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I was given the opportunity to preach at my home church at the end of October.

In this brief sermon I unpack one way to bring Glory to the Lord in your daily life.

Give it a listen and let me know how it impacts you.

Here's the link:

http://pascackbible.org/cpt_sermons/going-for-the-glory/

Ben NelsonThanks a bunch!

Ben

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Sunday, I preached a sermon on the Great Commission (which should be available on line soonish) and I took time to explain that the emphasis of this commission - this command - was not the GO but rather the MAKE DISCIPLES. I explained how the GO was more of an AS YOU GO - taking away all excuses for any of us who might like to opt out of GOing.

Having spent a bunch of years involved in leadership in Christian circles, I notice an interesting phenomenon in the church culture. Once we start GOing, it’s really hard to stop going, or change direction.

We get in our hearts this idea that it’s better to be going than to do nothing, so all motion is good motion.

If someone in the body has a vision for something - we tell them to run with it.

Not so much with Jesus.

It struck me when I looked at the time He sent the disciples out in Matthew 10 to preach and heal, the very first words of His commissioning were DO NOT GO. (Well - in the Original language it’s more like “into the way of the gentiles DO NOT GO") - check it out:

These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” - Matthew 10:5-6 NASB

Reminds me of this moment in Paul’s life:

They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; - Acts 16:6 NASB

Again - for a reason known to the Holy Lord, and not shared with us - Paul was forbidden to preach in Asia. WOW.

Oh how we need to be plugged in to the voice of God for today. [Tweet This]

Sure we can point back that the Great Commission and say Jesus said GO so all going is good. But Paul was tuned in and heard the Lord say NO.

Rather than planning our GOING on a map based on demographics or need analysis, Perhaps we ought to plan our GOING on the voice of the Lord to the hearts of men and women who have dedicated themselves to prayer and the Word.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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 And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. ~ Matthew 10:7-8 NASB

I am back in these red letters one more time.

Here’s the thing – as you go – preach the kingdom of heaven and demonstrate the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus does not say debate the kingdom of God!

Preach it.

Demonstrate it.

Oh – and don’t be stingy with it. [Tweet This]

Freely you have received, freely give.

As my mentor used to tell me all the time:

Don’t debate, demonstrate.

Ben NelsonBe light today.

Ben

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