Thursday, December 30, 2010

Believers Benefit by Balancing

Too many jalapenos and that chili will burn Grandpa's taste buds like a match in box of kleenex. While hiking in the winter, one more layer makes a sweaty mess, but one less and the shivering shakes the fillings out of your molars. Too many beans and the coffee may be more useful as jet fuel in an F-16. Only spending time with the guys is like binge-eating at the testosterone buffet; there's a need for salad and veggies, but where can it be found?

Finding the perfect balance in life is one tough balancing act.

For years I have declared myself an "All or Nothing" type guy. This probably comes from good intentioned, motivational, Gospel-oriented messages heard at camp; but I may have taken it too far. Don't be mistaken, God wants 100% of all this fallen human to be devoted to Him, but at the same time, there is a need for balance.

When I am at home in Montana, all I want to do is play in the mountains. Skiing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, camping, star gazing, flower smelling, scat identifying, photographing, and yodeling are all activities that occupy my time. Unfortunately, these inherently good activities throw my life out of balance. Why do I know the mountain better than my Mother? How is the sound of my bike rolling down the trail more familiar than God's still small voice? When will I stop smelling the flowers and stop to smell the flowers?

I don't claim to know what exactly life ought to look like. Too often my schedule seems to be so full of human happenings that I miss out on divine appointments. When things get out of balance, the good keeps me from the best. Just as strong core muscles help increase performance in physical activities, having a strong core spiritually improves the balance in my life.

A wise man by the name of Wayne once suggested to me - "Give God the first hour of everyday, the first dime of every dollar, and the first day of every week." When I have implemented this in my life, balance becomes believable. The words that come out of my mouth seem sweet. The hours passing each day seem to be of worth. People close by seem to be close. Stress doesn't create a mess. Life is in balance and my focus is on my Father.

The Bible is full of of suggestions (or commands) to help us maintain balance while we are here on Earth. A lot of the words written with Paul's pen can be found in letters he wrote to different churches and today can be applied to the rhythm of a Christian's crazy life. If Paul was walking the earth today, he might send a mass text message or maybe post something on Facebook like this ...

Friends in Thessolonica, the people around you who are working like crazy but always seem to be correcting you actually know God really well; so don't be talking trash about them. Love them like crazy and look up to them because of what they are doing in life! Get along with each other, motivate your lazy buddy, turn some frowns upside down, use your muscles to help people who aren't super strong, and when you bump into people, slow down, take a breath, and be patient with them. Rather than bringing others down with a thumbs down, always be a thumbs up person. Don't ever stop giving God credit for anything! Never stop praying, no matter how hard life gets! Give thanks; because this is what God wants you to do because of what He did through Jesus. Don't stop what the Holy Spirit is doing. Don't talk trash about what preachers preach, but carefully consider what they are saying. Stay away from any and all evil. Let God keep shaping you into who He wants you to be, body and soul becoming whole when Jesus returns. Don't worry, God is going to keep His word; He will do what He says! Friends, please ask God to help us all. When you see another believer, give them a high five, fist bump, hug, or special smooch. Now that you've read this, read it to your friends who want to follow Jesus. God's unconditional love is freely given to you though Jesus Christ, keep embracing it and sharing it! (paraphrased from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)

As this decade is about to disappear, take the time to realize that God is near and is willing to lend an listening ear. Talk to your Father about what's going on in life. Ask Him to help you find the balance that your life needs. In the process that is sure to follow, give God the credit for the work that He is doing.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Some More Christmas Thoughts

Okay, so it's a couple of days after Christmas already - but I hope you don't fall into the retail trap or turn your mind quickly to other matters. Let's keep our minds focused on the humility of Jesus Christ's birth on earth for many days yet to come.

"Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." - Luke 2:4-7

This Jesus, who was so simply born in a humble manger, just as any other baby would be born in this life is the One who will "...swallow up death for all time, and the LORD GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of the people from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. And it will be said in that day, 'Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.'" - Isaiah 25:8-9

I am so grateful that Jesus came to bridge the gap that has been caused by sin! "But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace . . . " - Ephesians 2:13-14a

May you continue to be amazed at the beautiful, true meaning of Christmas during the days and weeks ahead! Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Luke 2:11 - "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 24, 2010


Coming home is crazy. After being away for unhealthy amounts of time, things change back home. New buildings appear in old fields, familiar faces are now foreign, and what was once easy living is now hard work.

As I've been back home in Montana, I have been blessed with the opportunity and ability to hike up and ski down mountains covered in snow. This simple activity is profoundly fun, especially when the snow sparkles in the sun. As I stand atop that same old mountain I'm overwhelmed with memories of fast turns through fresh powder, non-stop runs from the top, and laughing with old friends.

Recently, I've spent significantly more time in the library than riding lifts, so being outside, working up a sweat, soaking up the sun, and looking at some of the most beautiful scenery on planet earth has really brought me back home. Being in a familiar place, living life at a slower pace has put a smile on my face.

Being back at home has been crazy because I'm remembering all of these events from years gone by, thinking about how strong my legs used to be, and part of me longs to be living in the past. But, the present is present and that's where I am now.

Too often I forget, that God is with me. The Holy Spirit is my guide, leading me day after day, showing me the way. So no matter where I'm at, I'm at home. Home is not Kalispell, MT. Home is not on top of a mountain. Home is in the presence of the God. Psalm 150:6 says "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" I have breath, so I ought to praise the Lord.

Whether it's the house I grew up in or not, I want to be at home. God created this planet for us to call home. He also created us to be in relationship with Him. To be at home is to be by His side.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

 Luke 2:6-14 "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 "Glory to God in the highest heaven,
  and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

I often wonder what it would be like to be one of those shepherds that night. There they were, just another night on the job, not expecting anything out of the ordinary and then BAM! Could you image the sky lighting up with angels proclaiming the birth of the long awaited Savior of the nation! Talk about having a story to tell the grandkids!

One of my favorite Christmas Hymns is "O Holy Night". I wonder how often we are truly in awe of Christ's birth, a moment unlike any in history other majestically heralded by angels. The chorus says: "Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born!" Do you think the shepherds fell to their knees when they heard the news? Do we fall on our knees at the good news of Christ coming?

Take a moment and read the lyrics

O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains He shall break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy Name!

Christ is the Lord, then ever ever praise we

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

O night divine! O night divine!

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia
Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

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Merry Christmas friends!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Idolatry - the woe of us all

Have you ever tried to find satisfaction in something that is not of God? Like if you are in pain emotionally or spiritually, or even physically for that matter and you decidenthat you are going to take care of thiings yourself. Maybe you have turned to alcohol, sex, shopping, eating, pornography, or any number of things that are blatantly sinful or something that tou should not be doing at the time. I know I've been there. I know I've done that.

I was thinking about this tonight, how we put the things of this world in the place that God ought to have in our lives. As I've been thinking about I can't help but think that sometimes we make excuses for ourselves to do the things that we want to do. I read through the account of the Israelites making the golden calf in Exodua 32 before I began to write this and to some degree this is exactly what they did. Instead of waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain of Sinai they began to get impatient and they told Aaron to make an idol for them. At first glance when reading the story it seems like they could actually be concerned for what has happened to Moses, but in the end they're like, "We don't know what has happened to Moses; so let's make an idol that we can see and worship." Duh. These guys had it great. They had just been set free from slavery, and yes, God was asking them to trust Him with their lives, and Moses had been gone for quite a while but instead of seeking advice from Aaron or just continuing to wait they get this stupid idol built and the next day they offer burnt offerings and sacrifices to it and then sit down to eat and drink and then rise up to play. How stupid right? It's like they have completely turned their backs on God and forgotten everything that He had just done for them and had promised to do for them. Oh dear, I wish I could take that last sentence back. It reminds me too much of me. How often do I put the things of this world in the place that God should have? More often than I would like to admit. Instead of waiting on God when things get tough to reveal Himself, I all too often turn to something else to ease the pain or give me answers. How foolish. If I would but just wait. I know the answer would come in due time or the pain might be eased. Even if I don't get an answer though or the pain is not eased or whatever it is that I am looking for doesn't come to pass, I still ought not to look to something other than God for that which I need for it is an abomination before Him, and rightly so. We ought never to turn to sin, away from God to find that which we seek. He is the all-sufficient One and will give us that which we need in His time and in His way.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Glory to the Newborn King!

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? Hymn? Or are you tired of the endless playing of Christmas music? I hope that you're only tired of ridiculous Christmas songs, like dogs barking "Jingle Bells" and the Chipmunks crooning about their desire for Santa to bring them a hola hoop - not the incredible, truth-filled songs that proclaim the wondrous truth of Jesus' birth here on earth.

"Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" is my favorite Christmas hymn. Up until a couple of years ago, I just enjoyed enjoyed it a lot, like I did many other Christmas songs. But then, one Christmas Eve, I actually read the words of that hymn -not just sang along with them, but read them. I wrote them down in a journal I had with me at the service. Realizing what this incredible hymn proclaims about Jesus struck me - and continues to do so today.

Take a moment (I know you have it! Finals are done!) and actually read the words to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". Stop and think about what God becoming flesh really means . . . and why He did it.

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth
and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Did you catch all that incredible, Scriptural truth?!? Isn't it awe-striking, when you really stop to think about what Christmas is all about? Now that you've actually read the song, check out these verses from Scripture:

"And He will arise and shepherd His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will remain, because at that time He will be great to the ends of the earth. This One will be our peace." (Micah 5:4-5a)

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:15-17)

"He [Jesus] is the radiance of His [God] glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power." (Hebrews 1:3)

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

"If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world." (1 John 2:1-2)

Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection was all for you. Wow. "Glory to the newborn King!"

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Paul Rocks

Hey guys
As I've mentioned before, I'm doing a read through the Bible with some friends of mine from school. We're currently working our way through the New Testament, and lately it's been in Romans and a couple other books written by Paul. These books are chock full of good advice, on pretty much anything you can think of. So I just wanted to point that out. If you are looking for a little guidance on a topic of one subject or another, read some of Paul's writing. Chances are you'll find what you're looking for.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hawk Nelson - Crazy Love

Loving this song right now!

We're the ones who
believe in the things unseen
This home, this body is
the in-between

We're the ones who fight 
down on our knees
Who dare to love our enemies (love enemies)

They say it sounds insane
we say that we've been changed
By the power of crazy love

This world, it looks at us
like we're ridiculous
Baby it's all because of crazy love

We're the ones gonna put
it all in reveres
Gonna die to ourselves,
gonna live to serve

Cuz' when ya get what ya
when you walk by faith
Is it really so dumb to give
it all away (give it all away)

They say it sounds insane
we say that we've been changed
By the power of crazy love

This world, it looks at us
like we're ridiculous
Baby it's all because of crazy love

Crazy Love

We know it sounds absurd,
we don't get what we deserve

It's by grace we are saved!

They say it sounds insane
we say that we've been changed
By the power of crazy love

This world, it looks at us
like we're ridiculous
Baby it's all because of crazy love

Crazy Love

Crazy Love


We're the ones who
believer in the things unseen

This home, this body is
the in-between

We're the ones who fight
down on our knees

Who dare to love our

We're the ones gonna put
it all in reverse

Gonna die to ourselves,
gonna live to serve.

Monday, December 13, 2010


My brother asked an interesting question the other day: How come finals week and lack of motivation always go hand in hand?

If you're a college student, or have ever been a college student, I'm 99.99999% sure you can identify with that question and relate to the very same feelings of lacOmoto (lack of motivation). Just on Saturday, as I was taking my last algebra quiz, I thought to myself, "I don't care anymore. I'm sure I could figure out this problem if I sat here for awhile . . . but I just don't want to." Towards the end, our brains feel flat, fried, and frenzied. We'd rather be out frolicking in the snow, making Christmas cookies, or drinking hot coffee with friends than pouring over endless amounts of material.

Yep. Finals week is a killer for us all.

My hope and prayer is that we will not have this same lacOmoto in our spiritual lives. May we never get to the point when we say that we "just don't care" anymore about the lost souls hurting around us, or that our brains "just can't take anymore" time in the Word. In Galatians 6:9-10, Paul exhorts the believers: "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."

How's your spiritual motivation? Are you seeking out the lost and pouring into them? Are you reaching out to love the unlovable, clothe the naked, feed the hungry? I hope and pray that we can declare along with Paul, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing." (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Seasons of Serenity

Monday brought a monumental moment into the life of one young man.

Was it a betrothal? No.
Did he receive a promotion at work? No.
Will he finally get a college degree? No.
Does he comprehend the complexity of the female mind? No.

The odometer on my 1993 Subaru Loyale rolled over to 200,000 miles at approximately 8:37 A.M. on Bryant Ave in Minneapolis, MN. This significant landmark brought a wave of emotions crashing into my being like a tsunami hitting a desert island. I was filled with joyful memories, hair pulling frustrations, and contemplation of what the future may hold for "The Silver Bullet." As I reflected on the life lived within the confines of my little piece of Japanese manufacturing, God shone light on the mountains of my Scandinavian Montanan soul.

Driving through rural America on a hot summer day convinced me that I was rolling down that county road in a sweat-lodge on wheels. If the A/C were switched on, the temperature gauge climbed to the red. Sweat from my brow pooled in my eyes, stinging like soy sauce during an ethnic food fight. Sitting in a pool of my own sweat had me asking myself: "Are we there yet?" As the thermometer displayed three digits, I had a burning yearning for winter.

The mercury plunges below zero, snow covers the earth, and my car attempts to prove its worth. Pouring a funny bottle of isopropanol into my gas tank helps the engine start, but my heater continues to leave me with broken heart. Down jackets, long underwear, and shivering keep my body warm. My pores are attempting to de-ice themselves as my car self-diagnoses a case of hypothermia. Who knew cars could be hypothermic?

Seasons aren't always appreciated. When it gets too hot, we long for something cold. When it gets to cold, we want to warm up. The momentary reality gets pushed to the side when dreams of what could be fill up my mind. Contentment is considered but quickly forgotten as selfish desires dominate my daily life.

Who can help make me smile?
What happens next?
When will life look like my dreams?
Where would be a better place to be?
Why do I want what I do not have?
How can I truly be content today?

1 Timothy 6 encourages the believer to examine themselves in light of the teachings of Jesus. Paul's words make this earthly life seem so simple. Do I have food? Am I wearing clothes? Then I can be content.

I should pursue are a right relationship with God; only offered through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Becoming more like Christ doesn't happen overnight and faith is the assurance of things not yet seen. Therefore, live in the moment with the Holy Spirit by your side and when worry creeps in, let God's presence bring true contentment.

Stop for a moment. Be silent in the midst of chaos. Find peace with God.

Contemplate how God's love can bring you contentment.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thoughts on a Day Gone By

Have you ever wondered, "How can I do what God has called me to do when I am so messed up?" There are many throughout the Bible who wondered how they could do what God had called them to do. Moses didn't think he could speak very well, Jeremiah thought he was too young, and Gideon had the faith of a weakling, as he needed so many signs from God, to make sure it was what He wanted him to do.

I feel like all of those things some times. Worse yet, I think all of those things some times. Thankfully though, Jesus doesn't choose us based upon our own merit or worth in His kingdom. He just chooses us to choose us. He often chooses the weak and humble things of this world to confound the wise and the strong and I don't think we will ever be what He wants us to be in this world. In fact, I know it is not the case, but He is one who will never leave us and never forsake us, because He is who He has always said that He will be. He is the one from whom all strength, guidance, and wisdom comes from. God uses us in spite of our failures, our weaknesses, and our sin. Sure, He wants to see us sanctified and as we abide in Him He will do that to us, but in the meantime we can still be the vessels that He uses to bring others to Himself and to glorify His name.

I've been really down about some things lately and feeling like I haven't been doing a very good job at life but God is greater. He is the One who sustains, and in the midst of our brokenness and our defeat, God still wants to use us in His Kingdom. I'm grateful for that, because I don't want my life to be lived for nothing. I don't want to enter into eternity and see all of my life's work burned up behind me; barely escaping the flames. I want it to count for something. I'm glad I don't have to be perfect though in order for that to happen. Christ has already made me perfect before the Father and now I live to serve Him and to make His name known, so that others too, might come to know Him and love others as they are meant to be loved. (I still don't have that one all figured out, but I'm working on it.)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

To See Him As He Is

"My God is so BIG, so strong, and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do!"

Have you ever considered how big our God truly is? Recently I've been learning about the attributes of God, and honestly-- they blow my mind. I cannot even begin to comprehend how big and majestic and holy He is. It seems like the more I learn about who He is, the more I realize that I really don't know anything about Him at all!

I think we as a body of Christ in America have lost the right view of God. In A.W. Tozer's book, The Knowledge of the Holy, he says, "This God we have made and because we have made him we can understand him; because we created him he can never surprise us, never overwhelm us, nor astonish us, nor transcend us." This mindset that we have of God is completely wrong, and He's longing to show us His true self. Tozer goes on to say, "The God of glory sometimes revealedHimself like a sun to warm and bless, indeed, but often to astonish, overwhelm, and blind before He healed and bestowed permanent sight" (Page 43).

God wants to show us how big He is. His desire is that we would know Him and know His power, but our finite minds cannot even begin to fathom who He really is on our own.

Solomon realized how holy and big God is when he prepared to build the temple for the Lord. In 2 Chronicles 2:5-6 he says, "The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain Him? Who am I to build a house for Him, except as a place to make offering before Him"

When we begin to see God for who He is, we will realize how meak and lowly we are in of ourselves. I pray that this week we would all start to view God as the God Almighty-- El Shaddai.

So I ask this of you today: how big is your God?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Set Apart Day

It is the second day of December. I find myself at the front end of a season that causes me to remember. Tis the season of holidays, plays, giving, and gathering. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are words that have started to fill the void between my ears. Words have meaning.

There has been a push in recent years to get rid of the popular greeting: "Merry Christmas" and replace it with the phrase "Happy Holidays." Some people see the recognition of Christmas as exclusive and politically incorrect and would prefer using a more generalized phrase acknowledging the happiness surrounding holidays. As I've been inundated with words during this change of seasons, I can't help but remember that words have meaning.

The word "holiday" may be the best word to use this season. According to Webster's Dictionary, holiday means "holy day." It is interesting to note that the word "holy" is used over 600 times in the Bible. This significant word, I have repeatedly heard, is an important one to understand - holy literally means "set apart." Therefore, a holiday is a set apart day.

Thanksgiving is a day set apart to remember the things in life God provides. Christmas is a day set apart to remember that Jesus the Christ was born, God came to earth. New Years is a day set apart to recognize the beginning of a new beginning, the flipping of the calendar, a time to start new for the year. These are only a few holidays that we observe, probably the most memorable for most, but hopefully they aren't the only holy days on our calendar.

The idea of a set apart day goes all the way back to Creation. (Genesis 2:3) After six days of work, God set apart the seventh day to rest. This day He called the Sabbath and intended it to a day to be set apart from the rest. This holy day is intended to give people time to delight in what God has created and recognize the gift that life is for all humans. It gives the opportunity to stop what you would normally be doing and find rest. It is a holiday. A holy day. A set apart day.

It is safe to say that people enjoy having a holiday. Time off from work, a break from the normal routine, relaxing with family, some breathing room, and an opportunity to rest. Unfortunately, we as sinful human beings have turned holidays into a time of busyness, materialistic madness, selfish gain, and now the only thing set apart about the holidays comes in the form of increased stress.

God commands, and wholeheartedly desires for His people to set apart a day each week to rest and "remember the reason for the season." Don't let it be a burden. Give thanks to God for coming to earth as a human, taking our punishment for sin, raising up from the dead, and offering new life to all who believe in Him.

Make the holidays holy days. Set apart everyday as a set apart day.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Skinny on Worship

What comes to your mind when you think of Worship?

We have opportunities in our lives to Worship on a daily basis. Worship can take many different forms. It can be done quietly by ourselves or loudly and corporately. However we Worship the point is that we glorify God in it, it is to bring God fame.

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The question is will you be there?

Our goal is to get 20 young adults out there as a group. Will you be one of those 20?

Let me know if PASSION Ft. Worth is on your radar.

Next week I'll be blogging on how you can win a free registration to PASSION.