Politics and Basketball

I got up early this morning to vote. I have a busy day today. It was still dark and foggy as I made my way to the polls. I was confident that I had beat the system. I was wrong. There were so many people at the polling place they were parking on the road. There were two long lines coming out of the door. I stood in one line for about half an hour before I realized I was in the wrong line. In fact, there was no line for my precinct.

While in line I realized that many people were confused. I heard arguments about whether a gun lover should vote “yes” or “no” on Amendment Number 2. I tried to explain that I was a lawyer and I knew the right answer but no one was impressed by a law degree as credentials. The guy in front of me was in the voting booth a really long time. He came out looking confused and said, “Lot’s of amendments.” He was obviously surprised. There were lots of people voting, but I’m not sure all of them should have been.

I was proud at how quickly I voted. I wasn’t absolutely sure I voted for the right guy for Congress. Someone later asked me who I voted for and I told them. They smiled and breathed a sign of relief saying, “Good. I got it right.” I didn’t tell them I wasn’t sure I got it right.

Tonight I’m going to a basketball game at the Cajundome. I will know exactly where to sit. I will know who to pull for and when the game is over I will know right away who won and the winner will probably be the best team. Sometimes I wish politics was more like basketball.

. It will be really late or really early tomorrow before we know who won and four years before we know if we voted right. Vote and Pray and the come to the game.

Be blessed.



Greater Things

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 NIV)

Today’s blog comes from my notes from Pastor Jason’s sermon yesterday. They are reproduced here for those who missed church on Sunday and those who didn’t take notes. Hope they are helpful.

We all have a God-given, natural desire for greater things whether it be more money, grandkids or a bigger house. This desire can be negative. Child molesters and rapist starts with porn and a desire for “greater things” can lead to their criminal behavior.

Greater Things is a biblical concept. Life is not about getting saved and sitting on it. We all have a mission. The vision of church is to see multitudes become devoted followers as we grow, connect and serve. It is about numbers. Numbers that can be effectively discipled.

Acts 2:46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Our church has ordered plenty of bright green service shirts. We will wear these as we serve in the community. Crime, divorce, suicide are higher than ever before. Our communities need to see the church in active service.


1. WORSHIP – After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. (Acts 16:23-32 NIV)

Worship shrinks our world and enlarges His kingdom. He speaks to us during worship. It gives us correct (God) perspective.

2. FELLOWSHIP – The early church met regularly in each other’s homes. We will be influenced by those we hang with. Even if we are sitting home watching TV, we are being influenced. We need the positive influence and example of our fellow Christians.

3. MAKE A MOVE – Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. But now bring me a harpist.”

While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.” The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water. (2 Kings 3:14-20 NIV)

We can’t sitting around waiting for God to move. He already has. We need to act. We need to prepare for the move of God.

Focus and move on to Greater Things and be blessed.




It was an emotional day yesterday. My “little girl” got engaged. It was done in spectacular fashion as her fiancé managed to engineer a romantic event involving over 50 people. He led Jessica on a merry chase through some of the spots significant to their relationship before meeting up to pop the question. Our part was special. We met Jessica at Girard Park where Tyler had first met Kaydence to pass a hint as to the next spot she should go to. What made it special was the Jessie and I had spent many happy Saturdays in that same park when she was young. Congrats to them both. Great job Tyler. We couldn’t be more pleased to have you in the family.

May God bless.


Committed Relationship

Recently the Christian community has been challenged by young pastors calling us to be more than a fan and more radical in our walks. These challenges have struck a chord especially with younger Christians who are looking for something more life changing in their walk. 
It’s important to recognize that these calls are not for a different basis for Christianity but a different level. We recognize that Christianity, unlike any other “religion” is relationship based. We are called into relationship with Jesus. The problem has been that we have become satisfied with shallow relationships, without permanence or commitment. We have lost sight in the truth that joy comes from committed relationships. 
It’s common now to judge relationships on “What Do I get out of it?” When we no longer “benefit” from the relationship we toss it out and move on to another. Such a view of relationship can never produce the fullness of joy that’s possible.
I enjoy those I love. I am blessed by their attention. I am touched by their affection and motivated by their energy and enthusiasm. But my relationship also includes a deep desire for the best for them. I am blessed not only by what I get out of the relationship but by what I put into it. Relationships like this grow and deepen with time. They don’t fizzle during the times when what I put in seems much more than what I get out. 
Christianity is a relationship with Jesus. It starts very one sided. He died for us, forgives our sins, turns our sorrows into joy. We can become satisfied with that and put the relationship on a shelf, enjoying the gifts but never really growing in relationship. We stop at being fans of Jesus, appreciative of what He’s done. A deeper relationship is one in which our knowledge of Him increases, our love for Him deepens and our desire to live for Him grows. We become followers instead of fans. Ordinary lives become radical. 
There is a danger that we will hear from these exciting young pastors only the surface of their messages: that there should be more in our walk. That will lead only to uncertainty and frustration if we don’t hear that the “more” rises from the relationship. It’s not that we are to do more; but that He is to do more in and through us. It means being more “in” Christ.
The more radical life of a follower grows from a deeper knowledge of and relationship with Jesus.
Be blessed.

Not A Fan – The Movie

I spent the Trick Or Treat hours last night at church watching the Not a Fan movie. It was uncomfortable to watch. Taking Jesus seriously isn’t very comfortable. NOT A FAN is book, a  movie and a 6-part DVD series that challenges people to become sincere “followers” of Jesus Christ, rather than simply “enthusiastic admirers” or “fans.” We were a small group, a handful of people. That’s not surprising. Jesus has lots of fans, but not a lot of followers. Not even a lot who are willing to consider whether “Follower” is what we should be. Not a Fan looks at the tough verses of scripture. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that talk about taking up crosses and dying to self and many are called but few or chosen. The ones that remind us that on that day many will say “Lord, Lord” but He will say He never knew them. 

We are a fan oriented society. We gather by the thousands to watch football games. By the millions we watch our favorite television shows or stream to the theater to catch the latest movie. A fan admires. A follower does. A fan is fine with Jesus making some minor adjustments to our lives. A follower knows that a complete renovation is called for. 

Read the book. Watch the movie. Share the DVD series. You can pick up the book for five bucks at Mardel’s. But most importantly die and become a follower and be blessed.