Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- Senseless violence in our cities.
- People that are going hungry while others overfill.
- People who have kids, abuse and neglect them and today they are lost and unwanted.
- The many people still in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- That people I love continually choose flesh over spirit.
- Brokenness, sin and the evil attacks of the enemy on people's lives.
- Jesus, my Savior, my King, my Friend. I would be totally and utterly lost without Him as the leader of my life!
- Tricia Kaye! He that finds a wife (like this) finds a really, really, really, really good thing.
- Davis Kaye! This young man is filling our heart and home with joy like we could have never imagined.
- All our family. Blessed beyond measure.
- Capital Christian Fellowship!! What a fantastic community to live with and serve the Lord with. Awesome church!!
- The increase in spiritual intimacy with the Father in 2009. Greater closeness to the heart of God than I have ever felt before in 3 decades of life!
Monday, November 23, 2009
1. Having more will make me HAPPY. “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income…” Ecclesiastes 5:10
2. Having more will make me IMPORTANT. "Then he said to them, be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
3. Having more will make me SECURE. “The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.” Proverbs 18:11
Exploding the Myth for More:
RESIST comparing what I have with others. 2 Corinthians 10:12
REJOICE in what I do have. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
RETURN the first ten percent back to God. Malachi 3:7, 10
RELY on God for my daily needs. Proverbs 30:8,9
REFOCUS my life of eternal things. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Principles to help develop skills with bills (dollar bills and/or bills that come in the mail that you you owe, but feel like shredding):
Principles to help develop skills with bills (dollar bills and/or bills that come in the mail that you you owe, but feel like shredding):
1. DETERMINE MY PRIORITIES.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
2. DECIDE TO GET OUT OF DEBT.
“The wicked borrow and do not repay.” Psalm 37:21
--The principle of COTENTMENT: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.” Hebrews 13:5
3. DISCIPLINE MYSELF IN SMALL FINANCIAL WAYS.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with very much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
4. DISCOVER THE JOY OF GENEROSITY.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
5. DO IT STARTING TODAY.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
“I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.” Psalm 119:60
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Pastor Nelson really brought some provoking material to our Small Group Training this morning. This week I will blog some of it. Here is one segment. Check this out:
In his attempt to bring a balance between two realities in the life of a Christian, Dietrich Bonheoffer talks about costly grace versus cheap grace. He writes, "Grace is represented as the church's inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without questions or fixing limits. Grace without price; grace without cost!" The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing. Since the cost was infinite, the possibilities of us using and spending it are infinite. What would grace be if it were not cheap? Bonheoffer concludes that cheap grace therefore amounts to a denial of the living Word of God, in fact, a denial of the incarnation of the Word of God.
I am more and more convinced that true discipleship is VERY expensive and more and more concerned that people think it is cheap. God help us take walking with you seriously!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
- They often sneak up on us. We usually quickly find ourselves carrying a heavy load and wonder how much more we can handle.
- And since intense seasons sneak up on us, they can rarely be prepared for.
- So, you take into these tough weeks, that which you have gleaned from the previous lighter weeks.
- WHICH is why it is so important that we are seeking the Lord at all times and spending time in his word and in his presence. In doing so, you are carrying with you an anointing and a strength that without it, you may snap.
- During an intense season, you need to put off everything that can be put off. Do not create false deadlines for yourself that only add to the pressure you are already under.
- Finally, create a "light at the end of the tunnel" for yourself. DECIDE that you are taking 2 days off the next week. Or go on an overnight trip. Or separating from your pressure points for at least 48 hours. Form a goal or a break to look forward to. Personally, I need that right now and am planning to take off the first 3 days of next week leading up to Thanksgiving. Next week, I'm about to get missing! I need the break.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
- Only you can be the husband to your wife or the wife to your husband. You cannot appoint or hire anyone else to do that job!
- Only you can be a parent to your child. Sure, they may have another parent or guardian, but only YOU can be Mom or Dad to your kids.
- Only you can seek God for you. No one else can learn the word for you, say your prayers for you or develop intimacy with the father on your behalf. That is all you!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
While attending a seminar today, the leader, Mervin Charles made a profound point about parenting. Here is the key statement:
“It takes a very different skill set to be a good parent of a small child than it does to be a good parent of a teenager.”
Now, read that again.
I personally know people who say, "I am good with babies." I know other people who say, "I am terrible with teens." And vice versa! You know, this may be old fashioned, but with a baby or toddler, the main priority is the outcome. You care about development. But, you tell them what to do so that the outcome is safe and best for the child.
As children grow and become older, outcome still remains important, but the value of their development really rises! There may be times when you have to dictate the outcome, but there are many times when they need to try, make mistakes, learn and develop the ability to make wise decisions that you are not dictating. Development involves them making some decisions on their own.
Some people are better at telling kids what to do than they are at letting them figure it out. As with all things, finding the balance is so important.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
- He leaks scripture all the time. He has hidden it in his heart, but just deep enough that he can dig it up and quote it...text, chapter and verse with relative ease.
- He drips Jesus. The brother is as Christocentric as anyone I have ever met. Jesus is clearly his first love.
- He loves people. He cares about anyone he knows. I watched him "Pastor" people all over the place today in the few hours he was among us. Remembers details, follows up on things you have told him, asks questions, listens and actually cares about what you are telling him.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
- What I cannot change.
- What I wish were different.
- What I do not know.
- What I cannot do.
- What I am not hearing.
- What I cannot figure out.
- What I do not understand.
- What we can change.
- What I do know.
- What is good.
- What I can do.
- What I am hearing what I can figure out.
- What I do understand.
- What I can offer.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
For quite some time now, I have been testing this theory. Things are not always as they seem. What looks and sounds like one thing could be something very different than you think.
Here is an example:
What seems like pride is often insecurity. And what seems like insecurity of often pride.
Pride: I may ACT like I got it all together and know it all to cover up for the fact that I do not know JACK and am insecure about it. I may come across arrogant. I may look like I am as confident as a lion, but I may actually struggle tremendously with a low self-image and live my every day deeply concerned about what people think of me!
On the flip side...
Insecurity: I may ACT insecure and unsure of myself or draw attention to my "issues" all the time because I really think that it's all about me! That is pride! If I live my life primarily focused on what everyone thinks of ME because I want to look good to everyone, I am actually self-focused and prideful.
So, remember that things are not always as they seem. People are complex. Issues can run deep. And it is our role as believers to be intuitive and sensitive into the real heart of a person, not just what we see and hear on the outside.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
- Calendar (syncing with Google Calendar online)
- Task List
- Email (linked to all my mail accounts)
- Camera (3 mega pixel)
- Notes (yellow stickies)
- Google Maps
- Alarm Clock
- Text Messaging (and MMS)
- News Apps (ABC, USA Today, CNN, AP)
- Twitter Apps
- Voice recorder
- Tip Calculator
- Discovery Channel
- Recipe Finder
- Address Book
- Loads of games
- Google Earth
- Metro Map
- Carigslist Mobile
- Photo Editing Program
- Bank of America
- Budget Tracker
- Starbucks Mobile
- Much, much, more...I will stop there though.
- YouVersion Bible. Sweet Bible interface with many versions and other interactive tools. Free!
- Tweetie 2. Of all the twitter apps I tried, this is the best! And the sounds are so cool.
- Google Maps. Search for restaurants, addresses, map your trip, use it as GPS, study the map, etc. Sweet! We really loved it when we went cross country. And free.
- Facebook. Full Facebook functionality on the go. Free. Enough said.
- Shazam. Hear a song you like? Hold your iPhone up to the radio for 5-10 seconds and it tells you the name and artist. Click "buy now" and it starts downloading it to your phone through iTunes. Total process: 30 seconds. From anywhere anytime. Kinda cool.
- If someone is strong physically and emotionally, he will attack and rob them spiritually.
- If someone is growing spiritually, he may attack them emotionally or financially.
- If someone is experiencing blessing financially, he may attack them relationally.
- Or, like in my story...if someone is growing increasing spiritually, the enemy will attack them physically. Recently, I feel that my physical body has been under attack. In trying to do good, I hit the wall of aches, pains, and physical discouragement.
Monday, November 2, 2009
- I am thankful to see the sun out today. Oh, and it was great to have it get light earlier this morning. Made getting going a lot easier.
- I have an issue with my spine. A bulging disc and a herniated disc. I try to ignore it, but it is boldly reminding me of it's existence recently. Today, it is killing me! Friday I start Physical Therapy. Welcome prayers for this.
- I am looking to help a friend of mine find a decent car for under $2,000. Let me know if you are aware of one.
- This Sunday morning, I'll be speaking at a Men's conference/event in DC. I will be spending some time this week finalizing that message. Praying that I say what God wants me to say. It is always a unique challenge when you don't really know your audience.
- CCF'rs--This Sunday is the last Sunday to nominate candidates for the Executive Board 2010. Drop your suggestions in the box this Sunday.
- I just have to give the Lord praise again for the great offerings that we have had recently! We exceeded budget for the month of October!!! Praise the Lord!
- My heart and thoughts are heavily focused on God's plan for CCF for 2010. The next 8 weeks are going to be intentionally focused in that direction. I invite your prayers for wisdom and clarity.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
If we struck a balance between a Godly confidence and a Godly Humility…learned to walk in both, it would be an absolutely powerful Jesus type of spirit! Confidence and humility are not opposites or contradictory, but rather hand in hand and a powerful combination for a high impact Christian!
Here are some more of my thoughts from this morning's message:
There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. And there is also a difference between being humble and being pitiful. Confidence and Humility…I have long desired to figure out the balance between these 2 things as a Christian:
Basically, David writes this Psalm after committing adultery with Bathsheba. Kinda goes like this:
Humility: God, I messed up please forgive me. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me.
Confidence: I will teach people, they will respond, we will do this, we can do that…
Humility: But the only sacrifice that you desire is a broken and contrite heart.
Confidence: Make Zion prosper, rebuild the walls of Jerusalem...
My short version of the whole Psalm: I am not going to walk around BEATEN UP because I SCREWED UP, but I am going to MOVE UP to the place that you have for me…with a broken and contrite heart!
And then there is this key verse:
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Confidence, when properly placed (through Christ) can really lead to incredible humility. Leonard Sweet calls this a Jesus Spirit….the bringing together of these 2 powerful dynamics! It is an emptying AND filling!!!
Remember, humility is NOT putting yourself down. And humility is NOT denying your strengths. It is honestly accepting your weaknesses. You strengths are gifts from the Lord, and to reject the gift is to reject the giver.
The key to a big head is a big heart. The solution to a big head is a Jesus Spirit!