Thursday, April 17, 2014

Trouble believing in the resurrection?

There are a lot of people in the world that have trouble believing in the resurrection of Jesus. I get that. Believing that someone rose from the dead sounds like some X-Files' conspiracy.

What's interesting is that Jesus' closest friends and followers had trouble believing that he had risen.

That's what we'll be talking about Sunday at Hub City Church. If you're in the Spartanburg area and don't have a church, then we'd love for you to be our guest.

We meet at Spartan 16 Movie Theater (behind the mall) at 9 and 10:30. No fancy Easter clothes are required. Come as you are.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Don't miss Easter

This week and next week are extremely busy for my family. If you know me at all then you know that I value simplicity over busyness. But there are times when busyness seems to win out. This is one of those times for my family.

On top of all that we have going on, Easter is this Sunday. 

Easter's a big day for those of us who are Christians. 

But as I was getting dressed this morning I realized that I'm allowing the busyness of these two weeks distract me from Easter.

That would be a tragedy. 

So I've come up with a couple of ideas to refocus myself and my family on Easter in the midst of this busy time. I thought I'd share because I know many of you are in the same busy boat.

Thursday - My family is going to read the story of the last supper and celebrate communion together. Never done this before as a family.

Friday - Read the crucifixion story. 

Saturday - Work outside in the yard and garden. This recalibrates my spirit.

Sunday - After celebrating Easter at Hub City we'll reread the resurrection story together as a family.

I know. There's nothing profound here, but there is intentionality. I want to be intentional about not missing Easter. I think you should too.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Welcome to priesthood

Did you know that you are a priest? Wait, let me restate that. If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, then you are a priest.

Look at what Peter writes:
For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
I read something really cool about this whole idea this past week from Bill Hybels book Volunteer Revolution. He says that we become priests to one another, and then he says:
And what does a faithful priest do for his people? Prays for them. Encourages them. Watches over them. Confronts them. Grieves with those who grieve. Rejoices with those who rejoice. As a result, the people feel loved, nurtured, secure, and blessed.
And then he concludes by saying:
Imagine a community in which every member takes his or her priesthood as seriously as did the priest of the Old Testament. A community like that would turn the world upside down!
That's the kind of community I want to be a part of! Let's turn the world upside down!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Miracles


This Sunday we're seeing what we learn about Jesus from his miracles. All of us want to see a miracle, some of us want to experience a miracle, many of us are skeptical when it comes to miracles. We're just like the crowds that followed Jesus around in the first century. But Jesus' miracles teach us something very important about him. Find out what on Sunday. 9 and 10:30 AM. Spartan 16 Movie Theater.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Own your own growth

I am of the belief that each person is responsible for his or her own spiritual growth. Now, that doesn't mean that we can grow spiritually solo or all alone. We can't. We need the Church. We need one another. But someone else can't grow us. We have to own our own growth.

I came across a series of questions in a book (Simply Strategic Volunteers by Morgan and Stevens I just finished that are great self-assesment questions. I'll paraphrase them here.

  • Worship: Am I exhibiting a life devoted to God? Am I participating regularly in a corporate expression of worship? 
  • Fellowship: Am I connected in growing, healthy relationships? Have I identified myself with a local church congregation? 
  • Maturity: Am I taking the next step I'm supposed to take? Is there evidence of growth in my life? If so, what?
  • Evangelism: Do I continually build relationships with the unchurched? Am I inviting and including others who aren't like me in my life? 
  • Ministry: Have I discovered how God has wired me? Am I making a difference in other people's lives? Am I doing this in relationship with others?
When it comes to your spiritual growth you need to own it. These question may help in letting you know if you are taking ownership of your own growth.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I want a spaghetti plant

Monday, March 31, 2014

Complainers

Part of my Bible reading plan currently has me going through the book of Numbers. I highly encourage everybody to have a Bible reading plan, even if you don't believe the Bible...But that's another post.

All of the Old Testament is fascinating. If it were made into a movie I am sure it would be rated R... maybe NC-17. But right now I'm in Numbers. There is such great content in the book of Numbers. God spoke to me the other day through the chapter on Korah's Rebellion. You should check it out.

But almost every time I've done my Bible reading the past few days a reoccurring theme is jumping off the page.

The Israelites are wandering around in the desert. God is leading them. God is feeding them. God is protecting them. God is being gracious to them. 

But over and over again we find them complaining, either against God or against Moses. They complain all the time. 

And over and over again God disciplines them for their complaints. He sends plagues. He sends snakes (which would immediately cure me). He sends a giant sink hole. 

The point being: God, who is slow to anger and abounding in love, gets fed up with constant complaining and takes action to stop it.

Makes me think twice about complaining. Doesn't it you?

We live in a culture where complaining is one of our national pastimes. Some of us hold advance degrees in complaining. 

It's good to remind ourselves that complaining is offensive to God. Contentment, however, is pleasing to him.

Let's be content people, not complainers.