I Will Rise

Yesterday, one of the First Baptist Worship Bands, Exit Up, led us to sing Chris Tomlin’s awesome song called I Will Rise. Every time I hear this song it rocks my world.

I heard the song again on the way home from church this evening and I could hardly drive because of the urge to lift both hands to Heaven. Listen for yourself and let me know what you think.

Denying Jesus

denyThis morning I read Luke 22 as a part of my daily devotion. In the chapter, the Apostle Peter bragged that he was ready to die with Jesus if need be. Jesus told Peter that he would deny even knowing him before the next morning.

This whole scene made me start thinking about ways we deny Jesus in our daily lives. Can you think of ways we deny Jesus?

Christmas to Calvary

WARNING! This video is graphic, but it will remind you why Jesus is worthy!

Thanks Linus – Lest We Forget

The Barbarian Way

barabarian3This afternoon I listened again to Erwin McManus, senior pastor of Mosaic in Los Angeles, preaching his sermon, The Barbarian Way. Wow, what a needed reminder that I should be living on the edge for Jesus. McManus also wrote a great book by the same title.

Read this quote from his book, The Barbarian Way:

Perhaps, the tragedy of our time is that such an overwhelming number of us who declare Jesus as Lord have become domesticated–or, if you will, civilized. We have lost the simplicity of our early faith. Beyond that, we have lost the passion and power of that raw, untamed, and primal faith.

Jesus did not suffer and die so that we could build for ourselves havens, but so that we might expand the kingdom of His love….Christianity has become docile, domesticated, civilized.

God’s will for us is less about our comfort than it is about our contribution. God would never choose for us safety at the cost of significance. God created you so that your life would count, not so that you could count the days of your life.

What about you? Can you remember how passionate you were about Jesus during those early days? Do you remember how burdened you were for your family members and friends who were not followers of Christ?

May God help us to return to that simple, unhampered, all-out, barbarian approach to following Christ!