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It’s the end of the…oh well.


If you had 24 hours to live….what would you do?  Well you better start thinking about it.  Okay well not really.  Unless of course you believe Harold Camping’s erroneous claim that you will be raptured tomorrow night!  But for us low lives that believe that Harold Camping is a false prophet…well we aren’t going to be so lucky.  Needless to say I am going to have a hard time explaining this to my youth group tomorrow night when they realized that we haven’t been raptured.

Furthermore…I am going to have a difficult time explaining to all of my readers here; first why I wasn’t raptured, and second why they weren’t raptured.

I have been racking my brain all morning to find something clever to say about this, and I really can’t.  The truth is that this is sad.  There is a group of people who believe this so much that they have preached to others that this is in fact going to happen. 

There are several biblical problems with Camping and his prediction that make him an obvious false prophet and he preaches a gospel and salvation message that is radically different than that presented in the Bible.  There is a ton of information on this guy.

We need to be praying for everyone involved with this heresy that they will come back to the biblical truth of scripture.  Also we need to be praying that no lives are lost as of a result of this lunatic.  The worst thing that could happen is that people believe that they are not raptured when Camping’s hour passes (and it will) and feel like they were “left behind.”

If you know someone that has been mislead by this false prophet, do everything you can to be in touch with them over the next 48 hours.  They will need your support, and they will need affirmation that Christ still loves them, and that their salvation is not dependent on believing a man…but believing in Christ. 

The worst part about all of this is the association with this group and Jesus.  Because of this false prophet non-believers will, once again, have opportunity to dismiss the loving nature of God and the sacrifice of Jesus.  I am wondering if there needs to be a larger effort on behalf of the church to confront false prophets (much like Paul and Peter did).  I wonder if an organized effort should be created to aggressively refute heretics that blaspheme the name of God with their preaching and false doctrine.  The modern church (with some exceptions) has been laid back in its public stance against heresy. 

Thoughts?

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


I have seen a number of bad storms.  Been a part of a couple of tornado touchdown’s, and even a major microburst…but this is incredible.  In the movie Twister one of the storm chasers are asked what an F5 tornado is like.  The answer…The finger of God.  When you look at the destructive power of the F4 tornado that touch downed in Tuscaloosa, AL you can understand why the comparison is made.   I am sure that many will look at this recent outbreak of tornado’s, earthquakes, war’s and famine as the “birth pains” described by Jesus in Matthew 24:8.  When you watch some of the video from these tornado’s it is hard not to think that.  The destruction and power is incredible.  Much like the tsunami and earth quake we witnessed a few months ago.

Again, I urge you not to delay.  For the coming of the Lord is swift, and like a thief in the night.  Much like the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we never know when a disaster will strike.  You cannot afford to wait.  If you are on the fence about commitment to Jesus, get off the fence.  He has offered you the gift of eternal life, all you need to do is reach out and grab it.  I don’t know if this is the end of the world described in Matthew 24…but I do know this, we will all die, and no one can predict when that will happen.  Please pray for those that are in the path of these storms that God will have an impact on their lives.  Please pray for those that have lost family members.

Update**

Here is a link to some of the photo’s coming out of Alabama and Mississippi.  Please continue to pray for these people.  They are going to need our prayer and our help.

Dear whoever cares…


Yep...I root for these guys...

Please…allow me to lament for just a moment.  As I was watching Mizzou get trounced by Cincy in the first round of the tourney I thought to myself, isn’t that typical.  I mean after all why should any team that I actively root for want to go out on the floor and fight for a victory.  For that matter why should any team I root for even SNIFF a championship.  Think about this for a second.  The three major teams I pull for are Mizzou, the Chiefs, and (as much as I hate typing this) the Royals.  I know many of you who read this blog outside of Kansas City probably just spit out what ever you were drinking, or eating.  Stop laughing… It is true.  I root and pull for these perennial losing powerhouses. 

To be completely honest Mizzou does win more games than they lose.  But, and if you are a fan of Mizzou you can appreciate this, they always lose or choke away big games.  Anyone remember the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma?  I actually flew to San Antonio to watch that travesty under the delusion  we stood a chance.  How about Tyus Edney?  What about losing to NAVY!  Winning one road game in the Big 12 this year…really?  Not showing up in the Big 12 tourney?  Yes….I am the one dummy that actually picked them to beat Cincy.  Told you I was a homer.  I can count on Mizzou losing games that matter.  Always.

The Chiefs…what can I say about this team.  I bleed red and gold.  I can honestly say that I was at one of the last two playoff wins they had….in 1993.  This was the last real time I had any sense that we could actually win a championship…the AFC championship.  Since then…a decade of losing, blowing playoff games, and unfulfilled playoff expectations.  I have some sense of hope here…though I have been beaten into submission.  Show me some victories.

And then there is the Royals.  Anyone who knows ANYTHING about baseball knows the agony about rooting for this minor league team.  Every year we are getting one step closer to be competitive in baseball.  Unfortunately that year is always a couple of years from now when our talented minor leaguers come up.  2011 is going to be a terrible year for the Royals…but you wait for 2012 or 2013 and we will be good and competing for a championship.  Unfortunately, this logic has been used since the early 90’s.  The Royals are the best minor league team in the Major’s.  I guess that counts for something.

I thought of all of this while watching Mizzou fall all over themselves to blow that game to Cincy.  I got angry.  WHY CAN’T I ROOT FOR A WNNER?!  WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO ROOT FOR A TEAM THAT CAN ADVANCE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND WIN?!

After about a half an hour of pacing back and forth in my basement I came to a realization.  I am actually a part of the winningest team in the history of man.  I am part of a team that has not and never will lose.  Jesus didn’t choke when decision time came.  When He stood by Pilate to be judged, he didn’t turn to Pilate and the crowd and say, “Nah…I was just kidding.”  You want to talk about one of the all time clutch performances look at what Christ did and tell me he didn’t pull it off.  At any one moment during that whole event he could have ended it.  He could have walked away.  But when the pressure came Jesus stood and delivered!  Folks, all of us who love sports have been disappointed by a sports teams we root for.  Keep in mind though that, as a Christian, you play for the winningest team in all of humanity.  In the end…GOD wins.  He is the ultimate champion; He has an overall record of like a ba-jillion – 0.  Nothing can compare to that.

God is undefeated.  Jesus, stood and delivered, in his toughest match.  He stands and delivers every day for you.  When people talk about having victory through Christ (NOT the Kenneth Copeland victory) it isn’t metaphorical!  His victories come every day,  in big ways, and in little ways.  But Christ remains the UNDEFEATED champion of your salvation.  Nothing and I literally mean NOTHING can defeat him.  Do you want that?  Do you want to be a part of a champion?  Do you want to play for a champion?

For non-believers on the fence…you are seeing the game being played.  You are watching as the home team wins EVERYDAY!  But unlike any other sports team that you have seen, you don’t have to be athletic to join it.    If you want in…YOU ARE IN!  But…you have to want it.  YOU have to commit.  Repent!  Turn from your sins, and trust in the only undefeated Champion of all time.  That victory can be yours.  There will never be any upsets.  You don’t have to worry about being disappointed in your team (cf. Romans 10:9-11, NASB).

For Christians…I simply ask this one question.  If you are part of the team are you in the game?  If not…what are you waiting for?  GET IN THE GAME.

Earthquake in Japan


There is no doubt that all of us have seen images and video of the earthquake in Japan.  The death toll is rising.  The damage is unimaginable.  All of us should be praying or continue to pray for the people affected by this disaster.  Disasters like this seem to draw attention to God.  Some, will look at God and demand answers, while others will use it as another reason to not believe in God. 

God has provided those answers for you.  Below are some of our posts that deal with disasters.  We should be doing everything we can to help the people of Japan.  Be praying for mercy and grace for the people affected by this disaster.

Challenger Disaster Anniversary

Is God Evil?

Why does God allow bad things to happen?

Also please consider the urgency in which our lives need to change.  Do not delay any longer because YOU don’t know the time or the hour of your own death.  100% of us will die at some point.  There is no guarantee for tomorrow.  Disaster’s like this are a perfect demonstration of that.  We all need God’s salvation.  Repent from your sins.  Accept Christ as you Lord and salvation.  You cannot prevent death, but you can prevent eternal damnation.

 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Romans 8:18-21

Snowbound…HELP!


Simply awesome...

Most of you either know someone, or are living through the massive blizzard that hit the US yesterday.   I have been up since 5:15 today shoveling snow… it is awesome.  This is a snow storm that is historic.  It will be on par with the 2002 Ice storm  (Another event that I will never forget). 

All of that being said… there is a lesson that we all need to remember with this snow storm.  We as Christians are called to be servants first and foremost.  This means that we need to help and be of service to those that need it.  While this call is not specific to any natural or man-made event, events like this blizzard serve as a call for us to be servants to those around us. 

There are a number of examples where Jesus served those around him.

In John 13:3-15 Jesus, after eating got up, wrapped a towel around himself and washed the feet of the Apostles.  This is an incredible act considering that this was God incarnate on earth.  If you look at John 13:12-15 you will see the specific call to serve.

“12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them,  “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

This is not the only verse that is explicit to being a servant.  Some other verses include 1 Peter 5:2-4, Philippians 2:3-8, 1 Peter 5:5-7, and John 3:30.

My personal favorite…

Mathew 20:25-28:  “25But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Our call is clear.  We must serve.  Even the Son of God came to serve, and we must do so as well. 

Folks, as many of you are staying home today with the weather, take this time to help someone with their driveway.  Help someone shovel their sidewalk.  If you know

Ice Storm 2002 in Lawrence

 someone without power, take them some warm food.  Shake their hand, and help them out.  On this day we can exemplify our Lord.

Keep in mind folks we do these things with the hope that someday we can share the Gospel with them.  Helping them out today…is not equivalent with sharing the Gospel.  It is simply opening the door to do so…

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2011 Challenge


Another new year is here.  And like every New Year I began thinking about goals for the upcoming year.  Most call this New Year’s resolutions.  Some would balk at the idea of using that phrase because of the lackadaisical approach that it might apply.  I however look at it as simply goals for next year.  2010 will be the year of incredible spiritual growth for me.   I want this process to continue. This challenge will be a stretch for Christian’s of all ages and growth levels.  Without furtherer due…

1.       Read a non-fiction Christian book(s)

It can only help to get another view.  When I read books like this, I immediately think of the movie Dead Poet’s Society – Specifically the scene where Robin Williams tells his students to stand on their desks to get a different perspective on things.  The room just looks different when you see it from a different angle.  Another person’s perspective may help change yours.  A quick word of caution, be careful of the book you choose.  For obvious reasons, we would not recommend books written by certain pastors that may have been mentioned previously in the “Are you a God” series.  We would, however, recommend any of the following books:

  1. Servant Leadership
  2. More than a Carpenter
  3. Victory over the Darkness
  4. Families Where Grace is in Place
  5. The Unexpected Journey
  6. Dare2Share

We’d be happy to recommend other books/authors… just drop us a line!

2.       Deeply study three books of the Bible.

Have you ever read something in the Bible, looked over at someone and said…”HAVE YOU READ THIS!  IT IS INCREADIBLE!”, only to have them say “I have read the whole Bible”.  There is a huge difference between reading, and digesting the Word of God.  I would suggest that of the group of people that have read the Bible, that probably only 25% – 50% of the Bible was actually digested.  By digested I mean, knowing the context of the books, why they were written, historicity behind them, spiritual impact of certain passages, etc…  The point here is to understand and internalize these books. 

3.       Have a 90% attendance rate at church.

This should be probably number 1.  If you are of the thought that you can have an effective relationship with God without attending a church you are wrong.  The truth of the matter is that the church is critical for your personal development.  Imagine learning how to become a computer programmer without going to school or doing programming work.  The exact same thing applies here.  You limit your growth potential in the body of Christ, by not attending church.

4.       Volunteer for an event/function/job at church.

Now that you are attending church on a regular basis, it is time to volunteer.  Serving is critical to our spiritual growth as well.  Remember James 2:14-26.  Faith without works is dead.  This is the works part of the challenge. 

5.       Invite at least 12 people to your church.

Inviting people to church can open the door to being able to share your testimony.  Your invite can include other functions such as church picnic’s, or small group.  See number 3.

6.       Have spiritual conversations that lead to you sharing your testimony and/or the Gospel with at least 6 people

Evangelism is a central part to being a Christian.  There are a number of biblical passages that demonstrate that evangelism is asked but is required of all Christians…REQUIRED.  That doesn’t mean maybe, or I’ll get to it later or it’s not my temperament.  REQUIRED.

7.       Sacrificially give to your local church.

We know that the economy is tough – it has been for your church too!  Needless to say there is a biblical foundation for tithing (giving at least 10% of your gross income).  God’s got a plan for your church that takes money to implement, and you should be a part of it.  If you’ve never tithed before start small and grow throughout the year – Dave Ramsey calls it a giving snowball.

8.       Pray for at least 2 minutes a day.

What do you do when you have problems?  Pray.  Anxiety? Pray. Need Help? Pray.  Need guidance, wisdom, truth, or WHATEVER?  PRAY!  2 minutes a day seems small in the amount of time you should devote to speaking with the Lord.  I make it a point to talk to him as I would my father or wife.  While he is God, he is still my Father.  If you think that you shouldn’t talk to him in a normal way…read Psalms.  That was the point of that book.

This is a yearlong challenge.  And it should be just that…a challenge.  No Apologizing will have your back though with posts about various biblical books, commentary on the books we have read, commentary on the spiritual conversations we’ve had, etc.  If you have feedback that you want to share regarding the challenge you will be able to.  A new page will be created on the blog specifically for this challenge.  In the mean time, get those books ready.  Have a great year.  Be focused.  Make no excuses!  Remember only one person is in charge of their relationship with God…YOU!  No one else can do it for you.

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