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The Hard Road

SOME OF THIS BLOG IS FROM THE UPCOMING BOOK, "THE WORSHIP PROBLEM" BY B. DAVID STEVENS: To do something different means to be scrutinized! Many are afraid to discover God’s plan for themselves because the masses overwhelm their decision-making. Fear paralyses us and sometimes forces us to go against what we truly believe. Experiencing God doesn’t occur authentically causing many to take on the experiences of others. It is difficult for us to develop a real relationship with God because we are walking out someone else’s relationship. When we walk out someone else's relationship or decide to just do what everyone else is doing, we limit the potential that God placed in us. You were never made to be like everyone else. You are unique in every way and so is your purpose (i.e. how God made you to glorify Him). This is a "hard" road to travel because it's not a common...

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Jesus, the MISFIT

PART OF THIS BLOG IS FROM THE UPCOMING BOOK: "THE WORSHIP PROBLEM" There are a lot of Misfits in the church world today. Tattoos, earrings, gauges, baggy pants, weird haircuts, skinny jeans, organic worship and quirky methods don’t garner much respect in the traditional Christian community and are often repelled. But neither does revolutionary thinking and innovative passion. The ideals, wants, needs and desires of the current generation are very different from our grandmothers’ time. There seems to be a struggle between discovering identity and still being a Christ-follower rather than assuming the norm and conforming to the ideals of church society. It’s not that these Christians don’t like to be around church people or the church itself. Rather, the institutionalized church has presented philosophical differences that seem to contradict what Christ intended in the first place. What’s most important to some is irrelevant to others. The minority is challenging what...

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A Tough Cookie

All of us have developed a belief system based on the environments we were raised in. Rich or poor, we all tend to see the world through filters that were established as we matured. Whether the beliefs were good or bad, we live out those ideas in some form every day. It's difficult to change behavior or a mindset when that's all you are used to seeing, doing, and living. We even tend to justify things that, in the grand scheme of things, may be wrong because of what we believe. We see this behavior everyday in our world. It’s tough to change your mindset when you are fully committed to the belief that what you’ve learned from your environment, culture, and experiences is the truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God! I've had the privilege of being in many different church environments throughout my Christian journey. Every...

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God in Everything?

No. I'm not talking about God in the water, the trees, the animals, etc. Is it possible to incorporate God in everything? Well, I think that if you asked me that question some years ago, I would have said no. You see, I was raised to compartmentalize God so it was easy for me to place God in a certain place or section of my life. You know, "the religious section". And when I was in trouble or when I felt the need to pray, when I really, really wanted something, then I ran to the religious section to find God. I also felt at times that God was meant only for the "holy" stuff because He's a holy God, right? God was more like an appendage. Someone that I carried along, like a canteen and when I needed a drink, I reached for Him. But is this how God intended...

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Very Present

Recently, I heard a wonderful song called "Spirit of the Living God" by Vertical Church Band. First, let me say that I love, love, love, their music. It's creative, thoughtful, melodic, and pierces the heart. This song is one of the most beautiful they've written. We are going to incorporate it in our upcoming worship sets. However, there is a lyric in the song that bothers me a little: "When You Come In the Room". This lyric is part of the chorus. The reason this lyric bothers me is not because I don't understand what they are saying or even the references in the Bible that they might be referring to. It bothers me because this is not how a New Testament believer should think about God and His presence. For the believer, God is not in some far off place waiting for us to sing a beautiful song, praise as...

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Church vs. Church

If you are a Christian, I'm sure that at some point in your history you've heard someone say "Let's go to church" or "I'm going to church" or "I'm at the church" or "Welcome to church". We all know what they are saying but I wonder if these statements have caused us to believe something that isn't necessarily true. For me personally, I tend to think about church in context of a building or location when I hear these statements. It leads me to think that "the church" is an organization and not a living organism. It can cause me to believe that "church" is separate from me as a believer. And it has led me at times to believe that God was there and if I didn't go there, I missed our appointment! But the truth is that when I was born again, like the scientific concept of fusion, I...

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Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open

Question: Have you ever felt like you had no idea what you were suppose to do because you were so busy doing what everybody else wanted you to do? Did you know that many of us spend our lives trying to fulfill someone else's idea or vision for our lives? It's an easy trap to fall into. Our parents tell us they want us to be doctors and lawyers. After all, musicians don't make any money. Do something that has some stability. Why are you getting a communications degree? You'll always be poor. You know. Or you may have heard that you would never amount to anything, go anywhere, do anything. And that's just what happens. There are thousands of children growing up thinking that they can never grow beyond their environment, culture, etc. Still there are some of us who believe that they know what to do but seem to be walking in...

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Atlanta Moments- Queen Bee

Probably one of the best moments of my stay in Atlanta happened in the year 2000. I married my best friend from college, Debbie. Ours seemed like the wedding of the decade! Everyone that ever knew us watched our relationship evolve from a simple friendship to an inseparable pair. What was obvious to everyone else became very obvious to us. We belonged together. It was like finding the only piece that could fit your puzzle. Even though there were other possibilities, we both knew that anyone else wouldn't be able to complete us. It's amazing, we were both on a collision course for each other. Many of you don't know this, but both Debbie and I were accepted to NC State. However, we decided to go to ECU. I told her that I believe if I accepted the offer for NC State she would have to. God wanted us together. The wedding...

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Point of View

I've had the privilege of experiencing many different Christian viewpoints. Some call these denominations. There's value I've found in each one. I was raised in the Church of Christ. In the Church, as we called it when I was younger, I learned the value of being saved and discipleship. I also learned the value of research and study. In my teenage years, I attended a Missionary Baptist Church. Here I learned the value of community and support. We were with each other all the time, it seemed. When I went to college, I attended a somewhat Bapti-Costal church with a female pastor and at the same time I was part of a radical college ministry. In these environments, I learned the value of the Holy Spirit and the power of God working in us and through us. I also gained a passion for reaching people who did not know Jesus. After college, I was...

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Close the Door!

You know that moment in the scary movie when someone is getting close to the door that obviously has something behind it that none of us really want or need to see, but have to see?! We're gasping for air shouting at the screen, don't open the door, stupid! But they always do it, don't they! And behind the door is always something sinister or creepy, deadly at times. The reality is many of us have had doors opened in our own lives by ourselves or someone else that have effected us in adverse ways. We knew, and sometimes didn't know, that the door shouldn't have been opened and now we either don't know how to shut the door or are content with keeping it open. For those of you content with keeping it open, I understand exactly how you feel. I've had things done to me that have influenced my...

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