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What in the world…

What in the world was my friend thinking?  How can someone grow up surrounded by faith and then just think about leaving it all for the world. ” Why can’t I have it”, he would ask, the world that is.  I am reminded that once again it is not our parents faith that we can live on.  We have to have our own.  We must make a decision whom or what we are going to follow.  We will serve God or the world.  I shared my decision moment(s) of comparing the what the world had for me Vs God.  I can only pray that he got what I was saying.  What in the world could cause someone to want to give up everything they have in Christ for the world.  Then I asked myself this question. – What if I didn’t know Christ?  What in the world…can save us…only Jesus.  Only Jesus.  I told him to cling to the cross and focus on Jesus…the world is only a facade and its pleasures are short lived.  What in the world did I do to deserve a Saviour this awesome?  Nothing.

Peace…

“Peace I leave with you…”. When I think about this verse I think of true peace. When I read about the disciples and apostles in acts, I think about what the word “peace” meant to them. They were not living in fear but they certainly had the right too. After all they surely heard about the persecution in the church and they had been told by Jesus that it was not going to be easy in the coming ages. So what’s this peace that they felt?

I believe God has given me a really good illustration to help me understand the “peace” that he was talking about. When I lived with my parents, there was constant strife and stress and well junk…going on that the moment you walked in you felt burdened. So much struggle and stress and pain makes its home in that house. Moving out for me was a huge burden lifted. At times I felt like it was my job to hold everything together…there was no peace! Now though, as I sit here in my chair looking out the window of the house we are renting I am feeling an enormous “peace” about everything. While the finances are sketchy, I am at “peace”. While my feelings of longing to meet the woman who will become my future wife and best friend sometimes grow into frustration, I am at “peace”. I am learning that “peace” comes from learning to trust God. And I think when we realize that Christ is in control we start to realize the “peace” that the disciples must have felt. We have a God “with us” … when we realize that….how can we not have “peace”?

seeing the light

I have to descibe how awesome, make that stupendously ridiculously awesome it is to witness someone seeing the “light”. It does several things to me: it encouages me and it strengthens my walk, most of all it reminds of when I saw the light. I have had the privelage to have a family member just recently run with all her strength and tear off the curtains of the darkness keeping that light out. That light is Jesus and when he shined into her life, in her words…”I don’t want anything else”. A person who once lived in literal darkness as well as spiritual darkness…its so amazing to see the transformation. GLORY TO GOD. As casting crowns sings…”what this world needs…is a saviour in their time of need”, to change this world we need to be changed and to be changed we need to see Jesus…and we will never be the same. Priase God for the Light! so to all who are praying for the “lost cause” of a person that is so strung and hung out with darkness that they don’t want anything to do with the light….remember, we know the answer and we can show them the answer. so don’t give up, pray, wait, and pray and be the light to a world that desperately needs to see it…point them to Jesus!

Words from a Mega-vision pastor…

Recently I had the opportunity to meet Brandon Donaldson and Robert Davis from Lifechurch.tv  It was amazing.  The meeting with those guys, and others from the Orlando area opened my eyes to the size of the ministry that is presented to us.  I really felt at home, and this post further shows why.  Craig Groeschel posted some comments about what he thinks will be the Future Church.  I totally agree with his opinion…this is why I love the vision of Lifechurch.tv

Here is the post…. Taken from http://swerve.lifechurch.tv

More Bible, Less Fluff

When I was a kid, many churches didn’t engage my generation. Most of my friends “went to church” but we didn’t follow Christ. The American church (for the most part) lost touch with how to engage the younger generations.

The church needed to change. And it did. We needed to become more relevant in the way we engaged non-believers, challenged believers, and presented God’s Word. One result was the “seeker-sensitive” church. This movement brought some very positive changes, including:

  • We don’t assume everyone is a believer when they come to church.
  • We don’t assume everyone knows our language, has a Bible, or even cares about Christ.
  • We are more outward-focused.

In my opinion though, in recent years, the pendulum has swung too far. Now, in some places, church is so relevant that we almost seem to worship culture more than Christ.

It’s sad to me when pastors think a church must have:

  • Cool lights and videos
  • A coffee shop
  • Sermon series with catchy titles and intro videos
  • A stool and a table on the stage
  • Buildings with no Christian symbols
  • _________________
    (Fill in your own blank. There are too many of these things to list.)

When people do finally come to church, we should help them experience Christ—not just something that looks like a rock concert, coffee bar, or movie theater.

(I’m not saying they can’t experience Christ in those environments. I’m saying that some churches are putting more energy into environments than into the preaching of God’s Word.)

Environments don’t change lives. Christ changes lives.

The churches that thrive will be Biblical churches. God’s Word will be preached. People will feel uncomfortable, challenged, convicted. The future church will be more about preaching and living God’s Word than about attracting people with clever sermon titles, videos, and programs. Sure, we might use those things (or maybe not… GASP!). But only those who preach God’s Word will thrive. The rest will die.”