I have been listening to this new album today and it scratches me right where I itch. I have been looking for some “new” Christian music. This is what I have been looking for. The album includes electronic/techno/chillout remixes of some of their well known songs. Well done, Hillsong United and your new White Album. Check it out on Spotify here.
You’ll never be good enough on your own. You can stop trying. Seriously. We will never be good enough for God by our own works. But that’s okay.
This is where Jesus comes in. He’s good enough.
We’re not good enough because we can never do enough works to get us into heaven. Jesus explained how we should accept His grace when He said, Continue Reading…
This is in my headphones this morning prepping for the Sunday sermon.
Look, we all start with New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it is to lose weight, exercise, stop some habits, or maybe even to manage your time better. If the last one is a resolution you made, I might suggest grabbing a copy of Tommy Barnett’s new book The Power Of A Half Hour. I am grateful to Blogging For Books for the free copy to review. In this book, Barnett suggests getting control of things in your life a half-hour at a time. I honestly don’t see why this is bad idea.
Barnett takes the reader through many bite-size chapters, intended to be read within thirty minutes (get it?). Continue Reading…
One of the most difficult things about being human is not knowing the future. Am I right? We don’t know what will happen when we step out on faith. We don’t know what will happen if we obey God and do what He asks.
But here is the thing, we don’t have to worry about it.
God knows the future! He’s the God of past, the present, and the future. He does know what will happen. This is why we can trust Him. I was reminded of this reading through the Exodus this morning. Look how many times God speaks in the future tense:
“Therefore tell the Israelites: I am Yahweh, and I will deliver you from the forced labor of the Egyptians and free you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. You will know that I am Yahweh your God, who delivered you from the forced labor of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession. I am Yahweh.” – Exodus 6:6-8 (emphasis mine)
God has your future under control. He has everything under control! You can trust Him to take that step of faith and obedience. You can trust the God of future. Do you? Will you?
Though I do not agree with Andy Stanley on all of his principles in Communicating For Change, there is much to learn from him. I am an expositional preacher by conviction. This book is not an expositional preaching book. However, Stanley does bring a lot to the table and there are many insights that have already got me evaluating my communication skills. I am grateful for that! I suggest you at least give it a read. The first half is a parable. If I were to do it over, I would have skipped it.
Look, let’s be honest from the get go, it’s tough to tell people you’re reading a book on manliness. “Just for research purposes,” you cry out in desperation. Yet, though you may not announce it your circle of friends, I would suggest grabbing a copy of Stephen Mansfield’s new book Mansfield’s Book Of Manly Men.
Mansfield takes you on a journey with him. A journey into his own life and the lessons he has learned about manliness from his own dad, but also through mini-bios of men who embody characteristics of many men. Continue Reading…
Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax is a must-read for all teachers. I believe it could help energize your class, motivate members, and encourage spiritual growth. It’s a quick and easy read (I just read it this evening). Pick up a copy here (it is only $2.99 on Kindle). If you have read it, what are your thoughts?
The poor Pharisees. Look, let’s give them a pat on the back for effort. They really do try. Unfortunately, they missed the point in the gospel of Mark, chapter two. Jesus steps out of heaven and begins to do miraculous things. He is healing. He is casting out demons. Then, He tells a man his sins are forgiven.
Red light for the Pharisees.
Only God can forgive sins, and they reel back in astonishment that this man would even dare to say that! They ARE right. Only God can forgive sins. But they missed one important fact: Jesus is God!
They were so worried about the rules and focused on the rules that the Pharisees missed Jesus. They were waiting to trip Him up. They knew the rules, inside and out. In fact, they even added their OWN rules to the mix for others to follow! They put so much emphasis on the rules, that they missed out on a fulfilling, purposeful, wonderful, joyous relationship with God.