great email that came this morning.
been thinking a lot and found that much delay in the church is caused by this phenomena..
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.—2 Timothy 4:3-4
Every one who has come to the years of responsibility seems to have gone on the defensive. Even some of you who have known me for years are surely on the defensive—you have your guard up all the time!
I know that you are not afraid of me, but you are afraid, nevertheless, of what I am going to say. Probably every faithful preacher today is fencing with masters as he faces his congregation. The guard is always up. The quick parry is always ready.
It is very hard for me to accept the fact that it is now very rare for anyone to come into the house of God with guard completely down, head bowed and with the silent confession: “Dear Lord, I am ready and willing to hear what You will speak to my heart today!”
We have become so learned and so worldly and so sophisticated and so biased and so bored and so religiously tired that the clouds of glory seem to have gone from us.
"Lord, quiet my own heart before You and give me that humble spirit of listening. Whenever I come before You (including this morning!), may it be with my ‘guard completely down, head bowed…. ready and willing to hear what You will speak to my heart today.’ Amen."
Christ the Eternal Son, 108-109.
i miss the simplicity of only playing electric guitar during worship without overseeing and leading the whole team.
less responsibility for figuring out what the rest of the band is playing.
less responsibility for the spirituality of the praise team.
less responsibility for technicalities and sound.
God, let me love You, love Your worship; love Your people.
i don’t care what I do, as long as i’m loving You.
‘See your beauty
without a compliment
or a mirror.’ — 'Blind' by Della Hicks-Wilson (via fourbeans)
just because i have a lot of clothes doesn’t mean i’m a hoarder.
i’m saving them just in case i lose weight and can fit again..
If I try to pastor a church, be an excellent student, work part time, while attempting to maintain strong consistent relationships with 50-100 people… it’s gonna be a hard but glorious time of desperately needing God to save me from trials, from people, and; from myself.
And all the while, haters inside and out. Lord, turn us into lovers of Christ.
today marked my 1st full year at Immanuel. and it was the hardest Sunday thus far emotionally spiritually relationally physically..
gonna be a good 2nd year, thank You for the 1st.
and 195 countries I have not visited.
Yet I am stuck in this insignificant town,
Being pressured into making decisions about my future,
When I barely even know who I am. — Unknown (via psych-facts)
We are not designed to experience everything but to do everything we can to make most of our experience.
caring for people will screw you over.
despite good intentions, betrayal is sure to come.
and the last time this happened with most pure intentions, ended up with the worst reaction possible.
now, we worship God for allowing the most unfair injustice that has ever happened.
Because, God so loved; He gave. Not to condemn, but to save.