Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thirst...

John 4:13-14 “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

How much time do we spend chasing after things that will never satisfy?

  • If I could make more money...
  • If I could have more relationships...
  • If I was more successful in my career...
  • If I could have a nicer home...
The problem is that once we attain these things that we spend so much time chasing we realize they don't satisfy; therefore we must have more and more and more.

It's like the Oasis in the desert that we can never quite get to. It's like the field goal post that we keep chasing after, but every time we get close to it the post moves a little bit further away.

If you keep 'drinking this water' you will have to come back tomorrow, and then you will have to come back the next day. 

BUT, if you spend your life pursuing Jesus Christ you will find the satisfaction that you long for. 

Only Jesus can fill the void in your life, only Jesus can give you the purpose worth living for. 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What are you Chasing after?


What kind of response to the news of Christ would be a proper response?

David says the following in Psalm 63:
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

This is a yearning from his depths.

There is in these lines—if you’ll understand the sense of the words—a violence, a lust. With an active, soul-deep desperation, David is crying out, “God, I’ve got to have You.” This sense continues:

So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips. (vv. 2–5)

For David, God is not some distant grandfather type or some idea to noodle around with intellectually. God is all-consuming.

When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (vv. 6–8)

I am fearful that, in general, modern evangelicalism has become uncomfortable with this sense of all-consuming passion for God.

We love the feelings in a worship experience, but David was not pursuing experiences—he was pursuing God.

And so when David says in Psalm 42:1–2, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God,”

We turn it into something tacky, by making it cute and putting it under a picture of a deer on a T-shirt or coffee mug.

But it’s not cute. David is in pain. He’s crying, “Why can’t I get there? Why can’t I get more of You?”

He does it again in Psalm 27:4: “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”

Is this desperation something that typifies your life today?

Like Moses crying out, “I want to see You, Lord! I want to see Your glory” (Exod. 33:18).


Can our singing, our preaching, our prayers, our books, even our blogs and tweets and Facebook updates be said to reflect upon the fact that we are yearning for God? 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Slow Down


In Matthew 7 Jesus talks about two different roads that lead to two different places:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

Many people take the wrong road and only few find the narrow path.

If that is true then wouldn’t it make sense for us to slow down?

Shouldn’t we hit the brakes, pull over to the side, and make sure we are on the road that leads to life?

This teaching of Jesus is the conclusion of ‘The Sermon on the Mount.”

It’s a sermon that has been all about raising the bar of the commitment for those who would follow him.

It’s a narrow road, but it’s a road that leads to life.

I’m just wondering, is it possible that you think you are on the narrow road but you are actually on the broad road?

Could it be that you have set cruise control, turned up the Christian radio, and are traveling down the road of destruction with a Jesus fish on your bumper?

“If a person is wrong about being right with God, then ultimately it really doesn’t matter what he or she is right about.”


So before you continue driving down the road, I’m just asking you to slow down the car and look at some of the signs and ask yourself what road you are on.

This is too important not to take seriously!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Guilt or Grace?




Jesus points to guilt as a weight the religious leaders forced people to carry by making a relationship with God all about the rules.

Matthew 23:4 “They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders.”

Fans who follow the rules instead of following Jesus find that they are weighed down with guilt.

Every time they come to church they find that the preacher has another weight to add to the bar.

The keyword for fear and guilt is ‘do.

We try to do enough to make up for our mistakes and earn God’s favor.

Instead of following Christ we are determined to make our own way.

They keyword for grace is ‘done.’

Our punishment was taken by Christ. He has made a way where there was no way so we live with freedom and an appreciation for what has been done.

Fans are all about the ‘do’ but followers are all about the ‘done.’

Fans of Jesus sooner or later find themselves exhausted.

Fans grow tired of trying to maintain an outer appearance that doesn't match an inner passion.

They find themselves weary of trying to keep all the rules in hopes of somehow earning God’s favor.


It’s not about guilt, it’s about grace. It’s not about doing, it’s about done. 

Despite the mistakes that you have made, you can find redemption in reconciliation in the cross of Jesus Christ!

Church is a hospital for the broken, but we make it seem like a museum for the perfect. 

This certainly does not give an excuse to trample over Grace, once we experience grace it always leads to a life of obedience!
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Follower? Really...



Are you a follower of Jesus?
Chances are pretty good that you blow that off as an insignificant question.
But the question is more in depth then if you have a “Jesus Fish” on the back of your car.
I’m not asking if you shop in the “Christian Section” at your local bookstore.
Here’s the point : many of us are quick to say, “yes I am a follower of Jesus,” but I’m not sure in our culture we really understand what we are saying.

When we use cultural comparisons, and we look at the commitment level of others around us we can feel like our relationship with Jesus is solid.
It’s easy for us to grade our relationship with Jesus on a curve, as long as we are more spiritual then the next guy we believe everything is fine. The Curve has been brought LOW!
Have you noticed that when we compare ourselves to others, we always tend to find someone a little worse than we are?
·         I’m a better husband then…
·         I’m a better father then…
We also think that it’s beneficial to use the religious ruler.
We point to all the religious rules and rituals as indicators that we must be a follower of Jesus.
·         After all, If I wasn’t a follower of Jesus why would I go to church every weekend?
·         If I wasn’t a follower of Jesus why would I faithfully give money to support the church?
·         Why would I volunteer in the nursery if I wasn’t a follower of Jesus?
·         Why would I listen to KLOVE, or KVNE if I wasn’t a follower of Jesus?
I’M NOT DOING ALL OF THAT FOR NOTHING!
There’s a lot of ways we try to justify ourselves- Denominational measurements, family heritage, Biblical knowledge


HERE’S THE QUESTION- HOW DOES JESUS DEFINE WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW HIM?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fan or Follower



Maybe you watch football year long waiting for this big game, others like me will watch one game of the year and and it will be the Super-Bowl.


Some of you even refer to the team as ‘your’ team. I have always found it interesting when someone is talking about a team like the “Cowboys” and they say ‘we made it,’ or ‘we were robbed of that catch.’ As if you were on the field playing.

The reality is while we may like to imagine that we are a part of it, the truth is that we are just fans on the sidelines.

You don’t catch a pass, you don’t run the ball… you will never make a single point, or a single tackleyou are just a fan watching the game at a distance.

Many of us have taken the same mentality and allowed it to come into our Christian life.

Just as fans of football teams sit on the sidelines and watch a few carry out the plays, churches are full of fans that sit on a pew and watch a few carry out the mission.

Fans will by tickets, Fans will get excited when the team does will, and Fans will get discouraged when things head south… But a fan makes no impact in the game.

Fans of churches are the same, they might ‘buy’ a ticket by placing some money in the offering plate, and they might get excited when things go well or bummed when things head south… but many are making no impact in the Kingdom of God.

It’s an interesting analogy if you really begin to ponder it.

Jesus never wanted fans.
Jesus never wanted a group of people that cheer from the sidelines.

Jesus never called people to be fans, but he did call individuals to be followers.

Pharisee, Sadducee, or Surrendered?



Within the Sanhedrin there were two different groups called the Sadducees and the Pharisees.

If you were a Sadducee, it meant you were born into that position. There were, of course, other requirements, but it had to be part of your heritage.

But to be part of the Pharisees it didn't depend on the family you were born into; it was your hard work.

Becoming a Pharisee required an incredible amount of textual study and theological training.

Some fans are like the Sadducees. Their faith was something they were born into. It was never really something they chose.

Maybe when you were born your parents handed you a mask, and you grew up acting like Christians act, talking how Christians talked, listening to the music Christians listened to; but you never fell in love with Jesus.

Your faith has always been more about honoring your heritage than surrendering your heart.


On the other hand, some fans are like the Pharisees. They would measure their faith by their hard work at learning and following the law. Their intellectual knowledge and behavioral compliance was the target they were aiming at. 

Both of these paths are dangerous, Jesus doesn't want us to depend upon our 'heritage' or depend upon our 'effort.' Jesus wants us to depend upon Him! Jesus desire's that we surrender everything that we are directly to Him.