I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter. Jesus died and was resurrected for all today. Remember that wherever you are in life, you have a hope that cannot be taken away from you. Cherish that and share it. People will mock you, hate you and in some parts of the world kill you because of that. Remember they hated Him first.
Greetings.It’s been a long time since my last post and I just know that everyone has been waiting with bated breath just to gaze in amazement and the words I bring to you. I’m joking of course. No I’ve had my fingers in a few different pies lately and I don’t see that easing up anytime soon (more on those projects later). I hope to start posting more regularly but that’s to be determined by my schedule. That being said I write to you folks tonight to ask opinions on something.
There are many different church models going on around the country. Super attractional, missional and house seem to come to mind. Some churches depend on a great sunday morning where the teaching is a mile wide and an inch deep and others drop and hour of painstaking biblical exegesis that make you feel like you’re in a N.T. Wright lecture. I’m not here to bash any one way. I have my problems with both. My church is very missional. We are a very young church with young energetic blood that is constantly participating in projects around the area. We may be a little weak on the theological side (upward) side of growth but we do a really great job of trying to live the Gospel out in community (outward). There are also the other churches that focus mainly on upward growth and do virtually nothing in the community. What do you guys think is a great way to balance this out in church community? What are some ways to balance this out in our personal lives? comments welcome.
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I deliver packages for an express delivery company and as you can imagine I’ve been very busy and that will only get worse as Christmas gets closer. Hope to post something new soon.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink…”
I’m very excited about some awesome things that are going on in my community this year during the Christmas season. This year the wonderful men and women of God that I have the pleasure to serve next to are up to something BIG. HUGE.
1 in every 5 children in our city do not have enough food to eat at home. There is a local program called Backpack Buddies that seeks to put an end to children going home to no food. Essentially every Friday afternoon a child in need will be sent home with a backpack full of food to get them through the weekend.The problem is that with Christmas break coming up they will be away from school and a regular meal for two weeks. Our church is teaming up with other local churches around the Charleston area as well as another church in Mississippi to provide food for these children that will last them two weeks.
Help be a part of the solution
Here is how you can help. Pray, pray, pray and then pray some more. This is a huge undertaking and we will need much prayer. Volunteer. If you are in the area, able, and willing, sign up to volunteer through the link below. Give. If you feel led to give you can do so through the link as well. Here is the link and thank you for the prayers and support. http://lovegave.com/food/
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.”
I’m not a very political person anymore. At one time I was though. I listened to all the talk radio shows (from both sides). When I became a believer I was directed towards the “right” political party that I should support. These are the candidates you should support. These are the talk radio shows you should listen to. These are the bumper stickers you should have on your car. I eventually just got burned out on the whole political thing and just gave up on the entire mess.
I know great Christians that are very political. I’m not here to try to scorn any believers for being involved in the political process. I just want us to evaluate who we are campaigning for. Man or Jesus? I know an awesome Christian woman who spent a great deal of time campaigning for a particular candidate during the last presidential election. When you spend more time and effort trying to convert people’s political ideals than you ever have for changing hearts to Jesus I see a problem. A big one. Jesus didn’t call us to be advance mans kingdom. You see, politics involves compromise. And often times we are faced with having to compromise our beliefs in order to support a particular candidate. One candidate may be pro-choice, another may be overly willing to go to war. I don’t care how good you are at “lawyering” scripture into justifying war. It’s wrong (If you need clarification on this read Matthew chapters 5-7). I digress. The point I really want to push is summed up in this verse “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23. Yet we insist on directing our own steps and ever since the Israelites asked to have a king we have seen what it’s like to be ruled by people other than the Lord.
So stop and seek first the Kingdom of God. Seek first to campaign for the salvation of souls. When you vote, vote according to your convictions but always remember who the true King is and where your heart lies.
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth”
I have played music in bands a lot in the past 15 years. I love music. Metal, Indie, classic rock, pretty much everything. When it comes to worship I love the old stuff. I like some new praise and worship but mostly I’m old school. As far as contemporary Christian music on Christian radio I find it insufferable. But that’s just me and please take no offense if you are a big fan of the contemporary stuff. However, the Psalm clearly says to sing a new song. So whether your singing from the Chris Tomlin hymnal this morning or belting out Charles Wesley, sing to the Lord and enjoy your Sunday.