Breaking the Huddle

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This morning I heard Anthony Evans (Dr. Tony Evans’ son) being interviewed on the Catalyst Leadership Podcast and he told of something his dad taught him. His dad said, “Anthony, you don’t go to a football game to watch a huddle you go to see the difference the huddle makes.” At that point my mind began to race with thoughts. I’m not sure what he said after that but you can go iTunes and search for Catalyst Podcast and listen to the August 8th podcast. Here is what the Spirit began to teach me.

  • That is what Christians do when they worship together – So huddle.
  • That is what a Sunday School class does – So huddle.
  • That is what the purpose of a LIFEgroup is – So huddle.
  • That is what a small group is – So huddle.
  • That is what a youth trip is – So huddle.
  • That is what a bible study is – So huddle.
  • That is what a restoration team is – So huddle.
  • That is what a Christian concert or conference is – So huddle.
  • That is what a prayer group is – So huddle.
  • Christians must come together – So huddle.

BREAK THE HUDDLE

Run the play

Live the Life

Let Christ Be Your Life

Most Christians spend their life in a huddle and never run the play.

Be Disciples

Make Disciples

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The Culture of ME

This morning it was time for me to write something for us to send out to the Harvest Church faith family. It came to me quickly what I needed to write and implement. I feel like we all need this.

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Stepping out of your culture is hard. It is hard to go to a different place with different daily routines, meals, traditions and more. It takes preparation to pull it off. It might be tougher to change the culture of your own life without changing locations at all. This is our battle. Each of us need to change the culture of ME. The culture of ME is the experiences that make up the life of ME. The things that I do everyday are the culture of ME. The accepted ways of living my life are the culture of ME. Many, if not most, of us need to seek to change the culture of ME. The culture of ME should be one that is totally rooted in Christ and everything I do flows from those roots. As Christians, we are His ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). God is seeking to reach people for His Kingdom through us (2 Cor 5:20). The culture of ME must have Jesus as its authority and priority. We must seek to change the culture of ME from casual Christianity that rarely mentions Jesus or considers Jesus to the place where He compels everything we do. The love of Christ is to compel us (2 Cor 5:14) to have a culture of ME that is Christ rooted. So, I close with a question of challenge. Does your culture of ME challenge you to live holy, speak boldly, and commit deeply? Or, is the good life good enough?

Why Lord and Savior?

Why is it so important that Jesus be your Lord and Savior?

Here is one of the most clear ways of understanding this. We are all sinners for the Bible says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We also know the problem is self is our God. Paul in writing to the Romans wrote, “ but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” (Rom 2:8) So, it is clear that there are two issues for all of us – sin and self.

If my only problem was sin, all I would need is a Savior.

If my only problem was self, all I would need is a Lord.

Jesus as Savior solves our sin problem.

Jesus as Lord solves our self problem.

So, today make sure you have repented of sin and self and are following Jesus as Lord and Savior.

LIVE or LOVE?

I find myself when typing on my phone to type “live” when I want to type “love”. So I type, “I live you” instead of “I love you”. I got to thinking about that the other day and wondered what the difference is. “I live you” sounds like it means that I live your desires. It sounds as if you have become that person. I know this might sound a little crazy, but can we “love” God if we don’t “live” God. Isn’t that our call as Christians? Aren’t we to “live” God out in our society. Isn’t that why we have the Holy Spirit.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

(Gal 2:20, NLT)

What do you think?

Where Have I Been & What I Learned!

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This is my 500th post! Woohoo! I have not posted since May 1. Here is why. I took some time off from everything but my wife and family. It was a great time but life does not exist in “off”. One of the things that I needed to find out while I was out was prompted by a question Francis Chan poses in Multiply.

When you pick up the Bible and begin to read it, what is motivating you? Are you driven by guilt? Do you have a desire to know God more fully? Are you looking for arguments against other perspectives? Are you looking for material for a Bible study or sermon?

Francis Chan, Multiply

I have the responsibility and privilege to teach several times a week so this question pricked my heart. Why? Why do I study the Bible? Is it to just get material to preach and teach on. Is it always for someone else? So, in my time away I watched this. Here is what I found.

I love God and His Word. It was so refreshing to read and study with nothing to prepare. It was good to know that God was speaking into my spirit and my situations. I read God’s Word and He refreshed me. He gave me great days with my wife. So, I will spend some time posting to the blog again and I hope you missed me.

Go to bars?

Go to the bars! I have had varying feedback from Sunday’s sermon. Not sure if anything was remember, but my statement concerning going into bars. I realize that people who are not strong in their faith should not go into a bar. I realize there are temptations as one enters a bar. I realize some people will stumble if you go into a bar. I realize everyone in a bar is not lost. I realize that going into a bar could change what some people think about you. I realize some of you think I’m crazy. Let me clarify, if I may.

  •  We have got to engage a lost society; Jesus did.

Matthew 9:11 (ESV) And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

  • We have got to see people instead of labels; Jesus did.

John 8:3–4 (ESV) The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.

  • We have got to be more concerned with the spiritual condition of people than what people think about us; Jesus did and Paul makes it clear that he did.

Galatians 1:10 (ESV) For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Here is my point. We have GOT TO see people and their need for Him as Lord and Savior. We encounter them everyday. We work with them. We buy from them and sell to them. We live with them. You don’t have to go into a bar to find people in search of Jesus, but we cannot choose to do nothing.

You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Season your life with salt and shine your light in the world.

Heaven Will Have Surprises, Lesson #16 of 50

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Lesson 16

Heaven Will Have Surprises

Our lives consist of label. We have labels on everything. We know the makeup of the food we eat and the cars we drive. What would we do if labels were removed from our lives? Imagine buying ketchup without a label. How would you know it was ketchup? The problem with label is that we have also put them on people. If we label them, it makes them much easier to compartmentalize. Because the label helps us know if we like them or not. You know most of the labels we have for people so I want go through the long list. But, I would like for you to read this poem and think about this.

I was shocked, confused, bewildered

As I entered Heaven’s door,

Not by the beauty of it all, 

Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven

Who made me sputter and gasp–

The thieves, the liars, the sinners,

The alcoholics and the trash. 

There stood the kid from seventh grade

Who swiped my lunch money twice.

Next to him was my old neighbor

Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought

Was rotting away in hell,

Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,

Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, “What’s the deal?

I would love to hear your take.

How’d all these sinners get up here?

God must have made a mistake.

And why is everyone so quiet,

So somber – give me a clue.”

“Hush, child,” He said,

“They’re all in shock.

No one thought they’d be seeing you.”

Let’s remove the labels from people and once again see people.