the way you look at God

If found sitting in Barnes & Noble, you can catch all kinds of people.  Reading all kinds of books.  Searching through all kinds of magazines.  Studying all kinds of subjects.  Talking to all kinds of people doing the same.

This is fascinating to me.  It always has been.  What makes each one tick?  What sparks them to do the things that they do?

We are all searching for something.

I am here to tell you a truth that I can’t seem to get out of my mind.
The way we look at God is the way we live our lives.

That’s so simple, isn’t it?  The way we view Him is the way we go about our lives.  Its why we do what we do.

If we view God as generous, we will be generous.
If we view God as spiteful and hateful toward certain types of people, we will be hateful and spiteful too.
If we view God as not there or nonexistent, we will live as if we alone matter.
For the way we see God is the way we live our lives.

Ask yourself right now: What am I doing with my life?  And how does that make my God look?   If you get to your core views of God, you will become completely wrecked and challenged.  I am doing this type of searching right now and I am coming up with some crazy reasons for why I do the things I do.

And this search is not ultimately about who you are and what you do but about who He is and what He did.

Our God is glorious and we don’t live like it.  We have a small and inaccurate view of God.  Therefore, look at your life and see what kind of picture of God you are painting for the world around you.

There are all kinds of people here in B&N and they all believe very drastically different things about God.  But if you examine their lives, you will find that the way they look at God is the way they live their lives.  Some are generous.  Some are stingy.  Some are kind.  Others are kind to only those they like.  Some are always procrastinating for that last minute assignment because they view their God as not worthy of preparation.  Some don’t care about God.  Some care too much about what others think.  But for each of them,

the way they look at God is the way they live their life.

Set list 3.27.11

We had a great time discussing the women in our lives this week.  Tim did a fantastic job speaking on this topic and we would have had the message up today on our podcast but our mixing board blew up halfway through our service.  It was during a very climatic moment too and it felt as if God’s wrath was tearing our ears apart.  Oh, well, good thing we were already planning on buying a new one.

Its funny to me that it happened, not during the loud worship time, but during Tim’s message.

Here was our set list:

Salvation is here – Hillsong
For who You are – Hillsong
Furious – Bethel Church
Facedown – Matt Redman

Set a fire – Will Reagan & the United Pursuit

time is all you get

You are like me.  Lots of ideas.  Lots of adventures that you want to tackle.

But you are like me.  Lots of procrastination.  Lots of time wasted trying to perfect ideas in order to simply begin.

Let me just encourage you to go do something.  Stop wasting time.  After all, time is the one thing you get so little of.

I have now taken Thursdays off from my job to work within my passion – ministry.  During those days, I do more than I do the rest of the week. Because I am focused.  Because I have passion for what I’m doing.  And one day is all I get right now.

One day is all I get.  But its enough to leave me craving more.  I look forward to Thursdays so much right now.

This morning, I was at Barnes & Noble with my Nook Color and I was reading the War of Art by Pressfield.  I read the intro and it hit me right where it needed to.   Here’s the quote:

“There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this:  It’s not the writing part that’s hard.  What’s hard is sitting down to write.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

So sit down and do the hard work.
Go serve.
Go write.
Draw.
Paint.
Play music.
Read.

Do what brings you the most passion.  And the most good to the world.

Whatever it is, go do it with all that you have.  Because time is all you get.  Don’t waste it.

Set list 3.20.11

This week, we continued our series about marriage and love.

Tim really brought it home concerning how men should respond to and lead their wives.  He focused us in on Ephesians 5:21-33 and shared a few things.

Here are some good quotes:

“No man has ever come closer to Christ by being nagged by his wife.”
“The purpose of marriage is not are we satisfied, but to show God’s love for the world through us.”
“Marriage is not about us but the gospel.”
“Men don’t lead their wives because sometimes its simply ackward.  But step up and see God work through you.”
“In Genesis 3, when Eve sinned, God went looking for the man.”
“We can see revival, if men step in their places and lead their families.”
“If your wife isn’t following you, you need to check your leadership style.  This is because women tend to have no problem following a man who is sold out to God.”
“Isn’t it true that we struggle to honor those whom we are most familiar?”

Here was our set list for Sunday, 3.20.11:

For who you are – Hillsong
Give me faith – Elevation Worship
How he loves – John Mark McMillan
Facedown – Matt Redman

If you want to listen to our sermon, check it out here in the coming days.

Set list 3.13.11

We had another great week at 24/7.  One of our elders, Rob Johnson, spoke and shared a powerful message about leading a godly family and raising up godly children.  It was one of the best messages I have ever heard on parenting and relationships within the family.

Here was our set list:

Salvation is here – Hillsong
Divine Romance – Phil Wickham
In the midst – Jason Bunch/Chris Garren
Furious – Bethel Live
Set a fire – Will Reagan & the United Pursuit

Set list 3.13.11

We had another great week at 24/7.  One of our elders, Rob Johnson, spoke and shared a powerful message about leading a godly family and raising up godly children.  It was one of the best messages I have ever heard on parenting and relationships within the family.

Here was our set list:

Salvation is here – Hillsong
Divine Romance – Phil Wickham
In the midst – Jason Bunch/Chris Garren
Furious – Bethel Live
Set a fire – Will Reagan & the United Pursuit

Set list 3.6.11

We started our new series exploring Love (through marriage, family, and singles).  Tim shared a message on how to honor your spouse through not trying to fix them but through work on your own self.  I was challenged deeply especially by this one statement: “We don’t enter marriage to be fulfilled, emotionally satisfied, romantically charged, but rather to become like Jesus.”

That statement reminds me of reading Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas right before getting married with Vickie.  Marriage is not about happiness but about holiness.  It points you to your flaws and inability to be who you are in Christ at all times.  Thank God for His grace and mercy.  Thanks also to our spouses.  If you want to listen to the message, check it out here.

Songs:
Song of Hope (Heaven come down) – Robbie Seay Band
Glory to God Forever – Fee
Mighty to Save – Hillsong
Furious – Bethel Live
Set a fire – Will Reagan & the United Pursuit

Furious was a new song for us at 24/7 and the church was already singing it wholeheartedly.  It is a great song that is focused completely on characteristics of who God is.

Set a Fire was another song after the message that the church sang out with the hearts.  It is a song that has been on my heart for the past month.  “Set a fire/down in my soul/that I can’t contain and I can’t control/I want more of you God/I want more of you God”