Wednesday, December 23, 2009

obsession

What are you obsessed with? Money, looks, sex, power, pride, technology, etc. I just read an article from The New York Times entitled “To Deal With Obsession, Some Defriend Facebook. Here is the link to the article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/technology/internet/21facebook.html

It really got me to thinking about the purpose of this group and the reason why I wanted to start it sometime ago. This culture, our culture is obsessed with everything but God and our relationship with Him. As a pastor I am always telling the people I minister to, to focus on Jesus and spend time getting to know Him. I have to confess that I am hypocritical.

For example, I look at how I spent most of my day yesterday. Everything I did was all about me. I did not humble myself at all to really listen for God yesterday. I spent the morning organizing my office, so it would look nice. I then went to lunch and a basketball game and to the Las Vegas Bowl and then came home and drank hot chocolate, took a shower, and went to bed. I was obsessed with me yesterday.

Think about yourself for a moment. What are you obsessed with? Do you wake up in the morning looking to be obsessed with Jesus Christ? We are approaching a new year. This is the time when we make resolutions to be nicer, lose weight, read more, and spend less money.

If we followed the Greatest Commandment given to us by Jesus Christ as our resolution, how would our lives change? How would the lives of the ones around us change? Jesus says, “to love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” To take it a bit further and look back in the book of Deuteronomy 10 the title of the section of scripture is “to circumcise your heart.” In verse 12 it goes onto say, “what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.”

Cut off the part of your heart that is causing you to obsess and refocus your heart and fearing God, walking in His ways, loving Him and serving Him fully. Make that your obsession.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Remember what God sacrificed for you. The ultimate freedom in Jesus
Christ.

g

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Ponder this

What if we had the ability to have Jesus' eyes and ears for just one
minute? How would it impact the way we speak, think, and love others?

G

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Monday, February 16, 2009

your name

don't have much to say today, but think about your name. who are you? what is your identity in Christ? Don't think about anyone else! Think about you and what is your path. What has Christ called you to do?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

African Impalas and church

How do we advance God's kingdom in the "valley"? What is the "valley"? This is the topic that Pastor Efram Smith spoke about during the afternoon session at the NPC. He said, "In the midst of crisis we can not paint the valley as the enemy. What does he mean by that? Even though we may be in the valley (recession, foreclosures, addictions, problems, etc.) we must proclaim the power of God. Do not forget His hand is upon you!

How does this relate to the church? What are we doing to help lead people through the valley? He wants to lead us, the church, but he also has a mandate/mission for us. Say YES to the mission.

What is the mission? Is the church really going to be the church? We need transformation. This is what the church must preach. There is a need for the breath of God. The is the need for new life. There is the need for heart change. Do we really believe in new life? JESUS IS ALIVE!!!

As the church we must be ready for shift. We must be ready for change. We must have no walls. No barriers. We must become one church.

Do people know Christ? Are we healthy? Are we missional?

Ask yourself these questions.

Are we focusing on Christ, covenant, and community?

If the church is healthy we will hear stories of transformed lives. If the church is missional we will publicly pursue God's kingdom and tell the good news. There must be an intersection of salvation and social justice.

We have to believe and pray that others can believe that there can be life in the valley. JESUS IS ALIVE!!!

Pastor Efram Smith challenged us to go deeper. He challenged us to reflect deeply about our intimacy and identity in Christ. Ask yourself this, is all of what God has placed in me being utilized? I think not!

He told a story about the African Impala. African Impalas have the ability to jump 13 feet high and 30 feet out. While visiting the zoo, however, the Impala was contained by a 3 foot fence. How can an animal that can jump up 13 feet and out 30 feet be contained by a 3 foot fence. When the Impala was a baby the trained it that it could not jump out. Now it is an adult impala and it doesn't know that it can jump out. If it only knew that it could jump out.

If we only knew what we could do. What is in us naturally that God has placed in us that we don't even know we can do? What is our 3 foot wall? Are we afraid to jump?

I dare you to jump. Take a risk and jump.

In order to live through the valley, proclaim God to those in the valley, transform lives, be ready for change, and be ready to say yes to the mandate we must not be afraid to jump. If we don't know we can jump we need to reflect deeply on our intimacy and identity in and with Christ!