Kickball and the gospel

Last week I had an opportunity to play kickball with the children’s ministry at the church that I lead. What a catastrophy! It was evident very quickly that our kids did not know how to play kickball. They did not understand the fundamentals of this simple game. They understood that you kick a ball, but beyond that they were clueless. They did not understand the principals of working together as a team. It was a mess, an exercise in futility, I was beyond overwhelmed, and realized that someone has to teach these kids how to play kickball! So I have enlisted some help, and this Wednesday night, hopefully, if the weather allows, we are going to be able to get a game.

Sweet Summertime

This Wednesday, Summer officially begins, and that evening, my church family will usher in Summer Nights by eating watermelons on our front lawn as we celebrate God’s continual blessings on our church and enjoy the longest day of the year as a faith family. We are making Summer memories.

Make Disciples

We continue this morning with the “Our Church” series. We started with “Love God,” then “Love People” and today we finish up the set with “Make Disciples.”

Love People

I am continuing with my thoughts on “Our Church, ” and today the subject is “Love People” Matthew’s gospel chapter 22, we will concentrate on verses 38-40. We will also spend some time in Luke’s gospel today. We will be in Luke 10 starting in verse 30.

Love God

Jesus gave us the greatest commandment(s) in all three of the synoptic gospels. It was important to Jesus so it should be substantial for us as well. He alone is worthy of all of our praises. We have to understand this concept that He alone is worthy. His worthiness means that we relinquish control, that we trust Him completely. The Bible tells us that God is jealous. We (the believer) know that God does not want anything to be before Him. Our lives must be clear of clutter. I am talking about the things that we accumulate while living our lives that has the tendency to take our eyes off Jesus.

Faith trumps Culture

Every day on planet earth our clocks keep ticking, and it seems as if humanity out does itself and we become more and more fractured from the society that we live, work and function within. Crazy things are taking place here on this third rock from the sun, and many times these events appear to go unnoticed. Perpetual motion seems to carry us onward with little or no attempt by ordinary people to gain control of this wackiness and wickedness the world produces. We live our lives not thinking about earth’s other inhabitants or the consequences of our actions.

Thank you for being a friend

I know that every time I write my personal thoughts down on paper for others to read I wind up dating myself. As I quickly approach the sixth decade of my life, I have decided that this is ok. I am getting older, and because of this, I am becoming wiser. With life wisdom comes the ability to not worry so much anymore about what people think of me or my writing. I write these thoughts down for me and if you happen to mine a nugget here and there good for you!

Tomorrow

There’s always tomorrow for dreams to come true. This song truly highlights my childhood. I have heard this classic song all of my life. As a child, I would hear this melody year after year as I watched Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer. I would hear and sing this beautiful song never actually considering what tomorrow might bring. Up to this point in my life, there has always been a tomorrow. I have always had a chance for a do-over. I have been able to take the mulligan no matter how awful yesterday might have been. I have learned that the mistakes or missteps often characterize the direction that our lives will take.

I love my community…

I love my city!

I truly do. Today (as many days) I was reminded of how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful place. I work in the Fairfax area of Jacksonville Florida, and most days I look forward to walking to one of the many local eateries near my office.

Unity and Revitalization

Church Planting is probably one of the hardest jobs that I have tackled in my 25 years of ministry. I must be a real glutton for suffering because shortly after I planted the church that I currently lead, we merged with a dying legacy church in the heart of the demographic that God called us to serve. So the vibrant church plant turned into an ongoing revitalization project that is now approaching its fifth birthday.