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“Chaos”

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.” – 1 King 19:11-12

I hate chaos… I need quiet to work. But God doesn’t need quiet to work on me. Though God came to Elijah through a still small voice, it came in the midst of the storm… Storms are chaos. Do you have any storms in your life right now?

Life is chaos, at least life in the 21st century. Just 100 years ago life was so much different, but now, we are in a constant state of having to do this, check that, go there, pick that up, study for this, call that person… Chaos. And in chaos comes drama; and drama is what weighs our hearts down. But in even in chaos, God speaks. God speaks into our busy lives, revealing Himself to us in new and interesting ways all the time. But are you aware this is going on? Elijah, though in the midst of a storm, knew that God was looking for Him. You know that God is looking for you, are you looking for Him?

The Christian life is anything but quiet… If you are not living in a healthy state of chaos (apart from taking a sabbath), you aren’t really living a life that Jesus calls us too. Ministry in all of its forms is life in the midst of a storm.

May you hear God in the midst of your chaos… May you see Him in the midst of all of your storms.

God Bless,

 
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“Christian Racists”

Why is it that Christians can be some of the worst bigots in the world? I never ceased to be amazed how “little Christs” as Christians are supposed to be can look down their proverbial long noses on people while having one foot on their Bible and their other foot on their racist ideas. And what gets me is that they justify their racism and their ubber patriotism using the Bible. Have many American Christians forgotten that they are supposed to be a peculiar people who are called to be set apart?

Gays, Mexicans, Blacks, Asians…. I have heard racial slurs uttered about these groups from Christian family, friends, acquaintances, church members, and even myself at times in my past. Yes we claim to “love” everybody but when it comes to sharing space, allowing them to be near our children, or even completing for jobs with these people, our love language fades fast and is replaced with utterances not fit for sons and daughters of the King. We may know this is wrong in our heads, but for some reason, that hasn’t reached our hearts…

What is the reason for this? Could it be that our hearts haven’t been fully transformed yet? We haven’t been fully transformed yet because we don’t allow ourselves to be put in a situation where God can transform us. If our parents have had strong opinions on groups of people, have we ever stepped outside of our own household culture to really see these people for who they are…God’s creation? Have we ever gotten to know one of these people as a friend and not just as one of “those” people?

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28

When you accepted Christ and took on the title “Christian” you surrendered your presuppositions about people and accepted the way Christ sees them. And in Christ, their is no difference between you and the person who lives on the other side of the tracks, the fence, the river, the ocean, or even the other side of sexuality. God loves and desires all of His creation to be redeemed and to be treated by one another with respect. So don’t use God as a means to further one’s own ideas of a person but rather allow God to define the person for you.

God Bless,

 
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“Gladiator”

So while eating dinner tonight I caught a bit of the best movie ever, or at least one of them. It was Gladiator. The movie is amazing and worthy of all the Oscars it won when it came out. If you’ve never seen it, there is a part of you that is missing. Anyway, in watching it you see that Maximus, Russell Crowe, has one thing to live for, to seek revenge for his murdered wife and son. Now this is a typical story-line that has been duplicated in many movies, but it illustrates a point…. He knows why he is alive.

How many people walk through life and have no clue what they are doing or have no goals in life? You may be one of them. Isn’t it time we recognize this now and do something about it before we waste our entire lives?
Now I’m not saying go live for revenge like Maximus… But what I am saying is find your purpose in this life. Now for Christians, our lives are meant to glorify God, but what does that look like in your life? I invite you, start wrestling with this idea; and by wrestle I mean take some serious time to think, pray and discover what your purpose is, not settling or finding the first thing that looks good. And ask yourself, what am I on this earth to do?

“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, And My daughters from the ends of the earth— Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” – Isaiah 43:6-7

Each of us has been made by God, so unlock why He made you… Everybody has a purpose in this world. What is yours?

God Bless,

 
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I AM SORRY: An Apology to Gays, Atheists, and More…

In the name of Christianity some horrible things have been, and continue to be done. For this I want to apologize!

 
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