Author: Tucker Musick

What Are You Trying to Hide From God?

My dog’s name is Roam. Roam is almost a year old Australian Shepherd. Australian Shepherds are actually one of the smartest breeds of dogs, making Roam too smart for his own good. One of Roam’s favorite things to do is to sneak socks and hide them under our coffee table. We usually catch him pretty early because we can hear him chewing on something other than his toy. When we look underneath the coffee table, we see Roam with a sock right next to his head and him on his back. He knows he is in trouble. He rolls on his back because he doesn’t want to face the punishment of his disobedience. Roam knows what he is doing is disobedient, he knows he is in trouble, but still he continues to sneak off with socks and chew them. He then has to face his punishment as we send him to “his room.” I think a lot of times as people, we act the same way with sin. We talk a lot about the grace …

Are You Allowing Christmas to be Personal?

In the life group Bailey and I are in, there is a couple who just had a baby. Over the past nine months we have experienced the excitement of their announcing they were pregnant, the gender reveal (in true mermaid fashion if you know Kyndel), the baby growing, baby showers, and finally the arrival of Miss Noël! Leading up to her birth, we talked a lot about her, how life would be different for their family and what we as a life group would do to support the new parents. Then, Noël was born. Everything we talked about was now in the hands of her parents. Noël was now real, not just an idea, but a person we could hold, touch, and embrace. I believe the same holds true when we experience Jesus. At some point in our lives, we  heard about Jesus, whether it was in church, small group, a casual conversation, a court room, a movie… We talked about this Jesus, but we didn’t really experience Him until we entered into a personal …

Are You Living a Wholly Generous Life?

Don’t you love fall? The leaves are changing, the flannels come out of storage, the weather is cooling off, and everything is pumpkin spiced. This time of the year is beautiful. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is have bonfires. There is nothing more relaxing than getting together with my small group or a couple of guys and just sitting around a fire. When I have a bonfire, I like to go somewhere away from everything: out in the country, out in a field, or out in the woods. It fascinates me that bonfires can be seen for miles. People a couple of houses down can enjoy my fire form the comfort of their own homes. In the Bible, our lives in Christ are often referred to as a light. Our lives illuminate this dark world. But the thing is, this light does not come from us. The life that illuminates is merely reflecting the greatness of God. This light comes from the glory of the Gospel, the generous sacrifice of …

What Is Your Heart Rooted In?

About a year ago, Bailey, my then girlfriend, and I went apple picking, just like any young millennial couple living in Georgia would do. We drove up to Ellijay, grabbed a bag, and picked apples. The real reason we were there was because I planned to propose. It didn’t happen. Give me some slack, I was a college kid working as an intern. Anyway, we took home 20 pounds of apples. But do you want to know what we didn’t bring home? Oranges. The entire time we were there, we only saw apples. Not a single orange, peach, grape… nothing, but apples. This isn’t a surprise. We were in an apple orchard. Down to the root, the trees had the identity of apple trees. Sure, there were different types of apples, but at the end of the day they were all apple trees. The fruit of these trees gave them the trees their identity. And the same is true for us, Church. Jesus said, “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is …

Are You Focused on What Really Matters?

There aren’t many things that stress me out. I mean, I sit right next to Keith for eight hours almost everyday and even that doesn’t matter all that much to me. It doesn’t matter what I have for dinner as long as a I have food. It doesn’t matter when I workout as long as I do get to workout. It doesn’t matter how loud Keith is as long as I get my message done, I’m good The specific logistics don’t matter as long as I get done what I am supposed get done. I believe Jesus had that same mentality. Jesus’ ministry was about sharing the Gospel with people who desperately needed Him. Looking at John 4 and the conversations Jesus had with the woman at the well and then with His disciples, we can see to Jesus religion, rules, tradition, and prejudices really don’t matter. The message He was preaching was counter cultural. It was new, it was against tradition, it offended people, but what He was preaching and living out was still …

Are You Moved to Action and Love?

When we think about our church, different pictures probably come to mind. Maybe the time you got baptized in front of our family comes to mind. Maybe you think about Andrew Hicks standing on his toes as he strums his guitar. Maybe you see the faces of those in your small group. Maybe your nose curls a little as you think of the smell of Wunder Way sneaking into the lobby. I hope when you think of the church, you also think of passion, compassion, love, and unity. The Greek word for passion means suffering, an undergoing, an enduring. In light of this definition, think how that impacts the picture of “The Passion of Christ.” It’s odd to think of the church in this way: suffering, enduring pain. You might not be struggling or in pain, but your brother or sister next to you most likely is. Compassion in the Greek means to be moved, to meet. As a church, we are called to love our neighbor, meeting and loving them where they are. Is …

We Are One Crazy, Grace-filled, Adopted Family

Our primary role in this world is to proclaim the glory of God. We all have a different platform to do this. Many of us use our jobs to be Jesus to our co-workers. Other of us walk through the hallways of Central Middle School and Carrollton High School letting our light shine to our classmates. Some of us get up on stage and talk about Jesus. But we all have something in common that we can use to share the glory of God: family. I know what you’re thinking, “Tucker, how can my family spread the name of God? My dad is an alcoholic, my mom left us, I have no relationship with my siblings. Within my family, there is no sense of family.” While that may all be true, the image of your family does not depict the glory of God. Neither does the family who seems to have it all together. Even in our best attempt, we only give a glimpse of the entire glory of God. So, if we have family …

Giving Thanks in a God-sized Way

When Nicole first scheduled me for this blog I thought, “Crap, I have to write a blog that’s worth $500,000.” As Thanksgiving approaches, so does our annual Thanksgiving Offering. Our goal is $500,000, which for me comes with a little vomit-in-the-mouth feeling when I say it. For a chicken-farm church, this goal may seem astronomical or insurmountable or insert your own adjective, but pretty much everything that comes from God seems like that to us. God’s vision for us, for His church, is far greater than any one of us could ever think of. No one in Carroll County would have predicted a church out on Highway 113 would set out to build a community center at the other end of the bypass. No one at SoHills would have expected our 2017 Thanksgiving Offering goal to be double what it was last year. But that’s because we didn’t come up it. This vision we are walking out daily has been entrusted to us by God to show Carrollton and the nation what it truly means to love …

Win the War, Die to Yourself

Over the past two years, our Student Pastor, Keith Trollinger, has been training and leading me to be the Campus Pastor and Chaplain at the Central School cluster. During the months of August through November, if you were to ask me what I’m doing the answer would most likely be related to football. Part of being the Chaplain for the Central High and Middle School football teams includes being a spiritual leader to the students as well as the coaches and their staff. I’m there on the practice field leading devotionals, in the weight room praying for students before games, and in the multi-purpose room every Tuesday night eating cheap pizza and leading a Bible study with the football team. I have invested a lot of time into these guys and have built strong relationships with a lot of the athletes and coaches. During the first football game of the season for Central High, I caught a glimpse of Keith and immediately thought, “Why is he here? Shouldn’t he be at Carrollton? Who does he think he …

You Have No Right To Throw That Stone

In college, I had this friend who was in a fraternity. He was notorious for being the “life of the party” at any social, formal, or party. In class one day, he told me that after his weekend of heavy partying, he woke up in the morning to find himself naked in the middle of a sorority house across the street from his fraternity. What started as bragging, became a confession.  His voice changed and I could see guilt, shame, and regret written all over his face. My outward appearance showed little interest, but in my heart, I was casting stones. “Are you kidding me?” “How could you do something so degrading?” “Where is your heart at, man?” “And you call yourself a Christian…” I was so concerned with his heart when I should have been looking at my own. What right do I have in playing judge and jury? What right did I have in casting stones? The Pharisees thought because their outward behavior was “more righteous” than that of a sinner, they were better …