October 2009

Since we are to allow Scripture to speak to us communally (no Scripture is given for private interpretation), I figured I would provide space for us to talk about Scriptures that are speaking to you (us). So, why don’t you comment on here with some of the Scriptures that God is walking you through (or He may just be straight up messing you up with!!). I will comment and choose a few for us to discuss. So, 1, 2, 3…GO!


It seems we are also wanting more from Christ…(this isn’t necessarily bad). In this passage, Christ had given His followers instruction, promise, power and authority. Yet, they wanted details to the plan. I find myself often in this position. God has called and equipped, however, I want in on the know, I want the steps and the process. Most of the time it’s because I’m excited and fired up…sometimes it’s because I’m leary and afraid. He proves Himself over and over and I want more. He desires obedience and faithfulness and trust and I ask for Gideon-like proof. Lord help us to act and believe, help us to be faithful and full of Your power and know that as we go and as we make disciples, You are with us and empowering us to fulfill Your will.
Acts 1:8-10

I’ve read many blogs that have allowed guests to blog and I thought who better to talk to us about grace and truth than Charles Spurgeon! I think he alludes to One Prayer way before Craig thought of it! How true, the passion SHOULD be of the believer! Let me know your thoughts and convictions; mine are many as I am still processing this powerful devotion.
“For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.”
— 2 John 2

Once let the truth of God obtain an entrance into the human heart and subdue the whole man unto itself, no power human or infernal can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house—this is a Christian necessity, he is no Christian who doth not thus believe. Those who feel the vital power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Ghost as He opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be rent away from the gospel of their salvation. What a thousand mercies are wrapt up in the assurance that the truth will be with us for ever; will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is Christian privilege, without it our faith were little worth. Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are but rudiments and lessons for beginners, but we cannot thus deal with Divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babes, it is in the highest sense strong meat for men. The truth that we are sinners is painfully with us to humble and make us watchful; the more blessed truth that whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus shall be saved, abides with us as our hope and joy. Experience, so far from loosening our hold of the doctrines of grace, has knit us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now more strong, more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will be so till in death we clasp the Saviour in our arms.

Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies, wide as the election of grace must be our communion of heart. Much of error may be mingled with truth received, let us war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth which we see in Him; above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.

The other day I went shopping for shampoo….big mistake. When the grocery list says, “shampoo” one would think it wouldn’t be very difficult to purchase the item. Well, easier said than done. Upon arriving in the ‘hair care’ isle, I quickly realized I was in over my head! The countless namebrands were overwhelming to say the least, but truly, that’s only the beginning of the problem! I arbitrarily chose Pantene. (Don’t ask). Well, the subdivisions and categories were ridiculous! Frizz control, volumizer, damaged hair, oily, dry, treated, thin, ugly (I made that one up), this is not to mention the conditioners and other products. I simply wanted something that would clean my hair. I’ve been wondering if excess is still cool? Is there a time (now) when too many options are detrimental? Shampoo shopping is now intimidating and scary. I DONT want to do it! I WONT do it! I guess shampoo shopping for my wife and mother-in-law might be different. You see, Sarah, my mother-in-law, runs her own Salon. She’s trained, educated and experienced in all things hair. She’s not intimidated. She probably enjoys it and dominates it. My wife grew up in that environment. (She’s a girl too, that probably is a factor 🙂 )

What are the implications for the church? I enjoy all things church. I’m trained, educated and experienced. I grew up a PK and LOVED it! However, there are many in our culture that are overwhelmed by the options, diversity and emphases of our churches. I sometimes wonder if church diversity is one of our worst enemies? I’m just sayin….What if we have allowed so many options to creep in and distract the Church from our primary mission of the Great Commission grounded in the Great Commandment? We tend to become so focused and specialized that we excuse ourselves from fulfilling THE ONLY TRUE mission for the Church. Could our options and specializations end up intimidating and confusing those “shopping” for God in our churches? Are there those that are simply wanting to connect to God (much like I simply wanted to wash my hair)? But, they are so confused they may actually back down from pursuing Him in our communities of faith? Do they see marketing, competition and overselling our specializations as desparate attempts to grow our God business? I don’t know…I’ve just been thinking about this for the past few weeks. Excess and options tend to be overdone for our generation. We tend to desire simple and authentic purposeful products and relationships. What do you think?