Systems and Skeletons

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Systems are beautiful. God created incredible systems to govern our world and universe.

He gave us a beautiful system within which to operate Israel’s faith. People, of course, screwed it up, but it is beautiful nonetheless.

As beautiful as it is is, though, it is only a skeleton. A skeleton upon which to hang the flesh of our faith.

Jesus

The Word made flesh.

Create all the systems you want in order to operate your faith. Just make sure they have the flesh of Jesus attached.

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The Most Important Thing

November 14, 2017 Leave a comment

thing you have to do today is to hear from God.

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I Find My Thrill

November 13, 2017 2 comments

Fats Domino died a couple of weeks ago. He sang that he found his thrill on Blueberry Hill.

That’s where I find my thrill, figuratively, of course.

I find my thrill too much in this or that or wherever or whatever.

I ought to find it on another hill.  One where the old rugged cross stood.

All other thrills should be measured by that one.

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Treat or Retreat

November 12, 2017 Leave a comment

I heard a preacher say that he spends his Sunday afternoons reading a book by John Owens.

The reason is that on Sunday afternoons he can pause to rest from the world and just delve into what Owens says about God.

It made me wonder about our Sundays.

I don’t want to be legalistic, but do we TREAT it like any other day, trying to catch up on what we haven’t done through the week.

Or do we RETREAT from the normalcy of our lives and just take a break?

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Your Dreams And Visions Aren’t Big Enough

November 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Joel told us God would give His people dreams and visions through His Spirit.

Peter preached about this later in the book of Acts.

That’s awesome because your dreams and my visions aren’t big enough.

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Today, Not Just Tomorrow

November 10, 2017 Leave a comment

I think most of us come to Christ because of tomorrow.

You see, we aren’t promised tomorrow. We might not be here tomorrow or anytime in the future.

We love that Jesus died for us so that we can have endless tomorrows.

The thing, though, is that Jesus died for more than your tomorrows.

Jesus died for your today.

He died for your waking up at 5 am.

He died for your drive in to work.

He died for that confrontation you had with your boss.

He died for that paycheck you get.

Jesus didn’t do what He did just for your future.

He died for your present.

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Appetite For Good

November 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Once upon a time, I had an appetite for destruction.

I didn’t realize that was where my appetite led me from 1986 until 1991. But, for sure, Guns ‘N Roses gave voice to it on their debut album.

The thing about it, though, is that our appetites are never fully satisfied. Thank you Andy Stanley and Thom Rainer for drilling that thought down for me.

Unless.

Unless we taste and see that the Lord is Good.

Unless we develop an appetite for Good.

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