Second Chances Part 2…

6 01 2011

How incredible is that! So happy for him!

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Second Chances…

5 01 2011

Everyday I live in the grace of a second chance. I have been freed from having to live a life of shame, guilt and desparation. I didn’t have to work for it. I didn’t have to go to a soup kitchen and serve food to people who hadn’t eaten in days maybe weeks! I didn’t have to extend some tangible grace and let someone merge into my lane in 5 o’clock traffic. I didn’t have to read my bible all the way through and write a theological thesis on Calvinism compared to Wesleyan perspectives. I didn’t have to throw away my secular CDs and stop watching rated R movies. I could go on and on and on but the point is that I didn’t have to do any of these things and more so I could get grace….I was given grace! I do these things (minus the thesis, CDs and rated R movies) because I know what grace looks and feels like. I was given grace. I was given a second chance. And every day that I mess up and start living the very life that I’ve been freed from, without fail….God finds a way to get my attention and messes me up. And once again…I’m left with a shattered version of myself. But everytime, He picks up the pieces and gives me another shot at this.

This video has been going nuts on the internets this past week. I watched it today and I was just overwhelmed with emotion for this guy and seeing the potential for what he could be and how he could give hope to other people in his situation….but it has to start with grace…

There are countless more people out there with his story and are in need of grace. I wish I was in the position to hire him and give him that shot that he’s been working so hard to get and chances are he’ll get that shot because of the popularity of that video. Unfortunately there are some people that will never get that shot. But as followers of Christ, we should make every effort to meet the needs of those around us. Whether it’s a guy with an incredible voice talent looking for a job and a new start at life, or someone who just needs a few quarters to make a phone call or catch a bus, we need to be a people of the second chance. Someone once told me that people who have never been forgiven don’t understand forgiveness. I think its the same with grace. It sucks to think that there are people that don’t understand grace. They’ve never been shown or given grace by anyone enough for them to really grasp the idea. We can change that! As Christians we are called to change that!

I’ve recently found this movement called People of the Second Chance and I love what they’re doing! Go check them out if you haven’t already.

We are the change the world is waiting for.





God is Not a Man, God is Not a White Man…

28 12 2010

Good stuff from Gungor. Thanks to my bro for showing me this.





Hollie’s Story…

30 11 2010

This is a video testimony of my friend, Hollie Hart…





Task or Gift?…

9 07 2010

I’ve been trying to catch up on blogs that I haven’t read in a while. One of the blogs I frequent is Tim Hughes’ blog. I read a blog he posted in March called “Task or Gift?”. Here’s an excerpt from it:

I’ve been thinking about how we view worship. Is it something we do through our own endeavor? Or is it something we’re invited into? As worship leaders whom are we ultimately following? How do we define a successful time of worship?James Torrence, a Scottish Minister and Theologian set’s out 2 contrasting views of worship. Firstly we can view worship as something we do – we sing, we pray, we give our time and resources to the church, we regularly attend small group meetings and the like. Essentially when we view worship in this light, we see it as a task. This concept of worship often leads to a perpetual sense of weariness. Our worship can lead to burnout.

Do we see worship as a gift? Something we’re invited into? Or do we see it as a task? A laboring responsibility? For me, sometimes those lines cross and look very similar. It’s like being given a gift like a shirt, or some sort of apparel. You get it. You like it. You wear it. You wear something else. You don’t wear it so much anymore. Then you find it behind all the other shirts and realize it’s been months since you’ve worn it. Out of guilt you feel the need to start wearing it as often as you’re around the person that gave it to you. You forget that the shirt was given to you as a gift to enjoy. All of a sudden wearing a shirt became a task and you didn’t enjoy wearing it anymore. That’s what can happen with worship. It’s a gift. We’re supposed to enjoy it, but it turns into something we have to do. We are truly satisfied when we genuinely worship God. “In worshipping we receive and enjoy everything God has for us.”

You can read the whole post here.





There Is No Middle Road…

8 07 2010

This is a clip from one of Francis Chan’s talks on how there is no “middle road”…

I found this on the Canvas blog.





John Mark McMillan | How He Loves: A Story…

4 07 2010