No one is left off of the “crazy train”

Social media has truly helped us with staying panicked almost all of the time. There is something to worry about every minute of every day.

We can hate Muslims.

We can hate Christians.

We can hate cops.

We can hate blacks.

We can hate liberals.

We can hate conservatives.

No one seems to have stayed at the station when the crazy train boarded!

We won’t stop the lunacy, but I will indeed poke a bit of fun at it. Here some real headlines, statements, or Facebook memes in the past week or so:

A Facebook meme that had a picture of a church sign that said: “The Bible trumps the Constitution” and the meme then read: “And that, friends, is how terrorism starts.” (Yeah. That “love your neighbor as yourself” stuff is incredibly threatening.)

In addressing the “climate change” conference in Paris last week, President Obama (and I did hear this with my own ears) said there were reports of fish swimming down the streets of Miami. (Turns out it was a dolphin… a real Miami Dolphin… trying to run down a wide receiver headed for another touchdown against the Dolphins. Who knew?)

We can’t forget the Trumpster. BAN ALL MUSLIMS from immigrating to the U.S. (The U.S., of course, has proven winning track records when it comes to interning Japanese-Americans in WWII, Jim Crow laws, treaties with Native Americans… Yeah… that will be another winning national security policy for the U.S.)

And coming to a Christian University near you… free gun safety classes for all students so they can shoot Muslims if they are attacked. (Because free use of laundry facilities is so last year when it comes to attracting new students.)

There is always something to tempt us into fear or anger. Always. 

This is precisely the point where that “terrorist” religion called Christianity should shine. We serve the King of kings and Lord of lords. We serve the One who spoke, and things happened. We serve the One who raises up empires for his purposes, and then tosses them aside.

So when this King says to his people, “Fear not,” we may want to pay attention. If he can calm the storm, he can keep us in his grip for all that we face in this day.

Please exit the “crazy train” at the next stop… and wave good-bye as it pulls away.

Let HEAR HIM in these last days.

 

Centering in on Success

“Be very brave and strong as you carefully obey all of the Instruction that Moses my servant commanded you. Don’t deviate even a bit from it, either to the right or left. Then you will have success wherever you go. Never stop speaking about this Instruction scroll. Recite it day and night so you can carefully obey everything written in it. Then you will accomplish your objectives and you will succeed. (Joshua 1:7-8)

19  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” (Matt. 28:19-20)

Not that complicated. What you’ve been taught… go and do.

But… we complicate it.

I want to center my life on the written Word, leading me to the Living Word, and saturate it with prayer and the power of the Spirit. Let’s see where that may take me.

 

 

The Bitter in Soul Welcome Here

2 And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.(1 Sam. 22:2, ESV)

If there is anything I could tell anyone at any time it is this: your discontent is welcome at our church. 

The questions. The searching. The “wanting to be real.” All of it.

David, as a leader, gathered around some pretty hard-nosed characters but he then directed them in their bitterness toward something greater.

This is the Kingdom of God as well.

Some read the Sermon on the Mount opening as a list of “things to do” or “things to be.” We call it the “Beatitudes.”

Dallas Willard in his book The Divine Conspiracy flipped my thinking on this. It’s not about what to achieve. Jesus is giving a list of “losers” in the current culture that are WELCOME in the Kingdom of God. Just come in and explore what the Kingdom is about.

Poor. Meek. Downtrodden. Beat up. Distressed. Bitter.

Come HERE. Explore the Kingdom. Listen. Understand. Find fresh water. Find some healing.

Bring your questions. Bring your attitude. Just know that the “attitude” you throw around will get banged up by others throwing their “attitudes” around. 😉

The bitter. The questioning. The hurting. The imperfect.

Welcome HERE.

Verses that blow me away

We are working through memorizing Scripture as a church. The set we are on right now covers some of the attributes of God. Today our passage is Rom. 11:33-36. I am blown away by the depth of this passage. Paul is so overwhelmed with the majesty and wisdom of God and I can almost feel it when he writes these incredible words:

33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35“Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”

36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.