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    I Can’t Do This!

    Some of the best moments in my ministry have come when I have come to the end of my own capabilities and was forced to rely on God. I remember on more than one occasion getting up to preach and really feeling like I wasn’t prepared. Sure I had studied and had an outline, but I just didn’t feel like I was ready to stand up in front of those people. In that brief moment I did not know what I was going to say. In those moments I pray; “God, I have done all I can. Now I need you to do the rest.” Have you ever gotten to…

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    JFK: Garbage In, Garbage Out

    I am a really big believer in the idea of “garbage in, garbage out.” This means that whatever you put into your brain or your heart is what will come out of it. Turns out that Jesus also believed this. How do I know? Well, because He said so: “The good man brings good things out of the good stored in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks”  Luke 6:45 That’s great! What does it mean? Well, it means that the things we store in our mind and heart will…

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    Waiting on God

    There come times in the lives of believers when we find ourselves waiting on God. Sometimes this can be waiting on God to rescue us. Other times it is waiting on God to lead us to the next season of our lives. In either case there are two postures that we chose from when we approach a time of waiting. The Bus Stop: This approach to waiting on God leaves us sitting and waiting, as one waits for a bus. It involves no action or work. This approach assumes that the work will begin once we have heard from God, when the bus arrives. Much like a person in a…

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    Just Do Something

    Ok, I know that this seems awfully close to the slogan for a popular brand of athletic shoes, but hey they may be onto something.  Maybe I’m the only one that has this problem, but sometimes I have a tendency to wait until everything is in place before we start something new. Let me tell you about how this once played out in my ministry. For a couple years I felt a burden to start small groups within our children’s ministry. For two years I was determined to launch this exciting new thing. Well, in each case I would work on it over the summer, but then when it came time…

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    Setting Goals For Jesus – Jesus

    All week I have been looking at Luke 5:17-26. Each day I have looked at a differs people involved in this story. You can use the links at the bottom of this post to access all of the posts in this series. Today I want to look at Jesus himself. In this passage we find Jesus teaching in a house. Imagine how this must have gone down from his perspective. Right in the middle of his message debris starts falling from the ceiling. As the falling debris grows heavier the suddenly develops a hole in the roof. Shortly after a man is lowered down right in front of Jesus, WHILE HE…