Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Home is where the Lord is!

Ok, for the record... We LOVE Oakdale CA. It's like the the town that my boys were born in, only bigger. 17K people. AKA "Cowboy Capital of the World". Every other house has a big 4X4 truck in the driveway. And when I say big, I mean BIG. I've never seen so many big trucks in all my life. This is an agricultural community that produces Almonds, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Beef and Dairy. Our neighborhood's smell depends on the direction of the wind. There is a Con Agra food plant up the street so some mornings the air smells like Pizza. And who doesn't like Pizza for Breakfast?

Modesto is about 10 minutes away and it's about 180K peeps. so we get the small town life with all the amenities of a big city.

The church here has really welcomed us. We are on what looks like the 3rd of twelve days of Christmas. For the past three mornings we have waken up to a gift on our front porch. A pillow, two candles and 3 different brownie mixes. Oh my, i just figured out that the gifts are adding up according to the day. Nice! :) I can just hear it now... "Five Car Wash Coupons!" Ba dum dum dum. :)

Leading worship at River Oak Grace has truly been an experience for me. I went from leading behind a pulpit to leading behind a keyboard or dancing around on stage (just a little bit). It is a lot more work though. I don't mind it at all. The volunteers that serve with me are awesome.

Making friends here has been quite easy. People here are quite sociable and we have a lot in common. We've had that experience before, but you never know what might happen when you move.

The boys are doing great in school. James and Joey are in one school and Joshua is in another. There wasn't enough room in James and Joey's school for Josh this year, but next year should be different. Jacob spends the day with a mom who has two adopted little girls. She and her husband love Jake to death and we are falling in love with their family as well. :)

Well, that's it for now. I'm going to try and blog more as the new year starts. (me and how many others?)

God Bless!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Psalm 69:9 "The zeal of your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall one me."

Wow! Is that true or what? Well, is it?

First, does the zeal of the house of God consume us? I would have to say that that idea isn’t totally clear in my head. Does “house” mean sanctuary, auditorium, my heart… ? Also, would I classify myself as a “zealot”? There are too many times when I am “on fire” for God only to find myself fizzled out shortly thereafter. I imagine that I’m not the only one. J Remember also that this verse not only says that David is zealous for God’s house, but that his zeal “consumes” him. He can’t think of anything but God’s house. The obvious question is “can we say the same of ourselves?” I’m ashamed to answer.

God has made “His home” in my heart. He has a home in the hearts of my wife and kids. When we get together on Sunday morning to worship together, our collective hearts make up one big ole house for God. God inhabits the praise of his church and has a home there! He is at home at Vaughn Park Church because our hearts are there. He is at home in my house because our hearts are there. He has a home wherever two or more are gathered… because “home is where the heart is” as far as God is concerned. Isn’t that good news? Surely that’s something worth being zealous about!

Second, the verse goes on to say “and the insults of those who insult you fall on me”. There are those in the world who throw insults at God. There are a number of books (and iTunes calls them “religious books”) that mock God and Christianity, and are making their way up the best sellers list. People are reading these books and are jumping on the bandwagon of mocking God. Folks, these people are not coming to our churches! However, sometimes I think that it feels like they are. Are we spiritually paranoid? Why is it that the vast majority of Christians feel that if we were to worship with a consuming zeal, that we will be insulted beyond comfort? Do we really believe that our fellow Christians despise our worship to the point of insulting us? We have to realize that this is just Satan trying to keep up from what we were meant to do. Which is, of course, worshipping He who Satan hates more than anything.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Bad Theology is a Super Magnet

What is it about bad theology that sucks us in? We all have certain beliefs within ourselves that are wrong, and yet we fight to keep them.

Worship, for example. We know intellectually that worship isn't about style, tempo, or lyric... or even music at all. Yet we continue to call those things worship and place an emphasis on music. Worship is not a place. It is not what you did last year. It is nothing more than honoring God by living out His designed purpose in your life. Rick Warren sold a lot of books about that very subject and I think it's title should have been "How to Really Worship God".

Here's the problem that I find with making worship all about a song style or church service format. Let's say we put an emphasis on singing. We have plenty of New Testament scripture telling us that God wants us to sing. Let's say you have two people. One of them sings well enough to make a living at it and the other sings so bad that it makes people uncomfortable. When we put an emphasis on anything other than sacrifice, there is a chance that someone will go away feeling that their "gift" was unacceptable. You have one person who will be lifted up and another who thinks that they are not recognized.

It's not right for either to feel this way, but it happens. So let's change the way that we talk. Let's be specific about what we mean when we talk about singing, music, or worship. The last thing that we want is for our "reasonable acts of service" to be uninviting to others. :) Oh, and let's put more of an emphasis on worship by serving others... not just singing new songs and using cool videos.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

New Music!!!!!!!!

Well, I haven't recorded anything in a while. However, I have been listening to a ton of new music over the last six months that I'd like to share.

First off let me introduce L.E.O. . Not E.L.O.

An artist from the Boston area named Bleu, the bass player for Chicago, and Hanson (that's right) have formed a temporary group that sounds a lot like E.L.O. and/or the Traveling Wilbury's. Check them out at I was raised on ELO and the Beatles, so this is right up my alley. Also, a great PFR alternative. :)

Second, check out Starfield. Here is their myspace page. Good writing and tons of falsetto! And hey! You gotta be pretty good if you can get Chris Tomlin to sing backup for you. (check out "Son of God" on iTunes)

Ok, next is my all time favorite worship project ever. New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado has put a CD/DVD called "My Savior Lives". It's awesome to put it mildly. The songs are great, the vocals are all edited tastefully so repeated listening is easy, and the DVD (sold seperately) has a guy in his forties jumping up and down while he leads worship.

You've got Ross Parsley, Jared Anderson, Jon Egan, and Glenn Packiam's songs. You've got the Desperation Band jammin' in the back. You got 10 buxx and you've got yourself a taste of heaven.

What else.... Oh yeah. Lincoln Brewster's "All to you...Live" is good stuff yall. I saw Lincoln on my honeymoon while he was playing guitar for Michael W. Smith. Smitty introduced him and said that he would be awesome but, well... some people think Hasselhoff is awesome so I don't just take everyone's word about things. :) Check the CD out. It's got a remake of "Hallelujah" from the movie Shrek. Pretty good stuff.

I sat through a class that he taught during a worship conference last week and I got a kick out of his approach to being a worship leader on staff at a church. Two things stuck with me. First he said that he prefers the slow songs but his church really would rather "rock their faces off". Seconde he told us that if anyone ever complains about the worship service, he calls the office to check and see if that person tithes and if they don't he just diregards their comments. Hmmmph.
Well, check them out. They're sooooo worth it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cynical Pinnacle

Ok, I had started blogging again just to end up forcing myself to refrain from blogging. Reason being... I'm fighting cynisism. I will say that I'm doing a lot better at this than I used to.

Well, I'll just let this pass and see what happens next. I just pray that I keep my mouth shut while I go through with this phase. :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Not the "i" but the "You" in me

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NIV) “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Consider some of the character qualities of Jesus Christ-Comfort, Compassion, Faithfulness, Love, Victory, Hope, our Guide. When you sit down and really contemplate your existence and your accomplishments and failures, hopefully you will see that you are truly nothing without Christ.

His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses, our limitations and our failures. We are supposed to be weak because that is the way that God shows Himself and is glorified. We shouldn’t fight and deny our weaknesses, for through them we are given the opportunity for deepening our understanding of grace and developing our relationship with Him. Our weaknesses should drive us to total dependency on Christ.

What are your weaknesses and difficulties in life? Are you trying to fix all of your problems on your own, by your own earthly means? Does the stress and anxiety of life rest heavily upon your shoulders or is the power of Christ resting on you? Let Him be your all in all, not just your all when all is going well.

Friday, May 11, 2007


OK, it's been six weeks now of running and eating less. I'm now running 1.6 miles on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings (around 5:30) and I'm TRYING to stay under 1750 calories a day. I've never played sports, so exercising this much is a HUGE deal for me. I'm so surprised that I'm still doing it, and my biggest motivation to keep at it is that I don't want to throw away the last 6 weeks. I just hope my knees can keep up. They are always uncomfortable but never really "hurt".

I'm posting this to keep track of my progress and the hope that someone will pray that I keep this up for the rest of my life. (I have to keep up with four boys and it's not been getting any easier) So far I've lost 13-14 pounds. But I've plateaued. I think I'm going to start doing sit-ups or crunches. Reason: I can't suck in my love handles. :)

Oh yeah, I'm also drinking a ton of Diet Coke. I tried the new Diet Coke plus but I have a hard time with the taste difference. "It's not you Diet Coke Plus, it's me." :) It's kind of like Sweet Potato Pie and Pumpkin Pie. The tastes are just too close for me. I have to pick one and ditch the other. So I'm stickin with the sweet nectar of the old reliable Silver Bullet.

However, I can't figure out what the apostle Paul meant by "buffet my body".;&version=45;
All the buffets I know of only make me fatter!

We'll see what happens. I hope to be down to 145 soon. I'm keeping my fat cells crossed!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Oh No! It's PIANO!!

Ok, for those who may not know, I was born and bred in the Church of Christ. What that means is that I'm not supposed to listen to women talk about the bible, and Piano is a four letter word with "o" as an accessory vowel. I come from a church where women can pass communion trays side-to-side, but not from front to back. These churches are autonomous, until one of them does something that the others disagree with. Clapping your hands in the worship service is permitted when someone places membership, but not when trying to keep rhythm during singing. Oh, did I mention that "Mechanical Instruments" (also known by some as "IM's", don't ask... i have no idea how that got that one backwards) are not allowed during Sunday morning worship. Yeah, I'm not clued in on that one either.

How did we get in the business of telling people what they "can't" do? The Old Testament started with the 10 commandments. Ten. That's it. Now I know that there were many things implied in those ten, but there were just ten. Then the Levites came along and added stuff about bodily discharges and mildew. *yuck!* What happened to the ten? I'll tell you what happened. Jesus came and whittled them down to two commandments.
Mark 12:28-34 (New International Version)
The Greatest Commandment
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" 29"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'[b] 31The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[c]There is no commandment greater than these." 32"Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
So, Jesus comes to earth and brings us down to two commands and we start adding our own again. I think the part of this that amazes me the most is that we are only making things harder for ourselves. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A runner I am not!

Jogging is working though. :) This week I've started dieting and exercising. I've never done this before, I never needed to. I used to have the metabolism of a 12 yr. old. (and the height) However, as soon as I hit 31 it all came to a screeching halt! In the last 2 years I have gained 25 pounds at least. Needless to say, I can name a few more salad dressings now.

I've also started running (half jogging/half walking) 3 mornings a week. What is it about being awake at 5:30? Why do I automatically feel like I'm cooler than the rest of the neighborhood? Suddenly everyone else is a slacker. I'm reminded of a friend of mine in upstate NY. He was raised on a pig farm and found it rather easy to get up early. This wasn't a problem until he bought a snow-blower and decided to clear his driveway at 6 in the morning. I now know why he wanted the rest of us to be "morning-people". It's lonely. I mean, I'm sure that there are people awake, but most of them are still in their undies.

Anywho, I found it strange that as I try to better my life I'm consumed with others following in my footsteps. Why am I drawn to try and make others share my convictions. What I need to do is live my own life and let others do the same for themselves. Like when I quit smoking. Man, I wanted the world to know. And when I met someone who still smoked, I would tell them that they needed to do exactly as I did. However, they are not me. And just because something works for me doesn't mean that it will work for everyone else.

I'm not Jesus (duh). I shouldn't be in the business of trying to get people to act like me. (and neither should you) I need to be showing people what Jesus did and stop trying to get others to pat me on the back. I mean come on, even though getting up and running around the neighborhood is a huge accomplishment for me...

it's no miracle. :)

*listening to: "Boy Like Me, Man Like You" - Rich Mullins*

Friday, March 23, 2007

In the case of an emergency...

Ok, so I've flown many times in my life. My father was in the Navy for 23 years, and the Navy never moved us to the next town over. We went from Hawaii to Florida for our first move. Talk about a flight! In my entire life, I'd say that I've been on at least 50 flights.

On to my point... During all of my trips, the airplane crew goes through a ritual. They spend a good 5 minutes telling the passengers of their possible doom. They actually talk about the plane crashing in a couple of different ways. They actually call one of the a "water" landing. Please! Landing? More like death plunge.

On my last trip back from Portland Oregon I was forced to pay attention to their little speil. The put it on a screen on the back of the seat in front of me. (I have a hard time ignoring TVs) :) Then it hit me. What if we got the "danger" talk everywhere we went? What if you went to your friends house for dinner and before you began eating his wife said, "in case of poisioning...". There's no way that you would eat her food. Or what if whenever you got in the car with your friend he said, "in the case of a head on collision, kiss you butt goodbye!". Man, I'd never get in the car with them again.

Can we really be this inconsistent? Why do we ignore the threat of an airplane crash, but value a warning of a car crash. How many warnings do ignore? There are many warning signs in our daily lives. A two-year-old's rebellion can be seen as cute to their parents. However, I would imagine that there are a lot of parents who would go back and make some major adjustments in their childs attitude.

Proverbs 22:3A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

I recently noticed that the underside of my child’s car seat had a warning that reads, “Do not use this seat after December”. “Which December?” I blurted. What an obscure notice. I tried to find out if there was a date printed anywhere on the seat, but found nothing that gave me any help. I looked at the other seat that looks identical, and found no such notice. This confused me even more and left me wondering what to do. Well, I placed the seat back in the van and made plans to use it until our youngest grew out of it.

You may be thinking, “are you serious?”. “What if you get in an accident and some unforeseen event causes the seat to crumble and leave your child unprotected?” I mean, come on…what could go wrong? It’s a solid piece of plastic, right? Am I as strange as it might seem? Consider this; How many times has a fire-alarm gone off in a department store and we continue to shop with no regard for our safety? How often do we see warning signs in our relationships with our spouses and our children, and put off action until the timing is better or when we’ve got less on our plate? I would have not seen the warning sign on the seat had I not looked for it. But what good is the warning if I don’t follow it.

Look for the Danger signs in your life. God is faithful and if we look for His direction and remain in His shelter; He will hold to His promises and keep us safe and secure.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Christians becoming Post-Modern, or Post-Moderns becoming Christians?

I've been trying hard lately to figure out why people are so fascinated with “Emerging” and with the Post-modern movement. There are a lot of discussion regarding the definition of these ideas and whether or not people are on either side of the issue. I respect the desire to renew our minds and learn things that will bring others to Christ. However, most of what I’ve seen is side-taking and nit-picking over an idea that, once a definition is attached to it, it's no longer what it was. I'm not saying that every discussion regarding these ideas are this way, but I am becoming more and more concerned that we may be in the first stages of a new division in the church. Which, I don't feel is worth our temporary enlightenment brought on by trying to be attractive to a generation that will soon be replaced by another one.

I Corinthians 1
10I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas[
a]"; still another, "I follow Christ." 13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into[b] the name of Paul? 14I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. 16(Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." 20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

“… but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” Noticed he didn’t say, “Christ crucified was a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles, so we read a book by Rabbi Levi Elchanan called “Understanding modern Jewish blocks and how to keep from knocking them down”. Or “How to fool a foolish Gentile without letting on that you think he’s a fool”.

Please forgive my sarcasm.

He did one thing to reach his mulit-cultural audience; he preached Christ crucified. And he did it knowing that the Jews stumbled over it and seemed like foolishness to the Gentiles. What an idea. There are many different audiences in the New Testament that the apostles preached to. But they had one simple message. It was consistent, unwavering, and unapologetic. Jesus Christ was crucified once, for all. And each of us need to die to our old selves and put on our new selves. The Bible says nothing of clothing ourselves with the things that make the world feel comfortable. Just read Acts 5:10-16

10At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
The Apostles Heal Many 12The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade. 13No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil
spirits, and all of them were healed.

Some may say that we need to understand the “normal” people before we can convert them. And here is where we run into our problems. We try to look, sound, and act like a post-modern in order to attract the post-modern man. We are then supposed to tell them that they need to put their old life to death and take on the life of Jesus. But Jesus wasn’t a post-modern man. In order for them to attract another post-modern person, they would then have to confuse the issue by reverting to their old way of thinking and talking.

What a mess. Some believe that in order to communicate with the world we need to stop talking like we do in church and speak the way that the non-believer does. What we then have is us not being ourselves and trying to sell ourselves as something that we’re not and God never called us to be. The language that we should use to reach the lost is the same one that Christ used, Love. Not words, but actions. Not philosophy or new doctrine, but compassion and charity.

I do understand that some of every new movement in Christianity is a hopeful remedy to the problems of yesterday’s church. I understand that there are a lot of things that were instituted in the church because of situations that are now no longer relevant. We need to keep ourselves in check and take care of unfruitful practices. We would agree that traditions need to be done away with when they steal the focus from Jesus. Solutions to yesterday’s problems should be no different. When a church is no longer relevant to the everyday life of the believer and holds no attraction to the un-churched, we need to aim our efforts to being more Christ-like. Not more modern, or post-modern, or Gen-X’d, or the like.

I wonder why there aren’t any new books on Christ crucified. Perhaps it’s because it’s already been written in the Bible and the only way to make money from it is to surround it with a new Bible translation that is easier to read and has pictures in it that doesn’t look like they were drawn in the early 70’s. Maybe not, but that’s my take on the book phenomenon. Want to know what to do, read a best-seller written by some guy who lives on the other side of the country whose successes come from doing things that appeal to people who are nothing like the folks in your subdivision.

Vent coming, skip this paragraph if necessary. Ok, some guy in California does some things at his church and the attendance explodes. Since his attendance increases we assume that the almighty hand of God touched that church and put a stamp of approval on everything that was done there. Every other church in America buys the book by the box and preaches, teaches, and devos the heck out of it. They implement the concepts, adapt to the practices, and the church in America strangely doesn’t pour out the windows like alice in wonderland after she took her magic pill. I mean, come on, 16 million copies of a book of modern answers in the hands of Christians all over the country and our overall attendance isn’t up? There’s still orphans and widows who are distress? Divorce in Christian families is still a huge problem? Sorry for the cynicism, but I just don’t get it.

What would have happened if the attendance at his church didn’t increase? Have you ever read a book titled, “Our numbers are way down, but we’re more spiritual then ever”? Or, “How to make people want to hang you on a cross” and the supplemental booklet, “Effective breathing while hanging on a cross”. I don’t think so. Books are published because they sell. Not because the church needs to learn what’s in the book. Some may say that the book sells because it’s what the church wants and needs. Then why all of the marketing and the different bindings and the supplemental material? Because that’s how you sell a book to someone who wouldn’t otherwise buy the book just from reading the title. Have you ever seen a commercial for the Bible? Me either, just for the book of Mormon and other Jehovah’s Witness literature. Kind of makes you think, huh?

Let’s get back to the simplicity of the Gospel. Christ crucified. Acts chapter 2. It cuts the heart and is sharper than any double-edged sword. Hey, it worked for us. Why would we be so quick to insult it’s power by watering it down with ideas that won’t be relevant in 5 to 10 years? Let’s not forsake the convicting words of the Bible. I wonder what the ratio has been in the last 5 years between Bible reading and Christian book reading. I bet we don’t even want to know.

God Bless,


Friday, September 30, 2005

What is of most importance?

Written one week after Katrina made landfall

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, stories of heroism, strength, and determination are arising. But the pain is still there. With every photo streamed across the bandwidth of the internet, the pain is felt by even the most distant of onlookers. And it is in times like this when we find out who people really are. How do we reason in our minds the things we’ve seen and heard? How do we explain looting as a means of survival? Obviously, the rules of life change when situations change as they have in the Gulf Coast region.

Just over a week ago Pat Robertson, long time host of the TV show “The 700 Club”, announced that the U.S. Government should take advantage of their ability to “assassinate” Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Venezuela's Vice President Vicente Rangel in return called on the White House to vilify Robertson’s comments saying, "What is the U.S. government going to do about this criminal statement made by one of its citizens?" Another Chavez supporter in the Venezuelan parliament, Desire Santos Amaral said "This man cannot be a true Christian. He's a fascist."

On August 30, 2005 the Venezuelan leader and friend of Communist Cuba declared his eagerness to help the victims of Katrina. He announced his countries willingness to send clean water and fuel to the U.S. hurricane victims. We could make the argument that Chavez is only communicating a selfish propaganda, but the fact remains that he sees a need and is attempting to meet it.

One man in the fury of the hurricane learned from his wife what was of first importance. With her hand slipping from his and their house splitting in two, she told him that he could not hold her any longer and that his attention should be turned to their children. When real life dropped in like never before, and everything around them literally fell apart, they were forced to see what was most valuable.

At what level of danger or catastrophe do we realize how important our time with our family is? Are we too busy with worrying about politics and oil, or evil dictators? Do we get too caught up in our own agendas so that someone else ends up having more of an influence on our kids than we do? Or are we making the most out of our time with our spouses and kids? And do our loved ones clearly see just how important they are to us?

Just some questions to consider as we start another school year. God bless you and may God bless those caught in turmoil.


Who's the Boss?

George W. Bush is not Lord. The Declaration of Independence is not an infallible guide to Christian faith and practice. Nor is the U.S. Constitution, nor the U.N. Universal Declaration on Human Rights. "Original intent" of America's founders is not the hermeneutical key that will guarantee national righteousness. The American flag is not the Cross. The Pledge of Allegiance is not the Creed. "God Bless America" is not the Doxology.

Sometimes one needs to state the obvious—especially at times when it's less and less obvious.

If these statements are so obvious, why do our lives not always easily reflect our Godly calling like it should? Hint: “We Have an Adversary”. Satan, the “Prince of the Air” is creative and is constantly finding ways to draw our attention to things that are good, but just not great. “Vote for this”, “Stand for that”, “Champion a worldly cause”; we are bombarded with someone else’s mission every day of our lives.

So how do win the fight of taking back our lives? By filling our lives with service to Christ. Placing Him above all things and finding opportunities for our hands to find work and worth in the purposes of God.

Each one of us has a void that can only be filled by the Creator. Songs are written about looking for the one who can fill the “Hole in my Heart”. Well friends, look no further. He’s standing at the door of your heart, knocking.

We come together on a corporate level to worship and honor God. As we live our daily lives, let us strive to honor God with every thing that we do. And, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16


Mitch Fewell

Tuesday, September 20, 2005