Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 26

      Today we jump 400 years forward in history in order to do our next chapter charts. It always amazes me as I read the Bible that the flip of a page can send you careening through generations of time without so much as a “by your leave”! It’s always something to keep in mind as you study! Let’s see what we can create together today!

Exodus Chapter 1 Sermon topics/titles:

1. The Problem With God’s Blessing Is… Ex 1:10

2. Pressing the Blessing Ex 1:11,12

3. Standing For God Ex.1:15-22

Exodus chapter 2 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Hiding the Promise In Plain Sight: Ex. 2:1-7

2.  Who Made You a Ruler? Ex 2:11-14

3. When Dinner Takes Forty Years Ex. 2: 20-24

Now you try to come up with three topics or titles for chapters 1 and 2 of Exodus. 🙂

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 25

     So with today’s post we have chapter charted the entire book of Genesis. Congratulations You! You have now read through the first two-thousandish years of world history. Isn’t that cool? Let’s see what you come up with these last two chapters of Genesis!

Genesis chapter 49 sermon topics/titles:

1. The importance of the blessing Ge. 49:1-28

2. The Blessing of being Scattered Ge. 49:7

3. The Qualities Of a Scepter Holder Ge. 49:8-10

Genesis chapter 50 sermon topics/ titles:

1. The Thorn(Atad) of Crowns Ge.50:10

2. The Thorn of Crowns Pt. 2 Ge.50:21

3. Foreseeing the Troubles Ge. 50:25

What do you see in these verses?


23 Pt. 4

“He restores my soul” Psm 23:3 NIV

   Salvation, as I understand it, is a process in three phases:

 1. Justification which is the salvation of the spirit, whereby we are made alive in Christ. “But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.” Rom 8:10

2. Sanctification  which is  the salvation of the soul, whereby we are made perfect in Christ. “But you were washed, you were sanctified” I Cor. 6:11

3. Glorification which is the salvation of our bodies being translated from mortality to immortality. ” in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” I Cor. 15:52

      Psalm 23:3  speaks about the process of sanctification.“He restores my soul.”  The word “restores” means to turn back or to return. Jesus, the Lord, is in the process of returning our souls  to the state they were meant to exist in.  The foundation of this restoration is the path of righteousness. Sin has mucked up the condition of the soul. In order to be restored, the soul must return to righteousness. Now, we are completely powerless to get ourselves back there. Praise God that He is not so powerless. He knows the path of righteousness and can lead us on it. Our only job is to relax, follow, and let Him take care of everything along the path.

What do you think a restored soul looks like?

23 Pt. 3

He guides me  in path’s of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 3

     No you did not miss a post. No I am not confused about the order of Psalm 23. I know that the next post should be about greener pastures. But we have to start at the beginning and I can honestly say that with Christianity “greener patures” are not the beginning. Before we ever get to the green space we have to be led in righteousness.

     Now righteousness is a sticking place for most of us, because it’s not something we produce naturally as humans. Goodness is not a part of who we are. It goes against our fallen grain. Still,  righteousness is a prerequisite for entrance into Heaven. God understands that if we are to get to the good place it is up to Him. The truth is He has staked His reputation on saving us and bringing us to righteousness. That’s comforting to me because I know He will not let His name be brought down. While there are areas of goodness I still struggle with this struggle is not forever because for the sake of His name He is going to lead me into righteousness!

So tell me what’s the best way to become more righteous?

23 Pt. 2

 “I shall not want” Psalm 23:1

   I’ve often wondered about this verse. I am pretty sure that I am trusting the Lord as my shepherd and I still want a ton of things. I mean right now for instance after listening to the pitter- patter of little feet outside my hotel door until 3 A.M. (it is now 6) I really want sleep!

    So what does this verse mean? The word used for want can also mean diminish, to subtract from. So “I shall not want” can also mean “I shall not be diminished”. 

     It’s pretty clear that Christians can and do have needs, some of which are never met. Good Christian men and women are starving to death right now across the face of the Earth. Some are in prison and they WANT  out. Some are like me, really tired because some rascally youth decided to set off the smoke detector in her room  in the middle of the night during youth convention.. But whether or not our needs are met today, tomorrow or in eternity they do not have to diminish or subtract from our faith. If we let the Lord be our shepherd he will provide what is truly needful and if it’s not provided then it’s not really needed no matter what it is. If it’s not needed then it should not diminish us or subtract from who we are or what we were created to be.  Nows that’s a heavy revvy that needs some thought!

Where in your life have you wanted something only to realize it was not something God was going to give?

23 Pt. 1

     “The Lord is my shepherd” Psalm 23:1

      Midnight has come and gone. I am winding down in the hotel room as the youth group  settles in for the night. I did some calculating. This is my fourteenth youth convention…the eighth I have had a hand in planning. I have turned this one over to Pastor Brad. I am mostly along for the ride to troubleshoot any problems he runs up against. Yet I have found that even this requires a good deal of intentionality and planning.

    We started planning this thing back in June. There are a lot of logistics to taking a youth group on an over-night trip: registrations, hotels, meals, travel arrangements, crowd control, chaperone to student ratio and so on.

     I realize though that if shepherding a youth group through one twenty four hour period is complicated, planning out and shepherding me through all the twists and turns of my life is a far more complex endeavor. Yet He does it! He is my guide who knows every path. He is the Waymaker when I am certain there is absolutely no way. He is the protector who sees every enemy before they attack. He is the leader who is never at a loss for a plan.

What does “The Lord is my shepherd” mean to you?

Autumn Trek Pt.7: Long Journey Home

      Since seven is the number of completion I end the tale of my autumn trek with this post.

Monday morning I awoke and took breakfast with my son in the dining commons at VFCC. Aftrewards Joe invited me to his Isaiah class. Since I had his professor 23 years ago I thought it would be fun to see how things had changed. Professor Brubaker did not disappoint! I had an awesome time learning about the OAN’s (oracles against the nations). Then my son and I went to chapel together.

     God has brought Psalm 23 to me over and over again for the last three months. Just before I left on my trek an old friend sent me an e-mail detailing a portion of the Psalm. In the chapel service a message in tongues and an interpretation reminded us that “we were not to fear evil because God was with us. His rod and staff would comfort us on the journey!”

     I learned many years ago that there are no coincidences. God is teaching me something through this Psalm.

      As I drove out of the parking lot at Valley Forge Christian College I thought about all the things I learned in my autumn trek:

1. I learned that life is supposed to follow a rhythm a slow, constant, and intentional rhythm.

2. I learned that when you follow the rhythm other people may not appreciate it. It will go against their rushing spirit.

3. I learned that slow, constant, and intentional can make you just as tired as fast, intermittent, and unplanned but that the satisfaction level of slow and constant is far greater.

4. I learned that God is in charge of the schedule. Not me!

     So following the leading of the Spirit I stopped at Valley Forge National Park on my way out of PA for pictures:          The George Washington Chapel

The Chapel Inside

George Washington’s Headquarters

I also made one more stop on the way home in Sleepy Hollow, New York:

 And of course I had to walk out a creepy path which the town calls its public park.

Can you feel the Headless Horseman on this path. Of course only in Sleepy Hollow would a walk in the public park lead you to a cemetery! No kidding!

Needless to say, I didn’t stay very long in Sleepy Hollow. My long journey home ended at eight and by ten P.M. I was in bed getting my Zz’s for staff meeting the next morning.

What did you discover from my autumn trek?

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 24

     The chapter charts are a simple devotional exercise. All you have to do is read the chapter in question and draw three titles or topics from it which interest you. The ideas can be deeply profound or practically simple in nature. It’s all about brainstorming. Give it a try. The Scripture has much to speak to us.

Genesis chapter 47 sermon topics/titles:

1. “Few” In God’s Eyes Is “Much” In Ours. Ge. 47:9

2. Where Is Rameses? (This is a good study point particularly if you are jumping into Exodus and have questions about who the Pharaoh of the Exodus was): Ge. 47:11

3. Enslaved By God’s Servant? Ge. 47:13-21

Genesis chapter 48 sermon topics/ titles:

1. God Goes Beyond Expectation Ge. 48:11

2. God Chooses Number Two Ge. 48:12-20

3. Transference of the Blessing: Ge. 48: 21-22

Now you try! 🙂

Pastor Wrinkles; Chapter Charts Pt. 23

     It was at my Alma Mater V.F.C.C. that I first learned about the chapter charts. Sadly the professor who assigned them has gone on to be with Jesus (sad for us not for him). Anyway my son has never done a chapter chart. I am hoping some day soon he will sign on and give it a try. While I am waiting, how about you?

 Genesis chapter 45 sermon topics/titles:

1. Terrified By Sorrow Ge. 45: 1-3

2. The Hand of God In the Hatred of Men. Ge. 45:4-8

3. Leave Your Things Ge. 45:19,20

Genesis chapter 46 sermon topics/titles:

1. God Confirms the Future Ge. 46:1-4

2.  Judah’s transformation Ge. 46: 28

3. First Is Not Always Best Ge. 46:32-34

Now you try 🙂

Autumn Trek Pt. 6: The Ren Fest

     When I asked my son what he wanted to do when I visited him in PA I really expected him to say “Let’s go to Philly” or “Let’s see a movie.”

     I wasn’t prepared for him to suggest a Renaissance Festival; But he had seen the ad for a family friendly fair down in Manheim. So we made the plan for Sunday after church.  I prayed in the morning because the sky was threatening rain. For a while I thought we actually might ditch our plans and head to the art museum in Philadelphia instead; But when we got out of service the sky was clear; So we set to the drive an hour across country.

    Joe slept most of the trip because he was skyping until four A.M., with a missionary from the other side of the international date line he’s planning to intern with next summer .

     Once in Manheim though there was no sleeping. Only picture-taking. 

and eating

and more eating!

This was followed by fire eating.

And of course Shakespeare in the park.

Now slow, constant, and intentional as it was, by the end of this day I was ready for a nap. So I learned slow, constant and intentional does not necessarily mean non-tiring.

Have you ever been to a Ren Fest? Did you like it?