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Standing at the Precipice

All of us who know Christ are standing at the edge of something big!  Why?  Because of the fact that we are indwelled by the Spirit of God and empowered by Him.  The big thing is different for each of us and the biggest thing that we are standing on the edge of is an eternity with Him.  But the big does not have to wait for eternity.  There are big things that Gd wants to do in our life now.  So what is holding us back?  The truth is it is our own fears and insecurities coupled with the desire to please others rather than Christ.  Far too often we allow the opinions and desires of other people to dictate what we will do for Christ rather than Christ himself.  You takes those opinions and then mash them together in the blender of life with our predicting fears and it is a recipe for a life full of doing NOTHING!   God desires to do exceptionally great things in our lives.   He takes us to the edge of a precipice, shows us the wonder out things He has made, extends His hand, and says “…

Monday Moments with Michael - Week 5

Monday Moments with Michael
Week #5
Acts 2
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42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[i]), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[j]—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.


The Power of Passionate Prayer

This blog past has credits by Melanie Holiday.  Why?  Well, unbeknownst to her, God was using her to bring cheer and joy to my downcast heart.  Mel has had a rough journey this past year in her battle with cancer (cancer sucks BTW) and God was using her to help me realize that God still has my journey in His very capable hands.  Now, what does all of this mean?  Well, time for some back story and then some really old backstory. 

Backstory on why I needed cheering up.  This journey of Sabbatical does not date back to October when I resigned.  No, it is a 2 year old journey, with God doing the most stuff since July.  The journey started December 2016 when God started doing something in my life that He does in the lives of people who He is preparing for change.  He makes them restless and the status quo is no longer acceptable and will never be acceptable.  Sometimes He is going to move them, sometimes He is going to use them as a catalyst for change.  I was not sure what He was going t…

Monday Moments with Michael - Week 4

Monday Moments with Michael - Week 4
Continuing in Acts 2
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22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene[d] by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know.23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him.24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.25 King David said this about him: ‘I see that the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
26 No wonder my heart is glad,
and my tongue shouts his praises!
My body rests in hope.
27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead[e]
or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
28 You have shown me the way of life,
and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’[f] 29 “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure…

On the Right Path

I am on the right path.  This is something that I can say with great certainty at this point.  How can I say this with assurance?   Well, people having been speaking truth into my life over the past couple of weeks.  I am not going to lie.  On Monday, October 15th, I woke up and said, “What am I doing?  I just quit my job of 11 years... with no prospect of a job!”  I spent some time on the road that day going to recover my camper from Talladega and had time to think and pray in the truck.  God flooded my heart with peace.  Peace that this was a call from him, not my flesh.   Still, I was wondering... Wondering what I was supposed to do now.  I knew that God was calling me to something that goes beyond just an impact on youth, and instead something that impacts the family as a whole.  I was feeling deep in my heart that this was a call to pastorate or a teaching/preaching/next steps ministry.   How did this come on my heart?  Well, lets take a step back in time.

In July this year, I …

I'm Blocking you from my Life!!!???

Ok, so I hope that title really grabbed your attention.  I want to talk about something that God has really hit me hard on last night.  I was scrolling through facebook and I saw a post that really bothered me.  So, I hit hide on the post and then facebook asked me another question... Do you want to block this person?  NO!!!  I don't want to block them!  Then I started thinking about this question... When did we become so cynical as a society that we felt the need to start blocking real flesh and blood human beings?  When did we decide that we no longer need to "deal" with other humans?  Then the question came to my heart... What would Jesus say about this blocking mentality?

Well, He did speak to it in Matthew 25:40-45
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[a] you were doing it to me!’
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the etern…

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…

The Cult of Personality

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

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

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.

Friendship

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…

Teamwork

So often I see church fighting against other churches.  Pastor against pastor, flock against flock.  Ministers and churches looking to one up each other and trying desperately to steal sheep from one pasture to put in their own pasture rather than fighting the fight that God put us for...

"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." Eph 6:12

A pastor's victory is not found in the defeat of those laboring along side him in other churches, but in the defeat of the evil one.  If you find your victories in the defeat of your co-laborers, then you are fighting the wrong fight.   Go, fight the evil one, seek to share the truth with the lost, disciple those entrusted to you that they may join the fight, and realize this fight is not yours, for you are merely a foot-soldier for the KING!

Words

Words...
(some thoughts God put on my heart this morning)

Many doubt the power of words.  The impact of things said to someone’s face or even not to their face (behind their back).  Words are significant!  They carry the power of life and death.  They carry to power to make someone feel like a million dollars or the power to make them feel like the biggest failure.

Prob 18:21 says “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

From all of my years serving in the church I can see evidence of this first hand.  I have had my heart broken by words and I have broken people with my own words.  I have seen my own heart lifted by words and lifted others hearts with the words of life from God’s word.

I noticed a trend.  If we say to ourselves or others the words, this would hurt ___’s feelings or say, don’t tell _____, but... yet we allow the words to pass from our lips, we should not be saying it or even speaking it.  Guess what, it will make it ba…