Lent, pt. 38

Today was pretty cool. There was a men’s conference at our church tonight.

I would guess about 75 men were there tonight. At least 30 of those were from other churches.

It was really cool to hear a bunch of guys singing out praise and worship.

And then we ate BBQ.

So overall, a great night.


Some people have told me that they can worship God by themselves. That they don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.

I don’t believe them.

Once you get a taste of corporate worship, it adds such a flavor to your relationship with God.

It is just plain fun.


Easter is just around the corner. Lots of people will attend church. Lent brings people back to church.

But when Lent is over, how many people don’t see the inside of a church until Christmas?

Don’t be a C&E (Christmas and Easter) Christian. Be an AYL (All Year Long) Christian.

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Lent, pt. 26

I broke out a new game tonight. Everdell.

Here is a picture of a game setup for three players.

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It is a beautiful game. This is actually the collector’s edition. I traded an unwanted game for this one.

And then I started playing. Against myself.

Yep, you read that correctly. I played a three player game by myself.

Me, myself, and I. This is how I learn how to play a game.

And no, this is not the first time I have done this.

Although I enjoy playing games against myself, it was not meant to be played alone.

That is not how board games work. They are designed to be a shared experience.

So is church.

I love going to church. It helps me live the life God has created for me.

During Lent, try going to church a few times.

Who knows, maybe you will meet God in a new way.

Lent, pt. 12

Did you go to church this morning?

I did and I loved it. God was speaking and I heard Him.

Our pastor read some verses from Mark 5. It was not, however, part of his message.

I feel like God was speaking to me through those verses. Stay tuned because the next couple of days will be the result of this morning’s encounter with God.


But as for this post, there is one word that I want to look at closely.

That word is change.

I have asked the question, “What is the purpose of Lent?”

Maybe you inquire about that as well.

Besides the story from Mark 5, I feel like God wants me to hit on that word, change.

Lent is useless unless it produces change.

Don’t bother fasting or praying if it won’t bring about change in you.

In chemistry, that change is called a catalyst.

I don’t want to try and tell you what to change. I just want to encourage you to change.

We are almost a third finished with Lent, take time to do something that will bring about the change that God wants in you.

That way, we can all avoid the Lent trap.

Good night.

WHY?!?!

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why…?”

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It seems pretty common that people ask this question. We all like answers. It is good to be informed. But there is another perspective on why someone would ask that question. Motivation.

Let me compare two sentences.

“Why is the sky blue?” vs. “Why do I go to church?”

Do you see the difference? The first question deals with facts and information. Those are great questions. Learning is good.

The second one, however, deals with motivation.

I am thoroughly convinced that a person will make time for what is important to them.

This weekend I have been challenged to seek God more than I have been. In response, I have been asking my self, “Why?”


 

Why do I not read my Bible more often?

Why can I only pray for a few minutes without getting distracted?

Why do I attend church?

Why do I…?

Why?


 

God desires me to know Him more. The Holy Spirit is a constant companion throughout my day. Jesus died for me.

Why do I do what I do? If I can sum it up in a sentence…

“I do what I do to bring glory to God.”

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What are you asking yourself today?