Tuesday, January 6, 2009

GOALS, RESOLUTIONS OR WHATEVER....AND LAST SUNDAY

I'm ashamed that it's been more than I month since I last blogged. It's the first of the year--the time for making New Year's resolutions, setting goals, or whatever terminology you want to call them. I am a believer in setting goals that go deeper than mere intentions. And one of my goals this year is to be more consistent with posting blogs.

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Anyway, I appreciate the positive feedback I've received from last week's sermon. It was one of the toughest I've ever preached. The spiritual battles were in full force. (And, yes, my pottie time doubled on Sunday morning). One of the things about state of the church messages is that they come around every January. And the message should always paint an accurate picture of the times.

Do you think Obama's State of the Union address will deal with the economy? Hello. He's not going to stand up there and paint nothing but beautiful pictures. In the same way, last Sunday's message was an opportunity for me to share many of the positive things happening but at the same time share some of the things that did not go well in 2008. It was a time for me to publicly acknowledge my personal struggles and confess my areas of failure. And it was a time for me to call the church family to repentance and broken hearts. It's all about the heart. When we allow God to break our hearts over our own sinfulness...that's when true healing will take place.

We're on the verge of some God-sized happenings. We are a family. Families sometimes struggle. The CBC family has struggled. But we have talked openly, we have prayed, we have wept. And as we continue to heal, we will put the past behind us, learn from it, and move on for the kingdom.

Thank you for your love, grace, forgiveness, and patience with me.

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