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God Is Better

We are people who always seek what is best and I offer to you, more accurately, God offers it to you. God offers you himself. He says, “Come to me, for I am the best” (Isa. 55:1-7). My life is about helping people see the supreme value of God, through Jesus Christ. He is better, so much better than anything with which you could compare him. He is better than scholarships or a GPA or a bachelor’s degree. He is better than independence or athleticism. He is better than everything—He is better. [Watch Entire Sermon Here.]Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 10.22.00 AM (more…)

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Harnessing Technology and Social Media for the Glory of God (Transcript)

“If these qualities are in you, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful.”

—2 Peter 1:8
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Tide of Technology

 I grew up on the opposite side of the United States in Savannah, GA. One of our favorite summer activities was going to the beach, as I am sure many of you would agree with. When you go to the beach you stake out your piece of sand, set up your stuff, pop out the umbrella and then start to hang out. What I quickly learned growing up is that when swim in the ocean you have to keep track of how far out you are going. It is easy to lose track of how far out you have gone, or perhaps how far you have drifted from your spot in the sand. One of the things that most of us do when we are out in the water at the beach is that we keep turning around and checking where our stuff is. (As a Dad admittedly my spot is not as cool as it once was. Now I spend my time looking back for the stroller and kids toys.) What happens is that unbeknownst to us, the tide pulls us in certain ways: sometimes this is very dangerous, too. People can be pulled too far out and have great difficulty getting back to shore, thus putting them in a really difficult position.

Today, I have been asked to speak on technology and social media and I want to start by describing it much like this tide in the ocean. Technology serves much like the tide of the ocean. Often times we are swimming around in technology to the point that we don’t always realize where it is pulling us and how. In fact, some of you are the one’s facing the ocean and you are losing track of how far you have gone. Perhaps, to a great degree of danger. (more…)

Part 2: Gaze on God and Imitate What You See

4624_WorshipLouis Berkhof makes an interesting comment. He says, “None of the attributes of God are incommunicable in the sense that there is no trace of them found in man.”[1] There is a fine line between saying that we want to be God and we want to be like God: one is the biblical impetus for everything we do and the other was the inducement to the original sin. Yet, we want to be like God in every aspect; we want to be like Him in every capacity that we can because there is no better pattern for imitation.

Paul strikes a cord in Ephesians 5:1 that is implicit throughout the remainder of Scripture and it is this, we are to imitate God and godly people. In 1 Corinthians 4:6 and 11:1 we see that Paul uses similar—yet different—language. He there states to follow him as He follows Christ. There is a call to imitation. “Imitate me, while I imitate Christ.” Likewise, in Hebrews 6:12 and 13:2 we see an encouragement to imitate others who are imitating God. Imitation is right and normative and is the only genuine means a transformation. (more…)

Part 1: Gaze on God and Imitate What You See

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“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.”

—Ephesians 5:1

In 1961, Albert Bandura conducted a social experiment with seventy-two, 3-6 year-olds. The experiment is famously known as the, “Bobo Doll” experiment in which Bandura’s Social Learning Theory (1977) was evaluated. The experiment took seventy-two children and placed them in a room for observation for twenty minutes each. (more…)

Trusting God in My Appearance: Part 1

If you could have plastic surgery and money was not a limit, what would you get done? Perhaps you want a different nose? Teeth? Cheeks? Facelift? Hair removal? What would you get “fixed” if anything? Or, to say it another way: what do you not like about your appearance? What are insecure about? What do you wear certain types of clothing to hide? And what would embarrass you if others saw it? (more…)

Timeliness or Fear of Man

DontWorry_wide_t_ntHave you noticed that our timeliness is not always about others and is often about ourselves? It is often very subtle, but packed within our desire to be punctual and timely is not a desire to love others well but a desire to please others. Instead of seeking to be considerate of others and their obligations, our desire to be punctual is often a self-seeking desire, one that seeks man’s approval before God’s. (more…)

How Do You Know You Are a Christian? You Want What He Wants.

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How do you know that God is your Father? Where can you go to see evidence in your life that you are, in fact, born again? As you read Scripture there are many cues given to help you evaluate whether or not you are truly “in the faith” (2 Cor. 13:5). And one of those parameters is by answering the question, “what do you want?”  (more…)