Jesus made it very clear to his overwhelmed disciples that communion is time of remembrance.
I Cor. 11:23-26 – The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
The very need for the word “remember” signifies that we tend to forget things. And I believe a big part of our stress, anxiety and sense of feeling overwhelmed is because we have forgotten some things about ourselves and our God that we should remember!
So, what are we supposed to be “remembering” during a time of communion?
What should our minds be considering as we take the bread and juice that represents the body and blood of Jesus?
What should we be thinking about …
- As the trays are passing by
- The lights are low
- The room is quiet
- And most of our heads are bowed
Ten hours before the horrific shootings began at Mandalay Bay I was speaking to three Sunday morning services at Verve Church, just off the Las Vegas strip.
I was talking about how we “should on God” when God doesn’t act like He “should.”
Midway through the message God led me to pause and say …
“I am going to share something with you now
that could save your FUTURE FAITH in God.”
At some point in the future, it could be today or tomorrow or next month, God is not going to act like we think He “should.”
And you will have choice to make …
Will you continue to trust God,
even when He does not act like
you think He “should?”
Little did I know that less than 10 hours later I would be inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel watching a band about 10:30pm and in the midst of this surreal event.
Police / SWAT moving by us as we hid inside Mandalay Bay
Police outside Mandalay Bay. Thousands being evacuated an hour after shooting began.
Here is my message from Verve Church this past weekend.
How do we act when God doesn’t act like we think He “should?”
NOTE: This message is from the forthcoming book “Meet The Shoulds” and the teaching series “SHOULD HAPPENS” that will be available at the end of this year.
Generally speaking, in life, would you prefer something to be full or empty?
In most areas of life we would prefer something be full rather than empty. It’s better to have a full can of soda, plate of cookies or gas tank … than an empty one. When it’s your birthday you would rather your Facebook or Instagram timeline be full of birthday wishes … rather than empty. And what about Thanksgiving or Christmas? Would you rather have a house full of friends and family … or a quiet, empty and lonely house?
We tend to prefer fullness over emptiness.
And listen, God is all good with fullness. He wants you to have life and have it to the fullest.
But there are times when God prefers emptiness.
Sometimes emptiness is the only thing God can bless.
In this short message I spend some time talking about the importance and genius of collecting emptiness.
We know more about each other and our world than any other era in human history.
We are as connected as ever
but also as lonely as ever.
This three-minute video takes a fun and sobering look at our online lives.
A big reason I love the Bible is it doesn’t edit out the “stranger things.”
I spoke this past weekend at Parkview Christian Church in Chicagoland about what can happen when a person gets bored with their church and faith. How getting bored can cause you to “fall out” of faith and church. And that can oftentimes lead you to die.
But the good news is …
all it often takes to restore the life of a person
who has “fallen out” is for
someone to put their arms around them!
This message could be for you, a co-worker, class-mate, neighbor, kids or grandkids …
Check it out and learn the unique lessons from Eutychus in Acts chapter 20 as he “LITERALLY ” falls out of church!
I just launched the “BAGGAGE” series at Parkview Christian Church. Parkview is a multi-site church of 9,000 weekend attenders in the Chicago-land area. I am honored to be part of the teaching team and find myself traveling from Huntington Beach, California to be with the Parkview crew 12-15 weekends a year.
In the first 10 minutes of this message I littered the stage with about 50 FOLDERS and I told a story of an event that occurred 8 years ago and changed the rest of my life. The bottom line …
WE ALL HAVE FOLDERS!
We all have crap in our past to get past.
So how do we do that?
In this message I talk about 4 safe places to admit your junk.
Check it out.
This is the week we remember that God became man and sent us HOPE in the form of a soft skinned baby named Jesus.
It is common during this Christmas season to consider what Jesus did from the vantage point and writings of Matthew or Luke in the Bible as they tell us about Mary and Joseph, the wise men, the shepherds, innkeeper, angels and Herod.
But I would like us to consider for a moment what Jesus did at Christmas from the vantage point of heaven.
Let’s “Unwrap Hope” from the perspective of heaven.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
This past weekend at Parkview Christian Church in the Chicagoland area I shared this message about many world religions. Including Christianity, Jehovah Witness, Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism and Scientology.
If you have have been told by a friend or family member or thought to yourself …
- As long as your a good person, you’ll be fine.
- All paths pretty much end up at the same place.
- All religions are basically the same.
I want to encourage you to watch this 40 minute message.
Truth > Sincerity
When I find organizations that have a benevolent brand and missional mind I get excited.
These are five organizations that I love, trust and support.
Check em’ out.