Saturday, December 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Today I read Hosea 11.1-2 and it reminded me of a stage my son was going through a few years ago. There was a time when he had about 5 months of walking under his belt that he enjoyed running away from us. He thought it was funny. He especially liked to go to the end of a long aisle (like at a supermarket) and play run around. When we'd go one way he'd go the other. HE thought it was funny, we thought it was VERY frustrating. It can also be a very dangerous game. I remember vividly a time when he was in that stage that we were leaving a restaraunt on Virginia Beach Blvd, a very busy street, and as soon as we walked out the doors he took off toward the street. He was laughing and thought this was fun to run from Dad. The more I called the faster he ran, until I took off running. His foot was about to step off the curb and down onto the blacktop, when I reached him and snatched him back. Cars whizzed by.
"When Israel was a child, I loved him...the more I called them, the more they went from me....Yet I was to them like those who lift infants to thier cheeks." I am reminded today of how much God loves us, and how uninformed and immature our running from him truly is. Instead of running from, today I choose to run WITH him!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I can relate to David at this point because I've found that God is alot more merciful than human beings are. Some people are kind and compassionate, but many can be quite vengeful and uggg-ly! I get David... he's like, given the choice I'll go with the mercy of God everytime. It's not worth the risk. I'll go with the One I know is consistently loving and merciful and good. I'll go with falling into the hands of God. Trusting some people is like a Benny Henn altar call gone bad, when you swoon you think they're gonna catch you, but to the floor you fall like a brick. I choose the mercy of God.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
The Kingdom of Heaven is a baking story. It permeates, like yeast in dough. Case in point, the number of Christians in Africa in 1900 AD only 9 percent of the whole population. In the year 2000, it was the largest segment of the population, 48 percent of the whole population of Africa claim Christ.”
God is at work all of the world, bringing his purposes and plans to fruition. His Reign, The Kingdom of Heaven, is expanding and it will not stop until the ancient prophecy, penned by the old Testament prophet Habakkuk, 2500 years ago is fulfilled.
Habakkuk 2.14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
So does it matter? It is it worth to live this life, to share this message of Jesus Christ. Yes indeed it's worth it. It is worth it because God will not stop until this world is made right, until justice flows like an never ending stream, until goodness and grace permeate the whole world. He will not stop until every wrong is righted, until every bruise is healed, and every broken heart mended. He will not quit until every suffering is turned to joy, until every impoverished stomach is filled, and every good deed done in his name is rewarded.
Justice and truth will prevail, as surely as yeast permeates a loaf of unleavened dough. The Kingdom of Heaven will permeate the world. It is worth it, the Kingdom of this world is winding down, but God’s Kingdom will never end!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
What a selfish mistake it is in the church when we get most outraged by our lack of comfort (it is not the music style, decor, dress codes, etc. that makes us comfortable)! It is sad but true that many churches spend the bulk of their energy and resources making themselves as comfortable as possible for the "light show." Instead of really have a concern for the poor, the lost, the lonely, they fret like an unruly guest at a customer service desk-demanding 100% guest satisfaction. Today I'm reminded that God's concern is more for the lost of the world, than he is about my personal 'comfort.' In fact it isn't even close.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The Canaanite king- King Jabin and his commander, Sisera were kicking the Israelits butts- intensely, regularly. Brutalizing them. It was not good. And this had been going on for some 20 years. For some two decades Sisera had been just beating the Israelites down. Until the day God said to Israel's commander, “Go! This the day the LORD will give you victory...the LORD has gone ahead of you.” So Barak and his ten thousand men went down and defeated the Canaanite army. But Sisera the evil commander escaped (crap).
But there was someone waiting on Sisera...Jael stood at the entry of her tent and invited Sisera in, he assumed, for protection. She comforted him and told him not to be afraid. When he asked for water, Jael went the extra mile and gave the commander milk. Sisera felt safe, and so tired from battle he fell asleep in Jael’s tent.
Jael picked up a hammer and a tent stake and drove it right though his temple -dead. (insert ESPN music here) That was the GAME CHANGER PLAY OF THE DECADE. Now let’s see that again in super slow motion.
This was the turning point for a generation. “On that day God subdued Jabin, the Canaanite king, before the Israelites. And the hand of the Israelites grew stronger and stronger against Jabin, the Canaanite king, until they destroyed him.” Judges 4.23
This is the kind of fun stuff I get to talk about this Sunday! I'm fired up about it!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
okay...i feel better now. you can tell me what you think...
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Have you ever wondered why there are no records of Jesus randomly emptying out hospitals or asylums with the wave of his healing hand? The reason is because God does not heal arbitrarily or impersonally. God’s healing is the result of being in relationship with him. The great physician heals us, the closer we get to him the more whole, thus healed we become. That is why death for the follower of Jesus is a great victory. It is the ultimate healing for the believer- because it presents the opportunity to be the closest to God.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Jesus once told a man that no one will see the kingdom of God unless he/she is born again. There really isn’t any other kind. I suppose its unfortunate that this phrase has become so distasteful to so many- the phrase born again. I must admit I don’t use it very often.
When someone says 'born again Christian,' thoughts of some loony, bizarre, dogmatic, judgmental person stock piling explosives waiting to blow up an abortion clinic after Wednesday night study on the book of Revelation comes to mind.
But like the phrase or not, there is only one type of Christian- it’s the born again ones. Maybe you’ve heard this- “I’m a Christian but I’m not one of those born again Christians.” That is kind of like saying, I’m a guy but my feet down smell. It’s not really possible. Or like saying I’m from the south and I don’t like tobasco sauce. Not possible.
You don’t have to call yourself one, becuase Jesus wasn't giving out titles, he was describing a requisite experience. To be a Christ follower one need not use it (born again) as a title, but you gotta have the experience. (rf, John 3.1-21)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I think when we have this same conviction, then it will do wonders for us too. The conviction that stood as a backdrop to Nehemiah’s work; the gut level, the heart level belief was this- this was God's work!
I really don't think its possible to overstate how critical this is. When we know that we are doing the work of God, when God is in it, it makes all the difference in sticking with it and following through. Nehemiah and the people were absolutely convinced this was the case in their work on rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, and they finished the work- in 52 days!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
A good coach gets close. It has been said you can impress from a distance, but influence happens up close. The people of God in the 5th century BC needed to be MADE. They needed a coach. Nehemiah was their chosen coach. He might have wooed the people with his grand vision for
A good coach gets close, s/he may impress from a distance, but influence happens up close.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Beginning on March 22, 2009 Breiel Church of God is making a dramatic shift in the way it approaches worship. For years Breiel has offered a blended worship experience.
Understandably, if you haven’t been around church the term “blended” sounds like something having more to with a frozen beverage than a worship experience. Basically the blended service has been the Christian Church’s attempt to mix traditional with modern elements of worship. Across
So beginning 3.22.09 at 10.40 am we begin the adventure of faith. We will begin offering simultaneous yet totally unique worship services.
#1 The Annex will be our more laid-back worship environment. This venue will be located in gym, have a coffee bar and chair seating, with music led by our rockin’ house band. Worshipers are free to enjoy some coffee or snacks during service.
#2 The Sanctuary will be a top quality worship experience utilizing an array of traditional elements. Musical selections include choir pieces, classic hymns, gospel favorites, and cherished choruses. This worship venue is located in the main sanctuary.
If you’re tired of the same old, you have found a community that shares you’re feelings. If you think it is absurd that grandparents can’t worship at the same church as their grandkids, we’re with you. If you think the argument over what is appropriate to wear to church is a tired, irrelevant, and annoying discussion, we’re with you. If you just want to seek God without the drama, then we’re with you. If you don’t like church, but think Jesus is pretty cool. We understand. And we are with you.
You are invited to join us on this journey, be a part of the next chapter of
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Saturday, February 07, 2009
the gospel is good news for all people. good news for those who work under me, and for those who sign my paycheck. the gospel is for those who can afford a Bently and is equally extended to the one who peddles a bike with a basket, on a dirt road. Christ is good news for stock broker on Wall Street and the stock boy at Walmart; the employer, the employee; the underemployed, and the unemployed. The gospel is for broke carpenters and raw and uncultured sheep herders, and the gospel is for powerful kings and prosperous magi. The gospel is for the outcast and for the privileged, its just that simple.
from a weekend service at www.breielchurch.org
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
it's amazing what God can do, i mean it wasn't until i was 22 that i lived in house without wheels. living that long on wheels does something to a person, it's got to. i don't know what it does but i'm pretty sure it messed me up somehow.
Friday, January 30, 2009
1. the impulse to believe the doubters
When times are tough, the voices of the troublemakers in our lives seem to get louder. When things are hard, it is good to know when to just ignore the criticism, the critics, the nay-sayers. When an area of your leadership or life is struggling, and the nay-sayers are telling you to throw in the towel, to give up, to quit, you have to know when its time to ignore them. Even, especially if the source of those voices comes from somewhere inside of you.
2. the impulse to make things happen
Have you ever had the pressure to make something happen? During difficult times, especially if you are in an area of leadership or responsibility, you feel the pressure, the expectation to make things happen. Do something. What are you waiting for? Just go. And people will even say, we don’t care what the rules are, just do something. Just go ahead. Avoid the impulse to make something happen.
3. the impulse to delight in another persons failure
In today’s economic climate there are many people who are suffering, who have lost jobs, lost positions, lost homes, lost pension. A lot of losers and not many winners in today economy. A sure way to displease God is to delight in someone’s failure or loss.
4. the impulse to make up (create) a word from God
During difficult times we must be careful because our internal fears and doubts, and static can interfere with our hearing from God. We can want God to speak on a particular issue so bad that we start creating a word from God.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
but i was thinking, our character is kind of like that cough. we can try to choke it back, hold back what's inside , but it will eventually come out. some folks are good at hiding it for a very long time, but good (and bad) character always finds an escape point. character barks!