"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." - Psalm 143:5

Monday, December 23, 2013

About Light

 

 

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The creator of the universe…is with us…every moment of every day. He fills our space time continuum, our history, our future with…Himself…ALL of Himself! Every part of His coming was to rip the veil between us…bringing us back into the light.

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. Isaiah 9:2

That’s the message of the incarnation, Christ being born into a dark world, into a violent time and bringing good news of great joy. The world Jesus entered was brutally dark and deadly. Humanity was under a death sentence of sin and it needed a Messiah…it needed the light. It still does.

So here's is a Christmas message from a unknown monk about that light...Merry Christmas everybody!

 

 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Exhale

 

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I see it almost everywhere I go, people holding their breath. They inhale the fumes of exhaustion, despair and pain… straining to hold it in, only to slowly choke the life from their lonely souls.

To them, joy is seems like unaffordable luxury, let alone experienced. They sing a carol or two, hang a stocking, and even toss a few dollars in a red kettle guarded by a poorly dressed Santa, and…nothing changes. This world is tired, its collective seams unraveling the edges of its soul. Its heart is vacant, lifeless and groaning with heavy branches bearing the fruit of sorrow.

All seems lost when you lose hope

Weariness is the wreath that the world tries to hang on me, bargaining with my reason and my faith. Its convincing tones seductive, compelling my spirit to give way… and give up my joy. Then I think…maybe I should.

G. K. Chesterton says this about joy.

“Joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian.”

A definition seems elusive because Joy is untamed…it’s wild; free-range…it can’t be domesticated. It’s not containable…you can’t package or bottle it. This is a secret we must give up and give way to… the times are desperate for it and so are the hearts ready to be rescued by the source of that joy.

There is something in the word joy that excites me like I thought no other three letter word could…it is a powerful truth.

Jesus Owns You

I think Joy comes from knowing who you belong to. Jesus wants to impart joy, His joy into us… by living life through us and reminding us who we belong to. When joy moments come, inhale deeply yes, but then exhale and share the secret… share His love.

Then, a weary world can rejoice…

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monk Results

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Hey everybody, just wanted to thanks who voted on my unofficial survey that the Internet Monk so graciously (see here) presented. If you don't remember the choices were:

 

 

Number one: Sonship: The Power of God's Favor
Number two: Becoming a Dangerous Kingdom Man

Several of you wanted me to combine them and frankly, I didn't think that would work. However, after prayer and some deep consultation (Holy Spirit wise), I found a way to merge them....and here it is.

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 MANHUNT: God's Search for Sons

I believe the effectiveness of men is threatened by an orphan/slave mentality. This warped way of thinking affects our masculinity and the way we lead. It’s a distortion of Father God’s purpose for men. It’s time to fight back and reclaim the identity the enemy has stolen from us...the identity of sons.

So, there's my idea...would you join me in prayer as I work to finish the content, the hand out materials and whatever the Father wants to do with this? Thanks and God bless!

 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Monk Request

 

Hey everybody, I need your help. I am speaking at 3 (yes I'm crazy) men's events come 2014. All of them are in Illinois (Feb. March and April) but I have to decide what I'm speaking about by December 13 and I'm caught between two topics.

 

 

Number one is called...Sonship: The Power of God's Favor
and number two is called...Becoming a Dangerous Kingdom Man

So...vote by leaving a comment below and help out a struggling monk will ya!

 

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