10 Things the Church Must Not Forget

Life usually doesn’t fit into nice neat little lists, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. Welcome to my Tuesday 10, where I try to fit the messiness of life into a list of ten.

This week’s Ten was written by lovely wife Jamie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

1. When everything is going well, pray and praise! Don’t wait for the downtimes. People are watching you in the good times to see who gets the glory.

2. You can not tell other people their convictions. You must pray God convicts them through His Spirit.

3. If you can’t love them while they are in the church there is no way you can love them outside it.

4. Christians have been Supernaturally sustained and provided for in historical periods, under terrible government, in wicked countries, and endured persecution that is far worse than anything you are probably dealing with.

5. Yes if God brings you to it he will bring you through it, but you must be fully armored for the spiritual warfare. Eph 6:13

6. There is no biblical commandment to hoard. The command continuously is to give and go.

7. When you have done everything stand firm. Eph 6:13 Firm. Not back on your heels in fear. Not on your toes trying to do too much.

8. The biggest lie Satan convinces people of is that they simply don’t have the time for Christ. Christian and non-Christian.

9. To covet someone else’s blessing is to tell God, He doesn’t know what’s best.

10. The heartbeat of Christ can be summed in three words: Love, Give, and Go. [He LEFT heaven cause He LOVED you and GAVE everything].

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Some Reasons Why I Did Not Watch the Debate

Life usually doesn’t fit into nice neat little lists, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. Welcome to my Tuesday 10, where I try to fit the messiness of life into a list of ten.

Last week was the vice presidential debate between sitting VP Joe Biden and probable future vice president Paul Ryan. I watched it, and enjoyed it. I chose not to watch this week’s town-hall style debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney. Here are some reasons why.

1) I was eating ice cream while cuddling with my wife and son.

2) I was pretending to __________ (verb) _____________ (carnival food) in __________ (fantasy land).

3) My mind has been made up concerning this election since 2009.

4) Listening to President Obama makes me miss President Clinton.

5) I can get a word for word breakdown from 200 pundits and several million wannabes via Twitter.

6) Both candidates have repeatedly shown their ability to fill time quotas while saying absolutely nothing.

7) I didn’t want to.

8) I had an episode of “Last Resort” waiting for me on the DVR.

10 Things I Learned Via Missions

Life usually doesn’t fit into nice neat little lists, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. Welcome to my Tuesday 10, where I try to fit the messiness of life into a list of ten.

I have worked as a Missionary Associate with the U.S. Missions Department of the Assemblies of God for almost a decade. Crazy how fast that time has flown by! When I started I was incredibly focused on reaching those nearest me, with a singular, and often narrow-minded purpose. In the time since I have come to understand the remarkable value to be found by participating in missions on a greater scale. Here are some things I learned along the way.

1. Airplanes aren’t as bad as I once believed. I used to be terrified of flying.

2. I paid much better attention in Spanish class than my report card may have indicated.

3. God is not American. While I have instinctively known this for many, many years; both my time abroad and Gungör helped to reinforce the idea.

4. Nail + Foot = Terrible Pain

5. When you commit yourself to loving and serving others unconditionally, you will humble yourself to do just about anything.

6. Most Americans are spoiled self-entitled brats.

7. If it doesn’t fit in the bag, you don’t need it.

8. A 3 oz. bottle of shampoo/conditioner will last for at least twenty showers.

9. Worshipping in a multicultural international congregation that transcends language barriers is incredible!

10. No matter where I go, or how important my work there seems, it has always had a more profound impact on my own life than that of those I have tried to help.

I Know Him

When I close my eyes I can see my son’s face. The dimples. The smile. I can hear his precious little giggle, and the way he flaps his arms when he gets excited. I can remember the soft feel of his skin when he throws his arms around my neck for a hug or reaches out his tiny hand to grab mine.

He is my son. I know him. I am wonderfully blessed to be able to work in a career that affords me a generous amount of time with him every day. I relish every precious moment of it. At this point in his young life, I know everything there is to know about him.

I’ve spent a lot of time in ministry teaching, preaching, and training people to join their heart to their mind in “knowing God”. Something I’ve spent much less time thinking about is how well He already knows me. My needs, my laugh, my idiosyncrasies, and guffaws. He knows all that could, would, or ever will be known about me.

For some that line of thought may be potentially terrifying. I find it gloriously freeing. We spend so much time in this life playing to the mob, trying to appease the expectations of those around us, fearful that they may discover us for the phonies that we are.

How amazing that God, who knows me, died for me, not just in spite of myself, but to bring me around to an altogether different destiny. I am His. He knows me.

10 Almost Serious Rules (to Protect You From Dumbness)

Life usually doesn’t fit into nice neat little lists, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. Welcome to my Tuesday 10, where I try to fit the messiness of life into a list of ten.

Living life can often be tricky.  Luckily I’m here (sarcasm) to offer a few pointers with this Tuesday  Wednesday 10.

1. Never underestimate the stupidity of humanity. People are dumb. Lots of them. Learn it. Remember it.

2. Mr. Pibb is not Dr. Pepper, and is an incredibly inferior beverage. That’s a well known scientifically ignored fact.

3. If you get an email from someone saying you inherited a fortune and they need some basic info (like bank stuff) it’s hooey. Legal Eagles don’t use hotmail to notify beneficiaries of their awaiting millions.

4. Windows 8 will break your soul and eat your Facebook profile if you update. Luckily iOS6 will fix both as long as you don’t want to use a map.

5. Cartwheels under ceiling fans make for exciting injuries and lame stories.

6. It’s important to fasten the seat-belt strap on your child’s car-seat. This isn’t even semi serious.  It’s completely serious all the way.

7. “Friend” doesn’t mean that at all where social media is concerned.  Kind of like when people write “LOL”.  No one is really laughing out loud, except for that one girl in the library.  They just don’t have anything else to say.

8. Texting and driving is dangerous.  Firing a shotgun while driving is more dangerous.

9. Not all “10” lists have 10. Don’t believe everything that you read, hear, say, do, find, smell, or walk over.