richards on stage
i’ve been recently blogging about the fact thatÂ what we do and think in the “dark” does eventuallyÂ show up for all to see…Â Â richards said some derogatory and highly offensive comments on stage during one of his comedic routines.Â he was heckled by an alleged black man.Â in response richards “lost his mind” but at the same time revealed his heart.Â was it a shock to me?Â not really… scripture is revelatory.Â matthew told us around 50 a.d. “that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…” (matthew 12:34).Â as ridiculous and wicked as his comments were, the reality is that this man has some real issues that are beyond “apologizing” and hiring a publicist to do damage control.Â richards, like so many other “undercover”Â racists (one who has a hatred or intolerance of another race or other races)Â needÂ the gospel of Jesus Christ.Â Â as evil andÂ unprovoked as it was, it atÂ least showed all of America how desperate this nation needsÂ “therapy”…Â therapyÂ onlyÂ comes from theÂ redeeming power of theÂ good news of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection forÂ ALL mankind.Â Let’s prayerfully and humbly engage in discussions about this event allowing the sovereignty of God to wake up America to the 911 shoutsÂ of so many who don’t know Christ.Â Â as well, let’s begin to gather with people whether Christ followers or not to process the impactÂ of this horrific andÂ “cathartic” episode.Â it’s on stage now, let’s pray for redemptive opportunities and fight against a continuance of hatred…
who ministers to the pastor?Â COMING SOON -Â putting courage intoÂ God’s man.
should people wonder who we are or should they already know?Â i’ve been pondering this question… part of the answerÂ is dependent on whether we are interested in people pursuing us… i believe that inside of every human is a longing to be known and pursued.Â however, the person who is known by God is already pursued; therefore, whether humans pursue them doesn’t really matter (pause and read it again).Â the older I get the more i’m interested in God’s pursuit of me, therefore, i’m able to be myself and allow passive bystanders to see whatever they see… for the pursuit from people is not a higher priority to me than being pursued by God.Â i love to live life.Â i love to live life expressing the core of who i am.Â it is what it is…
right now in my life, i’m learning toÂ revel in God’s pursuit of me… he longs for me; he pursues me; he enjoys me; he listens to me; he is in love with me; he never gives up on me; he takes time to remind me; he cares for me; he gets thrilled with me; he embraces me; he chases me; he ventures into the darkness to find me…Â forget the games of creating suspense for people to figure out who i am.Â what a waste of time!Â God’sÂ pursuit of me started before I was even created…Â I have a God who has been pursuing me and the thought ofÂ me for an eternity.Â
let’s live life openly without reservation and without fear of someone figuringÂ us out and then giving up the pursuit… let’s ask God to free us from the bondage and the prisonÂ of trying to make people like us, think we are great, give us attention, see our strengthsÂ and conversely give our lives to the intimate expression of being on God’s radar.
i’m done living behind titles, clothes, possessions, hi-fives, cars, private celebrations, accolades, and the opinions of others.Â i have a God who isn’t playing games… he really digs me!Â he proved it over 2,000 years ago with real blood.
who is around you?
Do you have solid convictions?Â Convictions are non-negotiables that keep us from compromising and sinning against God. Convictions help us determine the necessary adjustments that we need to make in life.Â Here’s a question that all of us should ask.Â Do my friends have strong convictions that create a baseline for living?Â Or could my friends care less about convictions or pleasing God?Â Surround yourself with people with biblical convictions and high standards of biblical morality… not just morality because in a world of relativism morality has been neutered.Â Who should be around you?Â Your convictions should be around you and everyone who holds them.Â
I loved playing this innocent kiddy game with all my kids.Â They enjoyed me covering my eyes and then opening up my hands real fast with a big sheepish grin plastered on my face.Â They laughed everytime but began to catch onto the patterns as I attempted to cover up my eyes and get more silly each time.Â Unfortunately, as Christ followers our sins that we do in secret always have a way of showing up… and it isn’t funny.Â Habits, addictions, ungodly conversations, viewing preferences, affairs, etc. have a way of coming into the light for all to see as God takes the covers off of the secrets of our hearts.Â The Scripture gives us a univeral principle in Luke 8:17.Â Â LukeÂ says, “For nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light.”Â Everything done in secret is coming out, both the good and the bad.Â Let’s uncover our hearts before God in confession, andÂ repentence in order to seek His forgiveness before He takes the covers off and embarasses us, our families and all who claim the name of Christ.Â Although Satan wants to deceive us into believing it’s a game, remind yourself that it’s not.Â God’s not playing peek-a-boo.
journeying through psalm 119, you can see an authenticity in the life of the psalmist that resonates with my heart.Â in a recent study of verses 25-32, I learned that God wants to use His Word to revive hurting Christians… coming from a counselor’s perspective IÂ honestly without realizing it (before studying this passage)Â would give precedence to another human helping the hurting rather than the Word (itself).Â sounds so un-Christian doesn’t it… Yes!Â that’s the conviction I feel butÂ embrace the new appreciation I have for the power and relevance of God’s Word.Â I always knew that God’s Word could heal the hurting… but the practical how-to process was always missing… IÂ see specifically in this textÂ that God can revive the hurting Christian with the Word (alone).Â I’m not saying that God doesn’t use godly, and/or skilled people but the power to heal and revive isn’t in the person but in the Word.Â
However, whether we do or don’tÂ experience God’s revivingÂ with the Word can beÂ contingent on whether we believe God can even do it…Â Most of us believe God can do it but not necessarily with the Word alone?Â You may be saying what I said when I was studying this passage, “Why are so many people not experiencing God’s reviving and healing?”Â Â I believe the Word shows us that we intentionally or unintentionally avoid the Word and consequently, distance ourselves from God…Â We buy into our own ability or inability to understand what is happening in our lives; we believe the lies that our circumstances tell us about who we are and who God is; and we depend on our own power or lack thereofÂ to sustain ourselves while going through.Â
on the contrary, we see the psalmist asking God for help because he believes that God can teach him, sustainÂ him and uniteÂ him with the Word of God…Â Â This nugget has really sparked a passion in me for God’s Word to have the opportunity to come alive in the hearts of people in general, but especially my own.Â The Scripture is truth that is relevant for dealing with life and its struggles… Let’s ban together to be a catalyst for a resurgence of inspired truth lived out in the human experience.Â Thanks for listening…
felt (self) needs
I wish I could shout out from the roof tops to let everyone know thatÂ WellspringÂ isn’tÂ a felt needs, programmatically driven church…Â We are a missional evangelical church called by God to be on mission for him in culture.Â The contemporary, mega-evangelical church in response to the anti-traditional church movement has created a $ driven, consumerism that is teachingÂ Christian believers that the church owesÂ them a dose of felt-need medicine.Â The church isn’t called to please people, the church is called to please God.Â God is pleased when Christ followers are practicing righteousness and loving our brothers and sisters.Â
What about evangelism in a felt need church culture?Â Do we bring people to church so that they can place their order?Â No way!Â The Scripture doesn’t model bringing lost people into the church in order to programmatically recieve “healing” for their dysfunctional or humanÂ felt needs.Â God calls the church to go into the culture as servant missionaries through relationships…Â Unfortunately, the churchÂ has become full of shopaholics requestingÂ a mg of this and a gram of that instead of the Word of God.Â ThisÂ has to stop if the world is going to be reached for Jesus Christ.Â Let’s confess and repent of our mindset and mobilize a servant brigade hitting the streets instead of sitting in our pews waiting to be served and entertained.Â Holla!
there have been some days that i’m exhausted to no end… flowing in various roles and seeking to stay focused on meeting 1 expectation – God’s.Â what keeps me going?Â if you’re anything like me, sometimes you’re too tired to ask.Â i’m driven out of my delight in God.Â if i’m not delighting myself in God, finding pleasure in Him and the reality of His hand on my life i would say, see ya!Â after years of complaining and seeking the sympathy of others, I’ve grown toÂ live out of His infinite energy and notÂ my own.Â living on mission for God regardless if it’s ministry, home-making, leading a family, doing a 9-5, delivering papers or waiting on tables – it’s about delighting ourselves in Him.Â let’s not look for an audience to hear our complaints and frustrations but look to a gracious God who wants to give us His energy and perspective to endure for His glory… no gatorade, comfort food, or energy boosting vitamins… but a reliance on theÂ endlessly energeticÂ God who specializes in sharing and carrying burdens.Â
pick it up
don’t even fool yourself into thinking that you can live the christian life without the truth of God’s Word.Â “Undeceive” yourself and pick up the truth, reminding yourself concerning who God is, who you are and whose you are.Â pick up the Scriptures and read them.Â the longer you stay away from truth, the longer you will be deceived.Â let’s not rely on nothing but the truth, the whole truth, please help us God…Â
Despite whatÂ the media or pop cultureÂ may say it’s a great time to be a teen… Living in an age that embraces individuality and personal preferences would seem to be an invitation for Christian teens to get “public” and fired up about their Savior.Â What better pathwayÂ for Christian teens to express their invidual convictions without worrying about what people think.Â This is your season and opportunity to tell the world with your life that Jesus isn’t just a Sunday morning thang…
Pray right now that God would bring you a group of friends that you can hang with and agree toÂ wear Jesus withÂ yourÂ lives.Â Â Â Real blood wasn’t shared behind clothes doors for you.Â If Jesus was willing to go public for you in utter humiliation can’t you make him a priority publically with your life?Â Â There is a post ready for youÂ to get on to show off to the world what a real Christian teen looks like.Â GoÂ 4 it!Â