New season

The Spirit of the Christmas season is upon us.

I’m listening to a song called “All Is Well” and am reminded of the beautiful story of the child who became the King.

In the past couple months, the Lord has been revealing to me more and more that this life is temporary. I am not guaranteed tomorrow.

In September, I attended the TVC Men’s retreat and didn’t realize that I needed change. But, God did.

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Tonight, Pastor Jim’s wife, Kim, led a sermon on the Love of Christ. As a human race, we are broken-unable-indifferent-uninvited-unwanted-unloved. But there’s good news folks, we are completely loved by Christ.

This morning, God made me aware that I am undeserving of His grace. Bed sheets. Tears. Hug from Olive. Walk-to-kitchen. Walk out the door. Go for a drive. Turn on Taylor. I’m a broken man. God is working in me in an incredible way. He’s not only establishing the foundation for marriage, but encouraging me to be a man after God’s own heart. Like David.

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On Saturday, my buddy Jeremy and I got coffee. It’s cool to be encouraged by fellow brotherz in Christ. We pray for one another and are there for each other. Jeremy prays for my issues, struggles, and triumphs. I do the same. Bob Goff, one of my most favorite authors says that “God gave us friends to love so we’d remember how He feels about us.” How amazing is that?

This Christmas, I want to encourage you to help a homeless man — be there for a good friend — be brave and love unconditionally. Be Santa to someone even!! Every good and perfect gift comes from God.

Merry Christmas!

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Brighter and Bolder

The Lord is pursuing you and I.
He is after our hearts.
And nothing is going to stop Him.

About a month ago, my buddy Jeremy recommended that I try out this TVC Men’s morning group. It meets at 6:30 on Wednesday mornings.

Yes, I know.
That’s really early.

However, so worth it.
The group has encouraged me to pursue God without reservation.

I enjoy standing alongside fellow men in Christ who also desire to develop a stronger relationship with the Lord. I’m not who I want to be five years from now, but I Kann start working on that part of me today. God has rescued my heart, brought a wonderful woman to me in marriage, and is constantly working overtime to change this shadowed heart, making it brighter and bolder.