• Pursuing Your Calling

    Pursuing Your Calling: “Come, follow me, and…”

    Matthew 4:18-20 “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” Here we read about Jesus calling his first disciples. There is much to be learned from this passage. However, for today I simply want to look at the actual call of Christ. “Follow me” – Jesus did not give these men a whole list of instructions. Instead he chose to simply invite/instruct them to follow.…

  • ** Reviewed,  Christian Living,  Leadership

    Cutting Off Ears For Jesus

    God has a plan for your life. For those of us in ministry He also has a plan for our ministry. If we’re not careful we may find ourselves getting in the way of This plan. We may find ourselves cutting of ears for Jesus. Where does this idea of cutting off ears for Jesus come from. I mean this sounds like such a strange idea. You may be thinking, “I would never do such a thing.” You may even be thinking, “that’s just gross where is Matt going with this?” Well just indulge me a little. You see, God has revealed to me that I have spent the last…

  • ** Reviewed,  Christian Living

    Daily Devotion: Seek Ye First

    Matthew 6: 33 “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”   Seek   Merrium-Webster has several definitions that it using to describe the word SEEK. One of them states, “to try to acquire.” To try to acquire something indicates that it is something we don’t have. This verse tells us that we are to try to acquire the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This makes it clear that WE DON’T HAVE IT. This is not to say that are to try to TAKE God’s kingdom from Him. Satan already tried that and got kicked out of heaven. Rather…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry,  Miscellaneous

    How I Almost Got Arrested at #CPC13

    Let me start by saying that me, Ron Brooks and Justin Brooks had almost as much fun in the car commuting back and forth as we did at the conference. Besides a long list of wrong and missed turns, all by the guy who lives in the area, there was the adventure of almost getting arrested.   That’s right, we came closer to getting arrested than I ever have. I could see the headlines already, 3 Children’s Pastors Arrested for Auto Theft, or maybe, 3 Children’s Pastors Flee Police in Stolen Car. Ok, maybe not the second one, but I was definately thinking the first one.   So, how did…

  • ** Reviewed,  Orange

    Lessons from #CPC13: Is Your Ministry an Idol?

    “Cast Down Our Idols”   As promised I am going to share some of the lessons I learned from CPC 2013. This was my first CPC so I can’t say how it compared to previous years, but I can say that it was awesome and that God really used it to speak to me.   On Friday night while worshiping after the last speaker of the day we sang the song “Give Us Clean Hands”. The lyrics going into the chorus read like this:   We turn our eyes From evil things Oh Lord we cast down our idols.   This is the moment that God chose to speak to…