Monthly Archives: January 2013

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    The Uncommon Church now on Kindle The Uncommon Church now on Kindle

    The Uncommon Church now on Kindle

The Uncommon Church now on Kindle

The Uncommon Church is now available on Kindle.  The introductory price is only $7.99 but that won’t last so get your copy now.  The publisher plans to raise the price to $8.99 very soon and then $9.99 in about a month.  Download your copy today!  If you have the Amazon Kindle you can also borrow the book from the Amazon library for free.  I have personally never used this service but I do know that The Uncommon Church is available there as well. Read The Uncommon Church, and tell everyone you know about it. I dare you to be uncommon in 2013!  The Living Lamp is available on Kindle as a FREE download right now.  I think it ends tomorrow so get your free copy today! If you would like to buy the paperback version you can visit my amazon page by clicking here.

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    I will worship… I will worship…

    I will worship…

I will worship…

  Come! Let’s bow down and worship! Let’s kneel before the LORD, our creator! —Psalms 95:6 NET I believe that everyone worships something in life.  There is a great deal of worship going on in our American culture today, sadly most of our worship has nothing to do with spiritual things.  We are quick to worship fame, athleticism, TV, bank accounts, vehicles, and many other material things.  In the church we have reduced the word “worship” down and defined it as the 20 minutes of singing that takes place before the sermon.  I firmly believe that this is indeed worship in most cases, however there is certainly more to worship than this. Jesus Christ said You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Matthew 4:10).   This is the way I want to worship in 2013.  I know that there are three things I must do if I want to worship God this new year. First I must be present, I have to show up, I must prepare to worship!  Life is not easy, it’s full of curve balls and tough days.  If I don’t wake up each day with worship on my mind I am certain to be distracted by the devil.  It was after all Satan who came and tempted Christ by saying. “I will give you all these things if you throw yourself to the ground and worship me.” (Matthew 4:9) Scripture records that Jesus’ response was swift and firm,  “Go away, Satan! (Matthew 4:10).  Christ did not consider the offer, weigh the odds, or think about how to respond.  He was fully focused on worshiping God and only God, so all other offers would be rejected.  Like Christ […]

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    The Uncommon Church Is NOT… The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

    The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

In “The Uncommon Church” we talk a lot about what “The Uncommon Church” looks like, how it functions, makes decisions, and advances the gospel.  The titles of the chapters of the book are below and outline the characteristics of “The Uncommon Church” that are discussed in the book: Chapter 1: Basic Questions Chapter 2: Uncommon Mindset Chapter 3: Uncommon Relationships Chapter 4: Uncommon Prayer Chapter 5: Uncommon Caring Chapter 6: Uncommon Forgiveness Chapter 7: Uncommon Sharing Chapter 8: Uncommon Attitude Chapter 9: Uncommon Giving Chapter 10: Uncommon Commitment Chapter 11: Uncommon Work Chapter 12: Uncommon Discipleship Chapter 13: Uncommon Victory In this post however I want to discuss a few things that The Uncommon Church is not.  There are many misconceptions about what it means to be uncommon and I hope this post will clear some of those up. 1)   “The Uncommon Church” is not always big.  Our culture has become infatuated with numbers and statistics.  The culture of the church has come to believe that big automatically equals success.  We evaluate the success of our programs many times based solely on the number of conversions, or people who attend.  Being uncommon however is not measured in numbers.  There are many small churches that are practicing the Christian faith in a wonderfully uncommon way.  Likewise there are medium and large churches doing the same.  You can’t tell if a church is truly uncommon from the numbers alone, only when you evaluate the people that are represented in those numbers will you find out the degree to which they represent “The Uncommon Church.” 2)   “The Uncommon Church” does not always have the most dynamic, impressive, inspiring, pastor or leader.  Leadership is important for all churches.  However […]

I will trust…

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. 6 Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight. —Proverbs 3:5–6 NET The fallen nature of man naturally pushes each of us further and further from the joy of trust.  Think for a moment about a small child under the age of three.  These innocent children are extremely trusting.  This is due primarily to the fact that they have yet to learn that not everyone can or should be trusted.  As we mature however we learn these lessons.  Even at the tender ages of say four or five we start to develop our world view, part of this is learning to be skeptical.  Rightly we teach our children to be skeptical of strangers.  They are told not to eat or drink things that smell or look strange before asking an adult.  In the years that follow all children come to learn about deceit, lies, gossip, and the extreme pain associated with such evil. By the time we are in our late teens or early twenties most of humanity despite the country or culture we grew up in become extremely skeptical and UN-trusting.  This characteristic of our humanity is somewhat necessary to our survival in our fallen world, but it leads to major spiritual problems as well. Over time as we progress through this life and we come to understand that there is little we can put our trust in this side of heaven, we can become even UN-trusting of our creator.  This is why so many have trust issues with God when times get hard.  Sure it’s easy to trust God when all is […]

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