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Life in a Lazy boy

July 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Imagine you have a lazy boy chair at home with an awesome cup holder and the push out foot rest. The chair is worn in nicely and even contours perfectly to your butt. You are so content with your coke in hand as you watch your Tv. Nothing is getting you out of that chair. God says “it’s time to go out and tell somebody about jesus” but you have become complacent and immovable in your contentment. 

CONTENTMENT Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.  – however this can breed complacency and apathy. 
Our imbalanced contentment becomes a justification for not being concerned about the lost.
Are you that person?

Maybe you are sitting in that chair and it is a nice chair, but you just can’t ever get comfortable. God hears your grumbling and instead of bringing judgement on you He gives mercy and grace. God supplies you with a brand new leather chair with a built in iPad! You sit in it and love it for about a week. You begin to complain and grumble again.

“There is no cup holder in this one and I want the old one back!”

God says, “tell somebody about Jesus” but you can’t hear him because you are too busy not recognizing that you are where God wants you and you would rather complain. Are you that person?

DISCONTENTMENT: Unhappy with everything – breeds contention and grumbling.
Our imbalanced discontentment isolates us from God’s Goodness and mercy. Instead of wanting more of the BREAD OF LIFE we want more of food that does not satisfy.
Are you that person?

When someone in the Scriptures submitted their life to Christ…it was complete and total surrender and not “submission based on convenience.” It is a selfless walk.
We are told to find our life and live it to the fullest we must lose our life first. (Matthew 10:30)

So if both Contentment & Discontentment can lead to things not of God, how should we operate?

Apostle Paul said: “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Phil. 4:11)

Another option…A HOLY DISCONTENT – You have learned to be content in whatever circumstances, but You are also ready and waiting as you shadow God closely. While you were yet a sinner, Christ died for you. Complacency and grumbling pull you away from the character of God’s grace.

There you are in that lazy boy. It’s nice and it has the butt contour. It has a few tears in it, the cup holder has lost it’s form and can no longer hold your coke can. You are enjoying the comfort of what God has given you and not complaining about a few springs poking through. You are sitting at the edge relaxed, but ready to leap if God calls you. You can hear His voice and you are not stuck.

“The man, who is deeply discontented with himself, is probably growing fast into the full likeness of Christ.” – Spurgeon 

THRILL your hearts with the CLOSENESS of the love of God. 

Bright Sadness

June 26, 2014 — Leave a comment
Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 3.02.11 PMre-posted from my facebook because I don’t want to forget God’s goodness

Some weeks are bright and some weeks are sad.
This week, walking as a pastor and friend, has been what can only be described as a bright sadness.

With new life and loved ones who pass…
with friends wrecked with addiction and others coming out of the water in baptism with new freedom.
Seeing some walk away from God and others who were asleep finally wake up to the wonder of The Lord.
Seeing relationships torn apart and others making new covenants with a ring.

There is one thing I know: 
MY HOPE is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Psalm 103:1

wonderEvery time my wife and I take our four kids to a hotel, the first thing they do is run around to every room and explore. They jump on the beds, check out all the cool things, play with the hair dryer (even though we have one at home) and gawk at the outdated TV. They love to explore new things and are in a state of wonder when we go to new places. It is actually pretty cool to watch them flutter around discovering amazing treasures.

Matthew 18:3 says “And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”

Children live in wonder. Where anything is possible. Remember those days? The days when grabbing an old towel and wrapping it around our neck instantly turned us into superman and we were able to fly. When our toys came to life… When our playroom became an amphitheater and moms cooking pots were our drum set begging to be played for a sold out crowd.

Being adults makes us jaded and hard over time and we lose the wonder. The grace and mercy of God started well before we thought and it goes on forever. Because of Jesus and his great mercy we are adopted orphans of God. We now have access and can approach with boldness the King of kings. Such mystery and wonder and yet our calloused souls forget all about it.

Imagine God is like that hotel… We race around and go from room to room and learn more about Him. We explore in excitement, share our findings and discover God had planned greater things than we imagined. In a normal hotel, once all the rooms have been explored the fun is over, but With God the rooms are never ending.”

Job 11:7-9 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”

Every time we think we have God figured out another door in the “hotel” opens. May we NEVER lose the wonder.

underpinkI saw an album pop up in in front of me that said “20th anniversary” and my first thought was:
“DANG I’m old… my “music” is now considered oldies”
… and then I decided to look at what else was 20 years old this year and reminisce the days of BRILLIANT music.

So here is the list of the albums from 1994 the hold a special place in my heart. These are the ones that I still listen today because they truly are amazing. (in no particular order)

Vigilantes of Love – WELCOME TO STRUGGLEVILLE
Starflyer 59 – SILVER
Weezer – WEEZER (blue album)
Tori Amos – UNDER THE PINK
LIVE – THROWING COPPER
The Cranberries – NO NEED TO ARGUE
The Choir – SPECKLED BIRD
Nirvana – UNPLUGGED
the 77′s – DROWNING WITH LAND IN SIGHT
Phil Keaggy – BLUE
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – NO QUARTER
Kings X -DOGMAN
Mariah Carey – Christmas

And then don’t even get me started on 1993 & 1995
I really miss the 90′s world of music.

“When your spouse can’t see Christ in you, it matters little what others think they can see.” -Carey Nieuwhof

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