Kids and Truth

I have the wonderful opportunity to teach kids on a weekly basis. I desire to teach them truths about God each and every time that I get the chance. I often remember how my faith has grown over my life. I continually think what are some things that I wish that I had known about God when I was 6-13 years old.

A couple that I have come up with are these:

  • God is not angry with me.
  • God wants the best for my life
  • God loves me more than I love myself.

If we could get a generation of kids to understand these three truths about God, I think it would do wonders for their entire lives. Imagine grasping the truth that God is not angry with you at age 10 and living your entire life with that truth in tow.

So with that said, what are some truths that you wish you had known as a kid about God?

Advertisements

Leadership Development

We are knee deep in some leadership development right now:

  • Disciple the Discipler
  • Revolutionizing Recruiting
  • Growth in Groups
  • Investing Volunteers

Needless to say that God is really pushing me in areas right now. For a 22 year old guy, God is really pushing my spiritual leadership learning curve forward at a fast rate. It’s really exciting and really stressful at the same time.

I wanted to know from you guys what is the number one leadership idea that you have learned over your lifetime. Anything I want to know what it is.

Wednesday Wisdom: Get it together!

I have read so many blogs the past few weeks on crossing denominational lines to reach your community, to “Be the church” (the body of God united through the common bond of Christ working to accomplish God’s will in a united effort), and New Year’s Resolution.

This really isn’t a change your life post or anything like that but I want to give you something to pray about. Here are some links to some blogs to let you see what I have been absorbing:

Steven Furtick

Pete Wilson

LifeChurch1

LifeChurch2

I know that these links will take a while to read all of the blog entries but I am sincerely asking you to.

Here is where I feel God is speaking to me.

Why in the world can’t Christians get it together. We fight for a united cause. When I read Colossians this past week, It was a letter to a church that was so caught up in ceremonial law that they weren’t experiencing the life in Christ that they should. They are more worried about what they believe and how much they know (not to say this isn’t extremely important, just priorities) rather than their life reflecting the life of their Savior. Here is what I want to say to you all if you don’t have your prayer life too full. Pray that God raises up someone who can unite denominations, unite Christians, followers of Christ, redeemed believers in a movement of God to rise up and minister to the World. The tools and abilities are out there. We need a community of God and a Team put together by God to start it.

Time to pray. God wants to change this world. And He wants his people to give everything up that they feel they need (wants) and to get attached to a movement of God. I pray that it starts soon!

Election Thoughts

So much to talk about but most of my thoughts were summed up in a post by Lanny Donoho. He wrote what I have been pondering over the last few years. I believe that there is an incredible sense of fear and anger in alot of people. I am soooo glad this election is over. I am so very glad that the campaigning, the political arguments, and last but not least the hateful feelings are subdued for awhile.

Pray for our Prez. Know that God is in control of everything. He always has and He always will. God did not give us a spirit of fear. One thing I would love your thoughts on: How can we make voting easier? I figure that an online election is not very far in the future. I figure just like with the FAFSA you could everyone a PIN and let them vote online. Talk about a time saver! Anyway just thought I would add my cents to the talk.

Wednesday Wisdom

So I have been playing basketball for the last two weeks and have been loving it. I absolutely love basketball. The running the athleticism. The constant thinking and improv on the run. You must continue to think and change and be flexible. The experience of basketball for me is incredible. I just love being on the court in the middle of the action. I hate to sit on the bench. Absolutely hate it. I hate sitting on the bench more than losing. Now in no way am I gifted at basketball but I absolutely want to be out there in the middle of the action.

My question is how can people sit on the bench in life? How can people not really live life? Not spend time with those they love, not do something they enjoy everyday, and really make knowing and connecting with others a priority in their life. How can people come to church everyweek and not serve a God that has given them so much? This isn’t a guilt trip post, but instead a post about how in the world could they miss the blessings from serving. Here are some things that I have experienced from being in the game:

  • A student ministry grow from about 50 to 200 in less than a year.
  • Countless number of people give their life to Christ.
  • Volunteers leave their home and jobs to follow God’s plan.
  • I followed God on a journey to SC with no job.
  • God gave me a job at a church working with kids.
  • Seeing 300 kids praise God like I have never imagined at the same time.
  • Seeing my boss slimed with over 40 gallons of slime.
  • Being in a long distance relationship with a girl that followed God to Argentina for a year for Bible School.
  • Been on a mission trip to Argentina.
  • Strengthened relationships with my family.
  • Real friends that have my back and my front and the sides as well.
  • Love-true love
  • God’s blessings everywhere.

Would some of these things happen not being in the game… maybe. But why in the world would you chance it? If you aren’t in the middle of God’s work right now. I am praying that if you read this blog you will get in on it immediately. It’s time to step up to the plate and do what God has called you to do.

And if you want to live your life by something it should be this verse.

Matthew 22:37-39

I would love to hear some stories from you getting in the game of service for God.

Question?

I want to pose a question and I would love to have your opinion.

What spiritual consequences do my choices have?

Things to consider when answering:

As a christian, our salvation rests solely upon the gift of Jesus Christ…where do your choices fit in?

Discuss and respond.

Beach wisdom

So this past weekend I was at Folly Beach in Charleston, SC. I was walking on the beach the other day basically just thinking and relaxing.

As I’m walking I’m seeing all the shells. Thousands of shells. Every one different, every one altered by its journey through the surf. Thousands of shells affected by the tide differently. It made me think of life and how every one is broken. Every one is hurting. And yet there are people like me that come by and walk over the top of the shells enjoying the crack as I run across the beach.

But there are others like my mom who love shells. They pick them up and take them home. They wash them and prepare to show them in some way. Then I thought about how Christ picks us up and does the same. He cares for us. He sees our brokeness and knows that the brokeness is unique for each person, yet undeniably feels the pain of each one. He cares for us so much that He put to death His Son. And I am thinking how completely unworthy I am of his care. How completely undeserving I am just a little piece of all the shells on the shore.

I love the beach…