Excitement

I think I am way to easily excited from time to time.  I get caught up in the normal, everyday stuff in my office and forget that there’s a world that God wants to change.  There are tons of lives in which God wants to invade and totally mess up!  As I see our church baptize more people who have given the control of their lives over to Jesus, I get so pumped up and it makes me want to celebrate what God is doing in the midst of His people.  However, I must stop and consider something – there are still so many more that need to hear the message of Christ – that need the forgiveness that only he offers.  I can get so caught up in the movement of God within our walls that I lose track of what is happening outside them.  While I do not want to make it seem thta what God is doing to and in those within our church, I want to make sure I stay humble and reconize how much God is looking to do in the lives of those outside of the church.  I want to make sure students are aware that God doesn’t just work in our gym or in our sanctuary, but in the halls of the school, on the practice field, in the parking lots.  I think one of our biggest problems is that we seperate and try to classify some things as spiritual and some things as secular way,way, WAY TOO MUCH! May God help us blend that dividing line once and for all so that all we do, we see as having spiritual significance.  Then, and only then, can we get excited like I believe, we are really supposed to get excited!

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Forgotten God – the warmup

I received an email today that made me happy.  As I checked out the tons of junk e-mails I had (and by checked I mean deleted) I saw an email about Francis Chan’s new book, Forgotten God.  It was an email like I have been sent in the past – check this new book out (we send it to you free) and write a review on my blog about it.  So in a week or so, I should be getting Chan’s newest writing.
The book is about the Holy Spirit.  I’ve only read the sample first chapter so far, but I am sure it is going to be an excellent book.  So until I finish the book and write my reivew, here’s a question I will leave you to think about: How much do we take the Holy Spirit for granted?

Your Story

One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see… John 9:25

There are so many tatics and ways to share the gospel with others today that do a good job of presenting what Christ has done for us.  I can think of 3 of the top of my head that I have encouraged students to memorize and use regularly: the G.O.S.P.E.L acronym from Dare 2 Share (Shred the Gnar bro!), the ABC’s (thank you Lifeway and all your VBS-ness), and the Way of the Master method that I’m fairly new to here at Highland Park. All of these are good ways to do it, and I will try my best to fill out the situation to see how God wants me to share the Gospel.  However, I believe the best way is one that somehow gets overlooked.

Students should be trained to share their story.  Being able to share their testimony very clearly and concisely is probably the best way to communicate God’s love for others that I can think of.  The drawback comes when the words of the testimony do not match up with the life example the person is living. It’s much easier to give a canned presentation of the gospel and never have to back up anything with you life.  But if we want to be the most effective in our ministry efforts, our lives better show the love of Christ at all times!

I’m not sure who came up with the idea that your personal story had to be something that is  long, drawn out, complex, and goes into each detail of your life without/before Christ.  I’m not sure that’s the best way to go about it.  I am not saying that you should ignore your past, but we all want to be careful to not glorify the life before Christ.  I have instructed people to give 5 minute testimonies broken down like this:

1 minute – life before Christ

2 minutes – How/When Christ saved you

2 minutes – what Christ is doing in your life right now!

If we really want to win others to the Family for the sake of the Gospel, then we should be prepared and willing to share our story at all times with whoever we can.  May God get the glory!

Old Testament

As I teach through Habakkuk on Wednesday nights,  a question came to mind.  How do I read the Old Testament?  Do I look at it any differently than I do the New Testament?  Do I read it as more of a history lesson than a life changing message from God? What about you, how do you view the OT?  Just a question I pose to all the readers.  Comment below and tell me your thoughts on how you read the Old Testament.

Pandora, Last.fm, and the wonders of internet music

I’ve been sad the past few months.  I haven’t been able to listen to any music on the internet.  Well, I’ve been able to pull up some different actual radio stations and listen online, but with today’s mindset of “I want what I want and I want it now!”, it’s been difficult to sift through the different songs, artists, and bands that I want.  I am so glad that I am able to listen to pandora and last.fm again, and all it took was a new IP address. I now have more control of what I listen to again and it feels so empowering.  I am finally able to give my Zune a rest! My problem now (outside of my selfishness being visible in only wanting to listen to stuff that exactly suits my tastes) is that I cant decide which site I like better. I am usually a last.fm fan, but it seems pandora is making a big pull to the front. Oh well, I will let them battle it out as I listen to some good tunes.

Wipeout

It amazes me that every time I watch Wipeout, I laugh out loud.  You would think that people falling off platforms, getting punched in the gut by a wall, not to mention big balls, would get old after a while. But it always gets me every time!  The creators of the show, I believe, must have surveyed 1000 men and asked them what they would want in a game show. No is this your final answer… no deal or no deal, just can you compete through a bunch of hilarious events, and if you can, win $50,000.  I really believe that they got the answer right in Wipeout. I haven’t met any guy yet who doesn’t find the show funny, entertaining, and Tivo-worthy.  So good night and, well, you know the rest!

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