When Daddy Comin?

For the past two weeks, I have been home with my family celebrating our new arrival! Since there is only so much I can do for our new baby, most of my time was spent playing with and taking Read more

Angel Tree

When I was a child, my family fully embraced the traditions of Christmas. We decorated our home with the most cherished ornaments, lights, and bows. We handmade or purchased gifts with much thought about the receiver. We made plans Read more

Begin with Jesus

The autobiography of G. Stanley Jones is titled A Song of Ascent, and it’s considered to be a spiritual classic. Jones was a great man: a missionary to India, a friend to Gandhi, a tireless world traveler, and a Read more

Weeds

Have you ever been responsible for a task you didn’t particularly enjoy? Perhaps you can relate to one homemaker who developed a unique perspective on some of her less enjoyable household duties. She said: I don't do windows because I Read more

New Each Day

Patrick Henry, whose primary contribution to the history books is the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death," made another memorable statement. He said, "I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." Repeat this before Read more

Comfort Zone

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Read This: Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool.  For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9)

Think: Who doesn’t love to be comfortable? We devote our time, money, and energy keeping it that way. If it’s hot in the summer I turn on the AC. If it’s cold in the winter I crank up the heat, lest I begin to feel uncomfortable.  My closest friends tend to be those I feel the most comfortable around. And there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable—the problem is when we become too comfortable. God didn’t create us just to be comfortable. He calls us to live for something much bigger.

Relationships are the hardest area for me to be stretched in. It’s easy to get so caught up with my circle of friends that I don’t make room for anyone new.  Maybe I had an opportunity to share God’s love with someone struggling with loneliness, or maybe it was a chance for me to be challenged by a fresh perspective and new insight. If I don’t connect with a person right away, it’s easy to move on without noticing that person’s needs or thinking of how I can minister in that situation. My instinct isn’t always to have a new family at church over for dinner or call up an old friend I’ve lost touch with just to say hi, but maybe it should be. Life’s not about what’s easy and comfortable for me.

Read the rest of this devotional on The Skit Guys’ blog.

Church of Frankenstein

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I heard someone at church recently say, “It’s good to see the body of Christ together this morning!”  The statement was followed by a number of “amens” from those who where there.  I was disturbed by the visual of a body scattered in pieces all over town.  I’m not a doctor but I know that a hand away from the arm can’t function properly or survive very long.  And yet, this is what we have done to the concept of church.  If we think that the body of Christ coming together means going to church we are sadly mistaken.  You see, the Body of Christ should ALWAYS be together, because togetherness has nothing to do with proximity.  Look at what Paul writes…

1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (The Message)

The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.  You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this.”

The danger with our current thinking is that a monster is created when on the weekend you throw a bunch of parts together, and then add a bit of singing and preaching to “electrify” this body.  Many times the result is scary.  Welcome to the Church of Frankenstein.

No Other Name | Let It Start With Me

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