Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

This year, 2015, has been a year like no other. This year, Debbie and I celebrated 40 years of marriage and ministry together. This year, we welcomed our 12th grand baby, Courage Chad Alan, into the world. It was a year of healing. It was a year of, "TruClarity." It was a year of opportunity to do four rounds of (7) at Buckhead, Gwinnett, Brownsbridge and North Point. It was a year to take (7) on the road to SC, VA, MN, UT, CO, AZ, and CA. 

I am so thankful for NPM producing and exporting (7) which gave me the platform and opportunity to take these questions to the world. I am so humbled and honored as I reflect on these things.

This year made me realize that, there are good years and hard years and the Lord is in the middle of all of them. Whether you had a good year or hard year, we can always give thanks for the following:

1. God, being an amazing Father, a loving Savior, and a faithful friend and Helper in times of need.
2. A beautiful and glorious Creator of the heavens and earth and every thing we see and enjoy.
3. His amazing Word, the Bible, which is able to make us wise in this life and the next.
4. Family and friends and relationships that make us better people.
5. And so much more...

What are you thankful for this year?

1Chr. 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

Psa. 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 

Col. 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 

1Th. 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

What I'm Thinking About These Days

In light of the ruling by the US Supreme Court re: same sex marriage on June 26,2015, people have asked what do I think or believe? These are some things I think:

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
I believe in the holy catholic(universal) church: the communion of saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting. Amen.

These are some of the things I'm thinking about and believe these days 
What about you? What are you thinking these days?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Deut.17.18-20 Copy/Scroll/Transcribe the Scriptures

In December of 2010, I was having lunch with a friend and great young leader, John Ott. At lunch he asked me if I had ever seen these verses from Deuteronomy17:18-20?   

"When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites.  19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel."

I was confident that I had read them in the past, but upon seeing them that day, I did not remember them. John said that he was going to try this practice and copy Deuteronomy. I said,"I'm not." But I was starting a study in Romans and I thought, "Let's give this a try." Well, 4.5 years later, I have copied Romans through Jude, including Proverbs. This practice has changed and saved my life. are a few ideas:

1. Pick a small book in the New Testament to begin. (Philippians, Colossians, James)
2. Pray this simple prayer:" Heavenly Father, would you please teach me, speak to me today by Your Word and Spirit, in Jesus Name. Amen."
3. Get a good notebook, "Moleskin" and pen.
4. Begin copying word for word. Slow down. Make space for God to speak.
5. Write down any thoughts, questions, ideas, observations that come to mind. You may also want to draw or illustrate what you are writing and seeing.
6. If you can, try to capture the "Big Idea" that stood out for you that day. Ideally, if you can put that in a memorable phrase that sticks with you...that would be extra credit. :-)
7. Get ready for this to change your life.

The goal is not to copy Scripture by any certain date, but to slow down and let the Word of God speak to you in very personal ways. Enjoy and let me know how this goes for you.

Heb. 4:12   For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Of What Am I Most "Proud"?

Recently, I was asked by my new boss, Ryan Gray, of what am I most "proud"? I did not even hesitate in my thoughts and answers. I loved the clarity that was in my mind. As you can imagine, I answered it in order and in bullets:

1. I am most proud of my relationship with God my Father, His Son Jesus, the Holy Spirit and His Word. I became a Christian at 14 in 1968 and have loved growing with God and His Word. I am what I am and I have what I have...ALL by the grace of God. I am so grateful.

2. I love my 40 year marriage and relationship with Debbie. We have "fought for ONE" our whole marriage and it has been so worth it. It has led to great connections in our spirits, souls and bodies. I love Debbie and the marriage God has given us.

3. I am super proud of and pleased with all 8 of our children. God has created amazing human beings and all of them are seeking God in their own way and styles. They are all incredible to Debbie and me.

4. I love that they have given us 12 grandchildren...10 boys and 2 little girls. Each one of them have captured our hearts.

5. And finally, I love the work God has given us to do at NPM in leading men into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been at North Point for 14 years and we loved creating (7) to invite men to live free and lead well.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing grace and love and leadership in our lives. We are eternally grateful in Jesus Name. Amen.

What about you? Of what are you most proud these days?