Posts Tagged ‘personal’


When we explored the overview of Pastor Tom’s trip at The Shepherd’s Fellowship, one thing that touched the heart of many was seeing people lost in idol worship. We saw images of those we came across who devoted their lives to sacrificing to and pleading with gold statues to no avail while looking for a substitute of man’s need for a Savior.

This study, we dive further into the core reasons to lead to idol worship and what it means to us in our daily lives now. We are not so far away from those laying flowers at the feet of idols ourselves in ways we sometimes do not see. Worse yet, we unexpectedly lead our children down the same path but it doesn’t need to be like this. There is a better way!

Join us as we break the chains of idols that would put us in bondage.

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Warning:  Here comes some random babbling……

Our last elder meeting, I brought Romans 12: 1-8 to our study time for us to dig into. Unlike many who really prepare something to share…. a lot of times, I come across something that I want to experience with the others more than present so I didn’t put a lot of pre-thought into it. I just brought it, we read it, and then started to dig in.

I found I was really captivated by this Scripture in this moment and with this group of leaders in our church. There were some simple truths that I wanted to explore more and I have been thinking about and praying over these verses for two weeks. This blog is an attempt to get some of this down in a purposed manner.
Here’s part of the Scripture…

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to hisfaith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12: 6-8

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I haven’t said much on the whole Gov. Blagojevich thing since I do believe in the presumption of innocence and that anyone can look guilty or innocent depending on how the media wants to paint it. Now that his first trial is over and he was found not guilty on most of the charges but guilty on one, he is back on the interview trail and I’m a little more willing to chat.

This morning, I watched him being interviewed on the Today show and I saw more of the same that I have seen from him before. He appears to be the stereotypical politician with a gift for spin, repeating pre-practiced answers, and ignoring the interviewer’s questions to just spew what ever message he is bent on portraying. At the same time, I realized he was also just a guy who made some mistakes and is dancing so he doesn’t have to accept responsiblity for it. I would have so much more respect for him if he just said “The truth is I made some mistakes and I am sorry. You can get caught up in this game and the junk that happens in politics but when it comes down to it, I only had control over what I did or did not do and I could have done it better.”  Then follow it up with a tangible change in life and make a difference instead of years of being on the defense.


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