All posts tagged: thoughts

Will You Allow Your Kingdom To Tumble?

Have you played the game Jenga before? Essentially, it’s a tower of blocks and the objective of the game is to remove a block, placing it on the top of the tower without knocking the tower over. The first couple of moves are easy because the integrity of the structure is still in tact, but as the game progresses it gets more and more difficult. There is usually a point in the game where I scream, “There’s not a move! If I move anything, everything will fall and I’ll lose the game. Tell me what to do!” I struggle with insecurity. My mind is constantly asking, “How am I going to mess it up this time?” It doesn’t matter what it is… a message I’m preparing, an event I’m organizing, or a conversation I lead. I walk on egg shells so I don’t upset someone or shift their view of me. I don’t want the Jenga tower of my life to fall. I don’t want to move the wrong block and have my life collapse. …

Are You Genuine or Just Playing Pretend?

Do you still have “bear fruit” ringing in your ears, too? Our last series was all about changing the heart. If we know why we react to circumstance the way we do, what we were trying to achieve with our actions, we can lay our desires and fears at the foot of the cross and begin to respond out of the Spirit.  In other words, if we can identify the root, we can change, and produce different fruit. At the end of our series, Shannon visited a few bears at an animal sanctuary. Truth be told, we tried to get a real bear on stage. Yeah, I know… it would have been awesome. But after watching Shannon feed a bear through a cage, I’m not so sure he could have handled being face to face with a real one. Which got me thinking… Bears are dangerous; the volunteer in our video makes this clear. To their core, bears are bears. They think like bears and act like bears because they have the heart of a …

3 Ways to be Intentional on Monday

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. – 1 John 3:18 A few months ago we did a series called “I love Mondays.”  Let’s be honest… loving Mondays isn’t easy.  In fact, it almost seems human nature to despise Mondays. The weekend is over and it’s “back to the grind.”  We drag ourselves out of bed after hitting snooze far too many times.  We roll in right at 9:00 AM to an overwhelming list of things to do, a messy desk, a disgruntled boss, and the same mundane routine. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2 Let’s intentionally do on Mondays. First and foremost, intentionally be positive on Mondays!  When we think about Mondays as I described above, no wonder we hate them! Philippians 2:14-15 says, …

Building Fences

A few weeks ago on a Sunday morning I shared the story of Elias Nour.  In 1927, with a roped tied around his waste, he was lowered down the face of Stone Mountain to rescue a little boy who had fallen and become stranded on a ledge.  Over the next 36 years, Elias rescued 36 people and 6 dogs.  Then in 1963, the rescue missions suddenly stopped… not because he was no longer willing, but because he was no longer needed.  Finally, someone wised up and decided that guarding the dangerous areas made way more sense than continual, life-threatening rescue missions.  So, they built a fence around the top of the mountain! There is a dangerous battle going on in our hearts and minds, but we so often don’t notice until we already fallen off of the cliff. James, the brother of Jesus, says it this way…”What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?” (James 4:1, NLT) How do we put up a fence around …