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Do I?

1/26/2010 03:57:00 PM

Small town boy sitting in a big city. There have been more people walk past the window of this sandwich shop in the last hour than live in Northport.

Do I know these people? Do I know their stories? No. Does my heart break like the heart of the Father's breaks? I think so. I want to climb into these people's lives. I want to know what makes them tick, what their past is and what they think their future is. I want to share that Jesus is their hope their future. I want to cry with them, laugh with them and dream with them. It seems so romantic.

But I flash back…do I know the people of where I live? Do I know their stories? Does my heart break for them like the Father's does? Do I want to cry, laugh and dream with them? Do I want to share with them that the hope and future they look for is in Jesus?

Am I blooming where I'm planted?

Are you?

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Dangling By the Rope of Life

1/25/2010 11:10:00 AM

The old adage of "I'm at the end of the rope" is addressed in scripture.

We have all repeated this saying in one form or another throughout our life. Emotions, relationships, finances, stress, school, job, whatever. It is something that we are supposed to think is normal or just a part of life. The fact that we are so weak, so done and have nothing left to rely on. God doesn't think so.

I once had to rescue Ken, my oldest, from the side of a cliff. He was dangling about 20 feet over a pond. His little hand desperately clinging to a tree root. He thought, and mom thought, that death was a certainty. He wasn't sure how long he was going to be able to hold on. All the onlookers weren't sure how long he was going to hold on (of course none of them stepped in to help either!). He was clinging with all he had to that root. As myself and a friend stretched ourselves over the edge and I reached out my hand to him, he gladly took it. He was now clinging to something he trusted…me. As I pulled him to safety he was so relieved that he wasn't having to do the work. I became a hero to him that day as he clung to my hand. What every dad wants, to be his son's hero!

Psalm 63:8 says, "My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me." If you are clinging to the rope of life, no wonder there is no strength left. When we redirect our energy to clinging to God and we let His strength uphold us, the world changes for us. When we put our hand in his and allow Him to do the work, allow Him to be our hero, what a relief comes.

How can we make sure our soul clings to Him? I want to hear your thoughts.

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Blogs that help you grow

1/06/2010 10:43:00 PM

I love preaching. Like passionately love it. I don't know how good I really am, but I have never fallen asleep during any of my sermons! That's pretty good.

If you ask any pastor, one of the tough things is how you stay fed when you are the one filling up other people's plates. (Quick personal side note…it is not your pastors job to feed you. Just their job to put it on the plate.) I have found a way to help keep myself with a plate full of food that I can chew on. I thought maybe I would share some of the blogs that I visit on a regular basis. These blogs help tremendously in my life.

www.evotional.com Mark Batterson is an innovative pastor at NCC in WA DC

www.withoutwax.tv Pete Wilson is a great leader out of Nashville

www.leadingsmart.com Tim Stevens is a fresh thinking pastor/leader in Granger, IN

www.ronedmondson.com Ron Edmondson is a church leader for the Kingdom of God in Clarksville, TN

www.blog.marshillchurch.org Mars Hill, with Pastor Mark Driscoll, is shaping the future church from Seattle, WA


 

These are just a few blogs that I follow. They all have links that you can follow so you can listen or watch their teaching. I would recommend you checking these guys out.

Are there blogs that you follow and you would recommend? Leave a comment and let me know.

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