Are you livin a fish story?

•March 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Last night I got the chance to share at a men’s ministry wild game dinner. Here are some highlights from the message on Luke 5:11.

Simon and his fishing partners traded religion for a relationship with Jesus.

This meant 3 things:

Religion left them empty, Jesus filled them with meaning.

Religion left them guilty, Jesus offered them grace and forgiveness

Religion left them without purpose, Jesus gave them a reason to live.

Is your life just a fish story filled with half truth and all lies? Meeting Jesus face to face changes everything. You can spend your whole life in church with religious rules and regulations, but do you know the onething that sets you free? Simon, James, and John dropped everything and followed Jesus. For the believer, salvation is not simply an intersection to be crossed but a road to merge onto and travel in a relationship with Jesus. Things will never be the same again. Who would really want them to be?


Wisdom from Walden

•March 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I decided a while back that in my reading I would read a lot of classics and such in order to make myself think and learn. I also figured it would be a good idea to go back and read some of those books I was supposed to have read in high school and college. 😉

So anyway, I started reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau a little bit ago. I came across some good nuggets of wisdom in it and I am sure there are plenty more to come.

Here you go:

We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven. We have adopted Christianity merely as an improved method of agriculture. We have built for this world a family mansion, and for the next a family tomb.

The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful.

Kid Speak ~ 10 Double Duty

•May 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Last night I took the boys to Harrison’s baseball practice. I sat with Hudson and Hunter by a tree out of the way and in the shade and they had a good time messing with the tree and throwing rocks. There was a large ant pile, or at least what used to be one, by the curb and the tree. Hudson finally went over to the mound and stomped on it. This is a favorite pastime for he and my wife. Well, no ants came out and that sparked Hudson’s curiosity. So he asked me where all the ants were. I told him that they must have gone somewhere else. His immediate response:

Oh, they must be shopping at Target!

And also,

Harrison and I have been watching the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament on Versus this afternoon. After watching Ian Poulter, who is known for wearing brightly colored pants and today has a pair of bright pink pants on, told me he still likes Ian Kinsler. I asked him why and he said even though he has the same name as the weird guy on tv wearing pink pants he still likes him. Good for him.

Performing the Faith

•May 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Great Paragraph from the book.

In performance Christians are called upon to recognize time aright, to attune themselves to a time that is God’s time. The context in which this attunement occurs is properly called worship. Liturgical time, in other words, takes Christians out of what the world teaches them to think of as the standard or normative measurements of time and orients them to, sets them firmly within, God’s eschatological horizon. Worship marks the time of Christ that breaks into “our” time, the time that Christians are lulled into thinking is always here. In this regard, the regular, continual pattern of gathering for worship may be viewed as the church’s rehearsal. Worship thus becomes a kind of performance before the performance, a preparation beforehand for whatever witness the church might be called upon to give. Being schooled in the basic rhythms and movements that constitute the Christian faith means that the church’s witness is more than something spoke, debated, written about, discussed; it is a faith that is enacted, performed, fleshed out. In order for such a witness to be faithful and true, in order for it to be convincing, the church must be attuned to the times. Only by continually practicing, rehearsing, performing the faith will Christians have any chance of learning what it means to keep God’s time.

pages 97-98

Daddy’s Little Helper

•April 30, 2009 • 1 Comment
Welcome to the gun show

Welcome to the gun show

Today Jaclyn went to do the “big” shopping, which is several weeks worth of groceries at a time at Target. She also needed to pick up a little something for her sister, who is getting married in a couple weeks. So, Hudson likes to help as much as possible during the shopping. When Jaclyn got home, I was already there as I am taking the afternoon and evening off, she realized that there were certain items in the bags that she didn’t put in the cart. Of course, Hudson wanted to make sure we had everything that is essential to the home. The three boys are big fans of pop tarts, so Hudson added two boxes worth of them to the cart while Jaclyn wasn’t looking. Also, while Jaclyn wasn’t looking, in an obvious chip off the ol’ block moment, Hudson managed to throw in a pair of thong panties.

Yup, Daddy’s little helper he is.

Kid Speak ~ 9

•April 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

So Hudson has been changing his name lately. First it was Gap, then Johnny Test showed up, and today he has decided he is Bibleman. Johnny Test is actually the name of a cartoon on tv I think. But anyway, Hudson decided today that Jaclyn should watch one of the episodes. Jaclyn explained to him that she is a girl and doesn’t really watch those kind of things. Hudson promptly replied,

Don’t worry Mommy, God can change you to a boy.

Do I have a vote in this?

Crazy Love ~ 5

•March 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Crazy Love Serving Leftovers to a Holy God

So far, this is by far the best chapter in the book. It is the most challenging and most frank. It is a harsh reality in churches today that attenders are often left unchallenged. We fail to give God our complete and total self while holding significant portions of life back from God and His purposes for us. We draft somewhere in the middle failing to be either hot or cold for God and His plan. Building off of Revelation 3 and the letter to the church of Laodecia. Chan takes on the often overlooked and ignored truth that a believer in Christ will show evidence of that belief in their daily life. To show no evidences brings a daring and truly difficult question of one’s truthful conversion and faith. Not that someone who continues to struggle with sin is not a believer, but the one who knowingly continues to ignore God’s best and never produces fruit in their life may simply be fooling himself. And how often does the individual believer choose to not honor God in everything in order to maintain a somewhat easy existence? Lots of good questions, and lots of things to ponder in this chapter. Chan continues the idea of soils in this as well and leaves all of us with the question of just what type of soil are we.

Choice quotes:

Jesus’ call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a “Christian” without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.

Each of us has lukewarm elements and practices in our life; therein lies the senseless, extravagant grace of it all. The Scriptures demonstrate clearly that there is room for our failure and sin in our pursuit of God.

To call someone a Christian simply because he does some Christian-y things is giving false comfort to the unsaved. But to declare anyone who sins “unsaved” is to deny the reality and truth of God’s grace.

I believe that much of the American churchgoing population, while not specifically swimming downstream, is slowly floating away from Christ. It isn’t a conscious choice, but it is nonetheless happening because little in their lives propels them to Christ.