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When we have no where to go but forward…

January 22, 2010 1 comment

I wouldn’t say that I’ve hit bottom, or even thought about hitting bottom. It’s been an interesting, growing, couple of weeks, but my resolve today is even greater than it was a few short weeks ago, and possibly has ever been before. I’ve been arguably busier over the past 3 weeks than I have been for months, and between the short struggles, I’ve seen more of the worlds color than I ever thought I’d get the opportunity to see. I love seeing what God’s doing in my life, and it’s been a much needed time for me to take a look at my current place in life and figure out exactly what He’s calling me to next. Between developing the ideas, materials, and systems for Media Procast, getting ready for a total blog makeover, contacting churches around the country, and reaching my own personal breaking point and driving through it in my personal studies, I’ve seen more of myself than I ever thought possible. There have been times that I feel like I’m in one of those crazy mirror houses you see at the fair, and can see every flaw I have, as well as some that I would have before distinguished as flaws that I now consider strengths. Then there are other times, where I feel like I’m standing on the top of a mountain, surrounded by clouds, where I can see nothing of myself or the world around me, and I’m almost in a haze from it. I’m excited about the possibilities I have in front of me, and I am at the point where I truly believe that HE is in control and not me. It’s been scary, but at the same time, it’s refreshing to know that He’s got a plan for all of this, and that I get to spend this time in crazy compassionate driven worship towards him, and learning more about his plan every single day. As I always seem to challenge you I want to challenge you today, to let down your guard, and trust Him to what His best and His plan for your life would be. I’d be willing to bet it’s even better than you could imagine!

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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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Live By God

January 15, 2010 1 comment

When I began putting this post together I didn’t have a whole lot to say. To be quite frank, I still don’t. But I wanted to share with you the verses that I have been reading over and over all week, that have been echoing through my head and my heart and have been probably the biggest encouragement to my current predicament than anything I’ve come across thus far. Before I even give you a glimpse of them however I want you to know that I read practically every english translation that YouVersion had them in…after doing that I chose the translation that I use for my daily reading, the New Living Translation or NLT. Anyway, rather than go on about this or that I’d like you to just read these verses and let them speak to your heart, challenge you and encourage you.

Living by the Spirit’s Power

“15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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.

Winter Snow…

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

So here we are, sitting here watching the snow come down. As we do this I challenge you to enjoy it and just think over the lyrics of this song. It was suggested to me by someone that I can honestly say I have more respect for when it comes to worship music than anyone in the industry. Unfortunately, when Tomlin came through last week Audrey Assad had been taken off the tour due to a bout of mono. Missed getting to hear this song from her but as I sit here today watching the snow come down, I can’t help but think about this song. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! You can thank Matt for getting me hooked. 🙂

Winter Snow by Audrey Assad (with Chris Tomlin)

Could’ve come like a mighty storm
with all the strength of a hurricane
You could’ve come like a forrest fire
with the power of heaven in your flame

But you came like a winter snow
quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
to the earth below

Could’ve swept in like a tidal wave
or an ocean to ravish our hearts
You could have come through like a roaring flood
to wipe away the things we’ve scarred

No, your voice wasn’t in a bush burning
No, your voice wasn’t in a rushing wind
It was still, it was small, it was hidden

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.

Born To Die

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Christmas songs just have a way of making me really think through this Christian faith we have. This song just has been hitting me today… Figured I’d share it… Enjoy!

Born to Die
Bebo Norman

They never knew a dark night
always had the Son's light
on their face
Perfect in glory
Broken by the story
of untold grace...
come that day

Majesty had come down
Glory had succumed now
to flesh and bone
In the arms of a manger
In the hands of strangers
that could not know
Just who they hold

And the angels filled the sky
All of heaven wondered why
Why their King would choose to be
Be a baby born to die

And all fell silent
For the cry of an infant,
the voice of God
Was dividing history
For those with eyes to see,
the Son would shine
From earth that night

To break the chains
Of guilt and sin
To find us here
To pull us in
So we can join in Heaven's song
And with one voice around the throne

All the Angels filled the sky
And I can't help but wonder why
Why the King would choose to be
Be a baby born for me
Be a baby born to die
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