19
May
2015
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The Number One Way To Kill Distraction

A couple of weeks ago I was doing some travel across the country. We as a church are involved in a church plant in Quincey, MA, just south of Boston. As a result of our involvement, I am on their board and we had our first meeting a few weeks ago. I then had the privilege to fly from there to Phoenix to speak for one of my mentors and his church. That resulted in a lot of time in planes and airports. I have to say, planes and airports are great places to people watch and notice what our culture is really like. Here is what I have noticed…not just recently, but in the last decade…we are more and more distracted as a society. Nobody every looks up. We are all consumed with glowing screens and dinging devices. It is as if a mere five minutes of not being in the social media “know” will somehow make us feel as if we have missed something.

While in the Phoenix airport I found myself walking down those moving sidewalks. You know the one’s I’m talking about. They are like escalators only without the stairs. They make you feel as if you are moving at an incredible rate of speed even though you are walking at the same pace as normal. There are some basic rules on these moving floors. One, if you are not going to walk or are going to move slower stay to the right. Two, if you are needing to walk faster, walk to the left. Seems simple enough right? Not only that, but as you get to the end of the walkway a voice says these words, “The walkway is ending!!!” In fact, it says it three times before you actually have to get off of the gliding ground.

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17
May
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: Sabotage Edition

Today here at CCM we launch a brand new series called Sabotage. It is series that is based around the premise that Satan has a plan to take us out, so we must Sabotage his plan. A year ago this C.S. Lewis quote sparked the birthing of this series: “Enemy-occupied territory—that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” C.S. Lewis 

This is one of those series that has been a year in the making, and I also think it is going to be one those series that will alter us as a church and as individual Christ followers. As we get ready for our worship experience today, here are a few thoughts to get you thinking about what we are going to talk about. Not only that, but you may hear a Beastie Boy’s song today too…but you will have to come and find out.

 

 

10
May
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: MOTHER’S DAY Edition

Today is that day that all of us owe to her. That day that we came into this world was large in part to the one today is celebrated for. I know, I know…we owe God our existence…In fact I could not agree more with that statement. But God also gave moms to bring us into this world. Now I understand that some of you did not have a great mom, but instead you had someone step into your life that was the mother you never had, or was the one you wished you had. No matter your circumstance, this world is full of amazing women that we call mom. I grew up with THE BEST ONE EVER!!! No really…she is…so back off because your mom is only second best. :-)

Not only that, but I am married to a woman who is the best mom of two little girls on the planet. She loves them, nurtures them, cares for them, prays with them and for them, sacrifices for them, and gives them Jesus. Today we take a moment and thank moms everywhere for being the rock behind our families. With that said, I dedicate today’s “Sunday Morning Thoughts” to moms.

 

2
May
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: Unshockable Edition

Ok…I know that it is Saturday, but I want you to start thinking about tomorrow, today. Tomorrow we deal with a tough subject…hard hearted people. Jesus seemed to deal with them a lot. In fact most of the time the hard hearted were the religious. Here are some quotes and thoughts to start priming our hearts and minds for what is going to happen here at CCM.

 

30
Apr
2015
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Pretending Not To Be A Pastor

I hate to admit what I am about to admit, but what I am about to tell you is just me being human. It is me simply being honest. You ready for it…? Here it goes… There are days that I wrestle with wanting to pretend that I am not a pastor. Before I dive in any deeper, it has nothing to do with being ashamed of the gospel. It has nothing to do with not loving what God has called me too. It has nothing to do with not wanting people to find the love of Christ. It has everything to do with the fact that people change how they act around me when they find out what I “really” do.

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26
Apr
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: Unshockable Edition

Today I am preaching what might arguably be one of the most important messages for the church. Today we talk about sharing the pain of others around us. How do we share with a world that has no hope? Honestly…SHARE IN their pain while bringing hope. Here are some thoughts to get you stirred before you land at CCM this morning or online later this week.

 

 

 

 

 

22
Apr
2015
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Porches, Patios, And No Agenda’s

Earlier this week I posted about “36 Random Things At 36.” Number thirty-five on that list stated that my best friends are the one’s with porches, patios, and no agenda’s. As I have thought about that more it could not be more true. The greatest places I go are with people that can sit for hours on end on a porch, a patio, a deck, around a fire pit, or on a slab just sharing life. As I sift through the people in my life that I am the closest with, this is true of all of them.

Sunday night my wife had been invited to our friends PJ and Donna’s house. Donna was having a group of women over to shoot guns and talk about things in the bible. I think it was affectionately called Bullets and Bible. Laura was hesitant to go because Sunday was my birthday, but I assured her that it was fine and that I would love for her to go and spend some time with some great ladies. As I dropped her off in the pouring rain with her weapon in hand and poncho securely in place, I headed back to the house to finish laying our new floors in the front room of the house. Later I would return for dinner with the other husbands and the rest of the gun slinging spouses.

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