What I’m Learning from Paul

 1-2Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.

 3-4If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.

 5-6Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

 7-12If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

 13-15We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!

 16-18So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4, The Message)

Most Interesting Man at Graystone Church

Lifehouse Skit

Saw this today and had to post!

The Other Side of the Fence

If you are a baseball fan, you know how nice the ballparks are these days.  They are beautiful compared to what I played on.  We never had a grass infield when I was playing.  Shoot, the first field I ever played rec baseball on was a chicken wire fence and dugouts.  The out fielders could really roll up in that baby on a long fly ball.  Today the worst field is better than what we played on.

There is however, a thorny, rocky, muddy, weedy, poison oak or ivy laden area just beyond that fence in the outfield, usually. This is a place that on a normal day, I would never be willing to step, crawl, climb, get scratched or take a chance at the poisonous weeds, tics or snakes.  But, when one of your sons has hit a home run that all changes.

It makes no difference what is on the other side of that fence, you will attempt to get that ball.  This is especially true on the first one.  This weekend, my youngest son, Evan hit his first home run.  I was so excited.  My oldest son, Michael, tracked it down and I was so impressed that he wanted to find it for Evan.  All of this makes me proud.

So, Ev got his first home run in a All-Stars Championship game three weeks after his older brother got his first home run in highschool baseball.  Way to go guys.  What a June!  I love you, both.

Movement?

Some tribes are stuck.  They embrace the status quo and drown out any tribe member who dares to question authority and the accepted order.  Big charities, tiny clubs, struggling corporations — they’re tribes and they’re stuck.  I’m not so interested in those tribes.  They create little of value and they’re sort of boring.  Every one of those tribes, though, is a movement waiting to happen, a group of people just waiting to be energized and transformed.

Excerpt from Seth Godin’s book Tribes

I dig this!  And, we must be a catalyst to help these groups be energized and transformed.  I feel this in my heart, for the cause of Christ.

Something I Never Did As A Dacula Falcon

Oh yes…I bleed blue and gold, but not for that trade school in Atlanta.  My blue and gold blood is for the Dacula Falcons.  I graduated in 1985.  I also bleed red and black because I am a DAWG from UGA 89′, but that’s another story.  Back to blue and gold.

As a Falcon, I scored points by shooting baskets, kicking a football through the uprights…well most of the time, and by running in for a touchdown a few times, but I never scored any points  in baseball.

There is a perfectly good reason for no points in baseball.  I never played baseball for the Dacula Falcons.  I never got to win a baseball championship at any level or for any sport for that matter at DHS.

But, my son has.  Michael has been privileged to play on two championship teams the last two years.  I’ve heard people say….this group is special and I believe they are right.  You can go to the DHS commons area and find two Gwinnett baseball championship trophys that this class of 12′ team has already won and they are only upcoming juniors.  Yeah…I’m proud of all of them.

There is one other thing I never got to do as a Dacula Falcon….hit a home run!  But my oldest, Michael did it today on Brian McCann’s home field in Duluth against Shiloh.  I love you boy, home run or no home run.  Jesus Rules with you and that’s the coolest thing I know.

I look FORWARD to the next two years especially for the Dacula Falcons.

Whatta ya say kid….?  GO DACULA FALCONS!!