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Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” (Luke 19:39)

There are people that try to tell God what to do. Look, it’s nothing new. Yet, before judging the Pharisees here, it made me think: do I do this? Do I try to tell God what to do? Are my prayers, asking for God’s will in my life and people’s lives around me? Or, am I simply trying to tell God what to do?

If so, it’s got to stop. Continue Reading…

When I drive, I’m constantly looking for the quickest route from point A to point B. Hey, I’m a guy. It’s what we do. I am always willing to take a shortcut, even if I have no idea what may happen. Why? I want the quickest and easiest journey.

It seems Jesus’ disciples had the same idea, but with faith. They asked Jesus:

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. (Luke 17:5-6)

There are no shortcuts to faith. Jesus does not wave a magic wand over our heads like Glenda from Wizard of Oz and give us the faith we need. It’s not that simple. There is not a shortcut to faith. Instead, it is the fact that we do have faith. Jesus reminds us, it is important to have faith – the size of the faith is another thing. Continue Reading…

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In life, we hear voices. No, not the ones you may be thinking about. Voices of fear, doubt, accusation and more. These are the voices that Steven Furtick addresses in his new book Crash The Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others. I am grateful to Multnomah for giving me a free copy to review.

First, the things I enjoyed about the book. This book will be very helpful to many. The book is geared for those who are struggling. Struggling with doubts, fears, and more. It is encouraging. It is honest. It is Biblical. If you find yourself struggling with some of these “voices,” this book will be an encouragement. Continue Reading…

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Our faith in God is directly tied to His authority. You follow who you trust. You obey who you trust. So it is with God.

Jesus has authority. Being fully God, that means He has all-authority, not just some or part. This is how Jesus created everything through His word. Winds obeyed Him. Healings happened. Demons exited. It is all based on God’s authority. What I don’t fully understand sometimes, is the fact that when I fully believe, trust, and obey this Authority, I can do far greater things than I can imagine. Jesus reminded His disciples of this when they were not able to cast out a demon:

Then Jesus said to him, “ ‘If You can ’? Everything is possible to the one who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

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Getting ready for today’s sermon. Prayers appreciated!

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I had the incredible opportunity this week to spend the morning in a peaceful, countryside landscape. I sat there listening to the quiet rustle of the wind and the subtle chirping of the birds. I was taken in by the bigness of God, and how small I felt.

Preaching on peace the past few weeks turned out to be more difficult than I expected. When you think you have peace, you quickly find those areas in your life that you do not. Sitting outside, talking with God, I realized the greatest enemy to peace. Continue Reading…

View from the soundbooth at Bricktown

Where I Find Comfort

March 14, 2014 — 2 Comments

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I have always been told to never use the words “always” and “never” (catch that?), but in this case I will and I can.

I always find comfort in Scripture.

It gives me peace. It calms my fears. It answers my questions. It reminds me of who God is and what He has done. It gives joy. Scripture, like God, never let’s me down. It always brings me comfort. It can, and it does, for you too.

If you need comfort today, let me suggest reading and meditating on Scripture. Need some suggestions, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to make some suggestions. In the meantime, start here. Let God, through His Word, be your comfort.

Let me end with one of my favorite promises by God in Scripture:

No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you. (Joshua 1:5 HCSB)

Not For Me To Judge

March 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

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I have been reading chronologically through the Bible, and the past few days have been reading Jesus’ parable of the sower (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8). There are four types of soil and four types of people. Each soil represents a different type of person. Jesus even interprets the parable for His disciples. So, we know what Jesus meant in this parable, because He tells us.

As Christians, I sometimes think our first response is to use this parable as a litmus test in others. We want to judge others and decide what type of soil they are, but I don’t think that’s the point. I think Jesus tells us this parable for two reasons: Continue Reading…