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Mar
2015
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On This Rockstar I Will Build My Church?

The world we live in right now is a funny world. We elevate people to rockstar status from a wide variety of platforms that have a little bit of charisma and self-confidence. We see it in just about every single area of life. If you portray the right image in the business world, then you are given influence and power. If you portray the right image in music, you are literally given rockstar status and get to be a judge on a singing show. If you portray the right image in Hollywood, you are given influence and political voice. If you portray the right image in sports, you are given influence and status. Sadly enough, if you portray the “right image” in the church you are given influence and rockstar status there too. In fact it really is a sad state that everywhere you turn, people who have not earned the right to have influence have been given it because of their image. 

I would argue that image can gain you influence, but eventually character has to match that image or your influence will quickly be gone. But if your influence is built on character, then your image is one of authenticity and truth. It is the real you. In fact, there is no better you to show people than your authentic self. When you care more about influence than you do about image, God will use you to change the world. 

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Mar
2015
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Who Do You Say I Am?

Yesterday we kicked off our brand new series called “That’s What He Said!!!” Six hard-hitting questions of Jesus. For a chunk of our people the weather kept you home yesterday. If you missed out, here is the message from yesterday. Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of our six-week devotional guide that pairs with this series. We cannot wait to dig through these questions from Jesus. If you know someone who missed yesterday…pass this along.

 

1
Mar
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: TWHS Edition

Today we kick off our brand new series entitled That’s What He Said…Six Hard-Hitting Questions from Jesus. As we get ready to gather on this snowy morning here in Mason, grab your coffee, look out your window, and let these quotes and thoughts prepare your hearts and minds to wrestle with scripture today.

 

 

 

 

27
Feb
2015
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What I’m Reading In 2015

As you know by now, I am an avid book reader. I love books. I love the perspectives and thoughts that come from others. I think we have a lot to learn from each other and books are a great way to do that. If you use the excuse that you don’t like to read, then do what I do when I am traveling. Use the app Audible. It is a great way to get through books and all you have to do is listen. In fact, in some regard I retain more listening to books than I do reading. Either way, over the course of this year I will posting some of the books I am reading with some quotes for you to get a glimpse into the books I am reading. This will be a living blog post, meaning I will keep updating throughout the year. What would you recommend we read this year?

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“God is going to reveal me as a flawed human being as fast as he can and he’s going to enjoy it because it will force me to grapple with real intimacy.”

“Sometimes the story we’re telling the world isn’t half as endearing as the one that lives inside us.”

“Remarkably, the most common regret of the dying was this: they wish they’d had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life others expected of them.”

“I thought about how there are so many lies in fear. So much deception. What else keeps us from living a better story than fear?”

“It makes me wonder how many people have damaged their own lives by mistaking enablement for grace?”

 

Unshockable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If you talk to people who seem far from God, many tend to admire Jesus, but often can’t stand his followers.”

“What you focus on determines who you become and the impact you have on people around you.”

“God pictures you as someone more awesome and wonderful than your imagination has ever dreamed.”

“It does little good to call ourselves followers of Jesus if our lives and our influence don’t reflect Jesus’ life.”

“To be like Jesus to others, we must see what Jesus sees beneath the surface that’s of infinite worth to God.”

 

Mingling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sex is a gift from God. It is meant to nurture intimacy in a marriage and forge a bonding of souls.”

“Relationships, sex, and intimacy are God’s ideas, and even though our selfish rebellion fractured God’s good design, God reconciled everything back to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. This includes sex and relationships! Our gracious God has not left us in the dark.”

“Men, let me plead with you: The greatest fight of your life is not lust. You may think it is, but it isn’t. The greatest fight of your life will be rejecting the passivity that has infected your heart since the fall. Your natural default, especially as it pertains to sacrificial leadership of your wife, will be to mutely witness.”

 

Grand weaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“How much more grand is the work of our Heavenly Father as he pulls together all the varied strands of life to reveal his grand design?”

“But the greatest dream of all is to know God and to know what he has intended for your life.”

“Worship very plainly opens up the healing of all of mankind. The struggle of gender, the struggle of race, the struggle of history, the struggle to find political liberation, the struggle of our own contradictions — nothing can be mended until we understand the symbol of Jesus’ breaking of the bread and pouring of the wine.”

“God the Grand Weaver seeks those with tender hearts so that he can put his imprint on them. Your hurts and your disappointments are part of that design, to shape your heart and the way you feel about reality. The hurts you live through will always shape you. There is no other way.”

 

Life On Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain”

“So if 195 million people don’t go to church, and the fastest growing religious group is those who believe in nothing, I think it’s safe to say that we live in a mission field.”

“Everything you need to know about God can be summed up in these two ideas. Love dad, and take care of his kids. And by the way, his kids live next door. So at the end of the day, EVERY child of God is responsible for the well being of his brothers and sisters in this world.”

“The people of the world are more ready to receive the “Good News” than we are ready to give it. This needs to change.”

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Feb
2015
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That’s What He Said…And More

This weekend we start a brand new series called “That’s What He Said”, Six Hard-Hitting Questions Of Jesus. We also just finished up our Good Lovin’ series this past weekend and the fruit of that series is reaping huge benefits for our people. Want to hear a little more about what we didn’t have time to talk about, and about our new series? Check out this weeks episode of Between The Trees.

 

 

26
Feb
2015
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Want To Have Better Sex?

This past weekend here at CCM we finished up our Good Lovin’ Series. For the past month we have been dealing with what sex looks like from a biblical perspective. We have walked through everything from how to go from guilt to good, to how to deal with sexual abuse, to sexual atheism, to this final message on how to have the best sex ever. Check it out and feel free to pass it on to your friends and family. The best part of the series for me, were the five weddings we had at the end of our services this past weekend. It was five couples who wanted to do the right thing and live in a biblical marriage that is pleasing to God. Don’t miss this next weekend as we dive into our new series That’s What He Said…six hard hitting questions of Jesus. See you at CCM this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

22
Feb
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: Good Lovin’ Edition

Today I want to give you some different perspective quotes on the topic we are covering. These are meant to make you think and consider what you think and believe. Today we are wrestling with the issue of what having a good sex life really looks like. Here are some thoughts from thinkers around the world and through history. Today let’s see what God has to say.

 

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” -Oscar Wilde-

 

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” -Tom Robbins-

 

“Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.” -Hunter S. Thompson-

 

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -C.S. Lewis-

 

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