This Pastor Has ADD

I’m super pumped about football season. A couple of days ago I watched a 2015 Alabama highlight video with Eli Gold calling the plays. If you’re an Alabama fan you should watch that video. I got a major adrenaline rush. Watching football, especially college football, is one of my favorite things to do.

There are other things I enjoy. I enjoy a good book. I especially enjoy having the time to read or listen to a good book and finish it in two or three days. My ADD prevents me from really enjoying a book if I’ve got to spread it out too far. I’ll lose interest and find another one. Audio books are awesome. I listen to them at 2 and 1/2 speed. So finishing even a 20 hour book is easy to accomplish in two or three days. I like all different types of books. Mystery, educational, religious, philosophy, business, psychology. I saw a preview at the movie theater and I was excited because I was able to name the movie. It was “Girl on the Train.” From the preview I may not watch the movie until I can see it on Vid Angel, but the book was good.

I also enjoy movies. I like action, thriller, comedy, documentaries, westerns, even Kung Fu. If you haven’t seen the Ip Man series you should watch them. They’re excellent movies! They’re available on Netflix.

I like to go to the beach with Meredith and the kids. I don’t get to go often but I enjoy it. I love the mountains, especially in the fall. Drinking a cup of coffee, or hot chocolate, on a cool morning with a view of the mountains is one of my favorite things.

I love to laugh. Road trips are an excellent opportunity for laughter. I enjoy spending quality time with people. I enjoy a good serious, deep conversation about the big questions in life.

I’ve recently learned that it’s my ADD that affords me a very good since of humor. I get silly, dark, dry, or whatever kind of humor a person may have. This causes me to come off as strange or immature from time to time but I wouldn’t change it. Laughter is so good for you.

I enjoy all types of music. Yes even rap music. My ADD brain can’t figure out why people don’t enjoy all types of music. I did grow up in an eclectic household. My dad liked country. My mom liked classic rock. My older brother listened to heavy metal. And many of my friends listened to rap.

I’m not a super human person. I know no one thinks that I am. I do fear that people may think that I think that I am. I’m always posting my devotionals. Part of ADD is condensing thoughts. I can come off as judgmental or angry because my words are right to the point. I don’t make many apologies and I don’t try and consider how my words will make people feel. I have a point and I want to make it as quickly and bluntly as I can. It’s just how my brain is wired.

If you’ve met me in person you know that I’m just as dogmatic in person when making arguments. I have a point and I’m going to make it. I expect you to be able to make your point if you’re going to argue with me. That’s part of my ADD. It may sound like an excuse but if you have anyone in your family like this you may want to look into the science behind ADD. It’s not an excuse. It’s and actual thing. I don’t consider it to be a disability. It actually has some pretty awesome benefits. It does require a lot of work to fit into a non-ADD world, but once you know you have it, it’s worth the effort.

I’m just learning about the benefits and pitfalls myself. I’ve always been prone to making mistakes in writing, forgetting important things, being impulsive, having poor money management skills, forming addictions, and losing focus in conversations. People label you as dumb, immoral, uncaring, or lazy when you make these types of mistakes. If you suspect you or someone you love has ADD you should be tested immediately. Just knowing what’s going on gives a person with ADD a great deal of peace. They’ve developed brain scans that can actually pick up the difference in someone with ADD’s brain. Again being ADD also has it’s advantages. There are very successful people in all walks of life with ADD. There are many successful treatment options. I’m 38 and I wish I had known more about this when I was 18.

As a Christian I take full responsibility for any sins I’ve committed. As a human I now know that I’m particularly susceptible to certain sins. This helps me make wise decisions in my walk with Christ.

I read mostly Christian books. I listen to mostly Christian music. I watch all sorts of movies but I love my Vid Angel that takes out the ugly parts. I’m a sports fan and a nature fan. I like to kid around and laugh, but I keep it clean most of the time.

I’m not perfect. I’m not holier than thou. But I unashamedly love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I’m not trying to talk people into being boring. I’m not trying to take the fun out of life. But I am going to keep encouraging people to give more to Jesus every day. Live life. Enjoy life. Just don’t waste life. We’ve got this one chance to choose to serve Him. This one chance to show our appreciation for all that He’s done. He is worth the effort. Pray. Study His Word. Live His Word. Not matter what the world thinks. Jesus is Lord.

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
(Psalm 86:12)

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Lies and Lazy Christians

Many of our pursuits in life are vain. Solomon was the wisest man to ever live and after observing the actions of man he determined that everything man does is in vain.

If you go to a Christian retreat or conference there’s about an 8 out of 10 chance you’ll hear someone tell you not to get too busy serving God. They’ll tell you how you’re just wasting time, but if you’ll buy their book they’ll tell you the easy way to serve God.

Do you know what’s humorous about that? Most Christains hardly spend anytime serving God. This message is still popular because our lives are terribly busy. Full of vanity. We think to ourselves, ‘You mean there’s a way I can reduce the time I spend serving God and still please Him? Sign me up!’

I’d like to pop that bubble. Stop trying to save time by taking away from God’s work. Get rid of the things in your life that aren’t glorifying God. Learn how to honor Him at work, at home, at school, and at play. Do more for the Lord.

Yes more for the sake of more. More because more is needed. More because less isn’t working. I’m going to throw a Bible at the next person who says, “Our churches are wasting time with their programs. We need to slow down and find the will of God.” I’ve got news for you. It’s not God’s will for one man to tell every church what programs are good and what are bad. It’s not God’s will for us to do less. Or to do things your way. How much should we do? All we can. Then we should trust God to help us do more.

While our culture is being destroyed by immorality the church is retreating. Sunday schools inconvenient so let’s stop that. Sunday nights take away from family time so let’s stop that. Family time means watching tv and playing on electronics. That’s so important! People take advantage of our benevolence so let’s stop that. People don’t want to hear about Jesus so let’s stop our visitation program.

I’ll tell you what you’ll never hear at a Christian conference. We’re lazy. We’re worldy. We want to be coddled. We want to find more excuses to do less. We’re suppose to give 100% of our selves to Jesus Christ and His work. We’re suppose to trust Him for strength.

Get involved with your local church. Start programs. Attend services. No more excuses. You’re going to give an account to God. Don’t be lazy. Jesus wasn’t lazy. I’m also going to throw a Bible at the next person who says Jesus took retreats. What proof do they offer? He went off and stayed awake to pray all night just to serve all day the next day!

Yes there should be a day of rest and it should be preceded and followed by six days of work. Let’s do what matters. Let’s serve our Lord. Life’s short. Don’t waste it on your fleshly desires. God has so much more in rewards for those who give this brief life in service to Him.

Have faith in a place that’s better than you can ask think or imagine. Stop wasting your precious energy trying to please your flesh. All is vanity. All will fade away. All except that which we do for Him.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord
(1 Corinthians 15:58)

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Spiritualy Ill

To understand and believe the gospel is to have your life forever changed. Nothing is unaffected by its implications. We come to know many things. Some are what many suspect. Like God exists, and there’s life after death.

That’s not all that surprising to many people. What’s surprising is the personal nature of God. He not only exists He’s concerned with us. He loves us.

That’s not too difficult to grasp. What’s difficult to grasp is the extent to which He’s concerned with us. Like the fact that He knows the number of hairs on our heads. He keeps a record of our every word, deed, thought, and prayer.

What’s unbelievable, what’s unimaginable, is the length He’s gone to in order to save us. While we were rejecting Him, denying His existence, and breaking His commands, He was working all things together throughout history to make a way for us to be saved.

He became flesh. He dwelt with His creation. He went to the cross, suffered, and died willingly. He freely offers eternal life to all who will trust in Him.

To show us how much He cares He gave us a name by which we could be saved. The name of Jesus. We can call on Him personally. By name. It’s more than we could have imagined.

We know we’ll live in the light of His presence for all of eternity. That we’ll worship Him for all of eternity. We know those who deny Him will suffer for all of eternity. We know He’s commanded us to give our lives to Him and for Him.

Yet we live as if knowing Him is a common thing. We live as if it’s no big deal. We’re concerned about our pleasures, our pains, our careers, and the cares of this world. We have little concern for spiritual matters. The time we spend serving God reflects a fraction of one day a week.

I can only describe this as insanity. To know what we know and live how we live. People call the religiously zealot insane. Those who claim to know the truth about eternal life yet live for temporal things are the ones who are mentally ill, or more properly they’re spiritually ill.

The Word of God requires much more than we’re giving. We’re constantly seeking teachers who’ll make us feel better about our rejection of the truth. We put our fingers in our ears and close our eyes when confronted with the truth.

Wake up. Grow up. Life is short. Repent. We’re going to be held accountable. Our rewards, or our consequences, will be eternal. What don’t we get? Why don’t we understand?

God deserves and demands all of you. When you fail repent and try again, and again, and again… He won’t ever give up on you.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.(Matthew 16:24)

Pray without ceasing.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
(Matthew 22:37)
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.(Colossians 3:2)

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-31)
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:4)

Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (Romans 2:6)

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
(Matthew 12:36)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
(Matthew 7:21-23)

5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
(2 Corinthians 13:5)

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
(Romans -1:18-20)

If ye love me, keep my commandments.
(John 14:15)

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Good Spiritual Morning

Good Spiritual morning! (How many of you got that reference?) Shake off your casual commitment to Jesus today and burn bright for our Lord. Be sane. Be calm. Be cool. But be on fire for Jesus!

Are you aware that He may come back today?! Are you satisfied with your attitude towards His work? Are you satisfied with your worship? Are you satisfied with your witness? Now, according to HIS WORD, is HE SATISFIED with the way you’re going about HIS WORK, HIS WORSHIP, and HIS WITNESS?

We’ve got to base our self evaluation on His standards not our own. I promise you serving Him isn’t easy. Your flesh is constantly going to ask you to do something else. Have you ever successfully gone on a diet? When does your body permenatly stop desiring unhealthy choices?

I can answer that because I’ve been on a hundred diets. I’m a going on a diet expert. The answer is never! However the faithful and dedicated do get to a point where they are so satisfied with the results of dieting that they are able to resist that which tempts them.

Living everyday for Christ is much more difficult because you make a daily choice to bring your flesh into submission in every area. It’s in fact impossible. We can’t accomplish it on our own. We must depend on Jesus every moment of every day. When we fail we must humbly confess and repent.

For some people the best feeling in the world is fitting into their favorite pair of jeans. For me the best feeling in the world is faithfully serving my Lord. Again this requires a willingness to repent. I do fail. I’m not perfect. But I serve a perfect Savior. His love for me is perfect. His willingness to forgive me is perfect.

I’m willing to be holy as He is holy. I’m willing to grow everyday. I’m willing to dedicate every moment to His service. I’m not boasting. I’m writing because I’m in love. I can’t help but to share how awesome it is to be in a relationship with Jesus. To serve Jesus. I want you to know the joy of giving your life to Him and for Him.

I’ll take Jesus over all this world has to offer. I’m not going to let my past, present, or future failures get in the way of my relationship with Him. He’s worth repenting for. He’s worth living for. Jesus is worth dying to myself daily for. Forget the lies Satan is telling you. Love Jesus with all your heart, your soul, your mind, and your strength.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (Colossians 3:23)

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Do you like to scare your wife?

There was a big tuff man married to a petite kind woman. He loved to scare her. When he’d get home from work he’d quietly sneak and hide somewhere in the house. He’d wait until she walked by and jump out. She absolutely hated it. Every time he did it she would scream. She felt like she was going to have a heart attack. She begged him to stop but he thought it was too funny.

One day she decided to get him back. So when she heard the front door open she went and hid. It took him almost 40 minutes to come out of his hiding place. Then when he walked by she jumped out and screamed. He punched her right in he face. She fell down crying.

He reached down and helped her up. He said, “I’m so sorry. It was my reflexes. You can’t do that to me because I’m a man. My reflexes are fast.”

He didn’t scare her again for a couple of weeks. But a dog always returns to its vomit. One day she heard the front door open and close softly. She couldn’t believe that he was actually going to scare her again.

She grabbed a frying pan and went walking through the house. Sure enough he jumped out and screamed. She whacked him on the head with the pan. He fell backwards into the wall. He closed his eyes at the sudden jolt of pain. Then he felt wham, wham, wham, and he passed out.

When he woke up she was standing over him. He said, “What happened?” She said, ” I’m sorry baby it was just my reflexes.” He reached up and felt the top of his head. It was covered in bumps. He said,”Why’d you hit me so many times?” She replied, “Well I’m just a woman. My reflexes are slow. That was from the last 15 times you jumped out and scared me.”

Ecclesiastes 10:2 says, “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.” This means that a wise man is always ready a correct response. In other words his reflex is to do the right thing at the right time. While the foolish are not prepared. Christians should be wise. We should always be prepared to do and say the right things. The story above doesn’t have much to do with that. I just used it as a lead in to talking about our natural reflexes in my sermon. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Obvious Answers Oblivious Minds

I got up at 4:30 a.m. this morning. Way too early! Actually I just went to bed too late. Last night I knew I was going to regret staying up late. I did anyway. If I’d gone to bed earlier waking up at 4:30 wouldn’t have been so rough.

In our culture we have a habit of pointing out problems that have obvious answers. However, it seems we’re oblivious to the obvious.

We say things like, “I just can’t lose any weight.” But we don’t see our honey bun for breakfast, and cheeseburger for lunch as part of the problem. We say, “I don’t have any energy.” So we start looking for a miricle pill, or drink, because surely the fact that I don’t exercise or go to bed at an decent time has nothing to do with it. How about, “I’m broke.” Never mind the fact that I eat out every other meal, and I’ve got to have a new outfit every week.

Surely this insanity doesn’t apply to the church. Right? Wrong! “We’re not growing.” Never mind the fact that I won’t share the gospel. “The people in this church are so unfriendly.” Never mind that I gossip about everyone. “I have no peace.” Never mind that I worry about everything. “I can’t understand the Bible.” Never mind that I put forth little to no effort. “We don’t have enough money for that.” Never mind that I don’t tithe. The list goes on, and on, and on.

Most of our problems have obvious answers. So what’s the real problem? We’re foolish. We don’t even want to know the truth.

If we’d honor God and obey His commands we’d see Him work in ways we can’t imagine! It starts with having a humble heart. You and I’ve seen what God will do when we do the things His way. We need wake up and apply His truths and His wisdom to every area of our lives.

What problems would you like to see fixed in your life? Write them down. Are there obvious answers? Will you do the right thing? Will you take steps of faith knowing God will do the rest? We can have the life we want to have. We just have to do the obvious. We must know and do the truth.

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)

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Revival Leads to Life

Most people find total devotion to Jesus Christ to be odd. People don’t mind being religious or being around religious people. They just don’t want to express their faith. They don’t want you to express your faith.

Personally I can’t help myself. I love Jesus Christ. I love being around other people who love Jesus Christ. I can talk about Him and His Word all day and night.

Last night someone said they’d like us to have revival services every night! I’d love to gather with God’s people and worship Him in song, prayer, Bible study, and fellowship every night for the rest of my life.

That’s part of the reason we’re not seeing true revival in this country. We give God such a limited amount of time. People who go on mission trips say there’s something spiritually different about them that everyone should experience.

What’s different is the amount of time spent in prayer, Bible study, worship, fellowship, and service. If we’d all live as if we’re on a mission trip everyday we’d see and feel God moving everyday. People get upset when you talk about feeling God’s presence. Love, joy, and peace are fruits of the Spirit. You can feel these things.

Christians have fallen for the lie that Jesus is only to be talked about in certain company. That His name is reserved for Sunday. That’s why we need to spend more time with believers. The more time we spend with each other talking about Jesus the more comfortable we are talking about Him with unbelievers. (Reread that sentence)

Why can’t we see that it’s Satan who is trying to keep Jesus name off of our tongues? The devil knows there’s power in the name of Jesus. There’s life saving world changing power in His name! We can’t keep the greatest news of all time to ourselves.

Once something is revived it remains. It doesn’t die. If it dies it must be revived again. Revival leads to life. Let’s have a revival of praise. A revival of worship. A revival of prayer. A revival of testimony. A revival of Bible study. A revival of honoring God. A revival of loving God. A revival of loving each other. A revival in Jesus name.

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8)

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To Witness or Not to Witness

To witness or not to witness that is the question? It’s a worldly question. But a question none the less. There are so many silent believers.

We know we’re to bring our flesh into submission. We know we’re to test every spirit. But we continue to allow the lie, that it’s not our responsibility to spread the gospel, to linger in our hearts and minds. Our excuses are week and sinful.

We blame our lack of talent but this rejects the gospels power. We blame our fear but this rejects the very Spirit God has given us. Not until we admit it’s a lack of faith that causes us to fail to share Chrsit will we ever begin.

God help us understand the need of our neighbors. Their needs come in various shapes and degrees but all their needs boil down to one truth. They need Jesus. They need someone to tell them about Jesus. Will it be you? Will you continue to make excuses? If Jesus asked the question, “Believest thou this?”, then it’s a good question to ask.

I’m sick of the lie that we’re to do nothing and wait for God to save people. When you hear of God saving a person please take note of the fact that someone was sharing the gospel with them. Will it be you? Do you have to be on a mission trip to find it necessary? What about the people God places in your life everyday? Do their souls count?

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  (John 11:25-26)

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Alton Sterling- Evidence Not All In

After seeing a rant with the hashtag f…thepolice I decided to write this. I’m very sorry for this families loss and I don’t know what future evidence will be brought forward. I’m only stating what I see. God help this family and community.

It’s very sad Alton Sterling lost his life. It’s sad that racism exist. It’s also sad that every police officer is being convicted in the heart of the public without due process. More evidence may come forward to prove they were guilty but in this latest video here’s what I see.

A grown man, who is a known violent criminal, is disobeying a direct police order  to get on the ground.

He is armed. Even if the gun is in his pocket the police are not supposed to try and outdraw someone this isn’t the wild west.

He is then struggling with the officers on the ground and resisting.

That’s all clear from the video that I saw.

Yes his friends say he cops were wrong. If he were my friend and I were there I’d probably say the same thing. It’s an unbelievably terrible thing to see someone you care about be killed. No it’s never happened to me. I can only imagine. I really do pray for his family and friends.

These policemen are worried about making it home to their friends and family. Obey the orders of the police. Let your lawyer fight them.

Again if these policemen did wrong may they be punished to the full extent of the law. But let the courts handle this. In the end no one will get away with anything. God knows and judges all. Don’t judge a whole race by a few thugs and don’t judge all police by a few thug policemen. #Godblesseveryone

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
(Romans 12:19)

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Un-Know

“That’s the beauty of God: all those things that plague us with doubt and worry and fears of inadequacy and pain and regret – those things we wish we didn’t know – Jesus will take them all”

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I wish I could “un-know” things. You know what I mean?

Like, I wish I didn’t know some of the things I do. I wish I could un-learn them. Un-see them. Like Justin Timberlake with cornrows.

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Or the girl from the movie, The Ring. That disturbing image will forever be seared into my brain. And, this is coming from the girl who was terrified of scary movies, and would “watch” those flicks from behind a pillow when my friends would insist on watching them.

Or if you walk in on your parents “doing it.”

Not that that’s ever happened to me. But so I’ve heard.

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I did walk in on my friend’s dad pooping….that was pretty scarring.

Never went over to that house again, that’s for dang sure.

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But all jokes aside, there are things that I just wish I didn’t have knowledge about.

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