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Hello everyone I just wanted to give ya’ll an update on my life and what’s going on in it. I know I’ve been promising to start this blog back up for awhile, and I really mean too; I’m learning now how to better block out time and make room for things. With that being said, I plan on making at least one blog post a week from here on out. The topics will be either chosen by me or if one of y’all has an idea I’ll do it. If more than one of you have an idea then I’ll do a poll on here to see which I do.

Anyways, in February a great opportunity was presented to me to possibly become an insurance agent. I thought about it and decided to do it. This will initially be to supplement my income, but hopefully it will eventually become a career for me. On Wednesday I passed the LA Life, Health, & Accident Insurance exam, and am now currently waiting for all the paperwork to sign and turn in before I’m official, but needless to say I’m very excited about this new chapter of my life. So if any of my readers are interested in Life or long term care insurance just let me know, and I will let you know what I can do for you.

With that in mind, this is also a great opportunity because of the current situation in my job now. In January BancorpSouth bought OIB and the merger is in the works right now. May 30th is tentatively the last day my branch is going to remain open. This, however, doesn’t mean I don’t have a job, but it doesn’t mean that I do either. So at this point I’m sort of in limbo. It is slightly nerve racking not to know our fate, so prayer is much appreciated.

Also Clay Smith, Hunter Anderson, and my self have recently started a young adult ministry at our church (currently MonroeFirst switching to Resurrection Church in August) called The Loft. It is a ministry we hope changes lives and bring young adults 18-30 into God’s kingdom. If you want to be apart of this ministry we hold it every Sunday evening at 6:30 in the sanctuary of the church (603 North 4th Street, WM). If you know what a loft is then you know where in scripture we base the movement from (Acts 2) We would love to see as many young adults as humanly possible for us three come to Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Thank ya’ll for taking time out of your lives to stop by and get an update on me and what’s going on in my life. I’m looking for to this journey we’re gonna take together through this blog and I hope it touches someones life. If I can change the life of one person then I consider myself a success. Can’t wait to interact with all of ya’ll and get to know ya’ll. If you need any info about The Loft, MonroeFirst (Resurrection Church), or my new career in insurance feel free to text me @ 318-914-0543 or email me at connercreech1992@gmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook, twitter (@connercreech), and google+ (connercreech). Again thank ya’ll for reading and have a blessed week. Love ya’ll.

 

Conner Creech

Starting back up

Hey everyone long time no blog. That was corny I know, but hey just wanted to let everyone know that I’m starting my blog back up. If you have any topics you’d like to talk about message me on Facebook or email me @ connercreech1992@gmail.com I would love to hear from y’all. Hope everyone has had a great Valentines Day and a great weekend. Goodnight and God bless y’all.

Starting back up

Hey guys I’ve been gone for awhile, but here I am again. Hopefully to stay this time. Sorry about the leave of absence. Let’s get this party started.

Fear Mongering?

Hey guys I know I was doing a series on the “B” Attitudes but I’ve decided to take a break from that in order to study some other things. Today I want to bring to you a lesson on fearing God. And not an obligatory fear but a holy and righteous fear; a fear you choose. It’s been asked many times what it means to fear God and what are our “motives” of fearing God. In this I hope to explain what it means exactly to fear God and what it can do for you. All from a biblical stand point. You’d be amazed what God has written in His word for you if you would just give some time and dig. Hope you guys enjoy. As always God bless.

ALL IS VANITY EXCEPT FEAR OF GOD…

(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

What is fear of God?
                1. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (proverbs 9:10)
1a) wisdom-chokmâh- the knowledge and the ability to make the right choices at the right time.
1b) the consistency of making the right choices is an indication of maturity and development
1c) the prerequisite for wisdom is the fear of the Lord; also the desire to follow and imitate God as he revealed himself through Jesus without self reliance and w/out pride
1d) advantages of wisdom: long life, peace
1e) fruits of wisdom: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance
                                      2. Is hating evil (proverbs 8:13)
2a) hate-sânê-to be set against; outright hatred…evil-rah, antithesis of shalom (peace, welfare, wellbeing), used to denote evil words, thoughts, and actions. May also connote fierceness or wildness
*Fear of the Lord is to be set against/to absolutely hate anything that is w/out peace or well being.
                   3. Is a fountain of life; escape from traps of death (proverbs 14:27)
3a) fountain-mâqôwr- something dug; source (of water even when naturally flowing; also of tears, blood, of happiness, wisdom, progeny) progeny- something that originates from something else; a result. Related words-issue, offspring
                            4. The fear of the Lord is clean enduring forever:
              the judgments of the lord are true and righteous altogether (psalms 19:9)
4a) clean-tâhôwr-w/out impurity. To be purged of wickedness; unstained condition of spiritual nature.
    *Fear of the Lord is to be set apart from this world and enduring in purity forever; Desiring in all sincerity to imitate Jesus (the physical manifestation of God)
                                            Motives to fear God
1. His majesty: (Jeremiah 10:7, 8) There is none like God in all the earth. His power alone is motive enough for a Holy fear of him. *The created must fear the creator because when he loses that fear that’s when he retains pride, and pride comes before a fall*
2. Holiness: (Revelations 15:4) He alone is Holy. He alone is righteous, thus, he alone is worthy to judge and condemn.
3. Forgiveness: (Psalms 130:4) David is saying that he cries out to God deeply and that if God begins to mark-shâmar(watch, observe, keep, hedge up/protect) iniquities then who can stand…he goes on in verse 4 to say but forgiveness is with God so that He may be feared by all for sake of salvation. (He wants a Holy fear not a wordily fear; he wants a fear based in love not consequences)
4. Power: (Joshua 4:23, 24) fear here is yârê (yaw-ray’) this is not a simple fear but a reverenced fear (to stand in awe); implies submission to a proper ethical relationship with God.
5. Goodness: (1Samuel 12:24) This verse is saying consider everything God has done for you and fear him knowing he can take it all away in an instant…example: he allowed Job to lose everything; all power is in his hands no matter what consider this and fear him.
6. Judgment: (Revelations 14:7) fear here is phobeo (fob-eh-o) or to fear in reverence for a protracted/prolonged period of time not just in instances.
Reason to fear God: He is your creator; your author and finisher. He is your protector and your judge. He praises you, yet chastises when necessary.
Solomon was saying in ecclesiastes that everything in this world is vanity except imitating Jesus in every way. In doing this you gain much wisdom, purity, and holiness. In the end that’s all that matters!
(Fear of God can lead to prosperity:biblical prosperity)
All is vanity but fear of God and fear of God leads to everything we need!

Blessed For Meekness

Hey guys I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here. It’s been a hectic week and I’ve gotten caught up in other things. Tonight I want to continue discussing the “B” attitudes. Tonight I’m focusing on Matthew Ch. 5:5 where Jesus told the multitude, “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”

In this context meek can also mean gentle or humble; and inheriting the earth is exactly that inheriting the earth. There were no play on words. Jesus literally meant if you’re humble, if you’re gentle then you will inherit the earth. A lot of times through scriptures God and Jesus both use if/then statements. In these statements He forms almost a contractual agreement with you. And if you do as He says then He will fulfill His promises to you.

This is also a verse about kingship as well. The latter part of the verse tells you that you will inherit the earth which would make the earth your domain. Thus making you king of it. This was Jesus giving us another example of how we can establish our kingship upon this earth and into the next life. Humbling ourselves is possibly one of the hardest things to do because pride is so prevalent in our lives ever since the fall of man.

It was pride that caused man to fall and it’s pride that to this day keeps us from our full potential. And I find it to no coincidence that pride is what caused Satan to be tossed from Heaven. He uses what back fired on him as his most potent weapon to keep us from becoming who we truly are. Although this verse may seem so simple in nature, if you would dive into a relationship with God and completely humble yourself you would see just how profound it really is. Every day God would show you something different that it entails in your life.

I was listening to Bill Johnson the other day and he said something that really spoke to me and it was, “The farther you go with God the less you can take with you. Imagine walking toward God and stuff just falling off of you. What was ok last month is no longer ok anymore.” That right there is a direct result of submitting to God and humbling yourself before him. Of surrendering your everything to Him and diving deep into relationship with Him. That’s when you start to see the junk of this world falling off of you each and every day. And thats when you start to inherit the earth and establish your role in the kingdom and live up to your potential. The potential God saw in you before you were conceived; and breathed into you the moment you were.

Again this is a simple yet deep verse that if you allow yourself to dive into it you’d be absolutely surprised at what you immersed yourself in. Don’t ever get complacent with God; keep pushing and asking for more. Thanks again for reading, and again sorry it’s been awhile since I posted. Hopefully I wont have an absence like this again for awhile. Good night every one and God bless.

-Conner Creech

Blessing through Mourning

Tuesday I began a study of the “B” attitudes so to understand exactly what Jesus was trying to teach on that day from the mountain side. So far I’ve learned that being poor in spirit is something much more than I originally thought. It’s having a deep heart cry for the Father. Today I will be moving on to the next “B” attitued which is the very next verse.

Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” Again in todays
English language this has a simple meaning. All who mourn (weep) will be comforted (loved on). But what did Jesus actually want this to mean?

Pentheo is the word for mourn in Greek and its definition is more closely tied to what Jesus meant then our English word which has a very loose tie to the original meaning. Pentheo means to wail or lament primarily for the dead, but would also include and other passionate lamenting; it’s a grief that so engulfs you that it can’t be hidden. So He’s saying blessed are those who lament for the dead; more specifically the dead to Christ.

Comforted is more closely tied to the original meaning of parakaleo than mourn was to pentheo. Parakaleo translates: to call to one’s side, to come to one’s aid. So here He’s stating that He will call you to his side and He will aid you.

Through a study into the Greek roots this verse sounds more like this, Blessed are you if you mourn and lament for those in the world who are spiritually dead or tune me out for I shall call them to my side and I will aid them in their endeavors. Being called to his side alone should be reason enough to get on your face and weep for the loss, but He doesn’t stop there. He will aid you in your mission of winning the lost and seeing them converted.

And in return He’ll put in you a deeper longing to see them free of their chains. He will push you to be more like him. In my own belief this verse builds off of verse 3 because how can you have a heart for the lost (God’s heart) if you’re not ignited with His fire and desperate for more? How could His presence preceed you into the mission field if you don’t even know His presence?

The greatest blessing of all will be His presence that you will encouter when you begin to obtain His heart. It will sweep over, around, and through you like a mighty river. Still think it’s not important to talk to your lost “fill in the blank” Jesus not only taught it He lived it. If Jesus wasn’t too good to do it then surely we aren’t.

Thank you again for reading and I hope this pricked you in your heart and leads you to fall on your face before God for your lost friends, coworkers, loved ones, etc. Again anybody with personal experience and/or testimonies are welcome to share. May the Lord bless you, and keep you. May He cause His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

-Conner Creech

Poor In Spirit?

Today I started reading in Matthew Chapter 5 better known as the beginning of the sermon on the mount. Probably the greatest message Jesus spoke while on this earth. Right away he gets in to what we call the “B” attitudes. But what do they all exactly mean? I plan on spending the next few days discovering that and sharing what I find with y’all. Please feel free to comment on your studies of this as well because in my experience you’re never done learning.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. Ch. 5:3. This seems to be a very simply understood verse. You read it and at first glance you take it to mean to remain humble no matter how big you get or what talents you have. And in a way yes it does mean that, but Jesus meant it to resonate much deeper than just that. In order to figure it out you must look at what the words poor and spirit are in Greek.

Poor is ptōcheuō which when translated means the characteristic of a beggar. So at this point you know God wants you to have the characteristics of a beggar, but what are you begging for? This is where the word purōsis (spirit in Greek) comes in. When translated this word means burning, ignition, or set on fire. So in essence Jesus is saying that blessed are those that are begging to be burning, ignited, or set on fire from within for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

So are you poor in spirit? Are you begging for his fire to ignite inside of you and be insatiable? If not, why? It seems pretty clear here in Matthew that God thinks highly of those who are. So much so that he gives them the kingdom of heaven. Who has a kingdom? Kings! This verse is also dealing with establishing your kingship in his Kingdom and also revolutionizing the world around you. Will it be easy? No. But nothing that is worth doing or having is.

Why do people beg? Desperation right.?. So what He’s also saying is He wants you to become so desperate to be ignited by him or burning with His fire that you’ll beg for it if you have to. That you will cry out and plead for it because it is your sustenance; your life-source.

Again thanks to all who read, share, and/or comment on this. I hope you learned that the world needs to have a sense of desperation for the king because without it we’re heading to Hell in a hand-basket. I hope everyone has a good day and I’ll leave you with this: May the Lord bless you and keep you; May He cause His face to shine upon you, And be gracious to you; May He lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

-Conner Creech

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