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In Love's Service

The sick or the healthy? Thornton Wilder wrote a play based off the John 5:1-4 passage called The Angel That Troubled The Water. It was believed that there was a pool in Bethesda that the blind, sick, and crippled would go to be healed. Legend has it that an angel would come down and stir the water, the first person to enter the water would then be healed of any and all diseases. Wilder's play is about a doctor who goes to the pool to be healed of his depression. One day the angel comes, stirs the water and the doctor goes to get into the water but the angel stops him. The angel informs him that the healing is not for him. The doctor tries to convince the angel but it doesn't help. Listen what the angel says to him...
Without you wounds where would your power be? It is you melancholy that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men and women. The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children of earth as can one human being broken on the whe…

My Temple

Two years ago I went to the doctor for a cold and left with blood pressure and high cholesterol medicine. He told me that I was over weight (over 24o lbs.) and running the risk of having a heart attack by age 40 (I was 30 at the time). I took my medicine and a year went by and I didn't really do all that much. Then January of 2009 (I was convicted), I joined Gold's Gym and started working out with my buddy Andy.
I started at 242 lbs., my doctor told me that if I get to 210 there would be a good chance that I would be off the medicine. This morning I weighed in at 212 lbs., 2 lbs. away from my goal. On top of that I am stonger than I have ever been in my entire life (I actually maxed out with Andy at 275 lbs. on the bench press).
I remember one night I was sitting with my son in his bedroom at night crying (I was crying not him, he was comforting me). I made a promise to him that night (and later to my wife). I promised them that when I die, it won't be because I didn't…

Simplify the Armor

Sometimes I think we make things harder than they need to be. A few weeks ago I preached a sermon on how Satan twist the truth in order to destroy our lives. At the end of the sermon I told everyone that we need to be focusing on Ephesians 6:13-17 through the week. You know, the full armor of God, so that they can discuss that in our Core Groups on Saturday night. I had a thought on the verse but wanted to see what everyone else would say.
The think going through my head was, we're making this harder than it needs to be. I've heard entire sermon series based on the full armor of God. Each sermon focused on each part... The Belt of Truth, The Shield of Faith, etc. So I stopped and looked at each part of the armor that Paul writes and saw something different... What is the truth, peace, faith, salvation, righteousness, and the Word.
Truth... Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." Peace... Isaiah called Jesus 700 years before his birth "the Prince of Pea…