most-important-thingWhat’s the MOST important thing about you?

How you look? Definitely not.

How ’bout who your parents are or how much money you make? Nope.

What about where you live or work or go to church? Uh-uh.

The most important thing about you cannot be measured by any natural means. We spend countless hours investing in all of these things but none of them is the most important thing about us. THE MOST important thing about you is, drum roll please…

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To Know Him 3-7COur culture tells us that success in life is based upon performance, position, and possessions. There are huge flaws in this mentality that lead to deep emotional brokenness. This mentality will lead us to base our self-worth upon our performance—we think if we perform well, we are successful, and if we perform poorly, we are a failure. Most who base their worth upon their performance struggle with shame and pride—shame because of supposed failures and pride because of supposed successes.

What if success in life has nothing to do with your performance but rather the depth of your knowledge of God?

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To Know Him 3-7CFocusing on yourself doesn’t revolutionize any area of your life. Transformation only happens through the knowledge of God. That’s right—the key to transformation is not trying to improve yourself, but rather to know God. While I agree there is always room for personal development and that as people apply themselves in any area, they will experience growth, God’s grace enables us beyond any of our human capacities. It is through humbly seeking to know God more that His grace is multiplied in our lives (2 Pet. 1:2). It’s not about bettering ourselves; rather, it’s about coming to know Him more.

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To Know Him 3-7C“I remember years ago when I first began to drink of the well of God’s affection for me. I had no idea of the
journey I was about to take, which was actually a journey into God’s emotions. I was in a difficult season in ministry.

I was a youth pastor and, as can be the case when ministering to teenagers, things weren’t going very well. I was in the middle of a youth ministry mutiny. Several of the young people had been very vocal about their dislike for the ministry and for me as their youth pastor. It seemed as if the more I tried to help, the worse things got. The truth is, it was only a handful of young people who were voicing their displeasure, but in those circumstances it can feel as if everyone is against you. I was wallowing in a den of self-pity, and so the problems I faced seemed far bigger than they actually were.

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To Know Him 3-7CGod is truly mysterious—an expedition for an explorer, a journey for a discoverer, the pinnacle of all possible treasures to be prospected by man. It is our glory to search Him out.

The most magnificent journey of my life has been to seek for the knowledge of God. No ministry achievement or human accomplishment even compares to the brilliance of this quest. In fact, this quest is the entirety of every life’s journey. Read More

072910_rg_LightningStrikes_01Crack-Ka-BOOOM.

I was awakened by what sounded like a car wreck in our attic. The sound echoed and lingered. Our room lit up like a photographers flash. The frame of the house quaked. The explosion seemed like it was directly above us. Wave after wave of lightning followed with massive thunder claps.

“What time is it?” I thought.

I checked my phone…4 AM. It was an epic thunderstorm. One like I’d only experienced a handful of times. My next thought stirred the yearnings of my heart afresh.

“What day is it?”

PENTECOST!

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bound4lifeAs my wife and I stood silently praying in front of the abortion clinic the woman across the street got increasingly agitated. She yelled at us, mocked us and continually called us haters. Over the course of the next hour, she held up signs that read, “Timothy McVeigh Fan Club” and “Haters.” She took pictures of us with the signs in front of us. The entire time, we did not talk or fight back, we simply stood there, silently praying for those entering the abortion clinic.

Ironically, after we finished, my wife said, “I’m pretty sure I know her.”

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wood_hay___stubble_instagramWhat is the whole of your life?

Lately I’ve been taking inventory of the composite of my life, all my thoughts, words and deeds. I’ve realized that I won’t present singular actions to the Lord on the day I stand before Him, but rather the accumulation of a lifetime of activity. What’s more the Lord will not reward me based on individual actions, but the entirety of my life. The big picture.

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God is from everlasting to everlasting. Uncreated. He has no beginning and no end. He has been forever and forever will be. I know those lofty statements are difficult to wrap your mind around, but they’re true nonetheless.

What’s interesting is that the Scripture actually gives us a glimpse into what God was doing before He created the universe. The Bible uses phrases like, “Before time began”, “Before the world was”, “Before there was ever an earth” that all describe this season of existence…when it was just God.

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