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10.20.20 - A Heart Scam
On Sunday we talked about scams. Nobody likes to be scammed. I’ve heard horror stories of people losing thousands of dollars because they believed someone who pretended to be something they weren’t… But if we zoom in a little bit, most of us would admit that we run a scam everyday. We try to scam God, the people around us, and ourselves. We don’t do it intentionally, but we all do it...
10.06.20 - New Wine
I have not yet arrived, but I try very hard to live a minimalist lifestyle. Minimalism is the idea that we are to live with less so that we have time for more. I listen to podcasts and read books about how to be a better minimalist, how to be a minimalist with kids, and how to decrease the amount of clutter in your house. I have about 7 T-shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, and 4 dress shirts that I cycle through each week. I love everything about minimalism.
9.29.20 - A Secret
If everything you love and hold dear was taken away from you tomorrow, could you still have joy?
Every single day we are inundated with “gospels” that tell us what we need to find true lasting joy. Tyler McKenzie, lead minister at Northeast Christian Church in Louisville KY has compiled a list of some of these popular “gospels” that each of us are tempted to put our hope and trust in:
9.23.20 - Here and Now
I read a lot… But I don’t necessarily enjoy it. I really have to force myself to pay attention and I can only tackle small chunks at a time (unless I’m reading Harry Potter… that story gripped me like no other!). Given my need to endure through reading, it’s ironic that I’m currently reading a book called Endurance...
9.16.20 - Humility Is Hard
Humility is hard. It’s not something that comes naturally but is something we have to work at and daily decide to pursue. If we don’t intentionally choose humility, we will often make life about ourselves. We will focus on number one, before we can even think about you. And we will worry about Me, Myself, and I before we can worry about someone else. Humility is hard...
9.1.20 - Who Do You Love?
It’s pretty obvious when you love something or someone. Talk to me for any amount of time and you’ll be sure to hear about my love for Eric Church Music, a nice canvas or leather bag, Apple Products, The Andy Griffith Show, my son Griffith, or my wife Bailey. When you love someone or something, you express that love. You let the world know, “Hey… This is my person. These are my hobbies. This is what I do. This is what I love.” Or, to quote Buddy the Elf...
8.25.20 - We Need the Truth
We all tell little white lies… Probably everyday. And some of us more than others. A quick google search will reveal some of the most common lies people tell: “I’m on my way…” When you’re actually just getting out of the shower. “I’m only 25…” When in reality you are 30! “I’m in a relationship…” Your dog doesn’t count. “Cute dress…” Not! “I’m not drunk… I’m just buzzing.” “Everything’s fine… I’m fine.” But are you? People lie all the time. In fact, I’ve known several people...
8.11.20 - Three Questions to Slow You Down!
It might be one of the most dangerous prayers you can pray: God, give me patience. So often God’s response is not to give you more patience. Rather, He gives you more opportunities to be patient; sitting at the RMV, the waiting room at the doctor, the desire for a new car, the want of a new house, or standing in a long line at the grocery. About a year ago I read an article that zeroed in on the most important skill to develop if you want to be wealthy someday… Any guesses?...
8.5.20 - Just Have Faith
I’m not a big fan of corny religious memes… In some ways they are the new church signs (I saw one that said, “Sin burn is prevented by Son screen”). I mean c’mon… That’s bad. Maybe you like them, and that’s okay. But they aren’t for me. And I will almost always make fun of them. I also get annoyed when someone posts a meme, and then says, “Share by 3pm and receive a blessing from God,” as if God is some genie in a bottle that we can control...
7.28.20 - A Simple Prayer
It’s a common question. One that was asked as far back as the first century while Jesus was still on Earth. One of the disciples of Jesus looked at him and said, “Teach us to pray.” Which is a good question… If prayer is the way in which we talk to God, then it makes sense that we would want to pray properly. Prayer can be confusing. It can be difficult and we can often feel inadequate to pray. So let me suggest a simple way to pray…
7.22.20 - What's That in Your Hand?
One of the first sermons I ever preached was in high school. It was real bad… Like seriously, bad (I found the notes and my face turned red while reading it in my office this week). But there is an object lesson from the story, that even though I communicated poorly, is still true today. The life of Moses is one big restart. He spends 40 years in Egypt as a prince, then he flees Egypt and spends 40 years...
7.7.20 - Identity Crisis
Who are you? That question is becoming more and more popular even if we don’t ask it in those specific terms. Instead, we ask things like: Are you a Republican or Democrat? Are you rich or poor? Do you like country music, classical music, or hip-hop? Are you into fitness? Have you discovered your purpose in life? Are you married? What are you passionate about?
All of these questions, when combined...
6.30.20 - Grace Isn't Fair
Grace isn’t fair… Does that make you uncomfortable? It’s probably something you haven’t thought too much about, but I think it’s true. Because grace essentially gives something to someone that they don’t deserve. Which isn’t fair because it almost always costs the giver. But that’s exactly what Jesus has done for us. He gave us life at the expense of His own...
6.23.20 - Being Right or Loving Well
Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "
Most people are bothered by those passages of scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand."
Despite what you may think about Mark Twain, he’s on to something. Followers of Jesus spend lots of time looking at Revelation, creation, or spiritual gifts. We love debating and arguing about ideas and passages that are larger in scope but ultimately don’t have as much to do with our daily life...
6.16.20 - Yet He Loves
We may not realize it, but everyone desires to be known. Why do you think personality tests are so popular? The Enneagram, Meyers Briggs, and DiSC are all tools and tests used to help us better understand ourselves and each other. Because when we know each other, and ourselves, we can work together better. But I think there is an even more important reason than...
6.10.20 - Be a Friend
Have you ever wondered what the point of relationships are? I mean, if you think about it relationships can be messy. People backstab us. They let us down. They disappoint us. And some relationships cause jealousy and strife. With all the negative possibilities that could come out of relationships, why bother? We were never meant to do life alone...
6.2.20 - Justice for All
If you’re like me, maybe our current cultural moment has turned a bright light on your failures. I make more mistakes than I do successes. I’m silent when I should speak up. I sit when I should stand up. I rush into things when I should be still. I choose hate when I should choose love. And as our country has been in absolute turmoil the last several days, I’ve been at a loss for words...
5.26.20 - No Matter What
I ran track in high school. I wasn’t the fastest kid in the school, but I did receive a varsity letter as a Freshman… I was the only one to try out. And the varsity team needed a hurdler, and since I was the only option I got the spot. As a freshman hurdler I knew I needed a lot of help. So I turned to God. I’d be in the blocks getting ready for the gun. The starter would raise his hand...
5.19.20 - We Have an Opportunity
A few years back I read
If You Can Keep It
by Eric Metaxas and he tells this story:
In 1787 after the last Constitutional Convention met, Benjamin Franklin walked out of the meeting house and was approached by a woman who said “Well Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” And Franklin responded “A republic ma’am… If you can keep it.”
5.12.20 - Codewords
I love spy movies. Mission Impossible, James Bond, and Jason Bourne are all classic spy movies. And not that you care, but my all time favorite spy movie is a tie between
The Man who Knew too Little
with Bill Murray and
with Steve Carrell. My least favorite, ironically given the title, is
with Jason Statham. What a horrible movie. Now that you know that I’m an expert on spy movies, let me give you a piece of advice...
5.5.20 - Action!
Some of the most convicting words in all of the Bible read:
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them...
4.28.20 - Blue Chip Stocks
In a conversation with my dad the other day he was telling me about his Blue Chip stock portfolio. Blue Chip stocks are highly rated companies that are known to be valuable, established, and stable. One writer says, “A blue chip stock is a stock you’d bring home to meet your parents...
4.21.20 - Full Disclosure
In his book
David Platt shares a hair raising story about an Indonesian Tribe and how they discovered Jesus. Years ago the tribe was 100% Muslim when a missionary couple came to share the love of Jesus with them. Not long after their arrival...
4.15.20 - The Antidote to Fear
I hate snakes. Like more than anything in the world. They are the physical representation of evil. They stand for all that’s wrong in the world. And if they were sent into the pits of hell to never be seen again, I would rejoice. When I stumble upon a snake...
4.10.20 - Take the Time
I don’t know about you, but with COVID-19 dominating our thoughts and dictating our schedules, it’s easy to get fatigued mentally and, in a weird way, physically. Yet, as I was feeling the exhaustion, I noticed that I...
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