God’s Grace

one of the things that I have been trying to come to terms with is a biblical understanding of God’s grace. And when I read the Bible I can clearly see implied messages of God’s ultimate sovereignty and authortity, and whoever comes to grace in Christ is secure in that grace. And I love that and I welcome it because I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, and I would personally never leave his grace. I can understand that eternality of salvation.

But I guess I get caught up in questions is when I see people who were active in the church, and would say that they loved God, when I see these people turn away from God, it is hard for me to say that they were probably never really saved.

I was talking to my wife last night about these issues and she made a really good point that they were around God, but they were never really in God. They felt the effects of God’s presence, but they never dwelled in God’s presence. They heard the right things for them to do, but they didn’t fully “Buy into” the beliefs.

That helped me understand how they could have possible never really been saved.

Mortality

I just heard that a very influential person in my life just had a heart attack of some sort. I don’t know all the details, but man this really hits home. As far as I know he is still alive but man mortality sucks. I wish we didn’t have to go through these hardships in life. I wish I could say with confidence that I would see you tomorrow, but I can’t do that.

It reminds me about what James says about don’t live in tomorrow making all your plans and stuff. Rather you should live right now in God’s grace, doing what God would have you do.

Help me Lord to make the most of the right now!

Confrontation

What is it about people, that we don’t like being told how we are messing up. I am under the same curse. I hate being corrected, but yet I need it, at times I crave it. Sometimes I need a good butt kicking to get me going in the right direction.

At our youth ministry there are some kids who are rebelling, trying to “find their own way”. And the problem is their own way is destructive and dangerous, and it is scary for me to see them going through this. When I talk to them about this, they seem to not care and just keep doing what they are doing. Now they are saying that they need space and time away from the ministry, which is good and bad, but ultimately very frustrating.

It’s days like this that I just want to quit and do something different, less stressful. But I have to rely on God and remember that I’m here becuase he has called me, and I need to trust him, that as long as I do what he wants me to do I’m in a pretty good place.

God Help me. Comfort me. Direct me. I want to build this ministry for you and not for my own glory. Thank you for all you’ve done and I pray that you would continue you great and awesome work. I want to see lives changed by your power, and I want to be used by you.

Amen

Ministry Proteges

Today I met with the leaders of our churches new Bible School. Part of this new program is an internship/masters commission, program, where the different branches of our church receive assistance in the form of people who are called to ministry and need practical application for that.

I am really excited for this program. In my part time position at the church I need all the help I can get scheduling and planning, and actually getting the things done that need to get done. Now, I just have to figure out what I am going to get these two guys to do.

I think the most exciting thing about this new program is that the branch churches are finally getting something more that just financial support, but actual people who are willing to do the work that needs to get done. I think this is going to be outstanding, and I hope that this program flourishes.

On another note, two of my long time friends are getting married today and I am really happy for them and I will be heading off to the wedding shortly. :o)

Faith Enough

today was a long day, but it’s over. No major events but I thought I would post the words to a great song that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

Faith Enough – Jars of Claythe ice is thin enough for walkin’

the rope is worn enough to climb

throat is dry enough for talkin’

world is crumblin’, but i know why

world is crumblin’, but i know why

storm is wild enough for sailing

bridge is weak enough to cross

this body frail enough for fighting

i’m home enough to know i’m lost

home enough to know i’m lost

Chorus:

it’s just enough to be strong

in the broken places, in the broken places

it’s just enough to be strongshould the world

rely on faith tonight

land unfit enough for planting

barren enough to conceive

poor enough to gain the treasure

enough a cynic to believe

enough a cynic to believe

[CHORUS]

confused enough to know direction

sun eclipsed enough to shine

be still enough to finally tremble

see enough to know i’m blind

see enough to know i’m blind

[CHORUS x 2]

should the world rely on faith tonight

should the world rely on faith tonight

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good stuff

What is Success?

Today our church staff met after service. It was probably the first staff meeting in a long time that I didn’t leave feeling like I wasted my time. I feel like I voiced my thoughts clearly and accurately.

My youth ministry is struggling in the traditional sense, we have low numbers and there are kids who are starting to flake out on God. But at the same time we are scucceeding with the new leaders that are coming on board, and their are students that are being transformed and that’s really exciting.

I am trying to grow this youth ministry naturally, and not based on events and hype. We grew last spring on hype and that only lasted so long. I want to see this thing succeed based on the natural growth that comes from lives being transformed. I want to see students take the responsiblity to grow the ministry numerically, while I facilitate their growth spiritually. I think that is what an organic ministry looks like.

We will still do events and get people excited and fired up but it’s really not about the hype, it’s about the foundation. People look at the walls, but they don’t always inspect the foundation. Those are my thoughts for today, and I pray that I am heading in the right direction