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    God Expects Less God Expects Less

    God Expects Less

God Expects Less

1 Timothy 3:1 (HCSB) —1This saying is trustworthy: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” Ministry has always been tough. Just ask the Apostle Paul, Timothy, Barnabas, Moses or Jesus. However, modern day ministers are under what I call “the expectation assault.” Over my almost two decades in ministry I have made many great friends who share my calling to serve God’s people.  My observation over these years has been that “the expectation assault” devastates our ranks. Part of the issue is the internet. Thanks to the World Wide Web, Christians today have unlimited access to great teachers, leaders, authors, preachers, and theologians. The result is that believers today expect much more from their local ministers. Below I have composed a list that sums up the expectations many ministers feel compelled to meet daily. 1)   Great Preacher 2)   Great Friend 3)   Great Father or Mother 4)   Great Theologian 5)   Great Thinker 6)   Great Leader 7)   Great Administrator 8)   Great Fund Raiser 9)   Great Comforter 10)  Great Therapist 11)  Great Mediator 12)  Great Role Model 13)  Great Community Organizer 14)  Great Teacher 15)  Compassionate Caregiver 16)  Great Scholar 17)  Great Author 18)  Great Blogger 19)  Great Counselor 20)  Great Website Developer 21)  Great Evangelist 22)  Dynamic 23)  Engaging 24)  Funny 25)  Firm 26)  Loving 27)  Available 24/7 28)  Generous to the point of poverty 29)  Sacrificial to the point of death 30)  Mission Leader 31)  Meeting Moderator 32)  Technical Specialist 33)  Carpenter/Handyman 34)  Groundskeeper 35)  Janitor 36)  Great Psychologist 37)  Expert on World Religions 38)  Master of Apologetics 39)  Master of Languages, especially the easy ones like Greek and Hebrew 40)  Special Event Coordinator 41)  Child Development Expert 42)  Mind Reader/Mentalist […]

  • February 29 is the Leap Day that occurs every fourth year
    What will you do with your extra day? What will you do with your extra day?

    What will you do with your extra day?

What will you do with your extra day?

“O LORD, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass!   Psalm 39:4 (NET) Have you ever wished for more time? Have you ever said “if I only had an extra day I would…” Well 2016 is a leap year and today February 29th is the leap day, so what will you do with it? For those who may not know, a leap year happens every four years to keep the calendar we use coordinated with the astronomical calendar. So you get an extra day this year, instead of 365 days you get 366 days in 2016. So what will you do with your extra day? The average person will only get about seventeen extra days like this over the course of a lifetime. So, shouldn’t we make the most of it? Here are some ideas I have about what could be done with this extra day… 1. Forgive that person you have been meaning to forgive. 2. Write that note you have been meaning to write. 3. Make that phone call you have been meaning to make. 4. Take that nap you have been meaning to take. 5. Share the gospel with that person you have been meaning to share with. 6. Go see that movie you have been meaning to see. 7. Start that book you have been meaning to start. 8. Clean that room you have been meaning to clean. 9. Go see that friend you have been meaning to see. 10. Take that day off you have been meaning to take. 11. Say those words you have been meaning to say. 12. Start chasing that dream you have been meaning to […]

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    The Eve The Eve

    The Eve

The Eve

Tonight is the eve of my first trip to Israel. I have always found the eve of a big event to be full of various emotions and tonight is no different. Christmas eve there is the anticipation of the celebration, and festivities that come on Christmas day. The night before our church launched eleven years ago I felt an extreme sense of excitement about what the future would hold for Cowboy Fellowship. The night before my wedding I was nervous, excited, and bursting with joy. On the eve of my first missionary trip to Africa I was stunned by God’s grace and his choosing to use me for such an important and amazing task. Today I finished packing, mowed the yard, and spent some extra time with the kids. It was a great day, and then the evening lead to basketball and a walk with the cool breeze blowing and family conversation flowing. On the eve of this journey I am at peace, and my heart is prepared for whatever the journey may bring. I am sad to leave my family and church behind for two weeks. I will miss the comfort of my office and the familiarity of the people I normally associate with. Even loosing access to my cell phone brings a sense of loss. I sense that God has a big two weeks in store for me. Will it be the things I see, people I meet, or lessons that I learn? Will it be that still small voice I hear, or perhaps a simple smell, that God has in store for me?  To be honest I don’t know but I know that I am ready, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In a […]

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    Beating Burnout Beating Burnout

    Beating Burnout

Beating Burnout

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture?  Do you feel like that right now?  If so you could be in a phase of life we call burnout.  The good news is burnout does not always have to lead to fallout!  I hear it so frequently in ministry ” I’m burned out!”  Sometimes its a trusted lay leader,  from fellow ministers, or a friend that is just totally zapped from the stress of ministry, work, life or all of the above.  If given the chance to run its course burnout always leads to fallout.  Fallout is when those who are burned out disappear.  In ministry fallout frequently is seen most clearly when a person stops attending church functions.  In other areas of life fallout is expressed when an individual stops showing up for coffee, the weekly staff lunch, or other things they once enjoyed.  Perhaps the most tragic thing about burnout and fallout is that they are totally avoidable.  Doing a few simple things can save the day. Step One: Publicly proclaim your call.  Why did you start this ministry in the first place?  Why did you come to work here twenty years ago?  Why did you pass up other opportunities and chose this path for your life?  Take time to remember the purpose and passion you have for what you are doing.  Then find an appropriate forum to recount you calling to others publicly. Thinking about it is great, saying it verbally to others will do wonders! Step Two: Privately pray! Before, during, and after you do step one you should be in prayer.  Confess your weariness to God.  Ask for help, guidance, comfort, encouragement, and energy.  God already knows whats in […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2 The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

Last week I posted three things that I believe all churches should be focused on and dedicated to. Over the years I have noticed that almost all churches are full of great people, and lead by very dedicated, and devoted leaders.  However over time it is easy to forget what the purpose of the church actually is.  There are so many good things that churches focus on, that have little or no impact on the Kingdom of God. Why?  Because they are not part of God’s purpose for the church.  The list I am providing here is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and the things mentioned are in no particular order.  I simply feel that churches should carefully consider what their purpose is, and then fulfill that purpose.  If you have other things you feel should be mentioned by all means feel free to make a comment down below.  Here are three more things to think about when it comes to the purpose of the church. The purpose of the church is to… Propel Missionaries –  Throughout the book of Acts and indeed the New Testament we see God using churches to propel missionaries like Paul, Barnabas, Timothy, and many others throughout the world.  This should still be one of the primary purposes of all churches.  We must remain focused on the task to winning the world to Christ.  God calls people to the mission field and he calls churches to equip, support, pray for, and provide for those missionaries needs.  The missionary on the field is far less effective without the support of the local church. Many churches today have elected to only support missions through cooperative giving through their denomination.  This […]

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    Great Things About God Great Things About God

    Great Things About God

Great Things About God

These great things about God are not in any particular order, they are just ten of the most wonderful things I have discovered about my creator over the years. His Unsearchable Wisdom– Romans 11:33–36 (NET) —33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how fathomless his ways! 34For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? 35Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay him? 36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen. His Unsurpassed Peace– Philippians 4:7 (NET) —7And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. His Unfathomable Love– Ephesians 3:16–19 (NET) —16I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, 17that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, 18you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,19and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. His Unspeakable Gift-2 Corinthians 9:15 (NET) —15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! His Uncomprehendable Ways– Isaiah 55:8–9 (NET) —8“Indeed, my plans are not like your plans, and my deeds are not like your deeds, 9for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so my deeds are superior to your deeds and my plans superior to your plans. His Unending Faithfulness-Hebrews […]

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    The Bitter Brother The Bitter Brother

    The Bitter Brother

The Bitter Brother

Luke 15:28–29 (NET) —28But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 29but he answered his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you never gave me even a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends! Bitterness and selfishness almost always come as a pair. Over the years I have seen many people who were selfish, without exception all exhibited some kind of bitterness as well. In the same way those who harbor bitterness are consistently selfish as well. One is not any worse than the other, they are both equally deadly. In the passage above we find a bitter brother from the parable of the prodigal son. This brother was so selfish and bitter that he would not even enter his father’s house and enjoy a nice dinner. He not only refused to eat the food, he refused to fellowship with those in his own family as a result of his bitterness. His bitterness and anger stole the joy from his life. What should have been an exciting day became a huge pity party instead. Some might argue that his anger and bitterness was justified, or even necessary. But the end result is the same, even justified bitterness leads to selfishness, and ultimately our joy, fun, fellowship, and both the large and small blessings of life are overshadowed, and undone. Don’t let your selfishness, or bitterness ruin your day, steal your joy, or keep you away from the party. Get over it, and go inside!

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    Ittai The Faithful Friend Ittai The Faithful Friend

    Ittai The Faithful Friend

Ittai The Faithful Friend

2 Samuel 15:21 (NET) —21But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king is, whether dead or alive, there I will be as well!” [1]   What do you do when things get tough for a close friend?  Do you stand with them or flee from them?  Sadly many in today’s culture are quick to abandon each other.  As soon as things get hard, or start going the wrong way even our closest friends frequently vacate the area.  Scripture is correct when it says… 24A person who has friends may be harmed by them, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.[2] (Proverbs 18:24 (NET).  You may have many friends today, but you will be lucky to have a single friend in your day of trouble.  The truth is we need more men like Ittai in our lives, and in our churches.  Men who will stand for what is right, even when standing is hard, dangerous, and costly. Ittai did not have to flee with King David, he could have stayed behind and been safe, but doing so was not an option.  His loyalty, and devotion to his friend was stronger than his desire for safety, comfort, and even life.  So he chooses to leave the city along with David and a few other men.  David must have been so blessed by the devotion of his faithful friend Ittai who made the choice to stand by his side even in the hard times. Who is it in your life that needs your backing, encouragement, and public support right now?  Will you stand with them, or abandon them?  […]

Did You See The Sunrise Today?

I have had the opportunity to witness 11,802 sunrises.  If God grants me the average number of years for an American male I will have the opportunity to observe 16,790 more.  I woke up early this morning around 4 am and was unable to go back to sleep.  I decided to get an early start so I rose from my bed threw on my work out clothes and headed down stairs.  I stretched, then proceeded to do a light workout with some free weights.  Next I ate a light breakfast, read my Bible and prayed.  It was 6:30 and the air was cool and crisp so I decided to head out on a solo jog.  Near the 3 mile mark the sun was starting to come up and I had a perfect view of the sunrise, what a magnificent sight to behold!  Of course this was not my first sunrise but as I continued to jog I thought about how many of these wonderful expressions of God’s creative activity I had missed and more importantly why I missed them.  Here are a few of the reasons I have missed the sunrise many of my 11,802 days on planet earth. Laziness- I will admit it especially during my college years I was just to lazy to get up for the sunrise or anything else.  Back then I woke up 5 minutes before class, threw on some clothes and off I went.  Sadly some never really break this habit. Selfishness- There have been many days when I was just to self-absorbed to take time to watch the sun rise.  I was out and about but had more important things to do than pause for a moment and […]

Who Is He?

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Matthew 16:13 NET In my judgement this is still a valid question that needs to be asked more often in our current culture.  I am constantly surprised at how many people have no idea who Jesus is.  Certainly, they know of His name and surface characteristics but few really know him.  Sadly, this is true of many in the church as well.  The pace of our current Christian culture is such that many don’t have time to read the Bible, pray, and fellowship with other believers.  As a result our personal knowledge of Christ suffers.  Do you know who the Son of man is?  Consider your own personal knowledge of Christ are you satisfied with that?  I am not speaking of surface knowledge or intellectual book knowledge but instead a personal understanding of who Jesus actual is. There is more to Christ than most understand because so few have made the choice to dive in and really get to know the Son of Man.  Why not pause for a few moments today and attempt to gain a better understanding of who Christ is?  Why not make this our goal each day?

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