I was watching an instructional video earlier this week and here’s a soundbite, “The past is like a foreign country, they do things differently there.” – Ben Witherington III I’ve been thinking about this for a while now that reading the Old Testament is kind of like watching a foreign film. It’s kind of the same thing like from the… Read more →
So I just started a fast. This time not around food but frameworks. Odd, but I’m talking about the story plots I carry around with me in my head. I thought I’d take some time to clean out some of the story lines. You know what I mean. Just ask what the story line for an action movie is, a… Read more →
I just read this great article by Michael Hyatt “The Difference a Little Extra Effort Makes” He introduces a new book that tells you about going the extra little bit. At 212 degrees water boils and can power machines. Get your life from 211 degrees to 212, make the extra effort. Super. But how do you get to 211 degrees?… Read more →
I was surprised by what I read today in Matthew’s Gospel. It was it near the end of chapter 2. The five versus basically go like this, Herod, who wanted to kill Jesus for fear that Jesus would replace him as king, died. Joseph, who took the family to Egypt, is told the good news of Herod’s death and told… Read more →
A new guy at church comes up to the pastor and says, “Pastor Jim, what can I do…” the pastor stops him and says, “Just call me Jim. If you call me Pastor Jim then I have to call you Parishioner Pete. Sounds odd so let’s skip it.” Grady Shuman told me that and I laughed. Then I came across… Read more →
“Woe to you…for you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you…for you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte (convert), and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves” (Matthew… Read more →
A friend of mine, Phil Kingsley, passed this video on to me. Pretty great! I love the way it focuses on helping people follow Jesus instead of making programs, meetings and such for a church. Thought you might enjoy it too. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/24570032].
These are great emotions to pray with. Pray with Boldness [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEXVoxuWNkQ&w=640&h=385] Pray with Intensity! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GwEH-DGjdk&w=640&h=385] Pray in Abandon. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLBh3timAPc&w=640&h=385] Pray with Freedom [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NXbUyUAwHA&w=640&h=385].
We in Europe and the West are experts at beauty, innocents and purity. Many countries and continents are. We who live there also allow those virtues to become corrupted. Stop the trend, do something about it. Embrace true beauty today. Delight in innocents. Celebrate the joy of purity. Influence those around you today to do the same. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ACVtfCkgvY&w=640&h=385] .
It comes from a song by Larry Norman: ” walking backwards down the stairs trying to get higher how can i get anywhere walking backwards down the stairs watching life elude me slipping through my grasp oh i know the truth at last but to reach the top i’ve got to stop from walking backwards down the stairs trying to… Read more →