"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
May 26, 2013Posted by on
Here is a link to my first sermon. It is on Ephesians 6:5-9. Please let me know what you think.
March 29, 2013Posted by on
The Pastor of Legacy Church, Kevin Barnes wrote this post in 2010. It is a great post that I try to put out every Good Friday. If you happen to be in the Kansas City North area this weekend please be sure to check out Legacy Church on Sunday morning at 9:30.
Thank God it’s Friday? Not for these guys… Not today. This day held more anguish, pain, panic and despair than all the days from the beginning of time combined… Today was so indescribably bad because it was such a stark contrast with the highs they had experienced over the last 3 ½ years – especially this last week – even earlier last evening had been intimate, festive, warm and safe!
Not now… Now He was gone and they were scattered – scurrying like roaches when the lights come on, because… HE… was… DEAD… And Hope was no more.
Let me explain by backing up a bit. For centuries their people had been waiting – waiting for a man sent from God who would make everything right… A man who would restore all things to the way they should be – one who would rebuild the bridge to God that we had broken so long ago… one who would bring Freedom to the captive… Hope to the desperate… and Love to all.
This waiting wasn’t just wishful thinking. Scriptures spoke about Him over and over and over… on every line of every page.
Now He was here! They were absolutely 100% sure of it! He was born into the right family, in the right town at the right time… He was there when they most needed Him and He was doing all the things Scripture said He would! They said He would be a prophet, and He boldly taught about God’s Kingdom and fearlessly spoke of the future. The prophets said He would be a healer, and they had seen Him give sight to the blind, restore strength to the cripple, open the ears of the deaf… even raise 3 people from the dead!
But He wasn’t just any prophet… and He wasn’t a typical physician, nor was He a magician. This one had a power and air of authority they could not explain. For goodness sakes, evil spirits and even the elements obeyed His voice!
Earlier that week, as they entered the city for the festival, people flooded the winding road that lead down the hill through a garden full of olive trees. They screamed out His name! They just knew NOW was the time He would set the wheels in motion to take His rightful place – to become King! But they didn’t understand that on this day when families across the nation would choose their sacrificial lamb, HE, the Promised One, was presenting Himself as the only sacrifice that would be needed… EVER!
That night, they retired to an adjacent town to spend time with friends – It was an exciting day and a restful and refreshing evening. The next day as they made their way into the city He cursed a tree for having no fruit… this was just a precursor to the events later that day… Oh, how encouraged they were as they watched Him enter the religious center of the nation and clean house… He drove out the corrupt merchants who were using the people’s religious hopes as an excuse to turn an unfair profit… and then He healed the sick there… The people were amazed, grateful and sang out His praises, but the leaders were enraged… His followers could scarcely contain their joy – the revolution MUST be beginning!
After another wonderful evening with their gracious hosts, they returned to the city to find the cursed tree was dead – What power! What a King! That day, they spent quite a while with Him on a special mountain overlooking the metropolis. He spoke about the coming destruction of the city – Could it mean that He was planning on mounting a rebellion against their oppressors? Could it be now?! They could only assume they would play central roles in the coming new order… They knew it was coming because they were confident in His right to rule and His power and authority to make it happen! They also knew that they, His chosen few, would get the privilege to eat with Him at a very special occasion tomorrow!
They did share that meal with Him… but before that He washed their feet – to them, it was like being knighted – What an honor and pleasure to be so favored by this soon to be crowned King. During dinner He prayed for them and made them new promises of how God would see and relate to them. They were confident in Him and His promise, but there was an air of sorrow in His voice and a look of grief in His eyes.
After the meal, they went back to the olive grove where He had spoken of the city’s destruction the day before – this time they went to pray. Then, one of their own, one they had hardly noticed had left during supper, showed up with a troupe of men armed with weapons and torches. As their friend greeted Him with a kiss, the guards seized their Lord!
What could be happening?!?! Chaos and panic set in… One of His followers drew a sword and cut off a guard’s ear. But the Master demanded they stop, and He even healed the man – Why was He letting this happen? The group of soldiers moved to arrest them all, but everyone but Him ran… one only escaped by slipping out of his clothing!
They could not understand; their heads were spinning! Through the fog of adrenaline and fear each of them did their best to lay low while keeping tabs on what was happening to Him – He had to be okay… How could they go on without Him?
He was put through trials by several religious and political figures. A few of the trials were illegal… all of them were rigged – they were shams. None of the inquisitions showed a shred of evidence proving Him guilty of ANY wrong doing – Yet, through it all He was punished and tortured and beaten to the point one could no longer tell He was even human. Then, the people who earlier had cried out His name in triumph shouted for His execution!
They marched Him naked through the streets forcing Him to carry His own instrument of death. But, as they were slowly killing Him, He begged God to pardon them. As He breathed His last, the sky darkened, the earth shook, the temple was damaged and the hearts of His followers melted and their hopes evaporated into mist… Sorrow reigned.
The next day’s headlines would not sing to the world the news they had hoped: A NEW REIGN AND RENEWED FREEDOM. Instead, they would be replaced by an obituary:
At the age of 33. Jesus Christ, of Nazareth, King of the Jews, has passed. He died outside Jerusalem on Golgotha by crucifixion – Executed by the Romans at the request of the Sanhedrin for treason against Caesar and spreading subversion throughout the land. Death was confirmed by spear thrust through the heart. He was born in Bethlehem during the reign of Herod the Great. He spent His early life as a carpenter, but gained fame in recent years as an itinerant rabbi. The body is being held in the tomb of a friend, under Roman guard. Funeral services and body preparation are scheduled for after the Sabbath. He leaves behind a grieving mother, Mary; a Father, God… and many followers whose dreams were shattered, whose expectations were crushed and whose optimism was gone…
All because He… was… DEAD…
March 23, 2013Posted by on
So…before I get to what everyone is talking about this week let me give my quick two second review of this last weeks episode. Once again, I feel like they missed a big opportunity by skipping two critical points in the Bible. For anyone who has read this blog you would see that I am a big advocate of the idea that the Old Testament points to Jesus. The Bible missed on a huge opportunity to demonstrate this by skipping over the book of Isaiah and his prophecy of the suffering servant. Additionally, did anyone else notice that they tried to pass off the prophecy of Jesus onto Daniel? For some reason that stuck out with me. It would appear that the producers of the Bible wanted to get into the whole prophecy thing but then gave the viewers the cheap and watered down version. They passed on Daniel’s 70 7’s prophecy which is an incredible prophecy that was fulfilled to the day! Again…here they can demonstrate the absolute power of God, and pass on it.
Oh and by the way…for a more realistic look at the 3 wisemen READ THIS POST. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the producers…probably didn’t do their homework.
And now to the contreversy of the week…
I don’t know if this is intentional. It’s hard to believe that the producers of the show were sitting in a room saying…”He doesn’t look enough like Obama.” Look there is no way that Obama is the anti-christ. If you have read my posts you know where I stand on both the men pictured above. But I will have to say…that the likeness is…well…funny.
March 18, 2013Posted by on
For well over a year I have been working on a church plant. This church plant has culminated to the point that we are within 2 weeks of launch. Our official launch will take place on Easter Sunday on 2013. Gang….I am extremely proud to be a part of watching God work within our little group. I am now convinced…if you want to see God work…watch a church plant go, and watch those people latch onto God.
Now I know,that most of my readers are no where in the Kansas City Metro area, but I really want you guys to think about helping in anyway that you can. Be praying for us as we launch our church this Easter. If you have family in Kansas City north, call them this weekend and tell them to come our way. If you live in the Kansas City Metro….COME OUR WAY!
The link to our little church is RIGHT HERE
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March 12, 2013Posted by on
Well I finally got done watching the second part of the Bible. Again, there were a lot of shortcuts. The trend that I am noticing in this series so far is that they are focusing on popular stories and developing them based on pre-conceived notions or misconceptions surrounding those. We saw this in full display for the episode on Sunday.
So with Samson, we get to see a chopped down version (pardon the pun). There was so much that they left out that it is hard for me to keep track of what they kept and what they didn’t. I think it is probably better to focus on the inaccuracies of what they presented.
- The men that Samson killed with the jawbone of the Donkey, wasn’t the mere 20 the movie saw…it was closer to 1,000. That is quite a big difference.
- Samson met Delilah in Gaza…not just after the battle with 1,000.
- Samson, didn’t just hand over the secret to his strength. As a matter of fact, Delilah badgers the poor man for a long while and Samson keeps deceiving her, until she lays a guilt trip on him and he finally caves.
- Once his hair was cut (as in bald) his eyes were gouged, and he was sent to a prison.
- The final shindig that Samson was at….Samson was there so that the Philistines could rub his nose in it. They were celebrating Samson being handed over to them. This was a huge party
- So Samson breaks the pillars, and kills more people in that moment than he had killed in his entire lifetime. That’s a lot of people.
The story of David in the Bible is epic. However, they managed to get several key things wrong in regards to David, which frankly there was no need to get wrong.
- David was anointed King…He was chosen by Samuel from 7 brothers. This is a great picture. If you can imagine Cinderella for men. This is the closest thing one could use to describe this scene. Only God had the glass slipper and only God knew who it would fit. So all of David’s brothers get paraded in front of Samuel. Samuel looks at Jesse and says this isn’t it, where is your other son?. David appears and is anointed by Samuel in front of his family. At the time of the anointing…the Holy Spirit rushed upon David. Once again…they really missed an opportunity here, and Honestly I would rather have them spent more time on David, than spending any time on Samson at all.
- The battle between David and Goliath took place in a major valley (Elah). The show portrayed it as being just a small stretch with an army on each side and of a couple of people on each side. This was really horribly depicted. They also missed some key elements that would have been incredibly illustrating of this picture. Like David putting on Saul’s armor and then taking it off. What is most compelling that was missed…was the dialogue before the fight. Here is how it really was, tell me if this isn’t more compelling…
- Goliath: You think I am some sort of Dog coming at me with sticks?
- Goliath: Well come on then…I’ll feed you to the birds and the dogs.
- David: You got a spear, a sword and a javelin. Big deal. I’ve got God. And today, Goliath….not only is He going to deliver you to me, but after I kill you…I am going to cut off your head and then let the birds and dogs feed off of you.
So… Goliath goes charging, but his sword is sheathed, David goes charging and sets himself. David draws a rock, and hits Goliath so hard that the rock sinks into his head (as opposed to bouncing off like a tennis ball). David ran and stood over Goliath. He drew Goliaths sword out of its sheath, and cut his head off. The show was okay for this story from that point on.
But they also got another major component wrong or skipped other major components. At the end of the show David was dancing around in his “kilt”. The show infers that it is the ark, and indeed it was. This is the famous scripture that Ren McCormick uses in Footloose where David sings and dance before the Lord with all his might.
The show then did a little fore shadowing as I think we see Bathsheba at the end ( shut it off with about 10 minutes left). They somehow managed to skip his covenant with God…which is a pretty big deal, and all of his victories as king.
Again…I understand that David’s story is EPIC, but at the very least let’s get it right on what you decide to show.
March 4, 2013Posted by on
I am about half way through the first show.
I did find where the producers were interviewed on Bill O’Reilly. They describe themselves as being devout Christians. They talkedabout how they wanted to create a show that would depict the Bible as is… so how are they doing?
Well…The first major thing of note Lot and Sodom.
Okay so the show depicts this event as follows: the two angels go to Sodom, and are apparently assaulted and wind up at Lots house. Lot then allows the angels into the house where he holds off the crowd outside. Lot tells the crowd that they (angels) are his guests and that he will not let them take them. Well that didn’t please them so the angels (one of which was a Samurai master) went out and cut a pathway out of the city.
What really happened?
Lot is sitting in the gateway to Sodom. The two angels walk up, and apparently Lot recognizes them and refers to them as lords. Lot invites them to his humble abode, but the angels refuse wanting to spend the night in the square. Lot insists and finally the angels give way to Lot. Now, while the conversation was going on someone or a group of people noticed the angels. Lot leads the angels back to his house and cooks a meal. Meanwhile a gang forms outside of Lots doors and they are demanding the two angels….to have sex with them. Lot, protecting his guests offers his daughters to them. That was unacceptable to this gang, and they threatened to hurt Lot and pressed forward to the door. The angels pulled Lot back, struck the gang with blindness, and lead them out of the city.
I think the show really missed an opportunity with this. Can you think of this scene where Lot chooses to protect the servants of God by giving his own daughters over to this gang of miscreants? What a powerful message of sacrifice This was the reason he was saved out of the city. Also….what a way to cheapen everything that the show accomplished in a 2 minute segment. A Samurai ..really? Of everything that was in the show this will be the one thing remembered. No one will be talking about the imagery of Noah’s arc or the faith of Abraham, or the depiction of Egypt (which was incredible)…but every is talking about ninja angels….
March 3, 2013Posted by on
So a new series is beginning on the History Channel tonight. This series will be acting out the Bible and is creatively called….”The Bible”. Reminds me of…”Allow myself to introduce….myself”.
Anyway…I will be tuning in with a skeptical eye of course because cable channels like the History Channel tend to approach topics related Christianity from a secular perspective and tend to get many facts wrong or write it from the perspective that it is a fairly tale.
I will do my best to post my opinion of this show as it goes along. I will have to say that I have pretty low expectations. We shall see.
Here is a link to the show in case you haven’t heard of it.
Be sure to grab your Bible….get comfortable and hopefully enjoy!