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When You Find Your Tribe Your Life Is More Awesome

Find your tribe and love them hard.

Finding your tribe can take a while. Finding your tribe is vital to our survival.

So, what is a tribe?

In his book Tribes, Seth Godin describes a tribe as “a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.”

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How To Celebrate Your Timely Death

Faith sees us joined in his death and alive with him in his resurrection.

Romans 6:8, Mirror

Dearly beloved,

We are gathered here today to celebrate the timely death of you. You lived a hard life, full of sin and unrest. Your life was riddled with tormenting thoughts, ceaseless self-salvation projects, and hopelessness. Luckily, you died just at the right time.

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I’m Afraid of The Do-More Cult

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

Matthew 11:28-29a MSG

Hi, my name is Bobby and I’m a former “do-more-ic” and “try-harder-ist.” At the time of this writing, I’ve been clean for almost 4 years. Ok, sure, I’ve fallen back into the old habits of trying to make it on my own. And yes, of course, I’ve taken back the success of my salvation out of the wholly capable hands of Jesus. The allure of the “do more, try harder” cult is strong. Luckily, the sweet song of rest that Jesus sings is stronger.

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A Christmas Gift Centuries in the Making

This is the fifth in the series, Gospel in the Carols. Today we look at Come, Thou Long  Expected Jesus. 

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
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Joy to those who long to see thee,
Dayspring from on high, appear;
come, thou promised Rod of Jesse,
of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing news,
glad tidings of a birth;
“Go to him, your praises bringing;
Christ the Lord has come to earth.”

Come to earth to taste our sadness,
he whose glories knew no end;
by his life he brings us gladness,
our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number,
born within a cattle stall;
this the everlasting wonder,
Christ was born the Lord of all.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.
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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

  1. See Simeon waiting in the Temple. – Luke 2:25
  2. We have been raised with Christ and are now seated with Him in Heaven. – Ephesians 2:6

Join In The Song of The Angels

This is the fourth in our series “Gospel in the Carols“. Today we take a look at Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. I’ve highlighted the distilled gospel.

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled” 1
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell 2
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!” 3

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Mercy Is The Greatest Locksmith

Mercy calls you; break your chains.

Today in our series of the Gospel in the Carols we look at “Angels From the Realms of Glory.” I love this carol even though it’s one of the lesser-sung carols. Enjoy the distilled gospel inside!

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How Do You Kill Sin and Sorrow?

How Do You Kill Sin and Sorrow?

He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found

This is the second in our series “The Gospel in the Carols.” This week we take a look at the favorite Joy To The World. I’ve highlighted the distilled gospel.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.
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He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.
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  1. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”—Galatians 3:13. For more information check out this post from Charles Spurgeon.
  2. “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” — John 1:17.

Gospel in the Carols – O Holy Night

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.

We are doing a new blog series on The Gospel in the Carols. This week we take look at O Holy Night. I’ve highlighted the portions that are the distilled gospel. I hope this Christmas brings the gospel fuller and brighter as you remember Christ’s finished work!

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The Best Thing I Learned From Hook

The Best Thing I Learned From Hook

Isn’t that a wonder?
When you’re alone
You’re not alone
Not really alone

Maggie Banning, Hook

Hook has to be one of my favorite movies of all time. It came out when I was 10 years old (25 years ago!) and I could probably still watch it once a week. I mean c’mon! Peter Pan, Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook!

I absolutely love the song that Peter (Banning) Pan’s daughter sings while being held captive by Capt. Hook. She’s scared. She feels alone. She wants her family.

She singing a song about the stars and how they watch over her. She sings that she can pick any one of them to watch over her. This is the sentiment of a young, scared girl who wants her family.

I’ve felt like that before, minus the Capt. Hook enslavement. Alone. Scared. Lonely. Unwanted.

I feel like the emotion is more common than most of us realize.

I wish I would’ve known in my times of loneliness that I wasn’t alone, not really alone.

“…I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20b, Message

So, no matter how alone I felt, I wasn’t really alone. But this simple statement from Jesus also carries huge implications.

When I’m happy, He’s rejoicing with me.

When I’m sad, He’s weeping with me.

When I’m by myself, He’s with me.

I believe this truth is paramount to the believer.

I know that when I was younger, I wouldn’t have done half of the silly things, brave things, or scary things I did if I was by myself. I think the same is true now.

I can step out in faith in little and big things because I’m not stepping out alone.

Peter wasn’t stepping out of a boat in a storm onto water alone. He was stepping out of a boat in a storm onto water with Jesus.

You don’t have to feel alone. You can feel accompanied.

Isn’t that a wonder?
When you’re alone
You’re not alone
Not really alone

You Can't Plan It Out But You Can Get In The River

You Can’t Plan It Out But You Can Get In The River

The journey of holiness is not one of arriving, it’s simply staying in the river.

Stop worrying about making it to “holiness” as if it’s a destination on the map. Your arrival isn’t dependent on you doing or not doing something. It’s simply yielding to the river that surrounds you.

What’s the river? God.

Why must we trust Him for our holiness? He knows the way and He’s the one who makes us holy.

You can’t push (don’t do) something to move the river nor can you pull (do) something to make the river move. You can only stay in the water and let the current move you downstream. You MUST trust the river.

The flow of the river doesn’t care if you’re perfect. The flow of the river doesn’t care if you’re right. The flow of the river doesn’t care about your denominational affiliation. The river only cares about you getting in and enjoying the ride.

So, what’s your to-do list for holiness?

  1. Get in the river.
  2. Trust the river.
  3. Stay in the river.

I hope I didn’t lose you in the river metaphor. I thought it was just a decent one to get my thought across.

Check out these scripture for more information.

  • Hebrews 10:10
  • 1 Corinthians 1:30
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-28

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