Update on AB 2943

Update on CA bill AB 2943:

As many of you know, I’ve been posting updates on the progress of California’s AB 2943 bill. In a disappointing but unsurprising vote, the California Senate has overwhelmingly decided to move AB 2943 to the assembly for final approval before heading the governor’s desk. This bill prohibits the exchange of money for any efforts to help someone navigate coming out of an LGBTQ sexual identity. In reality, this bill isn’t about money or business practices, but about a minority group of people who want our laws to declare that there is nothing wrong with the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Does this anger me? Sure. I have a level of righteous anger at this arrogant and blatant disregard for personal freedom and God’s moral standards. Like righteous Lot surrounded by the perversion of Sodom and Gomorrah, I too have a vexed soul. But the larger part of me is saddened. It grieves me to consider those who genuinely want help but will not be able to find it easily. I’m broken-hearted for those who will spend their lives being affirmed by society in a false and dangerous sexual identity. I fear for the godless men and women who think they are casting an archaic God out of their modern society, but in reality, are only storing up judgment for themselves.

This battle is about more than a bill; it’s about the need for revival and salvation to come to our state and nation. Thankfully we serve a God who uses Satan’s schemes for His ultimate glory. It will be amazing to see how God uses this development to bring about His greater plan.

People of God, continue to pray! Pray for our leaders and our state. Love your neighbor, preach the gospel, and stand for truth. I rejoice that we are going to see God move in mighty ways in the days to come!

The Fire we Need

Our state is on fire literally.

Our nation is on fire socially, racially, spiritually and politically.

Our world is burning in the fires of poverty, injustice, and wickedness.

The entire world without Christ is headed toward the fires of eternal judgment.

In the meantime, the one thing that needs to be ablaze, but instead sits as a smoldering, smoking remnant, is the church. Yes, there are pockets of flame burning brightly, sparks that are ready to ignite, but in many places, I see passion waning.

Oh, we might be fired up, but that’s different than being on fire. We’re fired up about politics, were fired up about people being offended by us. Many things fire us up. That’s good and fine, but we don’t need any more smokescreens. What we need is the fresh fire of God.

We are in desperate need of the blazing passion of the Holy Spirit to ignite our hearts to lavish obedience, and the fervent coals of love, compassion, and truth to reignite our mission. We need the fire of prayer once again filling the halls of our churches, burning down barriers of kind-heartedness, and the inferno of faith turning our unbelief into ashes. We need the fire of holiness to spark up consecrated lives for Christ and His kingdom, and the heat of God’s righteousness to burn away the dross of our idolatry.

I’m convinced that the one fire the world needs is a church full of Christians who have decided that their lives no longer belong to themselves but Christ; a church that burns on the pure, life-giving fuel of the Holy Spirit, emitting the aroma of life and shining brightly the light of truth.

Christian, start burning and watch the trail of beauty that God leaves in your path.

Ephesians 5:14 – Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

God of Small Things

The vastness and greatness of God are unfathomable. When we consider the works of God, from creation to salvation, it is plainly evident that God is big (or as my daughter would say, “ginormous”). I wanted to lay that out there lest what I say next is misunderstood. The Bible is clear; we have a big God! But here’s the catch–We have a big God who delights in doing small things. The fact that God even loves you is proof that small things matter to him. King David plainly understood this. Consider the words of Psalms 8 & 144 where the Psalmist ponders, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” How can a God so interminable be so intricately acquainted with the ways of a creature that is so infinitesimal?

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Independence Day and the Cross

July 4, 1776, represents the day when the thirteen original colonies rarified their declaration of independence, declaring their sovereignty and freedom from the rule of the United Kingdom of Britain. Most people don’t stop to consider that the war for that independence didn’t come to an end until November 30, 1782, approximately six years after Congress signed that landmark document. In other words, freedom was declared a reality before the battle was over.

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A Marriage for the Mission: Part 2

Yesterday I laid out the need for healthy, biblical submission that is required for a missional marriage. Today we will briefly look at the second essential ingredient.

2. Christ’s mission first (A mutual prioritization’s around Christ’s mission)

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In 1st Corinthians 7, Paul writes something that at first glance seems drastic and irrational. Yet, it’s in the following principle we find what should be the prioritization scheme of every couple in Christ.

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A Marriage for the Mission: Part 1

This last Friday we had a wonderful time celebrating and equipping the marriages in our church. I gave a short message about building a marriage that is prepared for the mission of Christ. Below are the notes. I am dividing them up into three separate posts that I’ll share over the next several days. They are a little scattered as notes usually are, but I hope they prove helpful as you and your spouse continue to engage in the mission of Christ!

Big Idea: Christ designed marriages to not only accomplish His mission but to be a picture of it. We must fight to build a healthy marriage that is prepared to accomplish the mission of Jesus.

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Shining in every arena

”You are the light of the world… You are the salt of the earth.” Jesus wasn’t making suggestions when He spoke these truths to His disciples. In this dark world, Christians must make their presence known through their love for each other, love for the world, and love for the truth. I’ve been guilty at times of only shining in the arenas that I’m comfortable shining in. It’s comfortable for me to shine in the church, at home, and with my neighbors and friends. The place I’ve struggled the most to shine is in the political arena (honest confession). Somehow many of our minds have been conditioned to believe that Christ’s Kingdom work is disconnected from the realm of politics.

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