The doctor told a bloated man that he had what was commonly called, "Noah Syndrome."  The patient was horrified, but the doctor told him there was a cure.  "When you sit down to eat, stop taking two of everything." That was a little joke to get the ball rolling to talk about Noah.

Let's look at Noah's role in the Bible.  There is more going on here in this Truth story then an angry God who destroys the earth with water and shows off rainbows.

God looked at the wickedness of mankind and by his grace picked Noah to build an ark with his family.  Genesis describes the radical flood that demolished the earth and radically changed the earth's ecology (that is animals relationship to one another and the earth's surroundings).

Here are ten activities of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity.  These might be comforting, challenging and convicting.  Believer in Jesus, be encouraged that the Holy Spirit is moving in and through you today.  You are not left by yourself, but he is actively shaping and guiding you to grow in godliness.

Holy Spirit Movement

First, he challenges sinners. Genesis 6:3 tells us that God's Spirit can not put up with sin forever.

Our greatest purpose in life is to glorify God and do His will.  The supreme passion of your soul should be for God, but it can be for self.  We should be asking ourselves daily, "What does God desire most?"  Lets be honest.  There are moments and seasons when we are soaring with God and other moments when it seems difficult to give God all the glory.  As believers in Jesus, we have the promised Holy Spirit guiding us to bring God glory.

Let's look at David's relationship with God and learn some life lessons.  

First, David Loved God's Creation.  Looking at a sunrise, a mountain, wild animal or flower was a love for David.  It caused him to worship the Creator and write a journal of prayerful praise.

In Psalm 8 we get a sneak peak into David's heart for God's creation.  He writes, how majestic is God in all the earth, glory in the heavens, about the heavens and stars and he looks over the flocks, herds, birds and fish.

With election season here again, one of the issues back on the table and on your television screens in commercials are negative ad campaigns around abortion.  This becomes personal and should matter to all of us and it begs many questions for all of us to think about again.

The news has hit around the Houston city Mayor asking several pastors (and churches) to turn over their sermons (and texts, emails, social media messages) to see if they have "hate speech" or "political agendas" in them.  The Mayor denies that she is the originator of the legal request, but being a practicing lesbian herself, one questions her sincerity.

A.W. Tozer wrote, "What comes into your minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."  It is true for everyone of us today, but was true in Moses day.  There are many lessons we can learn from Moses' understanding and relationship with God.

First, Moses' relationship began at the Burning Bush 

(Exodus 3:1-4:17).  

He was some 80 years old carrying sheep in the desert when God stopped him in his tracks at a Bush.

If you have a desire to preach the Bible, keep reading.

I read an article the other day about preaching that is spot on.  Here are the four points (like a good sermon) and here is the article.

First, for those who like to preach or want to preach, there is a calling from God.  This is not a light word.  It is heavy.  God does the calling.  God does the choosing.  It is a theme throughout Scripture (i.e. Adam, Abraham, Noah, Moses...).

To understand grace, we must first understand sin, wrath and judgement. I have written about sin here.

Grace is not free. 

It was costly because of our sin against God and the One who took our place. The Apostle Paul tells us in just a few verses all about our sin. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." We are all guilty. It is not just part of us that is guilty in sin, but our core. Our deepest parts.

As we look at principles from the life of Abraham, let me remind you to look through the grace lens and not the law lens.  Abraham, like all Biblical characters is messed up in sin.  He is imperfect and in need of a Deliverer to rescue him from his sin.  That doesn't mean he does not grow in his faith with God (he does!), but it will set us free to see that God uses messed up people to accomplish his purposes.

It is all by grace.  

God chose Abraham.  Abraham did not choose God.