Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Lord will Provide

Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”- Genesis 22:13-14

In the midst of troubling times, The Lord will always provide for every situation and dilemma that arises around us. In the book of Genesis, Abraham is asked to offer up his only son Isaac to God as a test of his obedience. Abraham doesn't question God's plan and begins making the preparations. After his son is tied to the altar and Abraham's knife is in his hand ready to plunge it into the heart of his son, God stops him and reveals a ram that had become stuck in the thickets just out of view. Abraham then calls the place of the altar, Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide. We see God being referred this way in one of the most well known psalms, Psalms 23- The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul, He leads me in the path of righteousness for his names sake. Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely, your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. When we see God as our ultimate provider, we can rest assured knowing that he will never leave us without. He will never leave us with almost enough, and he will never give us something we don't need. It is encouraging to know that when God calls us to go somewhere or do something, He will put things in place ahead of time so that when we get there, we have all we need. People that have been placed in a spot waiting patiently for you and I to get to where God has for us. Provisions of things we didn't even know we needed until the moment arrives where the things we thought we needed fade away. It is usually these things that we realize were what we needed all along. Many of us are afraid to move forward with God because we have not been able to trust him with the details. It is time to believe that if God is calling you, he is also equipping you to go and do what he desires. Let us have obedience as Abraham did and go even when the provisions are not all in hand. 


Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission From God 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Okay, Here I Go

"Jesus created us to be untamed, to be wild, to be undomesticated for the cause of the King and His Kingdom, but we get into the cage of religion and we start to assume this certain persona. We become safe, nice and domesticated.” And then I heard Jesus tell me, "I did not give my life and rise again from the dead just so that you can live a nice, little, safe, comfortable, complacent, ordinary life. I called you to live a faith adventure. Your latter days can be greater than your former days, and the best is yet to come!" Jesus Christ is calling me and YOU onward to a faith-filled adventure!"- Christine Caine, 30 days to greater faith.

Well, it is a new year once again.The old year is behind us and the new year is upon. We have made our resolutions and we might actually keep one of them at least until March. But then what? Come February, the gyms become empty, the cigarettes fly of the shelf and that promise to God becomes just a passing memory full of regrets and maybe somedays. With the start of a new season, how do we truly commit to our desire to grow deeper in God? We have to start by stepping outside of our selves and look to God as our only anchor. The problem with "new year resolutions" is we are usually not willing to step out of our comfort zone because it is usually scary. I have spent the majority of my life in the shadows. I have always been "one of the crew", and it becomes very easy to just get comfortable holding up other people. But at some point, I know that I needed to go on a God adventure without my family around me in order to truly grow into the person that God has planned for me. Don't get me wrong, my family is awesome. Even though God has blessed me with a great family, this year I will try to push out of safety and walk into whatever God has for me. Wherever He leads me and whatever he instructs. I hope as you go into this year, you evaluate your walk with the Lord and ask him what areas of you life that need stretching and growing. I hope you journey with me as I pursue God's calling on my life. 

Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Elohim- God and His Ever-growing Family

Throughout all of Scripture, God is called by many names. Some are used for a specific time, while others are more widespread and used more commonly. From the very beginning, we get the very first name of God, Elohim. We see this in Genesis 1:1- In the beginning,{Elohim} created the Heavens and the Earth. This name for God is the most common and is used over 2500 times in the Old Testament according to gotquestions.org. Here is how gotquestions.org defines this- "The basic meaning behind the name Elohim is one of strength or power of effect. Elohim is the infinite, all-powerful God who shows by his works that he is the creator, sustainer, and supreme judge of the world. 'Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure--you, the righteous [Elohim] who probes minds and hearts' (Psalm 7:9)" 

I love that right from the start, God lays out his divine power and authority. Even before the creation of the world, God is in control and able to do great and powerful things.  

All the way through the old and new testament, Elohim describes God as one family, one kingdom, one God. According to bibletools.org, with every person who is saved, they become one with God's family, therefore Elohim is constantly expanding, continually growing. We go from being lost and orphaned to become found and Children of God. I think that is pretty cool.

Adam Semple- A You

Saturday, October 7, 2017

This Verse Really Speaks to Me.

Ever hear someone talk about their "life verse?" You know, the verse that they can quote at the drop of a hat and aren't afraid to tell you how it applies to their life? There are a couple verses that I feel are like this for me, but one tends to stand our above the rest. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if you were working for the Lord, not for man"- Colossians 3:23. If any of you know me personally, you know I strive to follow this verse. I feel blessed that in my life, I have tried to always be a good, hard worker. I strive to be dependable and keep a good work ethic. But can I be honest for a minute? Keeping a positive outlook when I am in a job that I don't enjoy anymore. It's one thing to be excited to go to work when you are in your dream job and everyone of your coworkers like having you around and the world is fine and dandy. But what if it's not? What if you are just in a job that brings zero satisfaction and you work with people who barely tolerate you? How could you possibly continue to work as for the Lord when you've got complaining customers in one ear and a pool of coworkers who don't want to be there either? Not going to lie, some days are harder than others. What gets me through the day is remembering this verse. I make it my goal to still work my hardest no matter the circumstance. I realize that for whatever reason, God has put me where I am for a reason. He gave me this job, and when he is ready for me to move on, he will open the doors that carry me to the next place. No matter how bad the job may be, God has a purpose for you to be there. Whether it is a bagger at the local grocery store or the CEO of a major company, our job is our mission field and we are precisely placed to reach a specific people group. Perhaps that coworker is always cold to you is the very person God wants you to share his son with. Maybe your boss needs to see how you work and respond to situations to know what it means to be a good worker. We might never know the impact we have by being where we are, but when we are obedient and giving it our all every day, God will show you glimpses, some big and some small, of why he put you here. So I have to ask. What is a verse that God has places on your heart that could be the copy you need to push through everyday? Because, let's be honest with ourselves for a moment. Even when we are in the perfect job, there will still be hard days and frustrating customers, but despite these circumstances, God wants us to continue to be his light and a beacon of good in a world that doesn't see that all to often.

Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission from God, working for God as best as I can

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Just Enough "Test" for a "Testimony"

"I could never get very far on America's Got Talent because my backstory is not sad enough"- Jamie Semple, age 12

Perhaps you have watched a TV show with singers and artist and people with talent. Before each performance, there is a quick 2-3 minute video of the person's life explaining how "I was at a low place, but then I found 'fill in the blank' and now life is all good," At some point, the music will crescendo with a sad, melodic tune and the people will usually begin crying as they tell of this thing that happened to them. Almost as if their talent alone will not get them far enough, they hope the sob story will get people to vote for them week after week. Sadly, we as Christians, myself included, believe this same thought. "Clearly, because my parents are still together, I never went through a rebellious stage and I have never been addicted to any drug, my story is just a story nobody wants to hear." Because of this, less than 2% of Christians have ever shared their faith with someone else. How sad is that? You had a good life, so no one is allowed to know that? It took me several years to realize that the good life I had was the testimony in itself. I could have been a common adolescent who was drinking and smoking by the age of 16, But God.... I could have been born into a dysfunctional family, spending one night with mom and one night with day, But God..... Do you see where I am going with this? Now I am not saying that my life has been perfect in any way. Its had its ups and downs, but God has proved himself faithful through it all. From losing a brother to having to leave a house we grew up in was hard, naturally, but that didn't keep us out of God's hand and in his plan. In fact, it is because of the tests and the pain that I am the person I am today. For some people, God gets to them by giving them a hard past. For others, He shows himself in other ways, like keeping a family together through Thick and Thin. Valley and Mountaintop. Sorrow and Joy. It might be hard to comprehend, but your good life could be the very thing that someone else needs in their own life. They might not need a story of redemption, but a story full of God's grace and mercy throughout you life. Don't devalue the life you have lived just because it is not as colorful as your neighbors. We were all designed to walk our own path. God doesn't want us to focus on the path of another, but to stay the course on our own path set from the beginning of creation. God knew what he was doing when he placed you in your life. Walk in it, and be ready to share it when the time comes.

Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission From God

*photo credit- pinterest.com 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Got Milk?

You have probably seen it a time or two in movies. Every morning, the man in the white attire will come in his truck, drop off a gallon or small case and head on to the next house. I am referring to, of course, old fashioned milk delivery. With more and more grocery stores popping up all over the place selling more and more brands of milk, home delivery has become a thing of the past, unless you live in Southern California where it does still happen in remote areas, (or so I have read anyway). Though not as popular as plastic bottles, some companies are still using glass bottles to send there product. Working at a grocery store in the dairy department, I have noticed some things about these bottles. Usually, we will get a small shipment to come in once a week, maybe 30 bottles at a time. These bottles tend to run a little higher in price because of their container, and for this reason, people are more likely to grab the bigger container mainly because they are cheaper. 9 times out of 10, these bottles end up being marked down and scanned out because we have gone another week where it seems not a single bottle moved from the shelf. Being in the backroom of the department, I know something not a lot of people realize when it comes to buying milk. You can bring these bottles back and get some money for the container, a deposit that is included in the selling cost. So even though, you may pay $4 for a quart of milk, if you return the bottle, you can get almost half of that back. You may be wondering, "What does glass milk have to do with anything?" Let me explain. I can't help but think about Christ when thinking of these jars of cow product bottled for our enjoyment. Wait, what? How does milk and Jesus come into the same thought process? Well, back in the old days of Bible time, the name of Jesus was shared by the apostles to anyone who would hear and even to those who would not. But, just like glass milk, over time it became so commonplace that people stopped going door to door to delivery the good news because you could go to any church in any part of the country and "get Jesus". Unfortunately, not everyone comes to the store every week to get what they need, so the glass bottles of milk just stay on the shelf. When people come into the store know as church, they come in contact with the greatest tasting milk they have ever had. This is something else I have noticed about milk. The ones that come in glass taste way better those that come in plastic. If people took the time and payed a little more for their milk, they would not go back to plastic, because they have tasted the best and don't care for the rest. They don't consider that the higher cost, coming to church, accepting Christ, and living the Christian life, are worth it in the end because when they go for higher quality, the cost doesn't matter. When we accept Christ into our hearts, he makes a deposit in our hearts, almost like a seal of approval. Once Christ becomes Lord of our life, our name is deposited into the Lamb's book of Life. Then, when our life is over, we will be returned to the Father in heaven to live with him in eternity forever. One thing about the deposit, though, is the fact that if you don't bring back the empty bottle, it serves you no good. Only when you bring it back can you get refilled and continue drinking the Living water of God. Salvation is not a one time purchase that guarantees acceptance into Heaven, but it is a constant outpouring of God's grace and refilling of his mercy and love. It's time to get back to real and never go back to fake. I need more of stuff that may cost more now, because in the end it will all be worth it.

Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission From God  

*photo credit- thepittpulse.org 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hot, Hot,Getting Hotter. Now your Freezing

What is the internal temperature of a tauntaun? Lukewarm.

I know, this is a really cheesy joke,(A star wars reference in case you missed it.), but what is the point of telling a joke if it is not a little cheesy. Unfortunately, this joke represents the lives of too many Christians. Lukewarm. We like to live in the middle of the road when it comes to our faith. We say we are Christians to our church friends, yet we don't act like it around our other friends. You know what I am talking about. On Sunday morning, we lift our hands and say Amen! at the right moments, but then Monday comes around and we forgo everything God in order to impress/fit in with our unchurched friends. Jesus warns us against this in the gospels. "Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’- Matthew 7:20-23


Back in Bible days, during the days of Samuel the prophet, the Philistines attacked Israel and took as a prize the Ark of the Covenant. After much suffering and torment brought down on them by God, they decided to send the ark back to Israel. So they prepared a new cart with cows that had never been yoked, attached the ark to the cart with a guilt offering and sent it on its way. Once they crossed the border from the Philistine territory into Israel, the town they came to was call Beth-Shemesh. Upon arrival, the Levites offered the cows as an offering to God and the Philistines went home. But, God was unhappy with some of the people because of the way the Ark was handled, so the people call on their friends in the city of Kiriath-Jearim to come take the ark off their hands. This city is was about the halfway point to Jerusalem. For 20 years, the ark stayed right here. Not quite in God's temple, but enough out of enemy territory. I feel like a lot of us Christians like to live in this halfway point. We are closer to God in some ways, but in other things, we can still see the surrounding territories. We can have one foot in God's temple, and one foot on the border, and yet we don't see the wrong we are doing. God doesn't want us half in/half out. He wants children who are all in no matter what. Men and women who stay with both feet in the throne room, praising him and giving him all the glory.


"So then since you are lukewarm, neither hot or cold, I will spue thee out of my mouth"- Revelation 3:16.


I don't want to be spued from the mouth of the Father because I could not fully commit to being God's child. I want to get to Heaven with absolute certainty that I did all that I could do to draw closer to God with every area of my life. That in times when I may have strayed, I always came back with true repentance and asking for complete forgiveness. I know I am a sinner, but I also know what Jesus gave for me, and I can't live halfway when Jesus didn't stop at halfway, but went all in for m and you.


Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission From God


*photo credit- arcaneproperties.com