Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I'm sorry that I haven't blogged in a while, but this time it has not been entirely my fault. I've been having some internet issues and today is the first day in weeks that the internet has brought up my blog page. Its not fixed yet, but I am working on it, so please don't give up on me. I'm planning on changing my blog address and making my own page instead of the OBC youth page. Stay tuned for more details.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
1. Realize that authentic joy in God is a gift.
2. Realize that joy must be fought for relentlessly.
3. Resolve to attack all known sin in your life.
4. Learn the secret of gutsy guilt - how to fight like a justified sinner.
5. Realize that the battle is primarily a fight to see God for who he is.
6. Meditate on the Word of God day and night.
7. Pray earnestly and continually for open heart-eyes and an inclination for God.
8. Learn to preach to yourself rather than listen to yourself.
9. Spend time with God-saturated people who help you see God and fight the fight.
10. Be patient in the night of God's seeming absence.
11. Get the rest and exercise proper diet that your body was designed by God to have.
12. Make a proper use of God's revelation in nature.
13. Read great books about God and biographies of great saints.
14. Do the hard and loving thing for the sake of others (witness and mercy).
15. Get a global vision for the cause of Christ and pour yourself out for the unreached.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
The challenge that screams out through the voice of God's word is to be and pursue what matters most. Its a sobering gut-check when I ask myself if I value Christ enough to offer up my son, my unborn daughter, my wife, hobbies, etc... all for the glory of God. Do I value my King enough to forsake it all? I would submit to you reader, if you're going to be what matters most in life, you must be willing to forsake it all for the one who matters most. The world says that you are a great dad if you do this or that, but if what you do is not for the glory of God than you're fatherhood is wasted. If what parents do and how they teach their children is a cultural norm but a transgression of God law than their parenthood is being wasted. If you're a student and your primary concern is to make the best grades, but your efforts are all self-centered rather than Christ-centered than you've wasted it. Suffice it to say, that in all that we do, we should do for the glory of God.
One indictment on Christianity today is the fact that we suffer from displaced value. We value our net worth, our social status and all other idolatrous indulgences more than we value the King. If the Lord asked you to give up your CEO status for His glory would you do it? If the Lord said stop looking for love in your high school dating scene and find true love in Me, could you do it? What if the Lord said pull your kid out of athletics on Sundays so that he/she will understand that I am more important, could you do it? What do you value most?
Do what matters most, be what matters most and pursue the one who matters most.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I've been asked a number of times if I would ever go back and relive highschool. The answer is a resounding no. I can count on one hand the redeeming values that I walked away with from high school. The problem wasn't high school itself, but the choices that I made during it. Now that I've been an alum for over 10 years that whole hindsight concept is really prevelant. The worst years of my life have been spent as a teenager. Oddly enough, I spend my life ministering to those who are at the age that that was the most trouble for me. To this day, I am overwhelmed at the grace of God in my life. In the last 10 years, I've gone from those above mentioned characteristics to pastor, committed husband and father. Who would've thought. Not Me!!!! And do you think that for one moment I just randomly, in the midst of my pursuing the flesh, deciding to follow Jesus? Hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahha How ignorant is that? I didn't decide on a whim, Jesus broke me and interposed Hmself into my life; thats what happened. How dare I take away the workings of Christ by taking credit for something I could never do?
In few short weeks I will be seeing many old friends that only remember me as I remember them. That simply will not do. I've been upgraded and I want them all to know. If the Lord wills, I will get to share my story with many who, unfortunatley, are no better off than they were a decade ago. If you're reading this, please pray for me as I set out to make much of Christ among my former peers. For the glory of the Lord.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This is a sermon by Mark Driscoll who is the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seatlle. This sermon was preached at the Advance 09 conference in North Carolina a few weeks ago. The basic premise is to exhort those who take good things and make them into god things which in turn, become bad things; namely, idolatry.