Vintage Church

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I turned 19 yesterday.

I know it sounds totally cliche, but birthdays are the time of the year for me to reflect, to see how far God has pushed me in the past 365 days. This year, in particular, has been crazy. It was just a year ago today that I had dreams of working in the technology industry… But, like always, my big big dreams never seem to be as big as the absolute and perfect path that God has led me too. He has blessed me with an opportunity to make a decent living, plans for a family, and a new church to grow through Christ with fellow disciples.

He has set me on a new path of life, and he has given me a hunger for his Word and his Spirit… It makes me wonder why people cannot be excited about life, about discovering God, and about leading The Church in a new song!

Last night I spent the last moments of the first day being 19 years old with my brother Josh and his wife Kaitlin. We had a homemade fondue desert at their home and caught up with each other. Josh and Kait gave me the book “Vintage Church” as a birthday gift.

I have to say that after reading the first chapter last night, I love Mark Driscolls writing. He is very scholarly and has a lot of awesome footnotes, which makes further study of these concepts much easier. I will keep an update on some studies on this book, and (of course) through Scripture!

Almighty Deliverer

I recorded a new song yesterday:

Almighty Deliverer

Oh what a scandalous sight!
When you take me away like a thief in the night.
And we’ll run away with the stars as our guide,
When you come like a thief in the night.

Oh what a glorious sight!
When you break down the door in your stained robe of white.
And you will wash every tear from our eyes,
When you come in your stained robe of white.

Oh what a terrible price!
When you shed your blood for my sinful life.
But you conquered death and rose into light,
With your blood, for my sinful life.

Almighty Deliverer,
Almighty Deliverer,
Almighty Deliverer,
Almighty Deliverer.

Planning

I’m driving in the car, on the way to my first ever cruise! (yeah I’m typing this on my iPhone) I am super excited to take a long needed vacation. After about a year of working full time, I have now understood how important vacation really is. I have a great lineup of reading to cach up on, and I plan to just spend alot of time with Jesus this weekend.
The Holy Spirit has never been so blantantly present as he has this week. I feel called to make plans this weekend. Plans for life, for what is ahead. The book of Proverbs continually mentions the importance of planning, financially, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
I want to thank you Lord Jesus, for continually leading me through a life where I have no idea what is going on most of the time. I would be nowhere without you. Thank you for loving me!

I Need You Here

Lord I need to here your voice,
speak to me now.
I need to feel your touch.

Fill my lips with your sweet, sweet honey.
Fill my lungs with your sweet, sweet glory.

Because I need you here… I need you now.

Psalm 2:1-6

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Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
3“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

4He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”

While reading scripture, this passage really stuck out for me. Unfortunately… Our world, in all its beauty, is being skewed everyday by Satan. And whilst we have a heavy spiritual war going on constantly, we experience the reality…

It is us against the world… And it is not going to change.

My question for a long time has been the same as king David’s.

Why does it have to be that way?

Lord! I trust you with all that I am, and I know you will guide us in these dark times, as you always have. You are worthy to be praised!

Death to Mammon?

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My father is headed on a company trip to Las Vegas today, I’m sure you know the place. Him preparing for his trip got me thinking… “How is Vegas doing in these economic times?”

Turns out that it is not doing too hot. With housing prices in Vegas dropping to about half of their value, A once secularly praised city of wealth and sin has been severely wounded in America’s economic downturn.¬†What does this mean? Some may speculate that Mammon is dead. Completely dead? Never, unfortunately. Suppressed? I think so.

So for those of you who don’t know, Mammon is a word that is thought to have originated from the early Chaldeans. The most basic meaning of the word Mammon meant ‘wealth’. Not just wealth, but personal glorification through riches, giving the word an evil nature.

Throughout the Old and New Testament times, the meaning of the word was preserved. Mammon was object and idea. The personification of Mammon did not happen until around the middle ages, where bishops would condone the poor for earning money. The act of and temptation of the love of money then took responsibility in fictitious god Mammon.

So when I speak of Mammon, I speak of money. You can now see the point I am getting to… We all live in a world where false deity’s such as money or sex have been increasingly growing in membership. These are the top religions in the world! When I see something like this recession happening in America, I see a great feeling of disappointment in these worshipers of false idols. Because Mammon has failed them.

Has Mammon fallen?

Spiritual warfare is prevalent, it is at hand, it is in our faces.

The tragedy is that we as Christians have so far disregarded the opportunity that has been given to us…

To reach out to the betrayed.

Studies recently have reported that overall church attendance has not changed since this whole economic downturn.

What are we doing?

My Outcry - A Prayer

Lord I thirst!

I thirst for something real, not worldly.

I wish to feed my spirit with the bread of life. In desperation I yearn to receive but just a taste of your wholeness.

Your word is a sweet nectar on my lips, a phial of restoration and purity.

Too long I have been without you in my conscious mind. Too long I have been in suffocation, without your breath in my lungs, without the consistent out-pour of exhalations that exist to exalt my King. Too long has this trite and stale air been in my mouth.

For too many months I have come to you for selfish motives.

I have turned my blessings into tools of self righteousness…

Into rubbish!

Forgive me Lord

Give me your strength to be a man that runs after you Lord, and never looks back.

Give me your wisdom to digest your Word, the Truth, as it has been preserved and God breathed.

Amen.