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A New Chapter

Novels and Stories are broken into chapters.  Each of these chapters in a novel cover a different aspect of the story.  Generally a chapter indicates a new twist or turn in the story of the main characters life.  As you finish a chapter, you know something new is around the next corner.

Well, Sunday, I wrapped one chapter and today, I start a new chapter.  The weird thing is, I do not know what the twist or turn will be in this chapter.  I just know, one part of my story finished.  For the past 11 years, my story has been: raising my family in the midst of the growing time in my children's lives in Somerville, AL, pouring into the lives of students at Shiloh, leading mission trips, teaching at First Priority and FCA clubs, teaching chapel at co-op, and being involved in life in this community of Somerville/Cotaco.  Well, that chapter closed yesterday.

What does this new chapter hold.  First and foremost, being a faithful believer/leader and good father and good husband.  The rest…

A Farewell Message to the Students at Shiloh

This is the sermon that I preached at my final UTX at Shiloh.  It is from 2 Timothy 4...
I hope you enjoy the message!  https://vimeo.com/294498170



2 Timothy 4 - A Farewell Message from Michael Walters on Vimeo.

The Cult of Personality

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We are a personality-centric nation.  We thrive on the people who we put in front of us.  We seek out people to put on pedestals and then get angry when they let us down. Celebrities, athletes, politicians, musicians, you-tube stars, and even friends and family. 



Pastors, Leaders, and Church-goers are just as guilty.   In our desire to be more Holy we elevate other pastors on pedestals and when they let us down, we rip them apart.  We will elevate great speakers, pastors, evangelists, internet and tv star preachers, or maybe even our own pastor onto a great platform and then follow them rather than the Christ they preach.

I am here today to say, that if we want to reach the world, we have to stop elevating anyone other than the Holy Spirit.  If we want to have a relationship with Christ, nothing is more important than the still small voice within us, as it is the voice of the only one that deserves the throne of our lives!   I mean, should we elevate mere men or the one who created…

Shepherd their hearts

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This past week of tragedy points out a critical flaw in the parenting style of America!

What is this flaw?  It is the flaw of failure of shepherding the hearts of our children!  We are so busy as a nation appeasing our children, befriending our children, and trying to make our children happy at any expense that we have failed in the simple act shepherding them.

We ask the question of our children, what do YOU want to do, what makes YOU happy, how do YOU want to do this and that?  When did we stop asking ourselves, "What is best for them?"  I believe that at the time that Children became the center of the household, rather than Christ guiding the parents as the center of the household, we lost our way.  PARENTS... Stop and ask yourself, if you had the same decision making ability in your arsenal at birth-18 years old as we put in the arsenal of our children's hands today, would you have made wise decisions for your entire household?

NO!!!!  Now, I am not saying, kids c…

Ambition

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Ambition for success is a great thing as long as it's motivations are righteous and will give glory to God.  After all, God does call us to to do our best for the glory of His kingdom.  Ambition becomes a sinful and wicked thing when it causes you to beat down people on our own team on the way to the top.  Let us make sure our motivations and methods benefit the whole body of Christ as we seek success in this world.

James 4:1-3
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?  You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.  And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

Week 4 of Jonah ... UTX Student Worship

Friendship

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I want to take a moment today to talk about an important subject.  Friendship... A word we throw around quickly, but has huge significance.  People need friends, they are critical and spoken of in the Bible a great deal.

One of the most important verses on friendship is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken."

Well, why do I want to write about friendship today?  I think far too often we take friendship for granted.  We through the word around by saying someone is a friend without even realizing that there is an obligation behind friendship, there is criteria behind friendship and then being ab…