admin on September 8th, 2016

I like watching football, but I love listening to the post-game analysis on call-in sports talk shows. Armchair quarterbacks passionately analyze games and love to get their two cents in. I mean these guys are downright mean sometimes and the funny thing is most of them haven’t even touched a football since the eighth grade. They say, “Romo should have….Dez Bryant definitely should not have….and boy, Jason Garrett sure blew it on that one call….” I’ve been driving along listening to these shows and nearly wrecked from laughing so hard. Although I think they are great entertainment, no one does more post-game analysis than the players and coaches.

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admin on June 29th, 2016

He knew where they would stop for gas, what restaurants they would eat at (multiple decades before the idea for the internet was ever conceived), and even how long they would stay at each particular tourist attraction. As you can imagine our diverse approach to vacation planning led to some major organizational frustration. Obviously, frustration begins where balance ends. You see, God is a God of order. Organization must have order, and order must have balance, which brings us back to God. To organize is to prioritize, and when our priorities are aligned with God’s purpose, we will hit the sweet spot of His blessing every time.

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admin on April 6th, 2016

Is being in good shape conceptually complex? No, it’s simple. Eat healthy, do aerobic exercise 3-5 times per week, and do some resistance training with weights—that’s all it takes. Although easy to explain, is it easy to implement? No, it requires hard work and discipline. Christianity is the same. It is conceptually simple—not shallow or superficial—and we have to give it our all. The great news is, once we choose to walk with Christ, He gives us the strength and octane to power through our conviction.
Because we are willing to obey Him, God promises to give us direction and compassion. Psalm 25:12 says, “Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose”. Psalm 103:13 promises, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him”.

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admin on January 25th, 2016

Elijah rebuilt the altar with wood and stone. Then he took the most precious commodity known to man at that time—water—and drenched the sacrifice three times. With everything in place, he prayed a very simple prayer in I Kings 18:36-37. “O Lord…let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, so these people will know…that you are turning their hearts back again.” “Then the fire of the Lord fell…” The people who previously said nothing, hit the ground crying out, “The Lord—He is God” repeatedly. Question: when can we expect a ‘then’ ? Then is when we rebuild the altar. It is when we have the courage to stand and do what God wants us to do. It is when we listen to the Elijah’s in our lives. It is when we have great wisdom anchored in biblical truth. That is when we will experience a ‘then’ and the fire will fall.

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admin on November 11th, 2015

I have a confession to make. It is something I have never shared with anyone in my twenty-five plus years of ministry. I frequently use real deal illustrations from my life, but this is the most shocking by far. Okay, here goes. When I was younger, I had a drug problem….my parents drug me to church every Sunday. I am grateful for their insistence, because I went to God’s house, and became planted in the house. From remaining in His house, I have learned (although not perfectly) how to run my house. I like the word “house”. It appears over eight hundred times in the Bible! In the Old Testament, God said, “I am in the house”. In the New Testament, God no longer resided in the house, because one day Jesus looked at us and said, “Hey, you are the house”. Think about it—we are permanent housing for the Holy Spirit and Jesus Himself. A transaction occurs the moment we give Jesus our junk and our funk, trading our guilt for His grace, and our failures for faith. He moves into our lives, resides in us, and makes our heart His home. Therefore, your house and mine should be a microcosm of God’s house, because what happens in His house should reflect what happens in ours. What is a house? It is a holy objective utilized to serve everyone.

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You may be thinking, “Great Ed, I get it. All power comes from God, but why do I still feel so powerless? God, where is Your power in this situation?” Faith is the missing link that keeps God’s omnipotence from pouring into our lives. My wife Lisa often says, “You gotta faith it ‘til you make it!” What is faith? Faith is acting like it, even though it isn’t so, in order that it can be so. In essence, the power of God is transformational. When we recognize the need for faith and understand the definition of faith, our faith grows. Then we must realize how it works in our lives. We ask ourselves, “How can this help a weak man or a weak woman like me?” For the answer, we turn to Scripture. Ephesians 6:10 states, “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power”. Hebrews 11:1 explains, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him”. God’s power, though, is often withheld until we are willing and ready to take a step in faith.

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admin on November 7th, 2012

Keeping Us From Stepping Up


He didn’t jump down from the wall and go toe to toe with them. He didn’t mud sling with them. He didn’t say, “Who are they? Well, let me find it, who said that? Really? He did? She did? Well, I’ll find out. I’ll sit down and talk with them and have coffee at Starbuck’s and surely I can change them.”

He didn’t do that. Do you know what he did? He prayed and he stayed above the fray. Because when you have the right they, the needs based people in your life surrounding you, they will give you the props to stay above the fray and to discover the path God has for your life. That’s what Nehemiah did. You have got to step up. I can’t be frozen in fear. This past July, I had a powerful experience occur in my life. I’d been praying for a man, a very cold hearted man. In fact, he was the coldest man I’d ever talked to about spiritual issues. I’d been praying for him for years and years and years to become a Christ follower. I shared Jesus with him on several occasions, but the response I received was unbelievably hard.

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admin on November 7th, 2012

Lift your Hand


How many of you guys were here last weekend?  Lift your hand.  All right!  Man, if you were not here, wow! We kicked off a little series of talks called “The Table.” That’s why this table is up here.  We said last time that the table is the church.  We said the church is the table where people come to get fed.  We discussed the cuisine. We talked about the context and the conversation. We talked about a bunch of fun stuff.

The Church Is The Table Where People Come To Get Fed, And The Table Has Chairs Around It

Jesus said in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life.”  The ultimate food deserves the ultimate presentation.  In any healthy church, in any healthy spiritual ecosystem, you’re going to have three chairs in it.  This one, of course, is for me to sit in.  But this first chair represents the mature.  A third of a healthy church should have mature people in it.  I’m talking about people who are serving and inviting and giving of their time, talent, and treasure.  The other third would be those whose faith is fresh; those people who just stepped over the line; those people who’ve just made a commitment to Christ.  That’s the other third.  The final third in this healthy spiritual ecosystem would be those who are seeking; those who are investigating Christianity; those who have not made their minds up yet.  A healthy church is going to be full of thirds, because if the mature are doing what they should do, they’re inviting their friends who are facing the Christ-less eternity to the table. [In turn,] they’re getting fed, they’re becoming brand new believers whose faith is fresh and they are moving into the mature chair.  Every time we do anything here at Fellowship Church we think about the chairs.  Every time I communicate I’m communicating, I’m talking to the chairs.

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admin on November 7th, 2012

It’s a Ministry of the Church


“The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; The Lord”—not the faith healer—“the Lord will raise him up.” I think it’s very interesting that James uses a plurality of praying and not just one person. Don’t call for a faith healer. What does it say? “Call the elders of the church.” It’s a ministry of the church. “The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.”

“Well, Ed, I have prayed for people before and they are sick. I feel like my prayers are just kind of floating around out there.”

“Well, I prayed for someone, Ed, and this person died.”

I had someone last night say that they prayed for their father for years and he died. Well, I have prayed for a lot of people to get saved, to come to Christ and many of them are still going to hell. I don’t stop praying for them.

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admin on November 6th, 2012

Christian People


They said, “We’re in trouble financially. We jumped into a house that we have no business living in.  We’re way over our head. We saw this car that was this beautiful gold color, and we got into this lease.” And then they said, “Ed, the payment book is as thick as a Bible and we are in trouble.”

They had been married I think like three or four years and they didn’t have any real financial coaching and they were not living by a budget and they were like, “What do we do?”  They were the first couple that I ever dealt with in a counseling session that were just right behind the door of debt. It had been padlocked and they were screaming, “Help!” And I mean, if you’re coming to a pastor for that, you’re in some deep stuff!

Well, I talked to them about what the Bible says regarding what I’m going to talk to you about.  I talked to them about a plan.  And here is the biblical plan.  Let me just rush through it.

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