Monday, January 13, 2014

What's the Blog Scoop - January 13, 2014

Reasons we get angry - this is very good

Don't Pray in Circles  - I had my suspicions about this book when I received it in the mail. This article at least confirms some of those suspicions.

Sleep Deprivation - really good stuff

Satanic statue - interesting

10 Things you could have done if you got up early

Roe v. Wade

Small Groups and Sermons

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What's the blog scoop - January 7, 2014

How am I to love God by loving his Word?

Remembering Jesus in the Lord's Supper

Marijuana and the Christian - this is a pretty good article

"Taken God Seriously" - excellent and so very true!

Songs to Sing in 2014 - good reminders

Tough and Tender - yes, that's the kind of pastor I'd like to be someday

Dude plays the piano backward - very cool


Yep, it's cold outside where I live today...really cold. And, for the record, all you folks out there that like cold weather, you can have it. I love you, but bring on the summer time! Anyway, it being so cold outside reminded me of something Jesus said: "because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12). I realize that this statement is in the midst of one of Jesus' end times discussions. But, don't we see this happening before our very eyes? Aren't we all susceptible to this reality? That unless we keep the fire of our passion for Christ stirred up, we could all have our love grow cold?

Our love can grow cold toward the Lord. Our love can grow cold toward our neighbor. And, according to Jesus (Matthew 22:34-40), isn't that the "center of the mark"?

So, how do we keep the fire stoked and burning? It will sound simplistic and basic, but haven't we tried to complicate things enough in the Christian life?

Here you go:

  • Read, study, and obey the bible
  • Pray consistently
  • Worship daily at work and at play
  • Gather with God's people consistently
  • Fellowship with God's people regularly
  • Love other people with the love of Christ
So, there you go. Do you find that your love is "growing cold"? Maybe it's time to invest some time this new year in building these godly habits into your life. We certainly don't want to end up like the church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7).

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


John 15:1-8

One of the critical pieces missing from many people's Christianity, I believe, is the absence of the truth that Christianity is about "relationship" with God through Jesus. Yes, we participate in religious activities. Yet, even in participating in religious activities on a regular basis, it is possible to go through the motions of religious activity w/o any awareness of a daily, on-going relationship with God. Many Christians even think that the "essence" of being a Christians is what they "do" on Sunday morning with very little thought given to the other six days of the week. Yet, God wants to have a daily relationship with us through Jesus.

Religious activity without relationship leads to ruin.

Duty without delight leads to drudgery. (Donald Whitney)

We often call this truth "walking with God". It is possible for every Christian to walk with God daily. Because of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, every Christian has the capacity to "walk with God" in a personal relationship through Jesus. We have the capacity to hear, obey, and please God.

I believe that one of the benefits of Henry Blackaby's study "Experiencing God" is that it helps show us ordinary people that we can have this kind of relationship and "walk with God" and we can make a difference for his kingdom as we obey him on a daily basis. Just as the disciples walked with Jesus physically on this earth, you and I can walk with God through Jesus by the Holy Spirit.

Let 2014 be the year we re-prioritize our relationship with the Lord as we build into our lives godly habits of prayer, bible reading, and regular gathering with other believers. Let 2014 be the year we give our spiritual lives the attention it deserves.