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May
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Complacency Limits Capability

This past weekend here at CCM we hit week two in our series Sabotage. The entire main thought of the message the statement of Complacency Limits Capability. Meaning that if we allow complacency to creep into our lives, we end up limiting what God wants to do with our capacity with him. Below is the message from this last weekend. I would encourage you to check this out if you were out of town for Memorial Day or if you had to be gone for other reasons. Don’t miss week three this weekend as we continue in this incredible series on how to Sabotage Satan’s plans against us.

 

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May
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Step Away From The Pom-Poms

Like many of you, I grew up playing sports. I played some of the typical ones that you did too. Things like football, basketball, and baseball. I played a myriad of other things as well, like lacrosse and golf. However, the two sports when I was growing up that had cheerleaders were football and basketball. These two sports brought an electricity to them, especially on a  Friday night, under lights, in a stadium. There were big plays, punishing hits, game-winning scores, and who could forget the tunnel you ran out of into a large piece of butcher paper that had been hand-painted by our lovely pom-pom-toting cheerleaders. They were usually standing in a huge line facing each other. At the end of that line were girls on both ends of the paper that had another girl on their shoulders and they were holding the paper that we would run through. I can almost smell the air and see the lights as I write this.

We would come barreling down that tunnel, break through the paper, and the place would go crazy. Pom-Poms were being waved, cowbells from the stands were being rung, and we were set for our pubescent, testosterone-filled war on the battlefield of grass and dirt. Once we put on those pads, clicked our chin-straps to our helmets, and set foot on that battleground, it was sixty minutes of brutal beating and men being…well…boys hitting each other. Once the whistle blew, it was time to battle to the end. Most nights that meant victory. Some nights it meant defeat. Either way though, we knew we had battled hard and lived to brag  tell about it.

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May
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The #1 Way To Go From Ordinary To Extraordinary

I don’t know about you, but I have always seen myself as a pretty ordinary guy. There is nothing overtly special about me. I am average height, with average skills. I was an average student in school, have an average golf game, have an average size family (according to statistics), and like most average men…married a “way above average” wife. In fact when it comes to my faith I have always seen it as an average faith in God when compared to others that have come before me and those that I see around the world right now doing extraordinary things. I say none of this for sympathy or pats on the back. In fact I am quite content with my ordinary life. I get to do the work of the one who created the universe. I get to see life change happen almost daily right before my eyes. I get to see my kids grow into beautifully strong young women who love the God they serve. I get to see leaders reach their fullest potential. In all honesty, it is a pretty good life I get to live. Then today I opened up scripture and read a passage I have read probably hundreds, if not thousands of times. Here is what it said:

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13

Wait…what? Peter and John were anything but ordinary. One of them walked on water. One of them was at the tomb the day Jesus resurrected. They were both in the entourage of the greatest rabbi to ever walk the earth. They learned from Jesus, walked with Jesus, lived day to day with Jesus, were even with him as a resurrected Jesus. These men were anything but ordinary. However, today when I read this text it hit me like a ton of bricks. These men, by the worlds standards, were…well…

Ordinary!!!

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May
2015
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Sunday Morning Thoughts: Sabotage Edition

Today we continue in what I would argue is one of the most important series we have done thus far here at CCM. Last week we talked about how we Sabotage Satan’s plan of distraction. This week we are tackling complacency. In fact for most of us this is the first if not the second way Satan Sabotages our lives. Here are a few quotes to get you thinking today before we worship together. If you are out of town, don’t miss a week. Go to the website Tuesday and watch the weekend message. See you in worship soon. Don’t forget, that invite for someone could alter their eternity.

 

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May
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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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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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