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I’m Not My Performance / King of Kings

Sermon of the Day: 

I’m Not My Performance

1 Corinthians 2:2

For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Good Morning Men. I have been meditating on the above verse since I read over it the other day in my devotion time. The mindset and life of Paul was absolutely phenomenal and this verse gives us a pretty clear picture of that.

Jesus Christ is the focal point and message of Christianity. I would like to spend some time focusing on Jesus today, although we will only scratch the surface my hope is to portray the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 9:16) in a way that convicts you and moves you to know Him more.

Why is Jesus different from any other prophet or great man who has passed through this life?

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Above we have the opening statement of the entire Bible. This verse can appear to be so simple, yet I believe it is one of the pillars of God’s Word. When you break this verse down word by word, then start to combine it with other verses, you have something extremely profound.

You may be wondering, this verse says God. So where’s Jesus, right?

I’m glad you asked.

John 1:1-3

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 

So we have that statement again; “In the beginning”. This is referring to the same beginning as Genesis 1:1. Then there is this pretty crazy and almost mind bending sequence of words. Starting with “the Word”. This “Word” is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ who was with God the Father at the beginning.

The beginning of what?

Yup you guessed it the very beginning of all things as we know it, the beginning of creation.

Then look John says that He as in Jesus was with God and all things were made through Him. Did you get that? All things!

If we flip back to Genesis we see God speaking everything into life. By the very words or “Word” of God all things were created, lets take a quick look:

Genesis 1:3

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

The Lord Jesus was right there, in royal splendor as the Son of God during the very creation of this world my dear brothers.

So this omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God whose name is Jesus worked a plan with God the Father. This plan involved Jesus Christ, the creator of heaven and earth and everything in it. Who was with the Father since “the beginning” to come to earth as a man and die for the sins of the world. Let me paraphrase what their conversation may have sounded like:

Son, we have an amazing creation down there. I declare it good. However because sin will enter their race we will intervene. We have designed it this way to show our power, our glory and our tremendous love for them. We have created them to realize there is no greater love, then for someone to lay down their life for another. Son, You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords; you created this entire world as they will know it. However what I need you to do is go down as a man. To experience their pain, their sorrow, the struggle of sin and everything in between. We have created them to desire things they can relate to. This allows acceptance in their limited capacity. You will be with them for a short time that will end in a painful, horrific experience that will display your heart, love and compassion for them. Your earthly death will be the bridge between their sinful nature and our holiness. Without it they can never be in our presence. This is real love, we do not want robots or we would have created robots. We have given them free will, a will to choose who they will serve, love and live for. Their creator or themselves.  Will you do this for me?

Father, not my will but yours be done. I want them to know our love because I know this will reveal the truth of while they were still sinners I will die for them. They will see that they do not have to be perfect to come to us. They just have to believe that my death and resurrection was for them. To cleanse them, wash them and bring hope to the hopeless.

Thank you Son. When all things come to an end every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Men, God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to be the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Knowing all the junk we did, will do and still battle in our hearts; He died for us. All we have to do is receive this love and to believe He is who He says He is, acknowledge and confess Him as Lord of our lives, words, deeds and actions. We must repent from the sin in our lives so we can become a new creation in Christ. Water baptism symbolizes this conversion, it is a public profession of you putting the old sinful nature in the ground and rising as a new creation in Christ Jesus.

May the Lord continue to stir your heart towards Him.


Be Strong / Be Angry and Do Not Sin

Sermon of the Day: 

Be Strong – C

Ephesians 4:26

 Be angry, and do not sin” do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

Good Morning Men.

I wanted to share this verse this morning in a different way because over the past few weeks I have failed here. I could go into some great excuses about why but I won’t. I was angry more than I would like to admit, my anger caused me to treat my family in ways that were not how any man should treat them. Therefore lets just call it sinful, and I definitely went to bed angry on a couple of occasions. By knowing what I know as a Christian, knowing what I know as a man, husband and father I definitely was giving the devil a foothold into my life. So I have failed on all levels in this verse.

Is this a good thing? Am I proud of it? Absolutely not. In fact I would rather be sharing something else this week. However I want my life to be an encouragement for any of you that may be able to relate to this either previously or in the future.

So how do I fix this?

The first thing was I needed to repent and apologize to those involved. My repentance to God always came first because in my anger I knew better, I knew my actions and behavior was childish and needed to stop. In my stubbornness and anger it was not so easy. When you are a blood bought child of God the Holy Spirit of God lives inside of you. The Bible says He is our counselor and the spirit of truth. So in my anger I felt this tug on my heart to stop, to turn or repent of my anger. If you’ve ever been there you know; easier said than done. Although it must be done! Look at what the Apostle Paul says:

Ephesians 4:30

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

We can grieve the Holy Spirit by continuing to do things our way. We can weaken His influence in our lives by ignoring and grieving the Spirit when we live according to our wants, desires and sinfulness whether out of stubbornness or not.

So we gotta recognize it. Call it for what it is. Own it. Take responsibility for it, completely. No blame placing. Turn to a verse that helps us follow God’s way not our own. Listen to it and work towards living like it.

Men please do not thing I have this mastered. I am sinner saved by grace and need God’s love and help everyday more and more. But these steps are so necessary to grow in our walks. Once I recognized it, which was not hard I was pretty angry a couple of times. In the middle of it I am praying for God to soften my heart and give me the strength to get over it. I had to say sorry to my family, sorry for the way I was acting. Sorry for the things I said. Sorry for my behavior.

Does it end there? No.

Honestly I know that my devotion time has not been what it should for a number of reasons over the last year. I know that my lack of self-control is a direct by-product of my lack of growth in Christ. So I need to get to the root of my issues, or sin.

My commitment to my family is to spend more time, better time with God every morning. Waking up early, being excited about spending time in God’s Word so that He can grow the fruit of the spirit in me (Gal. 5:22-23). The fruits of God Spirit in me have not been getting the nutrients they need to thrive and grow and bless my family. So I need to fix that and I will.

Men this was not easy for me but my hope is that it encourages all of you reading. Especially for some of you that maybe can relate to this.

Lets let our life sing louder than any song we sing.

Lets let the meditation of our hearts to be pleasing to God.

Know that God has amazing plans for you, He wants to use you for things so much greater than you could ever imagine. The problem is God can’t use us if we keep grieving the Holy Spirit. We must pursue holiness not happiness, we must live a life that is pleasing, transparent and real; that lives by His Word.

Have an awesome week in Jesus.



I’m Not a Victim / Resurrection Power

Sermon of the Day: 

Recently Preached: I’m Not a Victim

Philippians 3:10-11

10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Good Morning Men. I hope and pray all of you are hungering for more of the Lord when you read this.

Lets look at the facts of the above verse.

  1. I want to know Christ
  2. I want to experience his mighty power that raised him from the dead
  3. I want to suffer with Him and share in his death
  4. I want to live in a way so that I will experience the resurrection from the dead

At first glance this passage wraps up in almost a morbid way. What is Paul talking about here with suffering, death and resurrection from the dead?

The anchor point is; “I want to know Christ”. Men there could not be any greater desire and passion in our lives then wanting to know Christ. Not just know of Him, maybe a few miracles and think that He was a really nice guy. Paul is talking about knowing Jesus intimately and better than anyone else in this life. When we desire Jesus in this way it no longer becomes about what we can do in our own flesh. It no longer is about self, the focus, priority and fruit that flows form this type of relationship is Jesus.

Do you want to know Christ like this? If so why and what are you doing each day to know Him?

Paul then wants to experience the mighty power that resurrected Jesus, the power the raised Him from the dead. This is an experiential power that is being talked about. For me it is hard to visualize the power needed to raise a body from the dead. But as we begin to think of the reality of life and death, and how final death is, how powerless we are to raise to life. I can start to get a picture of this power.

Why was this important to Paul?

Paul wants this power that raised Christ from the dead surging through His mortal body. Giving him the power to overcome sin in his life, producing the fruit that marks the Christian life with repentance and transformation. Supernatural transformation that people will have no other explanation or reason but Jesus, whether they admit or not. Christ alone has radically transformed his life.

Paul wants to suffer with Christ. Jesus suffered tremendously once He began His ministry and started to step out on His mission. The Christian life is not easy, it is a road not often traveled, avoided or side stepped with many opposing forces from family members, loved ones, spouses and everything in between. That is the American way of suffering, however throughout most of the world especially through much of Asia and the Middle East. To know Jesus and to make Him known is a death sentence.

This should not come as a surprise, Jesus said if they hate you remember that they hated me first (John 15:18). Paul also said that if we suffer with Him we will also be glorified with Him (Romans 8:17). So this is no surprise in God’s Word, the Holy Spirit held back no punches through His inspiration of the truth and sufferings a Christian must face.

That is why Paul desires these things to be in place; knowing Christ, experiencing in his life resurrection power, suffering with Christ so that this life will produce a resurrection from the dead.

So Paul desired a resurrected life here on earth, a life transformed by the power of the cross. Then Paul desired the resurrection from the dead. That is the completion of his life and work down here on this earth. Our salvation is complete and as the Bible teaches we become resurrected with Christ for eternity.

May the Lord give us all the heart of Paul.

The Power Source / Righteous Through Faith

Sermon of the Day: 

The Power Source – A 

Philippians 3:9

…and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

Good Morning Men.

We are continuing on from last weeks verse, Philippians 3:7-8; same author, same context.

Lets look at the facts:

  1. Paul described in the last verse how he gained Christ, and now he states he is one with Christ.
  2. Paul’s righteousness does not come by obeying the commands of God, but he is righteous by his faith in Christ.
  3. Faith is how God views our righteousness.

Paul is one with Christ because of his relationship that he described in the previous two verses. Once we have developed a relationship with Jesus we now can renounce our own righteousness.

Our own righteousness puffs us up, as we do our man made checklist we now become righteous in our own minds. This type of righteousness is unfortunately way to common, and is the reason why many non-believers don’t have good experiences attending a new church. Or when they encounter one of us Christians but nothing in our life is really different except what we say rather than what we do.

When we as Christians can make the shift from relying on our righteousness to relying on the righteousness which comes from God through faith. This is where we will actually start to make a difference in the lives of those around us. This really is a common thing and honestly it is okay because I believe we all struggle with this. The problem happens when we cannot recognize this, or make the connection and fix this problem.

When we rely on our own righteousness it’s like we rely on our own checklists. I did that, I do that everyday, I go there every week, I don’t do that anymore like those guys. This is the foundation for self-righteousness and can evolve into full blown hypocrisy and all kinds of junk. This is relying on the law for our righteousness, as opposed to allowing Jesus to be our rigtheousness. Our own righteousness says: ‘I obey most of those things so let me highlight the ones I am good at and ignore the ones I am not good at’. This is dangerous and toxic for your relationship with Jesus and everyone around you.

So what is it supposed to look like?

To keep it very simple, it is all about Jesus. Jesus needs to be the spiritual foundation, the cornerstone. What He did, what He is doing and what He is going to do. Everything needs to come from Him and point to Him. Jesus needs to radically transform our hearts daily so that we don’t have to say we are certain ways, the people in our lives just see it.

For those of you that want a little bit more direction I believe Paul has given us a great compass.

Romans 12:2 NLT

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Do you look like everyone around? Do you talk and act like everyone around you? Then maybe we are copying the behaviors and customs of this world. We need to be transformed into a new person, that thinks differently and in turn will start to act differently. The Bible says when we belong to Jesus we are a new creation.

Want to know God’s will for you? Then spend time in God’s Word. Spend time in prayer. Seek out a good Bible reading church and a man or two in your life that can help you grow in your walk with Jesus Christ. We must learn to be transparent and real with our weaknesses and setbacks. Also learning more about the sacrifice that was made for you and me through Jesus. These things will breed humility which allows everything to start working together. These are all ingredients to move you along in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

May the Lord Bless and keep all of you.




I Am Dead to That / Infinite Value of Knowing Christ

Sermon of the Day: 

I Am Dead to That – A 

Philippians 3:7-8 NLT

I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ…


Good Morning Men.

I hope and pray this email finds all of you in good health, hungry spirits and hearts filled with hope.

Lets look at the facts of this verse:

  1. Things that were once viewed as valuable to Paul are now worthless because of a new relationship in Christ
  2. Everything is worthless compared to knowing Christ
  3. Everything cannot compare and might as well be garbage when compared to what Paul has found in Christ

These are very powerful words that Paul is using to describe his relationship with Jesus to the church at Philippi. Paul came from the pedigree of pedigrees in this time and prior to his conversion with Christ it was his badge of honor. Paul was of Roman descent and studied under the greatest religious leaders of that time. In today’s world Paul would have came from the right city, the right state, had all the best private education money could buy with parents that had all that status and connections to set this up.

To say these things were valuable to Paul is a serious understatement. This was his life and mission to prove Christians wrong based on his knowledge and zealous passion for what he knew. Then Paul who used be Saul had a head on collision with Jesus Christ. Jesus broke him, humbled and revealed Himself to Paul in such a dramatic and powerful way (Acts 9:1-19), Paul could not refuse the supremacy of Christ. All that Paul thought was valuable and noble was broken by what Christ did in his heart and mind.

At first glance this could seem a little extreme that everything is worthless. Paul is comparing what he thought was big and important to the infinite value of knowing Christ. This is were things get worthless real quick. It’s not just knowing of Christ, but actually knowing Christ. Having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God who spoke this entire earth as we know it into existence (Genesis 1-2).

Paul says that he had discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage. So that he could gain Christ! That sounds pretty radical and very different from what society tells me about Jesus.

Why would Paul have to discard everything else?

James 1, talks about a double minded man, that he is unstable in all his ways. That is not were Paul is. Paul is single minded, laser focused with one mission. To know Christ and to make Him known.  Everything was discarded so there were no distractions, no limitations and no excuses. What Paul found in Jesus was so overwhelmingly greater than anything he knew that he dumped it all to gain more.

Men, my hope and my prayer is that we would have this same heart. That we would allow Christ into our hearts to change us and make us whole. That we would be so complete and so fulfilled in Him that everything else would be worthless compared to Christ. That the infinite value of knowing Christ would make every other earthly pursuit, worry and temptation seem like garbage!

If this is your heart, pray this prayer with me:

Father in heaven may your name be magnified in me. Help me to know you intimately. Reveal yourself to me in a way that is so powerful that I may be reassured of the infinite value of knowing You. Give me a passion to know You and to make You known. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

The Process of Change / Message of the Cross

Sermon of the Day:

The Process of Change: Step 1, Repentance, Part 1 – A

1 Corinthians 1:18

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

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Good Morning Men.

As all of you probably know by now, there was a big scare in Hawaii over the weekend. For myself and the guys I was with at work it was real, it was scary and it was a wake up call in many ways. The above verse was in full effect after this event. Lets look at the facts:

  1. The cross is foolishness to those that are perishing
  2. The cross is power to those who are being saved
  3. Being saved requires the power of God

In the Bible someone that is perishing is referring to someone that rejects God and will receive the consequences of that choice. This rejection can come in a few forms, obviously outright rejection is one way. Then we have the type of rejection that may not be showing on the outside, but on the inside there is no desire to know God. They may know of Him, but they do not know Him. To these individuals, the message of a man claiming to be God being brutally crucified is foolish. It goes against every fairy tale, everything we believe from environmental experiences and Hollywood movies!

However for those that are being saved, or are saved the message of the cross is power. A power that stirs you deep inside every time you read about it, think about it or hear a sermon about it. When you actually know God, when you begin to learn of the background of the cross. The voluntary sacrifice that was given on the cross. The power of the cross effects the saved through deep gratitude, pain, awe, and myriad of other emotions that can be so personal and moving.

This power is God. The Bible teaches that no one can save themselves. No one can come to the Father except through the Son (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit calls every person through a variety a ways. Some people may see them as signs, others through experiences like this weekend in Hawaii. At the end of it all God speaks through the Holy Spirit by His Word.

This weekend’s event illustrated to me that there will always be men that do soul searching in times of fear and concern. These men are being impacted by the power of God and the message of the cross. These men are truly blessed if they act on it and pursue knowing God and allow His power to change their lives. To others its foolishness, it is a time to put on a front that everything is okay because so far everything has been okay.

Where do you stand? What does the cross mean to you? If that missile threat was real and hit your area and you died, where are you going? How about your family, would they be good? Have you done your job dad, in teaching your children the love of God (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). Have you been the husband God has called you to be, allowing your marriage to be a reflection of Jesus’s love for the church?

Men as real as death is, so is our eternal destiny. Eternity has only two options, heaven or hell. They are radically different and my encouragement for you is to find out from the Bible what those differences are. Pray and ask God for His power to move in you and call on Him that you may be saved. If not no problem take your chances, know that I love you and I pray you keep reading our emails.

Grace and Peace to all.

Let’s Get Specific / Eyes of the Lord

Sermon of the Day:

Let’s Get Specific – A 

2 Chronicles 16:9 

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.

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Good Morning Men.

There is a lot of context going on here in this verse so I won’t discuss the interpretation of this verse. However I want to focus on the application for you and me of the first half of this verse.

Lets look at the facts:

  1. The eyes of the Lord
  2. Run to and fro throughout the whole earth
  3. God shows Himself to those whose heart is loyal

Men, I don’t know about you but the thought of God having vision going back and forth throughout the whole earth is mind blowing to me. It definitely raises some questions for me about many of the issues throughout the world. Those issues honestly are far to great for me to understand and I know that all things work together for good for those that love God and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). So I won’t get to hung up on it and my encouragement is for you to do the same. If that does really bother you then my question is how much time are you spending on your hands and knees each day pleading with God to end that crisis? Let’s be men of action not just of talk, biblical actions that glorify God.

So God’s eyes are everywhere, we know this from many examples throughout the Bible. God is omniscient, omnipresent and all knowing. The pain in our heart is equally important to the starving going on in a third world country. God’s love is so rich and so deep, men we honestly cannot even fathom. On top of it being completely pure and holy, unlike our love that is so easily swayed, persuaded, influenced or superficial.

One of my favorite verses about God being throughout the whole earth is:

Psalm 139:7-10

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.

The Bible makes it very easy to see that God is everywhere, but why is there Christians that have such different results in their personal walk and joy with Jesus?

I believe our answer is right before us in this verse; God shows Himself or reveals Himself to those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Men, are you desiring more of God? Are you desiring to know Him more intimately? Or are you just going through the motions? Maybe neither, you are just figuring out your way. All of the above is okay men, it doesn’t matter where you are today. What really matters is what your going to do about it. Where do you want to be and how are you going to get there? I know for me personally I have areas I need to be more loyal and my faith needs some fertilizer. But I want to grow and change and I hope you do too.

As we close out the first week of the year what are you willing to commit to in your spiritual life to make 2018 different and better with God? What steps do you need to take in order to have your heart loyal to God?

If this speaks to your situation men don’t let another day go by without making a plan. Make a daily plan, start small and stick to it.

Have an awesome day and week in the Lord. Let your light so shine so that others may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16)!!

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