It Hurts So Good – 5

Posted: February 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: It Hurts So Good | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

When God says, “I am _____ (peace, love, mercy, good),” He means that without Him, you are not.

Your thoughts?


aka Spare Tire Jesus

Posted: February 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: aka My Jesus, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »
This post is also appearing on my good friend and blood-brother Christopher Hopper’s blog.  Check out his site, buy his books and his music.  He’s awesome!
I am the king of flat tires.  No, make that the Joker, because the number of them I get is truly comical.  I have yet to rotate the tires on my Caravan as every few months, a tire is being replaced.  The circumstances are different, and the names are changed to protect the innocent, but each time I am forced to take my nemesis head on: The Spare Tire, aka. The Donut.

Regardless of the number of times I have subdued this beast, each time is an epic battle.  It seems simple enough, a half twist counter-clockwise, then crank the nut clockwise until you can get the tire out.  I am sure that every night, the engineer of the release mechanism under my van lets out a haughty laugh, admiring his brilliance.  It never works the first time.  It hardly works the fiftieth time.

After the beast has been unleashed, and properly mounted, there is still the matter of driving.  It’s embarrassing.  About the only thing it’s good for is, well, nothing.  It impedes my speed and handcuffs my handling.  The only thing on my mind is how fast can this be fixed, so I can put it back where it belongs; out of sight – out of mind.

It hurts to say, but sometimes this is how I treat my Jesus, as a “Spare Tire Jesus.”

My life is on cruise control, situation normal, and bam! Something goes wrong.  Uh-oh, life can’t go on like this.  I’m forced to get dirty now, to get on my knees and pray for help.  It should be easy to do.  Speaking with Jesus should be an every day event, not just a call I make when I need roadside assistance.

So I get my “Spare Tire Jesus” out, and install him in my life for a time.  And sometimes it’s embarrassing to put Him on display for the world to see. What if people were to know that Jesus was a part of my life? Not just that, “I’m saved,” but that I truly put my trust in Him, that He is as integral to my life as having a fourth tire.

My “Spare Tire Jesus” alters the way I drive my life.  He changes the direction I want to go, and how fast I can get there. This is a good thing.  Jesus is meant to be more than a pull in a certain direction that hampers me getting to my destination.  He is meant to be the navigator and driver.  If he holds the plan for my life, it only makes sense that He knows how to get there better than I.

Well, the situation clears, now what? With my van, I put a new tire on, and pray it doesn’t happen again anytime soon.  But this cannot be allowed to happen with my Jesus.  Instead of being my safety net in case of emergencies, He needs to be my life.  Those times when life gets a flat tire are generally the result of me not following Christ’s examples for living (Matthew 5-7) and are simply His way of saying, “Chris, you’re on the wrong path. It’s time to get it straight.”

Is Jesus your spare tire? Is He only for use in emergencies, hard to get out, and embarrassing to display as you live life?  I encourage you to get out of the drives seat, climb into the trunk, hand Jesus the keys, and say, “Where you lead, I will follow.” He will take you on unbelievable adventures, and there will be no need to worry about getting a flat tire when He takes the wheel.

This is the first in a series I am titling “aka My Jesus.” Check back for new installments!

- mooney


It Hurts So Good – 4 Where is the Love?

Posted: February 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: It Hurts So Good, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The Black Eyed Peas hit a home run with this one. Where is the love? The answer to that is that it starts with me.  I say I have faith in Christ, and I am His disciple, but where is the love?  Am I showing my family love?  Am I showing my neighbor love? Am I showing my enemies love?

We need to remember that our battle is not against men, it is against principalities and powers of darkness.  It is against the father of lies (Eph. 6:12). How can we love God, that we cannot see, if we cannot even love our brother, who we can see (1 John 4:20)?

Your thoughts?


My Favorite Chapter of the Bible – Psalm 27

Posted: February 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Simple enough.  This Psalm is by far my favorite chapter of the Bible.  It has strengthened and encouraged me in many ways.  What is your favorite verse or chapter?

Psalm 27 (NIV)

Of David.

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.

3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.

4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.

6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.

7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.

8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek.

9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God my Savior.

10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.

11 Teach me your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.

12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.

13 I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.

14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.


I Surrender

Posted: December 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

This morning I woke up with this thought in mind, “God show me what I need to deal with in my life – what keeps me from walking perfect and blameless as You have called me too?” The Holy Spirit then brought Galations 2:20 to mind. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” I need to be careful not to beat myself up though. Some would say that you have to “Kill the flesh!!” but we have to be careful NOT to. See, I cannot crucify myself, someone else has to do it. God uses other people in our lives to help change us. I believe that as long as my heart is for God, that He will work things out of me that are not giving glory to Him. After all, isn’t He more gentle and merciful than I? The Word says He has ABUNDANT mercy (1 Peter 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the ressurection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” .

When will I learn that this life I live is not my own? When will I learn, not in my mind but in my heart, that the life I now live is not my own. When will I follow the example set by Jesus in the garden and let my prayer be “Not my will but YOURS be done” (Luke 22:42Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.)

Here are two more quotes form Jesus from John 5:19 and 30, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.“, and “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” Jesus said He could do nothing in and of Himself, only what He saw His father do. How can I think that I can do anything on my own? Why do I try to stand on my own two feet?

I can have the type of relationship with God where I lay aside my desires, motives, and pride and say to God, “I will do nothing unless You tell me to.”

I need to die to myself so that my selfish wants, needs, and motivations are not in the picture. Actually, I have already been given the power to do this according to 2 Peter 1:2-4Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

When will I accept that am NO LONGER a sinner by nature, and do NOT have to live a sinful selfish life.

Lord, crucify me and help me to look to Your will for my life. Let my motives be out of love for You and love for my brother, and not love of self. Teach me to be who you have already given me the power to be. I repent of my pride and my doubt. Thank you for freedom through Christ Jesus!


It Hurts So Good – 3

Posted: December 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: It Hurts So Good | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

“Often, kids who follow their dreams first have parents who follow theirs”

Wow, that one is hard to swallow today.   I try to set a great example for my kids in every way I can, but do they know what I am aspiring to?  Do they see me being successful at pursuing it?


10 Uncommon Insights Into Evil from Lord of the Rings

Posted: November 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Some guys just know how to say it. Peter Kreeft, a professor of philosophy at Boston College and King’s College, is one of them.  I loved The Lord of the Rings, and here is a insight from Kreeft that I hope you will enjoy. The top link is to the audio, and I have included the time stamps for the different sections.

10 Uncommon Insights Into Evil from Lord of the Rings

10 Uncommon Insights Into EvilAudio icon
47:47
14MB
Introduction (0:00)
1. Evil is Real (6:37)
2. Evil is Immortal (12:03)
3. Evil is Obvious (17:09)
4. Knowledge is Not Always Good (18:53)
5. Evil Defeats Itself (21:59)
6. Evil is Used for Good (25:28)
7. The Weapon of Sacrifice (29:01)
8. The Weapon of Humility (35:05)
9. The Weapon of Friendship (35:55)
10. The Weapon of Words (38:50)
Questions (43:11)


URGENT:Prayers needed for missionary family in Philippines!

Posted: November 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Last night, there was a massacre of people, including women in the Philippines.  The LA Times picked up the story and are reporting at least 30 people dead.  One of the men where I work is close friends with a missionary family there, and here is the email .  Please PLEASE pray for God’s protection for them!  Please pray for the families of those who died, and please pray for those Muslim families to come to the knowledge and belief in Christ so His glory will be known!

Dear praying friends,

We are used to sporadic and senseless violence in the areas where we work.  Last week when I drove to spend time with our underground believers I found out about a looming, politically related conflict between two warring clans in the same Muslim people group.  This morning the unthinkable happened.  To lessen a potentially violent reaction to a candidacy registration, some delegates from one clan sent their women representatives with the hope that the other side wouldn’t harm the ladies.  This morning at approximately 9:30 am, one clan ambushed and kidnapped a contingent of over 40 people on their way to the capitol of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.  No one survived.  The women were raped and beheaded and were members of a prominent and powerful family.  Lawyers, family members, body guards and media personnel were also massacred.

This is only a few kilometers from where we have our oldest and most established ministry!  Presently our staff are hunkered down at our school with my orders to evacuate as soon as possible.  The problem is that it is night and no one can travel safely after dark.  Hopefully there will be public transportation available tomorrow or one of our staff in a nearby city will try to run the gauntlet and pick them up.

For those of you who don’t live here it may be hard to understand the gravity of this situation.  In the culture where this happened revenge is considered a virtue.  Everyone expects an indiscriminate and unprecedented blood bath.  This is worse than the wars and kidnap threats we have endured in the past.  Much, Much worse.

This effects everything.  Our school will probably have to shut down for the rest of the school year.  No parents will send their children to school when by virtue of them being a distant relative of one of the clans become targets of a blood feud.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PGC STAFF AND THE BELIEVERS FROM THIS CULTURE!

PLEASE PRAY FOR WISDOM TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS THAT ARE MOST EFFECTIVE FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE AND MINISTRIES WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR.

PLEASE PRAY THAT JUSTICE WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE GUILTY (EVERYONE KNOWS WHO IS BEHIND IT) AND THAT THE INNOCENT WILL BE PROTECTED.

Thank you for standing with us,

Tom


It Hurts So Good – 2

Posted: November 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: It Hurts So Good | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Deep down, when I pray for God’s will in my life, am I really asking,  “God, call me to something great that doesn’t really require anything of me?”


Help! I’m Drowning!

Posted: November 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »
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©2008-2009 ~the-psycrothic

When I was a kid, our family went to Watercountry USA in Willamsburg, VA as part of our vacation.  It was an amazing place full of incredible water rides.  One in particular really got my attention, the wave pool.  It looked like a football field of yellow donuts with people popping out where the jelly should have been.  People were screaming as the waves threw them around and people were being tossed in every direction.

I had to get in on the fun, so I hijacked an empty tube. Well, by hijacked, I mean I jumped as far as I could to try and reach one.  I missed.  What had before appeared to be an awesome time turned into terror as the field of happy faced yellow donuts morphed into a suffocating yellow blanket filled with angry, thrashing legs.

Panic set in as I tried to reach the surface, but I could not escape my prison, and my lungs began to burn.  It’s crazy, but everything became peaceful, and I felt OK.  At that moment, someone pulled me out of the water.  I don’t know who, and I don’t know how, but he did.

And I was safe.  I was saved.  I was coughing a bit, and my lungs still burned, but I was no longer in my desperate, life-threatening situation.  And it felt wonderful.  I still smile, because I never saw the guy who helped me.

Now I think about the world we live in, and how it too is in a desperate place.  It is lost, and searching for some sign of hope; a hand to reach and pull it out of the sea it is drowning in.  They are trying to scream for help, but the water muffles their cries and fills their lungs.  And I look at my life and see that God wants me to be the hand, He wants me to pull as many out water as I can.  And it hurts, because I’m standing at the edge of the pool with my hands in my pockets, thinking of what a great time I am having just being alive.

Church, we need to reach out.  There is a world drowning, and we are to be His hands.  God, that I would be like C.T. Studd and “…run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”

(sorry mom and dad, should have told you when it happened, instead of 23 years after the fact)