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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…

Prophet Loss

Chilly —  May 21, 2014 — 7 Comments

speak-the-truthJohn the Baptist was a stud! So was Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul and, of course, our Lord!  They were given a Word to speak and an audience to speak it to – and, they stepped up and fearlessly spoke (and lived) it clearly. No, not as some religious salesman or angry mega-phoned hater – they were NEVER jerks. But, they were also, NEVER wimps. They refused to hide behind words like: relevant, seeker-sensitive or even, missional. They didn’t care about fitting in with all the other cool dudes trying to make Jesus organically & authentically hip. They lived loud. They completed their mission. No apologies, No compromise, No excuses, No regrets.

So, Where You At Prophets?!

I’ve been asking God to broaden my vision and increase my boldness. I know… it probably sounds like a bunch of spiritual-sounding crap.  But, I’m not talking about some ‘prayer of Jabez’ deal – there’s not a simple phrase or mantra that we recite once a day and then magically we’re bolder, richer or happier!

I don’t think we should ask God for greater insight and awareness to His Spirit’s leading IF we are not willing to act upon such knowledge. Risky? Yes. For true prophets are not only those who have a grasp of the future but also, and more importantly, those that see the NOW. Many Christians today run from church to church looking for a “word” – something sweet & promising.  Yet, most are not looking for the truth about their hearts & minds – they don’t want rebuke for their current condition. But what is more needed? Back in the OT, they didn’t a smile when a prophet came to town… they knew a hard Word was coming – but, IF followed, it could bring healing, rescue and lots of hope!  Continue Reading…