Knitted in Love

•2010/05/11 • 1 Comment

Knitted in Love

Psalm 139:13 (English Standard Version)

13For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

This verse rings true in many seasons in my life, but specifically two this year being the birth of our little baby girl Zoe Claire Humphrey and the celebration of Mother’s day. As I sit back and ponder the blessing of being raised in a God-fearing home I thank God for my mother and I try and filter the rush of adjectives that describe this great lady of faith. Some include: loving, graceful, sweet, Godly, protective, sensitive, gentle, warm, thoughtful, caring, and faithful just to name a few.

I watch her as she cares, loves and nurtures her grandkids and how they look to “Meema” with great love and joy in their heart. It reminds me of how she raised my brother and I, and how my mother and father instilled God’s word, character, and integrity within us. I pray that I can raise my son and daughter the same way that my parents raised me!

Last month I was teaching our MS students about sex, dating, and what the Bible says on this issue; we went through the verse in Psalm 139. I then shared that when you have a baby people give you all kind of neat stuff like: clothes, diapers, gift cards, and blankets. I told them that we received a ton of blankets; some were small, big, short, furry, soft, warm and cuddly. I told them that most of them were bought and perfectly manufactured. BUT I told them that the one that I treasured the most was the one that my mother knit together for my daughter, because my mother knit it with love, knit it with care, knit it with time and effort. I told them that my mother probably prayed for my baby girl as she knit it, she probably sang worships songs and spoke God’s word into it all with my baby girl on her mind and in her heart – EVEN BEFORE SHE KNEW HER.

I then paralleled that to the verse in Psalm 139 – God took the time to form the inward parts, He knitted us in our mother’s womb. He could have easily spoken us into existence, he could have thought us into being, but He knitted us. God knitted each of us together with love and with care. We are God’s children, and everything about us was wonderfully designed for His purpose and pleasure! So on this past Mother’s day weekend I was able to spend it with my mother & father, my wife, and our 2 kids who mean the world to me! I AM SO VERY BLESSED by the One who knits us together in love.

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What’s in the Bible

•2010/03/02 • Leave a Comment

From the Creator of Veggie Tales a NEW Creative way to teach God’s Word to our children. If you have young children or work with young children you will want to check this out.

Praying for Haiti!

•2010/01/22 • Leave a Comment

10 days ago on Jan. 12, 2010 Haiti was hit by an overwhelming earthquake. The death toll is 70,000 and rising. I ran across this video today, it was put together by Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church and I want to share it with you. Please watch and pray that God will use you to help assist his people in Haiti. May God’s tender love, grace, mercy, and compassion be shown to the Haitian people through simple believers like us!

PASSION 2010 blog

•2010/01/08 • Leave a Comment

Here is a blog from Louie Giglio about their recent Passion Conference for college students in Atlanta. This is incredible what God is doing through the Passion Conference!!!

This Passion conference started in Austin TX in 1997 and totally transformed my life! I owe a lot to the Passion Conference which first introduced me to these men and women of God, that the Lord has used in my life, as well as millions of others. Louie Giglio, John Piper, Dave Busby, Beth Moore, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman – I thank God for these people, and may they continue to teach the truth of the Sovereignty of God for the Glory of God!!!

Blog written by Louie Giglio – Passion Founder!

Together, We Are A Force For Good!

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The heartbeat of the Passion Movement is not simply about filling arenas, but a generation mobilized to carry the message of God’s fame to the unreached, oppressed and forgotten wherever they are on the planet.

To that end, one of the five statements of the 268 Declaration is:

Willingness To Shine The Gospel To All People—
Because God is seeking worshipers of all peoples, I will spread His fame among the nations, fully participating in His global purposes while engaging poverty and injustice in Jesus’ name.
[God, kindle in me the desire to go anywhere, at anytime, at any cost, to do anything to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.]

While the worship at Passion is vital, it is not an end in itself.  Rather, our songs and anthems are fuel for our journey to the nations. Thus, Do Something Now is front and center in all we do, a major component of every gathering.

At Passion 2010 we introduced 12 partner organizations with causes totaling $500,000. Our goal was not pledges for the future, but giving on site together in four days. In the end (and this number will continue to grow), the total passed on to our 12 partners includes:

Building an education center for the Dalit people of India through Operation Mobilization.  Goal–$75,000. Given–$92,753.91.

Small business loans for women in Haiti through Hope International.  Goal–200 x $200 loans. Given–$64,412.34 for 322 loans.

Bible translation for Shatika and Rom People of SE Asia with OneVerse.  Goal–translate 4000 verses at a cost of $100,000. Given–3134 verses/$78.359.

Sponsor 100 seminary students in the Middle East with E3 Partners.  Goal–$30,000. Given–$45,318/151 students.

Build 10 wells in Guatemala with Living Water.  Goal–$50,000. Given–$113.865/22 wells built.

Provide 100 cleft palate surgeries for children in Afghanistan with Cure International.  Goal–$55,000. Given–$68,160.54/111 children get surgeries.

Package and send Bibles to unreached people in Asia through Bibles Unbound.  Goal–3000 Bibles packaged and $3000 to cover cost. Given/Done–3000 Bibles packaged/$9,530.56 given to send more.

Build a border outpost in Nepal to intercept sex trafficking victims through Not For Sale.  Goal–$25,000. Given–$86,516.72 for 3+ border outposts.

Support a Child Survival project in Indonesia through Compassion International.  Goal–100 students x $20 a month for one year = $24,000. Given–205 students x $20 a month for one year = $50,170. (The 12 month commitment represents pledges for this cause).

Package meals through our partner Feed My Starving Children.  Goal–package 100,000 meals at Passion 2010 and give $17,500 to cover costs. Given/Done–108,432 meals packaged and $17,533.32 given.

Sponsor children affected by HIV/AIDS in Mozambique with World Vision.  Goal–200 students x $35 monthly/package 1000 Caregiver kits. Given–174 students x $35 monthly/1000 caregiver kits assembled.

Drink coffee and fund projects in Ethiopia through our partner Gobeana Coffee.  Given–$24,548.

Total given at Passion 2010 = $724,480.42.

IN ADDITION, a family at Passion 2010 matched the total as of Tuesday morning with a gift of $668.597.00.

For a Passion 2010

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As well, 14,820 towels and 72,600 pairs of socks were given to assist the homeless shelters of Atlanta.

Obviously, it’s not all about the money. But we know the verse, “where your money is your heart is also,” applies here, and believe many lives have been captured by His global purposes in these days.

Thanks to everyone who joined this amazing cause.  Let’s continue to give everything until His grace, hope ad healing are extended to all.

Humbled,
LG

You can still give $5 by texting OMC to 20222 and by supporting the causes at onemillioncan.com. All monies given by text after Passion 2010 will go to onemillioncan causes.

How to have a successful Twenty Ten

•2010/01/01 • Leave a Comment

It begins and ends with planned, intentional, and consistent time in God’s Word. Instead of committing to the trendiest diet or newest workout plan that will only improve our mere physical lives, we must commit to meet with God daily! That is the most important thing we can do with our lives in 2010. Let us be mindful of the great promise we have in James 4:8a (ESV) “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”

This Twenty Ten make that verse your theme, remember it everyday as you meet with Him in scriptures. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you, be intimate with God, and he will be intimate with you; oh that our time will be sweet and meaningful, not bitter and insignificant. BUT in order that our time is precious and savory we must have a plan to execute; without one we will fail at this.

So what is your plan? Do you have one? Have you had one? Today is the day to start the New Year fresh. Here are 7 Tips that you can put into your own plan so that your Twenty Ten will be filled with an unquenchable thirst and hunger for God’s Word.

  1. Start with prayer – your prayer could be James 4:8; beckon the Spirit to lead and guide you.
  2. Have a time and place – schedule it if you have to; remember it is the MOST important time in your day.
  3. Try a Bible reading plan – ESV.org has many different ones that you can setup and use, you can have it emailed, texted, sent to your Google reader, or print it.
    • Once you pick a Bible translation to use, stick with it.
    • www.esv.org/biblereadingplans
    • This can help you read through the Bible in a specific amount of time
    • You can also pick a specific book to go through for a season if you want to go a little deeper.
  4. Try using a Devotional Book – get one that fits your life (Children, Students, Singles, Married, etc…) at any Christian bookstore, there are also a ton online that you can read and subscribe to.
  5. Meditate and journal on your scripture – try asking questions about what the verse is about, reading your passage in multiple Bible versions, and having a commentary to assist you.
  6. Close in prayer – thank God for the time in his Word and ask for help as you live it out.
  7. Share what God is doing with others – this will encourage and convict others to meet with God more often.

As you get your plan together, you might want to write or type it out and stick with it. One common mistake that often happens is that you miss a day, or two, or even a week. If this happens, it is okay! Just start the day that the Lord brings that back to you, MAKE SURE that you do not beat yourself up. I believe that some Christians think that if you miss a day, that God in Heaven is shaking his almighty finger at you. This is a graceless, Christ freedomless, Pharisaical perception of our Lord Jesus Christ. JR Vasser (Pastor and Communicator) says it like this: “Your righteousness is not in how consistent your devotional life is; it is in Jesus Christ who is constant and ever faithful. So, relax and pick up where you left off. “

Let me leave you with this verse in Hebrews 11:6 (ESV) “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

The Massiveness of the Cross of Christ

•2009/12/22 • 3 Comments

Here are my notes and scriptures from my sermon this last Sunday 12-20-09

The reason of the season – The Massiveness of the Cross!

What do you enjoy most about Christmas?

What is Christmas all about?

  • Gifts
  • Friends & Family
  • To Celebrate the birth of Jesus
  • Etc…

Why was Christ born?

There might be a lot of different answers going through your head –

  • To fulfill the prophecies
  • To change the world
  • To usher in a new kingdom
  • To give us an example how to live the Christian life

I want to share what I think is the #1 reason Jesus was born –

Jesus was born for the CROSS!

There are over 300 Messianic Prophesies!!!

Prophesies in scripture that point to the coming Messiah–

John 15:25 (ESV) – Jesus quoted from Psalm 35:19

25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

Matthew 26:31 (ESV) – Jesus quoted from Zechariah 13:7

31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

John 19:34–37 (ESV) – John quoted from Psalm 34:20 & Zechariah 12:10

34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

Mark 10:33–34 (ESV)

33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”

Isaiah 53:5–6 (ESV)

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:10 (NIV)

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; and cause him to suffer

  • KJV puts it – It pleased the Lord to bruise him

Why? Why did it please the Lord to bruise him?

Why did Jesus die on the cross?

1. He did it to demonstrate His justice, because passing over sins previously committed creates a HUGE problem for the Righteousness of God.

Romans 3:25–26 (ESV)

25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

SO to make it right – he puts his Son to death as the substitute penalty for our sins

2. He did it to show his love for us and become a ransom for many, because it is the ultimate expression of divine love.

Romans 5:8 (ESV)

8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Matthew 20:28 (ESV)

28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

3. He did it to Glorify Himself, because life is about glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.

Hebrews 2:9 (ESV)

9 But we see… Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Revelation 5:12 (ESV)

12 “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

John 17:24 (ESV)

24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

John Piper says in a few of his books – “Paradise will not be a hall of mirrors. It will be a display of Majesty. And it won’t be ours!”

It is my prayer that we will truly understand the Reason for the Season – The Massiveness of the Cross!

Last Statement:

WHEN you start to grasp that Jesus’ death on the cross was planned and ordained (planned on purpose)

THEN your life will move from only celebrating Christmas with gifts, friends & family – TO truly celebrating the Massiveness of the Cross of Christ!!!

The Rose

•2009/12/10 • Leave a Comment

At our annual 110 Coffee House I was able to perform The Rose with Steve Dowell on of our MS workers. Not only was this hilarious to watch, but we had a blast planning it out and performing it. I am often reminded how blessed we are to have such great, passionate, diligent, God & Student loving adults that serve in our Student Ministry. It is because of workers like Steve that our MS Ministry is thriving and I feel so privileged to do ministry together. I cannot brag enough how our workers take time from their busy schedules to call students, go on a retreat, serve alongside in the mission field, go to camp, and be prepared to minister week-in and week-out! I LOVE THESE PEOPLE!!!