM I posed a question this morning … what if the Church did the things and lived the things we see in Romans 12? What if we did these things in our homes? Read Romans 12 … take a few moments and read the whole chapter. Without a doubt this world would be a differrent place. Christian bookstores wouldn’t need to have “self help” sections. Hunger would not be an issue in the world and news stations that bank on bad news would be out of business. Divorce in Christian homes would be unheard of. Everyone in the world would be reached with the gospel message and I believe hearts that have been hardened by pompous, self serving Christians would be softened to receive. What do you think? How do you think the church, the world and your own home would be changed living by the words we see in Romans 12? Tags: church, divorce, home, Love, romans, serving 3 Comments » You Don’t Want This Harvest Posted in devotional on May 1st, 2009 by David McGee 2 Kings 24:1-2 “In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. And the LORD sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD which He had spoken by His servants the prophets.” NKJV Life Lesson: Be very careful with your rebellion or anyone else’s. I’ve heard many people refer to Jesus as a rebel. He was anything but a rebel. He was radical - but never a rebel. Had Jesus been rebellious, He would have been sinful. Jesus humbled and submitted Himself to God, to men, and to government. Romans 13:1-2 “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” NKJV The Bible informs us that God Himself places all authority and we should submit to authority. In 2 Kings, we see the fulfillment of seeds that were planted years before. God does not honor rebellion. He honors obedience. Each one of us has rebellion in our hearts. We have a choice. We can honor God with our obedience or allow rebellion to rule our lives. Either way we reap a harvest. Page 3 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” NKJV The harvest we reap not only affects us, but also affects our families, friends, employers and more. If we reap a harvest of blessings from God, those around us get to enjoy blessings. If we reap a harvest of bad consequences, those around us suffer along with us. Examine what is going on in your life, in your family, in your employment. Look at the faces of your family and friends and consider the question - Have you or are you sowing good seeds? Dear Father, Thank You for Your Son Jesus. Because of His submission before You, I have the gift of eternal life. Just as Jesus submitted Himself to You, I also submit myself to You. Help me to sow seeds of the Spirit rather than seeds of the flesh. Lord, let no rebellion rule in my heart and empower me to be a blessing to those I love. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Living to tell what He died to say, Pastor David McGee Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel of the Triad Tags: Attitude, Calvary Chapel, Choices, David McGee, Devotion, Heart, Rebellion Leave A Comment » Probably Not Your Life Verse Posted in Humorous on April 30th, 2009 by David McGee Tim Hawkins has been blessed with a great gift of humor. Hope you enjoy this clip. Yes, that verse is in the Bible! Page 4 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM Tags: Humor, Life Verse, Tim Hawkins Leave A Comment » Role Posted in Uncategorized on April 26th, 2009 by David McGee Romans 12:4-6a “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:” NKJV Life Lesson: We all play a different part in the Body of Christ. On occasion, it is essential for me to communicate in “Christianese” to make a point and this is one of those times. When I say “Body of Christ,” that is Christianese for “the church.” I am not talking about the building, but the assembly of individuals in the building and in an even wider sense, all Christians in the world. Just as a nose is a specialized ingredient to the whole being, so is each person uniquely gifted to fill a certain role in this “body.” When all the parts of your own body are doing their job well, we say your body is “healthy.” Likewise, when each individual is using his/her gifts to the benefit of the whole body, the church is healthy. Discord within the body is detrimental. Let me explain. Do you realize that every time you eat a meal, you hold a potentially deadly weapon in your hand? What if you were eating a meal and your hand staged a coup against the brain? Well, obviously your hand is not suited to manage all the processes of your body like the brain is, so your body would die. In that case, it would be better to remove your hand – as it has become cancerous to the rest of the body. In this manner, God, in His divine wisdom, established an order within the church that enables each one of us to minister our gifts in the manner best suited for us and for the body. If you operate outside of your gifts, you are going to be frustrated. If you do not use your gifts at all, it will not only be frustrating, but you will also be in sin. James 4:17 “Remember, It is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” NLT When everyone uses their talents and gifts to serve one another, it is a beautiful thing. The body functions the way it should and the gospel message of Jesus Christ goes forth. I am thankful for everyone who so generously gives of their time and their finances here at Calvary Chapel of the Triad. We have been extremely effective in reaching the world, and I look forward to engaging even more people as effective parts of this body. Dear Father, Page 5 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM Thank You for blessing me with Your Word. I want whatever You want to do in my life. I desire to use the talents and gifts You have given me for the purpose of edifying others and building up the church. Lord, I want to put off the fear of man, insecurities or whatever else would keep me from obeying and serving You. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Living to tell what He died to say, Pastor David McGee Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel of the Triad Tags: body, Calvary Chapel of the Triad; Calvary Chapel; love; Jesus; salvation, Christ, church, serve Leave A Comment » Get Doing Posted in Uncategorized on April 24th, 2009 by David McGee 2 Kings 23:3-4 “Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to follow the LORD and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant. And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, the priests of the second order, and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of the LORD all the articles that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.” NKJV Life Lesson: We need to be acting on the Word of God. I’ve met many Christians who know the Bible inside and out. They can quote scripture after scripture, word for word with verse references and even comment on the meaning. I’ve met fewer who actually do the Bible. This astounds me. What if a 16 year old kid memorizes the driver’s exam study book and aces the exam, but then goes out and runs every stop light he comes across? He’s going to get hurt and will probably hurt someone else in the process. The same is true with the Word of God. Think of the Christians on street corners with sandwich boards and megaphones hardening the hearts of everyone around them. They have the “head knowledge” but they have not made the “heart application.” To the other extreme are Christians who use church as a social club. They nod their heads and “amen” the pastor, but their day to day life speaks nothing of following Jesus. Solid biblical teaching assigns the hearer the responsibility to act on what Page 6 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM they learn. Someone who goes to Med School but begs on the street is not really a doctor. They may carry the title, but they don’t do the work. So, where do you fall in this? Are you a Bible doer or just a Bible hearer? Dear Father, Thank You for loving me. Please forgive me for times when I have failed to live by Your Word. I thank You for giving me Your Bible. Help me to make doing what You tell me the priority in my life. Help me to love You and to love others. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Living to tell what He died to say, Pastor David McGee Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel of the Triad Tags: action, Calvary Chapel of the Triad; Calvary Chapel; love; Jesus; salvation, doing Leave A Comment » Devoted Life Posted in Uncategorized on April 19th, 2009 by David McGee Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” NKJV Life Lesson: Jesus died for us so we should live for Him. In this verse above, Apostle Paul pleas with us to be fully devoted to God in our lives because He gave Himself fully for us. Jesus died for us; therefore, we should live for Him. You know that…right? Are you doing it? Wisdom is knowledge put to work. To know the Bible is to do the Bible. Worship, service and sacrifice are things all Christians should be engaged in. The word for reasonable, in this verse, is the Greek word logikos, which means logical. It is logical that since Jesus gave His life for us, we should be willing to devote our lives to Him. That word service? It is latreia in Greek or avodah in Hebrew, which means service in the temple. To sum it up, service is worship. Worship is not just the music before the teaching at church. Worship is a way of life. Worship is a pattern of living. It is serving and giving. It is being a steward of the things God has given you and leveraging them to produce good things for the kingdom of God. This is the work that Jesus wants to perform in you. He wants to change you from the inside out - if Page 7 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM you will let Him. This is Paul’s wish in the first couple of verses of Romans 12 and it is my prayer for you as well. Will you allow Jesus to transform you from the inside out? Dear Father, Thank You for loving me so much that You would send Your Son, Jesus to die for my sins. I give You my life. Please transform me from the inside out that I may have the mind of Christ to worship You with all that You have made me a steward of. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Living to tell what He died to say, Pastor David McGee Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel of the Triad Tags: Calvary Chapel of the Triad; Calvary Chapel; love; Jesus; salvation, logical, service, Worship Leave A Comment » Your Choice Posted in Uncategorized on April 17th, 2009 by David McGee 2 Kings 22:1-2 “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty- Page 8 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” NKJV Life Lesson: Christianity offers you the power to make a free choice. Josiah’s grandfather, Manasseh, and his father, Amon, were two of the worst kings of Judah. They killed prophets, sacrificed their children, and rebuilt places of idol worship – even placing them in the house of the Lord. Josiah chose to do differently. He chose to walk in the ways of the Lord. That is just it, friend. We get to choose. People will say that you are doomed to follow in the sins of your father. Josiah proves that is not the case. You may be predisposed to those sins, but you get to make the choice. Maybe you watched your father get drunk every day of his life - that does not mean you have to. Even when you choose not to walk in the sins of your mother or father, you will still have to deal with it just as Josiah did. You will have to make the decision of whether you follow or choose something better. 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” NKJV Maybe your father followed Jesus and lived his life for the Lord. If so, what an awesome privilege; those are great footsteps to follow. For others, their childhood was full of parental failures and disappointments. The trail blazed was bleak. Be encouraged. You may face the temptation my friend, but God has provided the means by which you can overcome and choose a better way. It would have been easier for Josiah to continue in the way that was paved by his father and grandfather; instead, he chose a better path. What path will you choose? Dear Father, Thank You for loving me even in my failures. Thank You for forgiving me. Help me to make wise decisions by looking to Your Word to receive Your counsel and instruction. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Living to tell what He died to say, Pastor David McGee Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel of the Triad Tags: calvary chapel of the triad, Choices, cross the bridge, David McGee, Devotion, God, hope, Love Leave A Comment » Merciful God Posted in Uncategorized on April 12th, 2009 by David McGee Romans 11:30-32 “For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.” NKJV Page 9 of 11
  • Cross The Bridge 5/6/09 9:04 PM Life Lessons: God is a merciful God. God offers all mankind His mercy. Who are we to put limits on His mercy? When we choose not to minister the gospel to another, we do just that. The definition of mercy is that you do not receive what you deserve. On this day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us remember that in no way did we deserve God’s merciful action. By no means did we merit for Jesus to suffer at the hands of the unrighteous…that He could bear the tremendous weight of our own sin on that cross. Through no power of our own, these events unfolded through the benevolent and merciful loving-kindness of a Father of which many want to push away. Let us commit ourselves this day to making sure that everyone hears God’s message of mercy to the broken. May all mankind hear the gospel and make their choice. This Resurrection Sunday we did not have a sunrise service. We had a Son-Has-Risen service. On the other side of that breaking dawn, let us brace ourselves to our God given duties and make sure that the whole world hears. Dear Father, Thank You for being my God of mercy. I believe that Jesus is alive and accept Him as Lord of my life. May I live only for You. Purify my heart with Your truth and guide me in the way of Your will for my life so that I may always do what is pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Living to tell what He died to say, Pastor David McGee Senior Pastor Calvary Chapel of the Triad Tags: Calvary Chapel of the Triad; Calvary Chapel; love; Jesus; salvation, cross the bridge, David McGee, Devotion, Easter, Gospel, Jesus, Love, Resurrection Leave A Comment » « Previous Entries Search May 2009 MTWT F S S 123 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 « Apr Page 10 of 11
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