I Want my Sermons Subpoenaed

subpoenaListening to the situation in Houston regarding the subpoenaed sermons got me thinking. How great would it be to have the officials in my city solicit my sermons, go over them with a fine toothed comb and then report on their findings?  Every week I hope for more people to hear my messages.

While it might be intimidating – particularly if some of those sermon reviewers were English teachers. It certainly would not be dangerous – at least not for me. (legal issues not withstanding) I hope it would be dangerous for the  reviewers. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the world of God. (Romans 10:17) If proclaiming the truth, what do we fear?

Do my sermons share God’s word? Do my sermons  focus on Jesus Christ? Do my sermons offer hope?  If yes to these questions then send the subpoena.

I am not ashamed of the Gospel, it is the power of God to bring salvation to everyone… (Romans 1:16)

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How big is your vision?

typewriterTen observations from Will Manci about the factors that influence the size of our vision.  Find more insights at The Vision Room.

#1 The size of your God

#2  Exposure to others who “think big”

#3 An active imagination

#4  Sequences of risk taking

#5 Ability to focus gifting

#6 Team and network building ability

#7  A goal oriented outlook daily

#8  Margin to write down your dreams

#9  Recovery from big failures

#10 Graciousness and kindness to others

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Full of Grace

Originally posted on Christianity 201:

John 1:14 — The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)

John 4:19, 20 — “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” (NLT)

Today we offer you a preview excerpt from Philip Yancey’s new book Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News, releasing Tuesday from Zondervan.

Vanishing Grace Jesus “came from the Father, full of grace and truth,” wrote John in the preface to his gospel.  The church has worked tirelessly on the truth part of that formula:  witness the church councils, creeds, volumes of theology, and denominational splits over…

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Free For All Friday 10/17

Fall View at Ellis

What it looked like yesterday morning in my community.

Have a great weekend!

Fall 2014

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Keep Failing

light bulbThe value of experimentation is not the trying. It’s the trying again after the experiment fails. ~ Simon Sinek

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Really Hearing the Bible?

bible6When a minister reads out of the Bible, I am sure that at least nine times out of ten the people who happen to be listening at all hear not what is really being said but only what they expect to hear read. And I think that what most people expect to hear read from the Bible is an edifying story, an uplifting thought, a moral lesson — something elevating, obvious, and boring. So that is exactly what very often they do hear. Only that is too bad because if you really listen, there is no telling what you might hear. ~ Fredrick Buechner

 

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Building a house into a palace

PotterImagine yourself as a living house.  God comes in to rebuild that house.  At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing.  He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.  But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense.  What on earth is He up to?  The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.  You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.  He intends to come and live in it Himself. ~ C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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