Archives For passion

This video was shared tonight at our 1st Wednesday Service.  I love the enthusiasm and reckless abandon that this little one shows as she sings to the creator!  Oh, that we would be the same as we worship our God, and try to bring a bit of up there, down here!

Glory to God Forever

Jason Petermann  —  January 21, 2010 — 3 Comments

“Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God, Forever”

I love this song by Steve Fee and Vicki Beeching!  It expresses the desire and longing I have in my life to bring glory to God no matter what I am doing and no matter what the circumstances are. As I sit here and think about the simple chorus, I am reminded that God will get the glory no matter what.  His plan and purpose will be accomplished in my life, in my family, in my church and in this world.  If we do not give Him what He deserves, the very rocks will!

This will be the last song I lead this coming Sunday as I close out my time at Glenville Church because it declares the message I want people to remember:

“Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours”

If you do not have this song yet, get it here at iTunes.

What song resonates your heart and passion right now?

I am reading Mark Batterson’s “Wild Goose Chase,” and I came across a paragraph that I just had to share.  I am sure there will be more that I will glean from this book, but for now, chew on this with me:

“Some of us live as if we expect to  hear God say, ‘Well thought, good and faithful servant!’ or “Well said, good and faithful servant!’ God isn’t going to say any of those things. There is only one commendation, and it is the by-product  of pursuing God-ordained passion: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.'”

To introduce this, Mark said “When Christianity turns into a noun, it becomes a turnoff.  Christianity was always intended to be a verb.”

In other words, good intentions are at best, good intentions.  Good thoughts are at best good thoughts, and good speech is at best good speech.  What matters is not what is intended, thought or spoken about for Jesus.  What matters it what is done for Jesus.

What are your thoughts?

As I was reading this morning, I came to this verse and it smacked me upside the head… again…

2 Peter 1:3 “We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own power, when we learned that he had invited us to share in his wonderful goodness.”

I had to stop and ask myself, “Do I really believe and live like I have everything that it takes to please God?” Many Christians live in a state of depression and underachievement because they do not believe they can do what God has moved in their heart to do. Have you ever said, “I would do this for God if I had the talent, ability or opportunity to do it.”  That is a cop-out.  If God has laid it on your heart then you can do it! God has given us all we need to please Him!  Did you get that?  God has given us all we need to please Him. Let’s live that way!

millionmilesHow can I make a difference in the world I live in?  How can I impact the lives of other people? Will the story of my life be worth reading when it is over?  These are questions that Donald Miller tackles in his new book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.”  As two film makers come to him to make a movie from one of his books (Blue Like Jazz), Donald looks at his life and realizes that there really is nothing exciting about the life he has lived.  The rest of the book is a description of how Donald sets out to change that; to write a better story for his life. Donald’s writing is so different from any other author I have read.  He is authentic, honest and sometimes would be considered irreverent by some mainstream denominations.  One part of the book that really grabbed me was this paragraph;

If I have a hope, it’s that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as thought to say, Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I created you.

God has given us the freedom to be creative and to write a great story for our life.  As Donald elaborates throughout the book, that great story inevitably will include conflict, and inciting incident that will stir our souls to do something that will make our stories better as we live within the great story of God.

Our stories may not include as exciting of a journey as Donald’s did.  That is not his point.  His point is that we should do our best to live a life that matters. That we should get off of our butts and live to impact others around us.  That alone will create a better story.

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