Gospel Things

“As a pastor, I constantly pray and engage the people of the Village Church to keep what is “of first importance” at the center of their thinking, in both their justification and their sanctification. Over the years, I have become painfully aware that people tend to drift away from the gospel soon after their conversion and begin to try their hand at sanctification. In other words, they operate as if the gospel saves them but doesn’t play a role in sanctifying them. In the end, people become exhausted and miss out on the joy of knowing and walking with the Spirit of God. They miss out on intimacy with Jesus.”

Matt Chandler

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This Pastor’s Prayer

I have never posted a prayer. I am not sure if I will ever do so again….I don’t do so to in any way impress anyone… I don’t think I am impressive nor are my prayers!!  Prayer that seeks to show off and impress is not really prayer at all.

But, prayer IS…. revealing. It exposes you, shows your heart, and what makes you tick. With that in mind, the below is raw and unedited….I am not trying to be grammatically correct or polished. It is just…. me sharing with you my prayer as a pastor. And so, I make myself vulnerable and invite you to read my journal and prayer to God one morning last week.

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Time Flies!

Stopwatch

Time, where does it go? Is it just me or does time seem to move increasingly faster the older you get?!? You know the saying…. time flies when you are having fun. But, doesn’t time fly even when you aren’t having fun? Recently, I have been considering some things related to time. Challenging myself about the use of time, and considering God who created time and is beyond time.

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“Silence In The Face Of Evil Is Itself Evil”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said:

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

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Reformation Day

Fall pumpkins

 

Trick or Treat. It is that time of year. Fall, pumpkins, costumes, and….of course candy!

I live in the wonderful state of Florida. Fall in Florida means there’s a little less humidity, an occasional cool breeze, and plenty of mosquitos to smack while we gather candy on October 31st. Ooooh the fondness of Fall memories growing up in Florida!

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Politics and… Please, Get Me Off This Ride!

clinton-vs-trump

Photos: Getty Images & ShutterStock , Illustration: Dillen Phelps

Do you remember the days of getting on that roller coaster ride and as it started to crank you up, up, up… You know that feeling you get in your stomach as the old wooden roller coaster clicks you up and the people below seem to be shrinking in size?  You began to think and maybe even said out loudRoller Coaster“Get me off this thing!!” Well, that describes this political season we find ourselves in as Americans. That moment you think, “can it get any worse”?…. And, sadly, it somehow does continue to grow worse. And, unfortunately, I fully expect the worst is yet to come.  :-)

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A Theology Of Hurricanes

Hurricane Matthew

I live in Brevard County. Last week, Hurricane Matthew, a giant storm with a powerful category 4 eye, was aimed directly towards us here in east central Florida. Sadly, this same hurricane took the lives of 1,000

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15 Things That Self – Atonement Says

Bridge

I “know” the gospel. I know it factually. And while that may be good (we need to know the gospel) I realize I often do not live in the good of the gospel. I regularly do not “own” it. Whenever, I find myself seeking to self-atone (seeking to earn God’s favor and salvation), I have lost my way from the truths of the gospel. Don’t misunderstand. I believe in “effort”!  Paul said to the Ephesians that we were saved “for good works.”

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I Want To Know What Love Is….

Love Bridge

Pictured above is the Paris – “Love Bridge”.  While I have walked this bridge with my wife, we never “locked” in our love.  The bridge is actually called the Pont des Arts.  Pictures do not do it justice! The Love bridgebridge is famous due to the endless padlocks placed there by lovers. Lock in your love and then throw the keys into the Seine river.  Romantic right?  And, in Paris no less!

The problem is that the guardrail of the bridge was not designed to hold all that extra weight.  The government and local Parisians have been asking tourists to stop locking in their love.  It is ruining their bridge!  The “Love Bridge” is collapsing under the weight of…. “Love”.

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The Latest News You Didn’t Hear

Newspaper

 

I have been unable to blog these past few weeks. I hope to explain why in my next post.  For now, a post from Acts 4.

Recently, Orlando’s news included the needless shooting death of Christina Grimmie.  Christiana was, by everyone’s estimation, set to become the next vocal superstar.  Then, roughly twenty-four hours after Grimmie’s death, a gunman walked into the Pulse Nightclub and ended the lives of 49 people.  Then, a few days later, a mother and a father were lounging on a beach while their two-year old son played in a mere foot of water when an alligator attacked and killed him.  Unthinkable – Tragedy!

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1st World Problems

India Train
Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

The ice maker has not been working at my house for quite a while now.  First, the ice dispenser broke, so the ice no longer fell conveniently into my glass.  What a hassle! I had to OPEN the freezer door and grab ice with my hand!  Well, horrors of horrors; what followed next was the ice maker died a slow death.

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