The Mess of Ignorance

November 27, 2017

If God really came here – into the mess – why is there so much confusion about how to relate to him? Why is religion such a controversial and clouded conversation?

That’s a fair question. I think we can attribute it to our innate ability to take the simple and make it so very complicated.

I genuinely believe that Jesus stepped down into the mess of our ignorance and brought instruction.

See Him as THE way to go and THE ultimate truth and THE only source of genuine life.

Believe that He will lead you, teach you, and be present in your life.

Know Him as the ultimate answer to the real questions of life.

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The Mess of Sin

October 24, 2017

There are some questions that are hard to answer. But one I have heard a number of times is this:  if God is so good and we are so evil, why would he come here?

I believe the long and short of it is that He came here to show us grace.

In this message, we look at the account of the Samaritan Woman at the Well.

[Take a moment and read this text – John 4.1-42]

I hope you’ll take the time to give this message a listen.

See Him.

Believe Him.

Know Him.

Continuous Rinse

October 14, 2017

Stuff gets dirty. It’s inevitable. It’s a fact of life.

And it seems sometimes that, the more I get involved with people, the more messy it can get to serve and love and care for through the reality of this jacked up life.

It seems to me that you don’t walk with someone through addiction with genuine compassion without any temptation to the addiction – whether in the same issues or in alternate equivalents.

And even if it’s not the stuff you’re trying to help others deal with, the world is really like a cesspool of swirling mess. Unless you never look at people, you will see stuff and hear stuff and even touch stuff that is not good for your spiritual condition. It is inevitable.

But what do we do about it? Were the monks onto something when they moved off to the wilderness to close themselves off from society? Are we supposed to so insulate ourselves from the wickedness of society that we cannot be polluted by it?

Perhaps…

But wait…manipulation and fear and greed and perversion seem to be just as present in the isolationist cultures as they are in the world at large. What are we to do?

It’s a lot simpler than I think we may realize.

David taught us in his beautiful acrostic poem, Psalm 119, with a simple question and an even simpler answer:

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to [God’s] word. (Ps. 119.9)

Maybe it’s time as followers of Jesus to deliberately increase our intake of God’s Word. It’s kind of funny (in a sad sort of way) that we wonder why we have a hard time figuring out what God is trying to tell us but we don’t have a steady diet of God’s Word. In fact, if we’re honest, we take in so much other stuff that we

In other words, it’s time to step into a continuous rinse of our lives by the power of the Scriptures.

How can you do that today? How can you stay under the stream that helps rinse away the inevitable crud of this world?

Maybe it’s as simple as listening to Scripture as you drive or choosing a passage to meditate on and memorize and looking back over it every hour. Maybe it’s as simple as setting a reminder on your phone to pause at regular intervals to take a bite of the Word.

The world is messy. We need a continuous rinse.