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Posts Tagged "thinking out loud"

Breaking Bread

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

This year Kyle and I get to celebrate communion with our two oldest kids.   It’s an exciting event.  We’ll break bread, share wine (aka grape juice), read from scripture and enjoy a special moment as Christ-followers on Good Friday.  What a cool moment this will be.

Things I’m remembering today…

  • I (self) was crucified with Christ on the cross
  • I (self) no longer live, but Christ lives through me
  • When God sees me, He sees Christ… not my mistakes
  • The gratefulness and humility that comes when I acknowledge the sacrifice Christ made for me
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Talent Uninvested

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in My Life

coinsThe story of the talents in Matthew 20 rings in my mind today.

The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

Many teachers of this scripture equate talents with money, time, gifts, abilities, etc.  Basically, taking what God provides and using it rather than squandering it.  So, my question is… if you have a handful of talents and find that you’re only using a few… how long will you allow the others to go unused?

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My picture of heaven

Posted by on Aug 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

Selfish?  Probably

Irreverent?  Not intentionally

Somehow I can’t help but think God will have a frothy cup of espresso waiting for me.  And we’ll hang out and talk a while.  I can’t wait.

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Quit inviting people to church!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2009 in Ministry

We spend more time in kids ministry trying to get families to come to our events.  I have no doubt the events are great.  I’m sure you gain lots of feedback afterwards affirming how wonderful the experience.  But how long will we continue to compete with every extra-curricular activity offered to families?

Frankly, that’s tough competition.  Between the water park, sports clinics, and arts & craft festivals… families have a plate full.

What if we quit adding to it?

What if we quit competing for their time and gained their attention?  What if we quit changing their schedule and changed their perspective?  What if we quit being a source of activities but became the source of vision for their family and community?

What if families learned to…

  • View their daily activities through a God-lens
  • Look for outreach opportunities on the soccer fields
  • Use basketball practice to teach their kids about the character of Christ
  • Treat their scout troop as a potential small group and pray them into it

We don’t need to offer activities to the community with a ‘christian spin’.  We need to put Christ-followers in community activities.  Quit trying to get them to your church.  Give them a vision for their community then unleash them.

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Patterns in the Lawn

Posted by on Jun 28, 2009 in My Life

I live in the “Buckle of the Bible Belt” where we love our manicured lawns.

We water, we weed, we fertilize… then we sit back and admire our work.

We compare our lawn to the other lawns in the neighborhood.  We contrast the color of the grass, eyeball the cleanliness of edging and wag our finger at the shameful presence of weeds.

Some go so far as to meticulously mow patterns into the lawn.  This takes years of practice and is not for the faint of heart.  Only a true craftsman at work here.

We love our lawns.

But we only love our lawns.  Not our neighbors.

When my neighbor struggles with a crabgrass issue… I might offer some friendly advice on what kind of fertilizer to use… but I’m not about to help him.  Why?  Because I’ve got my own lawn to worry about.  If I’m not careful, I might end up with unwanted crabgrass too!

So I’ll stand by my lawn and guard it with diligence against the potential crabgrass threat.  I’ll pray for my neighbor and his lawn hoping God will send someone along to help him with his crabgrass issue.

If his lawn is overtaken by crabgrass… well, that can’t be my fault.  I mean, he didn’t take preventative measures.  He didn’t come out in early spring, like I did, and spray pre-emergent.  He didn’t mow at the right height at the right time.  He didn’t take care of his lawn the way that I took care of mine!  How could I be responsible for his mistakes?

Simply because I’m equipped with the tools and knowledge to aid him with his issue, doesn’t make it mine to own… right?

In the “Buckle of the Bible Belt”, we love our lawns just like we love our christianity.  Neat, clean, unobtrusive… with pretty patterns to boot.

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