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Church… Activity or Culture?

January 20, 2010 2 comments

Growing up I went to a reasonably stereotypical Southern Baptist church… We had our “contemporary” service early, and in a different room than the “sanctuary”, we had our Wednesday night potluck and business meeting, and everything happened according to plan. We even had the annual youth ski trip, where at least 1 person would end up with a broken bone. It was good, we were happy. We had our group of friends, and knew the schedule… But as I grew older, and more than that when I was living in Lynchburg, going to Liberty U. something in me changed. I grew this need to constantly and fervently be somehow finding ways to worship and be engaged in “church”. I had this idea that “church” was something you did, and that if you wanted to become closer to Christ you had to find ways to do more of it. So I did… I wrote a blog post about “Satisfaction in God” which you can read HERE, but this post I want to do something a little different.  When you read Acts you’ll notice that the early church “did” church but it never became an “activity” to them… It was their culture. They took care of each other, lead each other, stretched each other, and were able to grow and spread rapidly. What if we as Christians stopped looking at what we had to DO for our church and allowed ourselves to become wholly surrendered to God and to living a life of Christ and with him. This is the point at which we break through and church becomes, not an activity, but a culture. What would it take for your church to stop having activities, and start building culture?

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Christmas Eve

December 24, 2009 1 comment

First, I want to take this opportunity to just wish you guys a very Merry Christmas! As I sit here this morning I can’t help but listen to this song and think in wonder, how much God must have loved us. Anyway, give it a listen. I’m sure most of you have heard it before, but this time really listen to the lyrics. Let them soak in, and this Christmas just let the heaviness of the moment come into your soul as you think of all that He has done for us.

Church Canceled?

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Today a lot of the churches in our area, including mine, have canceled their services due to the amount of snow that we’ve gotten over the past 2 days and the complete lack of equipment that our area has to deal with all of it. Therefore I figured today would be a good day to just give you guys some options. I wanted to go ahead and give you a few of the churches that I on a semi-regular basis will log into to enjoy church from my couch. These are all phenomenal churches, and I challenge you to check a couple of them out. They have kicking ministries both online and off. So here we go…

North Point Online

Website: http://northpointonline.tv/

This is one of Andy Stanley’s churches, where you’ll always get some amazing worship tied into a very applicable sermon. Andy connects with his listeners in ways to show them God’s design for their lives. The service on North Point Online starts at 6 p.m. EST

NewSpring Church

Website: http://www.newspring.cc/

I log into this church every chance I get. NewSpring Church is lead by Pastor Perry Nobel. To put it softly Pastor Perry has no problem bringing it home. His church lives to see lives chanced and to help people far from God meet Jesus. Perry also has no problem sucking the air out of the room. His vivacious spirit and awesome preaching will continually challenge your walk, as well as push you to live an all out, head first, life for Christ. Services online here are on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST and 11 a.m. Pacific as well as Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.

LIFECHURCH.TV

Website: http://www.lifechurch.tv/

Well, I dare say this is the church that started the online revolution and showed us how real church online could be. I can’t even list all the services they offer, so I challenge you to check them out! They have services going on CONSTANTLY. To check out service times go to http://internet.lifechurch.tv/times/ . I’m sure you’ll love Craig Groeschel’s awesome application as he brings a solid message and shows God’s love for us.

So there we go, check these guys out! Let people know in the comments if you have other live services going on that we might enjoy! Happy Sunday!

Satisfaction in God

December 16, 2009 2 comments

I had a close friend recently that asked me whether or not I thought we could ever be truly satisfied in God. His question was concerning a constant feeling of inadequacy in the knowledge of the Bible and a feeling of needing to learn more, pray more, and cry out to God more. The back story is because of people we’ve both been exposed to in our lives that have expressed this total discontentment in their own knowledge of the bible or time they spend on their knees. But it got me thinking…what does it mean to be “satisfied in Christ”?

Does it mean that we spend hours upon hours reading the Word? Does it mean that we spend hours upon hours on our knees in prayer crying out to God? Maybe it means that we spend every waking moment serving somewhere and pour all we have into a ministry without asking anything in return. I think different people have different ways they try to attain satisfaction in Christ but until we become content with our own journey I don’t know that we’ll ever get there… Matthew 5:16 says “Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Our job is to glorify God and magnify HIM! John Piper talks about this in his book Don’t Waste Your Life when he says “He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” This makes me believe that what we should be is totally satisfied in God. Not to become complacent but to become content in HIS glory and HIS might and HIS power.

Complacency causes us to become apathetic to our own personal and spiritual growth which is a dangerous tool that the devil uses to cause us to slowly slip further away from where we should be. Although we should become satisfied in Christ, that by no means that we should ever stop stretching and reaching to bring ourselves into an ever-closer walk with Him. As Brennan Manning said in The Ragamuffin Gospel “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” We must reach the point in our life where we are so engulfed by His grace that we are able to walk in satisfaction with Him and allow Him to guide our path. In the words of Julian of Norwich “The greatest honour we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love”. I love this statement because I think it engulfs the very essence of living in satisfaction of the grace and mercy that God has given us. By living in satisfaction with the grace he has given us we are truly bringing glory to His name and to what he has done both for us and through us.