He Knows You

John 20:15-16

15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

She was weeping. She was seeking. She didn't notice Him. He called her by name. 

In your weeping, in your seeking, He will be there - not always noticeable. Its in the weeping and the seeking that He will remind you of who you are and whose you are. 

Posted on August 22, 2014 and filed under Grace, Musings, Pastor, Theology.

I'm the Most _______ Person I Know.

Two days ago, I was riding home from the office and had this most depressing realization: I'm the most selfish person that I know. 

Maybe you know this about me, maybe not. I often allow my best intentions to over shadow my worst inclinations. 

After coming to this realization - my selfish resolve - I chose to make a decision. What is that? 

Awareness of my sin. Awareness of my selfishness.  

If I can remain aware, I will remain humble and "prefer my brother".  Romans 12:10

What about you? If you were to fill in the blank in the title of this post, what would it say?  

Go ahead, fill in the blank and be aware.  

I am the most _________ person that I know.  

Leave a comment and share your "blank".

How do you overcome it? What passage of scripture makes you aware and empowers you to overcome your weakness? 

Posted on July 18, 2014 and filed under Being Human, Confessions, Musings.

Has It Been A While?

I often struggle with consistency in my life. Do You? I want to exercise, eat better, pray more frequently, and even write daily. But I don't. 

Today, I got a call from someone asking why I had not been blogging. I had no answer. He then asked, "Has it been a while?" I knew exactly what he meant. 

Spending time, resting in the presence of God would seem to be a private discipline that was not optional for the pastor, right? Of course, it should not be optional for the believer in general, but especially those of us who are also vocational pastors. 

He was right - It has been a while since I had just gotten away from ministry, people, small groups, vision casting, emails, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and all the other noise just to be with God. 

Pete, our senior pastor often reminds us as a staff, "Your only job is to remain in Him." (John 15) I hear this over and over in my heart. I want it, badly. I just want to remain in Him. I just want to be with God. 

So, what do I do next? NOTHING. Why? Its not about doing, but about being. Prayer, worship, communion, or any other spiritual practice is not a compartmentalized activity - it is a way of life. 

Today, I am going to be with God. Not as a spiritual activity, but as a means to live. I am nothing without Him. 

What about you? Will you just BE with God? 

Posted on July 9, 2014 .