Archive for October, 2010

The Replacements

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ll be traveling to Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday of this week to speak at a Christian school on Thursday and Friday.  The school where I worked for 10 years, is having what they call, “Spiritual Emphasis Week,” and the theme for the three-day event is based on the show, If You Really Knew Me.

Please pray for God to change lives as a result of his Word being spoken and his Spirit moving.

Since I’ll be visiting with friends and family during my brief stay in Jacksonville, I won’t be blogging Wednesday through Friday.  Instead I’m calling on some replacements.  Below are the links to recent blog entries that have really caused me to think.  These guys are gifted leaders who consistently write things that both challenge and encourage me:

Tuesday – Craig Groeschel: The Most Important Word

Wednesday – Steven Furtick: Playing from the Same Page

Thursday – Scott Williams: True Leaders Stand Out

Friday – Mark Batterson: Vague Confessions

My prayer is that these posts will prove as helpful to you as they have been to me.

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership

Without Walls

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

“A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” (Proverbs 25:28)

Back when this verse was written, a city without walls was a city that was vulnerable to attack.  And although there were limitations associated with city walls, they were ultimately constructed to protect the inhabitants from their enemies.

Self-control is the same way.  Exhibiting self-control puts limitations on our actions, but it ultimately protects us from the dangers associated with pride and selfishness.

Without walls of self-control in our lives, we are defenseless from our enemy’s attacks.

T. J.

Categories: Growth

The Object of Your Faith

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Tim Keller tweeted this yesterday, “It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.  Trust the work of Jesus Christ.”

This stuck out to me because I had just read this account in Mark 9 earlier that morning.  The father in this story knew he had a need, but he wasn’t sure that his faith was strong enough for his need to be met.  However, the best way he knew how, he declared his belief in Jesus, and Jesus took care of the rest.

If you will put whatever faith you have in what Jesus accomplished through his death and resurrection, your life will be changed forever!

“It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.  Trust the work of Jesus Christ.”

T. J.

Categories: Growth

The Potential of Close Proximity

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

In Bill Hybel’s book, Just Walk Across the Room (the best book I’ve read on relational evangelism), he talks about what he calls “The Potential of Close Proximity.”

It’s the idea that even the most Christlike Christians on the planet will be totally ineffective unless they get near people who are living far from God.  In order to be in step with the mission of Jesus, we’ve got to be willing to develop relationships with unsaved, unchurched people.

Does it get messy sometimes?  Yes.  Did Jesus reach out to messed up people?  Absolutely!  In fact, those are the people he spent time pursuing–the ones who were missing–the ones who had not yet come to him.

Since the people who are missing matter to God, they should matter to us too.

T. J.


Categories: Church, Growth

Practice Makes Perfect…But Not Really

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

“Practice makes perfect” is a cliche that means if you do something enough times, you will eventually perfect it.  Although it sounds good, I think all of us would agree that that particular theory doesn’t work in real life.

The idea of “practice makes perfect” isn’t limited to an athletic field, or a stage somewhere.  A lot of people rely on some form of human effort to earn a relationship with God.  There’s only one problem with that approach–we’re not perfect people, and we never will be.

Because of the sin in our lives, we are separated from God and need to be perfected in order to have a relationship with him.  That’s where Jesus comes in.  The Bible teaches that Jesus lived a sinless life on earth, which made him worthy to be the only acceptable and perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by that one offering (JESUS) he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”

Through his death and resurrection, Jesus makes those who place their faith in him perfect in God’s sight.  To discover what it means to experience new life in Jesus Christ, click HERE.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

Practice Service: Oct. 17, 2010

October 18, 2010 1 comment

Below are a few pictures that were taken before our 1st practice service yesterday at New Church.  Our Launch Team (several pictured) did an amazing job of creating welcoming environments and connecting with our guests.  God was glorified and Jesus was lifted up at the Robinhood Road Family YMCA!  Thank you to our friends and family for your prayers and encouragement.  We look forward to the opportunity to make some improvements and do it all again on November 14th!

T. J.

Categories: Church, Milestones

Just Have Faith

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

“Don’t be afraid.  Just have faith.” These are the words of Jesus to a man named Jarius when he overheard messengers telling the leader of the synagogue that his daughter was dead.

Jesus provides hope and promise in the most confusing, frightening, and difficult of circumstances.  No matter what we go through, we can have faith in the fact that God is with us and for us.

T. J.

Categories: Growth