Archive / September, 2011

I Will Follow You

Opening Thoughts: Tonight we wrap up Luke chapter 9. One of the common threads throughout the Gospel of Luke is Jesus emphasizing what it really means to follow Him. This very day and throughout history the church has been filled with people that are both true disciples and false disciples. What I mean by true disciples is people that God has made a commitment to, not the other way around. We humans make so many commitments that we never follow through on. In fact many times we say things to people that we never even intend to get around to. Take for instance the phrase, “We should hang out sometime”. Now you likely have said that to someone or had it said to you, and you may or may not have actually intended to ever follow through with it. Or maybe you have said “I’ll give you a call”, can […]

Face Like a Flint

Opening thoughts: Okay, so I started reading tonight in Luke a continuation from last night, and right off the bat I was struck between the eyes with something really HARD .. a FLINT. If you don’t know what a flint it is a type of rock that is measured at 7 out of 10 on the “Mohs scale of mineral hardness” It’s very hard, therefore has been used as ancient tools, lighting gun powder etc. If you were able to wear a suit that was made entirely out of flint into battle, and still be able to move … nothing could penetrate you. What if our faces were made of flint?? Just a thought … This is where we transition into tonight’s continued study on Luke chapter 9. Scripture: Luke 9:51-56 ESV A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus: [51] When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he […]

Are you Expecting?

As of today I am 33 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I’m sorry to say I had to actually look at a calendar and figure out what week I was on to provide that information for you. We are expecting our third child, and while our excitement and love for him or her is equal to that of our first two children we are just too busy to count down the days until “the Big Day” as we did for the others. Besides, as many of you know who have children already, rarely does the precious package arrive on “the Big Day”. For most of us, we know that baby arrives precisely when he or she is ready and not a moment too soon. A few days before “the Big Day” (sometimes a few weeks before) expectant parents eagerly wait for any sign of labor. I remember with my first […]

Is Jesus Your Glass of Water?

Glass of Water

Opening thoughts: As I was reading this passage in Luke a couple things struck me. The first thing that really hit me was when Jesus says the words “Let these words sink into your ears” it’s likely something you should stop and think about. When I read it, the first thing I thought was “okay, you have my attention”.  Jesus puts a lot of emphasis on ears in the Gospels. “You who have ears” or “I say to you who hear” and “Be careful how you hear” and now He says “Let these words sink into your ears”. Jesus clearly wants us to pay attention. Selective Hearing: Our son Max has a bit of a problem with his ears, or should I say he has selective hearing, in other words, he hears what he wants to. We often tell him something and he will respond “Okay daddy”, then I will […]

180Movie.com – 180 Movie – Prochoice to Prolife

Opening thoughts: I have recently become involved in a project with the Living Waters team. This is something that I am both excited about and passionate about. Ray Comfort and the Living waters ministry has had an immense impact on my life over the past couple years. Through their ministry God has cleared away the fog from my eyes, over 32 years of being a blind to my sin, loving it and excusing it. God does not tolerate sin in the least, even to the smallest infraction of His Law He will carry out justice.  I am forever grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that God drew me, overcame my blindness and saved me. My response is to tell everyone of the good news of Jesus. Pro-life Movie: 180Movie.com is a current project that Living Waters has just completed. Through this movie their goal is to save the lives […]

Flabbergasted by God!

Opening Thoughts: I love spending time in the Bible, then writing my thoughts out here. Last night I joined the disciples in being “Flabbergasted by God” when I read Luke 9:43…. Yup, you heard me! One verse in which I spent about an hour dissecting. When I first started studying scripture a few years ago, I would blast through a chapter thinking that I needed to at least cover that much in order to feel like I was actually reading something. The reality wast, that most times I could hardly put two thoughts together from what I just read because there was simply to much said there. Often times our little daughter Sarah will pack her mouth so full that it is impossible for her to chew, she will then begin to spit it all out and  and then refuse to eat at all.  This is what it’s often like […]

Help My Unbelief

Luke 9

Luke 9:37-43 Opening thoughts: I have learned a lot over the past couple years. A couple years ago God showed me that I wasn’t genuinely saved and I was a slave to sin, through this dramatic encounter with God I was saved in seconds what I was trying to accomplish in human effort for 32 years. In a moment of time Jesus set me free from sin and set me on a new course, since that day all I’ve wanted to do is be with Him, lead my family and walk in the light. Through it all I have recognized that there is not a stitch of power in me whatsoever, without Him I am nothing. Living a Christian life is not something that can be taught, it’s something that takes place outside of your control….. And all it takes is this phrase “I believe, but help my unbelief”. Scripture: […]