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?



A Life Of Substance…

I challenge you to read this and as you digest it, allow the substance of these words to fill you up as you apply them to your life. I must admit that as I came across them today they pierced deep within as I read them. This is everything I desire from my life. This is what I want my life to look like. I have talked a big game but my actions have fallen short. Lord, thank you for these words and forgive me for their lack of existence in my life.

“…Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke? To set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not turn away from your own flesh and blood? THEN your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. THEN you will call and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and He will say, ‘Here I am!’

If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yoursleves in the behalf of the hungry and satidfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail…”

My prayer is this; that first of all I will live like this and secondly, that this will become a true picture of the church. What if….?



All, Most, Some…
December 12, 2007, 12:20 pm
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Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Do you want to change the world for the better?

When you close your eyes and allow yourself to dream of “what-ifs” or what could be, do you see yourself doing something different, being something or someone different, living differently, etc.?

If money, failure, the possible rejection of others, and other such things weren’t an issue, what would you want to do?

I think most of us want to be difference makers; I know I do. However, most of us are not doing the things we want or need to do in order to make the difference we desire to make.

I truly believe that God has called all of us to do great things. These things would definitely vary from person to person. For some people it may be more subtle things, for others it may something completely crazy that defies human logic but I believe we are all called and capable to do do great things and make a difference for God.

Then why aren’t more people doing it?

Fear, doubt, insecurity, lack of confidence…all being an antithesis of faith and yet we are called to live by faith and are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. I speak as one who constantly struggles with insecurity and a lack of confidence as well as the other things listed (am we suppose to admit to those type of things publicly???) however, I feel God moving in my spirit and in my life to do more; to make a difference.

I had a friend of mine named Dan DeWitt who when talking about this said, “ALL can, MOST won’t, but SOME will!” Look at the story in 1 Samuel 13:16-14:23 and look at Jonathan’s actions. The Israelites were facing the Philistines. They were not only outnumbered but they only had 2 swords (1 for Saul and 1 for Jonathan) to fight with because all of the blacksmiths were killed by the Philistines. Out of fear, doubt, insecurity and the like all of the Israelites were hiding in caves, thickets, rocks, holes, trees, etc…except for Jonathan. He decides to step out, defy human logic, and make a difference. It was only him, his armor bearer, and 1 sword against a multitude of the enemy but Jonathan said, “Hey, let us go over to the garrison of the uncircumcised and face them; it may be that the Lord will work for us.” Jonathan wasn’t sure he would be successful, he was just tired of sitting around doing nothing when he could be out trying to make a difference…and maybe, just maybe God would show up.

Difference makers are different and being different can be a risky and scary thing…so only one question remains, “Are you willing to be a difference maker?” We all can, most won’t, but some will…join me and let’s be part of the some.



Quote for the day…
November 15, 2007, 3:43 pm
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I read this quote by Theodore Roosevelt today and wanted to share it with you.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually try to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

There you go my dear friends and co-laborers. Press on and keep striving to make a difference. Others will have plenty to say; (some good, some bad) but it will be you experiencing life and making the difference. Remember, difference makers are different!

Let’s be different.