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What is the Church’s Response To Parkland?

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WHAT HAPPENED IN PARKLAND, FL was absolutely devastating! The terrible incident on Valentines Day left me with some very hard questions (as it did for many of us), but it also left me with some questions of our impact as the church! I sat on these questions and a very honest gut-check for a few days before recording this video on February 20, 2018 (the day before Billy Graham passed away.) Ever after recording, I sat on this for a few more days before posting. The reason I did that was due to the fact that what I share in this video may come off as harsh or critical, but I believe it needs to be both said and heard. These questions require an answer and a response from the church. Here’s how I think the church needs to respond moving forward for us make the impact we’ve been called to make!

Please note, this is raw and honest…and may offend some people.

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Why Your Bible Reading Plan Might Be Dangerous

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Why Your Bible Reading Plan Might Be Dangerous

          This March will mark my 11th year in full-time, vocational ministry. In 11 years, I’ve picked up on a few things. I’ve noticed that Christians tend to have predictable, cyclical behavior. For example, many Christians start the new year with two things:

    • A Daniel fast
    • A “Read the Entire Bible in a Year” reading plan.

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2018 will be like….a trampoline?

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Jumping into 2018

Nothing gets you to “turn the page” quite like a new year! A new year, new goals, and….a new catchphrase?

When the new year rolls around, a handful of church leaders feel the need to make declarations on what God is saying for the new year (as if it might differ from a month ago) and it usually sounds like this: 

  • 2004, the year of more!”
  • 2006, God is gonna fix….what was broken last year.”
  • 2007, seven is the number of completion….God is going to complete some things in your life!”
  • 2010, get ready to see God’s hand!”
  • 2014….2+0+1+4 = 7 = Seven is the number of completion…God is going to complete some things in your life!”

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Grace? What is it good for?!?!

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No, this vlog post isn’t me singing a new Edwin Starr song, but a thought and discussion on John 1:16. What are the implications of God’s grace? How does it affect us and do we overcomplicate this? I talk about these questions and more in this video, which I initially broadcasted via facebook live.

Link to the facebook live video
Link to the prior FB live video which I reference

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Please share this post and also share your thoughts in the comments below!! 

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“I Feel God in This Chili’s!”

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Why Hearing God’s Voice Shouldn’t Be A Foreign Concept.

I love the NBC show, The Office! So many laughs, so many awkward Michael Scott moments and so many one-liners! One of my favorite Office moments comes from Pam Beesley. At the company award ceremony hosted at Chili’s, Pam wins the “whitest sneakers award”. Upon receiving the award, Pam, who is slightly inebriated at the time, gives thanks to God for her award and then utters “I feel God in this Chili’s”.

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…which prompts this classic Jim look:home-img

 I totally understand why Jim gave Pam that look, but that look stuck with me. Why? Well, many Christians give the “Jim” look when they hear a fellow believer say that they’ve heard from God, especially if that person isn’t in vocational ministry. I understand a non-believer doubting that God speaks to people, but why would a Christian have a hard time believing that? Jesus made it clear: If you are one of His followers, you can hear His voice. 

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One BIG reason we don’t share Jesus with others….

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This week, I had an unexpected, yet awesome opportunity to pray for a deaf man’s ears to open while at Starbucks (all while waiting for my iced coffee!) I share the whole story in the video above. 

This week, I had an unexpected, yet awesome opportunity to pray for a deaf man’s ears to open while at Starbucks (all while waiting for my iced coffee!) I share the whole story in the video above. 

Afterward, as I was driving home, I realized one BIG reason we don’t share Jesus with others! I immediately went on Facebook Live to share this with my facebook friends and the Facebook community! I hope this video will encourage you in sharing your faith!

If this video has encouraged you, please share this using the links below! I’d also love to hear from you! What holds you back from sharing Jesus with others? Comment in the box below and let’s continue this conversation

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