IN ALL ERNESTNESS


Just call me foolish…

Some have said there is a fine line between faith and foolishness…

What do you think?

  • It would be foolish to believe a 99 yr old woman could conceive and give birth but Sarah did.
  • It would be foolish to believe a slave could rise to 2nd in command and save a nation but Joseph did.
  • It would be foolish to believe a child could defeat a well trained warrior giant but David did.
  • It would be foolish to believe 3 men could be thrown into a furnace and walk away unharmed but “Rack”, “Shack”, and “Benny” did.
  • It would be foolish to believe that a group of slaves could escape Egypt and cross a sea on dry land but the Isrealites led by Moses did.
  • It would be foolish to think a virgin could give birth but Mary did.
  • It would be foolish to think a man could raise the dead but Jesus did (on numerous occasions…including himself).

Shall I go on?

Jeremiah 32:17, “Nothing is too difficult for you (God)”

Mathew 19:26, “with God all things are possible”

Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God”

Ephesians 3:20, “to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think”

Maybe I am foolish; but for me, I would rather be foolish for believing too much than not enough!

My God is a big god and I choose to trust Him for big things!



This is what Jesus looks like…

My wife directed me to this video today. It directly fits into the many conversations we have been having lately regarding our own family and our own lives. This is what Jesus looks like. Too many times we go to church and we play church but what if we actually were the church? What if we truly became the church to the world around us? What would that look like? What impact would that have? What if? What if I, what if you choose to be Christ and to be the church to those around us?



Making a difference…

I want to start out by asking you to read this blog when you are finished here. It is a really good story of the journey a great and close friend of mine is beginning to travel. I am excited to see where the journey leads…

I really think it is an awesome thing to be able to see people as they begin to think beyond the norm, think beyond themselves, and dare to change…dare to be change. I think one of the best questions we can ask is “How can I make a difference; how can I create change?” It is when we allow ourselves to think this way and act upon the answers to these questions that we unleash a powerful, wild side of who we were meant to be. I truly feel that none of us were created to live just for and be about ourselves, rather to live in community; in relationship and with a desire to help, to make a difference, to create a positive change in the world and in others lives. There is something freeing; something liberating about being about giving, caring, loving others with a wild abandonment. To dare to be different; to make a difference. It has been said that we are never more like Christ than when we give ourselves away.  This is an expression of love and we are called to Love God/ Love People. Pretty simple isn’t it? Simple to say. sometimes harder to do.

My challenge to you…dare to be different… Dare to make a difference…Dare to create change…Ask yourself, “What can I do to create change, what can I do to make a difference?” Then, when you get the answer…do it! Don’t think about it, don’t over analyze it, just do it!

Don’t forget to read my friend’s story here!



The Season of Lent…
February 24, 2009, 10:02 pm
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Tomorrow begins Lent in the Christian calendar. Growing up I always looked at Lent as something Catholics did and it didn’t pertain to me. I mean, it was nothing more than just a religious ritual…right? But then again so is everything else we do in the name of Christianity and religion if we end up doing it out of habit or obligation. Lent, I have found out, is like any other Christian “tradition” or “ritual”; it all has to with your heart and your motives.

For 40 days we have the opportunity to give up something; to sacrifice something in the name and for the sake of Christ. Not to say, “Look at me – look what I am doing for God! What a great Christian I am!” and not to sat, “Woe is me God, look at all I am giving up for you, I hope you’re taking notes!” It’s a beautiful opportunity to lay aside self; to lay aside something we enjoy, something of worth to remind us of the love and sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus, The Liberating King. As we yearn and desire these things our minds are reminded of the purpose of this fast and is refocused on Christ. It is an opportunity to purposely break ourselves of comforts and pleasures to draw us back to Christ.

As we begin the season of Lent tomorrow, if you have never participated I challenge you to lay aside any pre-concieved notions and any poius opinions you may have and consider what you could give up, what you could sacrifice in honor of your King, in honor of drawing closer Christ, The Liberating King, The Lover of your soul.

If you have practiced Lent my challenge would be that you approach it with a new sense and appreciation for what it is about. Approach it as a new oportunity to search self and come to God anew. Don’t approach Him out of mere tradition or ritual, approach Him with a pure and clean heart.

In Isaiah 1 it says, “‘The multitudes of your sacrifices – what are they to me?’ says the Lord. ‘I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and of the fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs, and goats. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, the trampling of my courts? Stop bringing meaningless offerings!…wash and make yoursleves clean. Take your eveil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong. Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the fatherless, pleasd the case of the widow. Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. ”

Let us go before the Lord with broken hearts and open ears. May we search oursleves and our lives and our motives and approach Him in sincerity and genuiness. May we use this time of Lent, these 40 days preceding Easter, to redirect our hearts, our minds, and our souls to Him!



What’s wrong with the church today?
January 24, 2009, 11:29 am
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I was reading an article this morning and this quote stuck out to me,

“Search “Church attendance drops” in Google and you will find article after article about the drop in church attendance here in the US.  Why?  I believe people find they are not perfect and so they don’t come back.”

I think I agree, this is one of the main reasons, that and the lack of relevancy.  However, I choose to defer to expound until I hear some of your thoughts…so, what do you think?



Outside The Walls
October 28, 2007, 12:00 am
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Taking God’s house to the streets…I read an article today in the Houston Chronicle (yes, I do read the paper and sometimes sections other than the sports and comics). As I was pilfering through the different sections the headline Taking God’s house to the streets caught my attention. I want to genuinely be Christ to others and I love to hear about others who are doing it, not doing “religion”, not playing “church”, but being Christ. So to say the least I was drawn by this heading. I wanted to hear more; know more. Who are they? What are they doing out there? Are they making a difference? If so, what can I do?

I long to be inspired by those living their faith out in a tangible way and loving God, loving people. Those who are willing to go beyond the pew, outside the walls, and into the world that needs love, compassion, and light. “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” -Jesus.

I definitely believe in the local church and its ministry. I believe in discipleship, worship, fellowship, ministry, and evangelism but when we can take those things to those in needs instead of always waiting for them to come to us, great things seem to happen.

Anyway, sorry for the rabbit trail and back to the article…7 years ago, Joe Williams of Joe Williams Ministries, began Street Reach, a ministry geared to reaching out to the homeless youth on the streets of Houston, America’s 4th largest city. He ministers to those who are too often forgotten and forsaken; those who we would rather look the other way than reach out to ourselves and show them the love of Christ. YWAM shortly joined in the efforts and partnered with Williams.

“This is church. We don’t have pews or stained-glass windows, but this is the house of God.” says Williams. “It is the house of God in a Montrose parking lot, open to those who live on the streets, in cheap hotel rooms, and abandoned buildings.” -Houston Chronicle.

Are they making a difference? I would dare to say so. So would Jason Healy who the Chronicle reports has been a regular at the street church operated by Montrose Street Reach since he lived at Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youth, five years ago. His wife, Elizebeth, was homeless when they met at the Street Reach. Healy has a job now, and the couple lives in an apartment with their 15 month old daughter. So would Carilyn Mallet. She is 21 and 8 months pregnant and living in a shelter. On Wednesday evenings she is able to let her guard down. “I don’t have to worry about being judged here,” she says. WOW! How many times have you heard someone in her position say that about church or Christians?

They are not alone. Kim Dale, who is with YWAM, estimates that Street Reach has helped at least 220 people leave the streets. “Some returned to their families, while others have entered rehab, job training or other programs,” she states.

Their purpose? “We try to make them see that we care about them as people, and that God cares about them. We try to show them Jesus in practical ways,” says Dale.

There is a quote from a minister who has helped in the effort that reads, “True Christianity is the front-line thing where you’re getting out there and getting your hands dirty.” Something to think about.

Are you willing to get your hands dirty? I am! Who knows, if you go to Montrose on a Wednesday night you just may find me and my bride there!

For more information on this ministry you can read more about it here.



Covered In Dust
October 17, 2007, 3:41 pm
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What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ and what does that look like? When a Rabbi called out to a Talmadim to follow him as his disciple what he was in essence saying was that he felt that the Talmadim could be like him and do what he did. So when Jesus called the smelly fishermen and the crooked tax collector and us to follow him he was telling us we could be like him. Try to truly wrap your mind around that! Christ believed that we can be like Him.

Rob Bell did a great job explaining this in his video “Dust”. He also talked about how the new disciple would follow so close to the Rabbi that they would get covered in the dust of their Rabbi that was kicked up from the ground as they walked. Because of this there was a saying, “May you covered in the dust of your Rabbi”.

I recently read The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus and that coupled with Rob Bell’s video began to make me think…

If we truly followed Christ so close that we were covered in His dust, then where would that lead us? Christ went to the garden where He prayed so intently that His sweat was like blood and He cried out to God, “Let this cup pass from me, BUT IF NOT, not my will but yours be done.” Then He went to the cross and died. 10 out of the remaining 11 disciples all died a martyrs death. The 11th was exciled on the Island of Patmus .

That’s where following Christ got them. Here’s the crazy thing…they were glad to do it. Peter once even said, “I count it a blessing to be persecuted for Christ.”

Are you willing to follow Christ there? Am I? He may not lead us there, but He may. Are you willing? Do you really have what it takes to be covered in the dust of Christ? We need to be. Are you willing to say like Christ, “not my will but yours”?

If you want to truly be a disciple of Christ you need to be so willing. Christ didn’t say, “Pick up your Lazy Boy and follow me.” He said, “Pick up your CROSS and follow me.”

I had to truly ask myself if I would be willing to follow Him there? Are you willing?