Prayer

I’ve been really learning a lot about prayer. The necessity, the urgency, the purpose, the reason. In so many ways God has been urging me to pray. Yet, I still struggle to take time out of the day to pray. In every way, we need Jesus to change us so that we can do the things God wants us to do. One of my favorite teachers talks about prayer in a response to the question, “does prayer really change things?” Feel free to let me know what you think.

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God’s Mission

It is true that God has predetermined good works for us to do before the foundation of the world. It has been so hard to reconcile this fact in my mind because of the implications of it. So many conclusions can be drawn by just thinking over this fact. Ultimately, this means that God is the main character in every person’s life (really all of creation to be technically correct). Honestly speaking, there is a part of me that just doesn’t like it…I want to be important. I want to be significant. I always have. Ever since I could remember I have felt like I was special and that someday I would do great things that would leave people in awe. Continue reading

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Listening Prayer

So over this past week my wife and I have been trying to allow God to guide us. For some background information, my wife went to a friend’s home to learn how she spends time with Jesus and she gave my wife a little booklet titled, “God Guides.” The author gives countless stories about her experience with God as a missionary in India and my wife has been both convicted and refreshed from these stories. So as she’s been wrestling through this book I have been inevitably recruited to be her soundboard. (Of all the times I’m “inevitably recruited” I think this may be one, I’ve been least resistant to so far.) So she reads the amazing stories to me and I’d have to say I have been challenged as well. Continue reading

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Dysfunctional Heart (Part 2 of 2)

I’ve recently been invited to sit in our church staff meetings. The leadership often repeats the statement, “gospel growth in the context of family while living on mission,” as our philosophy for discipleship. However, I have never really understood what it meant practically, so the statement had no impact on my life. Well last week, our senior leader explained it and provided scriptural basis for it. It blew my mind. It was fairly hard to hear, primarily because it rattled my worldview. Continue reading

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Dysfunctional Heart (Part 1 of 2)

I had one of the most refreshing revelations this week. It has really put me in a different frame of mind and I am so grateful to God for revealing to me truths about his nature that free me up to truly love people. For years, I have noticed that when I am truly honest about myself, I don’t genuinely care about people. If you know just a little about me this might come as a shock, because you know that I am in full-time vocational ministry. To be fair, I cared enough to have a burden for hurting youth, but I sincerely struggle with caring for their hearts. In other words, I can view people as projects in many respects…I know this sounds terrible, but I need grace just as much as the next person. Continue reading

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Heart Idols

I just can’t get around the fact that what the book of Acts presents as biblical community is so disproportionately different from what I see as Christianity in our modern Western culture. The church in Acts actually looked different to those outside of the faith. Different in a good way. The Christian community was attractive and inviting to outsiders in a way that we just aren’t today. I think if we brought our Christian brothers and sisters from that time era into ours and we saw their community, I wouldn’t be surprised if people would call them a “cult”. Continue reading

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The Coming Storm

The urgency of urban missions is knocking at our door. The knock is getting louder and louder with each passing day. The statistics are alarming and if we continue to ignore them, culture will throw out Christianity and we won’t even notice it happened. We’ll just feel it. Continue reading

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God is Kind

God’s sovereignty has been our background music for these past couple of weeks. His provision and truth have become a part of our experience in a way that we can always look back on and find encouragement. On August 5th, God brought in enough support to meet our initial support goal! Continue reading

Being Missional in the City

Tim Keller puts out great information on ministry in the city and how to do it. I listened to this sermon and thought it would be of interest to anyone who has a heart for missions in the city. Feel free to let me know what you think after listening.

http://sermons2.redeemer.com/sites/sermons2.redeemer.com/files/sermons/2-01_Belonging_to_a_Missional_Church.mp3

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Win the City…Win the World

     I read an article by Timothy Keller that spoke of the significance of the city and it’s theme throughout the scriptures. It rocked me to say the least. I have such a desire to see effective ministry in the city and it is so refreshing to know that my passion for urban environments lines up with God’s heart. I’ve questioned my call before only to have God provide some form of reassurance but, this article was one more reassuring gift God graced me with. Continue reading

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