Hello dear beloved friends! This is a message called, Rest and Resolve: What Gets Us Through Deadlines, Demands, and Disorder.
It’s about what gets us through when we want to give up. You can stream above or download directly here. I’m also on iTunes here.
I talk about Jesus versus Peter at the Transfiguration. Some other things I talk about are: That moment of exhaustion when you sigh for a long time before you walk through the door, the burn-out check-out from school and marriage and career, the strange beauty of enjoying something you can’t pay for with nothing to offer, the greatest miracle Jesus ever pulled, faith as a long-distance relationship, a word for both perfectionists and slackers, and the one crucial question they ask you at a car accident.
All messages can be streamed here. Be blessed and love y’all!
Hello dear friends! This is a message I preached called, Writing Them In Instead of Writing Them Off: A Grand Vision of Saul to Paul,on the story of killer Saul becoming Apostle Paul, from the perspective of his first roommate, Ananias.
I talk about how the disciple Ananias helped to turn a Christian-killing terrorist Saul into the Bible-writing healer Paul — and how God does that kind of work in us. Stream below or download directly here. I’m also on iTunes here.
Some things I talk about are: Adopting my abused dog Rosco and rehabilitating him, how an African-American musician befriended and changed a KKK leader, why I agree with the Elder Brother against the Prodigal Son, the impossibility of outgrowing your nickname and time-stamped hometown past, the one frustrating difficult person that never changes, how the back-row of punk kids at church completely humbled me, and the freedom of finally becoming the kind of person that loves no matter what.
All messages are here. Be immensely blessed and love y’all!
This is a seminar I gave on dating and relationships to a wonderful ministry of college students and young adults in Gainesville FL, aka Gator Town.
It’s called The Adventure of Dating and The Reality of Relationships. It’s about the exciting prospect of dating and the gritty, difficult, raw reality of relationships. Stream here or download directly here!
God is a holy, holy, holy god. He does have the freedom to judge you however He wants to. I don’t care how much you feel something, desire something, believe God ought to do something a certain way. He’s not bound to your feelings, your notions, your opinions. He doesn’t care what [I] conjure up in my head of what I think ought to be right or ought to be wrong. He says, ‘You’re not God. I am. And here’s what I say is right and wrong.’
It doesn’t matter that you say, ‘He has no right to punish me. He has no right to have this type of wrath. Or a loving God can’t create a place of punishment.’ You need to understand: God does whatever He wants to do, and it’s not about you. Maybe you’ve lived this weird Disney Land life where people bow down to you and really care about your opinion. That’s not the way God is. I don’t care how powerful you are. I don’t care how much money you have. I don’t care how good you look. I don’t care how popular you think you are. You’re nothing. I’m nothing in the presence of God. … But because of the blood of Christ, He calls me His child.
At church on Sunday, I preached on why we should forgive. After service, we wrote the names of those we wanted to forgive, wrote down the debt we thought they owed us, and put those notes in a wooden cigar box. We poured lighter fluid on it and burned it out back.
As a wise man once said, “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping it kills the other guy.”
“A lot of times when we think about sin, we think sin is when we do those things that God prohibits. … There’s also another way to sin. It’s the sin of omission. And that’s when God says, ‘I want you to do this’ and we don’t do it … When God goes, ‘Not only are these things prohibited, but here’s where I’ve called you to walk.’ “
2 Peter 1:1-15. God loves us before we took a single breath. Part 1. “The pre-qualification of God’s Love, always having game with God, stuck in Flex-To-Impress Mode, and the One Constant in the universe.” Dec. 2, 2011
2 Peter 1:16-21, 2:1-3. When Jesus is a reflex. Part 2. “The absolute hardest part about following Jesus, the Five Fails of Peter and his Two Names, and when Jesus is one more thing on your busy schedule.” Dec. 9th, 2011
2 Peter 2:12-22. Exposing the ridiculous. Part 4. “A movie (supposedly) based on a true story, breaking up with someone over text, the Problem of Pain versus Pleasure, the religion of celebrities, and a culture of collision.” 1-27-12
2 Peter 3. The Bible’s conclusion. Part 5. “The token prophet who declares doom in the ghost-disaster-conspiracy movie, the problem with Jesus’ miracles, breaking in the Kingdom of God today, and Jesus the cannibal.” 2-3-12
“Even if you’ve been coming for years or grew up in the church or whatever else, I have this fear that some of you, or possibly many, many of you — are going to hell. It keeps me up at night. … Do you understand the reality of what I said? I’m talking about hell. Have you heard that word so many times that you’ve just grown numb to it? Eternal punishment. So what in the world am I doing up here then? And again, I sure hope you don’t see this as, ‘Oh Francis is up there judging the congregation saying he’s saved’ — I’m not saying that. I’m saying I’m willing to bet some of you would leave this room and say it about yourself, that you are lukewarm — meaning you’ll be spit out of the mouth of God and cast into the fires of hell. That’s all I’m saying, is what you would say about yourself. And it blows me away that some of you won’t do anything.”
Matthew 7:24-27. How you think is who you are and where you go. Part 1. “When the honeymoon is over and you learn how their fart smells, eating at Thanksgiving until you want to die, and adjusting your sound board.” Nov. 27, 2011
Luke 8:1-15. How God grows you. Part 2. “Diet Coke versus Real Coca Cola, accidentally eating all the cookies, a giant spider the size of your head, and the disciples who were called morons.” Dec. 4, 2011 – Combined children’s service
John 16:33. The stable anchor in a world of instability. Part 3. “The Earthly Story versus the Heavenly Story, when the pressure of the moment feels permanent, cutting the line at Disney World, and the bitter blog.” Dec. 11, 2011
Matt. 6:25-34. Series: The Crazy You Secured In Christ. Worry is a bad theology. Part 4. “Worrying about trying not to worry, the journey of a hamster named Dexter, cleaning out the buffet, and a Metaphorical (or) Supernatural Promise.” Dec. 18, 2011