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God’s Call To Men

By Kevin Linthicum

At no other time in the history of our country has there been a greater need for men to rise up and become the leaders God has called us to be. God demands and commands our greatness.

Muhammad Ali once said “I am the greatest”. What was he trying to communicate? Was he, in fact, the greatest? How do we identify greatness? When watching a team sporting event, how do you identify the greatest athlete on a team? Which athlete was greater, Brian Piccolo or Gayle Sayers? Is Tiger Woods the greatest golfer, and if he is the greatest golfer, what makes him great?

The dictionary defines greatness as, remarkable in magnitude – eminent, distinguished – markedly superior in character or quality – remarkably skilled.

In his book Kingdom Man, Dr. Tony Evans said, “The greatest player on any team whether corporate, family, ministry, or sports team, is the player who makes certain that his contributions work best with the goals and strategies of the team.”. The men’s fall Bible study at AFBC will be discussing Dr. Evans’ book Kingdom Man. Has God called us to be great? Why or why not?

1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 (The Message) One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life.

I am praying that God will do something extraordinary in our men’s group as we grow together through this study. I hope you will join us August 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm, at Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church. We will be making a time investment that could change the direction of our lives.

If you have questions, or if you would like to participle in this study you may contact Kevin Linthicum. kevin@fbcabq.com or 505.205.9992

 

 

The Forgotten Great ONE – God in You

By Kevin Linthicum

 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Christians in the world today have become impotent. Christians have become impotent because we have forgotten the promise given to us in Acts 1:8. What has happened to the courage that was displayed by first century Christians? What has happened to the Holy Spirit filled Christian willing to die for the cause of Christ? The power of the Holy Spirit in us enables us to overcome any obstacle in our path. However, our lives are lived in a timid fashion, fearing what others might think.

Does your life express the joy of the Holy Spirit?

Are you seeking the teaching of the Holy Spirit?

Do you sense the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?

What would happen if we took a firm stand for the Truth? What would happen if we began to embrace the power of the Holy Spirit within us, and lived our lives based on the power of the Holy Spirit? This tremendous power is within all believers. Our disobedience has so quenched the Holy Spirit. The valve within our souls is closed so tight, the Holy Spirit is not able to work within us. We need to pray specifically that the Holy Spirit would move freely in our lives.  Because we are not willing to speak up and proclaim the whole Gospel, lives are being lost on a daily basis. We should consider the following:

  1. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11
  1. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Galatians 5:18
  1. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13

Is the Holy Spirit leading you to reach out to someone today? If so, I invite you to respond. The time for being timid and unresponsive has passed. We need to take active, aggressive, and ascending steps towards the Holy Spirit today.

Apart from the Holy Spirit, there are no great ones. Listen to Pastor Kevin Linthicum via podcast here.