Who Knows Where We’ll Go From Here

So I can’t really sleep right now for some reason. That stinks, but what are you going to do. I was just thinking about something that my wife said as a comment on my blog from the other day. It was random, but it got me thinking. She suggested that her and I start doing a blog together. I personally think that it is a great idea, so look for a link to it soon. But more so than that, the next thing she said is what got me thinking. She suggested that we do a blog together, because we might be more productive in writing if we work together. Okay follow me here. I think that it is such a perfect way to look at marriage initially and ultimately the Christian life. Of course, Kim and I are more productive when we work together, but I think that we are also more creative when we work together as well. This makes for great innovation in the way we parent the girls, and it makes for less dull time in our relationship as well. The work for the Kingdom of God would benefit greatly if we could follow this simple way of living. If we work together, serve together, and love God together we can accomplish so much more for Him. The Lone Ranger mentality truly has no place in the realm of Christianity. However, it has come to the point now where pastors and lay people alike feel they have to one up each other in order to get people to “their” church. Seriously?! I am pretty sure that is not what God had in mind when Jesus gave the Great Commission. Why does it matter if people you meet and serve in your community go to specifically your church. Just the fact that they enter any church, so long as it is a Bible believing, God serving church, is a good thing. So much cooperative community outreach ministry is hindered by the fact that each of the churches involved is too concerned with who will get the prospects from the event.

I did not mean to go on a rant, but I think that it is unhealthy, and unbiblical for that matter, for each of us to think that we have the corner on the outreach ministry market. Think of what we could do if we were willing to put aside the idea of growing “our” church and focused on growing His kingdom. This is the point that I currently find the American church, and I think these are questions that must be answered if we desire to continue to be relevant in the world.

Be encouraged to make alliances with other Christians in your community, and infiltrate your city with the love of Christ.

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Published in: on December 12, 2009 at 4:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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How do I love her?

I really think that this blog corresponds directly with Kim’s Blog. I begin today’s post with a passage from Ephesians:

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.” – Eph. 5:22-24

I begin with this because many people know it, and men have used this passage for centuries in order to lord over their wives in every way.  I am not in any way insinuating that this is not the way God intended it to be.  I think that this is the perfectly ordained order that God would have.  Wives should submit under the leadership of their husbands as equals in essence, but different in substance.  This is the way that God created it to be. However, many people, women included have an improper view of what this means.  I think that for too long people have laughed their way through the discussion of these three verses.  It think that the problem lies in the fact that people do not continue to read past verse 24.  Beginning in verse 25 we find:

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor , without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” – Eph. 5:25-27

Yes the wife is to submit herself under the leadership of her husband, but the husband in turn is to love her with a Christ-like love.  This does not mean that he laughs about the fact that she is to be made subject to him or that he treats her as if she is a slave to do anything for him.  I just think that it is time that men quit laughing their way through discussions about their wives’ submission.  Although the wife is submitting, the husband must love her in return the same way that Christ loves the church.  This really puts a huge amount of responsibility on the husband.

I guess what I am trying to say is that it is time for men, Christian men, to stop treating women as if they are inferior in every way.  Men and women are equal.  God has simply placed men in the position of leadership in the family.

I would love to know what people think about this subject.  Please comment and let me know.

Published in: on August 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm  Comments (2)  
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I can’t help falling in love with you…

I am back in the office again, finally.  It has been a hectic past few weeks to say the least.  Three weeks ago was youth camp in Daytona, two weeks ago was VBS, and last week I was in class for seminary.  This past weekend was exactly what I needed.  A weekend with just me and Kim away for a couple of nights.  It was nice to have no agenda or plan for a few minutes.  I also love spending time with my wife.  I am so proud of her!  She graduated from Georgia Tech on Saturday morning with a Masters in Chemistry.  She has worked so incredibly hard, and I know of all the time she has put in.  I am just really proud of her.

We had a great weekend though.  We got to see my roommate from college get married in what was possible the most elaborate wedding I have ever been to.  It was amazing!  They got married on the front steps of her parents estate (yes, estate) in upstate North Carolina.  It was quite a sight to behold.  Absolutely beautiful, but crazy.  Then we spent a night in Pigeon Forge, TN just hanging out and enjoying being with each other.  Meemaw and Pawpaw kept the girls for us so that we could have some time together.  I just really love getting to spend time with my lovely wife.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love my kids to death, but when they are grown and gone I still want to have a relationship with my wife.  I have to nurture that relationship on a regular basis in order for it to be as healthy as possible.  I have to fall in love with her each day.  Not because I fall out each night, but because I want God to give me  new deeper love for her each day.

Now I am back in the office.  I am hoping that some youth show up to go bowling here in a few minutes, because we were supposed to go today.  However, not a single person had signed up on the sheet that I left behind for this Sunday.  Oh well.  I hope that everyone has a great day.

Back in the saddle again…

I am back in class for the first time since the beginning of May.  I feel like it has been forever since I did any school work.  I just wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive.  Youth camp did not kill me.  These past couple weeks have been a whirlwind.  With camp and VBS being back to back I am drained of energy right now.  Now I am in class, and it is tough to stay awake.  I love seminary classes, but I am just so tired right now.  I will let you know how the week goes.

This week is also very exciting for me.  Thursday is Kim’s and my fourth anniversary, Saturday AM kim is graduating from Georgia Tech, and Saturday PM my college roommate is getting married in NC.  It will be a busy week, but a very rewarding week.  I am also very excited about the fact that kim and I have felt led of God to sponser a child through Compassion International.  Through a great amount of prayer God has introduced us to a five year old little girl from Uganda named Lunkuse.  I know that God has placed a love in our hearts for her and her family.  I cannot wait to learn more about her and tell her about us.  I am really looking forward to being a part of helping Lunkuse and her family come to know Jesus.

I hope that everyone has a great rest of the day, and I will check in later on this week.

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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