Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Trying to make sense of it all

At times like these, I am at a lost for words. The recent shootings in Newtown CT, has touched so many people in so many ways, and most of us just don’t know how to react. We want to know why, we want to ask the questions, how could this happen again? We want to have someone, something to blame. All in all we want to make sense of it. But more than making sense of it all, we need to allow our hearts and prayers to go out to those who have lost loved ones. It is not the time to make sense of it, because it makes no sense. We live in a world that wants to understand, but there are times we can’t. We may never know why, or how someone gets to this point. We may never know the motives of a heart that can do such a thing. But we can know how to love those who need our love, and more importantly how to pray for those who need our prayers. Making sense of it all won’t change anything. But praying may change a heart, and a nation.

 2 Chronicles 7:14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.   

I’m not saying this event was cause by our wicked ways, I’m just saying that God’s people at times like these need to pray. Right now we don’t need to make sense of all of this, we need God to change the hearts of those who would ever consider such a thing. And we need God to heal the hearts of those who have suffered lost.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Lately I have found myself in a very odd place. I have been very introspective, but I am unsure to as why. I am finding that Life is a very odd thing. I am, not happy or sad, content or discontent, peaceful or in unrest, but I seem to be all these things at the same time.  I know that my hearts desire is to love God and love people, but I find I do not do either very well. I know that God is calling me to a much deeper relationship with Him, but I feel I can’t get to where He is calling me. I want to be Holy, but I feel that there are to many things that fight against me being just that, being Holy. I feel that I would love to ask Jesus, the same questions his disciples did when they said “Lord teach us to Pray” And I am sure that only Prayer can get me out of this place, that only God can cause my heart to know how to beat again. I want to love life again and only God can cause that to happen, and maybe that’s the lesson I needed to learn. Lately I have come to understand, that if I seek anything more than I seek Him, life becomes unclear and complicated. And you end up in a place like this. You end up in “LATELY
So if you are in this place, fall on your knee, fall on your face, and seek the God of all creation, he will come to you and he will heal your heart.

Love You Guys.

Jeremiah 29:13  “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me, with all your heart”

Thursday, November 8, 2012

If My People

 As I sit here, I think about all the talk about the election.  How some people are so upset and others are overjoyed.  I am taken back by how sure we are as people, that we know what’s best for everyone else.  We are convinced that our opinion is the correct one. We are sure that anyone that does not agree with us is at best an idiot, or at worst not a true follower of Jesus Christ.  As People we are so convinced that we are right, that God himself could not tell us any thing different.  Now I believe that this election was a very hard one for many Christians as neither person was a great choice, but it was the choice we had.  Both men seem to be good family men, but neither seems to follow Christ.  People say we must vote for the lessor of two evils, but I just don’t see that in the Bible.  What I do see is what God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land
So, I think what we should do is what God tells us to do, we should pray.  We need God to move in our land, in the heart of our president, and in the hearts of our senators and congressmen.  Yes we want God to move, but he must first move in the hearts of His people, and then he will work in our land.

Friday, October 5, 2012

How would you feel?

Mark chapter 1 verse 7 says, “And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.”

Have you ever thought about that statement, I mean think of what John is saying about Jesus? I have read this verse many times, but today I had to take a step back and think about it. How would you feel if you where the one to introduce Jesus Christ to the world? What words would you use? How would you feel to be the one chosen for such a job? I think John got it right, as he introduce Jesus to the world.

Hey everyone I know you come out to see me, I know you think that I’m special, but I have an announcement to make. You see I’m just a messenger, just a supporting actor. To be honest with you I’m not worthy to even be mention in the same breath as the one to come. “

 I think we often miss what John is saying. We miss the fact that when Jesus was first introduced to the world, we hear of his Holiness. John was saying that Jesus is so Other than us that we aren’t even worthy to stoop down and untie His sandals!!!!”    The first picture we get of Jesus is how Awesome He is, how set apart he is from us, from John. Even though people look to John as someone special, John made sure we understood that Jesus Christ was the one. John made sure that we understood who this God-man is. Yes we are just supporting role players, and John made sure we knew how unworthy we are to be in the same play as the Lord, JESUS CHRIST. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

The God of my Salvation

Life is a funny thing to figure out at times! As I sit on a plane flying home from Dallas, I’m reflecting on the great time I had shared the past two days with a young man I have had the privilege of discipling. As I sat and talked with Jordan and his wife Brandi, and we talked about life, our faith, about friendship, and about the greatness of our God! I was overwhelmed with gratitude and thankfulness. I thought about when I turn on the news and here how bad things are in our country, how the world is falling apart, how there is nothing left to hope in, I have the God of all creation who cares for me. I understand what the writer of Habakkuk was feeling when he wrote the words below.

Habakkuk 3:17-19
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.

I understand because that's how I feel, even though things look hopeless, there is the God of hope. Who will give you the things that matter in life, like friends and family who love you.  A God who will give you hope when the world only feels despair, who can bring clarity when the world only senses confession. Yes I can say I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God thank you for be able to make me makes sense of the craziness of life and the hopelessness that it can produce. Thank you for being my hope,

Your Son