Monday Musings (12-11-17)

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  • It has been almost 3 months since I updated this blog. There are good reasons…but you don’t want to hear my excuses!!
  • We have been walking through a difficult time as a family recently.
  • My mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer while my wife’s entire extended family gathered in Charleston for Thanksgiving.
  • The weeks since then have been chaotic as Janie, her brother, and her sister have been trying to care for her mom in her last days.
  • We were reminded how quickly life can change.
  • One phone call…one diagnosis…that is all it takes to turn your world upside down.
  • The last several weeks have given me a greater appreciation for what single parents have to do day in and day out.
  • It is not easy!
  • Our church family has wrapped their arms around us and they have taken good care of us during this time.
  • I’m so proud to be the pastor at North River Church!
  • They are a blessing.
  • A couple of weeks ago I started reading Meg Meeker’s book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know.
  • As a dad of two girls, I have been greatly challenged!
  • If you have a daughter you need to read this book!
  • My eyes have been open time and time again to new realities I didn’t even know existed.
  • It is impossible to overestimate the impact fathers have in their daughter’s lives!
  • As I worked through my Bible reading plan this morning, I read these words in Psalm 131:2, “I have calmed and quieted my soul.”
  • Wow!
  • I needed this.
  • Too often I allow the “noise” of life to bombard my soul.
  • I need to be still and know that he is God.
  • Maybe you do too!
  • It’s going to be a great Monday!
  • Time to get back at it.
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Monday Musings (9-25-17)

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  • I’m sitting in my study at home enjoying the quiet of the morning, a strong cup of coffee, and a Bourbon Maple candle from Bath & Body Works.
  • It is the simple things in life!
  • I have spent time recently in the book of Judges in my morning devotions.
  • What a sad book.
  • The preface to most chapters begins, “The people of Israel turned away from the Lord…”
  • Yet, even in their disobedience, God heard their cries for deliverance.
  • What an encouragement to know we have a God that hears our cries.
  • Yesterday, we were able to gather back together as a church family at our normal location & our normal time for the first time in 3 weeks.
  • It was such a joy to gather back together again.
  • I love my church.
  • I love worshipping King Jesus together.
  • We also had the chance to celebrate Pastor Scott Kerlin’s 1 year anniversary at North River Church.
  • I’m grateful for the incredible pastoral staff I have the privilege of serving with each day.
  • I cheered on my Bulldogs to victory Saturday night.
  • I’m excited about this team and the way Kirby Smart has prepared them.
  • We have a big game this week against Tennessee.
  • In the past, we have struggled to put back to back wins together against good teams.
  • Let’s hope that streak is broken this year.
  • I’m working on an article for spurgeon.org right now about Charles Spurgeon’s emphasis on family worship and discipleship in the home.
  • I have loved studying Spurgeon’s life and ministry.
  • Every pastor should have a dead pastor who serves as a mentor and guide.
  • That is the role Spurgeon serves in my life.
  • Though he is dead…he still speaks.
  • The sun is peaking over the horizon now so I better get going!

Monday Musings (8-14-17)

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  • We had a great day yesterday as we continued working thorough the book of James.
  • The message was titled “Hearers & Doers” and covered James 1:19-27.
  • If you would like to listen to the message you can do so here.
  • I have loved the two weeks we have spent in James so far and I’m excited to keep working through this intensely practical book.
  • I spent some time addressing the issues that transpired in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend.
  • If you missed this news story you can catch up with this article in the New York Times.
  • Racism is not dead in America.
  • The fact that white supremacists and neo-Nazis still exist is a reminder of the fallen world that we live in.
  • This world needs Jesus and this weekend was a stark reminder.
  • Racism must be called out and condemned.
  • It is sin.
  • It is impossible for us to hear God’s Word and not call out what happened this weekend as sin.
  • I took off for an early morning run today.
  • I enjoyed sweating a bit and watching God’s creation wake up.
  • The sunrise was beautiful.
  • I’m so thankful that while I slept, God worked.
  • He held all of creation together and I thought nothing of it.
  • Rest is good.
  • It reminds us that we are not God.
  • It reminds us of our deep need for Him.
  • I have been reading a great book lately.
  • 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke
  • Here are a few quotes that stuck out to me.
  • “If we worship idols, we become like the idols. If we worship Christ, we become like Christ.”
  • “The object of our worship is the object of our imitation.”
  • I would encourage you to grab this book!

Monday Musings (7-3-17)

– Happy Monday friends!

– I pray you had a wonderful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus yesterday!

– We certainly did at North River Church.

– I began a new sermon series through the book of Jonah yesterday.

– If you are so inclined, you can listen to the message here.

– Even though it was a holiday weekend we still had a great time of worship and a great response.

– Oftentimes, pastors can get discouraged on holiday weekends because of low church attendance.

– However, vacations are important for both the pastor and his people.

– Everyone needs an opportunity to break away from normal life and rest for a bit.

– Rest is good and rest is godly.

– Ultimately, we find true rest in Jesus.

– Vacation is not a time to rest from Jesus but in Jesus.

– Last week I did a bit of redesign work on my website.

– I cleaned up the look a bit and changed the name of the site.

– I also began reading a new book over the weekend called 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke.

– Wow!

– It is rocking my world.

– Tony’s research and biblical insight is fantastic.

– You need to read this book!

– Tomorrow is July 4th – Happy Independence Day!

– I’m looking forward to a slower day with family and friends.

– We are blessed to live in the USA.

– Enjoy your Monday!

Monday Musings (2-6-17)

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  • Happy Monday friends!
  • I’m not a huge pro football fan but Super Bowl LI was incredible.
  • I would have preferred for my home state Falcons to win but it was not to be.
  • Tom Brady has ice water running through his veins.
  • He is amazing to watch!
  • I think the funniest thing I saw after the game was a meme that said, “The Falcons won the popular vote. #NotMySuperbowl”
  • We had a wonderful morning at North River Church yesterday.
  • I began working through a series on the book of Nehemiah called “Let’s Build!”
  • If you would like to listen you can do so here.
  • We are moving into an exciting phase in the life of North River Church.
  • I’m ready to see God show up and show off as we follow him in obedience.
  • It will take a lot of prayer and a lot of sacrifice for this dream to become a reality.
  • God has great things in store for our church and I am excited to see his hand at work.
  • I have read some great books over the last month that I thought I would share:
    • A Life Intercepted (Charles Martin)
    • A Change of Heart (Thomas Oden)
    • Water to Wine (Brian Zahnd)
    • Transfer of Power (Vince Flynn)
    • God is the Gospel (John Piper)
    • Survive or Thrive: 6 Relationships Every Pastor Needs (Jimmy Dodd)
  • My goal is to read 52 books this year and so far I am right on schedule.
  • There are few things I enjoy more than reading.
  • It helps me grow as a follower of Jesus and as a leader.
  • Reading fiction books also helps give my mind a break.
  • If you are not a big reader of non-fiction books you should pick one up.
  • If all you read is non-fiction grab a good fiction book and get lost in the story.
  • It’s time to get back after it!

Monday Musings (11-14-16)

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  • Yesterday was a lot of fun as we had our first annual Tailgate Sunday at North River Church.
  • If we can tailgate a football game…plan ahead…get there early…stay late…eat together…then we can do it for a worship service!
  • We also baptized 3 people yesterday.
  • It never gets old seeing people take the step of publicly proclaiming what Jesus has done in their lives.
  • I’m blown away that we are only 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving.
  • How in the world is it already Thanksgiving?
  • I guess it is time for nights by the fire pit and pumpkin spice lattes.
  • Our staff will be heading to the Florida Baptist Convention tomorrow.
  • I’m grateful for the cooperation that exists between our SBC churches in the state of Florida.
  • Sure, things are not always rosy and beaurocracy can be frustrating.
  • But a lot of good is done both in Florida and around the world because our SBC churches are united.
  • This is one of the reasons I am proud to be a Baptist!
  • I’m also proud to be a UGA fan…especially after a surprise win against Auburn this past weekend.
  • It’s going to take a couple of years but I’m convinced Kirby will cultivate a team that contends on a national level once again.
  • Everyone was completely caught off guard with the results of the election this past week.
  • Stay tuned to the blog as I will detail some of my thoughts on the election and what lays ahead for our country and the church.
  • There is a lot to get done this week so I’m going to jump back on it.
  • There is nothing like being productive while Bob Dylan plays in the background!

Monday Musings (10-3-16)

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  • I know, I know it is really Tuesday.
  • But lightning hit the internet box while I was typing Monday Musings so I had to get back to it today.
  • We had an incredible day at North River Church on Sunday!
  • Even though the morning started off a bit rocky (we had no AC for the first 30 minutes of the service and in Florida that means it was HOT), it ended on a wonderful note with our church officially calling a Family Pastor to join the staff at North River Church.
  • The search team has been walking through this process for about 7 months now and I am once again reminded how God’s timing is always perfect!
  • We have a guy coming on board who I would describe as a “unicorn.”
  • He has both children’s ministry experience and student ministry experience and will do an incredible job leading those ministries at NRC.
  • I am incredibly blessed by the team that God is bringing together here at North River Church and I’m convinced we have only seen just a glimpse of what God wants to do!
  • In other news, my Dawgs lost a heartbreaker to Tennessee this past weekend. When I say heartbreaker I mean one of those moments when you feel like your heart is ripped out of your chest.
  • I had no idea my emotions could swing that fast in the span of 10 seconds!
  • I’m proud of them though.
  • They played much better against Tennessee than they did the week before against Ole’ Miss.
  • They are young and I know Kirby will get them where they need to be.
  • Take out a couple of mental errors and it would have been a much different game.
  • I have been working through a couple of books lately that have been really good.
  • I have been reading Andy Andrew’s book The Seven Decisions.
  • He is a phenomenally gifted writer!
  • I have also been reading David Baldacci’s book The Collectors for fun.
  • This is the second book in The Camel Club series.
  • We will be closing on a house October 19th.
  • This is exciting for us to finally be able to sink down roots in Parrish.
  • My folks are coming to town this weekend for our youngest’s birthday.
  • To Orlando we go on Saturday.
  • The American Girl store will never be the same.
  • Stay tuned for next next week!