Keep First Things First

Chris Heinz —  December 14, 2014 — 2 Comments

Below is taken from my new book, One-Minute Devotions On Prayer, which is on sale now.

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” (Luke 10:40)

Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha of Bethany, and while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, Martha was, “distracted by all the preparations.” You might say that sitting in the heat of activity is the distraction.

But it’s not. The real distraction is doing that which keeps you from sitting with Jesus. Jesus said what Mary did would not be taken away from her. But he didn’t say the same to Martha.

When anything trumps your devotion to Jesus, it’s fair game to be removed. Nothing is more sacred. Not even service for the sake of Jesus is sacred.

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Jesus would rather you sit with him than serve him. He is more jealous for your presence than he is for your service. Can the same be said about you? Are you more jealous for God’s presence than what he can do for you?

The one who listens for God has trained her heart to be satisfied in him. It is then that she can be trusted with ministry because the ministry has not become her life. Instead, it will be performed in gratitude and humility because Jesus has become her life. It’s the right way: Jesus first and then everything else. Not everything else and then Jesus.

Let’s pray: “Jesus, I want you to trust me with ministry but never want ministry to take first place. Help me to keep you in first place.”

I’ve heard from many readers that the latest posts have been impacting you.

Many of you related to the man with the broken heart.
And to the couple celebrating their 50th anniversary.
And to wanting to keep prayer simple.

These writings are from my latest book, “One-Minute Devotions On Prayer.”

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I’m hoping you’ll get refreshed,
Chris

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Give God Your Brokenness

Chris Heinz —  December 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34.18)

Once there was a man, and he had a broken heart. He heard God was coming to dinner. So he gathered the shards of his scattered heart and taped them together. He hoped the adhesive would hold.

After all, when God comes to dinner, you have to put yourself together (at least he thought).

The man made it through the greeting and the first course. He made it halfway through the second. But it was too much to hide. The man’s hobbled heart wasn’t holding.

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Tell God You’re All In

Chris Heinz —  December 1, 2014 — 2 Comments

“Love the LORD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22.37-38)

A man and woman were coming upon their 50th wedding anniversary. She asked how they should mark this special occasion. He threw out some ideas: they could host a reception at a banquet hall, go on a ten-day cruise, reenact their wedding ceremony, or upgrade their wedding rings.

“Wow, these ideas are wonderful,” she said, “But there’s just one thing I want.”

He responded, “What’s that my love? You can have anything.”

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Keep Prayer Simple

Chris Heinz —  November 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

The following is from my upcoming book, One-Minute Devotions on Prayer:

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they’ll be heard because of their many words.” (Matthew 6:7)

When teaching about prayer, Jesus instructs us to keep prayer simple. But how easy it is to complicate! We worry about placing the “right” words in the “right” places, saying holy statements that sound good, not praying for too long or too short—oh my, what’s the right amount of time?

And as a result, we stress about prayer like we’re being judged by our performance. But all along, Jesus wants us to keep our prayers simple. He’s not impressed by bigger words, longer prayers, or professional-sounding speech. And he’s not turned off by our ums, uhs or stutters. Why?

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I recently participated in the National Prayer Assembly hosted by America’s National Prayer Committee and was asked to lead prayer for emerging leaders. I think of an emerging leader as one whom God is lining up to lead. It’s not a distinction of chronological age, but rather the work of God–children and youth can be emerging leaders as well as older people. It depends on whom God is in the midst of preparing to release into leadership.

We must be praying for these people now. Here are seven things to pray for emerging leaders:

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“The will of the one who sent us is that we be the one who was sent. What we do is meant to be lived out of the context of discovering and becoming the person we are.” (Robert Benson, Between the Dreaming and the Coming True)

Mount Nittany is the highest place in our city. When I look across the valley from up there, I see homes, businesses, and schools; I see bars, streets, and stadiums; and I see cars on the highway and planes in the sky. And I wonder about the peoples’ lives.

How many want something more? How many go to church, but sit quietly in their pews, have given up on reaching their neighbors, and simply work their jobs and go home to watch television? They don’t go beyond their own lives and their families.

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That Time I Drove Into A Ditch

Chris Heinz —  September 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

I’ve done some stupid things while visiting my in-laws.

The first time I met Jean and Jeannine, I broke their door, their vacuum cleaner, and dropped their camera in the snow. That night I asked Jean for Colette’s hand in marriage. He answered, “I think you should wait longer.” (By longer, I think he meant forever). Sorry Jean.

At my in-laws house, I’ve caused false 911 calls, fallen off motorcycles, and gotten sick on bike rides, but this one tops them all.

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I’ve been around churches, ministries, and Christian conferences for most of my life, and I’ve had many awesome leaders in that time. One quality was pretty consistent among my leaders—dedication to prayer. They wanted to pray and they wanted us to pray. For that, I’m grateful.

However, there’s one fundamental mistake many of them made about prayer

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Last night we discovered our basement had flooded and everything was sitting in three inches of water.

I don’t know if you’ve experienced a crisis before, but my mind went in different directions–we have to get this water out, we have to save what’s wet, whom should we call, but there’s no time, what if it rains again, our house is going to sink into the abyss, ahhhh!

But then I looked down and floating in the water was this. Hah! My wife and I stopped and prayed. There’s always time for that.

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What Was Floating in Our Basement Water