Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Did You Know?

Hey friends out there in the blogosphere.  Did you know that Church on the Hill here in Dalton podcast the message every week?  God is really blessing our current series "Journeys in John".  You can catch the most recent message here.

Drop in from time to time or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Greatly Loved

Daniel 10:19 ESV  And he said, "O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage." And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, "Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me."
Nothing strengthens my heart like the revelation that I am greatly loved by the God of the universe. His unconditional love causes my weak heart to beat with passion for Him.  As the light of this truth dawns across the landscapes of my life, sowing and reaping takes place.  God’s love is active. He is sowing love into my heart and those seeds begin to rapidly sprout.  Empty, cold prayers and passionless devotions are overtaken with a new crop of divine love.

This planting is not content to remain in the safe confines of my personal quiet garden.  The first command of "love the Lord your God" empowers me to love myself and my neighbor.  Divine love fuels and fills my heart with acceptance, forgiveness, and sacrificial giving.  True Kingdom living is built not on the brick and mortar of rules but the organic growth of love.
Expose yourself to the radiant glow of His love. You will emerge from His presence changed.  Is it possible that revival or societal revolution is waiting in the Lord’s secret chamber? 
 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Face Difficulties

Successful people face difficulties.  Ouch…is that a scary first line or what? Don’t tune out, I firmly believe that everyone can succeed. 
Success is simply knowing and fulfilling God’s plan for your life. 
Back to the original statement: Successful people face difficulties. No one, absolutely no one, is born a success. What sets champions, leaders, etc. you know…successful people apart from well..you know those who choose to be less, lower, unfulfilled is the willingness to face obstacles and not make excuses. 
I have to ask myself this question: “Am I better at excuses than embracing obstacles?”
Does this post provoke you to ask this difficult question or are you making an excuse right now?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Repost: In Celebration of...

In Celebration of… Posted on November 19, 2011 by Beth Brawley Taylor
How do you account for twenty-three years of life with another human being?  Society suggests celebrating the number of years you have been married and we do so with the giving of cards and gifts, having dinner out somewhere fancy or taking a trip somewhere you have never been together.  All of those things are fine and we have done them all (although I am still holding out for that trip to NYC together) but it would seem that merely counting years together is not near enough…it doesn’t do justice to the life you have lived together. For me, I am celebrating all the triumphs we have lived together, not just the years.  I am celebrating…
…a rock-solid friendship that was formed before romance became reality
…a marriage that was crafted on the firm foundation of promising to following God anywhere, anytime and at any cost
…the creating of three imperfect little boys who have brought us the most perfect of joy
…the beautiful heartache of bringing one of our parents into the warm embrace of our own home for a year only to see them live and breathe their last
… surviving disappointments, failures and starting over again with nothing in our pockets
…moving forward when the fog was so thick we couldn’t see one step in front of us
…the churches God has allowed us to serve together and the immense family that we have been privileged to be part of for ever and always
…the broken parts of ourselves that we have allowed the other to not only see but to touch and to even love, bringing His wholeness where only hollowness once was
…you…this man who is so much more than anything my sixteen-year-old heart could have dreamed up and who has loved me so completely with a passion only rivaled by God himself. I wish for every person the indescribable reality of love and grace we have in our own marriage…not perfection or fairytale days and nights, but a life of  chasing the dreams God has given us and finding that, in running hard after God, we run right into each other. Happy 23rd Anniversary, Eddie. 
I love you completely, and only less than Him.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Preparing to Speak

Recently several students have asked me to help them prepare their first sermons / Bible talks.  Before they ever crack the Concordance or open the Lexicon, I recommend that they ask themselves a few questions. I try to answer these questions as I prepare a talk:Stage fright

  1) What is God saying to me?
  2) Who will I be speaking to?
  3) What does God want me to say to them?
  4)When the sermon is over what do I want them to know?
  5) When they leave the church what do I want them to do?

Get alone with God and answer these questions and you'll be well on your way! For the experienced communicator: what else do you ask yourself?

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's Scary to Be Us - Spiritled Woman

This Beth Moore clip is too good to keep to myself. Everytime I hear her speak I think "wow"!

It's Scary to Be Us - Spiritled Woman

Friday, January 14, 2011

BREAKAWAY 2011

brokenFor those who can't make it to Breakaway this year. We will be able to live stream all services...go to www.destination-church.org click on STREAM and you should be there...we are not responsible for the adds that pop up...it is a free service and that is how they support it. Friday (7:30pm) is the first Worship Gathering.
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 9:30am & 7:15pm
Sunday 9:00am & 7:15pm
Enjoy!