Next Stop … Breathe

Chilly —  August 12, 2014 — 1 Comment

*Journal entry during flight to Siesta Key

I’m 33,000 ft. above the earth on my way to Siesta Key for family vacation… sigh… You don’t realize you need rest until you make it happen (maybe until then, you operate in a focused denial).

almost there

I have so much to be thankful for:

  • ALL of my family is with me and ALL of my kids still love & enjoy being with ‘daddy.’ Rare in our crazy world & dysfunctional culture.
  • My wife (and queen) is still in love with me. Miracle for sure!
  • I’m healthy. I’m eating better (and less) and I run & play soccer almost every day. And for three weeks I’ll also swim/play in the ocean and pool for 4-6 hours per day!
  • My sleep is still not great but, perhaps, this vacation will allow me to adjust this to something sane.
  • My church (Courage) is doing really good! We’ve never been healthier – in all ways! They showed their love to us & for us in such a big, significant & generous way yesterday (pastor appreciation Sunday). Love them!
  • My other church (Mount Hope) also have expressed their love and appreciation. My role there is so unique – I never feel like I’m doing enough. But, GREAT things are happening.

Random: I’m drinking Bloody Mary mix (spicy tomato juice)

This time away – priorities:
1. God – deeper … More listening, More journaling and More vision!
2. Family – attention, fun, individual times with each. LOVE!
3. Health – exercise, eat right & sleep — and relax (breathe, stop over-thinking)
4. Seek Direction: next 25+ years marriage & family // And, next 10+ years ministry
5. Minister to my friend and host here in Florida plus other people we encounter
6. Follow: I lead & make so many decisions — so, here, it’s fun to just tag along.
7. Enjoy lots of seafood!  Fish, lobster, crab, clams, scallops, calamari & more!

We’ll land soon and our adventure will continue. IF you think of us, please pray! We want this time away to be refreshing, defining and encouraging. We’re so thankful for ALL of you! More later…

Time to find my boardshorts and sunscreen!

Relaxed,
Chilly

Picture via pastormark.tv

Picture via pastormark.tv

A:  I’m praying for Mark, his family, Mars Hill Church and Acts 29

- Yep, that’s it.

- Remember: Jesus is the head of the church. Always. 

- Church leadership is biblical: Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:7 ESV
– “they will have to give an account” — whoa, that’s scary, crazy, responsibility.
– the people involved have LOTS to consider and deal with.

- I’m well aware that I’m an imperfect pastor, leader… PERSON. I need friends, leaders and authority OVER my life and ministry. Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 ESV

- IF you’re not involved in this whole thing, stay out of it and keep serving. Don’t read everything and try NOT to have an opinion. 

- Pray for them. Take a look at the picture — sigh… pray for them ALL.

- Get back to WHY you’re on this planet: Love, Serve, Honor and Give.

 

Flush & Walk Away!

Chilly —  August 6, 2014 — 1 Comment

gross-bathroomIt feels so STINKIN’ awesome when we get the crap out of our lives! You, know, gross smelly stuff like: sin, lust, gossip, anger, bitterness, hate, pride, porn and unforgiveness! Yeah, it’s a bit messy at times and takes some work to get it out. And, others may not like it or get all disgusted. But, God NEVER intended for you to carry all that junk inside of you… and, why in the world would you?? YUCK! 

Refuse to be bloated and cramped by the sins of your generation! Power-flush them out of your life once-and-for-all! It’s a smelly job but the “end” result is FREEDOM … and a new sense of freshness!

Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant – dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ. Philippians 3:8

Free & clean… OH YEAH!  chilly

Note:  It’s ok IF my comparison of sin to poop grossed you out. Maybe IF we viewed sin as totally  disgusting, we wouldn’t keep it in and around our lives anymore. Be sickened enough to flush it and walk away!

Q: What’s something that needs to be flushed today? Do it!
– The Holy Spirit will spray the Febreze!

What I Do Late at Night

Chilly —  August 5, 2014 — 7 Comments

Come, praise the Lord, all his servants, all who serve in his Temple at night.  Raise your hands in prayer in the Temple, and praise the Lord!  May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Zion! Psalm 134:1-3 (read again… and, again)

I must admit, these three verses intrigue me! Yes, obviously, because I am one who finds myself night after night seeking the Lord while others are sleeping peacefully. It encourages me to know blessings are promised to those called to the night-shift of servanthood…

latenight-1But, I am also drawn to this verse on a broader scale. I believe that the “night” (v.1) not only pertains to late, late in the evening but also to those seasons in our lives when things seem hopeless, scary, uncertain and lonely – yes, very dark. Few are willing to serve when things get bad and people lose hope.

I desire to be a servant of the Almighty in the darkest, most ominous, and utterly hopeless times. The light shines brightest just before dawn! Our culture has abandoned truth and believes in nothing… can’t get much darker than that. This is our time to be found serving in the “night”!

Light shines on the godly, and joy on those who do right. Psalm 97:11

The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5
~ note: this verse pertains directly to Jesus (who lives & shines in us)!!

Read Psalm 134:1-3 (at the top) one more time. Here’s the applicationyou can’t have the blessings (v.3) without late-night serving (v.1) and dead-to-self worship (v.2). BOOM!

Turn Insomnia into Intercession.

… up late on purpose, Chilly

 Q: Are you in a ‘night’ or ‘dark’ season of life? How do you keep the light ON?

courage&buddy

And I LOVE it!

- Yes, we’re all flawed.

- We revel in rising against our own fraility, flaws and fears. 

- Some people leave. We still love them and thank God for the time we had together.

- Many others come. We rejoice and strive to give them opportunity to grow and serve.

- IF you’re imperfect, you’ll fit right in!

- We are making a difference in an imperfect city. WE LOVE DETROIT!

“When you become united to Jesus by faith,
you become united to people by love.”

- We fight to love each other = forgive quick and believe the best!

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

- We’re becoming more like Jesus every day. It’s exciting!

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