Four Funerals and a Wedding

I realized that I haven’t really blogged since April. There’s a reason: my mom died (funeral number one), then I had to lay off some of my good friends the week after her funeral (felt like funeral number two), our now son-in-law went into the hospital for bile duct/gall bladder surgery, my daughter graduated from…

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Young Leaders Wanted

We’re starting an AsUR residency at Gateway Church in Austin. Why? “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center.” We may be planting churches, but we’re losing…

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Science and Faith in Conflict? Says who?

This weekend I interviewed Dr. Walter Bradley, co-author of The Mystery of Life’s Origin. We talked about three big questions surrounding Science and Faith that you can listen to or watch on our website: Gatewaychurch.com/podcast. If you want to go deeper into each of these questions, keep reading. I’ve included several additional resources.   Faith…

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The Secret of the Unburdened Way

This Easter I talked about the Unburdened Way. I’m just convinced that so much of the weight we carry emotionally, relationally, spiritually comes from going our way instead of God’s way. The cross tells us that we can be forgiven, even when we go our way and fail and fall. But forgiveness is not the…

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Loved … Even When You Don’t Feel It

“Here I sit, day 11 of watching my mom slowly die—holding on. It’s brutal. But 8 years of the slow deterioration of Alzheimer’s is brutal too.” That’s all I could write three weeks ago, and then I quit. I couldn’t even blog at all. Day 12, my sweet mom went to be with Jesus and…

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I Have No Problems

It’s a difficult realization, but so incredibly liberating… “I have No problems.” I’ve been saying it to myself over the last 5 months, as everything around me seems to be falling apart at times. “I have no problems.” Of course, the other truth is I could list three pages of things I’ve “counted” as my…

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Super Bull of Preaching

We had a lot of fun this weekend as Rick Shurtz and I went head to head in our first annual Super Bull Smackdown of Preaching. We had a lot of fun, lots of laughs, as we taught through Hebrews 12:1-3 on Winning the Game of Life. And yes, the random phrases we had to…

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Your Spiritual Legacy

This weekend I got a surprise visit from Dave White, a man who invested in me by encouraging me when I was a 25-year-old engineer working for Chevron. As we walked around Gateway Church, I got to introduce him to person after person who said to him, “Thank you, because God changed my life because…

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A Sign For The Nations

    Leading up to Christmas, we’ve been looking at God’s revealed character, “The God You Need,” in our Sunday services (listen at www.Gatewaychurch.com/podcast ). Isaiah “proves” God exists by giving many threads of historical evidence pre-written (see past 3 blogs). Let’s continue looking at what Isaiah foretold 680 years before Jesus—that the coming Messiah…

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Messiah

I had someone ask me why God chose one people group over others (referring to the Jews). Chosen does not mean all Jewish people are automatically right with God, or more loved by God than Arabs or Americans or any other people group. Chosen means chosen for a responsibility. God created the nation of Israel…

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A Sign For The Nations

I have never heard a better argument for the existence of God than the foretelling, 2600 years beforehand, of the rebirth of the nation of Israel. Never in humanity has a people group been scattered across the globe, without a land or government, then suddenly re-born as a nation (and after nearly 2000 years dispersed!?).…

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God Proof

Can you prove God’s existence? That’s a common question, but I find few willing to actually seek answers—because there are amazing “proofs” of God’s existence—but you won’t find them if you don’t seek them. We’re teaching through key passages in the book of Isaiah at Gateway Church leading up to Christmas, and I’m reminded how…

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Freedom @ Work, part 2

Picture the scene… It’s 3:00 pm. You’re hungry. Famished. You had to work through lunch and haven’t eaten since you practically skipped breakfast. The only thing keeping you going is a 6:00 pm dinner date. In less than 3 hours you’ll leave the office, head to a local restaurant, and dive headlong into an all-you-can-eat…

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Freedom @ Work

I asked Rick Shurtz, Teaching Pastor here at Gateway, to write the next two blogs based on his new book Freebird: Work Free, Live Free.  I read it this summer and it’s excellent! Very creatively written as a story of four friends who coax a member of their group into a dare that turns his view…

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Heaven’s Greatest Reward

Life forever. When you hear that, you may have an initial check in your spirit like “I can’t imagine anything forever, so I may not like it.” That’s because time is our enemy, and we can’t imagine a life free of all evil, sin, suffering or boredom. Think about when you’re in love, perfectly content…

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There’s Nothing More Rewarding

The Life to come is real life—just like we live now—only expanded in experience, more beauty, more thrills, more responsibility, more important assignments, more bliss and adventure. No one wants to come back. So as we continue to talk about rewards in Heaven (see last 4 blogs), let’s imagine what eternal rewards might look like,…

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Word For What Lasts

God is a rewarder! I’ve heard some Christians say, “We shouldn’t be motivated by heavenly rewards—something feels wrong about that.” Why? You’re motivated by earthly rewards. God just wants you to set your sights higher! God made you to be motivated to seek things that will pay off, the problem is, we’re often just short-sighted…

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What Gets Rewarded?

Dr. Mary Neal felt Jesus embrace her as her kayak stayed pinned between two boulders underneath the waterfall’s torrential pounding. She felt her life slipping away, but despite previous fear of drowning, she felt peace. “I knew with absolute certainty that I was being held and comforted by Jesus, which was initially surprising…at the time…

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Everything Done in Faith Matters

Not everyone will succeed in the world’s eyes, but everyone can succeed in the Life to come. The question you need to ask is “Which life will I live for most?” It’s funny (in a sad sort of way) how much we think about, plan for, sacrifice for, invest for…retirement. Fifteen to thirty years at…

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What I Do Doesn’t Matter

That’s a lie! And it’s a lie that keeps so many followers of Jesus confused and ineffective. The lie goes something like this… “We’re saved by faith in what Jesus did on the cross—it’s not by works, it’s a gift from God. So I don’t earn relationship with God; I don’t have to earn Heaven.…

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Hope When It’s Hard

We must regain a redemptive view of hardship in the West. There’s a subtle, pernicious lie in western Christianity that if you are pleasing to God, you will not suffer.  In fact, God will give you wealth, health, and prosperity if you just follow Him. With this view, as soon as life doesn’t go our…

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Nobody Stands Alone

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.”-Robin Williams I talked this weekend on Exchanging Loneliness for knowing we’re Never Alone, and it struck me again how important it…

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Heart Scan – Part 3

The real danger of unhealed wounds is not the wound itself, but what it makes us susceptible to believe. In the last two entries, I talked through identifying wounds and allowing God’s healing. Really, identifying evil agreements we’ve accidentally made should be done simultaneously. I’ve listed resources to help with this down below. What are…

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How to Detox – Your Brain?

I asked my friend Sheeri Mitchell to do a post on a program that really helped her with those evil agreements I blogged and spoke about last week.  Enjoy…she’s an excellent writer. As the advantages of maintaining a fit lifestyle at every age move closer and closer to the forefront of western consciousness, many people…

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