From a vantage point over-looking the city of Charleston, Pastor Waggoner offers this question: If we want to improve our city and our world, what do we do? Perhaps we should start with God’s simple command found in today’s passage (1 Tim. 2:1-3) and discussed in this Recharge Video.
As I write this I am sitting in a waiting room. I am not fond of waiting rooms. It is a nice waiting room; a flat panel TV tuned to the Weather Channel just told me it is raining in Milwaukee. The magazine selection is l.p.ok, except the titles seem a little tilted towards women; I can’t seem to find a Road and Track or Popular Mechanics in the stack. The medical personnel at this facility are friendly and efficient and the furniture is modern and comfortable. Free wifi would be nice but writing on my iPad lets me do something productive while I wait. But to be honest, I would rather be somewhere else. I guess the real reason I am not a fan of waiting rooms is I am trapped here. I am captive to a schedule other than my own. I have no control over when I can be set free from this antiseptic closet. I do like being in control. I like to control my schedule, my environment, my to-do list and a hundred other things.
So, I sit here and reflect on waiting, I recall that God uses “waiting rooms” – Joseph spent years in slavery and jail before he became an official in Egypt. Moses waited 80 years before starting his mission of deliverance. David waited years from his anointing until he assumed the throne. Before He began His public ministry, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness; Paul spent 3 years in Arabia and considerable time in prison. There must be some virtue in waiting.
Maybe the “waiting room” experiences of life are meant to help us break the addiction of control. Our God wants us to know that we need to recognize and allow His control in our lives. Our waiting is to be more than marking time- it should be a time to renew our confidence in God’s ability and involvement in our lives. If we do, our expectations, frustrations and evaluations of life will slide into a more comfortable place. We can spend more time praising and less time complaining. More joy, less stress. More peace, less conflict.
As I close, I am still in the waiting room and don’t know how long I will be here, but the above thoughts give me a little more perspective and peace and I like that. Being a little less in control is genuinely good for me. But I am going to find something on TV besides the Weather Channel.
Pastor Jesse Waggoner leads the congregation of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in this study looking at the deep and troubling questions of life and how to find peace with those things which remain a secret. We also are reminded that we are responsible for the things God has revealed to us.
Discover Jesus’ definition of greatness in this study from Matthew 20:20-28. A proud mother promotes her two sons to Jesus and our Lord uses this occasion to talk about His three key desires for those who want to be great in the kingdom of God. Pastor Jesse Waggoner shares this powerful Mother’s Day message with the congregation of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
It has been called the most ignored teaching in the New Testament: The ministry of Jesus between His ascension and His return. We do understand that on earth He is building His church but what does the position at the right hand of God mean? By far, the book of Hebrews has more references to Jesus at the right hand of God than any other book. In this message Pastor Jesse Waggoner takes you through these passages and shows you how we can look to Jesus and find life’s priority and purity in life.
If Jesus had a “business card” what would be on it? In Revelation 1:17, Jesus introduces Himself as the first and the last. In this Recharge Video episode Jesse Waggoner discusses the encouragement this can be to you.
In part seven of the Series – 40Days after the Cross, Pastor Waggoner teaches us how we can fulfill our mission with confidence by discussing the final instructions of Jesus before His ascension. In so doing He points out the promises of the scriptures and the Spirit. You too can tap into these promises and share, serve and endure as a follower of Christ.
An empty tomb and Savior who is alive. Of all places for a miracle of eternal proportions to take place, a tomb would seem the least likely. But it was a tomb where the humility of Christ ended and the exaltation of Christ began. It was the place where the hope of the disciples died and where it was reborn three days later. It was the place where death met the power of God and death lost. It appeared to be a lasting testimony of the victory of Satan but became the ground of his eternal defeat. The tomb was closed by loving hands, sealed by hateful hands, but opened by angelic hands. It was guarded to keep robbers out of the grave; it was emptied to allow sinners into heaven. When Jesus was in the tomb it separated Him from the living, after Jesus arose, the empty tomb separated Him from every would-be savior the world has ever known.
As you reflect today on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, let your mind pause by the empty tomb and thank God for all it represents to you. Thank Him for the assurance of salvation gained and eternity secured. Spend a few extra moments worshiping your Living Savior!