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Get Out of the Way You Moron

Walk with Jesus

It can definitely be said about me that I like to take care of my problems on my own, if I am in sin my natural tendency is to "fix it" or try and overcome it on my own. This weekend, while up at the #menference in Prescott with a bunch of guys from Church, God, like He is always so faithful to do, hit me with my sin. Now we were encouraged, told, sometimes even held down ...

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Bush in the Desert

Walk with Jesus

Was challenged to find a passage that could help me with an area in my walk that, well let's say needs improving or I miss the boat on. For me it can be summed up as, trying to do things in my own strength instead of being led by the Spirit. In Luke 4, the temptation of Jesus, verse one talks about how the Holy Spirit led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, an...

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Drunk Prayers

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Most of us have our prayer routines (which isn't necesarrily a bad thing) whether you throw out your "Our Fathers", "Thank you for the food", or like my daughter who at dinner always ask God to help her "be thankful to my family" or pray for friends, family, neighbors, church, country etc etc. If you are like me sometimes these prayers or times of prayer can become routine...

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Word of the Day

I have already prepared myself for the day when my kids come home and ask me questions about their homework and I have no idea what they are talking about(I am gonna pretend like that hasn't happened already and that I have never searched google for an answer). However, I don't know why it surprises me when one of my kids asks a question about the Bible that challenges or ...

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Does "Begat" Mean Skip Ahead?

Word of the Day

If you are like me when you run into a chapter that has genealogies you might have a temptation to skip ahead or at least skim through (I would NEVER do that, can you smell the sarcasm). Well Genesis chapter 5 has all the descendants of Adam down to Noah. Now I will confess I was doing a little bit of skimming until I got to the last verse, 32 Noah was five hundred years ...

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From the End to the Beginning

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So as part of my reading I do 2 chapters in the old testament. Once every other year I run into the crazy phenomenon (ok so its just normal math) where I read the last chapter in Malachi and the first chapter in Genesis on the same day. Today I just thought it was pretty cool to read the end of the Old Testament followed by the beginning. Malachi 4: 1 saysFinal Admonition...

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Driving Range, Taco Bell and My Son's Eternal Destination

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Colossians 3:1-7Put On the New Self3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is,seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be rev...

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Not Meant for Civilian Life

Armor of God

2 Timothy 2:44 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Often at West Valley we will hear how we stink at communication, and then usually the we is clarified to say that men/husbands really stink at communicating. So in an effort to better communicate with my wife we starte...

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Chop His Head Off, Tell the End, He is Praising Jesus!

Armor of God

I tried writing and rewriting several times what I learned today reading Luke 7, especially verses 24-28, but it was terrible. Attached you will see a video clip from Mark Driscoll that does a way better job summing up what I wanted to write.  When you look up synonyms for the word "justify" you can find words like excuse, explain away, or, rationalize. It is way t...

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Quit Kissing Me Satan

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So recently I have been working through a student who is choosing a life of serving self and what it looks like for me to lovingly/Biblically confront them. Also watched a tv show where the main character, who was a doctor, was dealing with being addicted to pain meds and I watched as his friends and family tried (horribly i might add) to help him by confronting him on the...

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Mt. Horeb

Armor of God

This is my last post as my week has come to an end, so I have one last cheating post that my uncle really wrote. He has wrote so many posts as God has been guiding/teaching/leading him through this painful process. The following post he actually wrote Saturday morning (25th) almost 5 weeks after his wife of over 25 years "got lucky" as he puts it. Last night climbed Mt ...

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Trudging

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The following post was written by my Uncle about a month after his wife Connie passed away. Maybe the toughest day yet. When things are normal I am usually out of whack from a trip(Going to see his son graduate college in Colorado) like that and right now everything is magnified by 25 times. Emotions were in my throat all day ready to bust out at any moment. Got home fr...

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So We Might Share in His Holiness

Word of the Day

Hey I told you the first day I was gonna be cheating, I really feel that what my Uncle is going through many have gone through or know someone who is going through this and what God is teaching him in the middle of the storm is pricesless. The following was written about 20 days after his wife Connie passed away. So last night started clearing out Connie's clothes from ...

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Perfect Peace

Word of the Day

My Uncle started writing just as a mass way of keeping those close to him informed of how he was doing but quickly began to realize it was an opportunity for the Gospel. Most of his extended family including his brother, sister, and parents are all not followers of Christ and when he sits down and talks about Spiritual things with them they would quickly change the subject...

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God's Grace Like Job

Walk with Jesus

So this week is my week for the blog and I think I might cheat a little. About a month ago my aunt, who loved the Lord, passed away at the young age of 51. As my Uncle and their 3 sons (19, 22, 25) are dealing with their loss my Uncle has began to chronicle his thoughts, emotions, and what God has been teaching him through all of this. So this week you will be getting to r...

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Salvation, Past, Present, Future

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Below you will see a short video that we watched and then discussed with our High school students last night. In the video Driscoll talks about Salvation, how eternity starts the moment we meet Jesus and that we are freed from the power of sin but not the presence of sin. This morning in my reading I was in Romans chapter 6, now I felt like posting the whole chapter but I...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go...

LoveGodLoveOthers

...well those aren't just lyrics to an 80's punk rock song, it was the question my wife and I were praying about on whether or not she should go with me to Africa for a WVBC mission trip. God had already made it clear that I should be going but whether or not my wife should go remained unclear, so we started praying and reading. Somewhere along the line God gave me an ans...

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The Man and His Wife Were Both Naked and Felt... Shame?

Word of the Day

Well I first must confess that I am not on the same reading plan as the rest of our church is on, so I do apologize that these posts probably won't be from the same passages you are in. This morning God used Genesis 3:7 to convict me of some specific "guilt" and remind me that in Him there is no condemnation. (Romans 8:1) Genesis 3:7-87 Then the eyes of both of them were...

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This Message Will Self Destruct....

Word of the Day

So I write this unscheduled blog post from a secret location without knowledge of anyone (especially Skip) for fear of retribution. If you guys know Skip at all you know he hates any form of public acknowledgement and I know I take my life in my hands by writing this (kidding... kinda), but reading God's Word today left me no choice. Hebrews 13:7New American Standard Bibl...

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Birthing Hips

Word of the Day

Usually giving birth is thought of as a good thing with a few notable exceptions (remember that Bill Cosby episode where he dreamed he was giving birth to a giant sub sandwich?). One of those exceptions is listed in James 1 when it talks about giving birth to sin. James 1:14-15New American Standard Bible (NASB)14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed...

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Desperation

Word of the Day

Often Pastor Skip makes a joke about one of his sons "suffering for Jesus" in Hawaii, the joke obviously being ironic to use the words Hawaii and suffering in the same sentence. The same can be said for any of us who live here in America compared to almost every other country. The question I have is would I really be willing to suffer for Jesus? The Church that I grew up ...

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Big Church Snack Time

Word of the Day

When I was a kid I looked forward to when our church (big church, where the grown ups went) would have communion, which I think was about once a month. Now, that might sound good like wow he was really spiritual as a kid, well sorry to disappoint but, I looked forward to it because it meant we got a little snack in the middle of sitting still in a pew for about 2 hours. Lu...

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Working at the Car Wash, Yeah

Word of the Day

There are many things that I have learned or been taught by my parents, like a taste for old country music (Roger Miller anybody??) or burnt toast is better then regular toast. Parents teach many things intentionally, but often its the things that they/we end up just doing that is caught. My dad was one of those guys that was up early for work (in fact one time my brother ...

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Beer Me, For Jesus of Course.

Word of the Day

At wvBc we have all kinds of slogans and sayings, one of them is CPR Cultivate, Plant, Reap which really is a farming analogy (in the Bible as well) of cultivating/tilling the soil, planting the seed, and reaping the crop. Now this doesn't always have to be a linear thing, we can call people to repentance the moment we meet them, it all really is a led by the Spirit thing....

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Walk This Way

Word of the Day

Galatians 5:16-25New American Standard Bible (NASB)16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under t...

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Just What I Needed, Some More Puke In My Life.

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Matthew 6:19-21New American Standard Bible (NASB)19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. F...

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God, Where Is My Eunuch?

Word of the Day

We all know the Matthew 28 passage (make disciples) and the Matthew 22 passage (love the Lord with all your heart....and your neighbor as yourself) and so when I am in my right frame of mind I pray for opportunities to love people, to tell them about Jesus. Well many times I find my self frustrated at not getting the results that I wanted, whether its a conversation that n...

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Thank You, May I Have Another?

Word of the Day

A few days ago I wrote about the passage from Luke 9:24 For whoever wishes to save his [n]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [o]life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. Talking about the cost of being a follower of Jesus, which is tough enough to swallow, then today I read Acts 5:40-4240 They [a]took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogg...

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Fighting Harlots

Word of the Day

Part of my reading includes reading a Proverbs a day, well on the 7th I was reading, go figure, Proverbs 7, and if you have read this chapter then you know its full of verses blasting warnings to run like your hair is on fire (or your clothes if you're bald) from the dreaded harlot, verses like: 12 She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner.2...

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The Demon Whisperer

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My 6 year old son and I like to watch channels like the Discovery channel and National Geographic (can't beat Shark Week), well there is a show called the Dog Whisperer where Ceasar takes what seems like crazy out of control dogs and turns them into the most obedient house pet. Ceasar spends time training the dogs but also a good amount of time training and spewing his wis...

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Channeling My Inner Isrealite

Word of the Day

Recently my wife and I found ourselves going through a bout of what really are minor inconveniences/disappointments/changes including having our daughters little pre-school close down. Things that got us frustrated and even wondering what is God doing, is He really doing anything, why isn't He answering us, hello McFly (well didn't really say that one, but felt that way). ...

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Naked Man

Word of the Day

Mark 14:43-5243 Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard.” 45 After coming, Judas...

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Word of the Day: Luke 9:23-27

Word of the Day

Well not sure what kind of lottery everyone won to get to read thoughts from me but my advice is stop playing that lottery! So for better or worse tell December comes you get to read about what God is doing in my life and hopefully by reading about how God beats me over the head encourages you to spend more time with Him. Quick background, my wife Sarah and I have 4 kids, ...

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