Showing posts from April, 2017

Grace, The Glue for Broken Man

We talk about grace as though we understand the term: - The mortgage company gives us a grace period. - The seedy politician falls from grace, but wins re-election. - We use the word as a name for churches, hospitals & baby girls, and we say it as prayers before meals. We talk as though we know what grace means, really? 31 Jesus told his followers, “Tonight you will all stumble in your faith on account of me...32 But after I rise from the dead, I will go ahead of you  into Galilee.”Mt 26:30-32 What a great illustration of grace. It’s as if Jesus said: I know all y’all are going to screw up, but I love ya anyway. And, I’ll see you in Galilee, I’m not going to forget or abandon you. This is God’s grace expressed and it isn’t the grace of mortal men. No, it's the glue for broken man...
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The Beginning or The End?

God's judgment is not the end, but the beginning. Let that sink in for a minute. Let it percolate. Let it marinate in your heart and in your soul... #pastorkeith

Dinner Reservations - Supper in Emmaus

After the resurrection He walked with us and we thought:  “It felt like a fire burning in us…” Picture this: ...two disciples (not of the eleven) are traveling the seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they walk along, they talk back and forth about the current events, all that has taken place in during recent days....A stranger catches up to them, it's the risen Jesus, but for some reason they don’t recognize Him. Jesus asks, what are y'all talking about? They reply: It’s all about the man named Jesus of Nazareth... Good Friday sorrow has just been eclipsed by resurrection joy and these two guys are experiencing it first hand.  I wonder when in the story the light go on for these two thick-headed guys?Luke’s Gospel tells us that when the three of them began to share a meal, when Christ took some bread, and thanked God, at that very moment, "open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him."
This is so cool - He still opens eyes, points us to and reveals Himself to us  along …

Open Hearts, Bended Knees and Willing Hands

Ministry in Motion/MetroLifeChurch - Being the Church Outside the Church:  Open Hearts, Bended Knees and Willing Hands in our community. #MetroLifeChurchTX#minmchurch

He Is Not Here

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Holy Saturday-Liturgy

“He descended into hell” Between death and the resurrection,  we wait with Him,  the coming of the third day, to rise and walk in the newness of life. 

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It Is Finished

Nietzsche was correct in saying, “God is dead, and we have killed him...How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all … has bled to death…” 
This Good Friday, I’m not recalling the crucifixion as a tidy historical atonement event. But remembering it as a compelling story of human violence, forgiving love and eternal hope.


Maundy Thursday-Liturgy

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life;  and who now lives and reigns with you and the  Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Wednesday Holy Week-Liturgy

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday of Holy Week-Liturgy

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an 
instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life:
 Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly
 suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior
Jesus Christ; Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

#Pesach / Passover

The night the Israelites spent in Egypt; the meal that Jesus and His disciples shared, both took place in the midst of great drama and tension. Today the Passover is surround by various readings, music, wine and food. But the central theme remains - remembering and the coming of the kingdom of God. The first day of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it." Jesus: “It has been My deep desire to eat this Passover meal with you before My suffering begins…He [Jesus] took a cup of wine and gave thanks for it…He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it..” Luke 22

Cheers to Jeers

Selfish admirers. Hypocritical hailers. Allegiance pledged - faithfulness forgotten. Cheers to jeers. From hero to apparent zero, within a week. Worshiping the King, the Savior, one week and all but denying Him the next. Palm Sunday - a lesson for each of us...#PastorKeith

Need an Attorney or Doctor?

It's not so much that we have broken laws and need a divine lawyer;  rather it's that we ourselves are broken and we need a divine physician.


I’m unpacking some thoughts about religion, so I pose this as a serious question, with the utmost respect towards readers of different religions, faiths and creeds. Did you choose your faith or did someone choose it for you? I think God appreciates those who are honestly emptied of self and then seek Him without regard to family, social or cultural influences. In a world steeped with religious diversity I’ve looked, argued, studied and experienced the Way, Truth and Life - my faith has been shaped and settled; I’m steadfast in my choice. I like what CS Lewis said: “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” Our religion shapes our loves, ideals, behavior, and goals, but unless we’ve thought about it clearly, that faith may not be worth believing - if you find God too easily, maybe it’s not the Eternal you have found.  #ChooseYourReligion#Metro…