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

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

No Hablo Espanol!!

Did you know that we all use to speak the same language. No, seriously, we all spoke the same tongue several thousand years ago. So here is what happened. Noah and his family have come off the ark, Noah becomes a vineyard keeper and his sons begin having kids and their kids have kids and so on. We are not told how long after the flood that this story takes place, but we do know the descendants of Noah did what God instructed by increasing and multiplying. So, a big family reunion of Noah's bloodline settle in a city in the East and everything is fine and dandy. In their heads, they must think they are doing something pretty good. So good in fact that they come up with this notion to build a great city. A city with a grand tower in the center that is tall enough to reach the heavens. Now, don't get the wrong idea here. This tower was not intended to bring them closer to God, but rather separate them from the rest of humanity. Now remember, there was no communication barrier between them. So, they start to build this tower and pretty soon, it catches the attention of God. He realizes that together, there is nothing these people cannot do. So in order to stop them, he gives them a new language so that no two people can understand each other. Because this is a time before Rosetta Stone, building comes to a halt as the people are forced to disperse across the face if the earth. Oddly enough, the name of the structure becomes known as the Tower of Babel,(whenever someone is babbling, it is usually hard to understand what they are saying). Now let's think about the meat of this story. Get passed the prideful section of the people and look at the unity that the had. God knew that when they came together as one, they were unstoppable. Imagine if as Christians, we all came together as one unstoppable body to fight back against the oppression of darkness. There would be nothing that we could not do. And thanks to the Holy Spirit, we have no excuse of language barrier to hold us back. Through God, we can hear and understand what our neighbor is trying to say and we can then all work together to make it happen. I want to live my life in a group of people that is unstoppable against the things of this world that aren't right. Who's with me.

Adam Semple-A Young Man on a Mission From God 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stuck In The Sand

"I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere."- Anakin Skywalker-"Attack of the Clones"

I, personally, am ok with sand. Sure, it's frustrating when it gets between your toes when you are trying to put your shoes on, or it feels like burning lava trying to get from dock to water. But, when you truly get to that place where the sand feels refreshing under your feet, there's not much that can compare to it. I realized something the other day when I was standing on the shore watching the tide come in. I was standing in the sand letting the waves wash over my feet. With each wave that came in, the sand beneath my feet would be pushed by the water and eventually, my feet were buried deep in the sand. At first, it felt like the waves were going to knock me over, but every time my feet got deeper buried in the sand, the waves seemed to have less of an effect on me. This is a beautiful picture of how we should be in the arms of the Father. When we first become saved, we might waver a little when the even the tiniest of storms come upon us. But with each trial that comes our way, our feet get better rooted and we are then able to withstand the things trying to knock us down. When we rely on God to help keep us planted when life is wavering, we become stronger in him and we don't fear the attacks from the enemy. But there is also a flipside to this. What if we have tried to plant ourselves in the wrong ground. Maybe, we put all our hope in people or things, and not God. What happens when storms hit, and we try to fall back on material possessions. At first, these things might hold us. Once the storms begin getting rougher and hitting harder. those things we have relied on go away. Friends desert you. Things fail you, and you are worse off then when you began.

This life can and will be tough at times. Do you want to spend it continually falling by the weight of it all, or do you want to be rooted, standing firm in the strength of the Father.

"He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold: I will not be greatly shaken"- Psalm 62:2

Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission From God.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Read Me, Please!!!

You've seen this before in almost any movie. Main characters go into an old house, find the impressive library, and blow the dust of the cover of the one book that will lead them on a grand adventure. The problem is, we tend to have a book like this on our own shelves. This book is a pretty important book that is a guideline and a map for our lives to follow. It's called the Bible. Wait, what? The bible, as in the word of God, sitting on a dusty shelf with a layer of dust an inch thick. But, we are good christians, we read our bible on our phones, and we follow along with the Pastor's sermon if the media guy puts up the scripture verse. Sometimes, it is important to take that old worn out book of the shelf and give a big, "big bad wolf" blow. Not to say that God doesn't use the times spent in his words if we use the Bible app. But we need to be able to flip from chapter to chapter and bookmark certain spots that the Holy Spirit has put in our hearts. We need to pull out a legal pad, grab some highlighters and spend some serious time in prayer and reading.
I've got this desk that sits in the dining room. On it sits my Star Wars sith characters,(I have at least one of almost all of them). Unfortunately, we play a lot of games at the dining room table. With that being said, things tend to pile up on it and dust begins to collect. Eventually, I can't even use my desk because of all the mess that has accumulated. If it wasn't sitting in a spot that I saw everyday, I feel as if I would forget I even have a desk, let alone use it. I think our dusty old bibles sitting on the shelf can get the same way. We have good intentions of putting it to use, but things in life begin piling up. Th bible gets put back on the shelf and we justify it by reading a few chapters on our phone, check it off our to-do list and move on with our day. All the while the bible gathers more and more dust and our lives fall apart more and more. Eventually, the dust will be so thick, we can't even see what was supposed to be underneath it. I have to admit, I am guilty of this too. Some mornings, I barely even check the few chapters of my list before I begin my day. If I'm not careful, 3 or 4 days will go by and I try to catch up, skipping over the content in order to put a check mark by the chapter. That's not what God intended for time with Him. He wants people who are willing to take the book off the shelf and truly dive into what he wants you to see and comprehend. Start small, five to ten minutes a day. Pretty soon, you will be able to see God doing things in your life because you are reading his words for you and for me. No more dusty bookshelves with dusty bibles. Its time to blow off the dirt and begin reading God's word with a new revelation and a new passion to grow in your walk with Him.

Adam Semple- A Young Man on A Mission From God

Saturday, June 3, 2017

10,000 Volts of Electricity

Have you ever broken a bone that required you to get an x-ray? Or maybe, your doctor requested you get one to examine a part of your body causing you pain. An x-ray is a radiation procedure that doctors use to look at the inside of someone's body without making a single incision. Isn't it cool that God is able to see the inside us, as if looking through an x-ray. By his infinite power, he can see our internal structure that makes us, us. He is able to find the things inside of us that do not belong. Whenever a doctor orders an x-ray to be done, he suspects there is something in the body that should not be. He then is able to find the abnormality and begin the process of doing what need to be done in order to remove it. God looks inside of us and sees things that shouldn't be, and if we are willing, He will show us the steps needed to remove it. Before proceeding with any kind of x-ray, you will usually need to drink or ingest in someway this liquid that makes your bones more visible to the machine. The nerd in me thinks this is really cool. Like, Bruce Banner. Radiation running through your body, making your innards glow in the dark. But really, that is how we should be anyway. Not raging mad like the hulk, but glowing from the inside out. God's radioactive life flowing through us so much that we become a light in a dark place. If glowing in the dark is a result of God's removing things from me that shouldn't be there, then light me up and do what needs to be done. I don't want anything in my body that has no place there. Who's with me?

Adam Semple- A young light in an old dark world on a mission from God 

ps. an x-ray is not 10,000 volts, I just needed a good title.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Awkward Obedience

"So, how was your day? Did you have a good day at work?" "Oh, you know. Same ol' same ol'. I heard from God today. He told me I was to go up on this mountain and make an altar. oh, and Isaac was to come with me. Anyway, we head out with a couple servants and when we got to the foot of the mountain I commanded them to stay there and the boy and I would go to the top. We made the altar as directed and, you're going to love this part. I began to grab hold of our son, our only son, and I tied him to the altar. Of course, I could see a little bit of fear in his eyes, but I am his father and he trusted me enough to know that I must know what I was doing. So, our son is tied altar, I raise my knife to begin the sacrifice, when suddenly, God is like, "Abraham, stop. Don't do it." I breathed a quick sigh of relief, because I really didn't want to come back without your son and explain what happened, but God had told me to do something so I had to obey. Anyhoo, we look up and see a ram who had gotten his horns stuck in some thicket. So I quickly untied Isaac and together we completed the sacrifice."

I bet you can imagine as well as I can the expression on Sarah's face as Abraham recalled this story. Good chance she got a little upset with him. "So, you were going to just kill our boy, the child who you waited 100 years for? I get that God told you to, but did you question it at all, or did you just blindly trust God's plan. You are truly a man of great faith, Abraham, to trust God with the life of your only son.

This story is a beautiful picture of what Christ would do a few thousand years later. God the Father took his son, tied him to a wooden cross, and sacrificed him as a living sacrifice for you and for me. To take away the sins of the world and to bring us back to the Father. Imagine the thoughts running through Abraham's mind as they made this difficult journey. The mountain Moriah was a distance of 3 days away. 3 days that Abraham awoke next to his son. With every morning, he could have turned around and returned home. He could probably see the excitement on Isaac's face as he was getting ready to watch his father sacrifice to God, all the while knowing this could be his last adventure. But, he continued knowing God had a plan bigger than himself. At any point during Christ's 3-year journey, he could have thrown in the towel and not completed his assignment. Yet he finished his task so that we might be able to live with him.

Has God ever asked you to do something so unbelievable that you have no option but to trust him?
Maybe it is time for you to do what he has instructed, because he can see the end of the story and he knows what steps you need take in order to get to that point.

Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission From God

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Life is a Movie, We are just the Actors

Light. Camera. Action. Places everybody, we are about to begin filming scene one.

Everyone loves a good movie, right? One with a good cast and a well-written plot. Some good special effects usually add to the excitement as well. As a kid, I always wanted to be a movie. So much so that we were always coming up with new video ideas that we could then film and act out. What if our lives were in fact a movie? What role would you be playing? Would you be the lead role, or the supporting character in someone else's storyline? If we think about it, God has written a great script for us to follow, even though we don't know our lines yet. He has set the scene and placed the right actors for the part to play out his plotline. Like any great movie, though, some of the greatest scenes are those are improvised and not in the original draft. Few scenarios that are coming my thoughts are, obviously, from Star Wars. Han Solo, about to be lowered into carbonite, has just been told by Leia that she loves him. According to the script, He was supposed to respond back by saying, "I love you too". Instead, he says,"I Know." The directors and producers thought that fit so well, they kept it in and it is one of the most popular lines from the movie. Another scene is in A New Hope, after Luke and Han have stolen the stormtrooper uniforms. Mark Hamill, thinking the cameras had stopped rolling, says,"I can't see a thing in this helmet." Again, the writers liked it, so it stayed. What I am trying to portray here is that sometimes, we do something off script. We turn left, when we should have turned right, and make things up as we go. When this happens, God just writes this turn into the final draft and sets up for the next scene. What do you do though if you are just the supporting friend who gives advice to the lead in times of trouble. The one who has to lift back up the Lead when things are going wrong. Are you prepared to offer tough advice to get the wheels spinning again in the mind of your buddy. The main actor doesn't need someone who isn't afraid to say the things they need to hear. In fact, these scenes usually start out pretty quiet and as you, the support, is talking, the music begins to build and you can begin to see the light bulbs go off in his eyes. I like these scenes a lot. They remind me that though I face hard situations sometimes, there will always be someone there who will help raise me back up and get me back on my feet. Naturally, that person is the writer and director of my story, God the Father himself. In times when I feel down, he restores my soul and strengthens me in areas I feel like I have failed in. He will lift me out of my slumber and place me back on solid ground. And here's the thing, I don't want to take center stage so to speak, if God has to take the back seat. I would rather have God be my Lead and I follow closely behind him. My movie will be awful if I don't have a good writer. And believe me, Spielberg or Nolan or Abrams will never come up with anything greater than the story God has for your life.

Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission From God.