There Is Nothing Fun About It

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Patience is hard. I’m not sure I know anyone who would say “patience” is one of their strengths. There’s nothing fun about it.

It’s not like being generous, because it does warm our hearts to know we helped another. Or being someone who serves others well. Even when it is hard or inconvenient, you still feel the joy of blessing someone else. List any of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (queue the “fruits of the spirit song” that is now going through your heard if you grew up a part of a youth group).

Do You Have a Social Media Policy for Your Kids?

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What do you do when someone posts something online of one of your kids that you don’t like? Do you ask them to take it down? Just untag yourself from it and hope no one really sees it? Do nothing and hope it doesn’t happen again?

Maybe you’re afraid if you say something it will cause tension between you and the person who posted it? What if it’s your spouse who posts something you aren’t comfortable with? Yet they think it is perfectly fine.

More than ever, I think it is important to have a social media policy in place concerning what you will and will not allow to be posted online.

Questions for God

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This summer we are doing a different an exciting bible study/summer teaching series on some of the most asked questions many today have for God. Below are our topics and schedule, everything is on Tuesday nights at 7 PM. We would love to have you join us!

Questions for God

6/21 – What is God’s design for sex?

6/28 – What does God want with my money?

7/5 – Hangout night

7/12 – How does my faith intersect with my work?

7/19 – How should I handle doubts about God?

7/26 – Why does God allow so much suffering?

8/2 – Week off

8/9 – Aren’t all religions basically the same?

8/16 – Can a loving God really send people to hell?

8/23 – How would God want me to vote?

8/30 – How does God view suicide?

9/6 – If God loves me unconditionally, does it matter how I live my life?

How God Can Use Me

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Let’s revisit the quote we used at the beginning of all of this.

God has given you everything you need to reach the people God has called you to reach. (Craig Groeschel)

As the objections begin to roll in about all the ways that statement isn’t true, remember, God hasn’t called you to reach everybody. God hasn’t given you everything you need to reach everyone, but rather he has given you everything you need for the few in your life you can impact.

But remember, God uses the humble and the faithful. Being used by God requires you doing things before you know the end result, which is why so many stop before they ever start. Thinking “I’ll do whatever God wants me to do, as long as I know the end result beforehand.” Unfortunately, that’s not how faith works.

Want to be used by God? Ask yourself these three simple questions:

I Think God Could Use Me

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Not only am I about to share what you need to do for God to use you, I’ll also show you his will for your life. I know I know, you’re really excited now. Two questions you’ve wanted to know all your life are about to get answered. You’re welcome. Here’s how…

We’ve seen that God uses ordinary people to work through. It’s God who makes them great, not their own doing.

So how can God use you?

Why Would God Use Me?

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Growing up I can remember my dad taking my older brother and I to work on “take you child to work day.” He worked at IBM back when IBM was like the Duke basketball of computer companies (because obviously Duke is the best team ever).

We would go with him, and walk around a bit in the morning and meet some of his coworkers. He had a L-shaped desk, where my brother and I would then play some computer game as he tried to get some work done.

Can God Really Use Me?

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God has given you everything you need to reach the people God has called you to reach. (Craig Groeschel)

Very inspiring. At least that’s how that quote sounds. God has given you everything you need to make a difference in the lives of every single person he has called you to impact.

But here’s the problem, you don’t really believe that, do you? That right now, this very second, you can close your computer or put your phone back in your pocket, and change the world. Maybe not change the world in the sense that the whole world will literally shift because of you, but at least change the world of someone around you. That because of you, they not only change, but also change for the better.

Let’s be honest, you’ve got enough issues of your own. Surely you need to get yourself together a little bit more before you can help someone else. Right? Not to mention the possibility of God himself actually using you.

That’s funny right.

God.

God using you.

God using you to change the world.

It’s getting more and more unrealistic each time you think about it. God using me. Before you get tired of reading that let’s do a quick Bible quiz (sorry, no gold star if you the right answer).

In the entire Bible, how many people do you think God used because of their faithfulness or goodness or because they were really gifted?

Now I don’t know what you’re guess is, but I’m fairly confident you’re wrong. You’re thinking too high. Here’s the answer:

Maybe one.

As far as we can tell, God only used one person because he was an all around good dude. His name was Noah from Noah from the story of Noah’s Ark. Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord and was a righteous man. Although if you read the whole story even he made some questionable decisions.

Here’s the thing, most of the time when God moves, he does it through ordinary people. Sure we look back on the things that Abraham, Moses, or king David did and they did some pretty impressive things. Yet at the same time when you read their stories, you find times of cowardice, dishonesty, even murder.

Jesus’ disciples were no different. They were all average guys with average lives. In fact, some were the worst of the worst.

One of his disciples, Matthew, was a tax collector. Which in that time meant that he stole from his own Jewish people to give money to the government so that they could oppress and rule over his family and those he grew up with. Why would God use him? It certainly was not because he deserved it.

Then there is the apostle Paul who killed Christians before he became one. He only went on to write two-thirds of the New Testament.

God used all of them.

Why? Because God uses ordinary people to accomplish his mission. He doesn’t have to, and he certainly doesn’t need to. But he does.

But why would God use you?


Check back tomorrow to find the answer to that question. This is part one of a four part series looking at the question of whether or not God can use you. I’ll be posting one part a day everyday this week. Or if is more convenient for you, you can go ahead download the whole series in a PDF here.

You’re Not Doing God Any Favors

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There’s a big difference between doing something out of obligation, and doing something because you want to do it.

When we do something out of obligation, two things are true. One we don’t really want to do it, and two, it’s not something we would normally choose to do on our own.

Here’s what I mean. I make the bed every most mornings. If I were a single man, this would not be the case. But I’m not a single man, and my wife likes things to be neat and clean. So I make the bed not because I want to, but because I love my wife and it makes her happy.

The Real Reason You May Not Believe in God

THE REASON YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE IN GOD

Well that’s a pretty bold title. There are billions of people on this planet with all sorts of different backgrounds and beliefs, and here I am claiming to know the real reason why you don’t believe in God.

You’re right, I can’t know if this is the real reason, but I really do think it is. If not, it’s got to be one of the main reasons.

But here’s the thing, I could just come out and say what the reason is, but I don’t think you’ll believe me. So let me try and convince you first.

It’s My Birthday and Here’s What I Want

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If you are a Christ follower, how much would it mean to you to know you were making a real difference in someone else’s life? To actually know that God used you to play a part in changing someone’s life, and that your generosity really can have an impact on others. No matter how much you have.

Because no matter how much you have to give, all of it ought to matter. It shouldn’t be that only those that have much can make a difference.

Like you, I’ve wrestled with those same thoughts. When I was in college living off ramen noodles and frozen pizza, I wondered if the churches or organizations I gave to could really use what I had given, and if it was really making much of a difference. But one thing I was sure of, I wanted to see other people’s lives impacted by Jesus the same way Jesus had impacted me.

Which is a driving force behind why we are planting New City Church. In fact, there is no more effective way to make a difference in the lives of those who don’t know the love of Jesus than church planting. Did you know that church plants are six to eight times more likely to reach unchurched people than established churches of the same size?

We are starting New City Church in order to play whatever part we can in seeing lives be changed by Jesus. And I want you to play a part in this as well.

Here is how you can play a big role in impacting people’s lives with the love of Jesus. My birthday is this month (May 14), and I want to give away my birthday to help move things forward in the process of planting New City Church. This month our desire is to raise $30,000 to put us in a position to begin making the necessary purchases and investments that it takes to start a church. Things like sound equipment, kids ministry supplies, and funds we can use to serve our city.

Will you help us reach our goal? If so, our promise to you is threefold.

  • We will keep you up to date on where we are at in the fundraising journey.
  • That nothing makes a bigger difference for God’s kingdom than church planting, and you will be a part of that.
  • We will (always) be completely transparent about the use of our funds. Should you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

So here is what I am asking you. Will you give to make this New City Church a reality? Will you give so that you can make a real difference in people’s lives? Over the years, if you have found my blog or anything I have done helpful to you, will you do the same for someone else? Someone that, because of your generosity, will be impacted by the love of Christ?

Here is what I can promise you when you participate in this goal of raising $30,000 in the month of May. Here’s what you will know:

  • That you played a significant role in changing other people’s lives.
  • That you honored God with what you have
  • That no matter how much you have, you used your resources for good
  • That you made a way for people to meet Jesus
  • That you played a part in something bigger than yourself

Jesus said that he came to give us life and life to the full, but that only happens if we follow him. There is no more effective way to reach people far from God than church planting, and nothing even comes close. So don’t miss out on bringing about life change for others. Don’t miss out in using whatever capacity you have for impacting others.

Will you help us raise $30,000 today?


The below link will take you to Lifepointe Church (where I am completing my church planting residency).

***After clicking the link, please be sure to change the giving reference to “New City Church – Dodson.” For the location, select “North Raleigh.”

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