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Pastoral perspective – “Fool!”

But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you;…

This parable (Luke 16:12-21) is about a rich man who stores up so much of his goods thinking that he will find security and a comfortable future by what was stored up for himself by the fruit of that labor.

Life (without God) has a way of teaching us that we need to be consumed and use all our focus and strength to achieve all that we can so that we will have more and bigger and better things. (Without God) It is an exhausting process and one that will never find us true satisfaction or fulfillment. 

Let’s say that a person didn’t care about how much money they had but rather their happiness and dependance were on their spouse or children. They were so focused with that codependent relationship that it’s where they find security and purpose. What were to happen if that spouse or child were to leave and never come back… that individual would be forever ruined because they felt rejection and great loss.

Please hear me that I’m not against having nice things, providing for our families, succeeding in life, and especially not against families. The point that I’m trying to make is that as children of God we need the proper viewpoint and perspective of life and what is important and not important.

You remember the story of Job right? Remember that in the Bible when Job was going through all his hard times and questioning God about all the difficulties and troubles…God’s responded in Job 38 saying words to the effect of where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth, etc.

Listen and know the facts that we did not choose when we were born, where we were born, our race, our natural family, our gender, our physical appearance, etc. However there is One who did make the choices. God made all of them and it’s so important for us to understand our lives isn’t about only us.

I pray that we will realize this truth and we will prioritize our relationship and pursuit of God first and foremost. When that happens He will become more precious than everything and when we live out of that posture and become a blessing to our careers, our families, etc. and not trying to find purpose, needing the approval, etc. from all of that but rather live For His glory and let God flow through us unto all situations and areas of life. That’s Christianity.

We are here on this earth not to be self-centered but God-centered. To accept Truth and make Him Lord and Savior by asking Him to forgive our sins and confess/believe that He rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-13). To seek God daily asking Him to make us useable for His Kingdom.

Matthew A. Reed
Open Door Fellowship – Denver
Praise Fellowship – Ransom


Pastoral perspective – be ye transformed

… be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

In the Kingdom of God we (His children) do not mature with the simple passing of time like what happens in life, the natural realm. Actually (if possible) we could choose to do absolutely nothing with our days and time would still pass on and we will age accordingly. Again please let me say again because it is important to know that we (children of the Living God) do not grow or mature in the truths of Scripture with the same natural method of time passing… we have to make a choice.

Unfortunately there are plenty of Christians who have been saved for years and decades but that doesn’t mean that they are mature Christians. No, the Bible says that we need to be transformed (mature in Christ) by renewing our minds (to the truth of God’s word). So we choose to read the scripture in the Bible and think on, meditate, and imagine His truths to begin the process of growth.

Let us think about it this way, we send our children to school and they do not sit there and do nothing (God willing), they are taught and feed information day in and day out to the point where the information fills their brains and eventually we see change. It’s a similar process with The Lord except the addition I would add is that when we ponder scripture we do it from a prayerfully attitude believing God to reveal His truths of the Bible.

God loves the world and everyone in the world and if all that was to ever happen was for people to get give their lives to God and get born-again, God would accept that person regardless of how much time they spend in the Bible or not, however they were able to get born-again because some how someway they heard the truth that comes from the Bible and truth was applied and changed happened.

The Lord never intended for us to live a self-centered Christian life. Sadly there are major problems in His Body. The divorce rate among Christian Families is at an extreme high rate, many Christians are live in the depths of depression, and others see no hope in there lives and this is to name a few…

Now please do not misunderstand, I’m not saying that we (His children) won’t ever have problems or issues (the Bible says we will go through persecution) though it is crucial to know truth of Scripture and apply it to our lives by renewing our minds.

God desires and wants us to mature in Him like we would for our children to see them become a fully-grown functioning adult that is productive and is intentional with their God given life for His Kingdom and His glory.

So, be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds and grow in God today.

Matthew A. Reed
Open Door Fellowship – Denver
Praise Fellowship Church – Ransom


“Pastoral Perspective” (Nov. 2016)

This “Pastoral Perspective” article I just wrote this evening for a Kansas paper. The hard part about it that they only give 500 words to make a point.

Pastoral Perspective (Nov. 2016)

During the course of life storms will eventually arise and either happen to us or to our loves ones. Frankly, some storms can be very scary and even cause great fear and trepidation, even to the children of God.

We live in a uncertain world. Tomorrow is promised to no one and the planet is getting darker every moment. In many ways Godly morals seem to be a thing of the past in this nation. Television is used to sell certain products and productions through fear. Not to mention that we are currently in a cycle of presidential election (in the United States) that the candidates claim there will be doom and gloom if the other side is elected.

Let us look at Luke 8 when Jesus and His disciples where in a boat going to the other side. Let’s pick up in verse 23,  “But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (NASB).

It’s important to mention right here that in the amplified version of the bible, when Jesus was asking His disciples that question He was referring to where was their faith in Him. To be said simply, why did they not trust Him during that storm?

Some may say they were in grave danger and the bible even admits that they were, but remember that we as believers and children of God we do not live only by our senses and perception of what is taking place in life. No, we are told many times over in the bible to not be afraid and have faith and trust in God.

Let us learn this lesson and do not make the same mistake that the disciples made. These situations are shared for us to learn from and grow. Let’s not focus on the dangerous storms, but focus and consider God in the midst knowing that some how or some way whether we see it or not, He will get us through to the other side.

Jesus told his disciples they were going to the other side and that’s what exactly happened. (He said this truth before the storm ever rose up.)

So do not be dismayed, trust and believe in God. Search the scriptures with a hunger and desire to know what God is saying. This is so important for us to know as His children.

Do not be alarmed when storms arise, they will. Consider and focus on Him so that trust and faith will rise up bigger than the storms. Stand up and believe God. Never give into fear again. Trust in what God said not what the storm is saying.

Matthew A. Reed
Open Door Fellowship – Denver
Praise Fellowship Church – Ransom