Sept. 11 - Oct. 23, 2022
October 23, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • 2 Timothy 1
In life, sometimes fear can paralyze us. Think of a time you were given a thumbs up – your turn to go – and fear simply immobilized you from the next step. Fear comes in many different ways. There is fear of being rejected, not fitting it or being accepted. There is fear of being hurt, not measuring up, or being mocked. To be sure, there is one fear that is not bad. The Bible says: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom (Psalm 111:10a), because there are times the Lord keeps us from certain things. Yet, the Lord does not want us to live in fear of fear. We are to live in wisdom, faith and love. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). God wants you, His child, to take a step of faith into the adventure, the purpose and call He has for you.
Navigating Past a Shipwrecked Life
October 16, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • 1 Timothy 1, Jonah 1
Many shipwrecks that have happened throughout history are because captains and even crewmen ignored the warnings. We think of the Titanic going down on April 14, 1912 hitting an iceberg in the north Atlantic; there was a time in Scripture when the apostle Paul (as a prisoner) was being transported to Rome to stand trial. He spoke to the officers of the ship: “Men,” he said, “I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on—shipwreck, loss of cargo, and danger to our lives as well” (Acts 27:10). But Paul’s words were ignored, and the ship did, in fact, finally wreck on the island of Malta (Acts 28:1). Rewind further in the Bible, and we read the account of Jonah attempting to run away from the Lord, and the near-disaster brought upon the ship he was on – headed for Tarshish instead of Nineveh, where God asked him to go.
When God-Pleasers Walk the Earth
October 9, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • 1 Thessalonians 2
Think about the different creatures that have walked planet earth – dinosaurs, Behemoth (Job 40:15-24), Leviathan (Job 41:1,31). The Bible speaks of some of these creatures. Perhaps there are sea creatures living in the great depths of the ocean that the human eye has yet to see. Think about remarkable human beings who have walked the earth. We read about when giant Nephilim lived on earth (Genesis 6:4) and men of supernatural strength like Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth—“Since he was the greatest hunter in the world, his name became proverbial (see Genesis 10:8-12). What about ordinary men, like Noah, who walked the earth? In his natural ordinary life, God asked him to build an ark, something no one had ever seen. Rain had not been seen yet. Yet, Noah was faithful and the Bible speaks of Noah favorably because he obeyed the Lord (Genesis 6:8-9). God-pleasers are all through the Scriptures.
Experiencing God in the Extremes
October 2, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • Galatians 3
How can we grow into our extremes as individuals, as leaders (and yes, we are all leaders)—Where do you see yourself? The essence of great leadership is choosing what not to do. If you are a follower of Christ, you are called to be on mission. Is the over-arching goal of each day (your focus and devotion, where you choose to spend your energies) on your Lord and Savior? The greatest enemy of success is not a lack of opportunities but a lack of focus. We often miss the supernatural work of God around us because we are not looking for God or listening for His voice. Not listening is a good indication that we do not expect the Lord to move. We say we want the Holy Spirit to move, but perhaps, if we are honest, we really don’t want the Holy Spirit to move because if He does, He may move us into the unknown; and we are scared. We would rather simply live the ‘known’ routine. It’s a paradox.
Three Thieves of Joy
September 25, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • Genesis 1, Ephesians 1
Paul was chosen by the will of God to be an apostle (Ephesians 1:1). For Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) a personal experience with the Risen Christ made all the difference. Paul’s living into the Lord’s direction was not merely a ‘good idea’ but a mandate, an appointment that came straight from the portals of heaven. It was a supernatural work of God that transformed this former persecutor of the church into a Holy Spirit-filled apostle of Christ. Paul said, “God gave me the special responsibility of extending God’s grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me...”
When we Miss God Entirely
September 18, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • Galatians 3
When it comes to spiritual matters, the Bible promotes a strong work ethic. For example, the apostle Paul was a tent maker and provided for himself (and others) while also doing ministry, preaching and evangelizing. He said, “We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you... we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: ‘Those unwilling to work will not get to eat’” (2 Thessalonians 3:8-10). To Titus, Paul says: “encourage the young men to live wisely... and be an example to them by doing good works of every kind” (Titus 2:6-7a). A strong foundation of faith in Christ will produce hard work.
A Memory of Eden
September 11, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • 2 Corinthians 12
Not many of us would boast about our weaknesses, shortcomings, or mistakes and failures. Yet, this is the very thing the apostle Paul learned to do. Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) in his younger years, persecuted Christians. In his own words, he violently opposed anyone who followed the way (Acts 26:9-11). But one day, on his way to persecute believers in Damascus, the risen Christ intervened and confronted Paul: “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:3-4). Blinded by the glorious light of God’s Son, Paul was led by the hand into the city and sat in darkness three days before a man named Ananias was sent by God to pray for Paul, and something like scales fell from his eyes. Paul became a new man. No longer was this former Pharisee a violent enemy of the church, he became a most effective proclaimer of Truth.