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My heart is stirred today. God has been working overtime on me the last couple of months, challenging me at the deepest levels of everything I thought I knew about the Christian life.

This morning turned out to be the culmination of all that God has been doing in me. We had an amazing service with our LifePoint Church family… one of those inexplicable encounters with God that none of us could have planned if we had tried. I walked towards the platform to bring the message, clutching a handful of notes that were “scrambled thoughts” at best. I had struggled all week, trying in vain to take all the things God has been teaching me these last two months and somehow condense them all into a logically organized, well outlined, sensible sermon. Well, that didn’t happen! (more…)

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This past Friday night and Saturday, the men from LifePoint Church went to Lookup Lodge for our men’s retreat to do… well… to do all the things men do when they get together in the woods. You know, dance around fires, beat drums, hunt wild animals with our bare hands, exchange recipes.

Tom Fowler was our speaker. I love this guy. He has an authenticity about him that is both compelling and disarming. He’s the real deal, and he always has been as long as I’ve known him. Our theme for the weekend was spiritual warfare. Tom — a Marine — and also a husband, father, and grandfather, has all the experience and the “miles” in life to speak about military warfare and spiritual warfare with authority.

The name of our men’s ministry at LifePoint Church is “PointMen”. We named it that, not only because it ties in nicely with the name of our church, but more importantly because of what it means. Webster’s Dictionary defines a pointman as, “The lead soldier of an infantry patrol on combat operations.” As Christian men, that’s precisely what God has called us to be — pointmen for our families, our church, our communities. I mentioned that because it’s important for what happened next. (more…)

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While you slept last night, more than 51,000 people died.

Perhaps your mind is scrambling right now trying to remember what news story I’m talking about — what tragedy could have possibly claimed so many lives. No, what I’m talking about didn’t make the news, because approximately 51,000 people die every night around the world while you and I sleep. And that’s just one third of the 153,000 people who die on average each day on this planet.

Think about that. 153,000 people slip into eternity every single day. In fact, about 500 people will step from this life into… heaven or hell… by the time you finish reading this post.

The reality of this really gripped me several years ago after experiencing what can only be described as the most vivid dream I have ever had in my life. It was also the most terrifying dream I’ve ever had — not in a Hollywood-induced “Friday the 13th” sense, but on a level so deep that it struck the very core of my entire existence like a lightning bolt. (more…)

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One Sunday morning a while back I was sharing some key principles with our church about serving the Lord and being obedient to His calls in our life. It went something like this…

  1. When God’s call comes, it will never come at a convenient time.
  2. God’s call rarely comes with all the details in place.
  3. You will never feel fully qualified to answer God’s call.
  4. When God’s call comes, you will almost always lack the resources to do it.
  5. But… God’s faithfulness always outweighs the risk of the call.

When I first began teaching years ago I prayed a simple prayer, asking God to always keep me real and never let me teach from His Word without living it out in my own life. Between you and me, there are times when I almost wish I hadn’t prayed that prayer, because God continually gives me opportunities to “practice what I preach” if you know what I mean, and sometimes the lessons are pretty painful.

About two months ago, Sandy and I received a phone call that we knew right away was going to have huge implications — very difficult ones — on our entire family. (more…)

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