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Matt Chandler on the Authority of the Bible

February 20, 2008 2 comments

I’ve posted before on a preacher I enjoy listening to named Matt Chandler. I recently found some videos of him that I thought you might enjoy. Stephanie was amazed because she had a much different picture of him in her head. Maybe you do to. In this video Matt explains why it is important to have an authoritative view of the Bible. I think this 3:00 min clip highlights both his wit and his intensity.

Enjoy.

Categories: Bibles, Chandler

Day Off Thoughts

October 31, 2007 1 comment

Today is the first day I have had off in 9 days. I’ve enjoyed laying around, wrestling with the kids, drinking coffee, doing some reading, and napping a bit. Stephanie is harassing me because it is 3 pm and I’m still wearing my sleeping clothes, but you know what, I think I deserve a slob day. Anyway, this piece of Scripture has gotten me thinking today,

14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

As many of you know I have gone trough a theological shifting of sorts in the last 18 months. Part of this change is my understanding of the condition of man and the role of God in the saving of individuals. I am definitely not ‘arrived’ (and I hope I never think I completely have because people who are too sure usually end up being jerks) but I am spending more time wondering how someone who is sinful and anti-God from the womb, could in anyway on their own, make a choice to follow Jesus.

This verse from Corinthians seems to imply a similar conclusion. A person who is far from God cannot even understand their own sinfulness and need for a Saviour without some illumination of the mind and soul done by the Spirit of God. In my experience my free will choice will always be a selfish one, moving me further from God not closer to him.

Thoughts?

The Importance of Christ-Centered Bedtime Stories

August 16, 2007 Leave a comment

Every night I am home, when it is time for the kids to go to bed, I am the one ‘chosen’ by them for the job of tucking them in, and the same question is always asked during our bedtime routine, “Daddy, will you tell us a story?”

I love telling the kids stories. Sometimes I fall asleep while I am laying on the floor telling them. I know this happens because I mumble my way through the story, floating in and out of consciousness, before accidentally ending with the word “Amen” instead of “the end.” To which Jacob promptly sits up and corrects me. But most of the time I make it through.

There are nights when I will read the kids a book. Occasionally I will read right out of the Bible. Other times I will make up something completely random. These seem to be the favorites and the kids request them by details, such as…”the Space Alien” one, the “Little Mermaid” one, the “Puppy” one. It is funny because I try to retell a made-up story and I can’t always get the details right, which really bothers my OCD kids.

Lately, however, I have been rethinking my bedtime story selection. I have really been convicted about the importance of using that time to sear Biblical truth into my kids minds and hearts. So I have been telling Bibles stories and inserting my kids as the people. One night, Jacob is in the role of young Samuel learning to hear God’s voice. Another night, Isabelle is the courageous and beautiful Queen Ester rescuing her people. Tonight Jacob and Isabelle were cast as the Good Samaritan in Jesus parable about loving our neighbors.

Bedtime is the perfect time to instill a love of the Bible in the hearts of your kids.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 teaches,
6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

In Proverbs 22:6 the Lord says,
6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

So what stories are you telling yours kids? I would encourage each and every parent, make sure that the stories you tell are filled with the themes and teachings of Jesus. Of course this means that you yourself know the stories of your Bible. If you don’t, maybe you and your kids can learn it together.

However you decide to do it, use the precious time with your kids before bed to build their spiritual foundation and their love for Jesus Christ.

Categories: Bibles, Family, Parenting

The Gap Between God’s Promise and Its Fulfillment

Talking with my mom tonight and she reminded me of something in Scripture. Many times Biblical characters had to wait long amounts of time between the promises of God and their fulfillment. Thing about it. Abraham waited ten years between the promise of a son and the birth of one. Moses wandered in the desert for 40 years before his people could enter the promise land. Joseph spent years in prison and many years as Pharaoh’s helper before he was able to assist his family during the famine.

I live in a culture that teaches me I can have everything I want, when I want it. However, God doesn’t seem to like my cultures plan. More often he promises me something and then delays fulfilling that promise. But his delay is not without purpose. There is shaping and forming that needs to be done in my life. There is junk that needs to be chiseled away before I will be ready to receive.

If you are at a point where you think God has forgotten his promises to you, be encouraged with these Scriptures,

3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3)

9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, (2 Peter 3:9)

Categories: Bibles, Theology

Biblical Manhood

Read this verse from this blog. Can’t forget this verse when I get back into pastoral ministry.

Mark Driscoll is preaching through Nehemiah right now. It is a can’t miss podcast when he comes to this verse.

Categories: Bibles, Blogs, Driscoll, Ministry

Green Grass and Cool Water Please

June 9, 2007 2 comments

On Tuesday I spoke with the HR woman from Eagle Brook Church about setting up an interview for the position of Service and Event Producer which I had applied for. We scheduled the interview for Thursday at 2 pm and from my perspective the interview went great. Thank you for all your prayers.

I left the church offices Thursday feeling like I had a good shot at the position. I was unusually upbeat and excited because it seemed to Stephanie and I that God’s hands were in the details of this thing, and we hoped that we would soon be venturing out on a much needed new adventure in our lives.

Then I received an email on Friday from the Eagle Brook HR lady which read,

Thank you very much for participating in our interviews yesterday. It was great to get to know you, and your skills, experience and career goals. Unfortunately, at this time we will not be asking you back for a 2nd interview. I will be keeping your resume on file, in case we open up the 2nd position later in the year.

I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming. Yesterday was a tough day for the me; I was battling feelings of depression and despair all day. News like the news I received makes you step back and question things. It forced me to evaluate whether or not I believe things like this and this.

My brother Jeff texted me the lyrics from a Jeremy Camp song when he heard about my disappointment. The whole song encapsulates both my struggle and my desire,

I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Each day when I drive home I go past a car dealership with a Christian owner who puts Bible verses up on the big light board in his parking light. Yesterday there was a verse posted from Psalm 107. This is an amazing Psalm which describes the steadfast love of God. Please read it today. In each stanza of the Psalm there is a phrase that recurs:

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

Those words are refreshing to a depressed and despairing soul. We are not alone. We are not forsaken. I know that God will answer us. I believe in His timing and His leading. I know that my being turned away from Eagle Brook does not mean God has turned away from me. It may in fact be His kind hand redirecting a lost sheep to the place where there will be green grass to eat and cool water to drink.

How little do I know compared to the mind of the Lord!

Jesus is the Radiance of God’s Glory

Wow it is already May 1st. Amazing.

This month my small group is reading, meditating on and talking about the Book of Hebrews. Here is something sweet to savor, chew on and digest into your soul.

Hebrews 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (ESV)

Hope your month goes great.

Categories: Bibles