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Genesis 25

Shane —  October 23, 2013 — 1 Comment

What happens when you don’t know the answer?

Isaac and Rebekah didn’t have answers in a couple of situations.

They couldn’t have kids.
And when they did get pregnant, there were a lot of strange things happening inside of Rebekah.

Isaac pleaded with God about Rebekah’s barren nature.
Rebekah sought The Lord about what was happening inside of her.

When we don’t know the answer, where do we go?
When we don’t know the answer, how hard do we seek the answer?
And, do we live in such a way that we need answers?

I’m finding I need more and more answers that I don’t have. What do I do for those answers?

Press into God. Wrestle with him. Plead with him. Seek him out.

It probably won’t come in the first prayer session. It may take years. But when we do have the answer, we know it’s from God.

My church CrossPoint Fellowship is reading through Genesis & a portion of Isaiah. This week is Genesis 23-26 & Isaiah 48. This series is based on my reading along with them.

The Responsible Son

Shane —  March 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Reckless Son thought his chances were 1 in a million.
The Responsible Son through he could improve his chances.

The Responsible Son in the Lost Sons story (or better known as the Prodigal Son story) thought his relationship with the father was tied to him working for the father.

So when the Reckless Son came home, he was ticked.

When we become Responsible Sons, we think that our acceptance from the Father is tied to us being good, looking good and working good.

But we lose sight of what matters most to the Father.

  • Relationship. The Father doesn’t want worker drones. He wants sons and daughters.
  • Looking to the horizon. The Father wants the found siblings to find the Wayward siblings.
  • Celebration. The Father doesn’t want us to drone on in our work. He wants us to celebrate the relationship we have with him.

Responsible Sons are Wayward Sons too. They just never left.

Come home. Stop being Responsible and relate to your Father.

I have an amazing deal for those who are Goalkeepers & Strikers.

Until April 1, you can sign up for a 6-week, 1.5 hour long training sessions for only $50.

After April 1, the price will go up to $75.

Typical camps are $200, $300+. And then the coaches go back to what they were doing.

I’m a local. I’m around Lake Country, High School and College Soccer in SW Missouri. I can come see your games and give tips after the clinic.

But do I know what I’m doing?

I’ve played and excelled at high school, college and amateur levels.
I’ve been able to coach Goalkeepers who had almost no experience and see them become team MVP’s.

Enough about me, you want to be the best you can be for your team. I want to help you do that over the course of this summer. That way you can go into the fall and earn the trust of your team.

Check out the Goalkeeper & Striker Clinic page and sign up today!

Yesterday, I talked about The Big Trap. The trap that says, “Bigger is Better.”

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How do I get out of the funk on the mornings a service is low?

I remind myself that I’m supposed to make disciples, not get a big crowd.

I look at the people that come in and I say, “They came in order to hear how their life can better align with God. They came to know how God can change their life. They came to know what the Kingdom is like and how to live in it.”

So I get up and I give them the same effort that I’d give a crowd of 1,000’s. Not that I’ve experienced speaking to a crowd of 1,000’s, but I know that I would give the same effort.

Here is why we need to give the same effort no matter if it is 1 or 1,000…

  • These folks are disciples or want to know more about being a disciple.
  • God will work in their life.
  • When God works in their life, other people will notice.
  • When other people notice, some of them will want to know more.
  • When other people want to know more, our services get more full. Our small groups get more full. Our serving teams get more full.

Always find ways to make more disciples. Always seek to bring more people into God’s Kingdom.

But never stop making disciples of those who God has entrusted you with right now to make disciples of people who are only in your mind.

Goalkeeper & Striker Clinic

Shane —  February 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

For those of you that know me, you know soccer has been a way of life for many years.

You maybe even remember this picture…
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The past year, I’ve become more involved in the coaching side of soccer. I have played on a lot of different levels. Same with refereeing.

But coaching, although something that I’ve enjoyed, hasn’t been something I’ve been a part of a lot.

This summer I am doing a Goalkeeper & Striker Clinic for players who want to increase their playing level over the summer, but don’t have someone to help them.

Check out the webpage for more information. If you still have questions, feel free to email me.

Prayer For the Burden

Shane —  February 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

As I read incredible stories of how God has moved in the past and present, I have a dual experience.

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I get both excited and dismayed all at the same time.

Why?

God moving seems to be centered around prayer.

I’m reading an autobiography of Charles Finney. He talks several times about how local revivals centered around the prayers of people in that local. The fervent prayers. Prayers for the salvation of souls. Prayers for God’s Spirit to do an incredible work.

And I look at my own life and wonder if that is possible for me.

Is this type of prayer something that we can talk ourselves into?
Or is this something that God in his knowledge, power and mystery that he allows people to have?

I’m sure that we all can find verses for what we think is right. But I know for myself, I can’t pray any longer than my desire to pray can take me.

But what if the burden for prayer starts with prayer? What if both statements are right? Where we plead with God to burden us with a heart that burdens him with his Kingdom come here on earth as it is in Heaven. That we can’t burden ourselves, but we can pray ourselves into the burden

If you struggle with Kingdom building prayers, I’d suggest to start with praying about the burden. Because that is what I’m doing for myself.