Sunday, May 30, 2010
"Saved by Mercy and the Washing of the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:1-11) from First Congregational Church on Vimeo.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Last week when I was mowing the yard I was listening to a sermon and the preacher said something that has stuck with me. He was talking about God's calling on our lives, and the idea that many times in the Bible God's call on people's lives involves them going to some place unknown. Think about it. Abraham was told to go to the place God would later show him. Moses was sent out into the wilderness to wander towards the promise land. The Apostle Paul was constantly on the move. As was Jesus.
Doing great things for God requires a great amount of faith and a close relationship with him. And I imagine that following the call of God and traveling to new and unknown places has a way of deepening faith and intimacy like few other things. When I stay put, live under my own power, and get by day to day without much trouble it is easy to become more dependent on my job to meet my needs rather than on my God.
I'm not saying that I hear God calling me somewhere else right now, but I wonder how receptive and willing I am to go should he ask me too.
Jason Young first blogged about this and I was blown away by the idea. Idea Paint is a special paint that turns any surface into a white-board! The website has all kinds of cool pictures and applications for the product. If I ever have an office in my house I'm going to invest in Idea Paint!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Thanks to everyone who commented and shared some words that describe me.
I have to say that I was a little surprised by the responses. Not with the competitive answer because I know that I am very competitive, but I was most surprised that so many people said intelligent. I don't think of myself as extremely intelligent. What gives off the idea that I am? The driven response is also odd to me. I don't consider myself a highly driven person.
I'm a little disappointed (or maybe just embarrassed) that I had so few relating/emotion-based words, but in all reality, that is just not the type of guy I am.
This was an interesting exercise. It has caused me to evaluate more who I am, and who I am presenting myself to be. Anyway, here's a summary of your submissions.
on May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
On Saturday I coached Jacob's tee ball game. It was the first game I have coached and it was fun. But it was also hard because it raised some junk in me that I didn't necessarily know I had.
I found myself being very nice and encouraging to every kid on the team, except for my own son. I was hard on Jake. Demanding, impatient, unsatisfied. For all the other kids this tee ball game was just a fun play around, but for my son I expected him to treat it like the World Series. And that wasn't right.
On the way home Jake made a comment, "I just like the fun." I was thinking about the whole situation while I was at work later that night and that comment really cut me. What was my problem? I want my son to feel loved and cherished, whether he hits five home runs, or drops five fly balls. Who cares! Not Jesus. So I shouldn't either.
Colossians 3:21 teaches, "Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged."Man I needed to hear those words of Scripture this weekend. I don't want my boy to be scarred by my unrealistic, overbearing, stupid expectations. He's a six year old kid, not a MLB superstar, and he cane draw in the infield dirt if he wants to.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Are you willing to say what Jesus calls you to say...even if it makes you unpopular? It likely will.
Check out these texts from Luke 6:
26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
Watch and listen to Francis Chan's thoughts on this passage:
(HT: The Resurgence)
on May 06, 2010