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Sermon Audio: Resting in Jesus

I’d been reading The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee, and this is the sermon that I delivered to my church as a result.

Essentially, let me sum it up by saying that too many Christians expend too much energy trying to make God happy and trying to make themselves holy. The simple truth is that all of the work of procuring holiness has been done for us, and God will surely produce it in us if we will only rest in Him.

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Sermon Audio – Connecting Others with God

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Fatherhood: The Holy Privilege

There is something unmistakably humbly about being a “father.” Being a parent itself is an incredible experience that, if allowed, will change you in innumerable ways. However, being a “father” is different. If you will allow me, I’d like to ramble here for a few minutes.

Being a husband is serious business, let me tell you. My wife and I will celebrate six years of marriage today, on Father’s Day. For just over a half-decade, I’ve been learning to be a husband, and now, for the past three years, I’ve been learning how to be a dad. Both positions are weighty ones because they are two of the most common word-pictures given to describe God.

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ChurchMag: Blogging in the Youth Room

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Planting a Church in a Church: Patience

Sometimes, it’s hard to endure the frustations of a broken or defective system when your aware of what might be done to fix it. Nothing is probably as mind-numbingly rage inducing as having your hands tied when you know how to fix what’s going wrong.

Patience.

“Planting a church in a church” is a game of patience. No matter what you do, it’s going to take time. Nothing is more destructive—not even leaving the system broken and defective—as moving too quickly, tearing out the old before the new is ready.

That’s what happened with Ron Johnson and JC Penney. Johnson had a system that would work—it worked for Apple. He saw the problem—Penney’s brand was weak and oft-mocked. He was the man to fix the problem…

But he wasn’t patient. He made deep cuts and tough decisions, killing the old JCP before fully creating the new JCP. Rather than making a gradual shift from one to the other, building the new then killing the old, he tried to do it all at once.

And lost.

This isn’t a criticism of him. We’ve all done it. Patience, self-control, wisdom—we all ignore our better judgement and rush in recklessly when we should enter cautiously. It’s a common strategy with a terrible success rate.

Do you want to successfully transform your church from the inside out? Plant a new one inside the old one…slowly.

Be patient.

[Via Cult of Mac]

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ChurchMag: The Church’s Release Cycle

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