The Gospel and the Bible are so challenging… yet so simple. It is truly incredible that short or common passages constantly speak the same Truths throughout centuries… to you, me, and others in different ways.
In a recent small group we were led to explore and pray through the following passages. We only had ~15 minutes to pray and journal, but I feel God really illuminated scripture to me and impressed his Truth, love, and sacrifice on my heart in that short period of time.
My wife and I are in vacation in Maui; it is such a blessing. Yesterday we went to Calvary Chapel South Maui for church. Pastor Charles Casco talked through Revelation 19:1-10.
My current church, Sandals Church, is the only place I have experienced the overwhelming joys and occasional pains of being truly connected and invested in a body of Christ-seeking believers. I can truly say Sandals is my family. Heck, it is hard to be away from our church and small group even for a vacation. Christ’s Church, as beaten, battered, and neglected as it is… is so beautiful and worth the investment. Not to mention… Christ commanded us to be a part of a local Body. If we truly believed in Christ’s resurrection, how could we NOT want to be deeply connected and committed to a Body of believers?
Nonetheless, in reference to the Church and His being reconciled with Christ in Heaven, Pastor Charles referenced the following poem that I thought was very powerfully thought-provoking and poignant…
As men pursue and reflect Christ… families change… churches change… communities change… the world changes. Unfortunately, this is not reality… it is not happening. We have a morbidly disgusting man problem in America…
We recently started going through the new membership classes at our wonderfully awesome church. As part of this first of 12ish classes, the teacher emphasized the importance and absence of male leadership in the church.
He referenced a couple really compelling resources that I thought I would share with you…
Resource 1 – Statistics on how a father’s church attendance impacts whether his children attend church in adulthood.
Resource 2 – An excerpt from a book entitled Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission by Darrin Matrick and Mark Driscoll on the unfortunate reality of how men in America waste their lives and resources while pursuing selfish indulgence.
You may have seen one of these emotional and inspirational videos before. That’s OK. Watch it again.
The journey of Dick and Rick Hoyt is one of the most wonderful heart-string-pulling stories you have probably ever heard or seen. During birth, Rick Hoyt’s umbilical cord wrapped around his throat, depriving him of oxygen. Doctors diagnosed Rick with spastic quadriplegia and cerebral palsy. Doctors told his father, Dick, that he might as well file Rick away because he would never be able to have anything resembling a normal life. They were very wrong…
They eventually competed in over 1,000 races, which include marathons (26.2 miles), duathlons, and triathlons… 6 of which were Ironman Triathlons (2.4 swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run). They also biked and ran across the entire U.S.A for a distance of 3,735 miles in 45 days.
The Hoyt’s story made me ponder… how hard am I willing to work for my marriage?[…]
I have decided “Get Over Yourself” will be a regular column here at Christian Marriage Spice. This series is aimed mostly at men. I seek to lovingly hold the fellas accountable for… well… not being lazy and inconsiderate bums and on serving their wives. The best way I can do that is by sharing stories of me being a punk. I ask you to hold me accountable on this as well. Perhaps this series will be a bit more blunt than others, but that is OK… get over yourself.
Be forewarned, I have Quentin Tarantino-ed you by telling you the conclusion of this story and will now invite you on the journey of how the story unfolded in my ridiculous and over sized head, as I was alone at our quiet suburban home on an overcast Tuesday in March of the year 2010.[…]