Posts made in November, 2014

Psalm 63: Feasting with the Father

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo be human is to be spiritually hungry.

All of us eat, but not all from the same table.

Spiritual starvation isn’t due to a lack of consumption; but to feeding upon the fruitless fodder of a dry and weary cultural landscape.

The world offers an endless buffet of junk food that may hold off a hunger pang, but never nourish one’s soul.

God alone – His beauty, grace, power, wisdom, love and glory – can sustain us. Nothing is so satisfying than feasting with our Father who fills us with the very fruit of His Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), the abundance of His presence.

How and where do you feed your soul? Is it feast or famine?

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A heart-to-heart with God

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When was the last time you had a heart-to-heart with God? In a crisis? Or maybe with the opportunity of a lifetime on the line? What if conversations with God could happen as a way of life for the rest of your life?

As children, we all learned to speak by listening to others. When it comes to talking with God, there’s no better place to listen in on heartfelt conversations than in the Psalms. Each chapter offers a glimpse into honest dialogue between a loving Father and His children; unsanitized prayers made to a God who welcomes us into His presence with struggles and celebration alike.

Say So will draw you in to the give and take of prayer in the psalms and compel you to engage God with raw honesty and anticipation of His life-changing presence.

You can get a signed copy at Christian Publishers Outlet from 1 – 2PM this Friday!

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Say So: Psalm 1 … Thirsty

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Psalm 1 (ESV)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

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Thirsty

Spiritual blessing is the fruit of focus.

We are thirsty-souled people living in a land crowded with so-called wells of wisdom, most of which contain toxic, stagnant opinions tainted by the best of humanity’s intellect. Some wells, though, are brimming with life-giving truth that originates with God, not man. It is wisdom man doesn’t conceive, but only receives.

Fruitfulness is had by those who choose to drench their souls with God’s word. All the more reason to carefully test the water of the wells we frequent. Where we find little to no Scripture, we are bound to find little to no blessing.

The best well of all is the Bible itself. We would do well to dive daily, prayerfully into its waters and drink as deeply as we are able. Doing so ensures that our flawed thinking will be renewed, releasing us to bear every bit of the fruit God intends.

 

What thoughts, impressions or convictions come to your heart and mind as you reflect on Psalm 1? #SaySo

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How Say So Started

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It all started a little over two years ago.

Kimberly was still very much in the process of recovering from cancer, our church was facing some overwhelming challenges amid a new facility, and I felt like I was going through the motions spiritually.

I sought to engage my heart by returning to a place that has long refreshed my soul … the Psalms. I came away from that experience with a series of responses to the first 50 psalms, and I’d like to share them with you in hopes that they will encourage you to engage God in conversation like never before.

What most motivates you to spend time with God?

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Unashamed

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In a day when tolerance is touted as chief among virtues, yet often practiced with hardly any resemblance to the original intent of the word, our church has launched into the New Testament book of Romans … equally offensive to ancient and contemporary sensibilities (intolerant you might say). Were Paul alive today, he would very likely be labeled abrasive and out of touch.

Romans is without a doubt the most comprehensive of Paul’s letters, and arguably  among the most deflating to the human ego. it is brimming with hope, but ruthlessly opposed to self-reliance and performance-based religion. Additionally, Paul wrote at a time when Roman culture was the furthest thing from virtuous and the church was under relentless attack for her supposed lack of sophistication and fanatical devotion to the crucified Christ.

Paul boldly addressed moral and ethical deterioration and called for a radical departure from the impotence of man’s theories for the life-giving abundance of God’s design. Though ridiculed and abused for his teaching, Paul stood firm, unashamed (Romans 1:16) of the good news that Jesus Christ came to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).

Like the apostle in his day, we have a profound opportunity now to carry the gospel without shame to all who live in our corners of the world. As Christ followers, we are broken yet hopeful couriers of grace trafficking in a wasteland of works. May the beauty and power of our message compel us to speak up with clarity and compassion, unhindered by the affliction  which might accompany our faithful delivery.

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