Saturday, August 29, 2009

A confession and a love...

Confession Time: This week was rough on me- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I entered into 19 hours of school juggling multiple projects for the church and with a few too many meetings planned. When I am tired, I get frustrated and faithless. I withdraw from those around me and from Jesus. As with anyone who is overcommitted and struggling, I began asking the question “Why am I doing this?” Why am I a pastor at 21 years of age? Why am I in school, taking this many classes, with these majors? Why am I so poor? haha

I was reminded yesterday and today why I do what I do. Because I love it. Because even during times where it seems like too much- Christ uses it to enrich and grow me. As I was polishing off tomorrows sermon on Serving Selflessly (with a Camp Barnabas shout out)- I was reminded of my passion for preaching and Christ’s incredible gift to let me do it for a living.

I have a long way to go to be who I want to be (who I AM in Christ), a long way to go in my love and patience for people, a long way to go in my faith and character in Christ- but I know that He is working through me and will see it to completion. I love it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

What I've Been Up To..

Sorry I have been such a lazy blogger lately!  I wanted to give you all a quick update and let you guys know that I will finish my “Favorite Quotes From Jesus” series soon as well as start up a new series.  Things have been crazy here at Fc3 as we approach The Launch and my next few days are packed with exciting things!

This evening I am going over to Katy to hang out with Spencer, my autistic friend from Camp Barnabas.  =)  This weekend (Friday night and Saturday morning) I will be speaking at a local church’s Back-to-School Bash which I am very excited about.  Please pray that God shows up in a big way.  After the “bash” I will be heading to the wedding of our college pastor, Michelle!  That will be very fun!  Then Sunday I get a break from preaching as my Hebrew and Greek teacher, Jamie Johns, will be preaching for us at Fc3 (10:45).  

I would appreciate your prayers and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things blogging-wise after this weekend!  

Love you all!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My 5 Favorite Quotes from Jesus: #3 Matthew 13:31-33

"The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.  It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches...  The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened."

This quote is found on the lips of Jesus in Matthew 13:31-33 (as well as in Luke 13 and a similar statement in Mark 4) and is an amazing picture of the kingdom and it’s inevitable fruition.  I actually did a 21 page paper on these statements with an emphasis on the eschatological views of Jesus, but I will not bore you all with that kind of commentary.

Simply put, one of the reasons I love these parables is the encouragement and confidence they give me as I seek to participate in Jesus’ kingdom building.  There are many who view the world as going to “hell in a handbasket” and I have the exact opposite view.  Sure, there are many serious problems with our world (third world debt, sex slavery, etc) but I believe the Church was given a mission and will be seen through to the success of that mission.  

The gospel continues to bear remarkable fruit all over the world in places such as China and Africa.  The Chinese underground church is a remarkable example of the exponential growth of the kingdom at work.  What do these verses mean for our society and culture?  What do these verses mean for our churches?  What do these verses mean for our individual lives?