Saturday, October 30, 2010

Opening to second message

Below is the opening of the 2nd message around a three part series concerning Luke 15. Sometimes, it's just good to write down what you believe in.

Let me ask you a question: When was the last time you were awed by God? No, I am not talking about a good emotional feeling .I am talking about an arm hair raising, fall on your knees type of awe. My prayer tonight is that you awed by simplicity and power of God’s written word. Thousands upon thousands books have been written about how to live a Christian life and the answer has been right here along right before our eyes. The problem is few are willing to put forth the effort to truly find the answer.

As we dive into night, I want to give you a few reminders. Our starting point tonight is God’s spoken word. I believe every word to be true and purposeful and without fault. I believe the Bible to one complete redemptive story from beginning to end, one piece of rope with 66 knots leading us home, I believe in the trinity of God, thou I can’t explain all details I believe God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one working together to bring Glory and Honor to his name and I believe each of us has a unique role to play. Our task is to not try to figure out our role but live in such a way our lives and the lives of those around us depends on our willingness to simply surrender to him and trust and follow him on the most incredible journey. A journey only he can create and design for us.

Moments like this...

In moments like this all you can do is stand in AWE of Him.
Colossians 1

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[f] your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Do we dream big enough?

I heard this quote from Scott Lenning the other day.

Attempt something so great for God that it is doomed for failure UNLESS God is in it. Is there something you always wanted to do? You have always wondered if it's coming from God. How will you ever know unless you put one step forward to find out.

Remember - changing the world happens when we Touch One life, community, village at a time.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

He really is who He says He is!

Do you have an expectant heart?
Call me stupid! Yeah, probably not the normal way to start your day but reality is WE have a God who loves us in ways we can’t begin to understand. A God who is constantly moving and working out every detail of our lives and somehow we think He is against us when things don’t go are away. The lights bulbs keep going off. Do I pray with complete belief and conviction that He is going to answer? Do I truly trust Him with my life and that of my family?

I have been reminded so many times in the past week that God is involved in every little detail of our lives. I wonder if His delight comes from watching His children surrender to Him…giving up all that we are so HE can show all that He is.

Amazed!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Laying it down

“Lay it down…for just 10 days…lay it down! Are you willing to totally let go for 10 days and trust God”. I heard that several nights ago during a Beth Moore Revelation Study and can’t those words out of my head. Am I willing to “lay it down”…how many times have I been at this exact place in my Christian journey. Holding on to something so tight and not letting go. As if I know better than God.

My world seems to be changing so fast, as God increases my knowledge and thirst for the word. Simple truths and words seem to jump off the pages of scripture or appear as big bold letters. Kathy’s ministry at Valleydale is truly amazing to watch…the young people truly love her and have grown up with her all around them. Jessica and Shannon’s ministries are also flourishing and they so humble me. I will share more, once I have their permission. I have never been more s excited and convicted about the Gospel message than I am right now. The more I read the more convinced I am that the time is now. We must not wait we must impact the world by touching one life at a time.

So what am I laying down?
Haiti! My family and I have been invited to work with several local churches in and around Port of Prince the week of Christmas (12/23-12/31). Kathy and the girls would conduct VBS events for the kids during the day and I would have the opportunity to speak three to four nights. I truly never expected to go back to Haiti this fast.

God’s timing.
Is always interesting, I look around my house and there is so much that needs to be done right now, but yet this amazing open door stands in front of us. Yet, I stand here struggling to figure out how I can make it happen. Should we send letters, should I go and get a loan or should I “lay it down”. Here’s the kicker that I can’t get past. I truly believe God has been pouring three messages into to me the last few months. Currently, I am taking a 13 week class on how to preach from one of the most gifted expository preachers of our time. Our assignment was to select a chapter of the Bible from a list he provided. Our group chose Luke 15. For those who don’t know this is a parable Jesus told to a select group of people revealing He is the Great Shepherd, He is the Light of the World and He is God.

So, I am laying it down! I am committed to not sending support letters or do anything else the next 10 days. I do ask for your prayers for our family. Jessica is currently in Peru (until the 17th), Kathy and Shannon are feeling under the weather. Most importantly, I hope you also consider laying it down for the next 10 days. What are you holding onto that you simply won’t let go of? Lay it down…and lay it before who was, who is and who’s to come.



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