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Blame it on Twitter

August 26, 2010

I haven’t posted in a long while.  The blame is solely on Twitter.  140 characters is enough for me.  Maybe I should work on my attention span.  With that said…

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You can’t keep the threat chained

January 16, 2010

Life with Pete:

Acts 12:1-11

About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. 2 He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. 3 When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration.  4 Then he imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover. 5 But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.  6 The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. 7 Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. 8 Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.  9 So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. 10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.  11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!”

Peter was one threatening hombre.  Why else would they have placed 16 guards to secure one man?  Not only that, but he was fastened with not one but two chains as he slept between two guards.  One day I hope to be that dangerous for the Kingdom.  Chain Pete if you will.  Nothing can keep you imprisoned when God is in control.  Let’s spend our energy focusing more on Jesus and less on the obstacles of life.  God can bust you out!

newthru30

January 11, 2010

Thanks to Pastor Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte N.C., for providing some free resources (newthru30) that include New Testament reading plan, study guide, graphics, etc.  Hope you are challenged and inspired to have an encounter with your Bible this month!  To know the real Jesus, one must have an ongoing encounter with their B.I.B.L.E!  Our personally crafted, mirror hanging, pocket Jesus isn’t cutting it!  Only those who intimately know Jesus can influence a world intoxicated with self, encumbered with pain, and crushed by guilt, with His transformational power.  Discover Jesus on a heightened level as you engage in the Word this month!

A fish, a coin, and a finger

January 8, 2010

Two pictures that God has indelibly etch into my heart and mind, that have been tremendous encouragement to me, are found in Matthew 17:24-27 & Luke 11:20.

The preceding deals with temple tax and Jesus’ solution.  The solution is the encouraging and yet unsettling part.  Jesus’ solution to the problem was to go fishing.  Inside the fish the disciple would discover a coin (the provision).  That’s nonsense to man’s thinking.  Certainly, Jesus could’ve reached into His man-bag and handed over a coin.  Then again, what lesson would be learned in that?

The latter reads, “But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”  This is dealing with Jesus’ ministry to the demonized and accusations of Him working for the “dark side.”  The point is that it only takes His finger to achieve transformational miracles.  I’ve read recently that Jewish Rabbis have asked the question, “Which finger?”  Does God use His thumb?  His index finger?  His middle finger?  His ring finger?  His little finger?  The rabbis concluded, as I, that He only uses His little finger.  “When we are facing incredible odds, they reason, all we need is the little finger of God.  And Jesus overcame all the power of Satan and his demons with that same little finger.” -Ed Dobson

So, in my heart a picture of a fish, a coin, and a finger have been imprinted as a reminder that nothing is too difficult for God!  That’s been my pray for my life, family, the Church, and all those in need of a great miracle.  This is the decade of discovering “coins in fishes” and plenty of “finger sweeps.”

Ditto

January 7, 2010

“Boise State did what Boise State does. Show up on a big stage, in a tight game and do something incredibly brass to rip somebody’s heart out. They did it to Oklahoma back in 07’ in the Fiesta Bowl and they did it to 4th ranked TCU last night. And to the question of how did TCU not see that fake punt coming? I don’t know, maybe it’s because Boise State was looking at 4th and 9 from their own 33 in a tied game with about 9 ½ minutes to play. Maybe as brass as Coach Chris Peterson is, maybe they didn’t think that even he had the stones to put a year’s worth of work by the entire program on the tribal tatted arm of a punter, but they thought wrong because punter Kyle Brotzman went legend with this pass to Kyle Efaw and the Broncos finished off that drive and ended their season 14-0 man’s game, Chris Peterson, man’s game for the call, and for scheming like a freak defensively when all the talk was about TCU’s top ranked defense coming in. Plus big ups to the maniacal Broncos fans who were peaking for all 4 quarters. I don’t know if any other program that has a crew like this: part pep rally, part freak show. They travel like Steeler fan but geek out like Raider fan. How bout my man in the Bronco Libre muchidore getup, and the dudes rocking the orange and blue ultimate warrior face paint. You think it was the first time in the BCS for all of them but it wasn’t nor will it be their last. You keep doing what you’re doing and the BCS honks will not be able to keep you out of their title game because as flawed as that system is where you start often determines where you finish. This year Boise State started at number 14 in the pre-season which was way too much ground to have to make up, but that’s not gonna happen next year. Run the table again and we’ll see you at that party.” –Jim Rome

Mode of Faith

December 22, 2009

Mode of Faith

“The just shall live by his faith”

Habakkuk watches, with considerable heartache and confusion, as the nation of Judah is being crushed by a relentless foe.  This naturally provokes a series of questions. “Our LORD, how long must I beg for your help before you listen?” (Habakkuk 1:2 CEV)

Have you ever asked that type of question?  My nation is being plundered and decimated right in front of me and nothing seems to be moving favorably for the righteous, the Lord’s remnant.  Injustice is all around, sneering with condescending disregard.  Questions are arising in the man of God as his convictions are stirred.  Illustrated in this conversation is proof that men of faith have a place where they can ask valid questions.  Clarification was the intent.

Have you ever asked a valid question and received a seemingly absurd response?  “Look among the nations and watch-be utterly astounded!  For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you.  For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, a bitter and hasty nation…” (Habakkuk 1:5-6)

What?  How does bringing in another vile opponent fix the problem?  God, are you meeting nasty with nasty?  The dots are not connecting for me.  What do you do when the dots don’t connect?  I love this man’s response.  In chapter 2 he says, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.”  I will place myself here until I hear your word!  This is the difference for most when faced with uncertainty.  Impossibility creates opportunity for faith to explode with supernatural potential!  The right questions with the right response created this brilliant conclusion:

Though the fig tree should not blossom,

nor fruit be on the vines,

the produce of the olive fail

and the fields yield no food,

the flock be cut off from the fold

and there be no herd in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the LORD;

I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

GOD, the Lord, is my strength;

He makes my feet like the deer’s;

He makes me tread on my high places. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Eyes Forward

December 5, 2009

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2).

Confidence stems from setting your focus, attention and passion upon Jesus.  Don’t attempt to know Jesus based on hearsay, when the option of knowing Him first hand is available.  To follow a good leader is wise.  To follow the author of your life is far greater.