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In this clip there is a great line: “When the pupil is ready, the master will appear.” When we are spiritually born again into the family of God, we are just baby Christians. And, like babies, we are ignorant but anxious to learn (even if it means walking into a few coffee tables!).

God found us hopelessly lost; an empty shell of what we could be, our own best efforts leading only to our death. But then He saved us and made us something new. We have a purpose now! But we still have so far to go and so much to learn. I have come to find that the Bible is what God uses to teach us. It takes a new Christian who is woefully unprepared to live the Christian life and begins to train him or her to be more like Jesus.

It’s actually a lot like exercising. Over this Christmas break, my sister has taken upon herself the enormous task of whipping her “post-graduation-hasn’t-been-good-to-me” older brother into shape (bless her soul). What we found the first day (apart from excruciating shin splints) was that growing requires consistency. One day of running is just not enough to see growth. However, the more time you spend with your trainer the more you will start to see changes.

So I have to ask myself, How much time do I spend with God in my Bible? What results do I see after years of being a Christian? I can’t expect to be spiritually fit if I neglect to spend time with my teacher. As busy as life can get sometimes, it is vitally important I carve out time to read and study my Bible. If I want to grow, I must train, and if I want to train, I must spend time with my Trainer.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”   2 Timothy 3:16-17

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two types of people…

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Video Clips

Within each one of us is what has been called a “God-shaped Hole.” John Calvin noted that each person has a sensus divinitatus (sense of the divine) that recognizes this innate need for God. Religion has been a part of every culture throughout history, and reflects our need for God. In fact, religion has historically been the natural reaction of people, not atheism. Each person will seek to fill that void with something, whether with God or with something else.

Is it any wonder that the greatest command of God is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30)? It makes sense, that His greatest command fulfills our greatest need.

Do you feel that void? Have you tried to fill it with something else, only to be left fearful and empty? Perhaps you have been seeking to fill your life with things that were never meant to satisfy your greatest need.

A Godly Legacy…

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Video Clips

We do not choose what we inherit, but we choose what we will pass on.

We live in a generation that is turning away from God rapidly. We each have a choice to embrace the evil that has been passed on to us, or rebel against it.

For many, you have not inherited a godly legacy from your parents. Perhaps you grew up in a home that was far from God. But now you have the ability to start a new legacy. You can break the chain of sin that has plagued your family tree for generations. You can pass something different on to your children.

For others, you have been blessed with a godly heritage. But you still have a choice: Will you continue that legacy, or will it end with you? It only takes one generation to end a godly legacy. But it also takes only one generation to begin one.

What have you inherited? You are never too young to begin a godly legacy. Josiah was 16 years old when he began to seek the God of his ancestor David (2 Chronicles 34:3). He inherited a godless legacy from his evil father Amon, and yet he was not content to follow in those footsteps. In the end, his life could be summarized like this: “Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his mind and with all his heart and with all his strength according to all the law of Moses, and no one like him arose after him.” 2 Kings 23:25

May we follow the example of Josiah and leave our world different from the what we inherited.

crossing the line…

Posted: November 5, 2011 in Video Clips

The decision to follow Jesus is not one to be taken lightly. It promises to be difficult and even costly. It is so much more than “Ask Jesus into your heart.” In fact, Jesus draws a line in the sand, lays out the requirements, and asks “So who’s with me?” This is a challenge for me everyday. I must ask myself, “How far am I willing to go with Jesus?” Being His disciple is more than going to church on earth and enjoying heaven when we die (although it is certainly not less than that!). It’s about denying yourself (your ambitions, your selfish desires, your comfort, your safety) and following Him—wherever He leads. What if He leads us to hard places? What if He leads us out of our comfort zones? What if He leads us to forsake our desires for His? We must count the cost before we too quickly claim the name of “Christian.” Becoming a disciple of Christ is many things—exciting, fulfilling, compelling—but it is not easy.

Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.’”

Why we need the church…

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Video Clips

I have come across many people who said something along the lines of “I love God, I just don’t believe in the church.” This is problematic in many ways, not least of which is 1 John 4:20 “If anyone says ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

I realize that “The church is full of hypocrites.” The thing is, everywhere is full of hypocrites! You’re a hypocrite, I’m a hypocrite. We’re all hypocrites! I remember a big, deep-voiced, Texas man named D.K. Every time someone objected to church by saying it was full of hypocrites, he would bellow “And there’s room for one more!”

But that’s not the issue.

The main issue is that we need the church, because no matter how strongly we believe, we still need others to spur us on. Even a solider fighting for what he passionately believes in will needs his fellow troops to encourage him to keep fighting when times get hard. Especially when the Christian walk presents us trials we need others to push us to keep fighting for what we believe in. If you forsake meeting together with other believers, who will do that for you when you need it? Who will you encourage when they want to give up?

Proverbs 27:17 says man sharpens man as iron sharpens iron, and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says to pity the one who falls and does not have a brother to pick him up. I need the church and so do you. God designed us that way. Let’s not forsake meeting together.

Hebrews 11:23-25 “Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works; not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

A Christian Worldview…

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Video Clips

When you become a Christian, you are born-again (John 3:3), brought from spiritual death to spiritual life (Eph 2:1-5) by receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) and are transformed into a totally new creation (2 Cor 5:17). Wow! We don’t “Ask Jesus into our heart” like we so often tell children; we are transformed into a completely different person! If you ask Jesus into your heart, you can also ask Him to leave. But if you are transformed, there is no going back.

In this clip, Neo is offered the truth. Becoming a Christian is like taking that red pill. All that we had once known is ripped away to reveal a reality we never knew existed. It is one we cannot just be told about—we must experience it. When you become a Christian, God doesn’t just save you from hell; He opens your eyes up to true reality. He changes your entire worldview (the lenses through which we interpret all reality and experience). Because of this, our relationship with Jesus affects everything!

Unfortunately, we often want to contain God to just certain areas of our lives. We are ok for him to occupy our religious or moral space, but we don’t want him interfering when we choose a college or a career or a spouse. Sadly, many Christians make everyday life decisions the very same as the world does. We try to confine God to our half-hearted “Jonny Appleseed” prayers before meals, but we don’t even consider Him when it comes to our finances.

What doors of your life have you kept locked from God? When you are born-again, God changes your entire worldview. That means you see everything differently! Now all areas of your life should be filtered through your relationship with Jesus. Why do we choose our careers based on worldly reasoning and not based on the Great Commission? It’s time we as Christians opened the doors of our life to God and let Him have access to everything. He requires nothing less.

“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

The Choice…

Posted: September 15, 2011 in Video Clips

We are each given a choice as to how we will conduct our lives.

Sin may run deep in the roots of your family tree. As you look down at your hands, you shockingly realize you are becoming more and more like your sinful father. You may have grown up in a godly home, and yet the evils of the world are pushing in on you and pressuring you to do the wrong thing.

But we each have a choice. It is never too early and it is never too late to turn from sin and follow God. You can break the chain of sin in your family and be the first generation to “get it right,” or you can continue a godly legacy passed down to you. It is not easy to stand for what is good. In fact, it can be costly. But it is also liberating, and you have no idea who might be inspired to follow behind you because of your wise choice.

“But if it doesn’t please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.”

-Joshua (Joshua 24:15)

the power of Confession…

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Video Clips

Isn’t it amazing how much of a grip the feeling of guilt can have on a person? It changes everything! We are constantly looking over our shoulder and it destroys even our closest relationships. My dad once told me “There is no greater feeling than having nothing to hide.” How true that is! Confessing your sin to God frees you up to move forward in your relationship with Him and He removes the guilt that weighs on us. It is humbling, but when we come to that place in life where the mask is off and we don’t mind people rummaging through our closet because we’ve dealt with the skeletons, that is true freedom. But staying quiet about our sin and trying to cover it up only eats away at us from the inside. I read this Psalm a couple weeks ago, and it rocked my world. I hope it does the same for you…

Psalm 32:1-6

“How happy is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sin is covered! How happy is the man the Lord does not charge with sin, and in whose spirit is no deceit!

When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat.

Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You took away the guilt of my sin.

Therefore, let everyone who is faithful pray to You at a time that You may be found. When the great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.”

Seeking Wisdom

Posted: August 22, 2011 in Video Clips

We all come to crossroads where we are one move away from a bad decision. It is at these times we desperately need someone to step in and give us what we are lacking: Wisdom. Sadly, wisdom is one thing that is missing in the lives of many Christians. Why? Probably because we don’t seek it. We just assume that wisdom will be gained through life experience along with wrinkles and grey hair! So we charge ahead making mistakes and justifying them by saying  “I have to learn by making mistakes!” Really? You can learn from making mistakes, but I hope you don’t learn by making them. What an incredibly irresponsible way to live! How many people say “Now that I wrapped my car around a street lamp and killed my best friend, I can finally know that drinking and driving is stupid”? Is your life filled with guilt? Do you keep making foolish mistakes that add to the regret in your past?

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. For God gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

If I want to be wise, I must seek the One who gives wisdom. Look at how many action words there are in these few verses: “Accept,” “Store Up,” “Listen,” “Direct Your Heart,” “Call Out,” “Lift Your Voice,” Seek,” “Search.” I guess wisdom doesn’t just come naturally! It is an active pursuit. Am I pursuing it? If I’m not, then I’m in for a long road of guilt and regret. What will I do the next time I come to a crossroads in my life? Will I follow my own wisdom, or will I follow the wisdom of the One who offers it to me freely?

What do you notice in this clip? I see a contrast between something that matters and something that doesn’t. The fish is eaten and then forgotten about. However, it acts as a bridge to something greater: a relationship between the boy and the dragon. The fish is part of the story, but it is not the focus. It reminds me of another story involving fish…

There is an amazing historical account of Jesus calling His first disciples found in Luke 5:1-11. In it, He gets into the boat with some fishermen and tells them to cast their nets for a catch. Although they had been fishing all night and caught nothing, they do as Jesus says and catch so many fish their nets begin to tear! In humility, Peter falls at the feet of Jesus and claims to be a sinful man, not worthy to be in His presence. But Jesus says to him, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you will be catching people!” And that is exactly what the disciples do. They leave everything behind and follow Jesus, devoting their lives to investing in the souls of other people.

Do you see the contrast? Although the miracle catch of fish is part of the story, it is a bridge to something greater: A relationship with Jesus and a call to invest in people. In our materialistic culture, I think most of us are more concerned with the “Big Catch” than the “Big Call.” We think, “Wow, think of the amazing business they could have had!” But the fish are not the point of this story. They were there one day and gone the next, but the impact the disciples had on the souls of people would last for all eternity.

As I read the history of the first disciples, I can’t help but ask myself “What are you investing your life in? Fish or People? The Big Catch or the Big Call?” Fish for us can be anything that is here today and gone tomorrow. Sports, food, money, cars, phones. What is it for you? All these things, if they are not being used as a bridge to either loving God or loving people (Matt 22:37-40) are a waste of our investment. One day all of this will either be destroyed or recreated (Rev21:1) but people are a lasting investment. Let’s choose today to invest our lives in the things that matter.