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Houston Lake Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Dr. Paul L. Bankson  |  Warner Robins, Georgia
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MInd Your Meditation
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015
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I picked up my copy of Paul David Tripp’s Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry in order to re-read some helpful sections. At one point Tripp refers to Abraham and the obvious challenges to his faith when promised by God he would have an heir but was forced to wait and wait on God to fulfill that promise. He references Romans 4:19-20 which reads:

He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,

Tripp goes on to say this in light of those words about Abraham:

For many people in ministry, waiting becomes a chronicle of ever-weakening faith because meditating on the circumstances will leave you in awe of your circumstances. They will appear to grow larger, you will feel smaller, and your vision of God will be clouded. But if you meditate on the Lord, you will be in greater awe of his presence, power, faithfulness, and grace. The situation will seem smaller, and you will live with greater confidence even though nothing has changed. Have the circumstances captured your meditation? Are there ways in which you have grown weaker in faith? Or do the eyes of your heart focus on a God who is infinitely greater than anything you will ever face? (p.133)

I found that both challenging and helpful. Abraham meditated on God and not his circumstances. On what are you meditating today? Your circumstances or the Lord? Pray for grace to focus on Him despite your circumstances.

Paul Bankson Paul Bankson

Paul Bankson is the Senior Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Warner Robins, GA. He and his wife, Connie, have three sons. A native of...

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The Happy Christian: NOT an Oxymoron
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2015
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I recently was given a pre-publication copy of David Murray’s The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World. Dr. Murray is professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary...
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How Much Water
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015
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This past Sunday we considered how baptism is for the Christian a means of growth. We looked at ways in which we can “use” our baptism. The five ways we considered that our baptism aids us in our growth is that it is a sign and seal...
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013
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I am now posting to a new blog site at paulbankson.wordpress.com
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The Healthy Church
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013
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Sometimes I am asked the question what is my vision for Houston Lake Presbyterian Church? If the person asking that question is looking for answers that involve number of members, size of staff, or size of facility, they will be disappointed in...
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The Vacation that Wasn't
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013
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If I were to rate last week’s family vacation in western North Carolina on a scale from 1-10, I’d have to give it a “4”. Like those of you who were still here in Houston County, we were in the middle of what felt like a...
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The Lion's Claws & Tears
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013
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“Up till then he had been looking at the Lion’s great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down...
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What kind of Church is that?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 01, 2013
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Woodrow Wilson served as the United States President from 1913 to 1921. Some years after leaving office he was asked what the greatest honor he had received. His answer was that of serving as an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Even after the...
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The After Easter Blues
TUESDAY, APRIL 02, 2013
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Today was my first day back in the office since Easter. I have a lot of those same emotions we all have after Christmas- there’s so much to look forward to and then in what seems like seconds, it’s all over. The church seems quiet-...
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Does it matter?
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013
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I’ll date myself here, but I remember well a 1978 movie entitled, Capricorn One. It was based on a theory that had been floating around for some time that the Apollo moon landings were a hoax perpetrated by the U.S. government. In that...
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