Claire and I found out January 25, that our lives would be dramatically changed. I came home from work and she let me in on a little secret; she was pregnant!
One of our middle school students came up to me last week before youth group and asked to meet in my office. He said he needed help writing a devotional for him and a few of his friends because they weren’t going to be able to be at church that upcoming Sunday due to a school competition.
WOW! Thank you to those of you who were a part of our first ever First Loves Denton Day on Sunday. You beautifully showed Relentless Love while serving, sharing, caring, and shivering for the Glory of God.
I remember a time when I was driving my dad to the airport in Birmingham. Since we lived on the side of town opposite the airport we had to travel through a rather goofy freeway intersection that the local residents lovingly called “Malfunction Junction.”
I am old enough to remember when there was no “Siri” or “Maps App.” In those ancient days, when traveling, one had to read a paper map or, in the worst cases, stop and ask others for directions.
I absolutely love adventure. In February, I joined some friends at Big Bend Ranch State Park to participate in the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest. I arrived a couple of days early to do some hiking on the mountain trails. I don’t often hike solo but on this occasion, it provided me with the solitude I was seeking.
This past week for Spring Break, our church sent 165 students and drivers to Panama City Beach, FL for Beach Reach. Basically, we give free van rides until 2 am to inebriated college students and tell them that Jesus Christ offers a more fulfilling and joyful life than all this fleeting stuff (John 10:10).
Jesus is called the Good Shepherd throughout scripture and we are referred to as sheep 220 times. That’s a lot! We should only move to the sound of Jesus’ voice. We should stay when He says, “Stay” and we should go when He says, “Go”.
I’m a huge fan of apples. I am also an “apple snob.” That means I won’t buy apples in the bag, no, I hand pick them from the “expensive apple bin.” To me, it’s worth the extra money to buy apples that are larger, crunchier, juicier, sweeter and sourer. I love those kinds of apples!
We are all worshippers. Worship is simply our response to something we value; a job, a dream, a team, or a person. So how do we know what we are worshipping?
This past Sunday, Dr. Jeff continued our “Changed People, Changing Lives” series by sharing about meaningful community, the 4th core value of our church. God created us to have relationships. We need each other. I need you and you need me! How cool is that?
I truly believe that our mission is all about Life Transformation. When we received the Power of Jesus in our lives, we truly became “Change People”. It is only through His Gospel that we can have true Life Transformation. 1 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
We are just three weeks into the new teaching series at First Denton entitled: Changed People, Changing Lives. On Sunday, the message focused on one of our core values we call Relentless Love. When I first heard the words relentless and love together, I had to stop and ponder the meanings of both words.
Last Sunday, the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John chapter 4 motivated me. The Holy Spirit spoke through Dr. Jeff with passion and conviction as I was challenged, encouraged, and spurred on to fall more in love with our Savior.