Seasons

It’s February 12th and hard to believe we are almost halfway through the second month of 2017 already.  It has been unseasonably warm the past week or so (even for Arizona standards) and felt more like late spring, than the middle of winter. Football season is officially over, and basketball season for college and the pro’s is just starting to heat up. The Grammy’s are happening tonight, and Spring Break for most people is less than four weeks away.  Most of these are indicators we are entering into a new season. For me, every year when I’m entering into new seasons on the calendar it always gets me thinking of bigger seasons in life that we encounter. What season of life are you in?  What season of life is your family in?  Your career?  Your church? There is a season for everything. Are you recognizing the times and seasons that you’re in?  Or are you trying to stop the inevitable changes of life? If you resist the seasons you lose.  Are you trying to birth something that should die? Build something that should be torn down? Keep something that should be thrown away? Be quiet when it is the season for speaking up? Check out what Solomon says… There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: a right time for birth and another for death, a right time to plant and another time to […]

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Be Bold

As I was reading the other day, this verse hit me right in the face. Listen to this… “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 When I read this, it’s like the word bold jumped off the page right towards me. I felt like God was saying, “Are you bold?” My first thought was like, well yea.. I mean.. sorta.. I mean, sometimes.. well, if it doesn’t make me uncomfortable.. I just found myself making excuses. I realized I’m not as bold as I think I am. I realized that I don’t come boldly to His throne enough. I realized I probably tip-toe into His presence, instead of running towards Him with my arms wide open. It got me thinking. I decided look up the word Bold: Dictionary.com’s definition of Bold is this: not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff. Not hesitating to break the rules of propriety (propriety means the establishment or good behaviors/manners). Do you seek God with boldness? Or are you unsure of how to approach Him? Do you respond to God with boldness? Or are you timid? Do you worship Him with boldness? Or do you just stand there afraid of what other people are going to think if you raise your hands, or clap, or sing out really loud? […]

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Are We Married to the Mission or the Methods?

Some great thought’s from Tony. It sure got me thinking… We operate in denominations and congregations, while the rest of the world is open source. We listen to worship music, while the rest of the world listens to rock and pop. We talk about history, while the rest of the world talks about reality. We are local, while the rest of the world is global. We need the church to connect us in groups, while the rest of the world finds their own friends. We share our message at specified times on Sunday morning, while the rest of the world uses video on demand. We use bulletins, while the rest of the world is on Facebook. We are concerned about the structure and the rules, while the rest of the world is focused on the content. We create everything, while the rest of the world lets everyone create. We are centralized, while the rest of the world is organic. We think the web is for sharing information, while the rest of the world thinks it’s for community. We send direct mail, while the rest of the world is using text messages. What do you think? Are we married to the mission or the methods?

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