"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Looks like I made it...
Well a week later, I am finally in Santa Barbara. last weekend we were stranded in Lubbock because of ice, but this week the snow held off long enough to let me make my flight. I have arrived here in Santa Barbara, and have an 8am breakfast with the aElders and then I have a few hours of free time. I ask that all of you would pray for me and for my bride and my children in our time apart from each other.
This week, we have a guest writer. Dalton (my 16 year old) will be giving his perspective on "keeping it real." Feel free to comment, I will pass it along to him. -------------Johnny Maybe the Coca-Cola Company had the right idea, maybe, with this world that advertises with anything but reality, they were able to see some form of the light. "Keepin' It Real" was and still is a slogan that obviously affected many people, so who is to say we can't use it in our own walk with Christ? First, let me pose a couple of questions: What is "Real?" How do we keep it?, and, more to the point, where do we get it? Let me say this, we can only find real inside of ourselves, it is not something to be bought, it is not something that there is an eternal search for, except inside yourself. I had a friend, who, in a recent conversation about a job interview said "I wish I could just fake it." There is a problem there, once you fake it, once you have p
Okay, I wanted to ask another question. How do you see God? How do you picture, view, imagine, etc... Do you see God as this big police officer in the sky, waiting to pull you over for reckless living? Maybe He has set up a trap to catch you, a "sting" to arrest you for your sinfulness and shame you into being a better Christian. Do you see God as a wish-fulfilling Genie? Running to Him in prayer, during times of crisis. Speaking of crisis, maybe you view the Almighty as some kind of hostage negotiator... SO you give Him your list of demands, the things that you are bargaining for before you will set your heart free to Him. Maybe He is that old guy who lives on your block, you know the one...He knows about everybody else on the block. He is always going from house to house, always with some crazy idea about how you could better mow your grass, raise your kids, drive your car, etc... Perhaps you see God as this ancient powerful man imaged creature, sitting on a throne, wa
"When He (Jesus) had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into deep water..." Luke 5:4 (HCS) Growing up in a family that owned a public swimming pool, I spent a couple of days at the pool, and in the water from as far back as I can remember. My family tells me that when I was just a toddler, my brother was in the deep end of the pool and teasing me to "come on in," and reportedly I did. That one incident did not fulfill my desire for the deep end of the pool though. At the age of about 5 or so, my Mom witnessed me swimming from pole to pole along the rope which divided the deep and shallow end. I remember my own children wanting to get to the deep end of the pool too. The singing group Casting Crowns has a song entitled "Somewhere in the Middle" an excerpt that leaps out at me is... "Just how close can I get, Lord, to my surrender without losing all control" How close can I get to submitting to God and still keep my __________