Mr. Big Stuff, Who Do You Think You Are?

God has called me to lead His people in worship. I would love nothing more than to be able to lead the people that God has placed me in front of in a way that they don’t experience me, but rather they experience Christ. This is my goal week-in and week-out as I lead here at church and other venues. I dream about creating music that the church can use to voice what Christ is doing in their hearts as an offering of worship back to Him. There is incredible power to be found at the center of a worshiping church that rallies around the cross each week, and I want to be a part of leading people to that experience. I also want to mentor the next generation of believers/worshipers so that long after I have gone on into eternity with Jesus, they are still worshiping the same Creator and Savior.  My identity is found in Jesus and Jesus alone.  It is not in music, an instrument, a certain church, a given preacher, a style, or a preference.  I am first, and foremost, a follower of Christ and worshiper of Him.

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Published in: on December 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Do they only see who we are when who we are should be pointing them to Christ…

Last night went pretty good I guess.  I just feel that sometimes the message is lost with some of the kids that are there.  I feel like they focus on making fun of the people who are in the video rather than the message that the video was trying to convey.  I want so badly for the youth to get an understanding of what it means, and how easy it is, to share the love of Christ with others.  Last night was the story about TOMS shoes, and some of the kids simply laughed it away as if I was telling a joke about these poor children in Argentina.  My only desire is to show the youth how they can plug in to the work of God on earth.  I wish there was some way to just implant the desire in their hearts to help others.  The lyric for today is from a song entitled “Mistaken” by Warren Barfield.  Everything about us as Christians: the way we interact with others, the things we say, the music we listen to, the movies we watch, the places we go, and the people we associate with should all point others to Christ.  This is the message I am trying to convey to the youth at my church, but at times it seems as though I am talking to a brick way.  I know that there are times in ministry when it does not “feel” like things are going right, but I could really use some encouragement right about now.

You lead me and keep me from falling, You carry me close to Your heart…

I love those lyrics that Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman added to the traditional hymn “All The Way My Savior Leads Me.”  Just the idea that God carries us close to His heart is one that blows my mind to smithereens.  We are so insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and yet He wishes to protect us as a prize possession.  God loves us, and nothing can separate us from Him or His love.  Those lyrics tie into today’s post in correlation with this evening’s lesson for the youth.  We are coming off the heels of the Crazy Love study by Francis Chan, and I am trying to get the kids to understand that they simply cannot just hear what we talked about and then go about their lives as if it had no impact.  We are to go out and show the crazy love that God has for us to those we interact with everyday, and then we must move out of our respective comfort zones and reach others we do not know.  In James, we are called to be not only hearers of the Word, but doers as well.  I am trying to show the youth practical example of people who have done just that.  Tonight we are going to be talking about the story of TOMS Shoes.  It is a shoe company that gives away a pair of shoes to a kid in need for every pair of shoes that someone buys.  It is a moving and inspiring story.  If you want to read more about the company click here.  I also highly recommend that you buy a pair of shoes as well.  I am just really committed to trying to equip our youth at Westside with the knowledge of ways that they can make an impact in this world for the name of Christ.  It is so important to me that when I leave this place the youth here and those who have already moved on are able to say that I gave them the opportunity to minister.  I simply wish to show them the many avenues of ministry, and let them pray and ask God to show them which one to travel down.  I will let you know how the discussion goes this evening tomorrow.  Have a great evening.

Halleluiah! Thank you Jesus. Lord you are worthy of all the glory…

I love the Lord!  Jesus is so good to me in so many ways.  I complain about a lot of stuff, but I really don’t need to do that because God has blessed me so very much.  I have everything to be thankful for.

I have a question that I want to propose to those who read this blog.  I have been thinking a lot lately about grace.  I am truly not worthy of what God gives me, on my own.  However, in Christ I can approach the throne with confidence.  I was wondering what others think about grace.  The concept, the thought, the idea.  I have always thought of grace as God given us what we don’t deserve, but I wonder if others feel the same way.  I was really hoping to start some good discussion with this idea.  Let me know what you think and how you feel.

Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm  Comments (1)  
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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.

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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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