Monthly Archives: January 2010

good question

Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Luke 6:46 (ESV)

Good question, isn’t it?  What Jesus was asking makes perfect sense.  If some one is your lord, then you are their servant.  A servant does what the master, or lord, says whether he/she is one by choice or by force.  If we have fully submitted to Christ, if He is our Lord, then why would we not do what He says?  Why wouldn’t we do what His Word commands?  Jesus also said,

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word…Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.

John 14:23a, 24a (ESV)

It’s pretty simple.  If we truly love Christ we will obey His word.  We will do what He says.  If we don’t, we won’t.  It’s a great heart check.  Let the Holy Spirit take a look at yours right now.  What is He saying?

I’m reading Crazy Love right now.  There is so much to say.  I’ll be reflecting on it for awhile.  If you are ready for a holy kick in the gutt, go buy this book.

Brian


what?

This can’t really work, can it?

I mean, I wouldn’t want fake chocolate.  And I don’t even touch decaf coffee.  If you’ve used this, please tell us about it.

Brian


Haiti//you can help now

Here’s how.

I’ve mentioned before that Heart of the Bride has an orphanage in Haiti.  They are planning a relief/gospel ministry trip on February 12 and have worked out a great deal on cargo.  They are looking to take 6,000 pounds of stuff and need $12,000 to do it.  Please consider donating now at heartofthebride.org/haitirecovery.  Also, pray for the team that is being assembled.  There will be a great gospel ministry going on with the relief effort.

Read this about what’s happening with the orphanage.

Thanks for your help.  You can make a difference now.

Brian


overload//email

Does anyone else have this or am I the only one?

I get at least 50 a day.  I try to keep up, then I just give up.  Overload.  It comes from so many different places.  I don’t need it from email.  I think I’m gonna just delete them all.  The important ones will come back.  Right?

Brian


1.24.10 @ the Brook

I can’t wait to worship with MeadowBrook this Sunday.  Here’s what we’re gonna sing:

My Savior Lives

Friend of God

What a Friend We have in Jesus

Praise the Father Praise the Son

Breathe On Me (choir)

I’m already singing these songs.  If you live in the Gadsden area and don’t have anywhere to worship this Sunday, come worship with us.

Brian


Heart of the Bride and Haiti Recovery

Hey guys, I’ve shared about Heart of the Bride ministries before.  They have an orphanage that was not affected by the earthquake directly but many refugees are fleeing to the northwest corner of the county where they are located.  Their partner there is giving food from their food supply and clothing from his own family.  Please consider donating directly to the Heart of the Bride Haiti Recovery Fund to help them with this effort.  Here is an email from the founder and president of Heart of the Bride Ministries, Tony Gibson, explaining the situation:

I need to provide an update regarding the letter that I sent to out last week. Things have changed, and we really need help now. As we were making preparations for the people that would inevitably come to the town of Maure Rouge from Port as Prince, they were already on there way. We were receiving news reports that people were loading big buses and headed out to the villages even specifically to the Northwest. At the same time, we finally reached our Haitian Partner, by phone, who told us that refugees were flooding into town.

He had escaped from a collapsed house in Port a few days earlier broken hearted over the devastation and anxious to help. Yesterday he was already feeding people from our food supply, giving away clothes and shoes from his own family, and giving people medical treatment. He was so burdened about their physical condition. All of this, just on the first day…

We are now in the center of the storm, and we need help. We have already sent out the money that has come in this weekend to the recovery fund. Our partner, Edner is a close personal brother who has a true compassion for the people, OUTSTANDING administrative skills, proven integrity and management with money, and he has the capacity to organize meaningful physical and spiritual help if he has the resources. We have relationships with other Christian leaders there as well.

We also have a food distribution system in place, and a facility that can be converted into a “Haitian Led” relief center. I am in contact with him multiple times each day helping him think through the long term implications of any decision. We are preparing for the long term including expanded care for orphans which will be needed in that area over the coming months, but for today we need to help take care of the many strangers that the Lord loves, and we have the opportunity to use every resource provided in a very direct and meaningful way.

For those of you who know how we operate, we send out the money that comes in. God is always faithful, but we are usually praying for our basic needs to be met that provides for the many monnthly wires meets the needs of hundreds of orphans……so, we don’t have big undesignated funds sitting around. We help as God provides, and we are asking Him to provide for this incredible need.

In the home front, one of our volunteer staff members served many years in Haiti as a Marine Commander and government liaison. He has led out in disaster relief and management throughout his career. He is assisting us in expanding our contacts for alternate ways to reach Maure Rouge and coordination with high level relief organizations. We will not be spending money on things that could be done another way, and I will be taking a small team in as an alternate route is secured. By the way, we have already started a list of those who want to go in with us this year. Anyone who wants to get on that list should contact karen@heartofthebride.org.  There will be opportunities to help in that way, but sending money is the most important thing before we spend money to go.

Please consider being an advocate for this need. The need is now, and I wouldn’t mind hearing from anyone who plans to get involved. It will be so encouraging for me to tell Edner and others there about any commitment that our friends of HOB have made on their behalf.

Our ministry is completely about relationships, and this plea is about helping many people that we love who are doing all that they can do to help their brothers. Pray for the gospel to go out as these hands are extended.

We are so humbled and thankful to be a part of His work and to serve our Haitian brothers, sisters, and partners in these days.

Peace, Tony

Please pray for these people and prayerfully consider giving to this effort.

Brian


2010//priorities

Each new year is met with some sort of soul searching.  Everybody does it in some form or fashion.  Whether it’s evaluating your walk with God, pondering your endless commitment to weight loss, or the need to spend more time with your family, I don’t think there’s a person out there that doesn’t make some sort of commitment (you may call it a resolution) in the new year.  I do the same.  This morning God was still working on my thoughts, my priorities, and making me consider what’s important.

Most people think I like Psalm 127 because of the kid thing.  True.  But for just a moment, look past the “quiver” talk and see what God is saying about priorities.  About  life and work and family.

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127

“Unless the Lord builds the house…”  God first.  That’s it.  No debate.  No arguing.  No substitutes.  Whatever you do, do His will.  Put Him in charge.  Seek Him and His will, trust Him with the rest.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to labor in vain.

Verse 2.  I love verse 2.  Why?  Because it hits me right between the eyes.  We work, work, work, work, work – especially in America – for things we do not need and leave the people who need us the most (and who we need the most) and our God behind.  Now, don’t get me wrong, God loves those who work for their keep.  Paul said that if a man won’t work, he shouldn’t eat (2 Thess. 3:10,12).  But there is a limit to what we need.  After that, we are working or excess.  Provide for your family, then enjoy them.  ‘Nough said.

Verses 3 – 5.  Now the quiver talk.  Your children.  Your family.  Your friends.  They are a gift from God and they are a ministry to God.  Seek to honor Him in your relationships.  Invest in them.  Build new ones.  Reestablish old ones.  If you have a spouse and kids, then they are your number one earthly priority.

So, to sum this up, the old “spiritual life priority sermon” rings true to scripture:

1. God

2. Family

3. Friends

4. Work

Then take it from there.  No matter what, seek God in all you do.

Brian