I spoke at First Christian Church this past Sunday about God’s love that has overcome everything to draw us close. Here’s the video.
By the way, this whole series was incredible. If you’d like to watch video from the other messages, you can find them here.
- By Jimmy
- February 17, 2015
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Everybody feels inadequate sometimes, right? Yesterday was one of the worst days I can remember. I just couldn’t shake this feeling of not being good enough. This morning, I woke up still in that rut. I wasn’t reading my Bible or doing anything spiritual…I was brushing my teeth when a thought came to mind.
I suddenly thought of a story from John 21. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve blogged about this story before, about how sometimes the best miracle God does in our lives is simply that He holds us together. But this time, a different thought came to mind.
You’ve got to live in a cave if you are an American and don’t know about the Brian Williams scandal. In all of that, there’s a serious lesson to be learned for all who teach in any capacity: what you say matters. Every word has the power to destroy us if we aren’t carefully and thoughtfully choosing what we say.
Like many of you, I take the responsibility of teaching seriously. A few years back, I wrote down three questions I ask myself routinely as a measure of accountability and printed out them out. They hang on a bulletin board in my office as a reminder of the serious responsibility teaching is.
Whether I’m teaching my youth group, preaching on a Sunday morning at FCC, or speaking to any group in any other setting, I ask these questions every single time:
A few weeks ago I shared some thoughts on moving forward, making wise choices, and positioning yourself for God to work in your life in 2015.
Sidenote: If you want to skip the “celebrations” and statistics from the past year at FCC and get right to the point, fast forward to about the 7:45 mark.
“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.”
– John Maxwell
Like most driven, motivated, type-a leaders, I’m not afraid of much. I’ll make decisions, I’ll lead teams, I’ll take risks. I don’t shy away from speaking in front of crowds of any size. At the top of my bucket list is diving with Great White sharks off the southern tip of Africa, and I’m not kidding when I say I’d do it in a heartbeat. I can really only think of two things I’m afraid of. The first is (in all seriousness) Cedar Point’s freakishly tall, slow-moving, unstable deathtrap they call a ferris wheel. Go get on that thing and I promise you that by the time you get to the top (which takes about 10 minutes when you account for all the time you spend sitting still while they let people on and off) you believe you’re going to die. Stop judging me, it’s terrifying.