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His Adventure

July 30, 2018 1 comment

One of the coolest things I see in the Bible is when people immediately follow Jesus or the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is walking by the sea and Peter, James and John drop their nets and follow Him.

Phillip is sent down to talk to the Ethiopia eunuch and tells him about the Gospel.

Paul and Barnabas head out on a missionary journey after the church prays and fasts seeking the Lord’s will.

It’s equally disheartening when people get ahead of God in what He’s got in store. That’s how Moses ended up killing an Egyptian and spending 40 years out in the desert.

For the past several years, I’ve had the privilege to spend my Sunday mornings at a campground sharing the Gospel and Jesus with folks. I’ve built fantastic relationships and wonderful friendships.

At some point, almost all good things come to an end.

Life happens. Circumstances have happened that keeps me from giving my all to this ministry as I have in the past.

The interesting thing is that I’ve felt the Lord leading me to the end of this for a while. Maybe I should have moved along sooner.

Regardless, He has made it abundantly clear that now is the time to stop.

I’m no longer doing this ministry that I have been doing for the past 15 years or so.

I could be sad. Sure, there is a tinge of that.

But for the first time in a few weeks I feel like I’m truly following the Lord’s lead. I’ve dropped my nets. I’m moving in the direction He’s sending me.

Where that is? No idea.

But it’s a new adventure. His adventure.

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Origin Stories

July 25, 2018 2 comments

I love a good origin story.

A young man is attending the show with his parents. A lowlife approaches them demanding their money. When they resist, the parents are shot leaving the boy all alone, save a kindhearted butler. Driven by those events to the point of demanding justice and revenge, young Bruce becomes someone, something else as he grows into adulthood.

During a field trip, a high school student is bitten by a spider. Selfishness costs him the opportunity to stop the man who would later kill his uncle. Driven by guilt and grief, Peter realizes that with great power comes great responsibility.

There are countless others. People all around us with origins of their own. It’s even in the Bible.

A fisherman is told by a carpenter to follow him. He does so for three years. He has a bad moment and denies the carpenter three times. Later, Peter is restored and becomes one of the central leaders of those that follow the Way.

A man holds a crowd’s coats while they stone one they consider a blasphemer. He’s on the fast track to greatness and power. He takes a trip to Damascus to round up a group of these traitors of the faith until he is knocked off his horse by a great Light that speaks to him. Saul’s later Paul’s, course of life changes direction quickly.

There are others that could be mentioned. A father of a nation. A man who sees a burning bush. A shepherd who would later become king.

They all had origin stories.

So do you. This is how it was. I met Jesus. Now it’s like this.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. The new has come.

What’s your origin story?

Laughing and Clapping

I once read about a spider. I’m sure it was itsy-bitsy, but it didn’t climb the water spout.

No, this spider lives in a lake. It builds its next under the water. Then it spends its day traveling up and down a web that reaches the surface of the lake. When it goes up, it gathers air in a special pouch it has in its body. It takes the air to the next. Then it does it a again and again all day long.

No one really sees the spider. Not unless you’re really looking for it and know what to look for. The spider spends an anonymous life doing what God created it for.

In the cosmic sense, we’re no bigger than the spider. Imagine how big the universe is that God created. The stars that are too many to count. The worlds that we have yet to see.

God sees the spider though. The spider does its job and I can just imagine God clapping and laughing with joy over that little bitty spider.

God created us by breathing life into us. While I’ve heard it said that we should live day by day and minute by minute for God, but I wonder if we shouldn’t take it a step further.

Perhaps we should take it breath by breath. Just like the spider does.

And maybe God is laughing and clapping over each breath we take.

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Make Love, Not War

September 8, 2016 2 comments

I’m sure you’ve seen the title of this post before.  It came into the national conversation during the Vietnam War, back when I was barely a  glimmer in anyone’s eye.

The thing about this statement is that it is saying that these two things are mutually exclusive.  It’s as though one cannot hold love and war in their life at the same time.  I’m not going to speak for everyone, but I don’t really think that to be the case.

I feel the same way about something I tweeted the other day.  My tweet was some like this:

We are not called to make music, but to make disciples.

I felt pretty proud of myself after sharing this on the Twitter.  Here is the funny thing.  I got several likes when it made its way to Facebook.  However, I got some push back on Twitter.

The push back came because someone took exception to it.  They said THE way to discipleship is through making music, mainly because that is how it happened for them.

Sorry, but I can’t buy that one either.  But I did change my mind a little.

I don’t think the main thing we are called to do is to make disciples or make music.  It’s not either/or.  It’s not one or the other.  Instead, I think we’re called to something greater.

I think we are called to glorify God in everything we do.  How do we do that?

By making disciples.  By making music.  And so much more.

We might glorify God through every bite of food we take, through every swallow of drink we take in.

We might glorify God by running a marathon or walking to the mailbox.

Maybe it’s by driving the speed limit and stopping at yellow.

It could be anything.

It could be by making love or making war.  Or both.

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7 Ways To Jumpstart Your Day

January 6, 2016 4 comments

Each of us begin our day much the same: we wake up. From there our days probably vary greatly. However, we all probably want one thing.

A productive day.

A productive day doesn’t just happen. We have to be intentional about having one.

Here are seven way to make your day productive:

1. Drink water.

I begin each day by drinking 16 to 32 ounces each day. This helps me bring my water levels back up and gives me energy to begin the day.

2. Exercise.

Finding time to exercise is difficult. Time is always at a premium. Exercise will often get crowded out. Doing it early seems counter-intuitive. It will increase your energy throughout the day. 

3. Spend time with God.

It’s important for us to know God. Unfortunately, few of us  know God well. To know Him, we have to spend time with Him and we don’t spend enough time with Him.

Take in God’s word. Spend time talking to Him in prayer. Do it before the day gets away from you.

4. Spend time developing yourself.

You are always told to place a air mask on yourself first on a plane in the event of an emergency. You are no good to anyone else if you pass out.

No one will develop you if you aren’t spending time developing yourself first. Read a little. Listen to a podcast. Do something to make yourself better early each day.

5. Love your loved ones. 

Kiss your wife. Make sure your kids know you love them. Text or call someone and let them know how you feel about them.

6. Avoid the news.

Let’s face it. Most of our news is negative. Letting negative news influence your life will bring you down.

7. Eat breakfast.

Don’t skip this. Fuel up. Don’t run out of gas early.

You want to be successful each day. Don’t just let the day happen. Kickstart your day by developing a routine similar to what I set forth above.

What would add or subtract from this list?

God Laughs At Our Plans

November 16, 2015 3 comments

I planned to write this post last night. In fact, I planned to have it post at 1 a..m. like all of my others. Guess what? Didn’t happen.

Yesterday life conspired to keep me from doing what I wanted to do.

I woke up at 3 a.m. for no good reason. This made church just a little miserable since I couldn’t go back to sleep.

I taught a class after church and then came home for a bite of lunch. Shortly after that we visited with family. When we came home I took a short nap. Later we took an impromptu ride to town and didn’t get home until 9 p.m.

None of my plans for the days happened.

God laughed.

Let’s face it. We all make plans. And they get sidetracked from time to time.

The easy thing to do is to get upset about it. That’s probably where I landed yesterday.

The Lord gives us some help in this area. In James He said that suppose we make plans to do this or that. Guess what? Our life is just a vapor. It could end today or tomorrow.

God laughs at our plans.

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I’m A Failure And So Are You

November 12, 2015 3 comments

Jan and I were talking a couple of days ago.  Jan is my wife, just in case you don’t know.

We were talking about our kids.  They are getting older and our time is growing shorter with them.  In about a year and a half our daughter will be getting married.  Our son will graduate high school soon.  Life is changing and in flux.

All in all we have done a pretty good job.  We are blessed to have two great kids.  They haven’t caused or gotten into any trouble.  However, we realized there is one area we have done poorly in.

We have kept them in church, but we haven’t been good at keeping them in the word of God.  We haven’t spent enough time in the word with them.  If we could go back in time, we would change this.

We failed in this area.

Guess what?  You have failed somewhere too.

You may not be a parent, but you have failed somewhere.  You have a flaw.  You aren’t perfect.  Everything has not smooth sailing.  You have let someone down.

I feel your pain.  I know how you feel.  It doesn’t give you warm fuzzies.

There’s some good news that I want to let you in on.

It’s ok.  You don’t have to be perfect.  You don’t have to win at everything.  It’s not humanly possible.

Jesus has already won the victory.  He has defeated death and sin and all that comes with it, all of the big stuff in life that matters most.

And guess what else?  He’s got so much grace that He will cover you in so many of those failures.  You weren’t perfect in everything as a parent?  He’s the heavenly Father, a better parent than you could ever be any way.  Wherever you have failed, He’s better at that than you too.  He’s ready for you to lean in on Him.

I’m a failure.  So are you.  It’s ok.  Give yourself a break.  Pick yourself up.  Do better.  Trust the Lord.  Move forward.

Where have you failed?  What are you doing to overcome it?

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