Posts from December 2011

What will it take.

Last year I preached a sermon titled  “Escape: from the stupid things I do” based on Paul’s famous passage found in Romans 7:14-25. The basic premise was this, that in life I (we) have a pattern of stupid behaviors that can be really hard to break: drinking pop or coffee, biting our nails, spouting off with our mouths, buying jeans when we don’t…

Intentionally, unintentionally, unfruitful.

I had to be taught to open the door up for women in my life. I had to be taught to take the dishes to the sink at a friends house. I had to be taught to help carry in the groceries for my mom. Without being taught, I’d probably have just continued walking through the door first, leaving my dishes at…

Equip

I want to be effective in ministry. I want to see God do great things in and through me. There are verses in the Bible that make me believe that this is supposed to be reality in my life: Ephesians 2:10; 2 Timothy 3:17; Ephesians 4:12 Paul wanted Timothy to be effective in his ministry as well and I see him giving…

Christmas Presence – By Eric Williams

Are you counting down the days yet?  I know I am, I have been ever since I understood the concept of “presents”.  Sometimes anticipation can be good, but if I’m not careful, if WE aren’t careful we can miss out on being present in what God has for me in the here and now. There have been times where I’ve rushed through entire…

The Hooty Effect

For years Steve Hutmacher, affectionately called “Hooty” by almost everyone who knows him, has been closely and from a distance mentoring me. I first met Hooty when I was an intern and he was running the program. I thought it was rare that an elder and executive pastor of a mega-church would run the internship program, but as I got to know…

Snow

SNOW!! You either love it or hate it. Me? I love it. Not the driving in it or  the shoveling of it but I do love the beauty of it and the fact that it covers all the dead, ugly brown ground under it. I’ve been alive for…well…a long time and every winter I am in awe of the snow. Not to over…

Flames

2 Timothy 1 Paul urges Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God” that Timothy has received. Honestly, I am not much of a fire-starter but this analogy is pretty easy to follow. When we move into a life following Jesus, we are each given a gift that can either become an incredible outpouring of Gods love and power or sit…

More and More

1 Thessalonians 4 Recently, my great-grandmother died. She was the last of the 6 great-grandparents that I was privileged to meet. When faced with her death I was a bit perplexed as to what my emotions should be. Sadness? Grief? Indifference? Truthfully, I hadn’t seen her in years and cannot say that she was a thought that ran through my mind often.…

Work of Faith

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 Last I wrote about a special group in Paul’s life that he often prayed for and thanked God for. Today, I want to talk about two of the things that this group did that Paul found particularly impressive. First, he commended their work of faith. Note, he did not commend their work nor did he commend their faith, but…