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Today, as I sat in the waiting room at the doctors office, I began to think thru some thoughts on Christianity. I have seen churches remove crosses because they wanted to make sure people feel comfortable. Some have decided communion is no longer valid and a bit creepy because it mentions the blood and flesh of Jesus. Then there are the christians that have learned to profess something they aren’t willing to walk out. Christians that are 100% on point to biblical text, but at the expense of loving others. Too often I have seen the church stand up for truth and then use that truth as a smoke screen and justification for anger and hatred.
This got me thinking about how I can sum up where I think we are going wrong and that we are turning people away from the ONE who can save them.
So here they are…

My top Two ways to do Christianity wrong:

1. Preach a gospel that doesn’t offend the lost
– 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
“the cross offends men and women, because it is contrary to their ideas of human worth” – C.H. Spurgeon

The cross is offensive. sin is offensive. our depravity and need for God is not an easy message, but its the ONLY one

2. Walk a life that offends people and doesn’t point to God’s grace
 – John 3:17-18
“You will find all true theology summed up in these two short sentences: Salvation is all of the grace of God. Damnation is all of the will of man.” – C.H. Spurgeon

Yes… we are suppose to speak the truth, but even more importantly we are to speak life. Our role is to show people that sin, while fun, without the cross equals death. We can’t point people to Jesus if we are preaching the wrong one. Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, nor did He come to teach us how to condemn. He came to save it and we need to show people that:
OUR GOD SAVES. OUR GOD LOVES. OUR GOD PAID SO ALL COULD RECEIVE HIS GRACE.

Let us be careful to not get those two ways wrong. Don’t water down the gospel and don’t let your sin and pride keep others from the free gifts of God’s salvation.

888295046336_cover.170x170-75This video is a preview of an upcoming album from my friends Kristen and Bobby Gilles. It is an album born out of the confusion, pain, and hope of a couple trying to worship God after losing their baby. Much like Steven Curtis Chapman’s album, “Beauty Will Rise”, it weaves hope and grief in an intoxicating way, but also makes it way to personal to review affectively. The church needs albums like this. The church needs people like this. Those who are not afraid to ask the tough questions and show that while they are still in pain, that there is hope and we worship a loving God.

Learn the story behind Parker’s Mercy Brigade by Kristen Gilles, a collection of new worship songs to the Lord who gives and takes, and who works the giving and the taking for the good of those who love him. Half of all proceeds from the sale of Parker’s Mercy Brigade go to Nadus, documenting social justice issues around the world and partnering with local organizations to provide humanitarian relief and Christian witness.

And because half of all proceeds go to Nadus Films, when you purchase the CD or digital download, you haven’t just bought a record, you’ve joined Parker’s Mercy Brigade.

Preview video produced by Nadus Films.

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here is a new article on the healer story

also I hope there will be an outpouring of grace for this broken man. Go join the prayer group for him on facebook.

God is a God of grace, goodness, mercy, and healing.

I just read a disturbing article and also saw the story on the news. 17 MA girls, all under 16, are pregnant at the same time. They girls in the school made a pact to get pregnant so they could “raise their babies together”. Lets look at this picture though. Yes we know kids are having sex at younger ages, but this is totally different. The school did 150 pregnancy tests. Did you read that 150! That means that there were even more girls who wanted to get pregnant. They were having sex with random people and one of them with a homeless guy just so they could raise their babies together.

Did you know that not 2006 was the first year of an increase in the pregnancy rate in teens since 1991? Teen pregnancy is increasing for the first time when the years previous it was declining.

Why is this. Sure the world has a ton of problems. Christianity is getting a bad wrap so therfore God and His hope does too. The idea of family has been twisted so kids think sex is something that can be done outside of marraige with no consequences. Teens think that because they don’t have a dad or their parents are gay that that’s ok.

The bible talks a ton about the model for family and we are missing that in the world today.

The church needs to step up. not to call people out for being like this, but to show the hope of Christ.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

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I can’t get enough of this song from new artist Duffy.

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