Monday Musings (8-21-17)

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  • Yesterday’s message was a difficult one as we discussed the sin of partiality from James 2:1-13.
  • If you missed it you can listen to it here.
  • I was deeply convicted by the message in my study time.
  • Our world is built on the sin of partiality.
  • We oftentimes don’t even realize it is present but it is there.
  • It is sin.
  • We must confess it and we must kill it.
  • There is nothing more antithetical to the gospel than partiality.
  • The ground at the foot of the cross is level.
  • Paul is crystal clear in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
  • Showing partiality or favoritism is an assault on the gospel.
  • Every single person is created in God’s image and in desperate need of a relationship with him made possible through Jesus.
  • I enjoyed all the eclipse festivities today.
  • Our family took time to look at the eclipse…through approved glasses of course!
  • We also ate moon pies and drank Sunkist in celebration.
  • Well it’s time to get back after it!
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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!

Pastor, Watch Yourself! (Reading Notes)

“Pastoral Ministry is holy, sacred work. We are heralds of a divine message. We are ambassadors for Christ. We are stewards of the gospel. We are shepherds who are charged to oversee the block of God, which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). We are servant-leaders and must be examples of Christian integrity and maturity. This requires vigilant self-watch. Paul instructs, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by doing so you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Tim. 4:16). You cannot watch over the congregation if you do not know how to watch yourself. If you do not examine yourself and maintain your spiritual devotion to Christ, your ministry will become mechanical. You will go through the motions of ministry while your heart is hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (H. B. Charles in On Pastoring)

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!

The Greatest Gift Is God Himself (Reading Notes)

The best and final gift of the gospel is that we gain Christ. “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:8). This is the all-encompassing gift of God’s love through the gospel – to see and savor the glory of Christ forever.

In place of this, we have turned the love of God and the gospel of Christ into a divine endorsement of our delight in many lesser things, especially the delight in our being made much of. The acid test of biblical God-centeredness – and faithfulness to the gospel – is this: Do you feel more loved because God makes much of you, or because, at the cost of his Son, he enables you to enjoy making much of him forever? Does your happiness hang on seeing the cross of Christ as a witness to your worth, or as a way to enjoy God’s worth forever? Is God’s glory in Christ the foundation of your gladness?

From the first sin in the Garden of Eden to the final judgment of the great white throne, human beings will continue to embrace the love of God as the gift of everything but himself. Indeed there are ten thousand gifts that flow from the love of God. The gospel of Christ proclaims the news that he has purchased by his death ten thousand blessings for his bride. But none of these gifts will lead to final joy if they have not first led to God. And not one gospel blessing will be enjoyed by anyone for whom the gospel’s greatest gift was not the Lord himself. (John Piper in God Is The Gospel)

Monday Musings (8-8-16)

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– It has been 2 months since posting a Monday Musings or even a regular blog post…I would offer an excuse but I’m guessing “the dog ate my blogpost” would probably not go over too well!

– We have some exciting things going on at North River Church and I’m grateful to pastor such a great group of people whose primary desire is to love Jesus and make him known.

– So far this year (through July) we have baptized 24 people and 46 have partnered with us as members (with more ready join). This is incredible! God is working!

– I only have one sermon left in our Joseph series. I think it has been a great series for our church. If you would like to listen you can here: www.gonorthriver.org/sermons

– On August 21st I will be delivering a “State of the Church” message where I will focus on casting vision for where God is leading us. I’m excited about what God has done over the last 7 months but I’m even more excited about what I believe he will do!

– I’m also pumped about having a candidate for our Worship & Discipleship Pastor position coming in view of a call on the 21st. He is fantastic and I can’t wait for our church to meet him and hear his heart for ministry.

– It is fun to be building a team to do ministry with at NRC.

– We are continuing to look for a Family Pastor and have had some great interviews recently. I love the next generation and the thought of having someone on our team pouring his life into our teenagers and kids is exciting!

– I have been slacking the past several weeks but finally got out and went for a run this morning. It felt good. Exercise is such a vital part of maintaining my sanity!

– Our girls start school on Wednesday so the next couple of days will be filled with last minute shopping, open houses, and final preparations before getting back to a more fixed routine.

– It is hard to believe our baby will be in Kindergarten this year! She is growing up! We will also have a 3rd grader. I’m excited that they will be at the same school.

– It is finally August…which means we are less than 1 month away from college football starting! I can’t wait to plop down on the couch and eat boiled peanuts while watching college football.

– That is all for now. I need to finish up a couple of things before heading to K5 open house later this afternoon.