Archive for April, 2013

Mind Games

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

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We all play mind games! Sometimes we play the “guilt trip” or the “pity party” cards. Sometimes we actually play mind games with ourselves. I find it very extremely important that we start recognizing the minds games we play and start playing a better game. The game of life. Being real and transparent in our relationships to others and with ourselves.

The Bible says,
       Romans 12:2
       The Message (MSG)

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

My goal is to continually be seeking God to change me “from the inside out” so that He can bring His best out in me.

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Posted: April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Tomorrow at The Gathering

Posted: April 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Jesus on Social Media

Posted: April 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Meaningless or Meaningful?

Posted: April 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
The news is constantly full of horrific acts of violence against apparently innocent people. Young kids  shot in schools, movie theater mass murder, little kids kidnapped and brutalized, human sex trafficking, make us ask the question, “what is wrong with our world?”. There are many philosophical roads to take when contemplating the messed up stuff that goes on around us. Some people turn to nihilism. The idea that everything is ultimately pointless. There is no hope other than making your life tolerable one day at a time. There are no moral obligations, no objective truths, and no definitive meanings. The German nihilist philosopher stated it this way:

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote,“All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”

The problem with this view is that it ultimately makes no logical sense. If everything is meaningless then so is the statement that everything is meaningless. Therefore everything may very well be totally meaningful. If truth is relative then the statement, “truth is relative”, may very well be false thus negating itself. Nihilism is a philosophy that rejects philosophy. Taken to its ultimate conclusion it makes no sense to say that “nothing has meaning, purpose or value” because that statement clearly does have all three of those properties. Its like telling someone that you are unable to speak even though you just did. Nihilists are quick to point out the virtues of skepticism and questioning all philosophical and theological systems, yet they offer nothing other than what they don’t believe. It’s not enough for most people to be left with nothing when we observe the amazing universe around us. Science constantly theorizes, then attempts to prove the causes of the observable effects all around us, yet a nihilist can merely dismiss all such attempts to explain the ultimate questions of why and how we exist at all. For me this is an intellectual cop-out. It is too dismissive of the very inquisitive nature we human beings thrive on. I am always saddened when I see students and even adults who seem to have bailed out of the process of intellectual curiosity especially when it involves the big questions: Where did we come from? Where are we going? Why am I here? What is my purpose? I see kids all the time who mark and cut themselves to seemingly express their very contempt for life itself. Many people medicate rather than cogitate. It is easier to dull the senses than to revel in them. It is better to forget than to confront. It is easier to turn off the world than to explore it.
I love what Rev. Martin Luther King said, “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”
Unlike the nihilist who sees no hope,

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Have a great, purpose-filled, meaningful, and joy-filled day!

Pastor Dan

A Relaxing Day

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Have you noticed that sometimes it is much harder to relax than to be busy. On Easter Sunday I was asked to play trumpet in the Confluence Ministries Band in City Park, Denver. It was a wonderful time and the sun rising over the lake reminded me of the Easter resurrection story of the stone being rolled away from the tomb of Jesus. The light of the world emerging from the darkness! The fact that it was 5:30 AM and 35 degrees made it all the more interesting, especially trying to play a trumpet with frozen lips. It was great to make new friends and meet new people who were excited to worship the resurrected creator in a park that is in the heart of the city.

Shortly after that I had to hustle to get over to the Gathering and preach a sermon. The music minister (Anna), was very sick that day and so I also had to lead the worship, play the piano and run the music rehearsal. It was great to see a couple of new faces in the crowd of our small but mighty fellowship. I am so excited when I look out into the room and see people who serve God.

Not sure how the day got so busy but right after the closing at church I drove back downtown and played the trumpet at Holy Ghost church. What a day! It was now 1:30 PM and time to go to the family Easter dinner. Yum! Amazing Lamb Kabobs at brother David and Liz’s. A full day indeed. “You must be tired” my 81 year old Mom asked. I was a bit fatigued and probably a little loopy but not enough to stay away from playing some soccer.

A great day for me includes preaching the Good News of Jesus, worshiping with so many amazing believers as the sun rises over the city, getting together with family and friends for an amazing meal.
I love my job!

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized