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June 22, 2018, 9:45 AM

The Real Story on Racism


What exactly is racism? Is racism a black cop arresting a white man or a white cop arresting a black man? Is racism a person not hiring someone of a different color because they aren't qualified? Is racism a white person feeling scared in a black neighborhood? What exactly is racism? 

There are lots of definitions, but in my book racism is descriminating against someone merely because of their culture or their skin color. Let me give you an example. I was talking to an older man one time. He was saying that he was going to stop going to this car dealership that he'd bought several vehicles off of, because they had hired a black manager. I asked him if he knew the man or had any bad dealings with him. He said he didn't know him, but he was not going to do business with any...you can fill in the blank. I was very angry and told him what I thought. This was pure racism. 

Division by race is or culture is a battle that Jesus dealt with in his time on earth. When he walked up to that well to get a drink and he talked to the woman there she was shocked. She even asked him why he was speaking to her. Jesus was breaking all kinds of cultural rules. He was a man speaking to a woman. He was also a Jew and she was a Samaritan. She knew that he could get in big trouble for doing what he was doing. He didn't care. Jesus was not bound by the cultural boundaries that people had set up. He crossed over them, because he cared about all people regardless of their nationality or their gender. 

So how do we deal with this in 2018 as a believer? We need to follow the example of Jesus. We need to value people not based on what race they are or what gender they are, but based upon the fact that they are human.  We must decide that we are not going to give into what we've traditionally done or just by what makes us feel comfortable. We treat people the way Jesus taught us to. 




June 8, 2018, 8:32 AM

Evangelism--a big word with big results


There are a lot of "churchy" words that we may have heard all of your life but we just can't quite pin down what they mean. Redemption, justification, propitiation, fellowship...these are a few words you might have heard throughout your life, but if you were asked to give a strict definition of them you would have a hard time. 

Another one is evangelism. What exactly is evangelism? The dictionary defines it as the preaching or promulgation of the Gospel. That doesn't really help a whole lot. Let me help you pin down what evangelism is. 

Evangelism is...service, compassion, making friends, kindness...it's all of these things. When Jesus was questioned in Matthew chapter nine about eating at Matthew's house with a bunch of sinners he answered the critics by telling them, "For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Jesus was doing his mission, which was evangelism, by eating with a bunch of sinners. When Jesus is criticized for going to the house of Zaccheus, a despised tax collector, he simply says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost." Jesus was evangelism by hanging out with Zaccheus at his house. 

Some of you love to serve others. This is when you really feel like you are hitting a home run. You are evangelizing when you serve lost people. Some of you have a big heart. You have the gift of compassion. When you listen to someone, when you allow someone to cry on your shoulder you are doing evangelism. Some of you are very social. When you golf, or fish, or watch a football game with someone who is lost you are evangelizing. 

Evangelism is not for just a certain type of person. Evangelism is not a certain method. Evangelism is about taking on the mission of Jesus to seek and save the lost in your everyday life in ways that make sense to you. 

So go out there this week and evangelize! 




May 29, 2018, 9:19 AM

It's Your Serve


We are going through a sermon series on five different purposes you have as a Christian. The one I'm speaking about this week is service. You could argue that we are most like Jesus when we are serving others. 

Jesus said this in Matthew 20:28... just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus did NOT come to be served, but to serve and to give his life. If this was the life calling of Jesus, and we are to become like Jesus, then this is a pretty good life calling for us, too. Here's how you and I can get involved in service. 

1. Look for opportunities to serve. 

There are more opportunities to serve than we could ever handle, but why don't we see them more? We need to be anticipating opportunities to serve. We have to lift our head out of your self-absorbed existence and see others. It's the older man struggling to put his groceries in his car. It's the person who is using change to pay for a loaf of bread. It's the single mom at church struggling with her kids. I could go on and on and on, but you get the drift. We have to be looking for opportunities to serve. Jesus told his disciples that the "harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." 

2. Have an attitude of service.

Service is about attitude. If you are seeking for everyone to serve you as if planet Earth revolved around your existence you will never see the chance to serve. We need a shift in this. We are good consumers. We are good at taking and consuming, but what about giving? I'm not really talking about money, but just giving of ourselves. Remember that second part of what Jesus said...he gave his life. This was not just about dying for us, but also living for us. 

What if you woke up tomorrow morning before you headed off to work or wherever you had to be and said to yourself, "I'm going to serve today." I'm going to serve the customers. I'm going to serve my co-workers. I'm going to serve my boss. I know your job may not be what you dreamed of when you were a kid, but just think how your attitude would change if you did this. 

3. The impact of service.

We almost expect to get bad service. I know this, because I know the impact good service has on me. When I get a good waitress or waiter who serves me well I'm impressed. I want to tip them well, because they have done a great job of serving. When I talk to someone on the phone about a problem I'm having and they are friendly and helpful and serve me well I want to write them a nice note. When I walk into a store and I'm greeted and I'm asked if I can be helped and they help me...I let them know how much I appreciate it. 

If we know the impact of great service then we should be involved in it. As Christians we should be serving with excellence. We should be making a difference in the way we serve at our job and wherever life takes us. When you start doing this you'll find out that it makes life a lot more fun. You enjoy the menial tasks and duties of life a lot more when you have an attitude about service. 

Go serve someone today! 




May 18, 2018, 11:50 AM

The Best Encouragement...a Good Example


When I think of encouragement I usually think of kind words and friendly notes or a nice text message. Encouragement is partly this but so much more. 

Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12 to be an example to the believers. He was told to set the example through his love, conduct, speech, faith, and purity. Part of the job of the pastor is to set an example and to encourage the people that they can do it, too. It's also your job. 

Being a Christian is hard for anyone. Going to church and putting a couple of bucks in the offering plate every week isn't too tough, but actually following Jesus is pretty tough. It's hard to do the right thing when others don't seem to care. It's hard to live different than your culture. It's hard to buck the temptations of this world, but it's worth it. 

That's the point...it's worth it. We aren't even talking about you...it's worth it for the hope and inspiration you give to others. People need some hope that they can live this life for God. They need to see others doing it to believe it. 

When I was much younger I had a mentor who gave me great advice. I took much of his advice and applied it to my life and my ministry and it worked. The problem was I got disappointed when I saw he wasn't really living it out. His life was coming off the rails. I still loved him but I lost some respect. 

Several years ago I met a man that became another mentor. I really respect him and was inspired by him, because he really did live the life. He never gave me advice that he didn't already do himself. I was inspired to try to do the things that he was doing. 

We need to realize that the best encouragement for others is not kind words or a nice note...that's important, too. But the best encouragement you can give is to set an example. Inspire someone by living the life yourself. 




May 10, 2018, 10:54 AM

Finding purpose every day


Everybody's working for the weekend. 

It's finally Friday, I'm free again. I got my motor running for a wild weekend. 

There are many more songs written about the weekend. There's actually a country song called, The Weekend. 

Here's the problem with waiting for the weekend...we are missing the purpose of each day. We are missing opportunities to make a difference each day of the week. 

One of the purposes God has for your life is WORSHIP. Worship is not something that just happens on Sunday morning or a Wednesday night at church. Worship is a lifestyle. Just imagine this. A person joins Alcoholics Anonymous. The person's meeting is on Mondays. Tuesday-Sunday this person gets drunk and then shows up every Monday sober. When the group figures out what this person is doing they are really worried. This isn't the point of AA. It's not just about showing up to the meetings sober, it's about changing your life. It's about living it out every day of the week. 

The same is true of worship. It's not meant to be something that is just done one day a week it's a lifestyle. 

Romans 12:1 describes this kind of worship a LIVING sacrifice. This is in comparison to the sacrifices of the Old Testament. The sacrifices of the Israelite people were meant to be their best. In Malachi chapter one Malachi is rebuking the people of Israel for giving defiled sacrifices. They weren't giving their best, and it was not okay. God expected their best. The same is true of us today. 

God doesn't want our leftovers. God doesn't just want one day of worship and six days of ignoring him. God wants all of us every day. This might sound pretty demanding, but think about this. 

God does not expect anything from you that you can't give. He's not an unfair parent who has unrealistic and impossible expectations of you. He only wants what you have. He is able to be pleased. If you simply give him your best that's all he wants. He doesn't expect out of you what you cannot give. 

So as you read this and you move on with your life go give your best. Give your best in your work. When you go home give your best to your wife and kids. When you spend your money do it to the glory of God. Take care of your health as if God has given you life. (he has by the way) 

Go live your life on purpose...today. Don't wait for the weekend! 


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