much more than what we do

09/08/2006   |      |       |    0 Comment

i’m learning that our significance as people who love God isn’t found in what we do for Him but what He has already done.  peering into our hearts and motivations we may see an intrinsic motivator that has nothing to do with God.  his death on the cross ended the quest for significance and began a quest for full obedience.  we don’t get significance from earthly pursuits but from the ultimate outcome of the cross and the cross alone.  our significance has already been determined.  who are you apart from what you do?  embrace what God has sealed in heavenly places.

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don't desert Jesus

04/25/2006   |      |       |    6 Comments

is celebrity “wisdom” taking over the thoughts and actions of christians?  yes, it’s amazing to see arising out of the abyss of depravity believers who gladly embrace the mantel of celebrity status.  many are striving to be a celebrity or a guru in some corner of self-proclaimed truth.  we don’t need more celebrities; we need more humble servants who are willing to stand for the truth and live it.  who are we listening to?  what christian has become your “oprah?”  there is nothing wrong with gleaning from the proclaimed truth of God’s humble servants but always remember john’s words, “the Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.”  the Spirit can still speak to us, offering us insight into God’s heart for our lives.  Jesus’ words still give life and produce fruit.  they may not possess the glitter of celebrity status or the popularity of your best inspirational preacher but jesus still has the words of eternal life.  being in tune with what the Spirit is saying through the Word of God takes consistency, humility, patience and discipline.  hang in there… jesus’ words are hard to accept at times but are the only words worthy to be accepted.  facing a life challenge, a tough decision, embarking on a new relationship, trying to find life’s direction, in need of a boost, struggling with being single, in a financial bind, frustrated at work, overwhelmed by a complacent spouse, tired of a disobedient child, or experiencing a season of dry bones.  wherever you may be God’s Word is sufficiently capable of whispering life into your situation.  trust Him enough not to desert Him for a counterfeit celebrity who has deserted jesus.  read and listen to the Spirit speak to you…  you can’t go wrong!

john 6:60-71

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don’t desert Jesus

04/25/2006   |      |       |    6 Comments

is celebrity “wisdom” taking over the thoughts and actions of christians?  yes, it’s amazing to see arising out of the abyss of depravity believers who gladly embrace the mantel of celebrity status.  many are striving to be a celebrity or a guru in some corner of self-proclaimed truth.  we don’t need more celebrities; we need more humble servants who are willing to stand for the truth and live it.  who are we listening to?  what christian has become your “oprah?”  there is nothing wrong with gleaning from the proclaimed truth of God’s humble servants but always remember john’s words, “the Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.”  the Spirit can still speak to us, offering us insight into God’s heart for our lives.  Jesus’ words still give life and produce fruit.  they may not possess the glitter of celebrity status or the popularity of your best inspirational preacher but jesus still has the words of eternal life.  being in tune with what the Spirit is saying through the Word of God takes consistency, humility, patience and discipline.  hang in there… jesus’ words are hard to accept at times but are the only words worthy to be accepted.  facing a life challenge, a tough decision, embarking on a new relationship, trying to find life’s direction, in need of a boost, struggling with being single, in a financial bind, frustrated at work, overwhelmed by a complacent spouse, tired of a disobedient child, or experiencing a season of dry bones.  wherever you may be God’s Word is sufficiently capable of whispering life into your situation.  trust Him enough not to desert Him for a counterfeit celebrity who has deserted jesus.  read and listen to the Spirit speak to you…  you can’t go wrong!

john 6:60-71

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No wasted wire

03/01/2006   |      |       |    5 Comments

Did you know that God is the premiere wiring specialist?  He not only knows how to wire us but also the purpose for our wiring.  Never fret or think that God doesn’t have a plan to use you.  He has always declared a purpose for everything He creates.  Every circumstance you’ve experienced hasn’t altered your wiring; it’s only enhanced it for God’s purposes.  He is not wasteful.  He uses the sum total of our life experiences, circumstances and outcomes for His glory.  Inside of you is a well wired package ready to be delivered to a thirsty world.  Ask God to help you find it in prayer.

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Living Large (sample)

02/01/2006   |      |       |    6 Comments

People all around the world are searching for life.  The thirsty are feverishly exploring and looking under every “rock” in an attempt to discover the meaning of life.  However, Scripture teaches us that life is living in relationship with and for God.  If life is living with and for God then how can one live “life” apart from God?  The frank reality is that this isn’t living.  We live in a post-Christian world and exist in a Post-Christian culture that “lives” without acknowledging God with great “satisfaction.”  In the patristic period (100-451 BC) Pelagius, a British ascetic monk argued for a human life of human autonomy.  He believed that the resources for salvation were inside of us independent of “grace” – unmerited favor given from God.  Augustine (354-430) argued that there is no such thing as salvation apart from the grace of God.  Augustine says human nature is weak, fallen and frail; Pelagius says human nature is autonomous and self-sufficient. Scripture proclaims that man can’t save himself (Ephesians 2:8,9).  We cannot have life or live life apart from the grace of God.  What would your life look like if God’s grace wasn’t extended to you?  Another question to ponder is how have you acknowledged and lived out God’s grace today?  Psalm 145:8 says, “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”  Although His creature’s sin has provoked His vengeance, He still is loving and patient towards them.  The text says that he is “rich” in love.  The Hebrew writer tries to help us to see the brevity, extent and magnitude of His love.  His love is LARGE and His grace or graciousness is revealed in the love that He demonstrates to us.  In order to live life with and for Him, we must “live large.” We must learn how to live as recipients and givers of His LARGE love and grace.  May today be a day that we put on display to an independent, self-sufficient, pseudo-autonomous culture God’s LARGE love and grace, intentionally changing the world for His glory.  

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