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Tried and True

Chilly —  November 28, 2017 — 1 Comment

Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me.
Test my motives and affections.
 Psalm 26:2

Why do you do what you do? Yeah, what’s really behind the things you do? The music you play? The clothes you wear? The things you read? The friends you hang with? The prayers you pray? The money you spend? Etc…

trueYou see, God knows your motives and affections… He knows the truth. Your service to God and others (yes both) will reveal who you truly are. It’s not enough to pray and read your Bible – no, you must OBEY it AND you must LOVE God & others with ALL your heart.

Does our faithfulness defend us or expose us? IF we have the character and nature of God, faithfulness is not an option: O LORD God Almighty! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, LORD? Faithfulness is your very character. Psalm 89:8

It’s not enough to look in the mirror and convince ourselves with “I’m ok” statements. What’s the purpose behind your efforts? Selfish gain or sacrifice? Laziness or long-suffering? Happiness or joy? Oh yes, my friend – our motives count and God knows exactly what’s up! People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Proverbs 16:2

“Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.” A.W. Tozer

We’re not on break… EVER. We constantly stand before our God and anything less than our very best is not just unacceptable – it’s sin. You do not have “free time” unless during those times you are FREE in Christ. Fight the urge for “me time” and seek God like never before – He’ll take care of your “me needs” in a far superior way than you could ever do for yourself.

fighting to be faithful, chilly

Running Shoes

Chilly —  February 16, 2016 — 4 Comments

I’m wearing running shoes.

Every day. Why? Because God told me to. 

Nike_Free_Final_Horz_smWeird, right? Well, sometimes God asks us to do weird stuff (like, he asked Isaiah to walk around for three years completely naked). So, wearing athletic shoes isn’t so bad, right?!

There were really two unique and distinct reasons I felt God calling me to do this:

  1. I need a daily, constant, reminder that I have been entrusted with a message that needs to be communicated NOW! Check out this verse, “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others’.” Habakkuk 2:2  — I have always been motivated by this verse as specific mandate for journaling (I think I’ve always focused on the “write” more than the “runner” in this verse). Journaling is a daily discipline in my life. Which is awesome! But, now God is adding fire to the fuel, “Yes, Chilly, keep journaling — write down everything I tell you — and then, RUN to share this news!” This is why I preach from my journal wherever I go!  So, my running shoes communicate to ME that we are in urgent times and I need to stay focused and vigilant!
  2. The other reason I’m wearing running shoes every day is because I can’t RUN with the message IF I CAN’T run!!  In other words, I need to be focused on getting in WAY BETTER SHAPE! I’m embarrassed to admit this but I am determined to change. So, I’m going back to the gym, I’ve joined an adult soccer team, I’m running daily and I’m changing my diet. This is NOT a program — it’s a lifestyle adjustment.

Several years ago, God gave me a simple guide to daily living that I’m now calling “The 3D Life” (formerly, the Real Life Plan) —  and, I’m returning to this lifestyle TODAY. I’ve packed away my dress shoes, loafers and boots: I’m ONLY wearing running shoes (or other athletic shoes) on my feet from this point forward. I may not wear any other shoes until my daughter’s wedding at the end of May.  It’s my way of being accountable to EVERYONE. So, if you’re around me and you see my sneakers, feel free to ask me, “how’s the 3D thing is going!” OR, if you need a kick in your daily disciplines, JOIN ME (no, you don’t have to do the running shoe thing). Just give me a shout out in the comments!

Here’s the 3D details of my plan:    Continue Reading…

Back in the Race!

Chilly —  February 8, 2016 — 2 Comments

Fresh starts are AWESOME! Last night, we had the amazing opportunity to pray with over 25 students who invited Christ to come into their lives as Lord and Savior! BOOM! I love these moments!  But, if we’re not careful we begin to think (and act) like accepting Christ is the finish line rather than the starting line! It’s a beginning!  And, now the race becomes exciting!

We’re into our 2nd month of 2016 and maybe some of us have already dropped the ball on some New Year’s resolutions or goals.  SO WHAT?! Refuse to quit or feel sorry for yourself. Get up and get going fresh & new TODAY… RIGHT NOW! IF you’re still breathing, than the race isn’t over — RUN!

blogrunningprogI don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:12-14

The best way to forget about what’s behind is to pursue what’s ahead!

I want to help you (and me) enjoy the Christian Life WAY MORE than I ever have before!   Continue Reading…

Living a Riddle.

Chilly —  February 2, 2016 — 50 Comments
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Have you ever found yourself absolutely lost right in the middle of God’s perfect will? It’s like you totally know that He has you where He has you for a purpose — there’s obvious signs that there’s destiny in your existence — and yet, there’s so much uncertainty and wonder. It’s not a fear thing, or even a confusion thing; because God’s right there. And yet, you still find yourself holding your breath at times as you stare into space searching for significance and some sort of structure that puts everything into perspective.

LifeIsRiddleYou are confident of God’s calling but you can’t seem to find the job description, title, position or opportunity to do the things that make you come totally alive. You feel like you’re close… really close but, then again, you’re not even sure that you would know it if you ran right into it. Like lava churning in your heart, when you try to explain what’s happening, even to God, it blows like a volcano in all directions, loudly, quickly and recklessly.

So, you press on. Serve. Listen. Wait…

I don’t want those who read this to think I’ve lost my mind, but then again, I certainly don’t want them to think I’ve got it all together either. In the last year I’ve been called ‘pastor’ at two great churches, I’ve also been called: husband, father, son, brother, leader, minister, presbyter, entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, coach, friend, neighbor, director, reverend, staff, evangelist, barista, discipler and captain. That’s a lot of hats to wear! And, I’m still not sure that I’m doing all that I’m supposed to be doing (or not doing). Continue Reading…