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We have been talking on Sunday mornings about the nature of God.  We began by laying the groundwork that it is a humbling task to try and describe the indescribable and comprehend the incomprehensible.  But through creation, scripture and the person of Jesus Christ, we get a glimpse of what God is like.

God is totally other.  There are no words we can use to adequately describe God’s majesty and size, or power and knowledge.  God escapes understanding.  We simply need to look into the sky at night and see the billions of stars to realize that we are talking about a huge God.

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But even as big as God is – and as powerful and knowledgable – God is still person

al.  God knows your name.

Let that sink in:

God      knows     your     name!

And even more, God loves you.  God has a plan for you.  God cares about what happens to you.

We can’t understand it.  But it is true.  God’s mercy and grace make it possible.  When we come face to face with this reality, we echo the words of Isaiah, “Woe to me!” I cried.  “I am ruined!  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 6:5)

When we begin to understand more about God, we realize that our lives aren’t long enough to truly give back to God what we owe.  So all we can do is make the most of our time here on earth to live in The Way each and every day!

Worship with your life today!

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This Sunday our series on the nature of God continues.  Last week we took a look at the fact that God is personal.  God is not some nebulous gas floating around in space with no interaction with us.  But, as Christian Smith pointed out in Soul Searching, God is not the cosmic loving Santa Clause that exists to make sure my every wish is granted.

God is personally connected to those who seek that relationship.  As if that concept is not amazing enough, this week we will be looking at God’s absolute-ness.  God is all-knowing, all-powerful and ever present.  When we think of God in this way, we should be humbled by the fact that God – the absolute being that defies our attempts to describe and grasp – wants a one on one relationship with you.

If you are in the neighborhood on Sunday at 10:45 stop by.  But if not, rest in the thought that there is no being greater than God.  And this great God knows you completely, loves you perfectly and wants the absolute best for you today!

Be blessed!

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This past week, it was announced that the Lubbock area, in west Texas, was voted the “Toughest Weather” area in the United States – runner up?  Fairbanks, Alaska.

As I read that announcement, I thought to myself, “How did we beat out sub-zero temperatures.  Then a picture of a good ol’ west Texas dust storm popped into my head and I thought, “Yeah, that’s about right.”

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But as I have thought about this new found title, I began to think about the people who inhabit this part of the world.  What were that first settlers thinking when they decided to call this area home?  Some say the waggon train was headed west and the wheels fell off so they just stayed here.  Some say they actually chose to settle this area.

The truth is, the weather is really not that bad.  I mean, all the wind sure makes us appreciate the three days per year that the wind doesn’t blow.

I have been asked multiple times why I moved back to  west Texas almost 11 years ago.  My answer is always the same – the people – and of course God.

People are different out here.  We live in a wilderness where the pioneer spirit still flows just under the surface.  A hand shake is as good as a contract (in most cases) because a person’s word still means something.

Sound a bit cliche or Mayberry USA?  Well, maybe.  But there is some truth to the fact that west Texas is still a great place to live and the people, not the weather, make it true.

But I think the setting has something to do with it as well.  This is west Texas.  You just haven’t lived until you have seen God in a west Texas sunrise or sunset.  Our souls long to find God in nature and there is plenty of nature here.

Toughest weather or not, God is alive and well in west Texas – alive in the breathtaking sunrise this morning – alive in the person’s smile as I paid for my coffee – ALIVE!

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Farther Along

This morning I woke up wanting to hear some Josh Garrels.  Does that ever happen to you?  So on my way to the office, I put in my earbuds and clicked on my music app.

The first song I played was from his Love & War & The Sea Between album.  Farther Along was the song I chose.  As I listened I had to ask myself if I am farther along in my walk with Christ than I was at this time last year.

You see, our relationship with Jesus is a journey – a process.  That is why the New Testament occasionally referred to believers as followers of The Way.

Being transformed to the image of Christ does not happen over night.  It is a process – a progression.  Along the journey of life and the following in The Way we will experience turns and ups and downs.  But our desire should always be to push forward, to always be progressing.

So my question for you today is this:  Are you farther along in your journey today than this time last year?

If so, why?

If not, why not?

I would love to hear your story.

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One Big Question

What is God like?

Now that is a question for thought isn’t it?  This week we will start a new series on the nature of God.  I have to be honest, I am a bit intimidated to take on a topic like this so I do so with humility.

You see, we are human and God is not.  Our minds can only understand what God allows us to understand.  We tend to try and make God human or put God into a box so that we can live with the illusion that in some way, we understand God.  We need the security of being able to explain things.  But God . . . ?  How do you explain God?

The reality is – you can’t.  The best we can hope to do is look to scripture to get a glimpse of God’s nature.  So that is what we will do for the next three weeks.

I ask for your prayer as we lead up to Sunday.  And if you happen to be in the neighborhood on Sunday morning at 10:45, stop by.  The one thing I know for sure – God will be here!

Be blessed today!

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He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Yesterday, people all over the world came together to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.  We sang and clapped and remembered.  We remembered that Jesus died for our sins but he did not stay dead.  We thought about the fact that the true power of the cross is in the empty tomb.

But now it’s Monday.

Will resurrection Sunday bleed over into Monday?

Jesus came to free you from the power of sin and death.

Will you live that kind of life today?  Will you live like the resurrection matters?

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