What's in the Center?

I have heard it more than once that we are all worshippers.  It is never a quesion of if we will worship, but what we will worship; what we keep at the center of our affections; where our time, money and emotional energy goes.

If anything other than Jesus is at the center, I  have created an idol that has take Jesus' place.  I Love 1 John 5:21 in the old Living Bible, "Dear children, keep way from anything that might take God's place in your hearts." Something, or someone, taking God's rightful place iin my heart gives birth to a lot of other sin in my life.

Some of the idols (I have an idol factor growing inside my heart) I struggle with are:

  • Praise
  • Success
  • Respect
  • Admiration
  • Reputation
  • Position
  • status
  • Popularity

By His grace, and empowerd by Him,  I need to take that idol up to the top of Mt Moriah and put the knife to it; as God asked Abraham to do when it looked like Issac had become an idol for him and Sarah.



Move Out

For quite a few years I have tried to learn a new verse a month.  My latest verse is Deuteronomy 2:3, "Then the Lord said to me, you have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward."

Lord, make it clear to me when it's time to move on, move up, move out!

  • To something stretching
  • To something out of my comfort zone
  • To something I have been afraid to try
  • To something I know you have been asking me to do, but have procarastinated on
  • To something that will cost me
  • To something that has great potential for failure, but also great potential for success with Your help
  • To something requiring more faith and trust

Lord, Help me be willing to move to something a little higher, a little harder, a little more God-honoring.

Help me let go of the familiar, the comfortable.


Omission, commission or no mission

"The greatest sin of the church today is not any sin of commission or sin of omission but the sin of no mission." So says Dave Browning of Christ the King Community Church in Bellingham, Washington in his book, "Deliberate Simplicity."

This really got me thinking. You and I have heard it many times. There are sins of omission (not doing what I should, or could, have done).  Then there are sins of commission (doing what I should not have done. But another great sin that gets us into lots of trouble both corporately and individually as leaders in His church is having no mission; no sense of direction and destination in mind that rallies people to something better; something more God-honoring than what is. Could it be that "No Mission" is the biggest sin of omission that robs God of his honor and  robs us of our potential to make a significant difference for the kingdom?

Are you clear about what you are up to and where you are heading with your people? Are they clear? Do they understand your vision, dream and burden?


Smile. You're On Candid Camera

I should have suspected something when I saw a flash go off as I raced through an intersection trying to beat a red light.  It happened a few weeks ago, so I had forgotten. Forgotten until I returned from a trip last night  and was informed by my wife Susan that I had an interesting piece of mail with a picture of my Toyota pickup running a red light. Now I know what that flash was.  What could I say?  I was Caught red handed with my hand in the cookie jar.  This morning I was very conscience of every yellow and red light and did what I should have done on that fateful day.  They say that haste makes waste. Haste has also cost me $124 for a lesson well learned.  Why is it so difficult for me to respond in the same way when the omnipotant camera of God catches me in my sin? Why is it such a struggle to repent and do what pleases Him?

On another note, I just posted a new book note at, "Missional Renaissance" by Reggie McNeal. He speaks of three shifts that need to happen for the church to fulfill it's mission:

1.  From an internal to an external focus

2.  From program development to people development

3.  From church-based to kingdom-based leadership

Check it out.  You will find it practical and provoking.


Who Told You That?

This is soooo good, that I wanted to pass it along to you.  So much of what holds us back, and down, as leaders (as well as those we lead) is believing lies about ourselves.  Lies that never were true, are not true now and never will be true. Jesus is the way THE TRUTH and the Life.  Satan is the father of lies!

Thoughts from Pastor Steven Furtick
Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina

Who told you that?

After the fall, Adam began to explain to God how he was ashamed and afraid because he was naked.
I love the way God responded:
“Who told you that you were naked?”
Genesis 3:11
Obviously Adam had been influenced, informed and instructed by a voice other than the voice of God. God was perturbed about it!
“You think you need to hide in shame and be afraid?
Who told you that?”
I wonder how many times God has the same objection when He hears the lies we believe:

Who told you that?

  • Who told you weren’t capable?
  • Who told you one little compromise wouldn’t hurt?
  • Who told you you’d never accomplish anything significant?
  • Who told you it was too late to start over?
  • Who told you that you couldn’t be forgiven?
  • Who told you that you had to settle for that?
  • Who told you you’d never gain victory over that sin pattern?

So many voices compete to create a cacophony of confusion concerning the things we believe about ourselves.
God’s voice resonates with clarity, wisdom, and vision.

  • Who misled you?
  • Who talked you out of your dream?
  • Who convinced you that you didn’t measure up?