Saturday, December 26, 2009

Colossians 3.12-17

This Sunday I will be preaching from Colossians 3.12-17. I love verse 17 that says: "Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Imagine living into this. That whatever we do we feel confident that we can do it in the name of Jesus. This kind of reminds me of the "What Would Jesus Do" [WWJD] bracelets that were popular years ago. This is where we should be aiming for as Christians. That our Christian lives become all encompassing ----- so as to involve every aspect of what makes us who we are. Christianity is not just for one hour a week ----- but instead it is a way of living and being that is shaped by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Have you all had opportunities in your daily lives to do things that reflect the new life that you have in Christ?

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Luke 2:8
There were some shepherds out in the nearby fields, keeping watch over their flock at night.Luke 2:9
An angel of the Lord appeared before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. The shepherds were terrified. Luke 2:10-12
But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Listen, a Savior has been born to you today who is Christ the Lord. Here is your sign: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”Luke 2:16
And they found Mary and Joseph, and the baby was lying in the manger.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Selfish Giving?

I heard a great conversation starter on selfish giving. This was on NPR on December 22nd, 2009. I thought you all would enjoy hearing this. If you are reading this on facebook then check out my blog at

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I forgot

I forgot to tell you all about my interview in November. If you will remember I wrote a post about the commissioning papers that I was writing (you can read it by clicking on this link). The interview went very well. I have a discernment team that is made up of 9 people from all over North Carolina. There are 7 clergy and 2 laity. I passed the initial part of the interview that had to do with my call into the ministry. Now I am in the process of writing the second part of these commissioning papers. They are due on February 1st, but I am hoping to have them done by the end of my winter break. These papers are a lot more lengthy. The total page count is about 60 pages. I have written about 6 pages so far ----- and I should have another 6 written by the end of this weekend. Please continue to pray for me through this commissioning process. I appreciate all of you that have shown your support and have prayed for me so far.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Micah 5.2-5

This coming Sunday I will be preaching from Micah 5.2-5. The thing that sticks out to me immediately about this passage is verse 2, which says: "But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel." This seems to be a theme in all of the Bible, that God uses the little ones ----- the ones that the world does not look at as powerful and influential ----- to do the miraculous and awesome tasks that God has for the world. In Isaiah 11.6 it says: "The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them." Notice the little child shall lead. Paul says something similar in 1 Corinthians 1.27: "But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong." God's ways are not our ways, like it says in Micah ------ God is using little ole Bethlehem to raise up a ruler. Have you all ever seen God take the little things or supposedly "insignificant" people to do awesome things with?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Casville Lights

If you cannot see this video go to my blog at The Pairs and Spares Sunday School class is going to go to see the Casville Lights again this Sunday, December 13th. You all are invited. We will be leaving the church at 5pm and we will be getting something to eat along the way. I look forward to seeing you then.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Veggie Tales - Saint Nicholas

If you cannot see this video then go to my blog and you can watch it This coming Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm we will be showing the latest Veggie Tales video ----- Saint Nicholas: A Story in Joyful Giving. I want to invite all children out for this wonderful time. There will be balloons, popcorn, coloring and 2 CD's and a DVD as a door prize. I look forward to seeing you all then. You can find out how to get to the church by going to the website at

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Urban Abstract from Musuta on Vimeo.

I just found a cool new video site ---- you will want to go to my blog if you are reading this on facebook. I thought you all would enjoy this cool video.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I wanted to ask all of you to please be in prayer for all the college students that you know. Pretty much all college students (myself included) are up to their eyeballs in exams and papers. I have 3 papers due in the next 5 days and I would really covet you all to pray for clear insight and understanding as I am writing these papers. I have about 52 pages that I am writing here at the end and have written about 5 of those pages so far. Thanks for your help. Blessings to all of you that are in the midst of exams and papers.