Is God Your Anchor?


I heard a song this morning that blessed my soul. One thing for sure and two things for certain, in this life struggles will come to throw us ‘temporarily’ off course but there is good news if your soul is anchored.   I want to encourage all those who are going through struggles in whatever forms they may manifest.  If you have time play the song above (The Anchor Holds) and be encouraged.

  • The Anchor holds tho the ship is battered
  • The Anchor holds tho the sails are torn
  • I have fallen on my knees as I face this raging sea
  • The Anchor holds despite the storm

The world is changing, one minute we are up and the next we are down. Our culture has played a large part in making us confused as to what is right or what is wrong; it has caused us to question whether there is a God and whether He even cares about us and what we are going through. Even in our churches today we have compromised and now some of our churches look like the culture we were expected to serve.

7 Sure Ways to Ensure an Incredible Experience This Easter

Easter Experience Someone once said that Easter is the “Superbowl” of Christianity – the biggest event of the year.

Typically, on this day we have no problem attracting people to our churches.  However, the challenge before us is to create such an experience that our visitors increase their visits from one time of year to multiple times a year — to eventually become active members of the Church.

As pastors, we MUST commit to planning earlier for our Easter services.  Treating this day like any other Sunday would be a missed evangelistic opportunity.

Many churches that are seeing increases in membership, plan for these services a year in advance.  This demonstrates that they are being not only evangelistic, but ‘intentional.’

With just a couple of weeks before Easter, I believe we still can put together some new things to have a successful evangelistic Easter Service.

 

Here are 7 things we can do right away to ensure great experience this Easter:

The Son of God Verses Passion of Christ Movie Review

The Son of God  & Passion of Christ

A couple of weeks ago hubby and I and another couple attended Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s Son of GodMovie called the Son of God.  Like others, we were anticipating a true blockbuster.  Although, I did enjoy the movie; it was good, but not really spectacular.   It was a typical Jesus story: His birth, His death, His resurrection and His ascension.  For those of us who saw the Bible Miniseries, many scenes were familiar – just unpacked.

I noticed that the devil did not play a central role in the Son of God like that of Mel Gibson’s,”The Passion of the Christ.”  Another observation in the Son of God, was that we saw  a lighter, more humanistic side of Jesus.  There were scenes where Jesus was either smiling or laughing.

Even though, the movie, in my opinion, lacked the real “wow” factor, it still got across the main point of Jesus’ life and His impact on mankind.  Furthermore, the timeliness on its release was very effective especially for people who would be viewing this type of movie for the first time during this Lenten season, as well for new believers.

Although I am not personally a fan of movies with captions, I believe Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, mastered the illustration of the ‘reality’ of just how cruel man can be as was seen in the flogging and crucifixion scenes. This of course, was the reason for the R-rating.  On the other hand, the Son of God, down played these scenes leaving much to our imagination.  I found myself looking away after the flogging scene in The Passion of the Christ. It was gory to say the least,  however,  Jesus still looked cute (and some would say sexy) in the Son of God after the flogging scene. Okay, why make a big deal about Jesus’ cuteness in the movie?  Because of what Isaiah 53:2 says “… He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”

All in all, we walked away giving the movie a solid B grade.  It was a good movie that families could attend together during this Lenten Season.

 

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Theologians – Making Mountains out of MoleHills?

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This blog addresses a few criticism I received on a play I wrote and produced called, “The Cup.”  The drama ran on Thursday and Friday of Holy week (Easter).  This year marked its second year in production.  I am thrilled to report it was packed house on both nights.

The play depicted Jesus time and agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.  I unpacked the figurative ‘Cup’ that Jesus asked God to remove from Him – exploring the types of sin that was in each of the cups with special attention given to the last cup that brought Jesus down to His knees making Him sweat drops of blood.

God really showed up as we attempted to display Jesus’ love, His compassion and ultimate sacrifice for you and for me.

Of course there is always a critic – and that’s okay!

Now let me say it this way, I (we) received many compliments about how great the production was.  It warmed my heart, as well as the cast of plus 60 and all those who worked behind the scenes.

But there were those who found fault with the production.   Let me me first say that “We won’t grow if everyone is constantly saying to us, “How Great Thou Art.”   You can not improve upon perfection because perfection is the ultimate. And I admit I am no where near perfection.

Constructive criticism is always helpful because the motivation behind it is that the person really wants to see you do better.  But then there are what I call  ‘Modern Day Pharisees – MDPs.’ In biblical times Pharisees gave Jesus a hard time rebuking Him for not washing His hands, not making His disciples fast or healing people on the Sabbath Day.

In other words, they were sweating over the small stuff!

Pastors Can Benefit From Being UNDER Leadership

I was viewing a sermon from Apostle Ron Carpenter earlier this month on our need to be UNDER leadership in order to grasp a hold of our inheritance. Of course he was speaking to his congregation. However, I couldn’t help but ask the question if pastors could benefit from being under leadership too.

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In the Bible, a high official came to Jesus asking Him to heal his servant. Jesus was going to accompany the official but the official said, “I am a man UNDER authority; send your Word.”