Tag Archives: salvation

Hello my name is Child of the One True King

12 Feb

I’m a dad. I’m a husband. I’m a son. I’m a brother. I’m a friend. I’m a singer. I’m a musician. I’m a worker. I am all of these things, but these things are not who I am or where my identity is found.

When I was nine, I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to Himself in a way that I had not before. I heard the gospel of Christ and God opened my eyes to see my deep need for a Savior. It was that day in August of 1993 that I gained my identity. I became identifies with Christ through His life, death, and resurrection. Now that doesn’t mean that any of the things I mentioned above, and many more for that matter, were eradicated, but they did change. Yes all of those things are true of me, but my identity is not on them. If any one of those things were to be no more, while it would be gut-wrenching to not have that as a part of my life, my life would not be over. Yes I would be sad, but again those things are not my identity. My identity is in Christ.

1 John 3:1a says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” For those who have been drawn to Christ through the wooing of the Holy Spirit, we gain the right to be called the children of God. WOW! A child of the one true King. That is amazing!

In Galatians 3:27-29 Paul writes, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” Those of us in Christ have a new name tag, if you will. We have put on Christ and we are identified in Him.

So here is the challenge. No matter what the world tries to say you are, if you are in Christ then you belong to Him. And you can proudly say, “I’m a child of the one true King!” Remember that circumstances and situations do not define who you are.

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Serve justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God

16 Nov

She-wood and I went to see the movie Courageous last night, and can I just say, “Wow!” I know that we are a little late on seeing it, but better late than never, right? I was so moved by it that I had to blog about. I won’t give anything away if you haven’t seen it, but I would like to share how I plan to change a couple if things.

There is a point in the movie where one of the characters tells the main character that he thinks that he’s been a good enough father. The main character responds, “That’s the problem. I don’t want to be a good enough father. I want to be the father that God has called me to be!” When he said that line, I felt like someone had punched me in the chest. I couldn’t breathe. There are many times where I have only been a “good enough” father. I don’t want to be remembered as a father who just did enough to get by. I want to be remembered as a great father who loved his kids and their mother well. I want to be remembered as a father who led his kids to Jesus and led his family with godly principles. I want to be a father who shows his girls how a young man should treat her with respect and honor while they are dating. I want to be a father who calls out the man in my sons.

I know that the only way I can do this is with God’s power working in and through me. I will also need the help of my wonderful wife. I will also need other Christian fathers to partner alongside me to help keep me accountable. However, I believe that with God’s help and direction I can leave a legacy of Christian leadership for my children to pass on to their families as well.

I’m so glad that this movie was made to bring the issue of Christian fatherhood to the forefront.

I wanna be in the light…

4 Aug

Hear these great and encouraging words from Charles Spurgeon.

“The joy of the saints in heaven is comprised in this: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, glorified us…Nothing of beauty is left when the light is gone.  Without light no radiance flashes from the sapphire, no peaceful ray proceeds from the pearl; and so all beauty of the saints above comes from Jesus…In heaven our knowledge will be perfect, but the Lord Jesus Himself will be the foundation of it…Whatever there may be of transcendent splendor, Jesus will be the center and soul of it all.”

What awesome and encouraging words from an amazing man of God!  After reading those words yesterday morning, I found my thoughts clouded by them for the rest of the day.  I am fascinated by the thought of living in the presence of a living Savior whose own glory is so radiant and bright that there is no need of a sun or moon.  In Revelation 21:22-25 John writes, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.  And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there.”  I simply cannot wait to get to that point in eternity.  How amazing will it be to experience that kind of intimacy with our Savior?

Let the imagery of Revelation 21 captivate your mind and thoughts today.  If you are a Christian, let it encourage and uplift you; excite and enthuse you.  If you are not yet a believer, let it intrigue and challenge you; move and salvationcompel you.

We Know Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is…

15 Apr

Last night we had an awesome experience at youth group here at Westside.  We are still working our way through Francis Chan’s The Forgotten God.  Last night was week four of the study and we asked the question, “Why do you want the Holy Spirit in your life?”  It was a great time of discussion about what the right and wrong motives are for wanting the Holy Spirit in your life.  These kids seem to have a good understanding of what the correct motives are.  It really is important that we question our motives in wanting the Holy Spirit.  There is one very right reason for wanting the Holy Spirit, and it is out of loving God and wanting to show the people around you that you love them.  However, there are several very wrong reasons to to want the Holy Spirit.  We can think that we are able to lead the Spirit into doing things that we want to do, but those things do nothing but serve our own interests.  I say this to get to the awesome portion of the evening.  In the book Francis explains that in order for us to truly experience the Holy Spirit in our lives we have to remove everything that keeps us from having an intimate relationship with God and with others.  We had a time of prayer and I opened the floor for people to confess or pray for each other.  God showed up in an amazing way!  It was slow to start, but once a couple kids shared some real struggles in their lives the floodgates were opened.  People were confessing things that they were struggling with, others were praying for those who were confessing, and others were comforting those who had confessed.  It was such a great time together.  God moved, and walls were broken down.  It has been my desire for so long for the kids to understand that we, as a youth group, are a community of believers, and it is our responsibility to lift each other up in prayer and encourage each other.  I think that it really was a breakthrough for the kids in the group.  The great thing is that if that wasn’t enough one of the guys came to talk to me after the service, and I was able to lead him to Christ!  God shows up in amazing ways when we least expect it.  It was such a great night!  I say all of this to encourage those who are struggling in ministry.  We have been struggling for a long time, and it was awesome that God is making Himself known!

But According To Him…

4 Mar

There’s a new song out by an artist named Orianthi.  The song is “According To You,” and there is a lot of meat that can be drawn from the song.  First you should listen to it.  Click here. Pretty good song on its own, and not to mention she has MAD guitar skills.  I talked to the youth last night about how we can relate the song to our lives.  There are constantly people around us or Satan is whispering in our ears that we are stupid, useless, can’t do anything right, and just all around worthless.  We are bombarded with it every day from many different directions.  But there is also another voice that is trying to get our attention as well.  God is constantly saying that we are beautiful, incredible, useful, worth the price of giving His only Son for our salvation.  God loves us more than we could ever know, and He is simply waiting for us to block out the rest of the noise in our lives so that He can speak to us and let us know how valuable we are to Him.  You have to ask yourself which voice you will listen to.  Are you going to listen to the voice of the world and the devil telling you that you are unloveable, incompetent, and worthless, or will you listen to the voice of God telling you that you are loved by the Father, guaranteed forgiveness through the Son, and have the presence of the Holy Spirit with you always?