Yield to Grace

October 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

While in the United States recently, I noticed a change in how people drive. Previously, when entering a highway, you would slow down and yield before merging into traffic. This has changed. Now, the one on the freeway must be alert because the cars entering are coming full speed ahead, barging into traffic.

The yield signs are still there. The interpretation of who needs to yield has changed.

Why would cars yield? Drivers were taught to slow down, check for danger, and proceed with caution.

Perhaps in a small way this reflects our cultural shift. We view our ability to change ourselves as the most powerful force. If only we try harder and make better decisions. It is up to us, not the traffic laws whether we yield. This shift carries into our Christian walk as well.

Paul tells us in Romans 6:13 to yield to righteousness, or to grace

As readers of this blog know, I recently blogged the Catalyst 14 conference in Atlanta. The lineup was full of world-class speakers such as Andy Stanley, Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, Charles Duhigg, and more. Worship was led by Matt Redman.

Through my time there I interacted with a number of other volunteers from the local area. It was interesting to see a disconnect.

While the arena was full of 10,000 learners and worshippers, locals were heard to say things like:

“Can we leave early?” and “Do we really need to hear another message?”

catalyst worship

I saw many of them staring mindlessly at their cell phones while around them people were paying money to encounter God. Perhaps it was because Atlanta has a world-class event seemingly every month!

The ExtraOrdinary had become Ordinary.

Before we point the finger at Catalyst and Atlanta area volunteers, lets consider other areas.

The Power of Habit

October 6, 2014

Recently I served as a part of the Blogger Team at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. Catalyst gathers excellent speakers to inspire the church.

Charles Duhigg is the Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, an innovative and powerful new book about change. Here are my notes.

We are in a golden age of understanding how habits work, with an incredibly powerful position to have habits change.

Habits are an interesting mix of reason, science, and faith.

The actions in the brains of rats, when fulfilling a habit is the same as when it sleeps. This is the neurology of a habit.

How many of us have arrived at work and wondered how we arrived? It’s a habit. Your brain lapses into an automatic behavior.

I recently had the privilege of blogging at the Catalyst 2014 Conference as a part of the Blogger Team!

Thursday nights session started with a worship time led by Matt Redman (his album Your Grace Finds Me is amazing.)

Matt Chandler, the lead pastor at The Village Church and the President of the Acts 29 Network spoke Thursday night. Here are some of his thoughts.

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When it comes to the idea of change, I like to camp out in the Scripture of Revelation 7:9-10

This text is showing us what will happen. This infuses us with a confidence that knows no hurdles. Change will occur. We will succeed. Some of us have seen little fruit, but don’t lose heart.

There are the miracles, but most often changes occurs over time with scraped knees and busted lips.

Stay in Your Lane

October 4, 2014

The past few days I’ve been blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. The conference has finished, but with so much truth to chew on we need time to process it all.

Every year Catalyst introduces me to a speaker which I have not previously heard, but gives a message which resonates with my heart. This year that speaker was Robert Madu. His message has been churning in my heart ever since.

Robert is the Evangelist and Teaching Pastor from Trinity Church in Dallas, Texas. He spoke out of the following two passages:

Hebrews 12:1-2 – God has set a race before each and everyone one of us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus who initiates and perfects our faith.
1 Samuel 18:5-9 – Saul became jealous of David based on a comparison made between them. He took his eyes off of his own race.