Monthly Archives: July 2011

God Size Perspective (Part 3)

“And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” Philippians 1:14 esv

Our perspective in life determines so much.  Obviously it determines how we see our circumstances.  It determines how we respond to our obstacles.  It determines the influence or lack there of we will have in the lives of those around us.  It determines how we respond to God.  Which our response to God determines everything for our lives.

As I mentioned in the previous posts of this series, Paul possessed a God Size Perspective.  He looked past his unfavorable circumstances and looked up to God to gain a healthy perspective.  He realized his problems were being leveraged for God’s purposes.  But the part I love the most is that Paul realized that his obstacles were giving others much needed confidence in their own lives.

I’m not real sure what your perspective tends to be in life.  I’m not sure if you see the glass half empty of half full.  I don’t know if you are a pessimist or an optimist.

What I do know is that God can work through your greatest burdens to give others boldness. 

Paul’s time in prison gave other believers confidence in the Lord and enabled them to speak the word boldly and fearlessly.

How can your burdens equal confidence and boldness for the Lord? Continue reading

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God Size Perspective (Part 2)

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,…my imprisonment is for Christ.”Philippians 1:12-13 ESV

What a perspective! Paul had a God Size Perspective.

God Size Perspective – The ability to see your greatest obstacles as God ordained opportunities

How do you view the obstacles in your life?

How do you view your greatest challenges?

How do you view the one thing you desire for your life so much, but God won’t seem to allow it to happen?

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Most of us Continue reading


A Simple Plan for a Rewarding Life

A sociology study asked fifty ninety-five-year-olds what they’d do differently if they could live life over again. Three themes emerged overwhelmingly from the study’s results (1). The nonagenarians said they’d:

  • Reflect more
  • Risk more
  • Leave a greater legacy

It paints a pretty simple, if challenging, plan for a rewarding life, doesn’t it? Continue reading


God Size Perspective (Part 1)

A couple of weeks ago Lauren and I laid down to go to bed one night.  As usual Lauren fell asleep in no time. I laid there for about 45 minutes unable to fall asleep.  Frustrated at my inability to sleep, I decided to grab my bible and turned to Philippians.  I know many would argue, but I believe Philippians may be Paul’s best letter.  If I did not have a bible reading plan, I’m afraid I would spend all of my time reading Philippians.  Anyways, to the point.

As I was reading Philippians I noticed that Paul possessed a God Size Perspective.  Take a look at the verses below.

“12I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel13so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ14And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” Philippians 1:12-14 

What is a God Size Perspective? Continue reading


What’s Going On? 7/19/11

What’s Going On?

Every once and a while I like to take time to share what’s going on in my life and what is coming up on the blog.  So, here what’s going on.

  • It was nice to take a week away from the blog here at NGYN.  Last week Lauren and I, along with a team of youth workers from Oasis Church lead our student ministry to summer camp in Wood Worth Louisiana.  While I was away, Derek’s awesome wife and good friend of mine, April Wingfield posted some great thoughts on the days I would normally post.  April, thank you for sharing and allowing me to take a few days away from the blog.
  • We had a BLAST at summer camp.  Relationships were deepened.  Memories were made.  Great lessons and incite were learned.  1 student from our group accepted Christ!  Always a big win!  If you are looking for a summer camp where your students will have a blast and have scripture pumped into their souls, along with your youth workers being spiritually fed at the same time…CHECK OUT http://www.clearcamps.com  These people know what their doing!
  • I’m looking forward to my next few posts.  I will be writing a series titled “God Sized Perspective.”  I am looking forward to this short series of posts.  I also have some stand alone posts coming up titled “Eagerly Expecting” and “Take Your Time.”  I hope you will take a moment to stop by NGYN over the course of the next couple of weeks to check out the new material.
  • I will be tag teaming the sermon this week at Oasis Church with our Associate Pastor, John Herring.  Last fall John and I preached this sermon individually in two different services.  This summer we are going to bring it back and tag team it.  Looking forward to speaking this Sunday.
  • August 1st – 5th I have the privilege of leading an awesome team of 13 members to Wichita Kansas for a mission trip.  We will be working with Audacity Church as they prepare to launch their church in September.  One of the things I have felt God calling me to do during this season of my ministry is to lead people on Mission trips about once a year.  I am honored the Lord would use me in this way.
Well, that’s what’s going on.  Thanks for swinging by.  Thursday I will be posting the first part of “God Sized Perspective.”  See ya then!
P.J.

Except for these chains

When was the last time you thought to yourself – about some athlete or celebrity in legal trouble, an ex who wound up in a bad relationship, or a former boss or co-worker who lost their job – “serves ’em right, they got what was coming to them“?

You probably don’t have to dig too far into the ol’ memory banks, because we humans are a spiteful bunch. We forgive, but don’t forget, or we forgive conditionally, only after we’re compensated for whatever slights have been leveled against us.

In the book of Acts, Paul paints the picture of a different kind of forgiveness, though. One that evokes the kind of grace our Heavenly Father shows us.

Accused of the crime of… well, of being a Christian, Paul slyly uses the courtroom of King Agrippa to preach a sermon. Surprised, the King laughingly says that Paul’s confidence is so impressive it might actually convert him to Christianity. Paul responds: “I would wish to God that not only you, but all who hear me this day might become such as I am, except for these chains.”

Paul has been beaten, arrested, and dragged into court by these people, and still all he wants for them is their salvation. He doesn’t pray that God would visit their aggression back on them. He does wish to trade places, so they could see what it would feel like to be so persecuted. Instead, he prays that they would have all of the good that he’s experiences, but none of the bad.

I pray that I’d be big enough to wish the same for my transgressors and enemies. I pray that if I someday meet my gradeschool bullies again, or the girls that broke my heart in high school, or the guys that got the jobs I really wanted, or the lady that cut me off in traffic, I’ll be willing to share my love of God, but not the pains of the world.


What I’ve Learn From Pregnancy (So Far) Part II: God’s Got This

While PJ’s at camp, we’ve invited guest blogger April Wingfield to fill in. Here’s part two of a two-part series, which began Tuesday:

Derek and I often talk about how smooth things are in our home. Over the last six years, we have settled into a comfortable rhythm. Oh, we get outside of our comfort zones in many ways (hello, blog post), but when it comes to our home, there’s a regularity that we love. Things change, of course, but there’s not much spectacle. Our little family is predictable. We get up at the same time most days, we share our chores without too much argument, the cat lazes around, the dog sleeps and plays, and he asks to go out when he needs to. Aside from the occasional cold, we don’t get sidelined too much. There are weeks that are busier than we’d like, but there’s not much drama. I hate drama.

So don’t think we aren’t aware of what we’re doing here, bringing two babies into our lives. The potential for upheaval is endless. Things are gonna be turned upside down. We’ll control what we can – good discipline, healthy sleep habits, all the stuff the books recommend. But there’s a ton we can’t control. So then what? Continue reading


What I’ve Learned from Pregnancy (So Far)

While PJ’s at camp, we’ve invited guest blogger April Wingfield to fill in. Here’s part one of a two-part series, to be concluded on Thursday:

I’ve always wanted to experience pregnancy. Not just having children, but actually being pregnant. And when my husband and I struggled with this for so many months, I started to wonder if I would ever get to.

Now that I actually am with child (OK, technically with children), I’m grateful for the experience. I get a ton of joy and happiness out of it. It’s also tiring and challenging. And, as with most things in life, there are lessons to be learned from it. One I’ve caught on to: I was a mom long before I got pregnant. Continue reading


Escalators

One step in the wrong direction is all it takes to ruin a marriage, a business venture, a ministry, or even a life.

On the flipside, it only takes one step to begin the climb out of the depths of despair, loneliness, and depression.

Both sin and obedience function a lot like escalators. We take one small, insignificant step and suddenly find ourselves far from where we began. Continue reading


The Tongue Has Power. But Over Whom?

We often misunderstand Proverbs 18:21, which says “the tongue has power over life and death” (NIV).

We take it to mean that words can either build people up or tear them down. Which is true. But there’s more to the story: Our words powerfully affect ourselves, too, not just others.

Our lives and deaths are defined in large part by the words we speak. Continue reading


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