I’m Not Okay With This.

Can I take a minute to get brutally honest with y’all. Wherever you’re at, could you just give me a minute. I’m looking for a chance to unload — a chance to share something very personal and cutting. Continue reading

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Memorial Day.

img_08841I did my Bible reading this morning over a cup of tea. And as God is prone to do, He drew my eye to an interesting verse on this Memorial Day.

“This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.” -Ex. 12:14, ESV

This command to Moses comes just after the institution of the Jewish Passover festival. But I couldn’t help noticing the miraculous timing of this verse in my life. So I thought, for this Memorial Day when I read about the memorial day of our faith, I would discuss some of the people I personally consider heroes of our faith. Some you will know, some you will not; some are soldiers, some are not; but all are members of the army of our God. Continue reading

Through.

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I wanna talk about Job today.  Just for the sake of the discussion, I’m going to assume someone is reading this who has never heard of Job.  Job is a character in the Bible; he actually has his own book in the First Testament.  If I were to boil Job’s story down it would sound like this:

Job was a good man and loved God.  Satan wanted to make Job curse and deny God so God allowed Satan to test Job.  In one day, in just a short time span of that day, Job lost his fortune, his family, and his fitness…but never his faith.

That’s the HYPER-condensed story of Job (I would encourage you to click here and go read the entire book of Job if you haven’t before.)  When people read the story of Job there are two usual responses: 1) look how holy Job was! and/or 2) look what God allowed Job to go through. Continue reading

Test the Test.

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I have a bulletin board on my desk.  What do you want from me?  I have cinderblock walls and poster tabs don’t work well!  Anyway…on that bulletin board I have a small piece of paper with a word on it.

Perspective.

God has revealed to me over the past few weeks that this is our word for the year.  Over and over, He has been encouraging me to shift my perspective, and then…oh then!  Let’s just say I shift my perspective and He blows. my. mind. Continue reading

Church. With a Capital “See”.

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Suggested Listening: “Church With No Walls” by Noah Cleveland

Let’s take a second this morning, this gorgeous Saturday morning and hear a word from the book of Ephesians.  You know, as Christians (especially hip Christians), you sometimes hear phrases such as “Jesus is my homeboy” or “Jesus is my main man”.  Oh…wait.  You haven’t heard that?  Well I have.  And I don’t really agree with those.  Jesus is my Savior, my True Love, my Best Friend.  But Paul now…Paul is my homeboy.  Paul is my guy, Paul is my ride or die!!!   Continue reading

Supplying Every Need.

“This is what God says–
forget about what’s happened;

don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present.
I’m about to do something brand new.
It’s bursting out!
Don’t you see it?
There it is!
I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”
-Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (MSG)

When you get into the hard times in life, it is quite often too easy for the enemy to convince us that we have been abandoned.  That God may have been a great God in the past, but His miraculous works are no longer a factor in our every day.  Can I be blunt?  That’s a lie. Continue reading