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He is the Glorious One

Fee is one of my favorite bands right now.  Check out the lyrics to this song.  To God be the Glory.

Crazy Thought

My buddy Ron got me started on this book by Francis Chan called “Crazy Love”.  I am only 30 pages in but I highly recommend it for any one who is truely serious about have a love relationship with God.  I guess I have enjoyed the book so much because many of the thoughts and feeling that I have been having regarding God are also described in this book.  Let me give you an example.

In the preface Chan says that he hopes “reading this book will convice you of something: that by surrendering yourself totally to God’s purposes, He whill bring ou the most pleasure in this life and the next.” 

Chapter one is called stop praying.   “He says what if I told you to stop talking AT God for a while, but instead to take a long, hard look at Him before you speak another word?”   A lot of times I feel that I stink at being a christian and a pastor because I am not a “prayer warrior”.  I find myself not offering to God the sacrifice of fools.  See my post from January regarding that. 

Did you know that God is Holy, all knowing, all powerful, fair and just?  Why then do we think and act as if life is all about US!  Chan quotes Psalms 115:3 whichs says “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.” And then Chan says this. “Yet we keep on questioning him: ‘Why did You make me with this body, instead of that one?’ ‘Why are so many people dying of starvation?’…..” WHY WHY WHY.  

Let me answer the question of starvation quick.  This came to me as I read this and I think its awesome.  BECAUSE we make life all about US instead of God.  If we would simly live as God desires for us to there would not be starvation.  Its not God’s fault.  He loves us and because of that love He gives us choices.  We chose to go our own way.  Gods way is to “Be fruitful and Multiply”.  To “fill the earth and subdue it.” See Genesis 1.   The Bible talks over and over again about our responsibilty to care for the poor and those in need.   Life stinks and is not fair because we chose to life for ME, MYSELF and I.   Sin messed this place up not God.  

I could go on and on, but I am going to stop.  Go pick up “crazy love” and read it.  Or better yet pick up your Bible and fall crazy in love with the Author.  For some of you to fall deeper in love with God your going to have to begin focusing on God and not yourself.   Your gonna have to make your live about living for Him and not me.  My Lifestyle His Glory. 

This might me that you will have to STOP PRAYING at GOD and simply listen.  Talk back when HE speaks to your heart and you feel the only response that you can give is by speaking back to Him.

I guess part of my crazy thought is the fact that I am still captivated and fascinated by God.  I dont have Him figured out.  Often I dont understand Him.  I simply dont get it.  But I am falling so in love with Him and the scary thing is…. I am not following anyones model of what this love should look except Christ who offered His all for His love of the Father.

I need to be here

Often I find myself living my life under my own power and strength.  I can do it.  I can handle it.  I need to place myself humbled, on my knees, before my God who is my strength.  I want to live my life for God’s Glory and yet I try and do it under my own power.  I need to call out to my God and let Him work in and through my life.

Watch, Listen and Humble yourself before God.  Do you really want Him to be lifted High? Then its time to let Him come to your rescue.  Lets stop living under our own power and strength.    d

Hillsong- Story behind the song

I am a fan of Hillsong Uniteds worship songs. In my own personal worship time with God these songs have helped me to spend time simply worshiping my God. Hillsong has a new album that is coming out sometime in August and I cant wait.

Please take a couple of minutes to listen to the story behind the music of Hillsong. This is awesome.

Watch the video for “Healer” here.

God I pray that no matter what happens to me in this life that I will trust you. Help me to depend upon you in my weakness. Lord help me to declare to all who will hear that you are worthy of all honor and glory. God thank you for the cross and your son who died for my sin. Through His wounds I have been healed. Through His wounds I am able to worship you in spirit and truth. Give me the strength I need to live my life for your Glory.

THE Retreat

This past weekend was our winter retreat and everything went great.   The place we stayed at was great.   They had a brand new building that we met and ate in. (the food was great).   We had fun playing rugby basketball, playing board games, ping pong, fooseball, and air hockey.  

The sessions that I did will be available online in the next couple of days.  Students have already been asking about this video.  So here it is. 

Thoughts of Wisdom

Proverbs 8 really got my attention last night as I read it.  The first thing that really stood out was:

Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.

I am a man who wants to know and understand truth so when Wisdom began to cry out and say I speak truth, and my words are righteous the Passage had my attention.

There is a lot of good stuff in this passage like v.13 “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”   But I want you to focus on verses 22-31.    Here is my point and then I will let scripture speak for itself.  We just learned that the words that WISDOM will speak are true.  Nothing is twisted or crooked in them.  Listen how the word of God declares Him as the creator.   THINK- Does this match with the creation story in Genesis.  THINK/PRAY/READ the TRUTH.

22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, 30 then was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.

Shane and Shane- Fringes