Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dear Hub City Church Family

Dear Hub City Family,

I need to apologize. Unintentionally, I've been encouraging you to take the easy way out of something that you need to do. I'm sorry for encouraging you to invite your friends and family to Hub City Church.

Do I want your friends to come to Hub City? Sure I do. I think we've got something worth being a part of. I think more people need to be a part of our church family.

But more than coming to Hub City I want your friends to know Jesus. And I want you to be the one to share Jesus with them.

Some of you almost peed on yourself. But it's true. God has put those friends in your life because he wants you to tell them about him. I'd hate to rob you of that opportunity. I'd hate for you to miss out on something that God put you on this planet to do.

You have a mission to bring Jesus to your world. Go for it. You've got Jesus. Your friends need Jesus. It's a match made in heaven... literally.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What I learned from the rain

I went prayer walking in the rain this morning. For some reason the rain reminds me of God, his provision, his Spirit and our need. But I had another thought about the rain.

I can't control the weather. I can only respond to whatever mother-nature sends my way.

It's the same way with God. I can't control God. I can only respond to his movement, his Word, his leading.

Unfortunately I think we get that backwards a lot of times. We try to control God and get him to respond to us. That's as stupid as trying to control the weather.

Our job should be to learn how to listen and respond to the God who does whatever he pleases.

For some reason I think we'd all be a lot happier if we lived in the awareness of this truth. I know I am.

Monday, February 13, 2012

How to get along in 5 words week 1

Seeing Miracles

I've always been a little bit jealous of the people that we read about in the Gospels and in the book of Acts. They had the privilege of seeing some amazing supernatural stuff. We read over and over that they were filled with awe and wonder.

I've been filled with awe and wonder lately.

Over the past couple of weeks I've seen God do some miracles. Now, let me be clear. I don't use that word lightly. I don't think I've ever used that word before now. But I've seen some things that can only be described as miracles over the past two weeks.

It's not that I think God wasn't doing anything miraculous before now. But for me, two things are different. I've been praying for miracles. I've been asking God to move in a way that only he can get credit for. And, I've been looking for miracles. I've been looking for God to move in a supernatural way.

I don't want to miss out on the miracles that God is doing on a daily basis. I don't want you to miss out either.

God still does miracles. May he leave us in awe and wonder as we experience his supernatural activity in our lives.

A resource that has been extremely influential for me has been Mark Batterson's book The Circle Maker. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

How to get along in 5 words

Be honest: There are people in your life that you don't like. You may not even like me! But if you are a Christian then you are called to a different standard in your relationships with the people that God has brought into your life. You need to figure out how to get along. That's what we'll start talking about this coming Sunday at Hub City.

Friday, February 03, 2012

What I've been listening you and why you should listed to it too

I have been listening to a ton of sermon podcasts this week. It has been so good and God has used each one in my life in ways that I can't quite put into words. I wanted to pass them along because I think they are worth your time as well.

Now, what I would recommend, is you going to iTunes and downloading the podcasts, but you can also search for them online.

Rick Warren's sermon: Why Can I Trust the Bible? Everyone needs to listen to this.

Mark Batterson's series on The Circle Maker. Search National Community Church. First sermon is called the Genealogy of Prayer. This series, along with the book (The Circle Maker) is revolutionizing my prayer life right now.

Finally, Mark Driscoll's series called Real Marriage. Search Mars Hill Church - Mark Driscoll. Every married, engaged, and single person needs to listed to this series. I've heard the first three sermons and had Liz listen to them. They are so powerful.

So, stop reading this post and start searching for those sermons and listen and learn. God has something he wants to say to you.