January 30, 2008
An interesting event occurred Tuesday, Feb. 29. A man, wanted by the police, barricaded himself in an apartment complex. Within a short time, police officers, SWAT and a variety of other law enforcement personnel initiated a standoff that lasted about 8 hours or more. The interesting part is that our church became the Red Cross refuge for the tenants of the apartment complex. They evacuated the complex, picked up children from school, contacted others at work, and had them all come to the church until the crisis was ended.
Several staff and lay people from Paramount were on hand to help minister to these families. I watched as our people began to build relationships with individuals and share the love of Christ. Children were laughing and playing in the play zones while youth were in video game heaven. A tense, negative situation, was lightened because followers of Christ took an opportunity to minister in an unusual situation.
I believe lives were touched through the experience. Mine was! It will be interesting to see the long term impact that night had on children and adults alike. The love of Christ was practically and vividly demonstrated through his people. Thank you Red Cross, thank you Paramount members for making a difference.
January 28, 2008
Is your Christianity authentic? Is the expression of Christianity we see in America authentic? Is TV Christianity authentic? What is authentic Christianity? What do you think?
I would love to hear your thoughts as to what constitutes authentic Christianity. What do you see as the essential beliefs and practices? Where have we gone wrong? (If we have gone wrong.) Let me know what you think. We will deal with this topic in EXP throughout February and March.
January 28, 2008
Saturday night’s service was a great one. If you missed it, the podcast for Darrell’s sermon, “Touched,” has been posted. Listen to “Touched” here or direct download it here (right-click the link and select “save target as…”).
As always, feedback is welcome.
January 26, 2008
God continues to bless the faithfulness of his people. The extended prayer time tonight was incredible. I saw the Holy Spirit move through hearts, especially those who came to His altar and laid before Christ their trials and tribulations. God is mighty to save!
Our God Saves (Paul Baloche/Our God Saves)
All We Need (Charlie Hall/Flying Into Daybreak)
Salvation is Here (Hillsong United/Look to You)
Rock of Ages (Maranatha Praise Band/Best of Worship, Vol. 4 – Meet With Me)
Mighty to Save (Hillsong United/Mighty to Save)
Holy Holy (Tim Hughes/When Silence Falls)
Come and Listen (David Crowder Band/A Collision)
Nothing But the Blood (Passion Worship Band: Charlie Hall/Passion ’05: How Great is Our God)
God bless you this week!
January 24, 2008
It would be crazy for me to walk up to Michael Jordan, probably the greatest basketball player ever, and tell him of my great basketball abilities. It would be ridiculous for me to brag about my bank account to Donald Trump. Do you think Harrison Ford would be impressed that I was the lead in my 2nd grade play? These guys are so far beyond me in their respective talents, that to act like I am on their level or to boast about my meager accomplishments in their fields is insane!
I wander though if I sometimes approach God with that attitude! “Hey God, look how holy I am!” “God, have you noticed how faithful I am?” By spouting my spiritual accomplishments, somehow I believe God will be impressed with me. Like I am as “godly” as God?!
Proverbs 25:6 starts out by saying, “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence.” The height of arrogance is thinking I am somehow on God’s level. To compare my basketball skills with Michael Jordan is ridiculous. To compare myself with God is unthinkable.
I think I am better off living Micah 6:8, “walk humbly with your God.” Humility is much wiser and more attractive than pride as you relate to others and especially as you relate to God.
Just a thought!
January 22, 2008
As part of my devotion today, I read Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” The application – When you see red flags, STOP!
So often I want to do something so badly that I ignore warning signs. Once I accepted a position at a church, ignoring the red flags raised during the interviewing process, only to resign 6 months later. It was a bad decision. Had I paid attention to the red flags, I would have spared myself and my family much heartache.
In your decisions to accept a new job, who to marry, what house to buy, what to invest in, etc., etc., watch for red flags. Don’t ignore them, heed them. They are God’s way of directing you and sparing you from making mistakes. Just a thought!