His Cheeseburger Christians

His Cheeseburger Christians

Devotional Thoughts
There is an old VeggiTales song that starts out by saying, “And not it’s time for Love Songs with Mr. Lunt” and then proceeds to sing about the deep love that Mr. Lunt has for “His Cheeseburger.” It is silly fun and not really trying to make any deep philosophical points, but I have always had a problem with the song. The thing is it is a really terrible love song. It is a funny, fun song that makes you smile, but it is the exact opposite of a love song.   Let me explain, and hopefully you will see why it matters. You see in the first verse we discover that the cheeseburger of his desire is out of reach to him because the restaurant is closed. At this…
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I Want Them All

I Want Them All

Devotional Thoughts, Youth Pastoring
Luke 14:23 (NIV) “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. An evangelist who came to our church when I was a youth would read this verse before he sent us out in cars to bring people to church. He would add a little to the end each time he would say "till my house is full and sloshing over." It was a long time before I realized that wasn't part of the actual verse, but the idea has stuck with me. We are getting ready for Youth VBS. It starts on Sunday and runs through Thursday and it is a whirlwind of activity, singing, and Bible study. There are always…
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SHINE

SHINE

Devotional Thoughts, Spiritual Ideas
The power was out at my house for about 16 hours earlier this week. Sitting there in the dark I started think about how much being in the dark makes everything different. Sitting in the dark makes everything different. Probably the biggest thing for me is how much even small lights can make a room livable. You can go from so dark that you can’t see anything and are bumping your head on things to a room that is navigable with just the smallest amount of light. We are supposed to be the light, we are supposed to glow where the light meets the dark. The problem is that we spend all of our time in the light and we forget that we are actually able to glow and light…
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Doing the Work Again

Doing the Work Again

Devotional Thoughts, Youth Pastoring
So about a month ago I got a new computer and I had so much fun getting it up and running with all of my programs. There is something cool about having a new clean computer that you can add things to. It is an easy way to clean out things you don't need and you it is almost therapeutic to organize all of the windows and menus just the way that you like them. But when that same computer had a fatal crash yesterday and I had to reinstall windows I didn't enjoy myself anywhere near as much. The work was the same, the steps the same, but something about the fact that I had already done it before made me not want to do it again. There is…
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God becomes Flesh and Dwells Among Us

God becomes Flesh and Dwells Among Us

Devotional Thoughts, Spiritual Ideas
I heard something really neat yesterday in church. The pastor said that we don't come to celebrate Christmas because Jesus is born (as in he just came into being). We celebrate Jesus because the God who always was becomes incarnate. God becomes man and that is well worth celebrating. As we come together at Christmas we remember that God becomes like us so that we can know him and so that he can provide the way for us to connect with God through the cross. Let's celebrate the incarnation today!
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