In Matthew 5, Jesus gave His Sermon on the Mount. He said, “As you stand offended, humiliated, and stunned by your friend’s assault, this is the moment of truth. Turn the other cheek, dig down deep, absorb the slap, and take the insult”. Instead of fighting fire with fire, we must exhibit a supernatural, soul-satisfying, non-revengeful attitude. This is a tall order isn’t it? Christ instructs us to look at our offender and realize that they matter to God. They too were bought at a price and God needs us to model His love despite how we feel.

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admin on June 13th, 2016

Unbelievers and skeptics cast shadows and doubt over the New Testament because of the towering implications of transparency. If God commissioned Jesus Christ to die on the cross for their sin and rise again, it ushers in major lifestyle accountability. It is easier to read some wheels-off novel like the Da Vinci Code, or watch some bogus documentary on the History Channel than it is to come face to face with a holy God.

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admin on April 1st, 2016

What is baptism? It is an outward expression of an inward commitment.
What is baptism? It is an event followed by a process.
What is baptism? It is our first act of obedience after making a faith decision to follow Christ.
What is baptism? It is a moment of declaration and unity within the body of Christ.
What is baptism? It is a celebration on earth and in heaven.
What is baptism? It is an example and instruction set by Jesus, even though He lived a sinless life.
Over the course of my many years in ministry, I have fielded tons of questions about baptism. I have discovered they can all be lumped into four basic questions.

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admin on December 16th, 2015

I frequently use basketball illustrations in my messages because it was a huge part of my life for so many years. From the time I was twelve to the age of nineteen, my goal was to play major college basketball. To me it was the ultimate achievement. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to Florida State University, and during my sophomore year, I broke into the starting lineup. Given several key opportunities to shine, I was on fire in practice, but during games, I could not quite muster the same performance. In retrospect, I believe God shut the door on that dream. Why? Had I succeeded, I would be at least four years behind where I am today spiritually, relationally and emotionally. My original plan had been to stay at Florida State and live out my greatest desire, but God tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Ed, I want you to give up your entire scholarship and go into ministry. I cannot even express to you how difficult this was for me. It was hard to let go with so much of my identity wrapped around basketball for so many years. I failed, but God taught me that success is not scoring twenty points a game or being all conference. He showed me that true success is God-given and character-driven. At the time, I didn’t get it, but I stepped out on faith and said, “God, my trust is in you”.

God is committed to us. We might not choose to respond to His faithfulness, but He is totally and fully committed. We are fallible, error-prone sinners. God is holy. He cannot even wink at sin. Thus, there is a huge chasm between the human side and the divine side. God could have said, “Too bad, so sad”, left us alone to fend for ourselves on this side of the grave, and allowed us to pay for the wages of our sin in eternity. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death”. Thankfully, due to His mercy and grace He arranged a brilliant plan. Why? Commitment! He created us to love us and for us to reciprocate His love. He committed to our salvation by sending Jesus to live righteously, die sacrificially, and rise bodily to reconcile us to Him. Did He say, “No enrollment, no contract?” No, He offered us the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, thereby declaring us righteous. When God looks at us, He sees Jesus. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we choose not only to commit to God, but to His commitments. Many believe they are committed to God, yet are not committed to the body of Christ—the local church. The Apostle Paul believed he was committed to God, but he hated the church and wanted to destroy it. He literally wanted to dismember the body of Christ, and had many Christians put to death. However, one day on the road to Damascus—BOOM! He saw a great flash of light and fell to the ground. At the time, he was called Saul. Jesus said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” In modern day vernacular, “Why are you hating on Me?” In this context, “Me” is referring to the body of Christ (obviously, Paul couldn’t persecute Him in heaven). Jesus is synonymous with the universal church. As Christians, we are part of the universal church via our commitment to the local church. It is impossible to be a follower of Christ and not actively participate in corporate worship. The Bible says the body of Christ has many parts and many members work together to form bodies. Therefore, those claiming to follow God that are not connected to the local church have body parts scattered everywhere. The Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 12:25, “…there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other”. He continues in verse 27, “Now, you are the body of Christ (committed) and each one of you is a part of it”. Essentially, each member is actively involved, and if a body part is inactive, it is likely amputated. Yikes!

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admin on May 28th, 2015

I’m going to step out on a limb and make a very broad-based, categorical, all-encompassing statement. Everyone would rather be joyful than sorrowful. Given the choice, we would choose gladness over sadness and a win over a loss. We prefer sunshine to rain and weddings to funerals. We would rather ride the crest of a wave than sink into a sea of despair. Optionally we want to sing, dance, and shout not moan, weep, or pout. By nature, we seek joy, but what are the underlying factors that make us consistently joyful? When you have a case of the blues, you might say, “If I can eliminate all my problems I will have true satisfaction.” You change jobs, spouses, and geographical locations all in an attempt to gain joy. But, the problem with life is the problems—you cannot skirt around them. They are looming large everywhere we turn. Many pursue wealth, property, and possessions in search of joy. But, in reality all the “stuff” will rust, rot, deteriorate, depreciate, and slowly fade away. Instead of owning things, the things begin to own us and still we are lacking true joy. We are lying to ourselves if we believe any of these things produce joy.

Feeling down and devoid of joy we often first defer to the armchair experts in our lives. They mean well, but their advice is worth pretty much what we paid—nothing. Their suggestions are shallow and superficial at best. They say, “Just snap out of it! Let’s go to the bar and forget about your troubles.” They may provide temporary relief, but definitely not joy. Still overwhelmed, we look to world scholars and academia to explain the truth about joy. Let’s look at what three scholars purported regarding their vast research on the human dilemma:

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admin on November 12th, 2012

Followers of Christ

 

Now the other chair should be full of the people who are mature, who are deep, who are full court followers of Christ, who can go coast to coast.  If these people are doing what they should be doing, they’re inviting their friends who are far away from God to the table, they’re walking through the doors of the church, they’re sitting at the table, they’re feeding on the bread of life, and you have this gorgeous ecosystem going on. You have a balanced table.

So a third should be far away from God, a third should be brand new believers, a third should be those who are mature followers of Christ.

In Luke chapter 15 Jesus tells the stories of three different situations.  The first situation he talks about is a shepherd who is searching for his sheep.  You see, he had these sheep and he was missing one and Jesus said the shepherd stopped everything, he dropped everything just to go search for that one sheep that was lost.

admin on August 24th, 2012

When we clock out and meet the Lord face to face, God is not going to look at you and look at me and go, “Hey, I wish you would have been more like someone else.  I wish you would have been more like him or her.”  God’s not going to say that.  God is going to say, “I wish you had been more like you.”  If you had not been you, there would be a hole in history, a gap in God’s creativity.  You are an original.

Speaking of being an original, 2 Corinthians 10:12 talks about being an original.  Here is the angle it takes.  It says that we make a mockery of God’s brilliance and his creativity when we don’t understand how original we are, and when we compare and contrast ourselves with others.  It’s unfair to compare.  2 Corinthians 10 says, “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves.”  Let me stop here for a second.  I am an original, right? I am valuable.  There is a big time price tag on my life, the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  If I am going to do life deeply with God, if I am going to do life in a healthy way, yes, I have got to understand my value.  I also have to understand my originality.  To do that, don’t miss this one now, I’ve got to see my canvas the way God sees me, nothing more, nothing less.  But we get into trouble.  I mess up and so do you.  I turn God’s masterpiece into a finger-painting when I begin to look at someone else’s canvas, compare my canvas with them, or classify.  The Bible says don’t go there.  “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves, when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”

I want to thank you for your generosity.  I am so thrilled that many are growing in this.  But don’t let the camel lie to you.  Don’t let the camel bite you.

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admin on August 22nd, 2012

The first priority—the relational family priority.  The second one—the church priority.  And the third one—the work priority.  All those priorities are important.  All those priorities are huge. And they begin when we give the mike to the Ring Master who, watch this now, places the presence of the Holy Spirit inside our lives who gives us the inertia (I like that word) to make the right call, to bridge the gap.

Priorities.  Say that word with me, one, two three, “Priorities”.  Now say the work capacity with me. One, two, three, “Capacity”.  There’s a connection between our priorities and our capacities.  Our priorities determine our capacity. And also, you can switch it around. Our capacity determines our priorities.

Go back to the truck.  What did I say?  I strategically packed the truck that got stuck.  You remember that?  I tied everything down.  What did I do?  I prioritized.  “Okay, I’ll need the tent. I’ll need the tackle box. I better bring a gun because there’s some monster rattlesnakes.” And I put first things first.  The other stuff I didn’t really need? “Ah, I don’t really need that.  EJ, we shouldn’t bring that. And not that video game. And…”

He began to, you know, kind of call everything out.  I could have over packed the vehicle.  I have that much stuff, and so do you.  I could have put so much stuff, so much stuff, so much stuff and add, and add, and add… I could have messed that vehicle up.

Because different trucks have different weights, you know? Half ton; quarter ton; one ton; whatever.  Our lives are the same way.  We keep on adding stuff, don’t we?  “I’ll add this. I’ll add that. I’ll add this. I’ll add that.”  We don’t think about priorities.  I just add and add and add. And a lot of us are stuck in the muck and the mire and the junk in this giant ravine because we’ve added too much stuff to our lives.

You are asking this, “Is the whole Christian thing just where you were born?”  Maybe you are saying, “If I was born into a Muslim household, or a Buddhist household, or a Hindu household, I would probably be a committed Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu like I’m a committed Christian.  I mean, is it just where you are born?”

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admin on August 20th, 2012

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