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Chapter 4 Haters Gonna Hate

Do you know Nicodemus? I love this guy! I know. I know. I say that about everybody. Nicodemus gives me hope. When I see modern day Pharisees hating on people and judging them, instead of reaching out with the love of Jesus, I remember good ole Saint Nick. If the Lord can change his stony religious heart, he can change anybody’s!

The Bible doesn’t give us lots of detailed information about Nicodemus, or most anyone, for that matter. But let’s take what we do know, and try to fill in some blanks. Let’s put ourselves in Nicodemus’ position as a religious leader 2000 years ago, imagine what he must have gone through, and what caused his story to be recorded in the Bible. Though I don’t know for sure, imagine with me….

Nicodemus was a good little Hebrew boy. He grew up learning everything he was taught, following all the rules. He memorized huge portions of the Torah. Made his family so proud. There were over 613 rules to keep each and every day, and Nicodemus did everything he could to make sure to follow every one. When he had a family of his own, he made sure he and his family kept all those rules too. He had followed the rules for so long, he didn’t even hope there was anything more. He didn’t feel God’s presence in His life, but he didn’t expect to. That’s just the way it was. The way the teachers taught it. The way God ordered it… he thought.

Nicodemus rose in the ranks of the temple; it made his family beam with pride the day he was…

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Samson – The Original Fabio

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Samson – the Original Fabio

The original Fabio… his name was Samson.
He had really long hair. And he was crazy strong.
You’re probably like, so why should I care?
Give me a second… you will. You’ll be as strong as Samson!
God told Samson not to cut his hair. But why?
Because he was set apart for God. Huh?
You see, Samson’s hair was a symbol of his complete surrender to the Lord.
Did you hear that? COMPLETE SURRENDER. COMPLETE DEDICATION.
When his hair was long – 100% dedicated, Samson had super-human strength.
He was like Super-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the Terminator all wrapped up in one.
That’s what happens to us when we are Completely Dedicated to the Lord.
We have super-human strength. The Bible says we can do ALL THINGS.
But then Delilah came along.
And Samson couldn’t think straight.
That’s what happens when we allow anything to become bigger than God.
Delilah became more important to Samson than obeying God.
At first Samson’s resolve got weak. Then… you can read all the sad, terrible,
scary details in Judges chapter 16… how Delilah got the secret of his strength out of him.
It was his hair!!! Of course!!!
It is our COMPLETE SURRENDER!!! Our COMPLETE DEDICATION to God!! Of course!!!
Cut that off, and we’ll be weak as water.
And that’s just what happened to Samson.
Delilah – beautiful, voluptuous, seductive, greedy Delilah – tricked Samson.
She had Samson’s enemies cut his hair while he was sleeping!
Samson woke up as weak as water.
They gouged out his eyes and chained him to the gristmill like a donkey.
He was too weak to do a thing about it.
Don’t you know Samson was so ashamed of himself?
How could he have let this happen?
But over time, Samson’s hair began to grow. Every day Samson grew a little stronger.
His enemies didn’t even notice.
This time Samson was not only stronger, he was wiser.
And he was determined.
Samson returned to full strength, plus some, and he won an amazing victory.
So, what’s the lesson for you and me?
No matter what mistakes we’ve made.
No matter how far we’ve strayed.
Even if we feel weak as water.
Let’s get back to COMPLETE SURRENDER.
COMPLETE OBEDIENCE.
To COMPLETE DEDICATION to following God.
Our strength will return. Along with our determination to never be tricked again.
Grow your hair long!
And be Fully, Completely Dedicated to Him!
He will give us strength to win amazing victories!

 

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Remember Me

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Chapter 3 Remember Me

There’s only one story like this. This guy was rescued by the skin of his teeth. Way past the eleventh hour. Only one, so we don’t presume upon God’s goodness.  But one, to give us hope.  Again, as in all the stories, let’s put ourselves right smack dab in the middle of the story. Even this one, as awful and gruesome as it is. And then Jesus’ words will be all the sweeter. Proverb 25:11 says, “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances. “ (NASB) No doubt, the words that fall from Jesus’ lips are like that. A thing of beauty. To be treasured.

“You are the most excellent of men and your lips
have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.” (Ps. 45:2)

That describes our Lord Jesus… especially in this story, as you will see.

The character in this story is a rough character. We’ll call him Hank. Hank didn’t listen to his parents when they warned him to stay away from alcohol. He didn’t listen when they told him the guys he was running with would get him into trouble one day. They prayed for him for years, asking the Lord to remember him and turn him around. Hank thought he knew better than his parents. One little lie turned into lots of little lies, which turned into big lies. One little crime turned into bigger and bigger crimes… every day. Hank thought he had it all under control, until slowly, subtly, the darkness took him over. His heart became darker and harder. In his mind, people began to exist for his own use, and abuse. Their belongings were his for the taking. One day Hank got caught by the authorities, but they let him go with just a slap on the wrist. He laughed it off. “I can do whatever I want… nobody can stop me!” Hank refused to work, so he resorted to stealing as a means of survival. He would do anything to get what he wanted. Hank began to carry a knife, and threaten people if they refused his demands. He thought he was controlling his life, but the darkness was controlling him. Hank said he could stop, but he couldn’t. He was captive under a power he could not overcome. Hank’s corrupt lifestyle grew worse and worse until one day, Hank and his partner, Hal, went out on a usual night of crime. But they did something Hank never imagined they would ever do. Something awful. Someone got hurt. Bad. The hatred inside Hank had taken over and they had done the unthinkable. The two of them were being hunted down. Hank was beside himself with fear. He couldn’t sleep. He couldn’t eat. There was no place safe. Nowhere to run. No one to trust. They both knew it was just a matter of time before they were caught.

The day came when Hank and Hal were surrounded. Like animals. They had threatened others. Now they knew what it was like to feel threatened. They were arrested, charged, tried, and found guilty. Their punishment was determined… crucifixion. They were filled with rage. They had….. (continue by selecting a Free download below.)

 

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Hip Hop Hope and LeCrae

Reaching Youth with Hip Hop Hope

Check out the music and the message!  Paul said “I have become all things to all people, that I might win some to Christ.”  If Paul was on earth today, I’m sure he’d be all over Hip Hop to reach the youth who are so far from God.  Thank You Lord for leading these to use their rapping skills to reach those You love, right here in Brookshire and all over the world!

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