Sunday, July 29, 2007

So what came first

chicken or the egg?

Or actually nation or God?

At first glance it seems easy enough, we would all say God first right? however when push comes to shove where are our priorities? I happen to believe that God does not care about flags or national anthems. I believe God is worried about the welfare of his children.

God does not play favorites. When a child is starving or sick, he does not care what country they are from or whom that country is warring with. Instead he is concerned simply about that child.

Isn't that how we are supposed to be as well?


Does God grieve more when an American child starves?

Somehow, I doubt it.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Crash!

I was in a car accident last night. The good news is everyone appears to be okay. We have some bumps and bruises and some soreness(especially the young one) but hopefully we are all fine.

But nothing quite shakes you up as a car accident, especially one that you can see unfolding and yet do nothing about. I was rear-ended and saw the car as it got closer and closer and then hit me. Yet like so much else that happens in life there is so much to learn from what happened last night.

Everything can be gone in a moment. We are promised nothing and we are guaranteed nothing.
Cars, houses, jobs, family, our very lives it can all be gone. So we need to value everything that we have and appreciate it, yet not let it control us. We need to value those people in our lives especially.

We simply need to learn to depend on God more and more. Each and every day is a chance to do just that. Sometimes we need a jolt from behind to remind us of just that.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Patience

"They" say it is a virtue. Well, I say it is something that I do not have and maybe do not even want.

I want the world/church to simply jump on board and see the world that I do, I am often that confident that I "get" it. I truly believe that at specific moments in time it is like Jesus himself is whispering in my ear and telling me what to do next and where we need to go. Now I must confess that does not happen often, but when it does I often wonder why others do not see it as clearly as I do.

In other words, what is taking so long?

Well, I know the above sounds awful arrogant and for that I am sorry. I just needed a little space to vent tonight. It was one of those days when I felt as if I was banging my head against the wall.

So, perhaps patience is something I really need to pray for after all. Maybe the hesitation in people jumping aboard is not anything more than God telling us to wait.

And that is something that I can definitely live with.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Flat

That is the only word that I can think of to describe how I felt after the 11 AM service today. Recently the 8:30 service has been very good and has lead me like a rocket into the 11 am service. I truly have felt the Spirit take the 8:30 sermon and give it a little bit more punch for the 11 am service in the last several weeks.

Today, it seemed like it would be more of the same. 8:30 was good and things went well. I truly felt the Spirit throughout the service and that got me ready for the 11 am service and then...nothing.

For some reason, it just did not translate well to me at all today. I felt that every point I tried to make missed and everywhere the Spirit may have led me I ignored. It just seemed flat.


As I look back on the sermon today, I can't help but pray that the Spirit worked where obviously I could not.

Flat. Disappointed. Ticked off.

Yup, that about sums it up today.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Fear

Fear can be such a paralyzing emotion. When we spend all our time afraid of what may happen and what the consequences may be from our actions, we often do nothing at all.

So what are we really afraid of? If I stand each day and trust that Jesus will be with me, then why should I ever worry about what someone may do to me?

I think we all need to spend more time trying to find where God wants us and what God wants us to do and less time worried about how everyone else will be responding to it.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Legal Eagles

If Cable news was around 2,000 years ago:
I could just see Nancy Grace going over to Jesus and asking the question..."Hey Jesus, what can I do to inherit this eteranl life you speak about?"

Jesus would ask the "legal expert" what the law says. Nancy would arrogantly puff up and tell him about Loving God and loving each your neighbor.

She would then try and limit this by asking "who is my neighbor".

The World would be watching and waiting for the great confrontation and then Jesus would begin. He would tell his story about the Good Samaritan. Nancy Grace would look to him and when Jesus told her to go and do like wise she would simply slink away as many legal eagles before and since have done when they come into contact with the Living God.

We all know legal eagles, heck we may be one our self. The type of person who uses the Bible or uses it to justify their own beliefs.A legal eagle is a person who (tries to) removes all the love from the bible. A legal eagle is the type of person who asks the wrong question.

The right question is not "who is my neighbor", instead the right question is what God asks us..."Do you love me?"

This is the right question, because if we answer yes, then we no longer are worried about who our neighbor is because we realize that everyone is our neighbor. Our neighbor is Muslim/Jewish/Hindu, Black/White/ Asian, Rich/poor/middle class, Young/adult, healthy/sick, criminal/officer.

So today I am going to not be a legal eagle. Today I am going to simply try and answer God's question with a resounding "YES!" and see where that takes me.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Have you ever

been thinking about doing something or talking to someone and then all of a sudden, the phone rings...and it is them?!?!

I have been praying on a matter for awhile now, to be honest it has been in my sights for a year. I have talked about it and though about it and prayed over it. It seems at times like I am simply talking to an empty room.

However, over the last week things have been changing. I have been heard and I have actually had real discussions with some people about what is on my heart. the other day I was in a meeting and getting ready to make a phone call to talk to someone about this situation and all of a sudden my cell phone rang.

The person I was going to call ,instead called me out of the blue and I was told that this person was thinking about the same situation and wanted to talk!

This wouldn't have happened a year ago despite how much I wanted it too and now I know why. God was not ready for it to happen. Now i may go have this conversation and things may not work out at all but I now know something important, God is the prime mover in this.
All I can do now is wait and see where God is going to take this.

I love ministry more and more each day. This has reignited my passion. I can't wait to go out and see what God has in store next. There is simply so much opportunity for ministry where I find myself now, I love it.

I want to be involved in ministry here for years to come. Exciting, new, and bold ministry.

Friday, July 06, 2007

What if...

What if...
today instead of complaining about a problem, you offered a solution?

What if...
today instead of saying what a bad job a politician was doing, you prayed for him/her instead?

What if...
today instead of wishing the world was not such a mess, you volunteered at the local food bank?

What if...
today instead of wondering what God is doing about poverty in the world, you donated some money to a youth center in the city?

What if...
today instead of praying to God for more, you simply gave thanks for what you had?

What if...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Possibilities

I just had an amazing experience. I was in the car with a colleague and we spent the better part of an hour talking about the possibilities for ministry in our community. It was not a conversation where we talked about the road block or the trouble that we might face. Instead we spent the time talking about how we can make an impact in our congregations and in our community.

We talked about the township and how it is growing and how we feel as if the Methodist church needs to do things differently here. We need to explore new ways to do ministry and new ways to reach people with the life changing gospel message.

I am excited!