17. November 2010 23:29
This past Sunday I was reminded about the reality of the bigger picture, even the "more real" world that The Matrix gave us a great picture of, although it was quite allegorical. Much of my world is nice and neat, surrounded by what I would imagine are God-fearing and God-honoring people. If I want to really reach out into the hearts of teenage kids, I need to go hunting for them outside my church doors, right? I mean, these guys and girls are doing fine, doing great, and loving and worshipping God at any chance they get... right?
Dead wrong. And I should know better. I've seen how "hurt" a heart can get by just putting a mirror on my own. Not just hurt by mean people, but hurt by my own false impression of myself, of God, and my picture of what others think. Even if it's totally false, I still bought into it. How much more so the young men and young women I'm getting to know better and better. While it's not a mid-life-crisis as we often think of it, it certainly is... [More]
11. November 2010 06:30
As we celebrate Veterans Day today, it's rather easy to look around life and pick out the men and women who I know that have served me and my country through military service. I'm sure I'd miss some of them, but I can certainly name a few, and I thank them.
But what about freedom of the heart? Who has paid THAT price? Certainly, Jesus did. The sacrifice he made for me on the cross completely paid the price for my Salvation, Freedom, and Life. But is that it? Is freedom of the heart like freedom of speech, where once it's paid for I can just walk out the door and exercise it to my heart's content? I don't think so.
I'm thinking today of three other places where the price for freedom must be paid. First is all the men and women who have fought for my freedom without even knowing my name. Missionaries, authors, speakers, and those random people you see on the street who make you think, "what do they have that I don't?" Those people have paid a price to become the people God made them ... [More]
28. May 2010 09:24
FREEDOM ISN'T FREE(I don't know who wrote this)
I watched the flag pass by one day, It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease.. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, With hair cut square and eyes alert He'd stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil How many mothers' tears? How many pilots' planes shot down? How many died at sea How many foxholes were soldiers' graves? No, freedom isn't free. I heard the sound of Taps one night, When everything was still, I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That Taps had meant "Amen," When a flag had draped a coffin. Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn't free.
14. October 2009 09:41
Finding Your Place in the Bigger Story
A lesson for youth on freedom and significance
Tonight (10/14/2009) I'm leading our youth group,and want to start talking about "The Bigger Story." This is actually much more than just what could be accomplished in a single night, much less even in an hour a week, once a week, for any period of time, so tonight I just want to start cracking the door open... seeing where they are, what their expectations and hopes are to what the future holds, and how they came to that "conslusion." Are we aiming to be what the world has planned for us, what we feel we can accomplish, or what God has specifically designed us to be? That's not all that hard to answer on a surface level, but down deep, who am I really LIVING as if I'm going to be when I "get big?"
ICE BREAKER - What do you want to be?
Give each person in the group two card to write on. On the first card, have them write their name, and answer the question "What do you want to be when yo... [More]
13. October 2009 06:34
Some topics I'd like to cover in youth group...
Promises / Language / Words "Matter"
"The Bigger Picture" / Finding your place in the story
Movie / Video clips
More thoughts and comments to come...