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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Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

Articles, My Life, Youth Pastoring
As I sit here in my office I am about 30 minutes away from Marshal County High school. This morning there was a shooting there. A student of the school showed up with a gun and shot at his classmates killing 2 and injuring several others. In the past 6 months there have been several other shootings at schools including on in Italy, TX that happened yesterday, that I hadn't even heard about until today. Right now it is 2:02 and I, like so many other parents, am counting the minutes until school gets out so I can see my kids and give them a big hug simply because I still can. As I sit here one thought keeps coming into my head. "This is why I do what I…
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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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Eternal Lives Matter

Eternal Lives Matter

Modern Culture, Spiritual Ideas
In the middle of this crazy political world I want to challenge you with these words. Eternal Lives Matter. If you are a Christian what should matter to you most is not who wins an argument or who is president or what laws are being passed or who is calling who what names. What should matter to you most is the fact that after this life there is an eternity and what matters most is telling people how they can have eternal life with Jesus. In Corinthians Paul says this: Although I am a free man and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like…
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Endurance for Unity

Endurance for Unity

Bible Stuff
Romans 15:1–6 (HCSB) 15 Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. 2 Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even the Messiah did not please Himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me. 4 For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. 5 Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, 6 so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord…
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