Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Praise Him On Sunday. Kill Him On Friday.

When I preached a couple of weeks ago on experiencing the power of God I felt like something was missing. My main point was:

When We’ve Experienced God’s Power We Can’t Walk Away Unchanged.

That’s a fine point, but is it true?

The sermon centered on the triumphal entry. I proposed that the people who were waving palm branches and laying their cloaks on the ground were not people from Jerusalem, but rather from Galilee where Jesus’ ministry was centered. They were people who had experienced his power first hand. That was why they were so enthusiastic about his entry into Jerusalem.

Then someone posed a great question, “But Ivey, Weren’t these the same people who yelled to crucify him only a few days later? And if that’s the case, were they really changed by experiencing God’s power?”


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Guys, I Planted the Wrong Tree

"...each tree is known by its own fruit." -Jesus from Luke 6:44

I was told this story:
A man and his family loved Golden Delicious Apples, and he owned some land. One day his wife asked him if he would plant some Golden Delicious Apple trees. The man was excited about the opportunity to own his own Golden Delicious trees. He went to a farmer and got some seeds for Golden Delicious trees. He planted those seeds and the trees grew.

About two years later the trees were starting to produce fruit. The man was proud, but his wife was a little concerned because she had gone out to the tree and noticed there was something wrong with the fruit. Upon further investigation she realized they weren't producing Golden Delicious apples... they were producing peaches.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Parents, I'll Make a Deal With You

Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

I love being a student pastor. I love being Cross Culture Church's student pastor. I work with a whole team that loves students. We get the opportunity to hangout and influence the next generation. How cool is that? We teach the Bible, make progress in student's walks with Christ, have fun, and encourage each other. But here is the thing, we have a very limited amount of time with your student.

Waking hours in a week: 119
    • Hours in school: 40
    • Hours in extra-curricular activities: 10
    • Waking Hours at home: 57
    • Hours texting/snap chatting a week: probably 8+
    • Hours in Church: 4