A big reason I love the Bible is it doesn’t edit out the “stranger things.”
I spoke this past weekend at Parkview Christian Church in Chicagoland about what can happen when a person gets bored with their church and faith. How getting bored can cause you to “fall out” of faith and church. And that can oftentimes lead you to die.
But the good news is …
all it often takes to restore the life of a person
who has “fallen out” is for
someone to put their arms around them!
This message could be for you, a co-worker, class-mate, neighbor, kids or grandkids …
Check it out and learn the unique lessons from Eutychus in Acts chapter 20 as he “LITERALLY ” falls out of church!
I just launched the “BAGGAGE” series at Parkview Christian Church. Parkview is a multi-site church of 9,000 weekend attenders in the Chicago-land area. I am honored to be part of the teaching team and find myself traveling from Huntington Beach, California to be with the Parkview crew 12-15 weekends a year.
In the first 10 minutes of this message I littered the stage with about 50 FOLDERS and I told a story of an event that occurred 8 years ago and changed the rest of my life. The bottom line …
WE ALL HAVE FOLDERS!
We all have crap in our past to get past.
So how do we do that?
In this message I talk about 4 safe places to admit your junk.
Check it out.
This is the week we remember that God became man and sent us HOPE in the form of a soft skinned baby named Jesus.
It is common during this Christmas season to consider what Jesus did from the vantage point and writings of Matthew or Luke in the Bible as they tell us about Mary and Joseph, the wise men, the shepherds, innkeeper, angels and Herod.
But I would like us to consider for a moment what Jesus did at Christmas from the vantage point of heaven.
Let’s “Unwrap Hope” from the perspective of heaven.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
This past weekend at Parkview Christian Church in the Chicagoland area I shared this message about many world religions. Including Christianity, Jehovah Witness, Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism and Scientology.
If you have have been told by a friend or family member or thought to yourself …
- As long as your a good person, you’ll be fine.
- All paths pretty much end up at the same place.
- All religions are basically the same.
I want to encourage you to watch this 40 minute message.
Truth > Sincerity
When I find organizations that have a benevolent brand and missional mind I get excited.
These are five organizations that I love, trust and support.
Check em’ out.
Here is the number one Super Bowl ad of all time …
1. Coke – “Hey Kid, Catch!” (1979)
Before we get to more of my picks for the Top 10 Super Bowl ads of all time at the end of this article…
Your life is like a Super Bowl commercial for two reasons.
TED (Television, Entertainment & Design) Talks have become synonymous with creativity and always address very unique subjects in curious ways. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
In this new year I will spend many Tuesday Mornings w/ TED. When I find an exceptional talk I will share it with you.
This talk by Simon Sinek is one of my favorites and it ranks #3 on the all time TED Talk list with over 20,000,000 views.
Here are some learnings from Simons talk.
I traveled with our video crew from CCV to Minnesota to create this short film few years ago for Christmas Eve services.
People often wonder “how” God did what He did.
How did God become man? And the truth is I have no idea “how” He did what He did.
But as this short film shows … I do know for certain “why” He did what He did!
Merry Christmas, Friends.
It’s going to be a very curious New Year!
The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward. I have long been a fan of The Giving Keys. Follow and communicate with the founder, Caitlin Crosby.
What you give: Help and employment to those transitioning out of homelessness.
What you get: Keys and an opportunity to do good.