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

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?

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..." 🎶
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

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 …

1st Epistle of John

Jesus-followers, let’s gathered together, read together, listen and learn together, in order to grow in our knowledge and in faith. Dust off your Bibles and let’s dive into the  First Epistle of John Come say hi if you are around, Wednesday September 5th @ 7pm Directions to Ministry in Motion #MetroLifeChurch #MinMChurch #1stJohn

Hip Proverbs 4.0 - God's Pet Peeves

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

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?!

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…

Back to Skool - Adopt a Teacher

Each year, when I pay my property taxes, I’m surprised to see how much of my tax $$ go to our local independent school district. I don't begrudge the allocation, I'm just stunned when I hear our teachers say they have to pay for school supplies 'out of their own pocket' 💬If you are or were an educator, I'm sure this is not a surprise or news to you.
In the past, Ministry in Motion, like many other non-profit 501C3’s, donated school supplies and backpacks at the beginning of the school year. These supplies either go to anonymous kids or to the schools directly to be distributed as the administrators saw best.
This year we took a different tact. We made our involvement more intentional, more personal. We adopted teachers. We said we would meet their supply needs, not only at the beginning of the school year, but throughout the year - including those times in the Winter and Spring when teachers are being stretched to their limits and supplies are being maxed out.
“A tea…

Back To The Future

Back to the future of our Christian faith. I’m intrigued by the lifestyle of the early Christians. They brought about an astounding transformation, culturally, socially and personally.  So much has been written about their persecution & their martyrdom. While it would be a mistake to romanticize the early Christ-followers, I am curious, what kind of lives did they lead and what examples and instructions can I apply to my way of life in 2018?
Justin Martyr, a noted early Christian theologian, wrote to EmperorAntoninus Piusand described the believers:

"We formerly rejoiced in uncleanness of life, but now love only chastity; before we used the magic arts, but now dedicate ourselves to the true and unbegotten God...
...Before we loved money and possessions more than anything, but now we share what we have and to everyone who is in need...
...Before we hated one another and killed one another and would not eat with those of another race, but now since the manifestation of Christ, we ha…

Deliver Me From...

God, deliver me from what the enemy is trying to orchestrate in my life: Spiritual ApathyChaosSelfishnessConsumerismEvilWhat would you add to the list?
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A Hard But Beautiful Lesson

Today, find someone you think is wrong, someone you disagree with, someone who isn't like you at all, and decide to love that person the way you want Jesus to love you. Because... ... “Every time I wonder who I should love & for how long I should love them, God continues to whisper to me: Everybody, always.”@bobgoff #MinmChurch #MetroLifeChurch

Are Jesus And The Bible Equals?

I know it’s coming. I expect to hear those words at any minute. The pastor clears his throat, pauses and utters the words that, IMHO, can make cheese curdle — ‘This is my Bible..I’m standing on the word of God’ Gasp….I let out a long sigh. My heart begins to break; sadness isn’t far behind. The Word of God means...pick one, only one: 1) The Bible; 2) The msg of God in the Bible; 3) Jesus.
Think about the simple shift of emphasis between number one and number three. It's really important. The role Jesus plays in how we interpret, understand, and apply everything in the Bible is hypercritical, if we are going to be disciples of Christ. As we mature as believers, as we lead others to the hope we have within us, we may have to grapple with, and give space to, the question: are Jesus and the Bible equals? The Bible is an invaluable and beautiful tool for getting to know and follow the teachings of Christ. The Hebrew and Greek scriptures are precious and inspired; they, from Genesis to Revela…

Thoughts From The Back Pew 2.0

Thoughts From The Back Pew - Wednesday July 25th @ 7pm. This week's provocative conversation will centered around John's Gospel:“…Let Me say it again: if you ask for anything in My name, I will do it…”Jn 14:14
Did the 1st Century Jesus-Followers have wish lists they hurled towards heaven? What kind of people were these, Christians? Be part of our interactive discussion and study...#pkes Directions to Ministry in Motion 🆗

Whoa, There’s a Hole in the Roof!

Some days later when Jesus came back to Capernaum, people heard that He was back in town, teaching and sharing stories of love and truth. Soon the crowd overflowed from the house where He was ministering; they spilled into the streets, and still more people pressed in to hear His teaching.  Four men tried to bring a physically-challenged friend to Him. There were no ADA rules in effect. The crowd was super dense - it prevented them from getting close to Jesus. Being resourceful, and slightly disrespectful to the home owner, they climbed up and onto the roof, cut a hole between the rafters, and lowered the paralyzed man on his mat down to Jesus. Recognizing their faith, Jesus said to the mat bound  man: Son, your sins are forgiven. This statement by a ‘mere man’ was totally radical - some in the crowd were peeved. They believed this Jesus was making bold statements and he was taking away honor that was due only to God. Now things get really dicy: Jesus looks at those gathered, I can alm…

Thoughts From The Back Pew

Thoughts from the back pew, a thought provoking, interactive study, exploring the issues we all encounter on our spiritual journey. Maybe within this study you'll  find a fresh perspective as I share stories from my view, in the back pew...#Pkes This Week, Wednesday July 18th @ 7pm: 
Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs Directions to Ministry in Motion 🆗 #MinMChurch #MetroLifechurch

When Did We Find You Hungry & Give You Food?

"...when did we find You hungry and give You food? When did we find You thirsty and slake Your thirst? When did we..." "...I tell you this: whenever you saw a brother or sister hungry or cold, whatever you did to the least of these, so you did to Me..."
The only difference in the sheep and the goats is what they did or did not do... Or, As God told Israel, “You’re doing all your religious exercises, but those things mean nothing if you ignore the poor."  So each month Ministry in Motion rents this truck, full of fresh produce, to share with our friends at the The Well on Masters Road. Lean in and be part of MinM family. #MinMChurch#MetroLifeChurch

My God!

My God! He is not an Episcopalian, not a Catholic, not a Baptist, not an Evangelical. His politics are not left leaning nor do they hedge to the right. He will outlast Mt Rushmore; He is not represented by a bald eagle but a descending dove.  Every nation has churches that are shaped by their society’s cultural values and by the political landscape of the day. America is no different. But we must always remember that the God of the Scriptures is the God of one ideology, His. 
He is the God of the poor and stranger(s), Lev 19:10.  God, residing in his holy dwelling, is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, Ps 68:5.  The Eternal preserves the stranger [foreigner].        Ps 146:9 
I love America, my country - I’m committed to liberty and justice for all. But way to many churches are reflecting the ugliness of our age rather than the beauty of the risen Christ.  Pray with me: Lord, save us from ourselves. In your great mercy, restore and heal each of us, wherever we reside; grant us…

Privatized Salvation?

The Christian life is not just about a personal relationship with God, even if personal faith and responsibility are absolutely necessary. When too much emphasis is placed on a privatize salvation, we run the potential of getting so much wrong.

Avoid the draw to escape church citizenry.  Becoming a disciple of Christ was never meant to be a solo expedition. Doing so means we expose ourselves to totally missing the opportunity to see the Eternal and His Holy Spirit in action: in real communities, in actual churches, in non-partisan politics, in obvious differences, in honest-to-goodness marriages, in authentic social discussions and during hard theological disagreements. You can't go it alone. Following Jesus shouldn’t be about intellectual assent, but rather it's communal activity, where-by we help ensure we don’t run the risk of missingthe Word who came to dwell among us. Consider that believing in Jesus and being mentored by the Holy Ghost is largely a group activity, albeit a…

Giving Back

Believing that all people are created in God’s image, we willingly support local and global initiatives that serve those in need, the marginalized and the vulnerable.Your giving + our time = our ability to serve in our local communities while also contributing financially to the work of partner agencies who intentionally demonstrate Jesus’ love through action.
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What If We Were Formed By The Beatitudes?

Wednesday June 27th @ 7pm  The Beatitudes describe the ideal disciple and his rewards, both present and future. The person whom Jesus describes in these passages has a different quality of character and lifestyle than those still 'outside the kingdom.' Sometimes it's even different from those who subscribe to being 'inside the kingdom.' Picture Jesus, on a hill, a small mount, facing the Sea of Galilee, near the town of Capernaum. Here the eight Beatitudes, with a final blessing, are recorded, for all posterity, in Matthew's Gospel, chapter 5, versus3-11. When Jesus, Yeshua, had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. As I read and re-read these wise words of antiquity, I'm thoroughly convinced that the Beatitude attitudes are missing from many of the contemporary evangelical churches in America. So I asked myself, what might happen if we became a peo…

When Silence Creeps You Out

How many times have we been excited to tell a story to someone, to express an excitement or a share an aha moment, only for it to fall on deaf ears?
“...All who have ears to hear, let them listen…” Essentially Jesus is saying:Listen up! Pay close attention! The Greek Scriptures record this phrase,"He who has ears to hear, let him hear"seven times, each time from the lips of the Christ. Although we hear with our ears, many of us don’t necessarily listen to what is being said.
Whether we’re communicating with a significant other, family members, a colleague or friend, everyone wants to feel heard. And if we’re in conflict—when emotions are inflamed, it’s easy for understanding to be compromised, agreements to seem impossible and hearing to be all but lost. When we don’t hear we’ll,when we are reacting too quickly orjudging, or providing solutions, even disagreeing, we become less of aa good sounding board and more like somebody who just wants to be heard. But when someone listen…

How to Survive a Shipwreck

This Wednesday we'll continue our study:   Help IS on the Way, How to Survive a Shipwreck  #MetroLifeChurch #MinmChurch