Family, Lessons for my crew

CONFRONT BEFORE COMFORT

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They were all climbing the tree. Everyone of them was doing everything they could to ascend up into the heights of this Bradford Pear that stands next to our driveway. For some reason this tree has been the focus of our kids attention for the past few weeks. They love getting themselves up into the top of this tree to see how far they can see, to evade the oncoming danger of the attack of whatever game they are playing at the time, or to hide where someone else can’t find them in the current game of tag.

We’ve lived in this particular house just 8 months now and, I promise, our kids are having more fun and making more friends during these last months, than all the time spent at our previous house. It probably has nothing to do with the house, but the neighborhood and the fact that there are at least kids around.

They are doing everything they can to get in, stay in and get higher. All of them.

Biblical Living, Grand Point - Ship, Lessons for my crew

Heaven on Earth

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In 2013, Crystal and I renewed our wedding vows with a few friends and family. It was supposed to take place at our home in Chambersburg, but the weather was less than cooperative and we ended up having it at our Church.

It was a great ceremony. Simple, profound, memorable and very special for the both of us. In many ways, it was more special than our wedding day 10 years prior. With this day came 10 years of memories, stories, experiences and situations that we had endured together. We had life together and we were more committed to our unity than ever before.

The day after our vow renewal, we went on a second honeymoon. It was way better than our first and we felt that we were in heaven on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Captiva Island, Florida. It was exquisite and every bit of the relaxing togetherness we wanted to have at this point of our lives together.

Biblical Living, Lessons for my crew

BREAK THE BOTTLE

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Are you a stingy person?

Sorry that was abrupt. Didn’t mean to force you into the icy deep end of the pool before you were ready!

Warm up a bit, grab a cup of something steamy and settle in for a read worth your consideration.
Stoke the fire while you’re at it, and get all cozy inside.

Now, back to our consideration. Do you consider yourself a stingy person?

Biblical Living, Grand Point - Ship, Lessons for my crew, Purpose

Who are you?

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I get the privilege of meeting so many people. It’s become such a treasure to me to connect with people and learn some of their story and how the Lord is revealing himself to them. I’ve learned that when someone comes up to me in public and introduces themselves to just roll with it. I may not have met them yet, but they have met me through Grand Point. Every time it takes place I immediately go the same place you would–Stretch out my hand and say, my name is Kevin. Who are you?

You wouldn’t think that a question of just three words would produce such a difficult issue, but there it is. As it stands staring you in the face, you have to immediately come to a place where you can effectively articulate the depth of just who you are.

Typically, the answer that comes back is something predictable- I’m Kevin and I the Pastor at Grand Point Ship.

Do you see what I did?

And do you make the same fatal flaw?

You see, I’ve just tied who I am to what I do?

Why do we do that?

I wonder if it’s because we are still yet unsure of exactly who we are.

Think of it, of the last time you answered that question. The answer to who you are becomes your name and, without even having to be asked, we can launch into hours of what we do.

But what happens when what you do can no longer be done?

It rarely happens by your choice but nonetheless.

A simple accident, and the very trajectory of your life has changed because what you do can no longer be done and has become what you did.

You begin to find yourself living in the past and everything seems to be falling apart in your world because all you can think about is who you were.

In John 1, John captures the story and events around John the Baptist. He’s not rushed onto the scene, but has been working his angle for probably years up to this point. He’s gained a large following and because the climate, the culture is charged with the thought and anticipation of the pending Messiah’s arrival.

Here’s what the Author John captures about those moments:

“Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,” ’

John 1:19-23 NKJV

When it comes to the discovery of who you are, it’s really important, also, to know exactly who are you are not.

In response to their questions JTB first mentions, “I am not the Messiah.”

Can I just relieve you today from the areas where you feel you need to be the Savior!?

You don’t need to be the Savior. He’s One of a Kind and irreplaceable.

He doesn’t need your help at His saving and in fact, is there a chance that you’re just making the Saving more complicated?

When it comes to your marriage that in trouble- Let Him be the Messiah.

About that really troubled relationship you are in panic about- Let Him do the saving.

After preaching through this concept, a man came up to me and let me know that he heard the message and connected it to his troubled marriage. He left with a sense of victory now realizing that he didn’t have to be the Savior of his marriage- it was the Lord’s job to do the saving.

Who are you?

Are you mom?

Are you dad?

Are you son?

Well, what you’re not is Messiah.

You’re more than employed. You’re worth so much more than just a job you do, a role you fill and a position you occupy.

Somebody testify to this truth!

Lessons for my crew

Send it Back!

Have you ever received a gift that you wanted to just give right back?
We’re just a few weeks until Christmas and I imagine you have so many gifts that you have purchased for people you love. You are so excited and eager to be able to give those gifts and see the response and reaction on their faces as they open their new treasure that you worked so hard to figure out! And then, when that moment arrives, and they just don’t have the response you are looking for! Oh what pain!