Posts made in December, 2014

Psalm 81: Listen

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

guardrail1“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.” (Psalm 81:11-12)

Biblical guardrails, warning labels, flashing yellow lights, caution signs, alarms, boundaries, harbors, sanctuaries abound … all for our safety, our longevity, our vitality, ensuring our arrival at a future worth having.

Stubborn hearts fail to listen, fail to heed and fail to follow; propelled by the quest for independence and cavalier about its consequences. How tragic when good will falls on deaf ears.

Divine governors regulate our “top end,” alert us to danger, and keep our britches between the ditches. Without limits, we can’t help but crash and burn.

So much of our misery is self-inflicted. How much of it could be avoided, if we would but listen to the gracious voice of our Maker.

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Word on the street about Say So …

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

IMG_0523Taking a healthy pause to reflect on our Creator is like balm to a chafed soul. Do yourself a favor and practice a little Psalm soul-care by reading Say So; filled with insightful discoveries of a living and loving God. – Mark Crull, Executive Pastor at Northview Church, Author of Disciple2

In a world filled with so much noise, it’s so necessary to be still and reflect on the greatness of God. This book is a great companion in our quest to encourage our hearts with God’s love. – Derek Minor, Hip Hop artist,  co-founder of Reflection Music Group

Do you long for a deeper relationship with God but aren’t sure where to begin? Start here and let a seasoned pastor and fellow traveler guide you into the Psalms and closer to the heart of your Heavenly Father. With vulnerability, wisdom, and passion Monty Waldron will help you engage God’s Word in a fresh way in these hope-filled pages. – Jonathan Morrow, Speaker & Author of  Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority, Founder of ThinkChristianly.org

God has revealed so much of Himself in the beauty and raw truth of the Psalms. Struggle, heartache, joy, disappointment, hurt, delight…the human condition in a fallen world pours out of the pens of the God-inspired writers of this book of poetry and worship. The truth-filled chapters of Say So consistently shine a light on these inspired words and have challenged, confronted, comforted and encouraged me to explore more deeply my own heart and the heart of my Heavenly Father. I am grateful for my friend, Monty Waldron and for his labor of love in writing this book. – Phil Herndon, co-author of Voice of the Heart Workbook

Monty examines the Word of God with the mind of a scholar and a poet. His words about these passages are as approachable as a conversation over coffee–authentic and transparent about the struggles that we share with the authors of these relevant texts that ultimately point to a risen Savior. –David Stevenson, Singer/Songwriter with Manic Bloom

Throughout the last 10 years of church planting and church growing, there has been a steady hand of integrity and friendship in my life. His name is Monty Waldron!  I am a better Christ follower, pastor, husband, father and friend because God has graced my life and ministry with him. His reflections on the Psalms are simply an extension of the life I’ve seen first hand. Enjoy! – Jeff Patton, Teaching Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church and FamilyLife Weekend to Remember conference speaker

 

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Psalm 41: Spiritual Life Support

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I learned at a very young age to be a survivor. I sought to assert myself as strong, assured, and invincible against all manner of attack. Humanity marvels at the self-made.

Later I learned that I’m on spiritual life support and I have an adversary (along with every person) who knows my vulnerabilities. He finds great satisfaction in exploiting my frailty. He takes pleasure in accusing me of my inability to advance without aid.

praying handsWhile helpless in and of myself, I am not without hope.

I am sustained by the strength of Another, the Lord who made me in His image. He alone is able to heal my broken heart. He alone can restore my feeble will to walk well. He alone is able to steady my hands for the good fight.

It is only because of Him, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2), I will survive the onslaught of my enemy.

How has God strengthened, sustained or healed your broken heart?

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Good News

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The word gospel means “good news.”

What is good about a “gospel” that requires good works as payment for sin?

How will you ever know if you’ve done enough?

Grace (goodness you can’t earn) is GREAT news for broken people who need God to do for them what they cannot do for themselves.

Where grace is received, good works are soon to follow … acts of gratitude, not fees for forgiveness.

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” – 2 Thes 2:16–17 (ESV)

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“Us” & “Them”

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

conflictFor a nation known as The UNITED States, there sure is a lot of division. Listen carefully, everywhere you go … inevitably the conversation turns to “us” and “them.” Seriously, pick a category! We orbit around opposition like the moon around our planet.

Young and Old / Fit and Fat / Powerful and Oppressed / Blue and Red / Rich and Poor / My team and Their team / Black and White / Homeschool, Public School and Private School / Liberal and Conservative / Urban and Rural / Winners and Losers.

The wisest of men once said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls” (Luke 11:18).

Despite our obsession with differences, we share some jaw-dropping similarities …

Every human being is made in the image of God, i.e. relational, creative and influential (Genesis 1:26-27; James 3:9). This affords ALL of us profound dignity and worth.

Every member of the human race is sinful and “under the power of sin” (Romans 3:9, 23). This means that ALL of us – not some of us – are spiritually broken, regardless of how good we might appear on the outside.

EVERY person – no exceptions – will one day die and then give an account of his/her life before their Creator (Hebrews9:27). That gives the brevity of our lives monumental significance!

ALL people, regardless of any earthly distinction, have a singular path available to them which leads to eternal and abundant life (John 14:6; 10:10; Acts 4:12; 1 John 5:10-12).

EACH of us, without any regard for our past, are guaranteed forgiveness and adoption into the family of God if we genuinely ask for it (Romans 10:11-13; Acts 2:21).

The things we have in common truly are the things that matter most in this life and the next. The more clearly we have our shared human condition in view, the better able we are to navigate our differences.

When it comes right down to it, there is ultimately only one “us” and “them” scenario … those who believe the above, and those who don’t. We’re all free to believe what we want, but we’re not free to escape the consequences of our beliefs. Truth answers to no one, but invites all to find refuge within its reality.

Those who do believe the biblical narrative have no room for pride, no reason for hostility; only great reasons for gratitude. Their highest aim in this broken world is to lovingly help all the “thems” they know, who have yet to believe, to find their way by grace through faith into the community of “us.” After all, someone did that very thing for us when we were a “them.”

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