After listening to a sermon the other day I posted on Facebook a very strong opinion about how preachers should do their preaching. The specific preacher I was listening to at the time was circling round and round a point for what seemed way too long, never really saying much. Being entertaining, but not communicating the point he had set out to make. I was fed up, as I am with most preaching, and spoke my mind in public.
Most people loved what I had to say. Many people have never been on the underside of ministry like I have, nor have the perspective of church things like I do. And they seem to act giddy when someone is willing to speak the truth, even about the church.
The truth that I’ve found and that is central to my message to the Church is that Christ is the One who has earned ultimate authority over man kind and it is our job as the Church to point others unto the glory that is completely His. So that they may begin to walk uprightly with God through the life and presence of Jesus Christ… and in and amongst those who call themselves church.
Continue reading “Peeing in the Easter Basket”
I can appreciate the world’s standard of what gossip is and isn’t. I can go to webster’s definition and totally justify much of my behavior concerning this matter. Under positive subheadings, I can talk about my friends and colleagues with “good intentions” and reckless abandon.
Or with the discernment of the Holy Spirit and the plumb line of love, I can take a look at these actions and realize that anytime I talk about someone else outside of their company, I’m sinning. Secret meetings to talk about others, blogging about others, in general- just talking about people without them being present or without directly addressing them, is sin and destroys relationships. It seems to be more like a silent and effective erosion that takes all the foundation and structure out from beneath the top layer of cordial conversation, but it doesn’t go unnoticed.
You share with a friend about another friend, and immediately you give a place for evil to slide in and instigate. Some are so intrenched in this lifestyle that behind their eyes lie large fortresses of darkness that have been erected where judgement, pride, envy, jealously and all other types of evil are housed.
You may have a pretty good definition of gossip that you justify your lifestyle with, but is it God’s?
Saw a person on the side of the road today changing their tire like they knew what they were doing. It surprised me… I’m sure only a few minutes after I passed them they were done and back on with their day.
Made me think of life.
Continue reading “A Flat Tire and Getting Free 4-22-09”
Persecuted for righteousness sake?
Sometimes situations turn out unfavorably and with quickness we think that we are being persecuted. This is EASY when dealing with the church. We are prone to be skeptical and weary of the church. If you think about it, it makes since. The bride it the representation of God’s grace toward all in the world. She is where the grace of God can be discovered. Our adversary works to separate us from this life giving body. We build arguments, then write books, and even develop counter church culture, etc. etc.
BUT, if we were truthful with ourselves most of the time we claim persecution it’s not because we were righteous, but because we are at fault. And instead of looking at our actions that led up to the situation at hand we point at the church. It’s much easier to be upset at someone else than it is to be truthful with ourselves.
Lately I’ve been recognizing how much God loves His bride, no matter how much she rebels, no matter how late she stays out at night, no matter how many tattoos she gets. He is the one who laid down His life to make her pure and white. He is the one who lusts for her, who’s attraction to her doesn’t make since.
Who will be the one to step between a Holy God and His beloved. Not me.
Worship had been electrifying. The room was charged with the presence of the Almighty. Everyone had a gift to bring, no one was exempt. It’s just funny we even went there, but somehow it was like we accidently ran over the right road marker that showed us we were on the right path.
The road marker was Acts 2:44 “All those who had believed were together and had all things in common.” Never had those words took on such meaning. All that each of us had, all of our resources that had value, were proverbially thrown into the center of this room for the building up of the body. Whatever we had experienced, whatever our spiritual gifts were, were not our own but were for the benefit of the body. This meeting that was spawned from prayer seemed difficult to follow to me. It was nothing like I’d ever seen or been a part of. I was asked as the leader to refrain from preparing information. Each week I fight the urge to wrangle down a word from God; sometimes I even go to Him getting a kind pat on the head and a reiteration of instruction. I see now that what we have going is good, real good.
Where had we gone wrong before? How had we drifted so heavily from this map of church? I’m not one to bash traditional models of church, but I’m assuming that what we had accomplished by having church this way, was the most traditional way possible, Acts style. I guess that Solomon was right, there is nothing new under the sun.
Moreover, why fix something that’s not broken. This model is not broken, I assure you. Wanna see it in action? Come bring your gifts to The KILN Thursdays at 6:30 at Charlotte 24-7.
God loved people enough that He sent a part of Himself, His Son, to us. This Son this God in flesh was a man who was grief-stricken; all He saw broke His heart. He was weighted down with sadness and sorrow so much so that He constantly had to spend time with Father God. When one of His friends died He cried in public… imagine that God crying in public. At one point He even speaks over the city in a longing hunger to give her the love she needs.
He loved so deeply that it caused pain and suffering before His death, and as we all know, it was His brutal death that freed us to have salvation and ultimately to have Him in our hearts. So He abides in us and makes His home in us, yet we spend our time checking each other out, getting disgusted at how poor others are. We spend time frustrated that they could be so dumb.
Folks, I’m first in line to admit my fault here, so why not get behind me and pray what Paul longed for, to know the suffering of Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ heart melted like wax within Him. He loved so much that it caused pain. We have those folks all around us that need that type of love. We have to step up.
So may our hearts grow and abound in love. May judgment be left to the Creator and may we participate in the type of compassion that mandates suffering.
“The Righteous Shall Live By Faith.” Romans 1:17
Luther stumbled upon these words and it changed the world.
Very much like King Josiah rediscovering the law(2Kings 22:8-13).
What will be rediscovered that will bring another wave of change?
Reflections on Ephesians 4
There is a group of people on earth that have the spirit of God in them. They love like Him and speak like Him. They even act like Him.
Jesus Christ died so that they could exist.
He has given the characteristics of Himself to dwell in His people permanently. The presence of Him is in our brothers. We can know Him by knowing our brothers and sisters.
Your colleague at work who is a Christian, she is your sister, your eternal sibling who you are responsible for protecting and honoring.
Brothers and Sisters, Mothers and Fathers in the Lord are the most precious gift, next to Christ, that man has.
It’s time we quit taking Jesus’ bride for granted. It’s time we quit being friendly and be family.
Value the Church, cherish the body of Christ, dwell with them, uphold them, protect them, do not forsake them. Surely the more we learn to value the body the more abundantly our Father will dwell in us.