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Sunday Night Thoughts

May 1, 2011

I missed this last week. I was just lazy.

Next to glorifying God, being a husband is the most important God I have as a Christian. If you fail at that, then I would question how well your relationship with Christ is. Why such a strong statement? Because it’s what the Bible commands.

I am speaking at the end of the week at an event on the topic of: God’s plan for your life? To make much of Him.

It disappoints me when I hear stories of people hurting others.

For those who care… we won out first playoff game. On to the next round.

In a few weeks I am headed on my annual fishing trip. 5 days, nothing but fishing. Oh yeah.

I work with some of the coolest, best youth leaders. I really appreciate my team.

I would like to close with asking something of you. Earlier today I think my dog Moses had what I suspect was a seizure. There have been only a few times in my life where I was scared sick. This was one. His whole body started spasming, and who started breathing heavy and drooling, which he never does. So I know not every reader is a dog person, or would even understand the kind of bond you have with a dog. But I would appreciate if you said a prayer for Moses. I never thought I would be that person. But here I am, a little worried and praying myself that it doesn’t happen again or while I am at work. So think about it, and pray for Moses.

Tough Question

April 28, 2011

No Motivation

April 27, 2011

Have you ever hit a spot in life where you just did not want to do anything? I am sure you have. That is kind of how I feel with blogging. I will admit, I don’t have enough motivation. I know writing this I would go against some rule of blogging that says not to say you don’t feel like it, but I don’t care. Can I say I got nothing?

It’s funny because I do have things on my brain. I would like to write about them. But I haven’t.

So I ask this question, and I am not sure who will listen, let alone answer… but what do you do when you don’t have motivation? What do you do when life gets busy and you don’t feel like writing or trying to help things get better?

I am up for solutions. Maybe they are right in front of my face, maybe they are tucked away and I just need to find them. Anyhow…here I am. Looking for motivation for blogging, in some ways looking for motivation for life. (Trust me it isn’t that bad, don’t worry too much I will be fine.)

But can you help a brother out?

Making Much of Him for the Weekend

April 22, 2011

Leave it to me to say something that no one will actually verbalize or write out.

This weekend we will celebrate what Christ did some 2000 years ago. Many will rejoice and make much of how the Father God sent His only Son to die for SINS. Our sins. Because we don’t have a choice, we were born this way… sinners.

As I look around, I see lots of sermons, small group studies, and books on shelves of Christian book stores on how to be a better you, have a better marriage, have your kids obey you, have a stress and anxiety free life. We make much of ourselves through out the whole year. Thinking of how we can use Christ to make our lives better. The funny thing is, is that He does make our lives better so it is easy to get caught in that thought.

But this one weekend, as a Church, we will make much of Christ! We will celebrate the cross and the resurrection. Hopefully we will recognize why Christ had to come, and let it change our lives… the fact that He did come.

But after Sunday, can I ask you a question? Will you continue to remember why Christ came? Will you make much of Christ after this Easter Sunday? I pray you do. I pray I do.

* This post was written about the CHURCH, as a whole, and not about one specific church. So please note that when you are about to make a comment/ judgment about this post. Thanks for reading.

Sunday Night Thoughts

April 17, 2011

I do this for me just as much as I hope you enjoy and comment at the end.

  • I think my wife is perfect for me.
  • Doppelganger is my new favorite word.
  • How I Met Your Mother is quickly becoming one of my favorite all time shows.
  • My basketball team finished 5-4. Now for playoffs.
  • I have been cutting back my time online. Working for myself is taking more of that time.
  • If you consider yourself to be growing as a leader, remember to pray that God brings it to completion. Sometimes we think we are done growing in an area and really we don’t see God’s big picture.
  • Angry Birds. Love it! (I know I am late, but wow I am addicted.)
  • When we preach, we should preach the whole Bible. Not just the parts that make us feel good. I want to be challenged, don’t you?
  • Good Doctrine doesn’t change over the years. However, good doctrine should change you over the years. If you are not changing to be more like Christ, then you don’t know what you believe.
  • Who are you raising up? What future leader are you investing in?
  • Saying that theology bores you, is saying that God bores you. We don’t serve God to be entertained.
  • Who are you picking to win the Stanley Cup and the NBA Championship?
  • Go Bucs!

Thought this was good…

April 13, 2011

Being Righteous= being blessed? Is it guaranteed?

April 12, 2011

 

Mr. Dollar

 

 

I think before you answer the question in the title, is being righteous equal being blessed, I think you first must ask yourself is that statement Biblical? I have found the answer to that, to be yes. God blesses those who are righteous. He blesses those who are pursuing Him. Maybe I will create a list someday of how the Bible teaches that God blesses those who pursue relationship with Him.

It seems to be a popular idea, I mean, it is Biblical. It feels good. I mean who doesn’t want to be blessed and it seems as though through podcasts, books, TV, and many other forms of Christian communication there is an overall theme:

Be a moral (righteous) person and God will provide you with the life you always wanted. No stress, no money problems, a good marriage and obedient kids.

Where can I sign up? In fact, where can everyone sign up? If all I have to do is be a good person and I get what I want? Really?

Here is my concern with preaching the message above… both Christians, and non- Christians want to be blessed. Both want money, less stress, and good relationships. I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t want these things. The problem with preaching this, IS IT IS NOT REALITY. (Yes it is available, but keep following me)

When a preacher, pastor, speaker, person on TV with $5000 dollar suit, preaches this message it rarely contains any information on how to deal with reality. What needs preached is the fact that God wants us to pursue Him, and no matter what happens to find Him as satisfying. We need to preach the whole Bible, not just the parts that will get people to raise their hands at the end of the service (you know the same 15 people who get saved every week)

Here is the facts, God promises the righteous to be blessed. But I am not so sure that is a guaranteed on earth. The names Peter, John the Baptist, Moses, and Stephen come to mind as I think through the Bible. All of those guys were pursing God. And in the end, it wasn’t pretty for them. Promising people that if they get their moral act together only pushes them towards white knuckled efforts to be a good person. It doesn’t teach them that no matter what the cost, we pursue Christ because HE IS WORTH IT.

Sunday Night Thoughts on Monday Night

April 11, 2011

I missed yesterdays post. I guess business gets the best of everyone sometimes.

I took a small social media break for the past few days. I didn’t miss it, and I know I was not missed. It is a good thing to shut down for a minute… when was the last time you shut it down?

God’s grace is the most beautiful thing the world has ever experienced.

To me, being on the verge of “proof texting” is proof texting. More on this later.

I hear people use the word “Gospel” that I think have no idea of what the word means.

I just bought Adele’s “21” album. Looking forward to listening to it 3 times before I judge if it is great or not.

I have times in life where I feel like I need to announce that I am a man, can make my own decisions, and have my own opinions… and that I am smart at the things I do. Does anyone else ever feel this way?

I would like to have the time to write a book on why you should be “reformed.” Following reformed theology has increased my love for God and to give Him glory in my life.

You can’t preach that God will bless you if you are morally upright, if you are not going to explain that our reason for being moral as Christians is not to reap benefits, but to please Christ. And if we never, that we still  supposed to pursue righteousness. More on this later.

I started working on my rental house. Is anyone interested in seeing it? If I made a video would you watch it?

My wife is smarter than me. Thankful she married me. : )

You are Free

April 6, 2011

We have been talking about our identity in God for the past number of weeks in our Sunday morning services. This past Sunday I had the opportunity to speak. I talked about how our identity in God is that we are free from sin and alive to God. Romans 6 talks about this at length, that because we have been saved by Christ we are alive and free to resist sin and pursue God. But if you look at your life and as I look at mine… it seems we live in a tension.

That tension is that even though we are free from sin, how many times do you feel like you are being dominated by a particular sin? I know that I live there, and I think if you were honest, you would say the same thing. I think the key is remembering that YOU ARE FREE, if you are in Christ. And then comes our part that we actively play.

Being a Christian, empowered by the Holy Spirit, takes an effort. No one said that once God saved you, that you just stop sinning and turn into a mini Jesus. If you have been a Christian you know this is the case. I think it’s important that we know we have an active role to play. Paul uses terms like “stand firm,” “resist evil desires,” and “running the race.” We do play a part. I like what Matt Chandler calls it, “grace driven effort.”

Here are some themes that ran through out my sermon:

  • If you are struggling with the same sins that you did when you were first saved, you have a problem.
  • All sin, but especially our habitual sin, is awkward and ugly to God. It is also awkward and ugly to others. Just ask someone honest and close to you.
  • Jesus freed you from sin with his work on the cross. That doesn’t mean you keep on sinning because we now have grace.

Thanks for reading.

Prep

April 5, 2011

If you want to be good at something, I think it takes two things… see if you agree.

1. Practice

2. Prep

So today I am thinking about both. For the parts of my life that matter, how am I practicing to be better at them, and how can I prep in a more effective way?

For preaching, I am working on studying in advance, thinking 3 months ahead ( I used to think this was a dumb idea). I am also attempting to practice what I am going to say more than just a few times. This means preaching it 2 or 3 times before the day of.

For my business I recently created invoices for bids and billing. Makes things more professional. As far as practicing, I am just looking to slow down when I am working just a bit, and pay more attention to detail than I already do.

For what you do, I would be curious to know… how are you practicing, how are you prepping for what you do?

Go.