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Duality of Man

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Very few people will ever become ‘well known’ or household names. But many folks still want to do allthey can to add some sparkle of celebrity to their own names. The payoff can be real — the more famous someone becomes the more customers, clients or likes they’ll draw; the bigger the draw the more cultural notoriety. The American Success Prototype: - Improve Yourself - Push your "Brand" - Click “Like” — Get others to follow you
Christ-followers.  I suspect that since you’re continuing to read this article, you maybe wondering how to balance your social status with your Christian beliefs. Maybe you’re considering, how you can be more successful spiritually and to a lesser degree, socially.  The Jesus Kingdom Exemplar: - Deny yourself - Take up your cross -Follow Me

The prophet Daniel wrote: Many people who have already died will live again.Some of them will wake up to have life forever, but some will wake up to find shame and disgrace forever.
What we have is two humanities, two self d…

So Simple

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As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God.[1]
Human beings are complex. God designed us with the amazing ability to reason and logic and do what others in creation can not do: speak, laugh and believe in a Divine Creator© Our ability to think rationally is a gift we should be grateful for, but this ability sometimes causes us to take the simplest of principles and complicate them to the point of becoming ineffective. I find it amazing how we tend to over complicate things, especially theological things. It doesn’t have to be that way. ‘A minute to learn, a lifetime to master’ easily describes the the good news of Jesus. There is a simplicity to the gospel, so that even a child can comprehend it. There is also depth and infinite richness to the gospel, which means we can spend the rest of our lives learning, discussing, and applying it’s truths.[2] St Jerome said it this way: “The Scriptures are shallow enough for a babe to come and d…

The Art of Idleness

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Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde said:  ‘..To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world…’
I don’t believe that our lives as a Christian can be well lived in idleness. How often do needs around us go unmet because of our failure to do; to react; to trust God? I continually see an American Christian faith, neutral and shy of radical super-natural belief. It should be crying out: we can make a difference! “…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”[1]
The New Testament knows nothing of a “faith” that ignores needs, closes eyes to injustice, and keeps one’s mouth closed to the truth of the gospel. We are after all, not just Christians, but ‘truth-tellers’. Isn’t that why we're regenerated and restored?I’m convinced that our Holy Spirit infused faith is not a state of mind or…

Some Halloween Thoughts

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Some Halloween Thoughts "...If you haven’t already guessed, I tend to agree with those who seek to redeem rather than reject Halloween – even though I am understanding of and sympathetic toward those who hold another point of view and would not wish to cause any offense..."  ~ Bruxy Cavey
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#Soxtoberfest 2018

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We aren't pulling the wool over your eyes!  Clean new socks are good for the soul — new socks change lives.  Each year we stuff hundreds of pairs of tube socks, with bunches of personal care items and yummy snacks, to share with our brothers and sisters who call the streets of Houston, Texas their home. #Soxtoberfest - it’s a movement we’ve done for a couple of years; It’s fun for our grown-ups and teenagers; Just another way to be the church outside the church; It’s easy & fun and we laugh a lot. Join us Wednesday October 31st @ 6:30pm as we gather to share a meal, stuff a bunch of socks and enjoy each other's company. If you can’t team up in person, feel free to partner with us electronically. For a gift of $10 you an help us distribute hundreds of pairs of warm, much needed, stuffed socks. Very Cool!#pkes

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Revenge

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“…O Eternal God of vengeance, O God who sets things right, shine upon us.Rise, O Judge who presides over the earth, and pronounce Your sentence upon the proud. Give them what they deserve! How long, O Eternal One, how long will the guilty revel in their prosperity? …”PS 94:1-3
In the Hebrew Scriptures we read, no less than thirty-two times from Genesis to Nahum, about vengeance and revenge. Yet in the Gospels, in the teachings of Christ, we read time and again about forgiveness. What gives? Did God have a change of heart in the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew?
Life offers us plenty of opportunities to feel unforgiving, our stories each hold room to prove this point. The trouble is that a lack of forgiveness does more damage to us than we maybe realize. Forgiveness is not forgetting or walking away from accountability or condoning a hurtful act; it's the process of taking back and healing our lives so we can truly live~ B Brown When we don't forgive, we grow hardened, untrus…

Power of the Lamb

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Revelation. Lamb Power. Revelation gives us one of the most beautiful and stunning portrayals of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom here and still to come.The Book, and it’s critique and challenges of the seven churches, reminds us who is really sovereign and who is not. Let’s draw closer to Jesus & His teachings;  To spiritual practices like scripture study and prayer. Be part of our interactive study..#Pkes #MinistryinMotion #MetroLifeChurch#MinMChurch Map and Directions

Kingdom of God

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In your own words, can you describe  what the kingdom of God might look like:
A new heaven and new earth? A sea that is no more? A Holy City coming down from heaven?[1]

The kingdom of God looks like Jesus! Jesus healing the sick; Feeding the poor; Forgiving the sinner; Giving hope to the hopeless; Raising the spiritually dead.
Selah
“...behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you…”[2]

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Book of Revelation

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Revelation. Come on. A story about a guy who claims to receive a message from God about the end of the world? A message that includes visions of angels of destruction, seven headed beasts, and rivers of blood? You're not the only one who suspects there's something a little trippy about the last book of the Bible.
Some of the early church bishops didn't like Revelation, they thought it was too hard to understand: Martin Luther said that it was "neither apostolic or prophetic," Thomas Jefferson thought Revelation was, well...too weird, and George Bernard Shaw called it "a peculiar record of the visions..” Let's figure out what’s the deal with Revelation …#pkes

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Retweet - Martyrs

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There are some Christian leaders that I look at and think,  "Are they following the same Jesus I am?" But then I read stories about ancient Christian martyrs, and I wonder, "Am I following the same Jesus as THEM?" 
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Can't Tell Ya

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Are you holding a close secret? Are you mum on something you're not supposed to tell anyone? If you’re like many folks I’ve met, you’re holding ‘something or other’ pretty close to your vest. And in doing so, as SNL’s Mike Myers would say: “Oh, I'm getting a little verklempt (farklempt). Most stuff is worth sharing, especially with the right person. While sharing personal “stuff” might seem like an invasion of privacy, it’s so worth the “vulnerability hangover”It’s worth being misunderstood and misrepresented. There’s desirability in discomfort. It's worth the death of your self-image and maybe even your brand. There’s benefit to owning up to what’s inside, no matter how difficult, because as the Psalmist wrote: Hidden things will always come out into the open. Secret things will come to light and be exposed.[1] Secrets bring bondage, sharing brings freedom. Freedom. Here’s what happens when you finally drop the act, when you finally admit that you're not fine, when you …

This Is Not The Droid You're Looking For

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Let’s have a great conversation, 
Wednesday October 3rd @ 7pm,
listening to and learning from each other.  Here’s what’s in store:  One big thing to note from 1 John 4,  is: "do not believe in every spirit." Okay? Just because a speaker waxes eloquently about godly things doesn’t mean their from God - you've got to put these folks to the test. The test involves making sure these people and ideas center on the fact that Jesus came in the flesh, (he was not a android). He was crucified, died and was buried; that He rose on the third day & ascended into heaven + He will come again. The Apostle John says that lots of false prophets and ‘antichrists’ are peddling some nonsense about Jesus, this is…bad. Very bad. John finishes off the chapter four by saying that if you go around saying that you love God but you're hating on other Christians, then you're just a liar...#pkes Directions #MinMChurch  #MetroLifeChurch

Hip Proverbs 5.0 - Short on Ears & Long on Mouth

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“A person who talks too much gets into trouble; A wise person learns to be quiet”๐Ÿ’ฌ
The art of listening well. Day after day we miss important information, fail in vital conversations and jump to conclusions, because we don't listen well. We misunderstand and misinterpret messages and ideas because of our preconceptions, biases, wishes and our propensity to be, as John Wayne said in his movie Big Jake, ‘short on ears and long on mouth’King Solomon wrote: a wise person learns to be quiet. Good advise in our noisy society…#pkes #MetroLifeChurch#MinMChurch #HipProverbs

Our Heartbeat - True Love

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In this chapter of John’s First Epistle we’ll see that pretty much all God wants from people is to: believe in Jesus and love each other. Too simple? Wimpy theology? Not deep enough? Heard it, did it - next? Consider all the ups and downs of life. Now try loving each other, day in and day out, in our chaotic, harsh, politically charged society. It's not enough to just say we love others - we gotta put that into action. What's that look like?"...We know what true love looks like because of Jesus. He gave His life for us, and He calls us to give our lives for our brothers and sisters..." 1 Jn 3:16
An interactive discussion based on John's Epistle, Chapter 3. Come by and say hello September 26th @ 7pm Directions #MinMChurch  #MetroLifeChurch

Come Together or Lessons From a French Horn Musician

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I don’t trust a theologian who dismisses the beauty of science or a scientist who doesn’t believe in the power of mystery.” ~ Brenรฉ Brown
As a minister, I find value to listening to ppl from both wings of American politics. Conservative or liberal, both are wings on the same bald eagle. So I listen intently to each side’s thoughts and opinions. Mostly, I see value in the person who is speaking. In general, and broadly speaking, liberals and conservatives both consider that they alone are motivated by their caring for mankind, while at the same time opining their opponents don’t care as much. More often than not, when two opposing political groups fail to listen to each other, when they fail to engage, civilly, the net result is political polarization, condemnation and stagnation.
With the help of my beautiful adventurous wife, I stumbled a cross this impressive TED Talk. That’s a polite way of saying she made me listen to it while I was in the car and driving. I was not disappointed tha…

A Human Experiment

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A Human Experiment  Are your Christian evangelical ways a success or a failure? The answer is so very simple:  Do the disciples you’ve made look like Jesus? Experiment on Christ-like formation is now over, please carry on...#pkes #MinMChurch #MetroLifeChurch

What sinners need...shall I say deserve, is?

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What sinners need...shall I say deserve, is?  Love and healing, not torture and death. We are worthy of God’s restoration not on the basis of personal merit but because of the image we bear - the very image of God…through and because of Christ.
Wednesday September 19th - an interactive discussion based on John's Epistle, chapter two. Come by and say hi @ 7pm Directions #MinMChurch  #MetroLifeChurch

More of What?

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And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,  that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh… God didn’t stop His interaction with mankind by just sending his Son to dwell among us; he also sent his Spirit (Grk. Paraclete;Lat. paracletus = advocate or helper), the Holy Ghost, to reside within us. The Holy Spirit has many attributes, His principal work isn’t to supplement what Jesus did but to help us applywhat the Son did to and in our lives. As a regenerated man, I use to think: How can I have more of the Holy Spirit?  I sang: "...more love, more power, more of You in my life..." ๐ŸŽถ
But now I'm thinking: How can the Holy Spirit have more of me? Because really, is't the mark of a Spirit filled Christ-follower someone who is increasingly drawn to and becoming like Jesus?
Here's what that looks like: You respond with blessing rather than cursing; you weep and rejoice with others; you work to build unity rather than create division; you relate to others with humil…

Death by Protein-Meat Meat & More Meat

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The brunch menu at a trendy Houston Bistro read: Pete’s Colorado Omelet: Grilled Steak, Italian sausage, chorizo. ground chuck, bacon, bell peppers, onions and cheddar cheese — $13.95
The entree description appealed to the carnivorous caveman in me that Sunday afternoon: meat, meat and more meat. Sigh. What a terrible disappointment. Pete’s omelet totally lacked meat. Maybe I should have complained and been more like the Hebrew people who griped about their meals - they whined how hard they felt things were for them. The people of God were being instructed by Moses, but they are being led by God Himself. And still they grumbled, about life in the wilderness, where their RV camping lifestyle had lost it's luster.  Their Jewish quibbling sounded like this: "Our appetites have dried up. All we ever have to look at is manna, manna manna..." The complaints of the thankless camper’s came up ... God heard them say: "If only someone would give us meat to eat! we were content …

Hip Proverbs 4.0 - God's Pet Peeves

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God of Love: When was the supreme nature of God revealed to us? Maybe, just maybe, it was at the moment of crucifixion when Jesus prays, “Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they’re doing.”This is grace demonstrated as extraordinary, incomparable love.
God’s Pet Peeves We humans can be such a challenge. Even the God of love has His pet peeves with us. Sin. People who say they don’t believe in sin are moved to reaction at the mention of the word. Sin is a corrosive agent, it erodes relationships, infects relational closeness and replaces love with self-centeredness. It creates a creepiness between us and others; between us and God.Solomon answers the question, what does the Lord hate, in theBook of Proverbs. We read:  A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart/mind that thinks up wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A mouth that tells one lie after another, And one who sows discord among brethren, or family or friends.
Truth be told, thi…

Table Talk

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Communion is not merely symbolic, I think it's the real presence of Christ disguised as a simple meal of bread and wine - it's amazing; it's one of those mysteries in my faith. So as I utter the words "the blood of Christ shed for you," I think to myself: this is the only hope to see real change in our fractured world - it's a game changer. Consider that the Lord's table is radically open - it's the feast to which both Judas the Christ-betrayer & Peter the Christ-denier both ate. Let's talk about Communion! Join us Wednesday August 29th at 6:30pm, starting with a meal followed by a Conversational Study at 7pm and Communion @ 8pm...#pkes #MetroLifeChurch #MinMChurch Directions to Ministry in Motion

Why Didn’t the Father Say No?!

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Once there was this man who had two sons. One day the younger son came to his father and said, “Father, eventually I’m going to inherit my share of your estate. Rather than waiting until you die, I want you to give me my share now.” Why didn’t the father say no? Instead, he liquidatedassetsand a few days later this young man gathered his wealth and set off on a journey to a distant land.Meanwhile, the eldest son stayed home, attended to the family’s affairs…and fumed. The young man blew his money on prostitutes and riotous living, he wasted everything he owned including his dignity. When the wealth was gone, when the shame was too great, when his options seemed limited, he headed home.
The Prodigal Son-Rembrandt, c. 1669
It’s pretty cool to note that in this story of the Prodigal Son, that upon the son’s return home, the father never lectures him, asks for an explanation or demands an apology — he just demonstrates his love for his wayward kid. In fact, he is ready and eager to accept hi…