Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Breaking limits ...

Human beings are not very fond of limits.

From the beginning of time, when Adam and Eve exceeded the single limit set for them, it seems like humanity has been bent on breaking limits.

And yet we place a massive limit on who we can be, and what our lives can become, by placing possibly the largest limit of all on our lives: we vastly underestimate God!

Look at these words from Ephesians 3:20-21 ... actually read them out loud: "Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen."

Do you think God could use you to reach the world? He can do more ...

Do you think He can make you a man or woman of integrity that your children admire and respect? He can do more ...

Do you think He can create an incredible bond of love in your marriage and lead you in creating a rich loving relationship with your spouse that easily lasts a lifetime? He can do more ...

Do you think He can change your church into being such a Spirit-filled place that reaches the lost and makes disciples in such a way that it would make the New Testament church look boring? He can do more ...

He is able "... to accomplish INFINITELY MORE than we might ASK or THINK ..."

So don't you think it's time we cast off the limits of what we believe God is willing and capable of doing for US ... for you and for me?

How are you limiting God with little questions? Little requests? Little dreams? Little hopes? Little faith? Little trust?

Remove the limits, dream God-sized, trust, then plunge in, completely reliant on Him. Then see just how big your life can be!


Monday, September 28, 2009

You've got talent? ...

I love it when I leave a movie thinking a mile a minute about life!

I was blessed with a ticket to go see a movie and chose to see the new version of "Fame." It's not a "Christian" movie, but it stirred my thinking ... a LOT!

I like the movie because it shows how we human beings often struggle with our talent ... being afraid to bring it out, the challenge to discipline ourselves to use our talent, and what others do to encourage or discourage us along the way.

God has blessed every human being with talent of some sort. The idea is to put it to use, all to His glory. Some of us do well with that, some not so good, some don't do well with using their talents. Some are huge discouragers to others, and some help lift others to the heights of their talents.

This film isn't going to win any grand awards. But the content can stir you up and get you thinking ... about your own talent, and that of others. If it can do that, it's worth the watch.

Check it out and see if you don't leave a little more inspired!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Be a Barbarian ...

Like many of you, I love the church and also believe the church has some real problems and needs to change. The short video below speaks well to that end ...

Barbarians International: "The Challenge" from mew films on Vimeo.

Become a Barbarian!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A daily diligence? ...

You don't have to know me for long and you'll discover I'm an avid Twitter fan. I have one "tweet" which I often repeat, which is:

"Who did you enjoy the most today ... Jesus Christ, or someone else?"

Even from "diehard Christians" the thoughts are often, "Come on, I mean I made time for my spouse and kids and those are always so precious ... and I was very busy at the office but had some great interactions with some great people ..."

... blah, blah, blah, on it goes.

Let's bottomline this: If Jesus Christ is your Saviour, Lord of your life, your Master, constant companion, etc., etc., then why not enjoy Him the most in any given day?

Oh, you will have to make time for Him.

You will have to seek Him out.

You will have to engage Him.

But it is possible to know and interact with Jesus Christ, personally and intimately, in such a way that you enjoy Him the most in any given day.

If you're a follower of Jesus Christ, this shouldn't be a surprise or a rarity. It should be your daily diligence.

Want to turn your life upside down? Spend one week earnestly pursuing to enjoy Jesus Christ the most in each day of the week.

do this and you won't be the same ...

By the way, who did you enjoy the most today ... Jesus Christ, or someone else?


More than grace ...

It was interesting reading the tweets on Twitter shortly after the latest Kanye West outburst.

Very soon after, some Twitterites started calling for Kanye to be shown grace.

I'm all for grace!

"But for the grace of God ..." you know how that goes, we'd all be in trouble.


... yes, there is a "however" in this because many people purposely choose to forget that God isn't just a God of grace, but He is also a God of justice and a God of mercy. His interactions toward us can be what we deserve (justice), a lessening of a just sentence (mercy), or something we don't deserve at all (grace). There's a time for each of these.

I would suggest Kanye's public outburst wasn't a time for grace. Someone tweeted that if our worst failures were broadcast publicly, we would want grace. So true! But there's a difference here. Kanye's latest outburst wasn't about a simple moral failure, it was acting out in public on purpose. It is important in society, and for society, that when persons act out immorally in public that society not respond positively, otherwise we simply accept and absorb the unacceptable. There are times when reproof is necessary.

When you act out in public, expect a public reproof. That does not mean that either mercy or grace won't follow.

The same goes for correcting a child, an employee, a friend, etc. When a matter is done in private, address it privately. But when one acts out in public, a certain level of public response may be appropriate, while a full correction can be followed up privately.

I think it is important for our society to publicly say that Kanye West's latest public behavior was pretty lousy. To simply blow it off is to shrug it off as if it doesn't matter or is acceptable.

Treating people wrong is never acceptable.

Even for celebs.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

The magic of free parking? ...

This video has a great story to it! Okay, it's a little cheesy, and you will have to watch for more than 16 minutes, but just sit back and relax for a few and enjoy a fun story ...

(Thanks to @dpbkmb for bringing this to my attention)