Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Big-ass holes around the world.

Found this little tidbit of information for you party going folks and trivia hounds that like to keep a conversation moving to extremes. People are not the descriptive here purse when it comes to being a big hole to the world. However, we certainly have had our hand in making big holes issues come about. Enjoy and try not to be a big 'A' hole in the new year.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Considering Christ

Christmas in America is not a beacon of the light of Christ, but the co-existing of religions for the sake of good will toward all men. How has Jesus been reduced to one of many other enlightenments of the Christmas season? The answer lies in men loving darkness. When Jesus, who is the very nature of God, came to earth, he brought with him a total package of perfect humanity and complete divinity. The men of Jesus' time, as well as ours today, love the darkness. The darkness of man's sin does not understand the light of Jesus. The devil's great deception to mankind is not a disbelief in Jesus, but a reduction of Him. The enemy of the Gospel of Christ wants nothing better than to dim the light of Christ. Making Him just a good man, or a social activist. This becomes the confusion and frustration on Christmas for many.

I find, in considering Christ this Christmas, a perfect divine mission by God for His own. That just like God has been on mission to seek and save the lost sons and daughters of His remnant; I run head long into the subtitle dimming of Jesus within a pluralist culture. As a father, husband, and Pastor I want to keep Jesus right where he must stay; At the top of my life. For there is no other suitable light that will do, and certainly no other religious icon, person, or faith that is as complete and compelling as the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So this Christmas may you have your heart settled on the light of life. And may this Christmas not share the allegiance of other idols that would rob the Son of God his rightful place of authority and dominion that belongs to Him this holiday season or every other time of the year.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Loyalty to Jesus

Romans 8:28.I want to plan, control, engineer where I go, what I say, how I will get there, and all in the name of God. Many times, even at this moment, I struggle with disloyalty to Jesus. I use Him as a pin cushion that holds my requests and plans, and forget to stick to the simple task of loving Him no matter what. The idea is not that I have to be doing all the work for Jesus in my name, but surrender to Jesus so He can do His work in me.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Incarnation and Indivduality

The incarnation of Jesus, which simply means flesh embodiment; is what we come to celebrate this season. However, we tend to run head long into the individualist nature of the season too. God becoming human flesh was by no means an individualistic act. Imagine God lowering himself to take on human frailty, leaving heavenly dominion and living with the simple sinners of this world. In short moving into the neighborhood. This act of giving up His right to save the elect was by no means an act of thinking of himself. The incarnation breaks down the husk of my individual nature that so much wants nothing to do with letting God in. However, Jesus took on the flesh of our humanity to not be something special, but to save. Save us from ourselves and our individualistic nature of sin and separation. God by nature is in community and this time of the year, because of Jesus' birth shows us how far he calls His own out of being individualistic. As you reflect this season, ask how God can invade your space and bring you into a marvelous light known as the gospel of your salvation. Open it up and see that it is no all about you or me, BUT Jesus!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Shack Review

If you have read the #3 and climbing Amazon best selling book this year, 'The Shack' than you have probably been pleasantly surprised on many levels. I thought it benefit you to take a look at a review that is honest, balanced, and full of grace. http://theresurgence.com/the_shack_book_review

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Money sucks

The best laid plans of mice and men, have been thwarted by money. The book of James in the Bible says "Come now, you who say, 'today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit,' yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." James 4:13-14. With daily news hits of more job loss and economy downfalls, looking to money as the solvent can lead anyone into a dark corner of a doomful state. I hear how messed up money can make us and how it can own our lives. Just got off the phone with another victim a few minutes ago before this posting. The reality is we do live in a material world, however, we don't have to be owned and operated by it. Instead, we who belong to God in Christ Jesus ought to say "If the Lord will, we will live and do this or that." James 4:15. Are you asking God for His will? Are you being patient for it? If not why not? I'm not trying to take you out of the world situation to some fair tale land of cloud surfing and harp playing, but the real world that crashes into the will of God. Are you at the intersection of materialism? What will you do? I hope you boast of what God does and has done in Jesus.