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"The Undisciplined Disciple"

Is there such a thing as an "undisciplined disciple?" In complete honesty I want to say "No." But unfortunately I would be wrong. The world and our churches are filled with "undisciplined disciples." Myself being numbered among those ranks at times. Discipline is an essential part of any Christians life.

Think about it this way, as a disciple I am called to make disciples. Which means I can't make a disciple if I am not one myself. A disciple would be one who pursues the disciplines modeled by Jesus Christ. Jesus prayed. Jesus fasted. Jesus meditated on Gods Word. Jesus studied God's Word. Jesus led a disciplined life that cultivated a relationship with the Father.

When we follow in the example of Christ and pursue the disciplines he modeled, we are preparing our lives for God to work in, grow us, and transform us. It takes a disciplined life, and not just spiritually. I would say that it takes a discipline physical and mental life as well. Discip…

"Dispensable"

In light of a conversation I had with a friend the other day, I came across this blog that perfectly echoes our thoughts as minsters and leaders of the church. We are dispensable. We are tools that are used by God to accomplish His purpose. When I am done, that just means that God will raise someone else up to accomplish His purpose. This is both a humbling reality and relief for those of us in ministry.

"Pastor, You Are Dispensable"

"I Don't Know"

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Confession time: I don't have all the answers. When I was in my 20's I thought I had all the answers. There is nothing that I didn't know. Now I'm in my 40's and I realize that I know less now than when I was in my 20's. Try to wrap your heads around that. It took me 20 years of ministry to realize it, but in complete transparency, "I don't know" are the three most common words in my vocabulary. And I'm ok with that because its honest. Most of the time I just don't know.

If I did know everything that would make me either Google, or God himself. Me saying "I don't know" is not the same as saying "God doesn't know." We don't know everything God know. When we admit that we honor him.

The book of Ecclesiastes does not directly name the author. The text does give plenty of clues and the most widely held believe is that it was written by King Solomon towards the end of his life, not the young know it all, but rat…

"Be The Man."

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My word for 2019 is “Brave.” I want to be braver than I have ever been. Bolder than I have ever been. I want to risk more for God, my family and my church. My word is brave and I am already doing pretty good with it. watched two scary movies this year already. Only had one nightmare. 
Here is why "Brave" is my word, Philippians 2:12… Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
It’s kind of an ironic statement because salvation cannot be earned by good works; it can only be received as a free gift. But once you receive the free gift of salvation, you have to take it to the gym and work it out. Which means we become the men of God that you were saved to be. 
“Fear and trembling,” those are the words that made me think "brave" because the truth is, this ain’t easy. It’s not easy being a man of God in this world, in this culture. We are tempted a…

"Obey or Obey?"

If I told my kids to pick up all the clothes from their bedroom floor, I expect them to pick up "ALL" the clothes from his bedroom floor. I expect them to obey me completely. I don't expect them to say, "When we picked up all the clean clothes that we like to wear and left the dirty ones on the floor." This just isn't going to work because this isn't obedience. As a matter of fact, it's disobedience.

I was reading in 1 Samuel 15 earlier today. You know, that time God told King Saul to attack the Amalekites and completely destroy them all. His exact words were "Do not spare them." That went for all the people, all their livestock, and all their possessions.

What did King Saul do? He did attack and wipe out all the people, except for King Agag. Oh, and the best of all the livestock. Actually it literally says "everything that was good." So basically King Saul kept what he wanted, desired, and destroyed everything else. It might not…

"Becoming a Welcoming Church"

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I just finished Thom S. Rainer's book titled "Becoming a Welcoming Church." I have always thought of our church as a "welcoming" church. I mean, I've been to other churches that pretty much ignore first time visitors when they walk in the door. I have never felt that in our church. But then again, I'm not a visitor to our church.

The purpose of Rainer's book is to get you to take a step back and look at your church from a "First-Time Attenders" perspective. I was challenged to look at our church not as the pastor, or even member, but as someone looking for a church home.

Before reading, I would say we are "welcoming." After, we have some work to do. Not a lot, but we aren't prefect and there are some things we can do to make people looking for God more welcome in our church. The great part about Rainer's book is that it gives very practical application, things you can look at changing in order to help your first time gue…

Special Bearded Announcement

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During the service yesterday I was told that this blog helped people to get to know and understand me. That it was intricate when I took over the role as lead pastor over 8 years ago.

That got me thinking, "Maybe I should start blogging again." Yep, this is happening. As of today the blog is open again. The name will change but it's still me...except older. And hairier. And grumpier. Ok, so maybe a lot has changed. But it's still gonna be fun. Here goes nothing!

P.S. Some things never change. I still can't spell.