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Who Are You, Lord? (Part 4)

“The word became flesh..” John 1:14

Who are you, Lord? Jesus is the Word and the Word, who was both with God and who was God, became flesh. God chose to make himself ultimately known in a real historical man, Jesus Christ. The result of Jesus’ humanity is that God was with His people – with us in a more personal and intimate way than ever before.

As philosopher Peter Kreeft points out, “by God coming in the flesh, God deliberately put the Son on the hook for human suffering.” Not one of us escapes pain or suffering of some kind in our life and, by coming in the flesh and dying on the cross, Jesus experienced the worst human suffering, rejection and pain that far exceeds anything we go through in our lives.

Therefore, Christ knows firsthand the despair, the rejection, the loneliness, the hardship, the sorrow, the brokenness, the pain, and the suffering we go through. We have a savior who lived our human frailty and therefore understands. So, whatever your struggle, whatever your pain, whatever that hurt is that you’re not sure you will ever get through, know this – you are not alone! Jesus, who came in the flesh, is Immanuel, God with us. He is God with you during the pain and suffering in your life. May this bring you hope, strength, and peace.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Who Are You, Lord? (Part 3)

John 10:11, 14-15

If you have small children like I do, then you undoubtedly have seen the Disney movie Frozen (we have seen it twice). There is a snowman in the movie named Olaf who introduces himself this way, “My name is Olaf and I like warm hugs!” This got me thinking, you can learn a lot about a person by what they say about themselves. One of the ways we can learn who Jesus is, is by what He says about Himself.

One of the unique ways Jesus described Himself was by using “I am” statements, “I am the bread of life”, “I am the light of the world”, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” to name just a few. I wonder how people would respond if I introduced myself with “I am” statements. “Hello my name is Tim and I am the true vine” or “Hello my name is Tim and I am the gate.” More than likely people would look at me like I was crazy and walk away, fast. Because I want people to like me and talk to me, I refrain from making “I am” statements about myself. But not Jesus, He was bold enough to make “I am” statements about Himself. And, as I think about the question “Who are you, Lord?“, what comes to mind is what Jesus said about Himself, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep” (John 10:11).

The occupation of shepherd was no feeble task. A shepherd’s job was tiring, it was manly, and it was often dangerous. Think of David fighting lions and bears to get a sheep back (1 Samuel 17:34-35). Now sheep, when left on their own, are in mortal danger. It is no different with you and me. When left to my own devices I easily get tripped up by my own thoughts, my lusts, my desires, my temptations, my poor decision making, etc. And, like a sheep, I need a good shepherd. The good news is that all of us have a Good Shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for our sin and that is precisely what Jesus did. He came to serve and give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28) and, in doing so, His death means redemption for us, His sheep!

My name is Tim, “I am” a lost sheep in need of The Good Shepherd! What about you?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Freedmen Nebraska


April 12, 2014 at Haymarket Park after the Husker Spring Game

Tickets $25 1st 2500 Gold tickets sold in February get Free Spring Game Ticket & Free Pulled Pork Dinner (a $43 value)

Be thinking about who YOU could BRING who doesn’t know God yet!

Spring Game – Man Food – Music – Kids Fun Zone
Evangelism Event for Men & Boys of all ages!

Visit here to purchase tickets: www.freedmennebraska.org/postgame/

Iron Sharpens Iron Conference is coming to Omaha February 22

Iron Sharpens Iron is a Conference Network made up of individual ministries that are working interdependently to most effectively offer local church resources for men.

We are doing this by mobilizing ministries to resource local churches with a first class one-day equipping conference that is designed for men (age 13 and older).

To register visit: www.ironsharpensiron.net/component/conferences/?cid[0]=249

Who Are You, Lord? (Part 2)


“Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, ‘What do you want with us Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!’” — Mark 1:23-24

Despite the confusion about who Jesus was, there was no confusion from the evil spirit as to Jesus’ deity. I found this amazing! I would not have imagined that a demon would be a reliable spokesman for who Jesus is. However, all indications point to the fact the demon clearly knew Jesus to be, “the Holy One of God!” (Mark 1:24), which indicated a special relationship existed between Jesus and God. This confession from a demon helps us better understand who Jesus is.

Not only does the demon provide us with a clear answer to the question, “Who are you, Lord?”, but it also helps us to see the superiority of Jesus and His mission. He has come to “destroy them”. There is no reference to a struggle or resistance on the part of the demon, for this would be futile against the One they know as the “Son of God” (Mark 3:11).

Jesus, the Holy One of God, brings defeat not just for this demon, but also for “us”, that is all demons. My friends, this is good news! You see, we all have demons in our lives that need to be destroyed and Jesus is the One who can do that for us. So, answer the question, “Who are you, Lord?” with an out loud confession that, “You, Jesus, are the ‘Holy One of God!’” and let the superiority of Jesus, the Son of God, defeat the demons in your life.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Who Are You, Lord?


Acts 9:1-19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Last week I challenged you to make your prayer for the week this question, “Who are you, Lord?” I challenged you with this because asking this question, seeking who He is, will change your life.

Saul was a zealot whose sole mission was to stamp out this new religion that had cropped up. We know this religion as Christianity and it was Saul’s goal to capture Christians so he could take them to Jerusalem, where they would be stoned. But as Saul was traveling to Damascus to complete his mission, an amazing moment changed his life forever. He was blinded by a flash of light, and he heard a voice that called his name, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4). Confused by this mysterious voice, Saul asked the question, “Who are you, Lord?” (Acts 9:5). From the moment Saul, whom we know as the Apostle Paul, asked the question, “Who are you, Lord?” his life was forever changed.

Paul was once a blasphemer, a persecutor and a violent man, but his life was changed by the mercy and grace that was poured upon him by Jesus (1 Timothy 1:12-14). Jesus had cared enough to pursue Paul and stop him in his tracks. Paul’s life did an about-face and he began preaching and teaching about Jesus, the very One he had hated. He became instrumental in establishing a new movement that, in time, would spread around the globe.

Many of us won‘t have the emotional experience Paul did. Nor will we hear from the Lord the way Paul did. But we can experience the transformation Paul did. By seeking the Lord, by asking the question, “Who are you, Lord?” we can experience real change in our lives. And that, my friends, is really good news. It is good news because many of us are living lives that need to be changed. Maybe you struggle with an addiction that is consuming your life. Maybe you have been unfaithful to your spouse and it is destroying your family and you‘re not sure they will recover from it. Perhaps the trials of life have left you in a fog of depression and you‘re not sure it will ever get better. Maybe you‘re full of bitterness and resentment from a hurt put upon you. You want to forgive, but you‘re not sure you can. Maybe you‘re a control freak like me. You want to trust God with your life, but when it doesn‘t go how you want it, you take control from Him. How is that working out for you? Maybe the guilt of the life you‘re living is so burdensome that you don’t feel you deserve the love, grace and mercy that Jesus so faithfully provides to all of us. And it is this feeling that keeps you from reaching out to Jesus and asking, “Who are you, Lord?” If that is you, I want to challenge you this week to ask the question, “Who are You, Lord?” Meditate on it and let the love, grace, and mercy that comes from Christ permeate your soul and cause real change in your life.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)