Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Morning Worship, 1/27/13: "Spiritual Gifts: Putting in Work"

I was blown away by a conversation I had with Bimbo Coles after hearing him talk to a few teenagers about the importance of working hard every day.  Here’s a guy who’s the most decorated athlete ever to come out of Greenbrier County—Virginia Tech star, Olympian, and professional basketball player for 14 years.  He is gifted athletically!  But his advice to young kids?  Being gifted isn’t enough.  You have to develop your gifts and learn to maximize their potential.  You have to work at something if you expect to see results.  I wondered, "Does spirituality work the same way?"


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Morning Worship, 12/30/12: "Christ, Coming of Age"

Am I the only one who would like to know how Jesus came of age?  There is a twelve year gap in Luke between the time he is born, shortly thereafter presented in the temple, and then travels with his parents to the temple in Jerusalem.  And nowhere else in the Bible does it fill in the gaps.  Don’t you want to know if he shared his toys in kindergarten?  Did he ever disobey Mary and Joseph?  Was he different than other children?  Did he know who he was?  Or did they have to tell him?  How could they tell him?  Did he pray?  Was his room clean?  Did he do his chores?  Don’t you want to know?