Sep 162008

Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,
42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I am finishing a book titled Lone Survivor written by Marcus Luttrell about him being the only survivor of the worst attack on U.S. special forces in Afghanistan.  Luttrell writes concerning that specific attack but he includes great detail concerning the training he went through to become a NAVY SEAL specifically the third week of SEAL training called “HELL WEEK”.  The mission of NAVY SEALs is to operate in unconventional warfare conducting small unit, high impact missions and spefically now are engaged in active pursuit of elusive, dangerous and high-priority terrorist targets has them operating in remote, mountainous regions of Afghanistan, and in cities torn by factional violence, such as Baghdad, Iraq.

 In light of their mission, the most famous and worst week of their training, called HELL WEEK, takes them to their physical, mental and emotional limits for the purpose of seeing what they can endure with the least amount of recuperation.  Only 25% of those that enter this week complete the week.  It is 5 ½ days of continuous training with only 4 hours of sleep total over the 5 ½ days.  It is constant drills, pushups, situps and running in and through sand and water while their teams carries either a telephone pole or a small boat.   

In contrast to the preparation of the Navy SEALS for their mission, God’s preparation for us to complete the mission He has given us it the antithesis of their preparation.  For us to complete the mission God has given us, we must pull back away from pushing our lives to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual limits.  God lays down some principles in His word that directs us away from pushing our lives to the limits so we can have the consistent, serial recuperation necessary to be effective in what He has for us in this life. 

Jesus encourages us to focus on Presence over Performance!

 Posted by at 10:16 am
Sep 152008

Hurricane Ike has caused a spike.

The market of money is not as sweet as honey.

The falcons had one good game, but yesterday they looked lame.

The DAWGS are 3 and 0 but the pollsters continue to go low!

Did the Braves play ball?  I am not following them at all.

Church at the Grove ROCKED, to our gathering they FLOCKED!

I am not a poet; I say that as if you didn’t know it!   HA HA!  LOL!

Thoughts on the weekend:

Jill and I really need to apply yesterday’s message about presence over performance!  We had another exhausting few days but it has been a great weekend. 

I had a daddy-date with my daughter on Friday.  Josiah had a baseball game Saturday morning.  Jill went to a Dave Ramsey financial event so I cannot afford anything right now.  The DAWGS squeaked by Carolina.

Church at the Grove had an awesome Sunday with one of our highest attended Sundays of the year! 

We had a good offering but still need “over-and-above” gifts to get us caught up.  July was rough!

I am doing a “long-term” sub at Loganville Christian Academy for the next couple of weeks or so.  I am looking forward to the time with high school students.  LCA is a great school with a great Godly vision.  I am teaching Bible to freshmen and “Marriage and Family” to juniors.  My wife says that God truly has a sense of humor by asking me to teach “Marriage and Family”.  I didn’t know how I should take that comment.

I am excited about what God is up to in the lives of people. 

Don’t miss this Sunday as we conclude our “Profiler” series. 

 Posted by at 10:52 am
Sep 132008

As I reflected on the events surrounding the 9-11 terrorist attacks, I couldn’t help but remember the national unity, focus, and sense of purpose we all experienced immediately following the attacks.  Here are a couple of thoughts in light of that memory:

  • In contrast to the unity and focus during the aftermath of the attacks, I can’t remember our nation being more divided and hateful than right now during the current presidential campaign.  It is sad.  Why can’t we put the wicked partisanship aside and think about what is best for our nation. 
  • What could we see God accomplish if we were completely unified in our local church?  I believe that we have a great fellowship currently in Church at the Grove, but we are still divided in giving our whole-hearted attention to the mission that God has called us to. 

My prayer is that our nation would unify and focus on what really matters in our nation and I also pray that in our local church that we focus on people that need to hear the incredible message of love and forgiveness offered through Jesus!

 Posted by at 7:31 am