What's Your Story?

March 15, 2014

What’s your Story?

This past Thursday there was a guy on the corner of Lee and Quarrier Streets in Charleston.  He was a younger guy with long hair just sitting in a sports chair.  As I got closer I could see he was holding a sign and immediately I thought he was panhandling.  And of course I rushed to judgment.

The closer I got these were the words on his sign – “What’s your story?”  I started heading toward him so I could talk but someone else got there first and I heard him explain he was traveling across the country and just wanted to talk to as many people as he could while he was traveling.

Since then I have been thinking about the question – “What’s your story?”  I would say I don’t have a very exciting story.  I haven’t done anything world changing – either good or bad.  I haven’t written a book.  I haven’t made headlines for my work.  Most people wouldn’t know who I am.  But does that really matter?

What matters is that my story is His story.  And by “His story” I mean God’s.  My story is tied up in Jesus.  My story is tied up in God.  My story is tied up in His church.  My story is tied up in each of you.  My story is my family.  My story is God’s story.

I hope that is what I would have told that guy on the corner.  And I hope I would have ask him how his story is tied to God.

So…what’s your story?

Look for God today in all things! 

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

 

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2013
Well..here we are again.  It is Christmas time.  I want to encourage you to really enjoy your time with family and friends without feeling guilty.  Be thankful for your blessings and all of the gifts that you may receive this season.

But I also want to encourage to be thoughtful of those who do not have what you have.  Make an extra effort to give in some way to others during this season.  

And I want everyone to celebrate Jesus!  His birth is so important.  Take some time and worship this seas...
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Life on the Vine

August 11, 2013
This is the title of a book by Philip Kenneson about cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives.  He asserts in the book that the church has failed to do this and has simply become an extension of our culture rather than recreating our culture by living and displaying the Fruit of the Spirit.

I attended a VBS a couple of weeks ago and the theme was the Fruit of the Spirit.  Great discussion about how the evidence of the fruit in our lives will spill over to others as we are able to bear ...
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Life is Short, Pray Hard

June 1, 2013
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.   James 4:14

I had a couple of experiences this week that really brings this scripture to light.

1.  A 47 year old father and husband is in the hospital with swelling on the brain.  The future is uncertain and family has been told there is really nothing that can be done. 

2.  A 31 year old single mother of 2 passes away after a short battle with cervical canc...

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Grace -- what it's all about!

April 20, 2013
From Brennan Manning's book -- "The Ragamuffin Gospel"
 

Put bluntly, the American church today accepts grace in theory but denies it in practice. We say we believe that the fundamental structure of reality is grace, not works–but our lives refute our faith. By and large, the gospel of grace is neither proclaimed, understood, nor lived. Too many Christians are living in a house of fear and not in the house of love.

Our culture has made the word grace impossible to understand. We resonate with ...


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Relationship vs. Religion II

May 21, 2011
Which has more power?  A relationship with God through Jesus or a list of religious duties and rules?  Yes, I realize that at some level the two go together.  However, we have had it backwards.  We don't follow the religious duties and rules to have a relationship -- we put the effort to follow the duties and rules because we have a relationship.

Think about it.  Which one has more power? 
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Relationship vs. Religion

April 30, 2011
Is there a difference between relationship and religion?  Are the two mutually exclusive?  Can you have them both?  What is it that Jesus came to share with the world?

Jesus says that two things measure our spiritual life -- Love God with everything you have and Love your neighbor as yourself.  Love that defines our lives and the activities we pursue.  Could it be that we have missed the point by making the religious institution the focus?  Could it be that we made the wrong things the most im...
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Is it Working?

April 2, 2011
Is what we are doing working?  Are we working for the Kingdom or are we simply perpetuating our little group?  Don't misunderstant me -- I am proud of my heritage, my beliefs, my convictions.  But aren't we supposed to be building the Kingdom?  Yes, we can do that through the local church, but the local church here is either stagnant or declining.  It is time we started looking for a more effective way to reach the world for the Kingdom.  The church is a small part of the the bigger Kingdom. ...
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Question?

March 25, 2011
What stirs you more --  The tradition and/or beliefs of the movement/denomination that you are part of or the intense desire to follow the leading of Jesus in your daily life?

My hunch is that we all want to choose the latter, but we would probably have to choose the former.

What stirs you the most?
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2011

January 29, 2011

11 Questions for 2011

Do you thirst for God?

Are you governed increasingly by God’s word?

Are you more loving?

Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?

Do you have a growing concern for the needs of others?

Do you delight in the bride of Christ?

Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?

Do you still grieve over sin?

Are you a quick forgiver?

Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

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About Me


I am lucky enough to be the husband of Kerry and the dad for Alex, Emily, Jeremy, Jacob, Jessica, Max, Olivia, and Maci. I am also the Preaching Minister for the Cross Lanes Church of Christ in Cross Lanes, WV. My Motto: "Live in such a way that those who know you but don't know God will come to know God because they know you."

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