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Re-Learn

I realize I’m a little bit behind the times, but I just watched Kirk Cameron’s interview on Piers Morgan Tonight.  I do think it is absurd that people are raking him across the coals for being a bigot.  That was not this man’s intent or character which to me is evident in the interview.  He was asked for and stated and opinion, which should be tolerated as much as Piers’ view on the issue.  Now, off that soap box and on to the bigger issue…we need to accept that we’ve lost the high ground.

When Christianity first began as a faith in the world, it was nowhere near the dominant force in the culture.  The lived in a very pluralistic society that allowed many of the things that we allow today.  When I read about places like Corinth and Ephesus I see our 21st Century culture reflected in it.  It wasn’t until Constantine took power in the Roman Empire that Christianity gained favored status in the world and then became the dominant force in shaping the world for a couple thousand years.  With that power and status came also much corruption and evil that the church will have to atone for, but that’s not what this post is about.

In the time leading up to Constantine’s rule, Christians and the Church were an absolute force.  People came to know Jesus at an almost unprecedented pace.  This was done in a society with no television media, no social media, and in reality no public platform to do any good.  I think we need re-learn what Christians learned long before us.

What strikes me isn’t Cameron’s interview…it’s the amount of backlash towards him.  If you Google search this interview you get countless condemnations of him as a person as well as his views.  And unfortunately, the video clearly takes a small snippet of the interview and not the whole thing in context.  Piers and others have latched onto one comment and destroyed Kirk Cameron who I believe had no malice or intent of hate in his heart.  We have lost our place in the public forum, just like the early church had no place in the public forum, and to me that is ok.  We just need to re-learn.

This is not the America that we once knew.  The culture is not dominantly Christian…it is secular and we need to accept that.  We also need to learn from Kirk Cameron’s experience that when we take to the airwaves, we open ourselves to criticism that is damaging to the name of Jesus and to the Church.  Right or wrong, fair or unfair, this is reality and the sooner we accept the sooner we can move on to actually making a difference in the world.

Now, I’m not advocating that we sit silently and just let the world win.  What I am advocating is that we quit using avenues that don’t work anymore.  Going on major news networks and speaking gets us in trouble.  Speaking out in the media gets twisted and taken out of context.  We need to be very careful in our rhetoric as Christians.  And we need to learn what made the early church successful…their radical treatment of those around them.

You see since they had no platform to speak from they had to spread the Gospel differently.  There was no place for them on the floor of the Roman Senate.  Their place was the floor of the Coliseum.  However, they did live in a society where the rich and powerful were glorified and those who were poor and unprivileged were walked all over.  Christians treated those people will a love and kindness that was never seen before, and it won people over.  They reached out to those who needed someone built relationships with them.  Their love was so radical, so different from the culture, that it was evident there was something that caused this in them…Jesus.

We can do this today.  We just need to learn how.  It first involves that we stop our dependency on the media and the halls of Congress.  They make us look unloving, which I believe is not the case for most Christians.  We also need to work with everything we have to silence those voices that are full of hate, malice, and preach anything but the Gospel.  Places like Westboro Baptist Church and others like them should be condemned because they are perverting the Gospel.  Then we must come together to be a force of love, grace, and good in our communities.  We can change things by choosing to be radically different and it be evident to all that are around us.  What if we stopped fighting for a Constitutional amendment on marriage and started a support group where we actually loved, cared for, supported, and built relationships with those who deal with being gay or lesbian?  What if we stopped complaining about the unfairness of the Welfare system and started figuring out ways in our local churches to get people off of Welfare so that it is not needed?  What if we actively reached out and built relationships with all, sharing with them the love of Jesus, and just let that do the talking?

My senior pastor recently made a great point.  Jesus told us that with faith as small as a mustard seed we could move mountains.  He never said that we would move the whole mountain at once, but that the mountain could be moved.  Church we no longer have the dominant voice to move a whole mountain at a time.  But there was a time where piece by piece Jesus worked through faithful, loving, generous men and women to change the whole world.  I, for one, want to believe that this can be done again.  I believe my God and my Savior is big enough to change the world without the help of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or CNN.  If they don’t want to help, I know someone who loves more than they can love and has more power than they could possibly wield.  Let’s re-learn what the Church once knew and then let’s set out to change our communities with the truth of the Gospel.

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Pastor Tebow

Tim Tebow is the number one pastor in the US right now.

Seriously.  And he gets being a pastor even more than I do, I think.

I just read an article by ESPN’s Rick Reilly, and it really opened my eyes further to just how good this guy is and to the fact that he gets it.  Tim Tebow is not the typical athlete who thanks God, is not the guy just trying to do some good.  Tim Tebow is being the hands and feet of Jesus, and in the process is bringing millions of people to church on Sunday who otherwise would not hear the Gospel.  There is this genuine nature about this guy that you cannot help but like.  I knew he was good, I admired him as a person before today, but then I read this quote from him and it made me realize…this guy is a pastor.  Reilly talks about how Tebow flies a different person out to each game that is either sick, hurting, or dying.  He puts them up in a nice hotel, dinner out the day before, rents them a car, sideline passes, nice seats, and then hangs out with them after for up to an hour.  Win or lose this is his routine.  When asked about this, Tebow says, “The game doesn’t really matter. I mean, I’ll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it’s to invest in people’s lives, to make a difference.”

Who is this guy?

I’ll tell you who…an unashamed pastor for Jesus Christ who shares the Gospel in a way that most of us wish we could.  In the biggest sport in America, playing the most difficult position in sports, Tebow says the most important thing is to invest in the lives of people.  That’s the Gospel folks.  To genuinely care for people, to invest in their lives, and to make a difference.  And to make no apologies for it.  Tebow does this, with great humility, to the point where I no longer see Tim Tebow or hear him talk but I see Jesus.  I wish people could say that about me all the time.

So if you ask me, Tim Tebow has the biggest pulpit in America right now, and he doesn’t even have the most contemporary service in the land (dude was singing Our God is an Awesome God and Lord I Lift Your Name on High…old school).  What does he do with that pulpit?  He speaks hope into the lives of people and turns every Sunday into a day of pastoral care and hospital visits.  He just lives his life to love people.

Is he the greatest quarterback in the league?  Not even close.  Will he ever be?  Possibly, but not likely.  Does it matter?  Not one little bit.  Because as of right now he is one of the greatest preachers I hear and I can’t wait hear him bring the Gospel Saturday night.

Why do we always have to get something?

I’m re-reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan for something called Spiritual Happening Week for our high school students. It is already a challenging book, and at Christmas time especially it stirs my soul. I do not like the words Francis Chan writes, nor the words of Jesus, but they have to be confronted.

Why do we always have to get something? I do not understand. Every Christmas, every birthday, I go around this with my family. I truly mean it when I say that I do not need nor want anything. I feel a lot of times that I have too much as it is and would rather people give their money to a more worthy cause. No one ever listens to me and I’m always told that I have to get something. It is a never-ending frustration for me. Francis Chan makes me sick to my stomach when he places the world of our culture against the words of Jesus. I think however you slice it we are missing the boat in our world today.

But even in Scripture, in a book as challenging and radical as Crazy Love, are we still missing it. Jesus says in Luke 18 to the rich young ruler, “Sell all you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” Francis Chan writes this in a chapter about serving leftovers to God after a chapter on being lukewarm that he believes keeps us out of heaven. Why do we always have to get something?

Maybe Jesus had to put it this way because he knew that we are selfish people and that there has to be something in it for us. What if that verse omitted “you will have treasure in heaven” and simply said “Sell everything you have and give to the poor. The come follow me.” What if there was nothing in it for us? As my professor Dr. Hooks once asked us, “If there were no heaven would you still be a Christian?”

If our giving, even if done in secret, is done with a purpose other than we have an insatiable love for Jesus and others it inevitably can cause us to sin in the end. I do things for people, and then find myself upset if they do not receive it the way I believe that they should.  I grow frustrated if I give my time, money, energy, and wisdom to people and then feel that I do not receive some sort of return or that it does not make others do the same.   I do it to store up treasure in heaven, rather than just because I love Jesus and people. Even if I were to sell all that I owned and give it away I feel most of the time it would be out of guilt and it would be to store up treasure in heaven…not because I love Jesus. This is a problem.  Why do we always have to get something?

We miss the point because we need to feel good about ourselves. This I do not believe it is wrong because it is in our nature as human beings. But Jesus so often calls us to transcend the culture and even what is not necessarily wrong for what is more right. This is where we have to acknowledge that we are spiritually poor. We cannot achieve this on our own. It is only through the grace of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit can we become a people who do not need anything in return, even the promise of heaven and the treasures there. Jesus gave his all to achieve a purpose regardless of what the cost was to him and with no promise it would ever be accepted. We cannot afford to do any less.

Change=Sacrifice

Watching the political debates over the last few weeks, it is apparent to me one thing…American’s do not really know what they want.  I take that back, they know what they want but ultimately cannot embolden themselves to support it.  A few years ago, President Obama ran a campaign based on the idea of change we can believe in.  He inspired hope and the idea that everyone was going to get what they wanted.  The poor would catch some breaks, the middle class would be supported, debt would go down, and it would all happen without us having to sacrifice anything.  Sounds great, but it is ultimately unrealistic.  That is because change is rarely something that doesn’t require some measure of sacrifice and difficulty.  Anyone who tells you anything different is trying to sell you a line that you want to hear, not what you need.  I have come to realize this even more with this year’s candidates.  I listen to Herman Cain and he makes a lot of sense.  Now, I am well aware that his tax plan will bring my taxes up.  I am ordained and I catch all kind of breaks, but I am ok with paying more.  You see I am starting to realize that I my generation has to start stepping to the plate and doing our share.  We are graduated, employed, and we cannot be afraid to sacrifice a little to honor the sacrifices of those before us.  That’s the criticism of this plan that opponents are offering.  It’ll raise your taxes!  But it is transparent, easy to understand, and easy to plan around.  I may give up a little more cash but I get something I can understand and a new direction we desperately need.  It may require a little sacrifice but the end result I think will leave us better than where we are.  People don’t want to do that in order to change…we usually just want to hear how we will get it easier and have to pay less…especially my generation.

I believe this logic applies to the church as well.  In the church I work at we have talked a lot about this idea of how to reach young families and changes that may need to be made.  It leaves us, too often, caught between generations.  A younger generation wants to just change everything, the older wants it they way that they have always known it.  My church is not the only one…many churches out there struggle with the same things.  We want growing churches but also want them the way that we see them rather than the way they need to be for the community and for the future.  Sometimes the older generation struggles with this…and I cannot blame them.  I think my generation has a lot of great ideas for change, but I also think we just too often present the ideas and expect others to just do them for us.  We aren’t willing to do our fair share.  We are becoming leaders of the world and of the church and it is time we start making the sacrifices necessary to do that.  We need to lovingly understand where the previous generation that worked so hard to build the world we live in and the churches we worship in are coming from.  We have to be willing to give them the respect that they deserve and love they should expect from their churches.  We also have to be willing to do the leading.  We cannot see the change we want without being the change.  We cannot just sit back and expect others to do the work we want to see done.  Ideas aren’t enough…they must become action.  James said faith without action is dead.  If we want growing churches, we need to be growing people who grow up and lead.  We cannot sit back and allow our faith to fade and churches to perish.  We must realize change rarely is easy and rarely does it come without sacrifice…we have to step into the breach and bridge the gap.  That is our role and if our churches are going to survive we must be willing to take the lead now.  It is estimated that between 3500-4000 churches die each year and not enough are planted to replace them.  We must, we have to, step up millennials.  We cannot expect a different generation to be the ones to reach our generation.  We cannot blame anyone else for the fact that people our age struggle to fit in if we are not the ones on the front line trying to live out the Gospel and be the leaders.  Our time is now and our churches need us.  Be the change, be the sacrifice, be Christ in the world.

Mourning after Darkness

Reading the first chapter of Joel this morning I realized I have a problem.  I think we, as a church, have a problem.  I’m going to say the problem is sin, and you might say “duh, Brandon, tell us something we don’t know.”  I don’t think sin itself is our biggest problem, though.  The prophet Joel uses the word wail four times, mourn or mourning three times, and also tells Israel and her priests to grieve.  In a chapter of twenty verses Joel references some form of despair eight times.  There is a theme here.  Israel had been broken because of her sin.  She turned her back on the Lord, and because of this sin her land and people had been overrun.  What was the response Joel asked for?  Did he ask for them to get down on their knees and beg for forgiveness?  No.  Did he ask for them to pray a certain prayer so that all would be forgiven?  No.  Did he ask for all to feel really guilty over their sin?  No.  He told them to wail, to mourn, to grieve.  Brokeness…that is what Joel urged to the nation of Israel and what God desired.  There was no festival, there was no worship, there was no moment that could just make it all better.  Israel needed to feel the weight of their sin and truly be grieved over it.  Their hearts needed to be truly saddened by what they had done and what had happened to them.  Not just because of what had happened, but because of what had led to it.  They were not to feel just guilty.  Guilt can too often be the result of the consequences rather than true brokeness.  Mourn, wail, grieve…not words we use to often when we face our own sin are they?

This is where I have a problem, and where I think in a lot of ways the church has a problem.  We do not mourn, wail, and grieve over our sin.  The state of the world and of ourselves does not leave us broken-hearted and in despair before our Creator.  I am too often broken or sadness just simply because of the consequences.  It is not until I pay the price for my sin or my mistakes that I come before the Lord humbled.  But, it is not over sin itself that I grieve but what sin has done to me.  We come forward in churches all over the nation over what sin has done, but how often do we just look at sin itself and grieve.  This world, the church, our very beings are at times riddled with sin and yet we do not despair until we feel the brunt of its pain.  Joel wanted Israel to feel this.  He wanted to priests and elders to lead in despair.  He wanted the people to follow and be in mourning over the sin of their community.

Do you want to change?  Then mourn.  Do you want this world to be different?  Then mourn.  Do you wish the sin that is in your life and that brings you down would be removed?  Then mourn.  Don’t mourn the consequences, but mourn the sin itself.  Mourn over the fact that we tear ourselves down and separate ourselves from the only one who can heal and give the love we desperately seek.  Jesus said blessed are those who mourn…so be in mourning over the ways of this world.  Only then will we be upset and broken enough to truly change and grow.  Only then can we see real change.  We are stubborn and weak, so therefore consequences often are not enough.  We too often either avoid what caused those consequences out of fear of suffering them again or we figure out how not to get caught the next time.  Guilt and punishment are not enough and that is why we still sin.  We need to be broken. We need to mourn, grieve, and wail.  Be mourners.

Faith in Process

We just celebrated the 4th of July and all the great expressions of patriotism that inspires.  Throughout the year we get the opportunity to share our thoughts about how great this country is and how blessed we are to live here.  But we are also a fickle people, and ultimately a selfish people.  We can turn at the drop of a hat.  The fact of the matter is, we support something when we get what we want but then bash it the minute it doesn’t make sense to us or we don’t agree.  Case in point the ruling in the trial of Casey Anthony.  In one week we’ve seen the greatness of America praised as well as a complete turn toward criticism and anger because it didn’t work the way we wanted it to.  Most people believe Casey Anthony’s guilt, most people think she deserves to die, but our process in our constitution in our nation that was just spoken so highly of a few days ago and that most people say we need to follow closely provided the avenue for this woman to be found not guilty of a heinous crime.  She we walk free in a week.  We, as a nation, are angry.  Angry at the result and immediately lose our faith in the process.  It’s a confusing, twisting turn of emotion that happens continuously and I suppose it’s human nature.  We want things to make sense.  We want the villain to get it in the end.  We want our view of justice to be served and not someone else’s.  We quickly abandon the process as soon as it doesn’t jive with our desires and opinion of what is right.

The worst part is that we do this same thing to God and to the church.  We very easily trust in God when it makes sense and things go the way we believe they should.  But, as soon as something doesn’t make sense we tend to want to abandon the process, take away our trust, and try to make situations and life go the way we want.  That’s not faith.  That’s not true belief.  That is dedication to convenience rather than to God.  We want our faith when it makes our lives easier but turn quickly if we feel there isn’t anything in it for us.  The same way many people in this nation this week have turned on our justice system with anger we thumb our nose at God and say, “You don’t know what you’re doing; I can do it better.”  Many of us this week have thought that about the prosecutors, judge, and jury in this infamous case and we often do this to God as well.  So then, the question becomes what do we really want?  Do we want the process or do we want convenience?

The thing about the Constitution and our laws are they are written by humans who are imperfect and so therefore the perfect result is not going to be achieved every single time.  By all apparent logic it would appear this woman killed her child, but according to our laws it could not be proven.  The process worked, but it just didn’t give our desired result.  We have to trust, however, that justice will be served because as Scripture says vengeance belongs to the Lord.  If we want the process sometimes we have to live with the results.  Same when it comes to our faith.  If we truly want to believe in Jesus, want to follow him, desire to be his disciple, it means that we have to trust in the process he takes us through and live with the results.  They may not always be what we pictured or dreamed, but the process is good and the one orchestrating is good too.  We cannot cling to both process and convenience.  We either choose to trust and let it play out or we be honest and say we think we can do it better.  Riding the fence won’t fly.

This isn’t meant to be a defense of Casey Anthony or a justification for her actions or a ruling on her guilt/innocence.  That’s not my job and it’s not a task I want.  This is just merely an observance of human nature that I believe affects our relationship with God.  I know I struggle with trusting God’s process.  I’ll leave you with this story.  I had a conversation with someone one evening where we were discussing the times and finances.  Her family had seen their financial situation change as the economy had turned, just like many others have.  She realized, however, they were still tithing based on their previous income.  As a family they decided they would trust God and keep giving what they were giving.  I’ll never forget what she said:  “Brandon I could show you the books and numbers.  It shouldn’t have worked.  We shouldn’t have been able to pay out everything we needed to, but somehow every month it’s worked.”  That statement confronted me  then and still does today.

Can you have faith in the process?

Misplaced Faith

Obsession…that’s what could describe this last week in our world.  We learned that we are obsessed as a culture with being correct and with figuring out what we were never meant to figure out.  We as humans cannot live with our limited human capacity.  It is difficult for us to deal with that which we cannot wrap our minds around.  Often times we choose to avoid such subjects because they make us uncomfortable.  Others, like Harold Camping, choose to read into the words of Scripture and make them say something they were never intended to say.  Those of us who know better mock.  Those who don’t believe mock.  Nobody wins when faith is misplaced.  I can remember being younger and being obsessed with the end times as well.  It was one of those things that just fascinates our culture.  How will history come to a close?  In reading the New Testament one can see that clearly those writers thought it would be soon, just like we are sure today.  If you were to ask most practicing Christians today they would probably tell you without a doubt that we are in the end times.  Truthfully, this idea is relatively new to Christian thought.  The idea of a rapture did not even surface until the 20th Century.  For whatever reason, this idea has taken hold in our culture and in the church.  Pages upon pages are written trying to relate the words of the Prophets, the words of Revelation, and correlate them with the events of today.  In doing so writers take the power out of the words of Scripture and cheapen them, which leaves our faith open to attacks and criticism like we all witnessed in the week leading up to last Saturday as well as this week.  We misplace our faith when we take Scripture out of context.

Most Christians who even casually read their Bible knew that if Mr. Camping had been correct it would have been more likely by coincidence rather than his work of interpretation.  We joined with the world in mocking him…I was one of these at first.  As I thought more, read more, I really began to have a change of heart.  This man, these people, did not deserve to be mocked.  They did not intend evil, they just had their faith misplaced.  Camping’s followers made this mistake in placing their faith in a fallible man who made a major error in interpreting Scripture.  As a result many have lost their livelihoods and some may even lose their faith.  This should break our hearts.  Camping misplaced his faith by spending more time trying to read into the Bible rather than just reading.  He truly believed he had come to understand what was not understandable and wanted to help the world.  He was not unintelligent being that he was an engineer and successful businessman.  He just had a little too much faith in himself.  Trying to figure out something became more important than just living out what is made clear.  He intended good, but the results were drastically bad.  That should break our hearts as well.

Before we jump on Harold Camping’s case we should ask, “Are we any different.”  At times we are all guilty of misplacing our faith.  We become more hooked on an idea, a movement, or a personality rather than what those elements represent.  Christ alone our faith should be placed in and the rest should be peripheral.  Churches split or close their doors every day because they become based on the pastor rather than the true head of the church.  Too often when we hear a great message we praise the personality of a great speaker or writer rather than the one whom the message originated from.  Then, when those decidedly human and fallable people fail or are wrong it shakes our faith.  I’m guilty of the same thing Camping and his followers are…just not in the same way.

I hope humility can be shown from Camping and his followers.  I am given hope from a quote from one of Family Radio’s board members who said, “I don’t know where we went wrong other than that we obviously don’t understand the Scriptures in the way that we should.”  This gives me hope that good can come from last week.  And I hope that we can all join in being compassionate, graceful, prayerful towards those who misplaced their faith.  They aren’t the enemy and we should not want to see them be looked at as such.  Indeed, it would have been nice if they had been right.  The prayer of the early church was, “Maranatha,” which meant “Lord come quickly.”  That should be the desire of our hearts as well.  I also hope we realize that their mistake is one we make often.  When we take our eyes off of the cross, off of Jesus, we misplace our faith.  We do this often and our faith and the church suffers because of it.  There are somethings we are not meant to understand and therefore we should be content with that and let our faith take over where understanding fails.

Two-Fold Love

I’ve always heard people who are getting married or getting ready to have a child say that they understand God’s love so much more now that they’ve experienced this new kind of love. Now, I can really see exactly what they are talking about. As I inch closer towards marriage and my life with my fiance, Sara, I am blown away by the new perspective in which I see God’s love. There is something special and great to be said about the love you receive from your parents, family, or even friends. However, to have someone who is devoted to you, who chooses to love you in spite of your flaws, and desires to be there for you not because they have to but because they desire to and see something in you that you don’t is absolutely humbling and truly amazing. I still don’t completely fathom this, but what I do understand is that this is how God sees me…

God’s love is great and I have known this practically my whole life. I’ve always heard it said that He loves me no matter what, His grace forgives me, and that there is nothing that can separate me from the love of Christ.  A lot of times we have trouble really believing or grasping this because God is so big and mostly intangible that we cannot completely wrap our brains around Him.  Now, I get to see this kind of love tangibly, at least to a point. Is any human love perfect? Absolutely not. That doesn’t change the fact that it can be a small picture of what God’s love really is.  1 John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.”  We only know of love because God loved us first.  Therefore, I can only experience this kind of great love on Earth because God first chose to love me.  The single reason anyone of us can experience love is because God’s perfect love chose us and therefore reveals to us what love is in the first place.  That should leave us with such gratitude…not only do we get to have the love of God which is greater than love we could ever know, but because He first loved us he showed us how to love which gives us the gift of love from other people.  Therefore, we should be left in simple awe of this two-fold gift of love that God has given us and the life it allows us to have…and love even more greatly because of it.

Being the Minor Poet

“Pastors are not the only ones working on the Kingdom of God.  But they don’t help by abandoning their specific call to be poets and taking on the work of the realists and the engineers.  Someone has to teach people how to dream.” -M. Craig Barnes

 

This is a quote form the book The Pastor as Minor Poet by M. Craig Barnes and it put a new focus and spin on what my job is as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  One of the main points of the book is that the Bible is full of major poets…people who drastically  dedicated their lives to the ideals and themes that they held to.  People like Jesus, Paul, Peter, Moses, and other major figures of Scripture were major poets who gave us an example of extreme, radical faith.  There are very few major poets in the world and that is by design, according to Barnes.  It takes a different personality, a different soul, to be this and they live in order to create change in us.  In the modern day we can look to people like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Shane Claiborne would be examples of major poets who change society with their lives and actions.  Not everyone can be a major poet, but everyone can learn and grow from their lives.  Someone, however, has to take the words and lives of major poets and make them transcend into the life and culture of the every day person…and that’s what the quote is about.  We, as God’s people, have more potential than we most of the time realize and we can do good work in the world.  We may not drastically alter the course of history as some that have come before us, but that doesn’t mean that through surrender to the Lord, obedience to His Word, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us that we can’t make an impact on the world.  And that’s what this is about…

Sometimes we want to dream, and we want to dream big.  I believe all people want to have a feeling that we can be a part of something that is bigger than just ourselves in our little corner of the universe.  We want to be a part of something that matters but often times cannot seem to get past the schedules, routines, and hectic pace that engulfs our everyday life.  That’s where a pastor comes in.  Our job is to see to it that the truth, inspiration, and power of God’s word does not go forgotten and that believers can see the examples of people in Scripture as something they can aspire to.  The great life of Jesus, the Acts of the Apostles, the words, wisdom, and impact of Paul all were given by one God and He can, as well as wants to, give those same things to us…all we need to do is dream a little and be willing to trust Him.  Had Jesus looked at his life as a carpenter and only ever saw it as such He never would have been able to be our Savior.  Therefore, if we only ever take our lives and our potential at face value we limit what we can make happen.  I want to try be an aid to the process.  So, I hope that the words of the blog will encourage you, equip you, inspire you, and most of all help you look at the world and life not just as what it is, but also what it could be…and the potential is limitless because our lives are minor poetry testifying to a major God!

Ephesians 2:10

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