Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sin is like the distorted reflection of a beautiful sunset that shifts with every movement of the breeze across the water. God is the sun itself in all its beauty and glory and energy.
Worship is about what you desire most, what you think has most worth. Every time you look to God to satisfy your longings, you worship him in spirit and truth. Every time you look elsewhere, you commit idolatry.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Oh fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Psalm 34:9-11
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Traveling at the speed of light (186,000 miles a second), you would encircle the earth seven times in one second and pass the moon in two seconds. At this speed it would take you 4.3 years to reach our nearest star and 100,000 years to cross our galaxy. There are thought to be at least 100,000,000,000 galaxies in the universe. It would take 2,000,000 light-years to reach the next closest galaxy and 20,000,000 to reach the next cluster of galaxies. And you have still only just begun to explore the universe.
One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard:that you, O God, are strong,and that you, O Lord, are loving.
Monday, April 26, 2010
We sin because we believe the lie that we are better off without God, that his rule is oppressive, that we will be free without him, that sin offers more than God.
1. God is great - so we do not have to be in control2. God is glorious - so we do not have to fear others3. God is good - so we do not have to look elsewhere4. God is gracious - so we do not have to prove ourselves
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
to enjoy the freedom from sin and delight in God that God gives to us through Jesus
- Growing in holiness is not sad, dutiful drudgery. It's about joy
- Change is about living in freedom
- Change is about discovering the delight of knowing and serving God. Chester writes, "All too often we think of holiness as giving up the pleasures of sin for some worthy but drab life. But holiness means recognizing that the pleasures of sin are empty and temporary, while God is inviting us to magnificent, true, full, and rich pleasures that last forever" (36). Amen!
- Becoming like Jesus is something that God gives to us. It has nothing to do with our achievement.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- We're most productive when in a place of rest. Stress never leads to increased productivity (see this post for more)
- Know what fills you. It's important to work hard, but it's equally important to play hard. I’ve learned that being at home with my family fills me, though it’s also nice to be away at times (not talking about you so much, Mandy – just the little people)
- Know what time of day you do your best work. Mornings for me are the time to do study or writing. Admin tasks, which come pretty easily for me, can happen in the afternoon, when the energy level is a bit lower
- Multi-tasking on some things is great. For example, when I get into admin mode, multi-tasking is a friend. However, multi-tasking as a primary method of work is a bad idea (see this article, which I've linked to before). When I really need to get work done, I shut down email and web browsers.
- Technology can be a help or a hindrance. Here is some technology that is currently helping me be more productive:
- iPhone - it is amazing just how much work I can do with just this one gadget
- Evernote - I use the desktop software on my laptop as well as the iPhone app (both free). I take notes there. I have a reminder list for our upcoming trip to Cancun there. I paste web pages there. Really great piece of software.
- Toodledo - This is the best To-Do list that I've found (and I've tried several). Once again, there's a web version that syncs with the iPhone app ($3 I believe). I have three folders set up (Home, Neighborhood Church, & Real Estate). I set up tasks with due dates within the respective folders, and can even set up short-term and long-term goals.
- Kindle - I've written a lot about Kindle in the past, but here are two ways it makes me more productive. First, it's great to be able to order a book and have it instantly show up on the iPhone. No waiting for shipping. Second, since I always have my iPhone, I'm never without a book. I get a lot more read this way.
- ReQall – This became my replacement for Jott once it ceased to be free. I have a ReQall phone number programmed into my favorites list. When I’m driving and remember something important I need to do, I call the number, then say “Add” after hearing the lovely lady’s voice. I hear a beep, then remind myself of whatever just entered my brain. When I get back to my computer I have an email with the transcription and recording.
- Physical Responsiveness
- Emotional Responsiveness
- Now what? What am I going to do with what I've learned/been reminded of?
- How am I going to make this a part of my vocabulary and then my lifestyle?
- Where am I doing well? What do I need to work on?
Monday, April 19, 2010
I just started reading Tim Chester's You Can Change. So far an excellent read, one that I'm going to recommend everyone at NC read. Here's what Tim Keller says about the book: "A book about Christian growth that is neither quietistic nor moralistic is rare. A book that is truly practical is even rarer. Tim Chester's new volume falls into both categories."
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Several guys from NC took part in Fight Club this morning. If this morning's session was an indicator of the rest of the series, it's going to be great. Here is an excerpt from the manifesto, which can be downloaded here.
Rejects passivity - Pursues responsibility
Rejects lust - Pursues purity
Rejects debt - Pursues generosity
Rejects playing the victim - Pursues redeeming his past
Rejects isolation - Pursues community
Rejects marriage mediocrity - Pursues loving his wife
Rejects parental passiveness - Pursues discipling his kids
Rejects self-sufficiency - Pursues an abided relationship with Jesus
Rejects a meaningless life - Pursues the work God has for him
Sound interesting. Join us on Tuesday mornings at 6:30 at the Vue
Monday, April 12, 2010
Our community groups have just begun going through the TK Primer, which was written by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, who also wrote the blessed book, The Tangible Kingdom. I'm really looking forward to seeing how God shapes us for mission through this study.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
As many of you know, we have participated in the International Search for North America's Cutest Family. This search has already helped to raise thousands of needed dollars to support the non-profit organization, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. But we can't stop now! Tomorrow is the last day to vote and every vote really counts. Not only does it raise money for this amazing organization, but there are some fantastic prizes involved!Click here to be taken to the voting website. Click on Gallery and enter gallery to view families and vote. Click the drop down menu for tour city and click Memphis. Click "vote" next to the photograph to be taken to the secure voting screen. The votes are only $1 and every dime of that money goes to benefit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. The prizes that the families win are all donated by sponsors. You can vote as many times as you like and there is no limit to the amount that you can enter!If you have been looking for an organization to give to, we can't think of any that would be better. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep offers infant bereavement portraits to families that will never leave the hospital with their babies. All of the photographers that work with this program are volunteers but there are still many needs to keep the organization going. This contest is their biggest fundraiser of the year and we can all help by voting!Votes will be taken until midnight (mountain time zone) on April 8! Which ever family for each city has the highest number of votes will move on to the finals, where the photographs will be judged by a professional panel of photographers. The final winner will be awarded the grand prize....A NEW CAR!