Ant Hills or Mountains?

27 06 2009

So a few days ago a good friend of mine, David, shot me this passage via text message:

Matt. 21:23-27

David pulled a thought out that was pretty interesting. He said that we, like the Pharisees, become paralyzed by the voices of the crowd. When we do this, Jesus chooses not to act.

Great point!

I continued to think through this a little more over the next day or so and went and read the passage again and this time read Matt. 21:18-27.

Matthew 21:18-27 brought some context to my thinking. Jesus tells the disciples that with faith and prayer nothing is impossible and that they could even move mountains. For me the issue here is that I often limit God to moving ant hills and not mountains. Most people don’t dream mountain sized dreams and pray mountain sized prayers. We are satisfied with God helping us close this next deal, helping us get a passing grade on a paper, or adding another 3% growth to our church again this year.

What if God’s real desire was to move a mountain on your behalf? How would you pray? What would you dream?

Then I read Matt. 21:23-27 and now Jesus is limited when we listen to the voices of the crowd instead of doing what He has asked. That lead me to post this Twitter update that still has me dreaming God sized dreams today.

via Twitter…

“Matt. 21:18-26 Will u be limited by the voices of the crowd or will Jesus move mountains on you behalf? Dont listen to the crowd. Pray big!”

What God sized dream has been growing inside of you that you have pushed aside because of the voices of the crowd? What great thing do you believe God can do through you if only you had the courage to start asking for it through prayer?

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A Meaningful Easter

14 04 2009

For those of us in church world we should be the most attune to the amazing events that Easter celebrates, but sadly many of us have been guilty of letting the production and stress of getting everything right get in the way that we miss the simple message.

An innocent man died a criminals death to save me! Jesus did everything required to give me life and freedom from my sin.

So this Easter, 2 days ago, I determined to not allow that to happen. I am currently not committed to any church on the weekends so I often travel and serve other places. Columbia Church does not have a weekend service and will not for some time so we are always looking for places to serve.

On Good Friday I got a phone call from Jay Hardwick, a church planter and friend here in Columbia. Jay is the lead pastor of Awaken Church. They will not launch a public weekend service until this fall, but they did have a number of people who were going to be baptized on Easter. You can read about that on Jay’s blog. The people who were being baptized invited a TON of friends and family and all the sudden Jay needed help running and serving that morning. He asked if Columbia Church could help.

It was late notice, but I wanted to do anything I could to help. We were able to put together a small team of 11 to go and help. We set up the sound system, worship environment, children’s environment, served as host team, and ran the media presentation. It was awesome! Our Easter celebration was spent serving. I could think of no better way to thank Jesus for His sacrifice than by serving His church.

That day 7 people professed Jesus as their Lord and were baptized. I know we only had a small part in it, but we were blessed to have been used. God moved in that school cafeteria and eternity was changed.

I was never more proud of Columbia Church than I was this Easter as we served another church and watched and celebrated God changing lives.

After a great morning at Awaken Church I came home and took a 2 hour nap then went to my mother and father in-laws home for a wonderful dinner with family and Columbia Church friends. It really was a beautiful day celebrating all that Jesus has done for me.

Thank you Jesus!





When God Acts On Our Behalf…

24 01 2009

“I am convinced that God longs to put His fingerprint in our lives, to act on our behalf and surprise us with His magnificence.  I am equally convinced that most of the time we do not give God a context in which to do this.  The mundane is not really the best context for a miracle.  When we play it safe, we squeeze God out of the formula.  If we go only where we know and do what we’re certain will succeed, we remove our need for God.  Whenever we respond to God’s invitation, our need for God becomes heightened.  Whenever we take on a God-sized challenge, self-sufficiency is no longer an option.”

Erwin Mcmanus – Chasing Daylight (formerly Seizing Your Divine Moment)





What needs to die?

20 01 2009

Yesterday I was reading John 11. This is a story I had read hundreds of times, but today I saw something new. Quickly, this is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus gets sick and Jesus does nothing except let him die.

Bummer!

Lazarus’s 2 sisters were trusting Jesus to come heal their brother, He had told them He would.

Jesus doesn’t show up.

Certainly Jesus understood the pain Mary and Martha were experiencing. He knew His poor time management would lead to their pain. He just let him die! The pretty ending is that Jesus raises this man from the dead, which is miraculous and amazing, but John 11:4 really made me stop.

John 11:4

4When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

My question to myself and now to you is this:

Where in your life does something need to die so that Jesus gets the glory when He brings you back to life?

What relationship needs to die? What habit? What attitude? What behaviour? What buisness practice? Where in your life are you sick, but in denial? Maybe the thing you need to let die isn’t even a sin. Maybe it is simply holding you back from the fullness God has for you. The pain is real, the mourning will hurt, but it will not end in death. God’s plan is to bring life, John 10:10 and to bring glory to God through your life.

Where in your life does something need to die so that Jesus gets the glory when He brings you back to life?

Put that bad habit to death. Let that bad relationship die. With all the pain it might bring put that thing to death.

Let it die and trust God to bring you back to life!





Like a 2×4 to the face

30 12 2008

So I was readig and journaling yesterday and came across this passage in John 6.

John 6:27-28

26Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

So I began to ask myself, Do I desire Jesus because of the blessings he can provide, “because you ate the loaves and had your fill”, or because we want Him?

Ask that question in the context of how you pray for and lead your church, your family, your buisness, and your own life and you will be changed. I know I have desired Jesus for the blessings He can bring and not for who He is.

God help me long for you alone and not the blessings you can provide!

How does that fall on you?





Updates Coming

16 12 2008

So I am getting ready to start a new chapter in my life, planting a North Point Strategic Partner Church, and I am  expecting that to increase the frequency of my blogging. I also know from experience that it can be frustrating to keep checking a blog to see if there are new updates, so I have come to the rescue.

If you look to the right of this post you will now see a link that says

“Subscribe via email updates”

You can now click on that and enter in your email address and recieve updats sent directly to your email inbox instead of checking back here every few hours and being frustrated because there is nothing new added.

Just another way I am trying to make the world a better place…. 🙂





Updates Coming

16 12 2008

So I am getting ready to start a new chapter in my life, planting a North Point Strategic Partner Church, and I am  expecting that to increase the frequency of my blogging. I also know from experience that it can be frustrating to keep checking a blog to see if there are new updates, so I have come to the rescue.

If you look to the right of this post you will now see a link that says

“Subscribe via email updates”

You can now click on that and enter in your email address and recieve updats sent directly to your email inbox instead of checking back here every few hours and being frustrated because there is nothing new added.

Just another way I am trying to make the world a better place…. 🙂