Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I have been reading this book by Mel Blackaby. It is an easy read but I am enjoying it a lot. This book has really caused me to look introspectively into my heart and life. The thesis of this book comes out of Matthew 5:38-45 In that passage Jesus says "whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two." What Jesus is referring to there is the custom and law of the day. You see Roman soldiers would have to carry all of their gear as they traveled from town to town. It was law that at any time that a Roman soldier could require someone to carry his gear for one mile. By law the person chosen by the soldier person would have to drop whatever they were doing and carry the pack for a mile. One mile was the limit. Once that mile had been achieved the soldier would have to haul the stuff himself or get another chump to carry his stuff. Now carry the stuff wasn't the worst part for a Jew. For a Jew to carry the pack of an enemy made it even worse. But Jesus says go the extra mile...
Mel's point is that Jesus doesn't call us to do our duty; He calls us to what is not our duty. It isn't our duty to turn the other check, go another mile or repay evil with a blessing, but Christ wants us to dispense grace. Now here is the kicker, Jesus wants us to do this because this exactly what He has done for us and continues to do. Going the extra mile is hard, there is no doubt about it. The extra mile wars against my flesh, my pride, my, my, my, but Jesus went even further. Going the extra mile demonstrates the heart of Christ and reflects the Father's glory. I am praying that God would well up in me that type of spirit, heart and focus, that I would do what is not my duty and know that in doing so I reflect the life and love of my Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that you will also consider going the extra mile.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I am also thankful for my wife, the greatest, most gorgeous woman I have ever seen. She is such a wonderful blessing in my life. She radiates Christ in so many ways and she amazes me everyday with the way she loves me and our kids. I thank God for my wife every day. We have had an incredible journey over the last twelve years and I look forward to the days ahead. I am also thankful for my two rug rats. They are such a joy. I look forward to see what God does in each of their lives. There are few things in my life that can compare to being a dad. I absolutely love my kids. So much to be thankful for, but I guess I will end with the friends that God has blessed me with. God has truly surrounded me with some terrific people to share life with. I pray that you have a great Thanksgiving and I hope that you will take the time to thank God for all He has done and all He has given to you. Happy Thanksgiving!
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thess. 5:18
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
The desire yesterday was to clarify that we can not share our Grace Story until we actually have one. So we set our teaching to layout the Gospel and God's redeeming love through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. We talked about God's amazing and powerful grace. We challenged our people to make a move towards the cross of Christ and God moved in an incredible way. As the band sang Amazing Grace my heart absolutely jumped as people came down to make a decision to make Christ the Lord and Savior of their lives. At Summit we do not usually do a traditional alter call, but yesterday was a different day. Each time a person responded to the Lord's leading the rest of the church applauded. It was incredible. You could truly sense the presence of God. God's grace is truly "amazing" and I am still in awe that He would save a wretch like me!