Archive for May, 2020

When my kids were all under the age of seven, my wife was a stay at home mom and would frequently take our children to the nursing home to sing to the residents. The elderly would love that children came by to visit because often their own family would not visit them enough. I remember the conversation my wife had with our little ones about not being afraid the first time going. You see little kids can be scared of the unknown. My wife knew that strangers were scary enough to our kids but add the fact that they were very old and often had oxygen tubes in their nose, it added up to a pretty big fear for a five year old to handle. To overcome this fear, my wife had our children by her side and showed them how easy it was to sing to and love on people.

This week we were preparing financial forms to send our oldest son off to college, out of state. Together, we had walked the campus months ago and yet there is definitely a lot of unknown when it comes to his college life. One of the few knowns is that my son understands that he is valued by Jesus and sees the value of Jesus in people. How do I know? Because while we trained him and showed him ourselves by our side that Jesus values him and others, he began to do the same for others on his own. There was no begging speech from dad or guilt trip from mom, just years of training and showing him his value in Jesus and Jesus’ value for people. Then I saw in him growth and spiritual maturity.

Spiritual Maturity can be measured on how deep we are willing to love the unlovely. 

When did I know that our values were his values? When he began to love and train his younger brother in our values. You see any boy can offer affection to a cute girl or strangers in a moment, it takes a Christian man to love his younger brother who offers nothing but annoyance at times. How we love the unlovely that are closest to us is the hardest test.

 Galatians 6:9-10 Esv And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

I am grateful for all the friends, coaches, teachers, children pastors and youth pastors that helped share our values to my oldest son. I am grateful for the Holy Spirit and all the times grace blanketed our parenting mistakes. My son recently said he is excited to find a church near the college campus to serve people and all I could think was, “I’m glad God’s values are your values!”

Hebrews 10:24-25 Esv And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Equipping Disciples of Jesus That Receive, Give and Serve In Grace,

Brandon Pollard

Eternal life is to know the Father and His son (John 17:3). To know what He loves and what He is like. Jesus offered eternal life to the Pharisees and sinners alike. The Pharisees were experts in the knowledge of the Torah and the scripture from the prophets. When a relationship with God was offered, it was foreign to them since they didn’t even know how to do relationships with people. They didn’t want to be known by God relationally, they only wanted to know about Him.  Jesus offended the religious people because He was relationally known by God and people. Follow me here and see with your heart what Jesus did that was offensive to the religious by being relationally close to people.

  1. Jesus was fully God and still chose to receive from people. 

Who changed Jesus’ diaper and breastfed him? We sing at Christmas that he didn’t cry but what if he really did as humbly coming to earth in the body of a human baby? What if He relied on his mother and Joseph to comfort Him as a young son? Does this idea make you uncomfortable? Did you know kingdom relationships receive from others? Jesus could have chosen to have ravens bring him food or angels bring him milk but he received from an earthly family.

A few years ago I asked a church leader, “Who speaks into your life and who do you relationally receive from?” Their answer was, “No one, I only need Jesus”.   This sounds really spiritual to the religious but definitely is not Biblical and actually opposite of how Jesus lived by the Spirit on earth. The truth is that relational distancing from receiving from people is very dangerous and it doesn’t matter how much time you spend with God, it’s still dangerous!

Proverbs 18:1 (ESV)

18 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.

2. Jesus was fully ready for ministry by God and yet chose to receive relationally from people.

Ever wondered why Jesus didn’t support His kingdom ministry financially by opening the mouth of fish and pulling coins? He actually received financial support from women and invited them along with Him in ministry and this melted the minds of the religious, so much that they couldn’t receive from Jesus. Did you know Jesus could have traveled without the twelve disciples as well? It probably would have been a lot faster and simpler way to do ministry. The disciples were arguing about who is going to be greatest in the kingdom and Jesus could have said, “I’m good with the Father and I doing ministry together, you guys stay here.”

Luke 8:1-3 (NLT)

He took his twelve disciples with him, along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.

3. Jesus entrusted His entire kingdom ministry to the next generation of saints.

Jesus could have stayed on the mountain with God and had angels send letters down to the villages that He personally wrote about the good news. Why did Jesus choose to live and fellowship for three years with the disciples? Didn’t Jesus know they smelled of sweat and needed their feet washed? Didn’t He know that Peter had a temper and was racist towards gentiles? Did Jesus forget that James and John wanted to call down fire from Heaven upon an entire town? Really Jesus, why didn’t you pick some older, more mature (religious) people? I hope this doesn’t offend you but maybe, just maybe because the disciples were ready to receive relationally from Jesus and to be relationally known by others.

 If you believe in helping bear the saints burden, can you yourself trust to receive your burdens carried as well by another believer? If the answer is no, you possibly are struggling with the same offense the Pharisees were dealing with and you need healing. Knowing we need healing is the first step before having the confidence to ask the Healer to heal us! 

Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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Equipping Disciples of Jesus That Receive, Give and Serve In Grace,

Pastor Brandon