I know most of us won’t be going anywhere today, so take some time to meditate and worship on your own or as a family. What I’ve got here is a guide for your worship time today. Continue reading It’s a Snow Day!!! Worship from Home
This is the first Sunday of my Lent 2015 sermon series called Revealed: What Once was Lost can Now be Found. The main goal of this series is to take a look at the book of Revelation, and not read it like we’ve been told to, but to read it for what is actually there. It should be a book of hope and promise, not one of judgment and despair. Continue reading The End Revealed
Greeting from the Southwest!!!
I’m off on vacation this week, and I stayed in Amarillo Sunday night before making it out to New Mexico on Monday. Originally I wanted to say that to make you jealous, but the weather back in Bowling Green is going to be very nice through the next week. If you’re reading this from one of those places that is a lot colder…then you can be jealous.
I know its been a while, but (hopefully) this will be the first post in me getting back to writing on a regular basis. I have to admit that it is something that I’ve missed over the last several months. Have you ever wondered why this is the best time of year to start something new, or in my case, re-start something?
I think there is a good reason for that, that is only partially because it is the start of a new year. This is also the time of year when the days are starting to get longer……I know, it’ll still be a couple of more months before we really see that change. However, it’s still important to know that the change has already started.
Yesterday, I was preaching on John 1:18, and there was one part that I was really paying attention too.
4through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
We celebrated the light of the tiny Christ child coming into the world. This is good news for us, because the light will always find a way to shine, and that’s just what we need. That being said, it takes some work for us to really understand what the light means, and how we live in response to it.
What we need is time to figure it out. That’s what makes this time of year so good! It gives us time. The light is growing longer as time goes on, and that helps us set a good pace for doing something new.
What I want you to do, is to take a chance. The light is shining, but we have time to get used to it. What is it that you’re being called to do? Each of us has something. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be something “churchy” either. God doesn’t just use the churchy parts of ourselves to do his will.
What is that thing that you’ve been waiting for the right time to do? It may be the typical things we see at this time of year: lose weight, manage our finances better, read that stack of books, be a better parent, be a better kid, reconnect with others, etc. It could also be more churchy or faith related things: pray more, read scripture more, find other ways of serving, increase giving, etc. All of these things, and more–God uses for his purposes.
Keep in mind that some of God’s purposes are for us. When the light shines, it doesn’t just shine in certain places, or on certain people. The light also shines on us. God doesn’t just want more from us, but he also wants more for us as well. Take some time over the next few days to see what God wants.
Then find ways of starting small. You don’t have to start at the end. We have the time, as the darkness is getting shorter to figure it out. Take the time, find the way, and see what God is doing.
Start by reading John 8:31-39
Over the next several weeks we’re going to be talking about the mission of the church. My hope is that we’re going to do this in a different way than it has been done in the past. We’ll talk about some of the things that we always need to talk about when we talk about the mission of the church, but I want to put everything together in a better way.
By the end of the series, I want us to be able to tell the story of our church, and through the story we help folks to know what our mission is. That’s a little different, but we’re much better at remembering stories than we are in other things. If we can tell the story, then I think we can better live our mission. Continue reading My Story
So we’re getting into the last Sunday of Les Mis. And we’re getting at one of the most important parts of this story. This is the part of the story where Jean Valjean really comes into his own, and he really gets it. This is the point where he risks everything because it is the right thing to do.
Before this, he’s been hiding for a long time. He had started the journey towards new life with the Bishop, but he wasn’t there yet. There were still things that were holding him back. These are things that we all have, hopefully not to the degree that Valjean has, but we still have to deal with them. In this clip we see Valjean struggle, but he finally deals with things. Continue reading Les Mis 3: Valjean – Who am I?
In this session we’re taking a look at Javert. We’re continuing in this larger theme of the law and faith that we find running throughout the story of Les Miserables and how that same theme plays out in the book of Romans. One of the things that I love about this story is that he helps us wade through Paul’s dense writing. I’ll be one of the first to admit that he can be a challenge to read. A lot of that is because he is trying to explain a very complex, but also personal topic for him. There are lots of us that are like that. Our ability to explain things decreases when they get to be more personal because all of the emotions that surround us get in the way. So, Victor Hugo does a great job of explaining that through his story.
We start off by remembering who it is that we’re talking about in Javert. He is a lawman. Not only is he a lawman, but he is someone who holds a very high view of the law. The law has become his God. Everything that he does is based on what the law says. And that makes sense for Javert because of where he came from. The law was what provided the structure he needed in his life. Continue reading Les Mis 2: Javert and the Law
This series is based on the recent Les Miserable movie. Reading the book helps, but isn’t necessary. If you want to follow along in the movie, watch from the beginning to the point where Valjean rips up his papers.
There are a lot of big themes that come out in this movie. There are so many that it’d be hard to follow all of them, so for this series, I’ll be focusing on one of them. For me, the most important theme is the role of faith and the law. Continue reading Les Mis 1 – Faith and the Law
You all probably remember me, but just in case you don’t, I’m Billy Bob, the Proprietor, Educator, and Chief Auto-mechanic at Billy Bob’s School of Theology and Auto Parts Store.
Over my many long years, I lived for a little while in this little town of Nain. If you don’t know where it is, its just to the south and east of Nazareth, and to the southwest of Mt. Tabor. Even today it only has about 1600 people in it. Continue reading Billy Bob and the Miracles
These are two great passages, but they present us with a conundrum. I know, that’s not a word that you’re used to using in everyday conversation (unless you’re me, and like funny sounding words). Basically, we’re presented with two different ideas that we want to be able to do both, but are unsure of how to do it.
You may be saying to yourself, “what do you mean?” One the one hand we’re presented with a rule abiding, obedient, lawful faith. One where everyone agrees to follow one set of rules, and live by any consequences that come because of them. On the other hand, we have Jesus talking about what we do and what we don’t do. That may sound similar to rules, and some look at it as rules, but they aren’t really. Jesus doesn’t mention any rules there, rather its all about what we do just because we are who we are. Continue reading What Drives You?