To HELL with church!!!

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Yes, that’s passed through my mind a few times over the years… Maybe it’s made the craggy trek across your mind too? It may have never left your mind! In either case, I can certainly understand where you’re coming from…

You might think that church is a dusty old place where people go because they need a “crutch” in life. Or, you might believe the church is a money grubbing group of selfish thieves looking for a payday out of the folds of your wallet! You may even believe that the church is littered with a bunch of “wandering zombies” flailing around with their hands outstretched spouting the mantra, “praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord.”  Point being, most of us have experienced church in different ways; some good and some down right ugly…

Let me propose to you that the church is simply “people” just like you and me. It’s not a building and it’s not a belief, it’s people.

Some of us are broken, a few angry, many sad, many more disconnected, but all of us are sinful and often downright tired.  Sadly, many people miss that we (the church) can also be filled with joy, peace and an unquenchable love!  A love that can only come from a people that have experienced the grace found in their savior, Jesus.

And the best thing about finding a really great church is that it’s a place where you can find rest… Real rest… The kind of rest that all of us really want deep down inside.

Are you tired? Maybe it’s time for some rest. The “church” is filled with people just like you and me that help each other, encourage one another and bring the healing and rest we all need.  And remember, you might just be surprised what you find!

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How to Follow Your Dreams with #NoRegrets

Wow, what a great post and dose of reality. I see this play out in the church (and in my own life) big time! Thanks for the truth Joe, even if it jabs a bit…

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The following essay is a (rather extensive) rewrite of a post from last year. After teaching this weekend on the topic of No Regrets at The Vineyard, this seemed timely. If you missed it, you can watch or listen to the message here. (Skip ahead to the 22 min. mark to see the teaching.) You can aslo read my previous post called Dying People Have 5 Big Regrets. The following addresses the #1 Regret: Living the life others wanted me to live, instead of the life I wanted.

“Hey, Joe. How can I become a _________?”

I get this question all the time.

The fill-in-the-blank changes with the questioner. People ask me how to become an author or screenwriter or actor or movie producer or pastor. These are all things I do, so I suppose it makes sense that people would ask my advice. I still reach…

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Quote of the Day ~ The Changes We’ve Made

Great stuff!

Holy. Just. Love.

First dentistry was painless;
Then bicycles were chainless
And carriages were horseless
And may laws, enforceless.

Next, cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless
And coffee, caffeineless.

Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy hatless,
The proper diet, fatless.

Now motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religions, godless.

 

Aurthur Guiterman, Gaily the Troubadour, 1936.

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Living this life often times feels very lonely…

…and often appears as if God has completely left us. Just ask Jesus…

He was betrayed by one of his own disciples, denied by one of his best friends, left with only silence by his Father as He pleaded for the cross to not be the only way, insulted and shamed by his own people and family, beaten senselessly by the Roman soldiers and hung on a cross to experience an unbelievably agonizing death. But God had a plan in Jesus’ loneliness and pain… You. You were His plan…

And God has a plan in your silence too. But it often takes time.

When your world feels like it’s crashing in all around you, take a moment to remember what Jesus went through on your behalf.  You will gain a completely different perspective, knowing that God is working in your life in a way that you simply don’t see.  AND, it’s an awesome work that will be revealed in its due time…