Monday, January 26, 2009

Louie Giglio

If you are looking for more information on Louie Giglio, here is his page on Wikipedia:

Here is the main website for the Passion Conferences that he is a part of:

And, if you want to buy the video, "Indescribable", you can find it on Amazon:

Have a good week.

In Christ,

Saturday, January 24, 2009

God cares more about your spiritual health than your financial wealth

Almost 20 years ago I was more or less homeless. I was sleeping at a friend's apartment. I worked the graveyard shift. I actually had 2 jobs. One started at midnight and finished up around 4am. I then headed as quickly as possible to my second job which wrapped up around 8am. So, about the time I was getting off work in the morning, my friend was leaving for work. He let me sleep in his bed after he left work work. He was nice to let me sleep there. But, it wasn't really my apartment.

I had very little money. Neither one of my part-time jobs paid very well. In fact, there were plenty of meals that I skipped because I didn't have money to buy food.

Where was God in all of this? I was a Christian. I knew Jesus as my savior. What did God think of this time in my life? Why wasn't he blessing me? Why wasn't he filling my storehouses to overflowing? You may think I'm crazy. But, I think I was right where he wanted me to be. He was disciplining me. And, trust me ... I deserved it. At that time in my life, I wasn't living obediently.

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, ... Know
then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God
disciplines you. (Deuteronomy 8:3a, 5)

If you think that God is like Santa Claus, you're wrong. He doesn't exist solely to fill your wish list. He is more interested in your spiritual health than your financial wealth. Hmmm ... that rhymes. Cool.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I cannot do it

Are you good at something? Do you have a knack for math or writing or maybe athletics? Are you ever complimented? How do you respond? Maybe you say, "Thank you." That's the polite thing to do, right?

It may be the polite thing to do. But, it's not what Joseph did. In Genesis 41:15-16 we read:

Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."

"I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."

Joseph has been in prison for quite awhile at this point in his life. He could really use a favor from a powerful ally. It would be really nice if he was perceived as valuable to someone. And, who better to set him free than the king. But, instead of accepting the compliment, he corrects the king and makes sure the king knows that the gift of interpretation comes from God ... from a God that Pharaoh probably doesn't even believe in. This could have really backfired. This could have angered the king. You don't want to anger the king of Egypt!

The end result is that Pharaoh gives God the glory for Joseph's interpretation (Gen 43:39). Nice job, Joseph!

It might sound crazy. But, you just might practice this easy to remember phrase, "I cannot do it." Keep it handy for times when you receive a compliment.

Live like your life matters ... because it does

Sermon audio from 01/11/2009 (speaker: Chad Dalton)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery? I don't mean one of the little lottery jackpots. Everyone knows that winning $1,000,000 in a lottery will change your life. No, I'm talking about one of those gigantic Powerball lotteries. Maybe $100,000,000! Even after you pay taxes there will be enough money left over that you can live like royalty from the interest you receive from a simple savings account. I'm talking about winning so much money that you are not sure you could spend it all if you tried.

Do you imagine yourself going into work the day after you win and cleaning out your desk. Or maybe you just leave it all. Hey, you don't need paper clips where you're going!

Have you envisioned yourself buying a vacation home in the Caribbean and spending everyday reclining by the pool or on the beach? Can you see a staff of cooks, gardeners, maids, and yes ... even a butler? You would never have to lift a finger again. Never have to worry about paying the bills. Never have to miss another ball game or recital because of a deadline at work.

OK. Reality check. It probably isn't going to happen. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning. Quick. Think. Do you know anyone that has been struck by lightning?

But, what if it did? Should you quit your job? Should you move to the Caribbean and hire a staff to manage your affairs? Are these things Biblical? I don't think so.

Gen 1:28 - "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over ever living creature that moves on the ground."

Gen 2:5 - "... for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground,"

Gen 2:15 - "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."

Gen 2:18 - "The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'"

From the very beginning, God intended for man to be working - not lounging. We are wired to get things done. It's not coincidence that excercise is good for the body. God made this body to be in motion. Even our brain benefits from activity. God made this mind to be active.

The practical wisdom of Paul says, "If a man will not work, he shall not eat." (2 Thes 3:10)

But, even beyond that, God designed us for work and then instructs us to be active. He has a plan for your life and mine (Jer 29:11) . And, it doesn't include a life void of responsibility, void of challenges, void of sweat, void of work.

The Bible in 90 Days

Tomorrow we are beginning as a church to read through the entire Bible. We are using the Bible in 90 days reading plan. Feel free to read along. There is a Bible available specifically for this purpose - as well as a Participant's Guide. But, neither are required. There is no reason you can't use your own Bible. By reading 12 pages a day you will finish the entire Bible in 90 days. Here is the schedule for the first week.

Day #1 : Gen 1:1 - Gen 16:16
Day #2 : Gen 17:1 - Gen 28:19
Day #3 : Gen 28:20 - Gen 40:11
Day #4 : Gen 40:12 - Gen 50:26
Day #5 : Ex 1:1 - Ex 15:18
Day #6 : Ex 15:19 - Ex 28:43
Day #7 : Ex 29:1 - Ex 40:38

On Sunday nights (6 pm) we will meet at the church to discuss the previous week's reading and to encourage each other. Brian Woods will facilitate.

I am going to make an attempt to write a quick devotion each day from my own personal reading. I am going to try to stay one day ahead of the reading plan so that you will receive my devotion before you read the passage. My devotions will be posted here on the church blog. Feel free to comment on my devotions.

I hope you can join us.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Are you a shepherd?

This sermon was recorded 4 days before Christmas. I discuss the reactions of 4 different groups of people to the birth of Jesus: Herod, the chief preists, the wise men, and the shepherds. And, I explain why I think the shepherds reacted most appropriately


Sermon - Greg Justice

Once again I was out of town on December 14th. Greg Justice filled in for me. Greg is married to Katie, Amanda's little sister and is currently a student at Crossroads Bible College.

Thank you, Greg.


Sermon - John Money

On December 17th I was out of town and John Money was kind enough to fill in for me. Thanks, John. Some of you know that John was the pastor of Grace and Truth Bible Church in Brownsburg for many years.