Lawnmower Worship

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful Friday!

The bulk of mine has been spend on the seat of my lawnmower. This would usually be a horrible way to spend my Friday afternoon, but I’ve actually enjoyed it. Thanks to my lovely Hillsong Pandora radio station, I have had an amazing time of worship. I’ve lain fears at God’s feet, I’ve prayed for strength and wisdom, but the thing I’ve spent the most time dwelling on is the question of who is like the LORD?  And what is He to me?

I believe it was Meredith Andrews who brought the question to mind with her song “Who is Like You”. 

We hear ministers always say that God isn’t a holy version of Santa Clause, but how many times do we treat Him like that? When will we learn to trust the God of all of creation to provide and care for us. I heard the story of a worship leader whose wife had been diagnosed with cancer, and when asked if she was angry with God she responded in a beautiful, but admittedly not how I would, way. She said that she knew it pleased God to give her cancer. When asked to explain her answer she simply said that through this she knew God’s name would be made much of. She knew that through this good would come. Her mimistry to women, especially to cancer sufferers and survivors, would only grow.

Her response threw me for a loop. How can she be so faithful in the face of such a grim diagnosis? She understood that God’s will included her but did not end with her. If her temporary pain would lead one more person to call out to God as their Savior, then it was all worth it. Today I’ve learned to pray God’s will not mine. To be counted worthy to suffer for someone else’s salvation is amazing and exactly why Jesus took on flesh.

So my question/plea for comments is who is God to you? Why did you choose to give Him your life?

Rapture Day 2011 – Our response

I’m on my way home from Seattle, so this will be short.

As most of us know a man named Harold Camping has predicted that @ 5 PM central the rapture will occur.  For many, this is scary, upsetting, even infuriating. But what should we let our response be? Is marriage more important than God? Is having our first child more important than the returning of our Savior?

First of all, the “prophecy” is incorrect. God’s word is very clear that NONE will know, not even the Son.  Secondly, this man is not a brother, but rather a heretic who demands his followers to leave their home church because all churches execpt his are corrupt. This man has disqualified himself as a prophet numerous times as well. Including when he made similar “prophecy” in 1994.

So what is our response? We must understand that we are not going to know when the Lord is returning. So we should live a life that glorifies God, but we also must live a life that is Commisssion minded.  The Second coming is a HUGE gain for us as Christians, but for the ones who haven’t accepted God’s grace the Second Coming is the most hopeless situation. As Christians, we should be so burdened and anguished for those who have rejected the Lord. This false prophecy should be a wake up call for us all. Earlier today I tweeted a challenge for each of us to share the gospel with at least one person we know does not know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. I would love for you to share your story with the other readers, so leave a comment with your story.
If you do not know the Lord as your Savior, please click on the “Do You Need to Be Saved?” tab and shoot me an email @ Zachary_Johnson@live.com I would love to talk to you. We are not promised tomorrow and we cannot know when Jesus will return to take His Church home with Him, so please do not wait. Choose Jesus today!

Free Stuff Friday

Happy Friday!

Our freebie this week comes from our dear friends over at youthministry.com!  It is a 31 day devotional through the book of Matthew.  The first day is a little bit of a hard read, but I have faith in you that you can get through it…I mean look at your taste in blog reading, how can you not overcome a few big names?!  Be sure to check out all of their freebies and other resources at youthministry!

31 Days with Jesus

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Quitter Releases Today!

If you have not yet met the wonderful Jon Acuff, then you should get on that right now.  I’ve read his first two books and followed his blog and twitter for many times now and they are all great!  Jon is a blogger who started off with a cool idea, the blog StuffWhitePeopleLike.com was a great social commentary of white people, so why shouldn’t someone do the same thing for Christians.  So Jon did it.

His blog has reached a sizable following and has even opened two kindergartens in Vietnam.

This is Jon’s third book.  His books can be found here.  His first two books are well worth reading.

Quitter is his third book, which was released today.  In this book he looks at what he calls the “I’m But” generation.  Check out the trailer for the book.

This is such a true story.  Our generation is constantly on the move and looking for a way to make a difference.  But dreaming is scary isn’t it.  What if I make a fool of myself?  What if I go broke trying to achieve my dream?  What if people make fun of me and my dream?  Jon guest post on a fellow blogger’s blog this morning and spoke about the doubt we experience in pursuing our dreams.

God gives us dreams and passions because we are the generation who is most able to reach the whole world with a simple keystroke or one short video or even a satirical blog. We are the “I’m But” generation, but we are also the “I Can” generation, so dare to dream big, push past the doubt, and bring God’s Kingdom so much glory!