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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Painful Diagnosis

"People often ask me why it seems like God isn't moving in the West like He is elsewhere. 

Jesus said He is the Bread of Life, but in order to eat the Bread, you first have to be hungry.

I think too many of us leave the Bread on the table because we're full of everything else the world has to offer.

It's not that we don't have the Bread, it's just that we don't eat it because we're not hungry...

Darren Wilson, Christian filmmaker

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Double Negatives...

While I was attending Bible school students had to write out a sermon before delivering it.

It was 1977. I was months out of prison, and a few years old in the faith.

Though I paroled from Oregon to California, God sovereignly arranged for me to learn about Kansas City Youth For Christ and a school they ran called "Christ Unlimited Bible Institute."

Dr. Al Metsker (the founder of KCYFC) and his wife Vidy graciusly allowed me to attend; and my parole was moved.

Back to the sermon...I typed it out, handed it in, and a few days later it was returned, with bold red letters from Dr. Al scrawled across the title of my sermon:

                                   DON'T USE DOUBLE NEGATIVES!!!!!

Dr. Al was a great guy, but not a fan of any rock and roll...

The title of the sermon?

Here's a hint:

No idea how many hundreds and hundreds of sermons I've preached since then...but even 35 years later they have fingerprints of Dr. Al, Dean Potratz, and many others from back in the day.

I am grateful....

Monday, January 21, 2013

Proclaim the Name

I was and am familiar with Nick...saw this link to an appearance he made on Oprah...clicked it...and was overjoyed that the Name of Jesus was proclaimed. Too often, even unintentionally, we slip into "God" talk...God did this, God did that, isn't God good. All true, but "god" means little to most. Too ambiguous, too unclear, too generic.

The Name above all names must be proclaimed.

And Nick does just that...worth the watch (and he quotes Bible verses without saying they are Bible verses..which is okay...God's Word does God's Work!)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Helpers are Wondrous

"Assists" = "Helps"

As you watch the incredible Steve Nash "assist" the dudes who actually score the points, think of all the "assists" pastors/evangelists/etc get...

The "platform people" too-often get too-much "credit."

Worse, the "assistants" too-often get ignored.

But not by the Giver of all good gifts.

Thought of that as I watched this incredible athlete:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

One Man's Fun Is Another Man's Burden

Ever notice that something you really enjoy doing could be very annoying to someone else?

Ever notice your preferred style of, say, worship; may not be someone elses?

Ever notice that your "method" of ministry could really buggeth someone else?

Are you okay with that?

I thought of those questions, and more, when I read this: