Archive for October, 2010

27
Oct
10

man up

This is one of the best messages I have EVER heard about biblical manhood, especially within the context of marriage. The message is entitled “No Matter What” and is part 2 of the Man vs. Wife series from Newspring Community Church and Pastor Perry Noble. The thing I love about Perry is that he preaches the truth in a practical way with no reservations. This message will challenge any husband or guy who dreams of one day being a husband. So I’m warning you don’t click on this link unless you are ready to man up and be challenged by the truth of God’s Word.

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No Matter What

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26
Oct
10

embracing the grace?

Titus 2:11-12

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

Paul writes to Titus explaining that it has happened, God has poured out the depth of His grace and sent salvation to man through the gift of Jesus. Never before had man seen this grace but God being rich in mercy and grace decided that it was time for man to have salvation and experience grace. Paul writes further that this grace did not just come to save but to teach Christ followers to reject the ungodliness and passions of this world and to pursue self-control and godliness. The idea of the Father was not for believers to just say no to things but to reject the things of the world by pursuing righteousness. The Father is filled with grace for those He loves. This grace when fully received produces self discipline in our lives. This is the self discipline that coupled with the power of the Holy Spirit allows Christ followers to choose righteousness over worldliness.

The question must be are we truly embracing this limitless grace with the lives we are living? Are the daily choices of our lifestyle utilizing the power of this grace or simply sliding it to the side as we fill ourselves with the comfortable passions and desires of this world? Are our lives living proof of the power to say no? God has given believers an all-access pass to the fullest extent of grace that we will ever need but are we embracing it?

The reality is that the voice of the world is constantly screaming at us to spend more, get more, live life comfortably, and do what makes you happy while the grace of God that will ultimately triumph all of these sits by never forcing itself on our lives yet containing life-transforming and perspective-altering power. However, every time that we choose what we want or what’s comfortable for us and reject the prompting of the Holy Spirit we are failing to embrace the fullness of the grace given to us.

18
Oct
10

overanalyzing the gospel

Being an OCD detail guy I overanalyze everything. Sometimes I can even overanalyze taking out the trash. Should I take it out now or wait until we throw out this old food? Is there a need to empty the cans in the rest of the house or should I just wait until company is coming? Do I need to go ahead and take it down to the street now to beat the rain or is there even rain in the forecast? Seriously, I have these thoughts sometimes…ok, maybe almost every time and maybe I need counseling. Too often I am an expert overanalyzer.

In the last 24 hours though, I have been slapped with the question of do we overanalyze the gospel? I read in 1 Timothy 6:20-21 where Paul writes to Timothy and says, “Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.” Paul challenges Timothy to guard with his life what has been entrusted to him, the treasure of the gospel. Then Paul steps on the toes of believers for generations by warning Timothy not to engage in “godless chatter” but instead refers to these conversations among believers as opposing ideas falsely disguised as knowledge. Hello! Could it be that what we have held so strongly to for so long and labeled as knowledge is ultimately only a comfortable lie that we have grown to believe? Paul even explains that many many have believed in and professed in this “godless chatter” and as a result of it have “wandered from the faith.” The Message translation states verse 21 like this, “People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith.” Simply stated, these people have been charged with too much talk and overanalyzing the gospel.

As I sit here in my office at my church job with my nicely framed seminary degree on my wall, I must raise my hand and say yes, guilty as charged of overanalyzing the gospel. I am left asking myself whether sometimes my Christianity and my seminary degree make me a professional “godless chatterer” or an obedient follower of Christ. Christ calling on me was simple in His last words on earth, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Bam! There it is as clear-cut and as simple as He could make it for me. Go and make disciples. Don’t talk about it forever just go. God has put us on mission to share our life with others and make disciples, but if I spend more time talking about how good following God is rather than living out my faith and actually following God, I can be guilty of missing the whole mission. No doubt we are called to sharpen ourselves in the Word so that as we disciple we are able to speak from a knowledge of the truth, but the moment that we allow our self-sharpening to make us “knowledge-gainers” rather than “disciple-makers” we are blowing the mission that we have been given.

11
Oct
10

radically normal?

I just got back from an incredible conference of young Christian leaders where I was challenged and sharpened by some great truths from some awesome leaders. However, there was one particular thought that stuck out from one of the speakers that stemmed from 1 John 2:6, “Whoever says that he lives in God must live as Jesus lived.” (NCV) He posed the question of what if we lived a life that was more congruent with the Word than with the world? The speaker explained how living a life of sacrifice, generosity, compassion, love, selflessness, and faithfulness that was perfectly modeled by Jesus is now viewed as weird. People roll their eyes at you and think you are some kind of a crazy freak because you are definitely not what the world would call “normal.” However, if what the Scripture says in 1 John 2:6 is true, living a life that is modeled after the characteristics of Christ is not weird, but instead it is completely normal. The problem is that we have been deceived for so long by Satan and the ways of the world that normal has become weird and worldly has become normal. Living a life that is more like Jesus and a whole lot less like the world is a radical almost seemingly ridiculous thought. However, if we believe what we say we believe that Jesus is who He says He is, this idea is not optional but is the radically normal life we are called to live.




About me…

My name is Bryant May. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to the most beautiful and God-fearing woman I know, director of production at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, an Alabama football fanatic, and an OCD organization/clean freak.

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