Merry Christmas from our home to yours! May your life be illuminated this and every day by Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. His visit to our dark planet has given us hope and enables us to shine brightly for Him until He returns. May every breath we are given be used for His glory!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that today you and your family have a special and happy day together as you take time to SLOW DOWN and appreciate all the many blessings that God has given. Since we don’t get to sit at the table together and go around during the meal sharing what we are thankful for I wanted to share a few items off my list:
My Savior who loved Me and gave Himself for Me. His love takes my breath away and I can’t wait to see Him face to face.
My Bride who is my love, partner in crime and my best friend. She is such a wonderful mother and encourager.
My two beautiful girls who make me smile & laugh and make me want to love Jesus more.
The amazing people at fresh life. It is a thrill to teach the Bible to hearts that are hungry for God’s Word and so eager to see people meet Jesus.
Skull Church, The Liberty Theatre, Fresh Life Radio, and Fresh Life Groups–all incredible doors of opportunity that God has illuminated and opened in the past year as we have taken steps of faith so that those stranded in sin would find life and liberty in Christ.
Aisle Seats in the Emergency Exit Row. For just that little extra bit of legroom and the ability to get up whenever I want. And “yes,” I am ready, willing and able to help in the event of an emergency.
Technology. Because I believe it exists to make Jesus famous (and because i am a big nerd.)
Billy Graham. Because he has shown what a life looks like that is focused like a laser on the cross. I am inspired to live my life as passionately obsessed with the gospel as he has.
What are you thankful for? Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done (1 Chronicles 16:8)
Jennie and I just got back from Southern California late last night. We were there for a married couples retreat put on by Harvest Christian Fellowship. Pastor James MacDonald, from Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, and I did two sessions each and then there was a panel discussion where Jennie and I joined James and his wife, Kathy, and Greg and Cathe Laurie on the stage to answer questions that people had submitted. It was out of control at times, as you can imagine, but was especially great to hear from the wives, and Jennie did a killer job.
Even though I started to feel my voice going out 1/2 way through the conference (a public speaker’s worst nightmare) and was hoarse by the end of my second message, the whole weekend was a lot of fun, especially hanging with the MacDonald’s and the Laurie’s. Jennie and I went into the weekend not just wanting to give out but to take in as well and we could really feel the Lord strengthening our relationship. Retreat’s like this are the marital equivalent of an oil change, important every few thousand miles and even more necessary the longer you go without making the investment! I hope to put one on at fresh life soon. Continue reading…
I had a killer conversation with my girls as we were standing outside looking at the stars last night. I asked my daughter, who is almost four, “How many stars do you think there are?” And she goes, “So many. Maybe eleven or twelve.” Then I asked my two-year old, “Who made the stars?” and she responded, “Me.”
Although I’d give the whole interaction an off the charts rating on the cuteness scale they were both wrong. And even though I don’t know the exact number of stars, (and nobody else does either) I do know there are more than twelve–a lot more. I am also reasonably certain that my youngest daughter was not the one who made them. Her older sister, apparently spotted that outrageous claim as well and was quick to correct her saying, “Jesus made them, and He made me too.”
Bingo. As we stood there gazing at the night sky that thought swirled through my mind. Jesus made them. Colossians 1:16 says, Everything was created through him and for him. That is just one of the mind-blowing verses from Paul’s letter to the church at Colosse. And I am so super, stinking, ultra, fully, pumped to begin studying Colossians this weekend at fresh life.
The name of the series is, NUCLEUS and the big idea we are going to see in Colossians is that Jesus is the center of everything. Colossians 1:17 says, And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And if there is an area in our lives that is out of whack, chances are we have put something else in the center.
Warren Wiersbe once said, “I have a feeling that we would have revival in our churches if all true believers dared to live what Colossians teaches.” I can’t wait to watch God move and I hope you will take part.