Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Greater things!

Hey all, been a couple weeks away. Here’s the update for those waiting on the update from the trout fishing expedition. Never did figure out what a Wooly Bugger was, probably a good thing, but after a little spying on the locals…salmon eggs was the secret sauce. Christy and I “slaid em”one evening (slaid em’ is fishing term where I come from meaning, we caught some good fish)! Had an awesome time! I’ll try to post a picture of our catch maybe this week.

While preparing my message for last week this verse blew my mind.

In John 14:12 Jesus says, I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

I’m thinking that because it was tucked away between “I’m the way, truth and the life” and Jesus’ promise about the Holy Spirit that I totally missed it’s significants.

Jesus actually said we’d do greater things than what He did while on this earth. Can you a believe that?

So now you’re saying, “Yeah right!” “Jesus fed 5,000 people in one sitting with 5 loaves of bread and couple fish” (John 6:1-14) “How we can’t top that?!”

Oh, but we have. You’re hung up on the means by which He fed (5 loaves 2 fish) instead of the end result (5,000 got fed).

To do greater things would mean we’ll feed more than 5,000 people and followers of Christ across the world do this every day. I’d be willing to venture and say, right here in little ol’ Ada alone we’ve fed over 5,000 through our churches, outreach programs, holiday meals and local mission activities.

So now you say, “Okay I can buy that, BUT Jesus raised people from the dead!” (the Bible records 3 instances) “How do we go greater than that?”

Again, pull yourself away from the means (their heart physically was stopped and He started it again) and focus on the end result (they were brought back to life by Him).

To do greater things would mean we’ll have to give people life. Stop thinking about the physical and start thinking about the spiritual.

What are people of the world who don’t know Jesus referred as, “lost and dying.”

What happens to these people when we introduce them to Jesus and they change their life to follow him? They are “saved” they are “born again”! They are brought out of death into life. John 11:26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.

Yes, Jesus is ALWAYS the one who does the saving but we are means by which they meet Him. Huh, we play a part in bringing people back from the dead. And considering the millions of Christ followers that walk the earth now, just in our present day and age, I’d say we’ve been doing greater things.

We must have faith that we can and will do greater things! We have to believe that we are the ones here on earth left with a mission to see the examples Jesus set for us and do greater!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wooly WHAT??

As I do about every six months, I throw out this “blog apology” because I miss a week or more of posting due to auditing at my 40 per week job. I get audited every 6 months to keep a certification we have, I’M NOT IN TROUBLE, this time. So, here it is, “Sorry to all of you who follow regularly I’ve been getting audited.” Done, I feel better, hope you all accept that, but if you don’t wait 6 months and I’ll offer up another one.

We’re getting ready to spend some time in a cabin at Beavers Bend State Park in way southeastern Oklahoma very soon. I love mountain country! Whether Oklahoma or Montana. I love it. When I’m in mountain country, especially early in the mornings, I see why Max Lucado calls the natural creations of God, “Appetizers of Heaven”. I love it!

We’ll be staying just a mile away from the Lower Mountain Fork River and I wanted to take the boys trout fishing. Yes, there is trout fishing in Oklahoma. I am an avid fisherman but have never fished for trout and surely haven’t ever fished for trout in Oklahoma. Much less used a fly rod…other than the time I was playing around in the yard with an old fly rod that was in the family. My grandpa dared me to flip the fly into my Mom’s goldfish pond to see what would happen.

Learned two things that day. One: goldfish will bite flies. Two: your grandpa will bale on you in an instant when your mom comes out the door and sees you have hooked one of her goldfish with a fly rod.

So I was reading up on a few things about what lures we could use to catch trout, where you can fish, red zones, blue zones, barbed hook areas, unbarbed areas, artificial bait only areas…HOLY COW I was worn slick trying to figure it all out and honestly a little scared. Not that much thought has to be put into fishing where I come from.

Where I grew up the only time you got scared was when you knew you were fishing on someone you weren’t supposed to, but you acted like you didn’t see the 6 wire barbwire fence that ripped a hole in your jeans as you crossed with all your gear and if caught will that farmer buy your “playing dumb” story when you tell him you "thought" you had permission to fish that pond.

Anyway, as I was doing my research everything I was reading on trout fishing was on using flies. As in flies that you either buy at the store or that guys themselves in thier garage using hooks and feathers and different colors strings and their supposed to resemble different bugs but their all called flies. But I wanted to know about some good spinners or live bait for the boys, but it was just flies and more flies. And most of these guys I was reading were from Oklahoma fishing the Lower Mountain Fork. COME ON; give a beetle spin or road runner or H&H…something I can relate to. Then the more I started to read these fly names the more I felt, well, guilty.

I’ve got to think that naming flies would be an awesome job, similar to whoever names fingernail polish. Not that I wear it…much…but when Christy comes home and I say "Your red nails look good". She tells me it’s not just red. This color is called, “Wish You Had A Camaro This Color Red And It’s Not Candy Apple Red Red”. Oh, okay.

Listen to some of these names of these flies…

Small Caddis
Zebra Midge
Black Egg Sucking Leech
Cockroach Deceiver
Prince Nymph
Wooly Bugger

I am positive that if my grandma were still living that she would surely, to this day, wash my mouth out with Lava soap and used a toothbrush had I mentioned 3 out of 8 of those in her presence.

I’m wondering what anyone would say if me and the boys plopped right down on the bank of the Lower Mountain Fork and told them to just keep their Wooly Buggers, we’re going with a cork and minna’ (a.k.a. minnow)?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Double Dog Dare You!

These lyrics from the Lincoln Brewster song Power of Your Name really got to me this week. Another one of those times where I've been diggin' the song for a while then the words just jump out and grab you. I LOVE IT when God works that way.

Here are just a few of the lyrics.

I will live
To carry
Your compassion
To love a world that's broken
To be Your hands and feet
I will give
With the life that I've been given
And go beyond religion
To see the world be changed
By the power of Your Name
Surely life wasn't made to regret
And the lost were not made to forget
Surely faith without action is dead
Let Your Kingdom come
Lord break this heart

Have you ever prayed, “God break my heart for what breaks yours?”

I challenge you, no I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU, and won’t even ask you to stick your tongue to a frozen flag pole if you will try it for one week.

A simple one sentence prayer, once a day, that could change your life if you’re willing to let it.

God break my heart for what breaks yours.