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Keep Us Little

Chilly —  September 26, 2014 — 3 Comments

So much of ‘today’s ministry’ seems BIG & BOLD – every service is a TV-ready performance choreographed down to the last second. Videos, intelligent lighting, 20 member worship band, gourmet lattes and hip leaders. I guess you can’t argue with the results, right? They’re growing & doing great things. This is not a post to rip on them – or anyone… But, what about the rest of ‘us’ without the big budget, cool buildings or paid staff?

Can we reach people without all this stuff? Can we make disciples without a video class? What if we can never afford to fly to a big conference or pay another pastor to ‘coach’ us? Can we still succeed? What if our ‘theology’ doesn’t receive the approval of the reformed or the anointing of the revived? Can we still love hurting people? Can we be effective if we don’t wear the right clothes or have the right hair style? Will you keep doing what you’re doing when the haters make you their poster child?

Does an unchurched person even notice half the
things we try to do to impress them? Hmmm
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My Take on Haters

Chilly —  August 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

HatersHate

A:  I love them. 

– I’m sorry that they are unhappy. 

– I wish they didn’t choose to gossip, blame or remain hurt.

– I’ve probably done lots of things that, to a carnal heart, deserve hate.

Sigh… please forgive me… again.

– Forgiveness really does work.

– Giving the benefit of the doubt may seem naive but it works too.

– Unconditional love works even better. 

– Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t move on … just do it right (and quietly).

– Grace.

– Someone else has it FAR worse than you. Be thankful. Love others.

“No mature Christian who is seasoned in the Word has
any right to live offended.”
Pastor Brian Houston, Hillsong

One last thing:
(in case you missed it)

I LOVE YOU.

Chilly

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful
or proud 
or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable,
and it keeps no record of being wronged.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-5

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Nick at Night

Chilly —  March 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

Nicodemus“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” Jn 3:16-21

In this MOST familiar verse (passage) some things are often over-looked:

  • Jesus was talking to just one person (at the time). He’s always had time for the individual.  And, this pharisee – sneaking to Jesus after hours – still mattered to Christ! …Our patient, merciful Lord communicates His central theme that’s so often lost in religion: LOVE. v. 16
  • Jesus was on a mission to SERVE & SAVE! And not just save ‘some’ but ANYONE who believes. He continually had time for the individual… still does! And, ALL can find grace in Him. v. 17
  • Judgement is our choice. Jesus‘ choice is to SAVEHe’s not a mean God, He’s a loving Savior. Yes, there will be judgement but not because He’s fierce but because He’s fair. He doesn’t send ANYONE to hell – that’s a choice we make… don’t ask ‘why hell?’ – ask‘why heaven?’ – we all deserve the first, but no one deserves the second! v. 18-20
  • IF we’re truly saved, we’re compelled to do what is right. The desire for darkness has been eradicated by His light. If you’re not seeking truth and righteousness BE CONCERNED! Like a moth at night, our lives should dance close to the fires of purity. Then, should we get too close, we will be consumed by Christ. v. 21
I was Nicodemus too… Chilly

The Aroma of Love

Chilly —  March 6, 2014 — 5 Comments
alabaster-jar“But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.”6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. 7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” John 12:4-8
Ok, so this passage can be really difficult to wrap our minds around. Lazarus’ sister, Mary, blows a year’s wages on perfume and then pours it all over Jesus’ feet. The room fills with the aroma of a funeral, the disciples jaws drop, and Judas’ fists tighten… his motives are selfish but his words sound right, “we should have given this money to the poor” — He knew Jesus was all about ‘the least of these’ …

But, Jesus, sticks up for Mary. It’s almost like the most unselfish man to ever live was having a selfish moment — “you will not always have me” — HE WASN’T.

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