Writing Them In Instead of Writing Them Off: A Grand Vision of Saul to Paul

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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!

Burying Your Burdens

This was our unforgiveness.

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.”

You can listen to the sermon here.

Hey church: Love you guys. We burned this thing but forgiveness is a daily, continual, willful decision. Don’t run, but confront it with Christ. The debt is canceled: move on to new life.

Winter Retreat 2011 Sermons: God Is The Point of Everything

The Winter Retreat Sermons: God Is The Point of Everything

The four sermons from the Dayspring Winter Retreat are now posted!

God Is The Point of Everything – Winter Retreat, Part 1

Isaiah 55. Simply knowing and embracing God. 1 of 4. “Saving the four year old child in traffic, Psychological-Advantage-Theology, planking for God, and Jacob the bass guitar player.” Dec. 19 2011

Me, The Point of Everything – Winter Retreat, Part 2

Phil 2:1-18. The lies we buy. 2 of 4. “The most opportunistic generation for selfishness, having Chick-Fil-A withdrawal, and a dance floor where everybody’s doing the robot by themselves.” Dec. 20, 2011

The Boss Who Loves Us – Winter Retreat, Part 3

Romans 8. Absolute love and authority. 3 of 4.”The bizarre world of X-Factor, the creepy girl who idolized me, in the passenger seat of life, and what it’s like to be the worst preacher in the history of preaching.” Dec. 20, 2011

To Struggle Joyfully – Winter Retreat, Part 4

1 Kings 2:1-4. Joy and pain with God. 4 of 4. “The wonderfully weird life of David, the secret sinful lives of our Bible heroes, the Starfox barrel roll, how sin makes you stupid, and the abusive love of parents.” Dec. 21, 2011

The Way Everlasting Podcast
From New Light Church

Sermon Illustration: Second Nature Jesus

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A four minute sermon illustration about how a saturation with the Word of God creates a second nature reflex of godliness.

This is about my pastor and mentor Reverend Paul Kim, who I became so close with that I eventually began to think like him and act like him. In the same way, intimacy with Jesus and the Word creates a Christ-likeness as a natural reflex in cooperation with the Spirit.

For the sermon podcast, click here.

News that Christians should read: Week of March 28th

The weird, outrageous, funny, and inspiring.

Robot avatar allows sick boy to go to school
“A robot avatar now goes to classes and wanders school hallways for Lyndon, who had been forced to stay in isolation at his home in Knox City ever since his immune system was wiped out due to complications from kidney disease. The teen controls his avatar robot through the laptop on his desk at home, guiding it to classes and telling it to turn to face people when they speak to him.”

Bank robbery thwarted when teller says no
“A would-be thief’s attempt to rob a suburban New York bank was thwarted when the teller refused his demand for money.”

South Korea leaflets tell North of Egypt, but change unlikely
“As part of a psychological campaign, the South Korean military also sent food, medicines and radios for residents in a bid to encourage North Koreans to think about change, a conservative South Korean parliament member, Song Young-sun, said.”

Website offers the chance to get ‘Facebook-official’ with a fake girlfriend
“A new website called Cloud Girlfriend is hoping to give lonely Facebook users the girlfriend they’ve been dreaming of. While their website doesn’t appear operational yet, it tells visitors and potential clients to that all they have to do it define their perfect girlfriend and the company will ‘bring her into existence’.”

A Girl’s Nude Photo, and Altered Lives
“In less than 24 hours, the effect was as if Margarite, 14, had sauntered naked down the hallways of the four middle schools in this racially and economically diverse suburb of the state capital, Olympia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of students had received her photo and forwarded it.
In short order, students would be handcuffed and humiliated, parents mortified and lessons learned at a harsh cost. Only then would the community try to turn the fiasco into an opportunity to educate.”

Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Protest Elizabeth Taylor’s Funeral
Margie Phelps, daughter of the hate group’s leader Fred Phelps, tweeted Wednesday that they would picket Taylor’s funeral, most likely because of Taylor’s gay friends and humanitarian work against AIDS. Phelps also tweeted several attacks on Taylor, including ‘RIP Elizabeth Taylor is in hell as sure as you’re reading this & getting mad as a wet hen. She should’ve obeyed God. Too late!’ ”

And just because: twin babies talking in their own language. A very heated discussion.