Great Video of God’s Grace

This is a fantastic video that Desiring God did about how God got a hold of Michigan State linebacker Chris Norman’s life and redirected his life’s plans.

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Worship Through Music

I was given the opportunity to preach this past week and began a series on worship, looking specifically at worship through music. My main text was Ephesians 5:19-21 and ended with this point:

“This leads us to the final point from this Ephesians 5 passage “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” Brothers and sisters this continues to be one of the biggest issues in our church today. That first word, submit is something that is not attractive to our generation at all! Everyone wants to be in control of everything they do instead of being accountable to someone. We have convinced ourselves that we can be our own little gods who sit on our own little thrones and control our own destiny. Yet reading through Job we see just how small and insignificant we truly are. We come to church, not to encourage or support each other, but to get what we can from the church. We just looked at why we come together to sing corporate songs of worship together, it’s not for our sake, it’s for God’s sake!

One of the most disheartening things for me about where we are now is that before we sing every song I can look out at you and know who’s going to refuse to sing this specific song because it’s not one you like. Once again, I hate to be the bad guy, but it’s not about you. This is the very reason we had the “worship wars” during the past couple decades, too many have refused to submit to one another and have chosen instead to focus on themselves, their wants and their desires. Believe it or not there’s even some songs we do that I don’t like at all! Wait, you might say, you get to pick the songs. That’s exactly my point! Would you like it if every time we sang a song that I don’t really like I put down my guitar and refused to sing? Besides not keeping my job here very long, that would take the focus off of God and onto myself.”

You can listen to the message in its entirety here.

Tim Tebow – The Man, The Legend

Tim Tebow has been quite a buzz lately. He set a record on Sunday for the most tweets per second at 9,420. I appreciate that Tim is taking the stage he has been given to give all glory to God. And love him or hate him, he’s become a cultural icon. I today read a blog with 10 thoughts about the Tim Tebow phenomenon. He has 5 reasons he likes Tim Tebow and 5 concerns he has about the Tebow mania. It’s worth reading!