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Daniel 6 and the worlds secret hope

So many companies have a mission statement, but how many of those companies derived their mission statement from God?

I was reading in Daniel 6 today and could not help but notice how God seemed to speaking to me. Right now I am like Daniel. I have a choice of whom or what to serve and try to devote myself to God. It occurred to me though how much the king was watching Daniel. You can almost hear the king saying to himelf “please oh please deliver Daniel…please oh please be real God of Daniel!!”. The scripture in Daniel 6:18-20 really helps paint the picture. The king can’t even sleep!
Now to bring this back to where you and I are in today’s world…Imagine how many people could be just like King Darius in todays world. They look at us going through some crazy and scary circumstances and the whole time they are looking, hopeing, and looking for our God whom we say we believe in to come through and deliver us or comfort us or get us through our circumstances. How awesome…scratch that…how life changing would it be for that unbeleiving but hopefully doubting person to realize “that He is the livng God and he edures forever…He rescues and He saves…”. That is what I can’t stop thinking about right now. No wonder the devil hits you at certain times when you are on top of the world spiritually. He wants to destroy us. Lord let us realize people are watching and some are hopeing that what we say is true…that our God does live ad deliver and save and change us! I pray that they melt from realizing that their one tiny hope turned out to be true.

“There is no one like our God…for greater things are yet to come…and greater things are still to be done in this city…you are the God of this city.”

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Going to start using this…

Well, I had kind of forgotten I had this blog. I originally started it to share my thoughts on the ministry that Justin and I were going to “start”. God has since taken us in a different direction, but I do not think the door is shut. So… I decided after spending the day on the river thinking…I will use this as a more of a spiritual journal/life journal. And…to make it even easier for anyone to read… (drum roll please…..) I installed the blog into my facebook page. Very Cool…I know. 🙂 Now I have to learn how to blog!

Goin’ All the Way! NOW AVAILABLE!

The new book from Craig Groeschel is now available.  It is based on a sermon of the same title.  It covers finding your #1, then your #2.  “Remember, your #1 is Christ”, Craig cautions in his book!  I can’t wait for the books to hit the shelves. Now, only if I could find my #2… 🙂

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.”