Friday, March 17, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Let us walk wisely, use our time wise and accurately share Christ love today.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
We need to build our own endurance. We need to help build other people’s endurance. We need to focus on Christ. We need to encourage others to focus on Christ.
May we press on in our faith and fix our eyes on Christ today.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
As I stood at the edge of the platform 30' in the air with my six year old son next to me, I realized there was no time for me to be scared. I said quick prayer, I mean we were are at church camp, maybe I should have prayed a little sooner.
"Landon, do you want to do this?" I asked him in the calmest voice I could muster.
"Yes, dad," he timidly replied.
On that affirmation I told him we go on three, "1...2...3!" and I jumped from the 30' platform.
Seven months ago Landon and I stood in line waiting for him to go off a 12' zip line at Camp Tejas. With his gear on he looked up to me and asked, "Dad, did you do this at my age?"
With hesitation, I replied, "Son, dad has never done the zip line." He went on to zip several times and loved it.
Fear. I noticed in 2009 a small amount of fear crept into my life. Maybe it was upcoming fatherhood or maybe it was age, for some reason fear was real to me. Fear prevents many people from doing many things: zip line, talking to others, dark rooms - the list is probably endless. In my case, heights was the fear.
As I watched my six year old son climb up the 30' ladder at Trinity Pines Conference Center, I knew I had to choose life over fear. To be there beside him, comfort him and experience something with him; fear needed to be expelled.
I confess, I did ask the ropes course certified facilitators to check Landon and my own gear at least 15 times, just to reassure myself. Of course, once would have been enough, but 15 times is acceptable too.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Whether it's a 30' zip line or telling someone about Jesus, we need to put fear away and begin to live in the power of Jesus. Love others, control ourselves and let Jesus rule. These are just a few things God reminded me about at our week at camp.
Thank you, son, for being fearless when your dad was not. An encouragement to me in a huge way. And I loved the zip line! I think we are all looking forward to our next adventure.
In Christ, live without fear, otherwise you are not living.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
As I prayed this evening, I found myself arranging some paperwork on the dining room table. Among the papers I found this promise from God: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
For various reasons, I have taught Landon (and attempting to teach Logan) to spell the following scripture reference. I have heard him say it out loud, but this was the first time I had seen it written. Upon puling the paper out from the stack, I was reminded that God has a purpose for you and me. Whatever we are facing, His promise is still relevant.
"All things," reminds me that God is in the details. Nothing is a surprise to Him: what we say, think, do or ignore to do, God knows all. Of these things, God knows what will happen. Within knowing this, there is grace. Due to my human nature, I am going to make mistakes or poor decisions from time to time.
The gift of grace, according to God's plan, covers you and me. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me," it states in 2 Corinthians 12:9. As we trust and follow Jesus, it is His grace that washing away our sins - past, present and future. All these things we face: good, bad, tough, painstaking, whatever they may be have a purpose.
That purpose is to make you and me look more like Christ. As we experience all these things in our time, He is using all the experiences to chip away anything that does not look like Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus, for reminding me tonight that those who follow you, who love God are experiencing many things that He will use to further His Kingdom and will ultimately make His name known greater among the nations.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
"And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
"I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart Where? Down in my heart! Where?Down in my heart! I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart Down in my heart to stay."
During this time of Advent, may we reflect upon the greatest birth announcement in history - the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. He offers you and I the greatest gift we could receive, salvation from our sins. Have you heard the news? Have you shared the news? Tell someone this season about Jesus and what He has done for you. Blessings and Merry Christmas.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 29:19-20
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
It is such a joy to watch this two boys grow up. They say silly things. They love to play and pretend. They love to learn. On that particular night, I sat there and attempted to imagine what Landon and Logan would look like when they were 16 or 25 years old, but stopped my frivolous thoughts. "Just live now," I reminded myself. As a kid we couldn't wait to be teenagers and as teenagers would could not wait till we were adults. I am glad to say, I am satisfied right where we are.
God has allowed me the opportunity to stretch in ways I did not foresee. Due to some circumstances within the church God moved my family and I to, I was called upon to preach Sunday mornings and Sunday nights. This period would run from June through September. I was able to preach through the book of Colossians in the summer and adapt a series based on one of my favorite books. As I sit and reflect, I am asking myself, "What did I learn?*"
- Always be ready, in and out of season. God tells you and I to do this. It is important to identify what our faith is grounded in, what our story is and how we can share it. Out of these thoughts, we ready ourselves for conversations inside and outside the church.
- Listening is important. Many have more experience than I and many have lots of stories to tell. If you are always talking, you will miss out on something. We must learn how to listen to others.
- During the listening we need to be sensing weather the Holy Spirit is among us or if the flesh is talking. Sometimes, people just like to talk, but its in those conversation that someone shares what is on their heart that God delights. We can learn and grow from one another, if He is apart of our conversations.
- Take time to slow down and spend time with your family - now. Ministry 101, as Martin says, is within the walls of our own homes. Is my electronic device in my hands? Is the TV on? Or am I spending the precious moments with my wife and two children.
- Some of our best experience comes by doing. Being able to lead in such a way allowed my to serve in such a role that God has called me to. Maybe I am not there just yet, but in His time, God has called me to pastor - And I plan to keep doing that, loving the sheep and loving those who need to see Jesus. That's what we are called to do, right? Love God and Love Others.
"Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so."He loves us that much! So simple, yet so true. Blessings.