I know this has been said and over-said almost to the point of losing its merit… but..your value was determined by Jesus on the cross 2,000 years ago. Who you are, how much God loves you, and your worth was all determined by Jesus and his loving act of sacrificing himself on the cross. That is where you must continually go to be reminded of why you need to stay on this planet.Read More →
I wonder if “obedience” is the wrong word to use when we talk about what it means to follow Jesus. Obedience is only the beginning part. Once you walk with Jesus for a while, it’s not about being obedient anymore. Christ just compels you. It’s impulsive and intuitive. When you live in relationship to him well, the walk becomes a joy not a drudgery. I’m not living the way I’m living out of obedience as much as out of a genuine recognition that apart from Him I can do nothing. My motives have changed. I’ve experienced his love and grace so much thatRead More →
Our marriage stories are supposed to be a mirror image of the story that God is trying to tell. That’s why healthy relationships and marriages are so important. That’s why we believe that marriage, as it is understood in the Scriptures, is important. It is a metaphor for something more magnificent than us.Read More →
Put down your picket signs, your white-colored, black-colored, middle eastern-colored glasses….
Put down your raised fists, your guns, your rights to yourself, your pre-conceived ideas of what other people are or are not…
Put down your hatred, your lack of vision, your selfish ways…
Pick up a cross…Read More →
“We taught Christians to see themselves as the church in our city, instead of seeing church as only an event they attend on Sunday. They learned how to see all of life as sacred and every action as part of God’s missionary work in the world. They began to see that he was in them, working through them in the normal stuff of life.” Jeff Vanderstelt From A Consuming People to A Missional People? In our journey of learning how to be missionaries to our own city… I want to take a step back today before I share with you the next series of videosRead More →
I refuse to bow to the prevailing ideology that has pervaded the church that the times we are entering into are the worst times. Perhaps it is true that the darkness is looming, the clouds are starting to cover the spiritual realm here in our free America. But I believe with the darkness, comes hope that the light of Christ will overcome and that he will do it through us…His church.Read More →
“We are advocating a wholesale change in the way Christians do and be the church and because of this ours is not necessarily a popular message. We’ve become disturbingly aware through personal experience and observation that those who advocate such a thoroughgoing recalibration of the church will not always be met with open arms by the prevailing church leadership. And yet we feel compelled to lovingly challenge the church with the task of dismantling so many of the arcane institutional structures it is now beholden to and to bravely face the future with imagination and courage.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost Paradigm Shift: What followsRead More →
When I became a Christian I said, Lord, now fill me in,Tell me what I’ll suffer in this world of shame and sin. He said, your body may be killed, and left to rot and stink, Do you still want to follow me? I said Amen – I think. I think Amen, Amen I think, I think I say Amen, I’m not completely sure, can you just run through that again? You say my body may be killed and left to rot and stink, Well, yes, that sounds terrific, Lord, I say Amen – I think. But, Lord, there must be other ways to followRead More →
A great deception has occurred. A lie has been told. We have believed it. That there is no story to belong to. That there is no Creator to trust. That there is no spirit in the being of humanity. That you have nothing to look forward to in eternity. That life isn’t available until you die. That heaven is only singing and preaching. That what you see when you go to church is the only way in which God reveals himself. That there is nothing more to this life than this life. That God isn’t real, that faith is hopeless, that we are theRead More →
When I’m right… I’m really wrong.
Because I allow my own self-righteousness and self-preservation to kick in and I see only…me.Read More →