Love is not a fight, but it’s something worth fighting for.

I know I have used that lyric before, but it fits with today’s post.  I don’t really have a lot to say today, but I am trying to be daily with my posts on this thing.  Westside Baptist Church, which is where I work, is showing the movie Fireproof tomorrow night for free.  Everyone is invited.  We are trying to get out into our community and reach people.  I hope that people show up and see this movie.  It is a great film about making Christ the center of every marriage relationship.  I think that it will be a great night and opportunity for Westside to reach out into the community.

I hope that these posts that I put up are speaking to people’s hearts, and I hope that everyone has a great day.

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Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I’m not a tightwad; I’m just really frugal.

Since my last two posts have been rather deep in nature I thought that I would be a little lighter today.  I just wanted to say first off that I love my wife.  If you have read this blog for any amount of time you already know this, but I needed to say it again.  I love that she is so outspoken about what God is doing inside of her heart.  I love it that we can talk about what God is doing in our family and that we can pray for God to show us how we can make an impact in our community for His sake.  I love that she allows herself to be used by God.

I also must admit that her coupon fetish is very contagious.  I absolutely love going to the grocery store with her to help her save money.  It is like an obsession, and I really enjoy it.  For instance, we got $105 worth of groceries Sunday evening for only $51.  Yeah that is awesome.  Another thing is that I found a coupon for a free medium pizza that I used for lunch today.  Yeah I just took the coupon into Papa John’s and they gave me a free pizza.  No purchase necessary.  It was awesome.  I just wanted to say that she is cool, and her money saving mindset makes me happy.  I hope thata everyone has a good day.

Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm  Comments (1)  
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I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.

I hope that everyone is doing great today.  I am having a great day so far.  I got to spend the morning with my wonderful daughter, and work has been light today.  So I want to share this thought.  The title today is from Philippians 3:10.  Paul is talking to the members of the church at Philippi about how they need to be keenly aware of the fact that nothing compares to the power of knowing Christ.  I think that it is important to remember that the verse does not end at the word “resurrection.”  I think that Christians in America have fallen victim to believeing that Christianity is just this thing that we do one day, or two days at the most, every week.  The fact of the matter is that Paul writes, “that I may know him [Christ] and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Phil. 3:10).  We are supposed to share in the suffering of Christ.  The truth of it is that the more we suffer for the sake of Christ the closer we are to Him.  The church is not suffering in the United States.  I think that this has led to an atrophy of our spiritual muscles.  Even if we say it, we do not really want to share in the suffering of Christ.  If we did we would live vastly different lives.  I think that we need to become consumed with Christ in our lives.  We have to be honest with God in our prayer times.  It is not like we are going to trick him into believeing that we want to share in Christ’s suffering.  In order to be the Christians that God wants us to be, and in order to be consumed with Christ, we have to share in the suffering and poverty of Christ.  The question is:  Are you willing to be honest with yourself and tell God either that you want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection without suffering and skipping the process or that you want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and share in His suffering so that you can experience true fellowship with the Lord?

The American church has preached the prosperity gospel for too long, and it is the time for the people of Christ who understand that being a Christian is not always easy to rise up and help the rest of the country see that in order to share in Christ’s power we must share in his suffering.

Published in: on February 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm  Comments (1)  
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Jesus, Your words are better than life

I love getting to spend time with people who care about doing what God has called them to do.  It is so refreshing to get together with fellow believers who actually want to make an impact in this world before God the Father calls us home to heaven.  I think that it is of paramount importance that American church members begin to transform into followers of Christ who live in community with one another.  I am not saying that we all need to move into a giant compound and live secluded from the world, but rather I am saying that we need to stop playing church and actually be the church.  Why is this such a hard concept for so many people to grasp?  Christ called us to be the church.  You will not find a passage in Scripture where Jesus tells the disciples, “I want you to build a building that you meet at on a weekly basis for approximately 2 hours, and maybe occasionally have a pot luck dinner because those are really fun.”  That is not in the Bible, trust me on this one.  Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them all that I have commanded you, and surely I am with you until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).  We, as Christians, are a people who have been called out by the Lord Most High.  Why in the name of all the is good would we not follow the command of Jesus.  I think that it is important to point out that when you look at that passage in the original Greek language the only to verbs are “Go” and “Make.”  The other action words are participles.  Therefore, the two verbs are emphasized and should not simply be glazed over in reading the passage.  We are to go and make disciples.  It is a fact that we cannot “Go and make disciples” while we are pinned up inside of our comfortable church buildings.

Now do not misunderstand me.  I m not saying that every Christian needs to move to Uganda next week.  There are thousands of needs in your own backyard.  The thing is, we have lost the quality of caring for other people.  It is always considered to be to inconvenient.  I mean I know that some people have to be home to see American Idol every week, because their salvation might actually be lost if they don’t know who made it through to the next round, but in the meantime there are people in the Atlanta metro area who are literally dying without ever having heard about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is not a laughing matter.  We are called to be ambassadors for Christ and we take that calling so lightly that it is disgusting.  We have become so lazy in our faith that it is appalling.  I say these things to try to motivate you into action for God.  This is a call to action to minister to the people that we live next door to or the people that we drive past on our way to work every day.  I have decided that I will not be a man who lets my life pass me by, and I have made no impact in this world for the sake of Christ.  I echo the words of Joshua when he says, “Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

We have to ban together with our fellow believers and create a coalition that can make a mark on our communities.  It does not take much to speak volumes into the lives of people.  It is not going to be easy, but God neve promised that it would.  It will take hard work, and you may even sweat a little, but the reward will be great in heaven.  Let me know what you think about this.  I am not even remotely the first person to either think or blog about these lines of thought, so I know you have opinions about them.

Published in: on February 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm  Comments (2)  
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Forever, You are the God of my story, write every line for your glory.

I get it.  It has been too long since I blogged.  I have no excuses, but anyway.  The bad thing is that I do not really have that much to talk about.  I am excited that Kim and I finished our taxes last night.  So that is really good.  You know now that I think about it I do have something to say.  Look at the title of this post.  I have come to realization that I need to not worry about the direction of my life or about things that may upset me at times.  My life is for God and for making Christ famous.  I want to live a life where God writes every line of the story.  I know that there will be days when it will not seem like things are going well.  This is just a fact of life in this fallen world.  However, God never promised us that things would be easy; He just promised us that He would never leave us.  I cling to that fact every minute of every day.  There is absolutely no way that I could make it through even one hour without God’s guidance.  I have determined that from now on I will rely fully on God whenever I feel that I may be getting upset about something that I have no control over.  The fact of the matter is that I have been called to serve God, and that does not involve being concerned with things that I cannot control.  Please leave some comments on this matter.  I would love to see how others feel about this matter.

Published in: on February 19, 2009 at 10:46 am  Comments (1)  
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