Become

Become

T.H.I.N.k.

Consider these clear directives from Scripture.  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 If Paul were writing today he might very well pen, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths or through your…

No Time?

No time to spare “I don’t have time for that.” We’ve all said it. Our schedules are too full to make even one more commitment. We simply don’t have any more time to give! Each of us has the same amount of time at our disposal as anyone else. Seven days each week. Twenty-four hours each day. One thousand, four hundred and forty minutes each day. How I use that time reveals my priorities. I will do whatever I feel…

Truth That Transforms

Statements that can transform lives Trust facts over feelings. To be in God’s presence is a privilege that came at a great price. God will never love you more nor less than he already does in Christ. Many of us have learned to feel helpless (like an elephant raised on a chain), but in Christ we are NOT helpless. Noone can fight sin alone, in the dark. If God loves us and is in control, then nothing “bad” can happen…

You Are Chosen

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) reads, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” The Bible definitively declares that, we, the followers of Jesus, are extraordinary people in the eyes of our Father.  We are individually chosen to form the Church collective.  We intercede with the Creator on behalf of the world.  We are set apart by…

“I have to be part of that!”

True Story One of my favorite stories from past Vacation Bible Spectaculars involves a dad that came to see what his kids were up to at Alsbury. He didn’t have much experience with “church folks,” so he wasn’t sure what to expect. After walking into our worship center decorated to look like a swamp, he was a bit perplexed. When everything got going: He saw kids leading other kids in worship with some catchy songs. He watched two grown men…

It Is Essential!

“I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain” Psalm 3:4 (NIV). Less Talking More Praying The Bible declares with significant repetition that God both hears and answers our prayers, yet prayer may be the one thing we talk about most and do least. Most, myself included, fall short of the directive to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).   We will never fulfill the mission Jesus gave us without an unwavering commitment to prayer.…

In all things, unity

Jesus said, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:20 NIV) In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for himself, asking that his upcoming death would glorify the Father. Next he prayed for his disciples, asking the Father to protect them from the evil one. Finally he prayed for you and me, that we…

What Happened After i Hit the Wall

The Big Ride Last weekend I rode the Dallas MS-150, a two-day cycling event organized by the national Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS).  Riders raised 1.3 million dollars to fund critical research and provide valuable support to the one million Americans with MS.  Saturday took us on a 105 mile journey around Lake Lewisville. We began in Frisco, rode to Lake Ray Roberts, crossed over to Sanger, and then rode through Denton and Flower Mound on our way to the finish…

Pursue a God-Sized Dream

One of my favorite shows on Netflix is Chef’s Table. It is not a cooking show; rather, it takes a deep dive into the lives of some of the top chefs in the world. The show explores their craft, their creative spirit, and their philosophy of life. In season one, they profiled a chef by the name of Dan Barber. What he does in the world of “Farm to Table” restaurants is quite amazing. There was something he said during…

His Victory Is Our Victory

Jesus died on Friday. Death died on Sunday.   Paul wrote, “‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Jesus is absolutely victorious over sin and death, but he gives us the same victory over this formidable duo! Sin is no longer our master. Death…

Authenticity vs. Tradition

There was this one time in Africa… I joined three other Burleson area pastors for my first trip to Africa. Together we led a leadership seminar for pastors and workers in western Tanzania. Our first session opened with Scripture reading and songs of worship. The songs, though sung in a language I did not know, were easily recognized as hymns of the church. The congregation, made up of both men and women, stood stoically and sang “How Firm a Foundation,”…

Put Down Your Cymbals and Pick Up Love

Jesus said, A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)   Jesus also said, Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. (John 14:23-24) People will say, “It’s hard to love unlovable people!” That is precisely why Jesus issued the…